DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 26 Aug 2014
Dear Lauren and the Lithe Community,
This summer, I wanted to embark on an introspective journey towards self-care. Chronicling my journey through the hashtag, #sexysalubrioussummer, my goal initially was to reclaim a sense of worth. My friend cajoled me to join Lithe after I regaled her with stories about my struggles with vulnerability and courage. Experiencing searing emotional pain from the effects of love and loss, I also wanted to exert and expend my energy into something new. Lithing has not only become a physical exercise, but an exercise that has helped me to embrace vulnerability. My goading anxiety about being the only male in classes most times has slowly diminished because of the inspiring inclusive community. I am realizing how much strength I actually have, and for the first time in years, I can look in the mirror, like what I see and affirm that I have inherent worth. The empowering ethos that is Lithe is incredibly palpable. I always look forward to the conversations with staff, instructors, and Lithe sisters/brother (hi Jonathan!). Lithers exude such grace.
Liz and Marisa, it is always an absolute pleasure to be in your classes. As much as I want to scream expletives because of the burn, your careful guidance and reassurance makes it all worth it. After only about a month of classes, I am noticing my physique is more toned. I am eating healthier, feeling more energetic, and appreciating all that is me.
While I will be moving to Minneapolis this fall to pursue my doctorate, I will still be frequenting Lithe when I can. I am always deterred by the angry personas of fitness that get reverberated by the media. Exercise does not need to be a hyper-aggressive or competitive endeavor. At Lithe, we all attune to the common goal of reaching our optimal selves. Lauren, I can't thank you enough for developing such a graceful and beautiful outlet for me, as Dr. Brene Brown says, to dare greatly.
With so much love and care,
Dear Lauren & Lithe,
I didn't want to post these on my personal accounts but I've seen great results from Lithe Spring Clean to the end of T-30. I've lost around 5 inches from the 5 points I measured in the beginning; Two inches from my waist and 1 inch from each thigh. More than the inches lost, I feel more energetic and fit. I really enjoy the challenge concept; Having fitness goals is really motivating.
This past January depression set it. Single, cold, and overweight. I came back from a family vacation and was the heaviest I had ever been and felt like I couldn't even walk a mile. I have been taking Lithe classes on and off since 2011 but as of January hadn't gone in a year and figured Id give it another shot. Since then my whole life as completely turned around and I owe it all to you.
For starters I love my lithe friends. From morning til night we text about what classes were taking and remind eachother what each class entails. I love walking into class and seeing so many familiar faces smiling and waving. Keeps me motivated and excited to workout everyday!
Next, I love the staff. From Lauren to Danielle to Jonathan and everyone in between, everyone at Lithe makes me feel great! Always there to answer questions and listen to me talk about nonsense ( even if they dont care!) Everyone is so passionate and knowledgeable and they all do their best to make Lithe a welcoming environment.
Finally, I love me. I have never felt more alive and good about myself than I do right now. I was Lithing 4-5 times a week and since the challenges started I have upped it to 5-6 ( I hit 7 once!) I would have never thought I would actually look forward to my workout but I do every single day. I get stressed if I have to miss a day and try my best to change plans to work around lithe, I have even cancelled dates! There is no better feeling in the world than completing a class especially a barre focused class. Anyone who knows me knows how terrified I was of the barre in the beginning, now I get excited because I know how good it feels when Im done!
I would love to end this with telling you that I have now have a six pack and have lost 20 lbs since January but I cant. I can tell you that I have realized that being happy with my body is NOT about the number on the scale but about the smile I give my reflection every single morning. I am so proud of the woman I have become both physically and mentally and I owe it to Lithe. Thank you for being a great boyfriend, an awesome best friend, and a second family. I love you Lithe!
xoxo Jill Horn xoxo
My Lithe love story starts like many others... I was frustrated with a 15 pound weight gain that crept up on me during graduate school (quite a lot on my petite 5'2 frame!). I would run 2 miles or do the elliptical at the gym and call that my workout. But with the guidance of a nutritionist and increasing my mileage, I was able to healthily loose all that weight. I enjoyed long-distance running -- beating my PRs in each subsequent half marathon and completing my first full marathon in the fall of 2012. But I was totally beat after! The training was a huge time commitment and my body often hurt without enough time to recover my aching muscles each week.
A few weeks after the marathon, I got engaged! And I was ready for a new workout challenge... ENTER LITHE! While I had reached my weight goal, I wanted tone and definition, something I had never achieved with long-distance running. I immediately noticed more definition in my back; and after a few more weeks of Lithing, my butt was transforming and was more tight and perky (my fiancé didn't complain!). I reflected on how truly ineffective my past workout regiment had been back in graduate school. I started realizing the benefits of Lithe, and how it simultaneously enhanced my running performance.
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I just wanted to thank you and all your lithe instructors. (As you probably know) I started Lithing around this time last year. I was coming off an injury caused by martial arts and wasn't allowed to train for a minimum 2 months. Lithe gave me a complete workout without compromising my recovery. The core work was incredible- I had never experienced anything like it! Overnight I fell head over heels for everything Lithe. I appreciated the attention you put into all edges of the brand, and it shows. I never took a class I hated, ate something I thought was "bad" or "mediocre", or wore clothing that was uncomfortable. Most of all, I loved being around women who felt the same. I loved the energy of the classes. The dance routines made me feel sexy and strong, something rarely acquired in this society. I smiled at myself in the mirrors instead of having a stare down. I continued Lithe months after my injury had been deemed healed. Lithe put me in touch with myself, the modern day everything woman, and I liked what I found. I bring that new female confidence with me to my current training every day.
I am now back into my mixed martial arts training or "beast mode" as the boys call it. It's quite a shift from Lithe. I train will all very athletic as well as accomplished men, (my coach is a marine), often multiple times a day. They call me "hellcat". I never hesitate to bring them a daily dose of girl power- Thanks to Lithe for reviving the sexy strong woman in me! Just because I'm tough, doesn't mean I can't smile or shake my booty when I train. After all, this is supposed to be fun right?
I hope all is well- I still keep up to date on Facebook and love everything I see! I attached some photos from my fights. I'll be back for Hot Legs and Rock Steady soon :)
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