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LITHE SLIMMING BROTH 29 Jan 2015

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This super-broth is a delicious, filling snack that also supplies healing nutrients and alkalizes your system, making it easier to detoxify, lose weight, and feel fantastic. This recipe can be varied according to taste.

Ingredients
3 quarts water
1 large onion, halved
2 carrots, sliced
2 cups chopped kale and parsley
2 celery stalks
1 tsp. turmeric
1 clove whole garlic (don't chop or crush)
Braggs Liquid Aminos or sea salt and pepper to taste
1 cup fresh dried shiitake mushrooms

Put ingredients into a pot and place on a low boil for approximately 60 minutes. Continue to boil to taste. Cool, strain (I prefer to eat the cooked veggies), and store in a sealed container in the fridge. Re-heat and drink up to 3–4 cups a day.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving 
Strained: 5 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrates   
With Veggies: 60 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates
 
Image via Lauren

NEW SITE! 27 Jan 2015

New Lithe Site

Here's a little corner peek at our new site that is about to go live in the next few days! 

ANNETTE'S LITHE INSIDE CHALLENGE (1/2 WAY POINT)! 27 Jan 2015

Annette's Lithe Inside Challenge!

So, I just passed the halfway point in my challenge to my 40th birthday.  I'm 22 days in.  Since January 1st, I have taken 25 classes, taught 25 classes, and trained to teach three more. My body is a bit fatigued, but overall I feel great. 

I'm amazed by the reserve of untapped strength we all possess. I see it in class when in the last 10 minutes, I challenge Lithers to give it their all, and they dig deep and do. That has been something I hold onto when I am taking class and thinking, "I probably could do 10 more plyos, I just don't want to."
 
I'm doing my best to pick sculpting classes that target different body parts to allow some recovery time, and since I have been teaching a lot of cardio this month, I've been lightening up on those in my own schedule. If you've ever taken one of my classes then you know it's really hard for me to stay on the platform and just watch. I love being down on the floor, sharing the energy and spirit. I definitely bounce around and get my heart rate going. So all of this has been a great lesson in listening to my body, feeling what it's telling me, and trying to adapt as needed.  
 
I've been surprised by how my body is physically responding to all of the training. It was exciting when we got down on our side in Endvy to do clams and I felt the strength in my back as I lifted up through my shoulders and ribcage. It was enlightening when I thought I was going to have an easy time in Floored, and then my muscles started to shake like crazy with every leg lift. It was humbling when I got to the end of Skinny Jeans and my thighs and glutes were burning so bad from the fold-over work that I had to come up for a break. But, it's also rewarding on the days when I make it through one class and realize I just might have enough reserve to push to take another that day. Each day is very different, with its own successes and challenges, and I am muddling through the best I can, looking for the little victories in each.  
 
I am the first to admit that my numbers might be a bit excessive. It just worked out for me that the beginning of the year is a quiet time for me in regards to acting work. I also suffer from the cold weather blues and don't do too well with excessive down-time. I have been focusing my energy on keeping my endorphins pumping.  
 
As for food, it hasn't been nearly as bad as I imagined. Yes, I miss my wine. That is a given. :)  But I'm not too much of a carb craver, so cutting back on the refined carbs wasn't too hard. I have however been eating A LOT, and I mean A LOT, of fruit to satisfy my sweets craving, which has been the toughest for me.
 
I've had two cheat days since I began. The first was New Year's Day as it was the first day of the challenge and I was out of town staying at a friend's house. I didn't plan far enough ahead. I did bring ingredients to make Lithe breakfast quinoa. But, as morning slipped into a lazy afternoon, and then into early evening, my host made us a lovely dinner. It was pretty healthy, but I can't say it satisfied all of the restrictions of the challenge. My other cheat came this weekend while I was at a funeral. Sitting around the table with loved ones, sharing stories and laughs, I realized life is too short not to partake in some of its sweetness (and the four cakes people had baked) every once in a while.
 
It has been easier than I thought to go out to dinner. Most places have a grilled fish or salad which is genuinely tasty with just a little cold-pressed olive oil and lemon.
 
My weight hasn't changed at all which wasn't a goal one way or another. I notice my arms becoming more cut, but my abs aren't necessarily responding the way I anticipated, making me think it's time to reevaluate a little bit and kick it up just a notch for the second half. Maybe subbing a yellow pepper for a mango or snow peas for pears.
 
I realize at this point that it's the little steps and the small changes that are going translate into maintained behavior. I have a 21-year-old California cabernet sitting in my basement waiting for midnight on the 9th. And I am dying for a slice of pizza from anywhere at this point. These things will definitely come back into my life. But I also can see moderation is easier than I thought, and allowing yourself that little bit of grace on the days you need it will do your heart and soul a world of good.  
 
I learned to appreciate modifications! Don't be afraid to modify in class. Right now, you might see me flat-footed at the barre or on my quads for push-ups. But also, find the day you're feeling strong to try and start that ab work on the mat with 5 lbs. You can always drop down to 3 lbs. after the first set if you need to, but at least you got that one set in. And trust me, next time you just might make it through the second set.
 
So much for keeping this short, but I have to say, the best part of the entire challenge has been the Lithe community. Everyone has been so supportive which really means so much. That encouragement has pushed me through the shake and burn to finish each class. I LOVE hearing about everyone's personal challenges that they have taken up in the new year as well. Some of my favorites have been, "I stopped after just one Girl Scout Cookie!" (Seriously WHO can do that with Thin Mints?) Or, "This is only my second class since the new year, but I'm here!" It's everyone's determination and passion that keeps me going strong. Thank you all for your inspiration! It is a gift!!!!
 
As you hear me say in class, "We're already halfway there. It's just a little muscle fatigue. You are SO MUCH stronger then you realize! Keep going!"
 
Annette's "before" image via Lauren

RIGHT NOW... 13 Jan 2015

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A. RBG Cosmetics blush polish is the best, most perfect nude.  B. I'm in love with (and have been living in) Madewell's sweet cropped Je t'aime sweatshirt  C. Free People Movement Chasse Bra and Buddhi Short are feminine, supportive, fresh, and perfect together in-studio.  D. Maple Water is a nice alternative to coconut water and contains only half the sugar!  E. Mizon Returning Starfish eye cream is by far the best I've ever used. 

Images via brand websites & Lauren Boggi in FP Movement via Dom  

HONEY DO FACIAL 12 Jan 2015

Honey Do Facial

As a working mom, I try to spend as much of my free time as possible with Mars. That means I don’t have as much time for personal maintenance as I used to, even though I need it more than ever now! I am lucky that Mars still occasionally naps during the day on the weekends, so I try to make the most of that time for me time. Give this facial a try this weekend, post-holiday. 

Ingredients: This is super-easy! Just mix approx 1 tablespoon pure (preferably raw) honey and 1 tablespoon cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil.

Do: Draw a warm bath, and apply the mixture to your face. Honey is antiseptic and fights the breakouts you sometimes get when you're tired. Coconut oil is so hydrating (I also use it on Mars's skin). Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse it off. It leaves my face smooth and glowing.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

LITHE ON LOCATION! 5 Jan 2015

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While traveling in Rincon, Puerto Rico this winter break, I ran into fellow Lither Angela Berke! 

We had no idea we would be in the same area, let alone on the same beach until we got there (call it Lithe kismet, if you will)? Of course, the conversation quickly led to our shared love of all things Lithe as our families looked on rolling their eyes and commiserating over our obvious obsession. We both knew that we had to do a little Lithe on location, and of course we took a few pictures to send to you.
 
A little side note, that also illustrates the special power of Lithe …
 
Angela and I went to high school together, but since we were two grades apart we were never really friends. We knew each other of course, but that was the extent of it until we reconnected at Lithe a couple of years ago (we're both in our late 40s, so needless to say it was many years later). I’m happy to now call Angela a friend. Not only has Lithe done wonders for our bodies and minds (we both believe that Lithe actually reverses the aging process), it also created a new friendship!
 

LITHE INSIDE: UNREFINED CARBS & SUGAR CHALLENGE! 29 Dec 2014

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I've always said what you eat is 80 percent of the Lithe equation – it's SO important to nourish yourself from the inside. Many of us are in the studio 5-7 times a week, but aren't feeling our best on the inside, and aren't reaching our true potential on the outside.

Beginning on Monday, January 5th, we're banding together post-holiday for the Lithe Inside: Unrefined Carbs & Sugar Challenge! We challenge you to 30 days of Eating Lithe without refined carbohydrates and sugar. We believe in 80/20, so you're off on the weekends. For those of you who want to take it to the next level, you can include weekends as part of your challenge. There is no sign up or workout component to this challenge.

Try not to think of this as a restrictive diet (we know that diets don't work) and get super-excited about all the delicious things that you CAN have. You're about to embark on a huge attitude shift that is going to enable you to transform your body and get into the best shape you have ever been in! 

Eating Lithe (clean eating) stems from the idea of eliminating or reducing all chemicals from the body. This means getting back to basics: no refined sugar, no unhealthy refined carbohydrates, and minimal processed foods. It’s all about nourishing that gorgeous body of yours and fueling it with nutritious whole foods that are as close to their natural state as possible: healthy unrefined carbs, Lithed Up salads, veggies, fruit, lean meats, healthy protein, and good fats.

Are you in? Check in on Saturday and print out your shopping list and everything that you need to succeed! Each week we'll post recipes, tips, and tricks so please share and follow us here and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Happy New Year Lithers, let's make this our best year yet! 

 

BEST OF FHH 2014! 29 Dec 2014

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What a great year! Thank YOU for all of your hard work and dedication: We completed 3 challenges, 2 Lithe Escapes, traveled on tour to Seoul, NYC & LA, celebrated a decade in Philly, Welcomed 11 fantastic new instructors (Meredith, Cate, Jen L., Maggie, Jenn B., Annette, Liz S., Kalika, Jonathan, Alicia, Katie B), 3 veteran instructors became Masters, debuted 7 new workouts (Rah, Lithe Beach, Hi-Top, All That, Sideline, Mercy & Lithe Lab), 2 WKND's and have seen the most killer camaraderie and results than ever before!  Here's to 2015!  Check out some of our favorite posts...

Lithe Escape Jamaica, Lithe WKND, Lithe Escape Tulum, Love Letters, Kristy's Before & After, Lithe Tour Philly, Seoul, NYC & LA, Because I'm Perfect, Lauren's Gym Bag Essentials, Beauty Tips for a tired face, 3 Days to Flat Abs, Lauren for Prevention, Breaking the Mom Cycle, Talking biz with Forbes & Jon Oringer, Fall Transformation Results, Elizabeth Tomkins x Destination Maternity, Lithe Foods x Art In The Age Skinny Heathen series, Sayeh's Living Lithe Tips, Earned in Winter Challenge, Results, T-Minus 30 Challenge, Mission: Lithe, Mama Says, Lithe Spice No.1, Meg G. & Lithe on BLDG 25, love from the Press & Eating Lithe,

 

GIFTING... 23 Dec 2014

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1. Byredo Mojave Ghost is unlike anything else.  2. Yotam Ottolenghi's Jarusalem cookbook  3. Lithe Spice No. 1 for everyone who's Eating Lithe in January.  4. Laura Mercier Bare Beige lip glace looks great on everyone. 5. Konjac sponge is naturally alkaline, and pH neutral which leaves skin perfectly balanced. 6. Drybar Detox dry shampoo turns Lithed-Up, second day hair into blow out quality.  7. You don't know you need a bodysuit until you have one! The Bradamant Pop-Up shop at 1605 Walnut St. is open from Dec 15-25!

Images via brand websites

FROM THE MAT ROOM TO THE BEDROOM... 16 Dec 2014

Annette

Baby, it’s cold outside! As the temps cool down outside, we challenge you to heat things up inside ... We mean in the bedroom, of course. Are you up to it? If so, you and your man will be in good company. Did you know that winter is the season to get it on? A 2008 study found that men are most attracted to women’s bodies in the months of December, January, and February. In particular, December is the most popular month for couples to slide between the sheets.

Before you get it on, come get it on with us first! Why? Because working out actually primes your body for sex. Besides the physiology of increased blood flow (everywhere!), the female body is more responsive to pleasure and physical sensations are experienced more intensely. The take home message: Fooling around isn’t so foolish and your big “O” is even bigger.

Need motivation to step straight from mat to bedroom? Think about this: First, you are putting yourself in the position (pun absolutely intended) to enhance your after-burn: keep busy for at least 30 minutes and you can conservatively add an extra 85-100 calories to your total count (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Second, there is no greater time for a gal to feel better about her body than right after she has just killed it in the studio! Women who feel physically fit think more highly of themselves on levels of sexual attractiveness and performance. When we feel good about ourselves, we’re more confident and less inhibited. This paves the way for spontaneity and creativity …

Third, you already look the part! You know that natural flush in your cheeks after a perfectly satisfying sweat session? This peaks male interest and promotes interpersonal closeness. Lastly, your still-warm muscles and joints allow for increased flexibility and generous range-of-motion. Amen.  

Hurry home, though! Your period of increased sensuality only lasts for about 15-20 minutes post-exercise. On that note, don’t bother showering: your natural sheen gives you a dewy complexion, highlights all the right places, and sends pheromones into the atmosphere that will draw your man to you like a moth to a flame.

Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka in Target via Dom

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