8 posts categorized " Mama Says "

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.

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.

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. 

Photo via Myriah Lipke

BEST OF FHH 2014! 29 Dec 2014

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What a great year! Thank YOU for all of your hard work and dedication: We completed 3 challenges, 2 Lithe Escapes, traveled on tour to Seoul, NYC & LA, celebrated a decade in Philly, Welcomed 11 fantastic new instructors (Meredith, Cate, Jen L., Maggie, Jenn B., Annette, Liz S., Kalika, Jonathan, Alicia, Katie B), 3 veteran instructors became Masters, debuted 7 new workouts (Rah, Lithe Beach, Hi-Top, All That, Sideline, Mercy & Lithe Lab), 2 WKND's and have seen the most killer camaraderie and results than ever before!  Here's to 2015!  Check out some of our favorite posts...

Lithe Escape Jamaica, Lithe WKND, Lithe Escape Tulum, Love Letters, Kristy's Before & After, Lithe Tour Philly, Seoul, NYC & LA, Because I'm Perfect, Lauren's Gym Bag Essentials, Beauty Tips for a tired face, 3 Days to Flat Abs, Lauren for Prevention, Breaking the Mom Cycle, Talking biz with Forbes & Jon Oringer, Fall Transformation Results, Elizabeth Tomkins x Destination Maternity, Lithe Foods x Art In The Age Skinny Heathen series, Sayeh's Living Lithe Tips, Earned in Winter Challenge, Results, T-Minus 30 Challenge, Mission: Lithe, Mama Says, Lithe Spice No.1, Meg G. & Lithe on BLDG 25, love from the Press & Eating Lithe,

 

MAMA SAYS 18 Nov 2014

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While many Lithe mamas are still in the midst of sleep training and toddler temper tantrums, Lauren Leahy has been through it. Though you'd never guess it by looking at her, she has a 14-year-old son. A single mother for years (she just got hitched!), she's figured out a formula to fit in me-time. Read on to hear her wisdom.  

Children: Liam, 14

Day job: Expense analyst

Tell us your Lithe story: For awhile I would buy class cards here and there to supplement gym memberships. Only in the last couple years have I been able to go 5-6 times per week. Now that Liam is old enough to be at home for a little while by himself, I sneak out of the house for 6AM classes while he's sleeping. I'm actually not a morning person at all, but I have a just do it attitude when it comes to exercise. Making the financial commitment also encourages me stick with it every month. 

Your attendance is pretty impressive, but surely you miss class here and there. What was your last family-related reason for late cancelling? That would be when my husband broke his foot. 

As a single mom, how did you make it work? Because I feel calmer when I exercise, I always set aside time for it. In the past, I'd go for a 20-minute run or do an hour-long yoga DVD. For awhile, Liam would tag along with me to a morning yoga class and eat Cheerios and read comic books in the back of the studio. 

Does all your healthy living rub off on Liam? Well, I definitely have to choose my battles when it comes to food. I recently made a stir-fry with vegetables from our CSA and he picked out everything green. Luckily, he's more enthusiastic about exercise. We used to take kung fu together and I convinced him to run a 5K with me. 

Can you share some advice for all the new mothers out there? Acceptance of your body is key. I'm finally at a place where I appreciate my curves. Also, no matter how busy you are, you can fit in a workout if you really try. 

MAMA SAYS 29 Jul 2014

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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. 

Thanks, Simone!

MAMA SAYS 16 Jul 2014

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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.  

Kids: Nicholas, 2 and Rocco, 11 months
 
Tell us your Lithe story:  After having Nicholas, I needed someone to kick my butt. I heard about Lithe from my friend Colleen McNally - who is now an instructor - and decided to check it out when he was almost 1. Since then, I've been going strong for more than 2 years. I Lithed 5-6 times a week up until my second son's due date (with a 9 pound baby in my belly, no less).  I took a short break when he was born and was back in class about 5 weeks later. I watched my body snap into shape much more quickly after that pregnancy and attribute it to consistently Litheing. I was also much more accepting of my post-pregnancy shape this time around. 
 
How do you fit it into your schedule? The 7 and 8 PM classes are most convenient because my husband can take over after he gets home from work. When I first became a mom, I felt guilty about leaving my baby in order to exercise. Nowadays, I figure that my family has my attention 23 hours out of the day and Lithe is that one hour I have just to myself.  
 
Which Lithe workout has given you the stamina to run after two little boys all day? Well, it's probably a combination of all of them, but if I can get through Hipster after being on the go since 6 AM, I'm pretty proud of myself. 
 
How do you fit it into the budget? Though we're a one income family - I'm a stay-at-home mom - we figure out a way to make it work. Luckily, my husband realizes that I'm happiest when Lithe is in my life. And I always make the most out of my monthly pass. 
 
Clearly, you have a healthy diet, but which of your kids' foods can you not resist? I have a major sweet tooth, so the cupcakes and graham crackers are always tempting. Also, the cookie bar at Whole Foods is hard to pass up.
 
Lithe is where you go to blow off steam. Can you share any local spots where your children love to play? Herron Park sprayground, Seger Park, and the Please Touch Museum
 
Image of Nicole and family via Nicole

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