118 posts categorized " Lithe Mama "

NANNY SHARE 15 Jun 2015

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Hey, Lithe mamas! Looking for a one in a million part-time nanny? Our beloved nanny Lystra is available right now to work with a wonderful family on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 

Lystra has been a part of our family since Mars was 3-weeks-old and I'm advocating for her just as she was recommended to me (thank you, Nina!). She is highly qualified, patient, trustworthy, super-dependable, and an all around good person. She treats Mars with love and respect and he adores her. She is also an amazing cook and will keep your home in tip-top shape!  Email lauren@lithemethod.com for her contact info. 

MAMA SAYS: OVGU KAYNAK MULROY 28 May 2015

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Being a Lither takes commitment. But being a mom and a Lither calls for serious dedication. Between early wakeup calls (5AM? Again?) and rushing to pick the kids up at preschool, it's not always so easy to squeeze in a class. In our Mama Says column, we shine a little light on the mothers that make it happen.What's your day job? (If you have one...)

Who: Ovgu Kaynak Mulroy

Children: Simon, 18 months. 

What's your day job? I used to be a full-time public health researcher, part-time professor. For now, I'm staying home and teaching on the side.

How do you manage to schedule time for Lithe? I am lucky to have a husband with a two block commute and a keen understanding of how much I need to Lithe! That gives me a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to scheduling. I'd love to eventually get back to my rightful place (6AMer for life!), but until then I'm all over the place schedule-wise.

How has your Lithe practice changed since you became a mother? I went from Lithe bride to Lithe mama in less than a year, so it changed quickly! It took me a little while to get back into it once I had Simon (a bottle refuser doesn't make scheduling anything easy). Now I'm back with a vengeance and happy to be in class 4+ times a week. I count Lithe as one of the biggest confidence boosters. My friends Lauren and Dani have been my personal cheerleaders over the past two years. They were the first people I told when I zipped up my pre-pregnancy skinny jeans. 

Do you use Lithe's babysitting service? Yes! In fact, the babysitting service made the decision for me to transition Simon from two naps to one a lot easier. And I treat it like a playgroup for him. 

Does Simon eat healthy or does he turn his nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? Simon will pretty much eat anything right now, so we are bombarding him with as many healthy tastes as we can. His favorite foods are peas, pasta fagiole, and black bean burgers. I've learned not to eat in front of him if I'm really hungry because he turns into a baby seagull begging for bites. Once he ate the majority of my Lithe Carrot Cake Oatmeal. It was kind of a bummer ... for me.

Which one of his foods can you not resist munching on? Bunny graham crackers.

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

MAMA SAYS: ALLISON SIRCHIO 27 Apr 2015

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Being a Lither takes commitment. But being a mom and a Lither calls for serious dedication. Between early wakeup calls (5AM? Again?) and rushing to pick the kids up at preschool, it's not always so easy to squeeze in a class. In our Mama Says column, we shine a little light on the mothers that make it happen.

Who: Allison Sirchio

Children: Riley Clare, 18 months and another due in May.

What's your day job? I work in marketing and sales for a medical device company based out of Ohio and I specialize in general anesthesia. It often takes me on the road to work with customers and my team of sales representatives.

How do you manage to schedule time for Lithe? I either do the 6AM class which gets my workout in before my daughter wakes up or the 7PM class after she’s gone to bed. If my day is light enough, I stop in for the 9:45AM. 

What was your last family-related late cancel? Somehow, someway, I usually make it in the nick of time. However, my last late cancel was back in December when I was still battling hyperemesis during my pregnancy. 

Did you Lithe before your pregnancy? Yes, and it’s only been recently that I’ve had to change my practice a bit. I try to schedule classes that don’t have heavy ab work since I’m so far along. I also remember some modifications from my last pregnancy. It’s important to listen to your body. 

Does Riley eat healthy or does she turn her nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? She loves my spinach and carrot smoothies. Loves them. I also incorporate a lot of things I learned from last year’s spring cleaning challenge into my cooking, like the use of coconut oil or manna, to give her fresh natural flavors. 

Which one of your Riley's foods can you not resist munching on? I’ve been known to eat her fruit and veggie pouches. They’re so convenient!

Which Lithe class makes you feels the strongest? It’s a newfound love, but Skinny Mini. Something about finishing that class makes me feel invincible. 

MAMA SAYS: ALISON WHITEHILL-PETRELLI 14 Apr 2015

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If you're a regular at Rittenhouse's 9:45AM classes, you've undoubtedly seen Alison Whitehill and her wide-eyed toddler Paco. The duo has made coming to Lithe an integral part of their morning routine. A dental hygienist before Paco came along, she's now a stay-at-home mom. She lets us in on their shared love of chocolate chip cookies and the babysitting in Studio B. 

Children: Paco will be 2-years-old in August. 

How do you fit Lithe into your schedule? The babysitting service has been a game changer. And Paco enjoys his time at Lithe, too. As soon as we arrive, he starts yelling “ball” and excitedly makes his way to Studio B. When I pick him up, he is usually quietly working on a puzzle or listening to a story. 

What was your last family-related late cancel? Before the babysitting service was available at the Rittenhouse location, I often had to cancel evening classes because my husband was running late from work. He’s the managing attorney of a law firm, so while it was frustrating, it was also inevitable.

Does Paco eat your healthy meals or does turn he turn his nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? I’ve been lucky so far. He loves my meals! Avocado has always been his favorite thing to eat. 

Which one of your Paco's foods can you not resist munching on? I bake really good chocolate chip cookies and can’t help nibbling a few with him. 

Which Lithe class makes your body feel its best? Any class that Lauren teaches. She is really good at breaking moves down and making adjustments that challenge your muscles in a way you didn’t understand before. I also love Jonathan’s CCS cardio classes because even though you are working hard, you leave feeling like you were just at a dance party. 

MAMA SAYS: MYRIAH LIPKE 31 Mar 2015

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Myriah Lipke knew she would get help with navigating the world of early motherhood when she attended a breastfeeding support group. But the unexpected bonus? She found out about Lithe, too. Two fellow moms happily revealed that the classes were the reason for their admirably tight (and strong) bodies. Now a frequent Lither herself, she tells us the secrets behind effective ab work, raising adventurous eaters, and maintaining a chicken nugget-free household. 

Children: Arabelle will be 4-years-old and Scarlett will be 2-years-old in May.

What's your day job? My primary job is to care for my amazing and insane children. I also work part-time at Temple University as an academic advisor.

How do you fit Lithe into your schedule? Having my schedule planned in advance is the key to going to class regularly. My husband is a musician and is usually gone for 3-4 weekends a month. I try to go to class at 6AM on the three days that I work. Then I try to squeeze in two more times later in the week or on the weekend. I spend my whole life giving to others and it's completely draining. When I committed to Lithe, I became a better mother and person. 

How has Lithe helped your post-baby body most? It has been essential in healing my diastasis recti, the abdominal split that many women have after pregnancy. Lauren suggested that I wear an abdominal compression band for all of my ab work and I'm very conscious about not letting my belly pop. 

What's their favorite thing about Lithe's babysitting service? The girls love going to Mommy's exercise class! On Monday Arabelle got so excited to hold the Pom bands and jump around like me. 

Do your kids eat healthy or do they turn their nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? I have pretty amazing eaters. I've given them regular table food since the time they could pick up a bean between two fingers. I think the reason they both eat so well is that I almost always cook dinner and we eat as a family. I make food from different ethnicities, so it's all normal to them. I also don't keep chicken nuggets in the house, so that's never an option. That said, yesterday I made granola bars with kale hidden inside. The girls looked at me like I was nuts, but then proceeded to eat big bowls of sauteed kale for dinner.

Which of your children's foods can you not resist munching on? The entire family goes gaga for Little Baby's Ice Cream. At least we get some exercise by walking six blocks there and it's made from natural ingredients, so I don't feel too guilty. 

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FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 27 Mar 2015

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Happy Friday, Lithers! This week's giveaway is from my new favorite place to pick up a gift for Mars, Momo's Tree HouseMomo’s Tree House is Old City’s new toy boutique. It carries high-quality toys for curious kids of all ages and has a craft table, spacious play area, and a great personal shopping service. Plus, it has an awesome storytime every Wednesday at 3:30PM!

We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to FOUR lucky winners! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what your favorite toy is! One winner will be chosen at random at noon on Monday, so you have four days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

Momo's Tree House
205 Arch Street
Tues.-Fri., 11AM-6PM, Sat., 10:30AM-6:30PM, Sun., noon-5PM

DOING IT ALL IS SO OVERRATED 24 Mar 2015

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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

A BABY-WEARING WORKOUT! 26 Feb 2015

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I had so much fun working with Joy and Ergobaby – check out our baby-wearing workout!

If you're a mom, you know just how tough it is to squeeze exercise in, but our baby-wearing workout makes it a reality when you have an Ergobaby wrapYou guys are familiar with these Lithe moves, but when you're wearing a baby, it takes them to an entirely different level and you really work up a sweat. I recommend tacking these moves onto a 20-30 minute brisk walk.  

While some of the motions may look small or simple, these functional and fat-blasting exercises balance the body muscularly while targeting the core. We're flexing, extending, and rotating, and no muscle is left un-worked. It's really important (and feels good) to extend the spine during this time because new mamas are always hunched over due to nursing and tending to your babe. These particular moves were designed for wearing a smaller baby (less than six months) facing inwards. Coco was so cozy and in a sleepy bliss the entire time!

{Photos by Casey Brodley; fitness consulting by Lauren Boggi of Lithe Method}

 

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

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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

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