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,
Kalika just completed her nine-day challenge. Check out her before pictures. It's truly incredible what nine days can do! Congrats, Kalika! Mission accomplished.
Lets cheer her on! Lithe Instructor Kalika starts a nine-day mission on Monday! Kalika says:
Why am I doing a nine-day challenge? There are a few reasons, but most of all because I am a burlesque performer and I have a show coming up. During the weeks before a big show, I should be paying attention to my body – Lithing to keep my cardio endurance up and remain strong. I should be putting food into my body that fills me with energy. The reality is rehearsals run late and marathon costume-making sessions take up copious amounts of time. Working out (outside of teaching)? Forget it. Preparing food? Rarely.
Doing this challenge holds me accountable and forces me to make time to take care of my body. I want to feel my best on the day of the show. And yes, I want to look my best when I take my clothes off in front of 350 people. One of the amazing things about burlesque is that it celebrates all bodies, but that doesn't mean I don't want to look a certain way for ME!
Images via Lauren
Check out Jonathan and Katie's results! You can visibly see the difference from their before picures.
For the past nine days theyv'e been Lithing and eating clean! We'll hear from Jonathan later today, but Katie said, "I feel AMAZING after completing the 9 day challenge! This challenge was one of the best things I have recently done for myself. It allowed me to truly focus on myself instead of letting a busy life get in the way. In addition to the Lithing 9 days in a row, I made sure to drink between 64-92 ounces of water a day, and I stuck to the #LitheSpringClean menu (except for some weekend pizza). By day 3 of the challenge, I found that I've constantly been in a great mood. I've literally been dancing around to Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and Happy by Pharrell on repeat. I feel stronger, healthier and I have more energy. I feel so great that I'm going to keep going and try to complete 20 in 25 days for the Lithe Spring Clean Challenge!"
Images via Lauren
Two more of our incredible front of the house crew is doing a nine day challenge! The fabulous Jonathan Cedrone (he's also currently doing his Co-op with Lithe Foods) and Lithe's General Manager, Katie Kempf are on day 4. Lets cheer them on! Read about why they are on a mission...
Why did you want to do a 9 day challenge?
I wanted to do the 9 day challenge because I think it will help me recharge. It's the perfect opportunity to focus on myself for a bit and get ready for Spring. I'm pretty social person, and I love spending time with my family and friends. However, between work and life I don't get much "me" time. Taking a class is my own personal time and it's so important for my mental health.
What is your typical diet like?
My typical diet is fairly healthy when I'm by myself, but I am very influenced by my friends and will feast whenever the opportunity presents itself. My diet is full of fruits and vegetables...but it's also full of pizza and cookies and brownies.
Did you fall off the wagon?
I didn't completely fall of the wagon, but I have not been able to take as many classes each week as I would like. I used to Lithe 5 days a week and for the last few months I've been averaging 1-3 classes per week. I'm really excited to get back to the level that I used to be at.
How are you feeling?
Today is day 4 and I feel great. I'm more energetic and already feel more like myself- happier, more positive, and more appreciative about the little things in life!
Images via Lauren
Check out Kristin & Chrissy nine days later! Lithers are always shocked at what they can achieve in a little over one week. Why nine days? It's a total nine hour reset. I don't recommend not taking a day of rest, but when you're on a mission and need to turn over a new leaf, nine days straight does the trick. Our schedules are the secret sauce. There is truly a key at work, as our workouts build upon each other. All you have to do is make the commitment, show up, give it your all, and be mindful of what you're eating.
Kristin: When I don't eat tons of cheese and other dairy, I feel infinitely less sluggish. The same goes for salt. I found that by cutting my salt intake, I felt way less bloated.
By day 3 I realized 1 smart water was not cutting for me during in class, and I either needed to bring 2, or one of those jumbo bottles. Through the 9 days, I started to feel more compelled to drink water even outside of the studio. I never drink enough water, and am pretty sure dehydration is my usual state. You can get by that way (sort of) with a sedentary lifestyle, but try and maintain a fitness regimen without proper hydration and you'll never make it.
I allowed myself two "cheat treats" during the challenge, as one does not simply say no to a friend's delicious homemade birthday cupcakes.
In only 9 days of Lithe, better eating, more veggies, more water, and less salt, I've found my brain is operating wayyyy more efficiently and I have more control over my emotions. On Day 7, I said to Lauren, "I feel more myself again" and it couldn't be truer. It's fascinating how 2 or 3 months off the wagon can cause us to sort of lose ourselves and even forget how it actually feels to feel good.
I also discovered through this challenge, just how supportive a community we really have here at Lithe. I've always enjoyed chatting with you ladies at the desk and felt fortunate to have a customer service position where the clientèle are actually awesome... but having so many of you ask me how it was going and wishing me luck really touched my heart and made me feel so motivated. That's something special that you don't find most places. I'm very thankful to feel the support of such strong, incredible women.
Chrissy: First, the cheering committee consisting of fellow Lithers was overwhelming. More women than I expected were consistently cheering me on, asking questions, motivating me to stick with it, and found themselves motivated to try 9 days straight, as well.
My time management is back on track. I got into the habit of letting the silliest things stand in my way of getting to class. Now I have a no excuses approach to making it to any class, any time of day and it feels awesome because now I know that I won't let things get in my way in the future. This has to continue to be a priority in my life regardless of what is going on during the day/night.
There's a synergy with taking classes and motivation in so many other aspects of my life. I feel stronger, leaner, far more motivated in general - with exercising, with daily tasks, and my work. And, finally, my eating habits are back in check. Ill always have Sunday for the treats and extra special things that I'd never permanently give up! Taking care of my body physically led me to take what I was putting into it more seriously.
Images via Lauren's iPhone
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