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ME ON MONDAY (CHASING BUBBLES) 26 Mar 2014

  Bubbles

I think that some of the best activities to do with your kids are the simplest ones.  Mars and I love chasing bubbles.  It holds his interest, keeps him active and I adore blowing bubbles and watching him chase the big "bouncy balls" around the house for hours.  What about you guys?  What are some of your favorite simple indoor/outdoor activities that you do with your kids?

Images of Mars via Lauren 

SUMMER BODIES ARE EARNED IN THE WINTER (ED.4)! 3 Mar 2014

Summer bodies are earned in the winter
 
Meet Lither Christine H.  Talk about Bouncing Forward!  I've always been inspired by Christine's strength and dedication. She Lithed straight through her most recent pregnancy and I recently learned that she commutes to Lithe from the Northeast (in the morning!) which confirms how committed to her health and wellness she really is.  Here she is just out of the fourth trimester - 3.5 months postpartum.  Christine, I love that you felt comfortable enough to shoot in a sports bra with your linea nigra still visible.  

 

Her Results:  This picture is my results 3 1/2 months postpartum after my 4th child. I had been Lithing for over a year when I got pregnant with my 4th. Lithe had completely transformed my body. I finally got to the point where I felt I was in the best shape of my life and felt healthier, faster, and stronger then ever before. When I found out I was pregnant again I knew that I wanted to stick with the program and Lithe until the end. I was so worried about losing all the time and hard work that I had put in. I am so glad that I continued. Lithing during pregnancy kept me sane, gave me more energy, and helped keep my weight gain in check. It also kept my body strong and toned which which I was very happy about!

 

What surprised me most was postpartum. This time, my body started to recover quicker then with any of my three previous pregnancies. Knowing that this was my fourth child and that I wasn't getting any younger gave me serious doubt that I could return to how good I felt. Well, I was wrong. My body even looked better in those first few weeks then it had with any of my other three kids.  A few weeks later I was starting to see some of that definition back in my stomach that must have been from the workouts that kept my core strong. This time was definitely the easiest and quickest recovery I have experienced! I know for sure that it was all thanks to Lithe.

 

Kids: 4 (8 year old boy, 5 & 3 year old girls and a baby girl born in November, 2013)

 

Her Fit.Hip.Healthy:  Lithe has really changed my feelings on being fit and healthy. From classes that seem to be constantly changing and always challenging, to the instructors that are motivating and always approachable. Before I just worked out just to lose weight, now I workout for my body. Having the foods and juices available in the studio has been a bonus for me. Grabbing something after class keeps my diet on track. Even reading the blog helps me stay motivated. I enjoy the class descriptions by Sayeh's living Lithe (when I first started I always checked her description before I tired a new class!).

 

Fell off the wagon:  Since starting Lithe, NO! I only stopped postpartum for about 8 weeks. I did get cleared from my doctor to start exercise at 5 weeks, but did not feel ready.

 

How I Lithe:  I started Lithe in 2012. Before that my exercise routine was running outside and on the treadmill. I felt my body had plateaued though. I had 3 kids and of course my body wasn't the same as before. A friend had told me about Lithe and I decided to give it a try. After my first 101 I was hooked. My first class out of 101 was skinny jeans with Lauren. It was the hardest workout I had ever done. After class when I got home I remember my legs still shaking and I was addicted. Lithe is now an important part of my life. I love being able to disconnect for an hour, its a little mental break!

 

My schedule now includes Lithing 2x a week, 3x if I am lucky! I also run a little in-between Lithing. Of course I would love to Lithe more if I could. I love to sweat, so some of favorite classes are weightless, spirit, step rally. I also love anything with a great CCS like Barlesque, Rock Steady and Stems. I also love how classes like Higher Power, which emphasizes the arms kills my abs, too.  I try to constantly mix it up when my schedule allows me to. Other classes I look to get in are freestyle and split. I like not knowing which classes they will incorporate. While I like all the instructors and have never taken a "bad" class,  for some reason Elizabeth's classes really kill me in a good way! 

 

Sculpting is key for her: While I do love cardio and love to sweat, sculpting just works. It really pushes me. After taking a sculpting class I feel like I can see and feel the change, even if its all mental in my head. I also have a love/hate relationship with sculpting at the barre, especially with fold over work. I always try and pick classes that incorporate it; it's so hard and never seems to get any easier! When I started Lithe I avoided heavy sculpting classes, because I used to believe in the "sculpting can make you bulky" myth. I was so very, very wrong. Sculpting is the key to changing your body! 

 

My Diet: Truthfully right now it isn't the best. I do always make the effort to eat and choose healthy things, but sometimes it can be tricky with our family. I stay away from fast food, I snack on fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water.  Right now I am focusing on portion control and being aware of how much I am eating. I feel like I pick at my kids food way too much!

 

She used to weigh in: I have a small frame. When I started doing the Lithe I actually saw the scale creeping up slightly.  I chalked it up to muscle that I so desperately needed, so that is when I stopped weighing myself. Personally weighing my self drives me crazy and stresses me out!  I usually just go by how my clothes fit. That being said, when I went back for my six week postpartum check up my curiosity got the best of me. I wanted to know how much I weighed before I got pregnant, how much I gained during this pregnancy and of course what I weighed then. I was 110 before I got pregnant. I weighed 134 when I gave birth. At 6 weeks postpartum I was 118. Now I am 3 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. 

 

She feels:  I don't feel that my strength and body is back to where I was before this pregnancy, but I see a difference every week. I know from experience that my body will never look the exact same as it did before, but I know as long as I work hard I am going to see awesome results. I am excited to continue to see my body change from here. Lithe has helped me be much more excepting and proud of my body, even with its flaws. I hope that feeling will rub off on the three little girls I have at home.

 

Image of Christine H. via Stuart Goldenberg

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BABYSITTING AT LITHE OLD CITY (STARTS 1.22.14)! 16 Jan 2014

LITHE Babysitting

Hey mama's, it's here!  And, Lauren's nanny is your nanny (literally!) while you lithe.  We're offering safe, certified, and insured babysitting in our small, child-proofed studio during our Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:45AM & 11AM classes at Lithe Old City. Our baby-sitting service is BARE-BONES, meaning we will watch your child for one hour, provide fun, and toys but we will not provide:  feeding, diaper changes, or administer medicine.  Here are the details:

What: Lithe Babysitting!

The Sitter:  Lauren's CPR certified nanny and other CPR certified babysitters

When: M/W/F 9:45AM & 11AM classes

Where: Lithe's Old City small studio

Drop Off/Pick Up:  Arrive as early as 15 minutes prior to class, Pick up immediately, post-class.

Reservations: First come; first served.  Reservations are accepted by calling the studio: 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

Ratio:  1:5

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.  It is disruptive to YOUR hour, the class, and your own 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 Lithe Instructor (and Lithe mama!) Julie Fannin via Dom

BREAKING THE MOM CYCLE (MY 10 SECRETS) 9 Jan 2014

Lauren Recharging on Mustique

Ah, parenthood.  Being a mom is so amazing and so much work!  Do you remember when Jerry Seinfeld would joke about parenthood? He’d say, “When you wake up in the morning, you have to be READY!” And as he told the joke, he would have his knees bent and arms out, like he was ready for anything that the day threw at him.  Being a parent to a toddler is such a nonstop cycle. Everyday, I’m constantly paying attention to where Mars is, and what’s for dinner, what we're doing next, and whether we'll have time to do this or that.  Here are ten ways that I recharge and break the mom cycle:

1. Pedicures.  Pure heaven.


2. Date nights. Jordan and I have been going on two date nights per week since Mars was born.  Sometimes my Mom will take him and we'll stay in, but usually on Wednesday we leave work right at 5pm and go straight to one of our favorite places in the city.  And then, we get to an early dinner alone or with friends on Sundays.  It feels so good to get dressed up, and sip champagne without anyone calling for me or climbing on me.

3.  Stay-cation.  This is a rare occasion, but when I'm up to my ears in work and have to get away from it all or I'll burst, I'll take a stay-cation here in Philly!  It's a great way to get away from it all without disrupting my schedule or taking time off.  Drinks, dinner or a spa treatment along with a night in a lovely (and quiet!) hotel room at Hotel Monaco, The Sofitel or The Ritz totally does the trick. Don't have the dough?  Stay at a friends house.


4. blogging.   Even though it's part of my job, it's fun and cathartic.


5. Exercising. Teaching is hard work but it's not my workout (it's y'all's!) so I make sure that I make time for a true workout everyday, even if I break it up into three, 15-20 minute sections throughout my day.  When the weather is cold, I Lithe at home on the mezzanine of our condo building.   If I can't devote 30 minutes or an hour to myself, I'll take a quick walk around the park to recharge.


6. Being spontaneous. Oh, that whole concept of doing something at a moments notice just for the fun of it? Spontaneity rarely happens once you have a little one on a schedule.  Some of the things that Jordan and I have recently done:  Booked a last minute 4 day trip to Paris, decided to stay overnight in Chicago and have a dance party in our living room.


7. Baths.  Every night, with the works:  music, magazines, candles, a glass of wine, and salt for sore muscles.   


8. Shopping (or window shopping).  Even if it's on-line, a little retail therapy goes a long way.


9. Cooking. Healthy or not, all the measuring, stirring and chopping is really fun and inspiring. 

10. Sailing.  It's the ultimate.  I do it every year, once a year.  Absolutely nothing beats a few days on the water off the grid with nothing but a bikini. 

What do you guys do? I'd love to know!

Image of Lauren recharging on Mustique via Jordan

ME ON MONDAY (SEIZE THE HOLIDAY!) 23 Dec 2013

Mindfulness

If you know me well, you know that it takes a lot to shake me up.  In fact, many people think that I do not worry enough (like, that's a bad thing?).  I feel that troubles are a lot like people - they grow bigger when you nurse them.  What's my secret?  Being mindful and living in the present.  I am only human, so when something does shake me up, I do something really simple - I wear my skull necklace (above) to remind me to be present.  The skull is a symbol that mindfulness of our own mortality is the key in making us realize the importance of the moment:  Remember that you are mortal, so seize the day!  From this point of view, the skull is not symbolic of anything dark or evil, but instead becomes a positive symbol that encourages us to live life to the fullest. 

With all of that said, Christmas is one of the craziest times of the year; It's kind of like a wedding.  We get all wrapped up in the things that don't really matter, and then before we have time to sit back and relax, it’s all over and we forget to live in the moment. 

Figuring out your own way of being present is so important during this time of the year, and whatever it may be, it can really allow you to make the most out of the holidays, and ultimately your life.  Here are some of my simple tips to help you find your present self: 

Keep it simple
Every year like clockwork, I purge and de-clutter my house post-Thanksgiving.  It completely simplifies my life.  Clutter is like chaos.  It can crowd your mind, and make you feel stressed and unorganized. Cleaning out your home of all the things that no longer serve a purpose in your life can be SO liberating.  I highly recommend it! 

Don't be a control freak
This is SO easily said, yet so many of us really struggle with it. It can be frustrating when something doesn’t go as planned, but keep in mind that the situation has already happened. Acceptance is they key to letting go and moving forward.  Likewise, don’t waste your time worrying about something that you can’t control.  Try not to fight it.  Everything is as it should be.  Try to remember that life’s happening right now...make the most of it!

Stop complaining (be grateful!)
There is nothing worse than a complainer.  There is nothing better than feeling grateful. Take a moment to look at your life, at your health, all that you have, and the awesome people that surround you.  There is always something (or someone) in your life that is your rock.  Try not to engage in fat talk, worry so much about the purse that you want (but may not get), or that rock that's currently not on your finger.

Make time for you
We’re all so busy with work, completing our to-do lists, and many of us are juggling a lot without childcare right now (myself included!).  Take a moment for YOU, every day.  Grab a hot chocolate, take a hot bath, read a magazine, and just breathe.  Slowing down your pace can really help you enjoy the present. 

Energy out
If you're like me, you may feel really wound up.  Like a child, I have to get the energy out.  Maybe you haven't worked out in a week or two?  I always feel better after I exercise.  If you can't get to Lithe, lithe at home or lock your bedroom door, turn on some music and Cardio-Cheer-Sculpt your worries away (yelling included) your way.  Having trouble staying mindful in class?  Check out this post by Lithe Instructor Rachel Dore, PSY.D.

This ain't no dress rehearsal
Enjoying the moment is fundamental
in learning how to be present. Sometimes we spend so much time on planning, and use so much energy worrying that something will go wrong that we totally forget to enjoy it!  Try to remember that you can't rewind or play your life out again
, so enjoy it!

Image of Lauren and her mindfulness necklace via Jordan

ME ON MONDAY (MUSINGS ON 36) 25 Nov 2013

Lauren Boggi

Today is my 36th birthday.  I've never really been big into birthdays, they always feel like any other day to me.  Last week someone reminded me that my birthday was approaching, which got me thinking a little about age and aging.  Last weekend, someone asked me how old I was going to be and I couldn't remember. Like, I had to think about it and do the math.  I stopped counting at 27. 

I've considered myself lucky that I've always looked young for my age and being petite plays a big part in that.  In fact, if I wear no makeup, pull my hair back and wear flats, I can appear as young as 14.  So, I've never lied about my age or tried to act coy about it (except for those two years at USC that I used that horrible fake Michigan ID that got me into all the bars at Five Points). BUT, today is the first time that I feel a tad bit strange about saying my age out loud.  Thirrttie-sixx.  Don't get me wrong, I've loved my thirties and I wouldn’t go back to my twenties if you paid me, but, today feels different.  I think that it feels different because I'm firmly nestled into my thirties now.  I have a husband, a kid, and a whole lot of responsibility that comes with adulthood.  And, I hate all the adult-ness that comes with responsibility.  It makes me feel all rooted and I'd much rather be floating.   

I've always been all about age positivity.  Like, I never understood why some people say that they can't Lithe because they are 40.  That makes absolutely no sense to me.  When I was 27, I read that women reach their physical peak at age 36.  I held on to that and I truly believe that now.  Word is bond.  I don't think there is a certain age that we turn “old”; I think we decide what “old” means.  Being "old" is totally relative, and it’s forever shifting. 

I may be older on paper, but I have more energy, more "life" in me today than I did when I was 27.  I drink less, I Lithe just as much as I did in my 20's (although I Lithe smarter, now), I eat and drink my greens, I sleep waaay more. I take far better care of myself now and it shows—I look and feel better now than I did at 27. 

The biggest differences between now and then are pretty inarticulate—My room is still a mess, I'm still "all over the place" as people like to say, and I’ll still stay for one more drink, and I'll dance on the bar.  But, today I know that I'm older because some things have definitely changed:  I haven't been carded in the past year, the people at Whole Foods now refer to me as ma'am, and my right knee crunches when I gain a few pounds.  Other than that, I don't feel a day older than 27. 

So, thank you to all of you who sent me birthday wishes today.  I even got a few texts/emails that made me laugh out loud:  "Happy Birthday Lauren, today is the first day of the rest of your life; Laur, you’re only as old as you feel, and happy thirty-six years young"!  Ha! I say bring on the 36, I can't wait to see what I can accomplish before 37 kicks you out!  Cheers, everyone!

Image of Lauren Boggi via Jordan

“Bring it on, 36.  I’m excited to see you and I can’t wait to be a part of what you and I accomplish before 37 kicks you out.” - See more at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2012/06/13/turning-36-and-the-decade-thats-beginning-to-define-me/#sthash.UACEAfmb.dpuf

 

 

“Bring it on, 36.  I’m excited to see you and I can’t wait to be a part of what you and I accomplish before 37 kicks you out.” - See more at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2012/06/13/turning-36-and-the-decade-thats-beginning-to-define-me/#sthash.UACEAfmb.dpuf

ME ON MONDAY (MARS & RUBY) 18 Nov 2013

Mars and Ruby

Our friends Joy, Bob and Ruby were in Philly this past week and Mars caught up with his first kiss on an awesome play-date at our place.  It was so sweet watching the two of them play band together.  What's even sweeter is that Mars been asking for Ruby every day since they spent time together.  I'll post a few more cute shots throughout the week. 

Image via Bob Cho's Instagram feed

LITHE MAMA! 7 Nov 2013

Elizabeth

Check out Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins and her adorable baby boy, Gabriel Jude Tomkins.  Elizabeth said the she is absolutely loving her little guy, but is missing her Lithe!  Elizabeth, we can't wait to meet Gabriel and have you back in the studio!

Image of Elizabeth and Gabriel wearing Lithe via Elizabeth

DEAR LITHE {LOVE LETTERS} 1 Oct 2013

Dear Lithe (love letters)

Dear Lauren & Everything Lithe,

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Lithe as a whole, has helped me feel & look in a  way I never even knew I could!!

I started Lithe when my 1st son was a year old. I said I was going to "try it".  A girlfriend & I made a commitment to do the immersion. After the 1st class, I thought how am I going to do this?! These workouts are beyond what I'm physically capable of (this is what I was thinking when we were told we do 30 lunges on each side). But that is the beautiful thing about Lithe...all I needed to do was SHOW UP! If I just got myself to class, the workouts were killer & I felt amazing when I left. This happened every single time I went to class. 

Going to class & seeing all these women, day after day, giving it their best totally empowers me to continue on. The other aspect (for me) was knowing there were other mothers that got the whole "your supposed to just bounce back after the baby" theory & how that ridiculous that statement is. After I had my 1st son I never felt like I did, pre baby. Little did I know, over a year later, of religiously Lithing (and LOVING IT) I got in better shape than I had ever been in my life!!

I then Lithed my whole 2nd pregnancy!! And I have to tell you the strength that I felt knowing I was carrying a baby & still kicking ass in class kept me going, until the bitter end. It was such a wonderful feeling seeing other pregnant women doing the same thing. 

I say all of this to say that after I had my son who was a week late & was 9 pounds 8 ounces, that Lithe is the ONLY reason I have had such a great recovery after birth. Here I am 4 weeks post giving birth ready to get back to class. I miss the ladies I got to know in class, week after week, month after month. 

For me Lithe is so much more than just the classes, it had become a way of life for me. I know that sounds extreme but it has changed me, for the better. I look at physical strength & the dedication it takes to exercise in a whole new light. Here I was just giving some classes a "shot" & I got back so much more than I ever could have expected. 

Again let me say thank you to Lauren for creating an amazing place for women to come, feel safe & comfortable to exercise. Thank you to all the instructors who time & time again push us to give it out all! Thank you to all my Lithe Women who are always so encouraging & made me feel like we got through another kick ass class! And thank you to the all the behind the scene people I don't even know about! You guys ROCK!!

PS...My son is now 7 weeks old (it just goes to show how busy life can get, yes it has taken me 3 weeks to send this email, LOL) & I am back to class & feeling right back at "HOME"! 

XO
Nicole Andreola

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