Being a Lither takes commitment. But being a mom and a Lither calls for serious dedication. Between early wakeup calls (5 AM? Again?) and rushing to pick the kids up at preschool, it's not always so easy to squeeze in a class. In our new column, we'll shine a little light on the mamas that make it happen.
First up is Nicole Andreola, the South Philly mother of two.
Kids: Nicholas, 2 and Rocco, 11 months
Tell us your Lithe story: After having Nicholas, I needed someone to kick my butt. I heard about Lithe from my friend Colleen McNally - who is now an instructor - and decided to check it out when he was almost 1. Since then, I've been going strong for more than 2 years. I Lithed 5-6 times a week up until my second son's due date (with a 9 pound baby in my belly, no less). I took a short break when he was born and was back in class about 5 weeks later. I watched my body snap into shape much more quickly after that pregnancy and attribute it to consistently Litheing. I was also much more accepting of my post-pregnancy shape this time around.
How do you fit it into your schedule? The 7 and 8 PM classes are most convenient because my husband can take over after he gets home from work. When I first became a mom, I felt guilty about leaving my baby in order to exercise. Nowadays, I figure that my family has my attention 23 hours out of the day and Lithe is that one hour I have just to myself.
Which Lithe workout has given you the stamina to run after two little boys all day? Well, it's probably a combination of all of them, but if I can get through Hipster after being on the go since 6 AM, I'm pretty proud of myself.
How do you fit it into the budget? Though we're a one income family - I'm a stay-at-home mom - we figure out a way to make it work. Luckily, my husband realizes that I'm happiest when Lithe is in my life. And I always make the most out of my monthly pass.
Clearly, you have a healthy diet, but which of your kids' foods can you not resist? I have a major sweet tooth, so the cupcakes and graham crackers are always tempting. Also, the cookie bar at Whole Foods is hard to pass up.
Image of Nicole and family via Nicole