292 posts categorized " Lauren Boggi "

DOING IT ALL IS SO OVERRATED 24 Mar 2015

Lauren Boggi

A few nights ago around 9PM Jordan snapped this photo of me finally sitting down (my glass of wine was just outside the shot) right after we got Mars to finally go to bed. He said, "Laur, stay right there, the lighting is so good on your face." I actually don't love this photo – I had taught three classes, was half asleep, and my smile was not genuine. I wanted to just stick my tongue out at him and scream. 

At the risk of oversharing, I have had a few very difficult weeks. I like to think of myself as a pretty positive, even-keeled person, but the last month has thrown me into total overwhelm mode. I would love to tell you that I have been riding it out gracefully, but I really haven’t. I have not been myself. I’ve been cranky, pessimistic, aloof, and questioning every part of my life.


I put off writing this post because I didn’t want to spread my Negative Nelly vibes across the Internet and into the studios, so I internalized it (I’m really good at that), and then I decided to just do it because I think there is something to be said for sharing my current struggle with you. I would be upset if, from reading the blog or what you read about me, you gathered that I am an invulnerable health and fitness guru who always has it together. Don’t get me wrong, I have a wonderful life and I can usually juggle a zillion balls in the air, but I am having a messy moment.

I'm struggling with running a company and caring for a child. And I have to tell you that doing it all is totally overrated. I'll be honest, guys, I'm spent. I feel like I need to go to rehab for exhaustion. My life — both work and personal — has changed so much over the past year and the juggle has become more difficult. I've since taken on more staff (salaries to pay), I'm expanding Lithe, and have a few large projects in the future (greater expectations on myself), and I have a child who needs and wants me, but also makes me feel torn.

We currently have a part-time nanny and Mars is in school part-time, so I'm basically a very part-time stay-at-home mom with two full-time businesses. I love having the ability to work from home and be with Mars when he's home but it doesn't really work out, so for the past three-and-a-half years, I worked around the clock, all day, in the evenings while Mars was in bed, on the weekends, and whenever he napped. And now he no longer naps, so things (and stress) started to pile up in every area of my life. 

My days are crazy. I teach, train teachers, blog, shoot content for Lithe, FHH, and Lithe Foods, and cook meals for my family. I take Mars to school, soccer, art, and to the playground while checking in with my teams, managing projects and people, developing product, planning, programming, streamlining Lithe, and responding to a gazillion emails (and feeling guilty for being on the phone around him and also feeling guilty for not being there for my staff as much as I should/could).  

Sometimes I feel like I may explode over this constant battle of being pulled in a zillion different directions. And I hate the constant combination of being stretched so thin while feeling guilty. I feel guilty that I have to leave work to pick up Mars, I feel guilty when I can't put more time into something at work, I feel guilty when I have to leave Mars, and I feel guilty when I get snippy (or go completely internal) with Jordan because I'm taking my stress out on him. I love my job, I know myself well, and I know that I need (and want) to work, and that my creative brain really thrives when doing so many things. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.  I also know that my son will only be little for so long and I want to spend more time with him.

Why am I telling you this? Because people ask me all. the. time how I do it all. I say that I have a stellar team, I try my best, and I pick my battles. There are so many moving parts and I've had incredible success and some amazing failures, but mostly I am a work in progress. I'm still figuring it all out. Oftentimes I find myself pushing and working so hard that I forget to be present. This whole working while parenting experience has made me reevaluate my life. I know that it's okay not to always be okay and right now it feels really good to slow down, be mindful, appreciate idleness, and live in the moment. I hope that my struggle with the juggle helps some of you working (and non-working) moms (and non-moms) out there. We're all in this together! 

While writing this I was inspired (via my friend January) by the Hopewell quilts article in Mother Mag.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

LITHE SPRING CLEAN #LITHERESULTS! 16 Mar 2015

Lauren Boggi Lithe Spring Clean

Happy spring, everyone!  Our Lithe Spring Clean challenge is my absolute favorite one. It kicks my health, metabolism, weight loss, and practice into high gear. I always say that diet is 85 percent. Eating Lithe (eating clean) is truly a challenge for most of us and incorporating the food part of the equation is what makes this month-long process really effective. 

I always find it interesting that not as many people sign up (there are only 104 of you!) because there is no "prize," yet it's the most critical of the three EIW challenges for achieving the results that everyone works SO hard for. This challenge is for you and you should do it for your health (that's the prize!). Anyone can take 20 classes in 25 days, but nobody can out-Lithe a poor diet. 

I'm in on this one too and I'll post my #LitheResults and how I'm #EatingLithe on my (now public) personal Instagram feed. Join me! 

LAUREN IN NYC! 13 Mar 2015

Boggi

Try High Mini, one of our classic Lithe workouts!  Reserve, bring water, and a yoga mat

RIGHT NOW... 11 Mar 2015

RIght Now

1. We're building our Lithe Foods pantry and are excited to offer you some of the more obscure items that I've been using in my smoothies/tea/soups for years now. Ashwagandha is an everyday staple for me.  2. I'm counting the days until Lithe Escape and loving this Harvey Faircloth Irie sweatshirt.  3. Dr-Cow's Aged cashew & blue green algae is my favorite cheese alternative.  4. Drill Design x Mizutori's Geta Sandal in nude (and black!) is supportive and absolutely perfect for spring.  5. Ro's Argan Body Conditioner by Lush is like a super-hydrating shower smoothie for your skin. It saves you time, smells divine, and there's no need for lotion!

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LITHE SLIMMING BROTH 25 Feb 2015

Lithe Broth 1

Feeling under the weather?  This is liquid sunshine.  Our veggie version of bone broth is mineral-rich 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)
Bragg's 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

BEHIND THE SCENES {OH JOY + ERGOBABY + LITHE} 24 Feb 2015

Joy Lauren + joy

I had a great time in L.A. this afternoon working with Oh Joy + Ergobaby. Joy did a fantastic job Lithing it up with baby Coco. Stay tuned for a blog post and a baby-wearing workout!  

Images via Casey Brodley

LAUREN'S FAVE PHILLY SPOTS ON BE WELL PHILLY 23 Feb 2015

Be Well Philly Lauren Boggi Be Well Philly

Check out
Lauren's favorite Philly spots to get fit, eat Lithe, and recharge!

Image via Kate Kempf

TAKE MEASURE {RE-POST}! 9 Feb 2015

Sizes

Participating in the Earned In Winter Challenge and want to be featured on the blog? Lauren will be taking "before" measurements and pictures tomorrow from 1:30-3PM at Lithe Rittenhouse! 

Confused about taking your measurements? Follow the image above and have a friend help to ensure accuracy.

To Do: Measure the fullest part of the bust, your natural waist (not where you wear you jeans), the high hip (where you wear your jeans; just palpate the hip bone/iliac crest to find the correct spot), low hip/butt (the widest part of the booty), your dominant thigh (approximately halfway between the knee and the hip) and your most dominant arm (approximately halfway between the shoulder and elbow). 

Tips: Wear the same outfit whenever you measure, stand posture perfect, and relax the extremities.   

Image of Lauren Boggi at Lithe Old City via Chrissy Parker

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2015 5 Feb 2015

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The cure for anything is salt water, sun, sweat, and the sea. Details will be released on Saturday!

FREE PEOPLE #FPLETSMOVE & LITHE! 2 Feb 2015

Building 25 Blog FP @Lithe FPMovement-Lithe-32

Check out BLDG 25 for a recap of the Free People #FPLETSMOVE event!   

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