43 posts categorized " Me On Monday "

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 

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

BEST OF FHH 2013! 27 Dec 2013

2013

What a great year!  Some standouts: Busting workout myths for the Huffington Post, Sayeh and food, Lithe in The New York Times, Sayeh tries the 9 Days of Lithe, Lauren for Fitness, Lither gratitude (before & after), CCS at its best: Rock Steady, Loving your athletic body, my favorite skinny heathen, Bouncing Forward for Huffington Post, Emerald Mary, Me on taking risks, love letters like this, Lithe in Philly Mag, Summer lovin', Positive studio-esteem tips, lithers lithin' all over the world, Tips on trimming the fat talk, my apple, Lithe on the Kris Jenner Show, prepping, the bomb, major transformation, Lithe ink, Lithe's first Varsity team, Old City 6AM'ers on Halloween, my favorite smoothie of 2013, the love letter that pumped us all up, turning 36, Thinkfest, Sayeh's wedding & Forbes!

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 (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

LAUREN BOGGI ON BRANDING (THINK FEST)! 11 Nov 2013

If you missed us at Think Fest, you can see it here!  I had a great time speaking about branding and why it's important to everything we do in business.  Thank you Philadelphia Magazine

8 WAYS TO FALL {REPOST}! 21 Oct 2013

Lauren Boggi Goldenberg

Fall is my favorite season and we as humans are just like the seasons.  I look at fall as a time for personal harvest. September/October is kind of like the new year.  It’s also just like heading back to school.  Like the ebb & flow of nature's seasonal changes, fall is a time to reflect on our lives, a time to examine where we are with personal accomplishments (bucket list, anyone?). 

Come October, I often ask myself what I need, what’s missing, or what needs to change. With all this change and incentive to push the restart button, it’s a great time to get back on the horse with your Lithe/fitness routine, and create good, healthy seasonal habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. 

Here are 8 ways to start making the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be your Lithest before the holidays roll around.

1.  Earlier to bed, later to rise.

There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you add thirty minutes to your usual wake-up time and crash thirty minutes earlier each evening, the extra hour of rest will go a long way in helping you adjust to shorter, darker days and the drastic decrease in temps here in the Northeast.

2. Nutrients in, garbage out.

Break a sweat everyday, cut out processed food, drink those Greenies, bust out the Neti Pot, utilize aromatherapy and oils, brush your skin and drink more water.

3. Fall back a bit (but not a ton).

We take care of matching your Lithe schedules to the season (I’m currently creating two amazing new fall Lithe workouts), but it’s your job to slightly reduce the intensity, length or frequency of your schedule. If you’ve been Lithing 2 times a day AND running, or if you’ve been in the studio 6-7 days a week, give your muscles an extra day of rest this season.

4. Breathe, sweat, shake & wrap it up!

The Lithe breath is the foundation of your practice.  It not only works the core, but it releases excess toxins. Looking for other ways to release toxins?  Wrap it up and sweat it out by taking our Wrap Star workouts:  Hot Legs, Cinch & Peeled (coming soon!)

5. Enjoy (and winterize) your diet

Eat foods that are local and in season.  Enjoy your local farmers market, cook more, grab lean local and seasonal Lithe Foods, and go apple, pear and pumpkin picking with friends and family.  Try: arugula, artichoke, broccoli, endive, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, chicory, cranberries, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, okra, pears, peppers, grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash and zucchini.

7. Build your practice

Fall is the perfect time to build (or re-build) the foundation of your Lithe practice. Did you fall off the wagon this summer?  Are you feeling less than motivated?  Sign up for the October "10" (Yes, you’re worth it).  There are a few spots left before registration closes (we have to get those meal plan orders in!) on Thursday, October 4th at 5PM.  It’s the best way to get the attention you need (from me), detox, focus on healthy eating, get back into the Lithe habit and see serious results.  Can’t do the 10?  Sign up for 3 classes a week, 3 weeks in advance, and try not to cancel under any circumstance. 

8. Give thanks.

We have to keep in mind that very little is accomplished by ourselves. Be grateful for all of the people who support, guide and challenge us.  Always remember that the grass isn’t always greener, and that there are people in the world that would give anything to be in your shoes, right now!

Image of Lauren Boggi Goldenberg wearing Lithe via Dom

 

ME ON MONDAY (THIS SUCKS!) 9 Sep 2013

Mars & his paci

I think that I'm just about ready to take away Mars's beloved paci and I'm Scared. To. Death.  I'm terrified of a few sleepless nights; hearing him cry out for it like a lost, first love.  As I write this, I'm reflecting back on how this two year love affair began... 

He initially refused the pacifier as an infant, but my incredible night nurse advised me to introduce it as a way to self-soothe my colicky little man who couldn't sleep due to a bad case of acid reflux. 

I've been reading all about surviving the pacifier weaning stage, but would love to hear any tips or tricks from all of you experienced moms out there! How do you feel about taking a child's comfort object away just because experts say that it's time? 

Image of Mars and his paci via Lauren

ME ON MONDAY (SAILING THE GRENADINES) 29 Aug 2013

Grenadines

Two weeks ago I sailed the Grenadines for the second time.  The island chain is one of my favorite places in the world.  In fact, there are insufficient adjectives in the English language that really can describe their beauty; the landscape is volcanic and the water is so deep; you literally feel like you're on the edge of the earth.  The Grenadines lie between the tropic of Cancer and the Equator, approximately 1,600 miles south of Miami.  The island chain is unspoiled because it's only accessible by boat and you are far enough away from “normal” external reality to gain a totally new perspective.  I'm excited to share more pictures, stories and adventures with you all over the holiday.

Images via Stuart Goldenberg

ME ON MONDAY (HAPPY IN LOVE). 5 Aug 2013

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My Mars celebrated his 2nd birthday on Tuesday, July 30th (there he is above with his favorite gift) and Jordan and I celebrated with a little party for him at our house.  I think that he had the most fun, EVER.  When Mars woke up the next day he finally said I love you back!  It's pretty unforgettable to hear that for the first time.  I feel like I've been saying I love you for two years, and like every parent, I've been waiting for that moment when he would respond.  I love that he is able to label his feelings/emotions now.  I remember reading once that to be loved is to be changed; To love is to be happy.  Why?  Because love is the most fun that you can have with anyone. We all know that parenting is love in motion, but beyond hugs, kisses, and telling your children that you love them, what are some of the things that you guys do to show your kids that you love them without using the words? 

Images of Mars on the morning after his birthday via Jordan


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