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SHE'S LITHE: NISHA MISTRY 26 May 2015

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This week, we get to know longtime Lither Nisha Mistry!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? On May 6th, I will have been loving Lithe for 3 years. I think the best way to incorporate Lithe into my schedule has been to take advantage of the three week window for booking. I always book a class as soon as the window opens, and with the app it has made that much easier. Plus it also put a reminder into my schedule so that I know its already booked when I go to look at that day and then just schedule around it.   

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? My lithe routine is typically the 945am class at the Main Line studio. So its not really an end to a long day, but it gets my day off to a great start and I can't remember there ever having been a time when I regretted coming to class. But as a stay-at-home full-time single mom of three, very active and busy kids, there are times when I don't always get to lithe because of a dr's appt, a play, or a game. On those days, I try and meditate before I go to bed, to just clear my head of all that noise.  I find that lithe does that for me because as so many instructors have said, 'it is your hour - make it your best'.  I also drink tea and read a little. I absolutely try not to bring any technology to bed with me. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I think the most rewarding part of lithe is knowing that I have become stronger physically and further,  the element of lithe that keeps it interesting is, that it is always a work in progress. There is always a new workout being added to the line up or being 'raised from the ashes'. Every instructor teaches a class in her own way and whether its about 'making it your best', 'you can do ten of anything', 'this is your hour', 'make it punchy' or a loving, encouraging growl - they know how to keep you going. I don't know how Lauren does it - but I am grateful that she does.  Even more so, emotionally I am also a much more even-keeled and happy person. There was this post that was on the blog that I printed when it was posted and even though its faded and dog-eared - it has been my mantra. It was entitled ‘Inspiration’ in which was there was a list of ‘obstacles’ one shouldn’t let interfere with one’s Lithe practice.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Hmmm - I have to pick one? Well, I think it would be Sideline. I love the intensity of the CCS and the sculpting standing on the Pom bands.  Its really an awesome workout. I know my body changes so much more  when I focus on sculpting - I think Peeled is my favorite sculpting class. 

What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? That would be Felicity - Keri Russell was my girl crush when it was on TV, and Scott Speedman was my guy crush, and I love Scott Foley too (especially as Jake now on Scandal). I just felt all their angst during the course of those four years. And her hair -  her hair -  was just how I always wanted my hair to be - even when it was short.  I remember living in NYC and seeing Keri Russell in person at the counter of the event planning/catering company/restaurant I worked at - I wasn't serving her, but I heard her speak and knew it was her - and she really is gorgeous in person.  Thankfully she is on TV again in The Americans on FX ( but her hair is straightened now - but she is just as gorgeous). 
 
When you were in high school, what would you have been "Most Likely to..." in the yearbook superlatives? Most Likely to...be a late bloomer - I really didn't come into my own until my early twenties, comfortable in my own skin. Even now I continue to 'bloom' in so many ways - especially as a mom. One of my favorite quotes is 'And the day came with the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom' – Anais Nin

JUDGEMENT BARRIERS & FITNESS 19 May 2015

Does fear of judgment or shame about your body ever keep you from getting out there and breaking a sweat and becoming fit? One of the biggest fitness/health hurdles for so many people is being judged or feeling shame about their body. Because perfectionism has a strong grip on so many of us, you may feel like you have to be perfect at the studio, too.

So many of us are guilty of this. How many times have you passed on a particular class or instructor at Lithe or on a swimsuit because you're "too fat"? The entire first year after I had my son, I refused to buy clothes until I fit into my old ones! Have you passed on a particular sport because of shame?

Check out the video above. Sport England set its This Girl Can campaign to the classic 2001 Missy Elliot jam “Get Ur Freak On." It was created to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move, and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

7 STEPS TO OVERCOMING JUDGEMENT BARRIERS 19 May 2015

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1. Your body is your ally
Our bodies change through aging, pregnancy, illness, weight loss, weight gain, the list goes on. One thing we must learn to do is love our bodies before, during, and after. Be loyal to your body and love it. It’s the only one you have! Use it to help you win battles, not create them. The sooner we conceptualize our bodies as allies instead of enemies, the sooner we learn to mend the split between what we want and aspire to be, versus what and who we are. 

2. Choose love not fear
Don't let the fear of not being perfect or accepted hold you back from living the life you want. Instead, live your life by loving yourself and others. Going to the studio and popping your hips might feel embarrassing, but fear isn't running your show anymore because you love yourself, right? Six months from now, you'll be surprised how quickly you started Lithing up a storm. You'll also be amazed at your strength and stamina and it’s all because you said goodbye to fear.

3. Don’t let others tell you how much you’re worth
So many of us have a habit of letting other people’s opinion run their feelings and choices. Can you relate? Here’s the thing though: those people don’t know your story. They can never know the depth of your journey or the beauty of your mind, body, and spirit. If people try to tell you otherwise, walk away. When your best supporters tell you that you're awesome, believe it.

4. Slow and steady wins the race
One of the things that can trip you up while getting fit is lack of patience. We do not like to wait for things. You want to give up because it seems too difficult. Try to remember that the course of our life is not a straight path, but a winding one. We all make wrong turns and double back on ourselves. The best thing we can do is not beat ourselves up, but believe that we are worth it. Then just put one foot in front of the other. A Lither recently told me that she started Lithing a few minutes at a time, then 20 minutes, then 60 minutes. Three weeks ago, she completed her first 6x/week since she started three months ago. And it’s all because she stepped into the studio. Set a small goals and try to work at it in small ways every day. 

5. Ignore the Competition
It seems counterintuitive, but when setting up for your sweat session, plop your gloves and props down near a mat in the front of the room (you don't have to be in front of the instructor). This helps you focus on YOU instead of others in the room. 

6. Character matters
Our bodies take so many shapes during our lifetime. It is our character that matters the most! 

7. Chat up your instructors
Let your instructor know that you are nervous, don’t know what to expect, etc. What you perceive as a weakness is actually strength. Asking for help when you need it is hard, but that's how you learn and grow which will improve your practice and break down barriers.

Of course, now the question must be asked — does fear of judgment or shame about your body ever keep you from getting out there and breaking a sweat for your health? Let’s talk about it!

Lithe Instructor Diana K. via Lauren

ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE 19 May 2015

Ultra Lithe Cleanse

ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE - $75/day

1-3 days  • 1400 calories/day • 100% plant-based & raw

Prep for summer with our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse. From May 27th-May 29th, we'll be debuting our greenest, Lithest detox yet (lowest sugar content, most alkaline and nutrient dense).  If you're looking to go deeper, greener, and 100% liquid, our ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE is the right choice for you. Buy the 3rd day and receive $15 off!  

Ultra Lithe Cleanse Menu

  • Lithe Coco-Rose Water
  • Lauren's Skin Saver
  • Watershed Cocktail
  • Ultra Lithe Green Soup (there's an entire avocado in here!)
  • Spirit Lemonade
  • La Ensalada
  • Ultra Lithe Milk

Ordering: Go to our online store > Products > Choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Friday, May 22nd at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Pickup: 
-Day(s) 1, 2, & 3 pick up on Wednesday, May 27th from 6AM-8PM.

SHE'S LITHE: CLAIRE ELLIOTT 18 May 2015

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This week, we get to know longtime Lither Claire Elliot!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? The 6AM class has become a pretty non-negotiable part of my daily routine. No matter how crazy my schedule gets throughout the day – work, travel, girlfriend hangouts, dates – that early bird time slot is always available. There’s no excuse not to sweat! My proximity to the studio (two blocks) doesn’t hurt either. I am so proud to be a part of the Old City 6AM crew. Talk about some bad*ss chicks!

When you've had a long day, what do you do to de-stress? A stack of magazines, some hot mint tea, my pajamas, in bed. That’s pretty much heaven. If it has been an especially stressful day, then swap out the tea with wine. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Lithe is so unique because it NEVER gets easy. Yes, you learn the moves and nail down your form, but you always sweat, your muscles always shake, you always challenge yourself to get to the next level. That consistent push, the lack of “plateau” in terms of inner and outer strength, is what makes Lithe unlike any other work out I’ve done. I agree with Molly who mentioned the barre chair series being the most killer moves of all time. When will I be able to complete the whole set?

And … one of the most geeked-out Lithe moments I’ve ever had was doing singles of the entire All That lineup, from Twiggy straight through to Sideline. Jonathan taught the class. It was 7PM in Old City. I smiled the entire time. There was Whitney Houston blasting and I could not believe I did it. Ah, magic! 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Freestyle. I love trying out new clothes, shoes, lipstick, etc. Freestyle is the Lithe version of “outfitting.” The workout is always fun and keeps you on your toes, just like a pedicure with a new Essie polish!   

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? I was fairly certain that I was going to marry Prince William. I guess I’ll have to settle for Prince Harry.  

What was the first concert you went to? Celine Dion when I was 11. My older cousin took me because her boyfriend (shockingly) did not want to go. I cried when she sang “My Heart Will Go On” (I mean Titanic? Leo? Come on!). I thought I had died and gone to heaven. 

EATING LITHE INGREDIENTS: MESQUITE 13 May 2015

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We're thrilled to offer four new super delicious Daily Detox Superfood Smoothies within our May Eating Lithe Detox! One of my all-time favorite superfoods is mesquite and I'm so excited to feature it in our Lithe Foods Mexi-cacao smoothie. The Mexi-cacao smoothie is high in antioxidants and magnesium, with no added sugar. This blend is created with mesquite and raw cacao, which tastes AMAZING and also provides an energizing, caffeine-free power boost.

Cacao Magic is extremely high in antioxidants and magnesium, with no added sugar. This blend is created with Chinese herbs, rare medicinal mushrooms, and superfoods sourced from all over the world, including raw cacao powder, which provides the blend’s chocolate flavor. It tastes AMAZING and also provides an energizing, caffeine-free power boost. Just add a spoonful of Cacao Magic to get your protein, calcium, and yummy chocolate fix! - See more at: http://www.thephilosophie.com/collections/superfood-blends/products/cacao-magic#sthash.vIgeG38V.dpuf

 

Mesquite is high in protein, low on the glycemic index, and a great source of soluble fiber, meaning it digests relatively slowly and does not cause spikes in blood sugar, which is exactly how you want to start your morning!  Mesquite is a leguminous plant found in arid parts of South America and the southwestern United States. Mesquite has long been used by Native Americans, who ground it into a powder for use as a flour or sweetener. It has a sweet nutty/cinnamon flavor, it's gluten-free, and is a good source of calcium, iron, lysine, manganese, zinc and potassium. We hope you enjoy it!  

 

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MAY EATING LITHE DETOX MENU 11 May 2015

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LITHE'S EATING LITHE SPRING DETOX! 11 May 2015

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We have the ultimate plan for you just in time for Memorial Day. Learn better habits while getting that Lithe glow (and body) with our Eating Lithe Detox. Our four-day detox is a collection of wellness staples, tonics, and remedies to cultivate inner and outer radiance. By implementing superfoods, adaptogenic herbs, Lithed-Up salads, and medicinal teas, you’ll become Lithe both inside and out. 

EATING LITHE DETOX:  Four days • 1300-1500 calories/day • Plant-based • $300

Check out our May Menu

Ordering: Go to our online store > Products > Choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Thursday, May 14 at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Pickup: 
-Day 1 and 2, pick up on Tuesday, May 19 from 6AM-8PM. 
-Day 3 and 4, pick up on Thursday, May 21 from 6AM-8PM. 

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2015 RESULTS! 7 May 2015

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We're back! Fifteen out of 21 Escapees had their before and after measurements taken. Measurements aren't the only measure of success on our escapes, but they sure are telling. I always say that one week will make you strong, but in this case, THREE FULL days will make you strong. I had a blast last week and can't wait to share more pictures of our food, fitness and fun. Check out @lithe_escape on Instagram (#litheescape) for pictures. 

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WE WEAR 7 May 2015

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If you're a Rittenhouse or Old City Lither (or, if you went on Lithe Escape!) you've met our special projects/PR manager, Jillian Crean. Jill is detail-oriented and awesome at planning ahead. She always looks spectacular, even at 5AM. Over the next few weeks we'll show you how she gears up for Lithe!

Workout: Waspie

While my true favorite color is and always has been "sparkly," pink ranks at a very close second. My phone case is pink, my iPad cover is pink, and my toenails are perennially pink too. It only makes sense that my gloves to grip those killer blue bands follow suit! The magenta Victoria's Secret VSX sports bra's support may not be necessary for Waspie's waist rotations, but I definitely appreciate it when we get to candy canes, around-the-worlds, and half moons. And I'm a sucker for printed leggings – they can (kind of) distract me from the inevitable burn of holding wide second during Waspie!

Gear: Yo Lithe tank + Pink Victoria's Secret VSX sports bra, grey check Under Armour leggings + pink Pearl Izumi gloves.  New Balance 711 + Frends headphones

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

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