LITHE BRIDE 23 Oct 2014
Hi Lauren & Team,
I started Lithing a few years ago with my sister who said I had to try it, and fell in love. I had Lithed semi-consistently, but it really became a routine in the past year. A routine I loved and looked forward to every day. Lithe has never been a chore to me. Okay, some early Saturday morning classes after a late night out in the city it may have felt a tiny bit like a chore, but it is the best start to a morning!
After completing the #Earnedinwinter challenge, I knew I could do the bridal challenge….and I was the first Lithe Bride to complete it!! With all of the stress of planning a wedding on top of work, Lithe was my escape. It is a detox from the hustle and bustle of a day in front of a computer, conference calls, and social media. My favorite classes to take pre-wedding were Sculpt and Armistice, as I tried to take more sculpting classes rather than cardio.
I was married on September 5th, 2014 at St. Philip Neri Church in Lafayette Hill, PA. Dinner and dancing (a LOT of dancing) was held at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA. Our photographer, Alyssa Maloof, caught these great shots at our reception. I am thankful for Lithe, for the energizing and fun classes that keep us feeling great. Lithing doesn’t stop post-wedding or honeymoon, I’ll see you back in the studio soon!
Images of MKF via Alyssa Maloof Photography
We may be biased, but Lithe Brides are the most beautiful brides! If you want to feel confident and rock that dress, we have a sweet challenge for you. Read more about it in Philadelphia Magazine's Local Bridal Guide.
Step 1: Sign up in-studio and provide proof (more than a ring!) that you're tying the knot within three-six months.
Step 2: Take four Lithe workouts per week for four consecutive weeks.
Earn: 20% discount on your next 30 day unlimited package.
Perks: You'll receive a complimentary pre-wedding, private class for you and your bridesmaids, before & after photos and measurements (not mandatory) as well as a non-mandatory Lithe Bride feature on Fit.Hip.Healthy.
Mrs: Sorry, the Lithe Bridal Challenge program/discount cannot be used retroactively.
Image of Lauren via Kella MacPhee
Fresh flowers are one of my favorite little luxuries at Lithe and at home. I truly believe that having them in our spaces is part of being a good host. Sure, flowers can be an extra expense, but they don't have to be expensive. I often wish that other local businesses (especially restaurants) placed more emphasis on floral design. Flowers not only bring beauty to a space, but they bring us health and evoke a feeling of beauty and grace.
I leave it up to Sullivan Owen to create amazing floral designs for Lithe, but unless I'm hosting a party, I usually DIY flower arrangements for my home. Sometimes I pick out flowers based on appearance alone, but recently I've been paying more attention to the meaning behind them. Many cultures throughout history have assigned meaning to flowers. Whether you’re decoding the pink roses your boyfriend sent, or deciding which blooms belong at your wedding, the language of flowers is both interesting and surprisingly useful, too.
Right now Sullivan is featuring Peonies in our studios. Peonies have a delicious scent and are so incredibly beautiful. The peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love, and the symbol of the peony is often considered a metaphor for female beauty and prosperity. I had a Caribbean wedding and utilized local flowers like the Bird of Paradise which symbolizes joyfulness, magnificence and also is used to indicate an exciting and wonderful anticipation. If I had a wedding in the states I would have most definitely incorporated the Peony. Do you have a favorite flower?
Check out some of our favorite flowers and their meaning:
Image via Pinterest
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.
Images via Christopher Alexander Photography
Happy Friday! This week's giveaway comes to us from BHLDN (pronounced 'beholden' and meaning 'to keep' in Dutch). As the sister brand to Anthropologie, BHLDN was founded in 2011 with the mission of providing each bride with the edit she's been searching for —heirloom-quality wedding gowns, artisanal hair adornments, jewelry, footwear, and decor. They just released their spring collection, which is loosely inspired by the dreamy, sun-bleached seascapes of Greece. The new gowns are very romantic with lots of sheer, airy elements and are enhanced by soft, tonal embellishments, like 3D embroidery and lace, or adorned with cool, soft sparkle and place stonework. If I were walking down the aisle again, I'd definitely wear a dress from their selection.
If you're currently a Lithe Bride searching for your perfect dress, stop by BHLDN's sample sale at the Navy Yard tomorrow from 10AM to 1PM. Gowns will be priced from $100 to $300, so get there early to score a deal on a gorgeous gown.
BHLDN is giving away a Side-by-Side Bracelet ($100 value) plus a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what Lithe class you think is best for sculpting Lithe Brides! A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Good luck!
Images via BHLDN
So enough with talking about the wedding! Since I've dragged you all along with me in all of my wedding worries for the past year--to register for a food mill or not to register for a food mill--that is just one of a million burning questions! (LAWD!) I figure it's only fair to let you see how it all turned out. It truly was as people told me it would be...all worth it in the end. A beautiful night that I will never forget.
We had a Jewish wedding ceremony on Thursday October 24th at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, where Drew's parents and grandparents were married, and where both he and his brother were Bar Mitzvah'd. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony with only our closest friends and family as witnesses, in a grand and beautiful room which only underscored how our marriage was not just about the two of us, but about something much bigger--a joining of families, communities and traditions. The next night, we were married AGAIN ( What can I say? The man liked it, and put multiple rings on it! Ya heaaaard me? Up top!) in a mix of Jewish, Western and Persian traditions. The wedding party danced down the aisle to none other than my ultimate fave, Michael Jackson, where I'm told that one of the groomsmen did an incredible split in the center of the aisle and bounced back to standing. Not to be outshined, my sister and the best man did an incredible robot. Folks were clapping, laughing, and the party was started. I walked in to a little ditty by none other than the ultimate R&B diva herself, Mariah Carey. It was pretty epic. I'm told there's video somewhere.
We then did some Jewish prayers, circled each other as is also the Jewish custom, said our vows and then went to sit at the Persian Wedding Table or Sofreh. The Sofreh comes from Iran's Zoroastrian roots, established in the country over a thousand years ago, and has changed little despite the advent of other religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) in the country today. Each item symbolizes something different that the couple hopes for in their marriage. Incense to ward off the evil eye and protect the couple, a book of ancient Persian love poems (some couples opt for a Koran or other meaningful book), eggs to encourage fertility, bread to ensure prosperity, pastries and honey to ensure a sweet life are among many other objects displayed. My family in Iran scrambled far and wide to find all the items I needed and somehow get them to me in Philadelphia in a logistical effort that would have made UPS proud, and for which I will be forever grateful. One that culminated in a surprise courier--my grandmother--who helped to raise me, whom I hadn't seen in 5 years since she returned to Iran, whom I was devastated wouldn't be at my wedding. She made the multi-continental journey alone with 10 suitcases at 88 years old. The first of many wedding gifts bestowed upon me by my incomprehensibly wonderful human of a groom. (Now I've SEEN the video of that surprise reunion, and I challenge anyone not to cry watching it.)
Then, in my favorite part of the ceremony, in keeping with tradition, we invited the married women in our lives--the ones whose marriages we admire--to hold a canopy over our heads (much like a chuppah). Each woman, in turn rubbed two cones of sugar together over us, sprinkling their happy marriage energy and good love juju in a shower of sugar and sweetness on our heads to give us some light and positivity as we begin our own foray into marriage in line behind them. Finally, we were pelted with Persian candied rice, hugged and kissed all our loved ones and the partay started. One that was full of loud singing, dancing and nonstop group hugs.
Thank you for being with me week after week this year, as I waxed philosophical on all things Lithe and love and marriage. I am grateful for all your encouragement and kind comments over the past 2.5 years of Sayeh's Living Lithe. I look forward to continuing to chronicle every other chapter in my life--in all our lives--with you as they come.
See you in class!
I’ve been looking forward to sharing my love of Lithe for quite some time. I decided that waiting until after my February 17th wedding, was the appropriate time to tell you just how important a part of my life you’ve become.
I’ve been a dedicated exerciser for many years, not only for the physical benefits, but also for the mental benefits; that natural high you feel when walking away from a super-sweaty workout. When I belonged to a regular gym (please note the past tense), I always enjoyed the group classes above everything else. Then I transitioned my love of outdoor cycling to spinning and became pretty obsessed with a local spin studio. When my co-worker encouraged me to check out Lithe, I thought it would become something I mixed in with my other workouts, but boy was I wrong!! Lithe was a game-changer.
I immediately fell in love with the whole Lithe vibe. The smell of the studio, the variety of the movements, the energy of the teachers, the amazing mix of classes, the music, the bands, the BLOG, you name it. Next thing I knew I was logging on to the Lithe website first thing in the morning, to register for a class three weeks away, before I’d even showered or made myself a cup of coffee.
I felt results after every single class. I felt strong. I felt challenged. I felt a sense of accomplishment. But then I saw results. Lithe changed my body in a way that no other workout ever has. I lost inches around my thighs, my arms and shoulders were toned in a way that I didn’t think was possible. My posture changed. I would see my butt in the mirror and do a double take because I didn’t even recognize the booty I was sporting. I was long and lean and strong. I was Lithe.
As the wedding drew closer and the planning intensified, I found that my time at Lithe was sacred. It was an uninterrupted hour I could dedicate to myself, where I could clear my head, release my stress, have fun, sweat it out and do something amazing for my mind and body. My husband, Michael, had to come to terms with my Lithing. He could tell how much I loved Lithe and it was hard for him to accept that I was so in love with something that he couldn’t really be a part of. Let’s just say he got over it once he realized he benefitted from it as well… J
I want to thank the amazing instructors at Lithe (especially Elizabeth and Bari) for enabling me to look and feel my absolute best on my wedding day. I felt strong, confident and beautiful and I’m so proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish physically since Lithe became a part of my life.
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