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Today I'm rapping about body love and words of wisdom from a toddler...
I think my three year old son Mars is soo cute. Like, I could just eat him up. When I ask him why he's so cute, he responds, "Because I'm perfect!" (!!!!?????!!). Now, I've never told him that he's perfect, but he truly believes that he is. And, as his mom, I really feel like I'm doing something right, which is not always the case. You can imagine my reaction when I heard that for the first time. I mean, how fantastic is that? And, he inspires me – my little boy has not one ounce of negativity in his head. He really loves himself and thinks he's just perfect. We all should have that high level of self-love, right?
Many of us are finishing up our Fall Transformation (myself included), and some of us are just getting back into the studio, post-summer. Recently, there's been a lot of talk about our Stop Bitch moments, body image, what other Lithers do, do too much of, or don't do enough of, and what it means to be healthy and empowered. But behind all of this talk about being Lithe lies the heart of what it means to be healthy: Loving the skin you’re in, treating yourself right, and feeling empowered to question, challenge, and redefine your own self-view of beauty and wellness. Loving the body you have, and working to improve your health and head is so important. In fact, many of you are already super-confident and intuitive. Here are a few emails that I've received over the past few weeks:
Being healthy shouldn’t be about appearance, it should be about health.
I'm all about improving myself and becoming healthy and fit. Almost everyone I know should spend more time working out, and making lifestyle changes. It's everything!
Once I let go of trying to be thin and focused on the idea of loving my body, I became healthier.
This Fall Transformation has taught me so much about myself and my level of commitment. I've never felt so great about myself. I feel like me again. I'm unstoppable!
Here’s what I think about loving your body. As women, we all struggle with self-confidence. There are always those little things we wish we could change about our bodies. Whether it’s wishing we had a six-pack, more defined arms, or thinner thighs. My approach has always been accept it, or act to change it. Because of this, I have always used my "imperfections" as motivation to work harder. Over the years I've learned to love and respect my body for what it is because it has been so good to me. It's gotten me through almost ten injury-free years of Lithe and allows me to burn the candle at both ends and work hard when I need to. It has given me my Mars, it takes me on walks every day, helps me sail a 50-foot catamaran every summer, and feels so strong invincible when I Lithe.
And, in exchange, I treat my body the very best that I can. I live a healthy, balanced lifestyle by staying active and eating well. I let it rest at night, take Epsom baths and stretch to keep it flexible. On the weekends I have fun, give in to my cravings and just let go.
So, this fall, as you're working towards your best you, remember that it does not mean that you're working to fit into a particular mold. Not a certain weight, size, or shape: YOU are perfect. Make that your mantra! You're working towards building that confidence muscle – which is the best possible way to learn to love the skin you’re in.
Image via Lauren & Mars via Jordan
My Mars is really into lollipops. Like, his love affair rivals my love for chocolate. Lollipops totally make his day but giving him sugar-laden treats everyday gives me anxiety. He's inspired me to create a better, healthier lollipop - Lithe Pops! Our natural, healthy lollipops are delish, made from our Lithe Foods cold-pressed juices, are free of HFCS, contain no artificial coloring, and are less than 75 calories per pop. Great for Lithers, kids, and anyone with a sweet tooth. Available in-studios and on-line in September.
Image of Mars enjoying a Greenie Lithe Pop via Lauren
Hey Mama, check out our modified late Summer babysitting schedule, and stay tuned for our expanded Old City & Rittenhouse Fall childcare schedules (beginning mid-September)! A friendly reminder that our childcare service is BARE-BONES, meaning we will watch your child for one hour, provide fun, reading and toys, but we will not provide: feeding, diaper changes, or administer medicine.
The Sitter: Lauren's CPR certified nanny and other CPR certified childcare providers
When: T/W/TH 9:45AM class
Where: Lithe's Rittenhouse & Old City small studios
Drop off/Pick up: Arrive as early as 15 minutes prior to class, Pick up immediately, post-class.
Reservations: Reservations are accepted by calling the studios: RH: 215-545-5144 OC: 215-625-4919
The latest you can reserve: The day of class by 7:30AM.
Cost: $7/hour CASH ONLY
Maximum Capacity: 10 children per hour
Age Range: 5 weeks to 6 years old
Structure/Rules: Feeding is not provided; naps are not provided (exception: infants in a carrier), diapers will not be changed and medicine will not be administered. Our service is BYO - If your child needs a blanket, lovey, pacifer, particular toy, iPad, etc., please bring it with you. Lithers are not permitted to leave class to "check on" children. No sick children, please. We reserve the right to come get you in class if your child has fallen ill, or is uncontrollable.
Image of Mars at 9 months via Dom
Our next Lithe Mama is Simone Nadav. What makes her awesome? For starters, not even midnight nursing sessions can deter her from getting to classes first thing in the morning.
Children: Bayla, 3.5 and Lev, 16 months
Tell us your Lithe story: I was looking around for early morning classes for awhile and knew I didn't want to go to a gym. I Lithed here and there before I got pregnant with Bayla. About 7 months after she was born, I started going 4-5 times a week and continued up until I was 35 weeks pregnant with Lev.
How do you fit it into your schedule? I always go to 6AM classes. Usually, I can sneak out while my children and husband are sleeping (unless I step on a creaky floorboard). And if I'm really lucky, they're still snoozing when I get back. Plus, I don't have to pay for a sitter.
Sounds like you're hooked: Definitely. I've considered moving to the suburbs, but I think I would miss Lithe too much. And the 6AM students at Old City are a tight knit group. Many of us have been going for years.
Anything that you did to really get your body in gear post-baby? The challenge this past October helped me lose that last five pounds. The sculpting classes helped build all the muscles I need to pick my babies up out of their cribs. I'm also a big believer in eating clean and I juice every day.
So, chicken fingers aren't in the rotation at your house? Luckily, my kids eat whatever I eat. I cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for them. But ... I don't hesitate to eat sweets every now and again.
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.
When I was kid-free, what was I doing in my string bikini? Nothing! I laid out, sipped my drink, took a walk, etc. You get the picture. And right now, there's no sitting, sunning, or reading magazines. My Mars is all over the place, and a day at the beach, or at the pool just SO not what it used to be.
Swimsuits have an entirely different meaning with an almost three year old in tow. In order to keep up with the physical demands of a super active kiddo, you need a suit that can withstand everything: running, squatting, pick-me-up, tantrums, building sandcastles, lifting, chasing, falling, being pulled on, and playing catch. Basically, you need a mom-suit: An iron-clad, no wardrobe-malfunction bathing suit. I still want to feel chic and sexy, and I still believe that I can wear a bikini, and chase after my boy.
I like to invest in pieces that truly crossover from studio, to street, to swim. These days I'm chasing Mars in Lithe's Performance Bra or Michi sports bras (above). I love this one because it's sexy, but there's not a chance that I'm being exposed regardless of what he does. What are you Lithe Mama's wearing to the beach? Are you wearing a two-piece, swim-skirt, tankini, one-piece or swim-dress?
Selfie of Lauren sitting for a (rare) hot minute via Lauren
This recipe leaves Mars begging (above) for more. It's meat and hormone-free and tastes just like candy. I use Exotic Superfoods young coconut meat, but you can DIY and purchase 5-6 young coconuts and extract the meat utilizing a Coco Jack.
If you like it savory…
Ingredients: 1 half bag of Exotic Superfoods young coconut meat (you can buy it by the single, $10 bag at Whole Foods) 1/2 cup of Braggs or Tamari, 1tsp olive oil & 1tbsp nutritional yeast
If you like it sweet…
Ingredients: 1 half bag of Exotic Superfoods young coconut meat, 1 tbsp coconut sugar & coconut oil spray
Directions: Slice coconut meat into thin strips and then dehydrate for 4-6 hours at 118 degrees. If you don’t have a dehydrator, set your oven at its lowest temperature, place the coconut on a rack and place a wooden spoon in the oven door to keep it slightly open. The surface should feel dry, but you want it to still be chewy on the inside.
Images via Lauren
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