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DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 29 Apr 2015

DEAR LITHE

Dear Lithe, 

I am very much in the zone with the EarnedInWinter challenge. I participated in the Lithe Spring Clean and TMINUS30 last year. Something about the daily hashtag calendar really showed how we band together to support each other in Lithe and life. 

I’m not sure if my current state is completely inspired by Lithe, but I can’t think of anything else in my life that has had such an impact. I make Lithe a priority during packed workdays and weekends. I am single and always searching for the right guy. Last year, I posted during the TMINUS30 challenge, “single, is not a status, it’s a word that describes a person who is strong enough to live and enjoy life without depending on others.”  At that point, I was building the strength to allow my health, mind, and body to be the focus and to take the attention away from the seemingly woeful single life.

Now I'm shedding the fat. At first, it had nothing to do with body fat at all. There are a few men in my life that come and go. They reach out whenever they want. I acquiesce, thinking that’s all I deserve. A transient, temporary situation, at best. Friends say that you manifest what you portray you deserve. In some ways I take full responsibility for the type of situation I attract. I was almost eager for that random text/email to make plans with a guy. I found myself saying, “maybe this time he’ll be different.” We all know the answer to that hope.

Since I’ve delved into the challenges, I feel myself becoming stronger and wiser. As I gain more muscle definition, use higher weights, and watch inches fall away, I am redefining myself on the inside as well. I’ve sent a few courtesy no thank you texts to those who reach out to me intermittently to hang out without any intention of a serious relationship. I am reshaping and restructuring my heart, as well as my body.

I know Lithe hearts my heart, but now I'm beginning to heart my heart as well.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you,  
Stefanie

LITHE IN SELF (BEST CORE WORKOUTS)! 29 Apr 2015

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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. 

THOSE #LITHERESULTS! 9 Apr 2015

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10 TIPS FOR LONG-LASTING LITHE SUCCESS 9 Apr 2015

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You're not alone. We all find excuses to not exercise. Life gets in everyone's way, but you CAN reach your goals and achieve the results you want. Here are 10 tips for when you just can't seem to get your rear in gear, get out of your own head, or stay motivated. 

1. Prioritize. No time because you spend hours on your smart phone? Turn that time into active time. In the long run, you'll be glad that you put your health first. Your body will thank you, too. 

2. Make a date with YOU. Schedule your workout just like you schedule doctor's appointments and dinner with friends and honor that commitment. It's just as important. 

3. Write it down. Tracking your progress and setbacks is eye-opening and effective. Record how long you worked out, what class you took, how you felt after. I always remind myself that I'm only one hour away from a good mood and that always motivates me to just do it on days when I need a boost. 

4. Stay positive. Your body hears everything your mind thinks!

5. Imagine it. Visualize your results!  Think about how you will look and feel after one month, six weeks, three months, six months, and one year. Results are the best motivational tool, so be sure to keep up with your own measurements and photos. 

6. Make yourself accountable. Going public with your story keeps you committed. 

7. Don't get discouraged. It's important to make a long-term commitment, even if it means going without noticable results for a week. Remember that you can't go wrong by Eating Lithe and working out regularly (especially when it's fun!). 

8. Find a few besties. Spend time with friends who also value a healthy lifestyle. You will benefit from sharing your stories about how fantastic you look, how strong you're becoming, how great you feel, and funny things that happen in the studio.

9. Reward yourself! I'm not talking about junk food. Each week that you accomplish your goals (maybe it's a going to a certain number of classes, taking a particular class with an instructor that you used to avoid like the plague, or becoming a consistent 6AMer or 5:30PMer.

Treat yourself to something that inspires you to stick with it, like a new pair of workout pants or a piece of jewelry. I recommend creating a point system. When you meet your goals, give yourself a point and record it. When you hit a certain amount of points, treat yourself to an activity that makes you feel great, such as a mani/pedi with friends or a massage.   

10. Travel Lithe. If you've Escaped with us, you know that Lithe travels really well! Get outside, have fun, and utilize your surroundings. Just make sure to send a Lithe on Location shot to us! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis in FP Movement via Dom

ANNETTE'S LITHE INSIDE CHALLENGE! 10 Feb 2015

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Check out Annette one year ago!

Well, friends, I did it. I survived turning 40. Somehow I woke up this morning without my face shriveling into a wrinkled prune, my (nonexistent) boobs drooping to my knees, or needing bifocals and dentures. It's really turned out to be a day just like any other day. It's a day where I get to open my eyes and be grateful for the opportunities that lie ahead, be humbled by the strength my body provides me, and awed by what this world has to offer. I think birthdays are just a perfect reminder of what we should be doing that each and every day.

Other than the two cheat days I mentioned at my midway point, I stayed pretty on-point with the diet. I eased up a little bit this weekend, sharing some sorbet with a girlfriend at a pre-birthday dinner, and then fully taking advantage of shared pieces of chocolate cake and Nutella cheesecake as well as an aged Napa cabernet at dinner last night.
 
I am happy to say I surpassed the class goals Lauren and I set for myself. In these past 40 days, I've taught 38 classes, and have taken 52 classes.  I had one "off" day in those 30 days where I wasn't in the studio. Honestly my muscles are fatigued. I'm looking forward to a day off tomorrow and a massage, but I'm already signed up for the Summer Bodies Are Earned In Winter Challenge. I figure it's good to keep the momentum moving forward, though I might relax a bit to more of the 80/20 lifestyle with my diet.
 
I can now do triceps push-ups in full plank,  I'm not afraid of 8 pound weights during a bicep series, and I don't hate cardio nearly as much as I did. I don't think I'll ever be able to do teasers though, and still have those days when I don't always tuck enough when I'm in Liberty at the barre.  
 
I am ever so grateful for all of the support I received from the Lithe community. I never considered myself one of the "cool girls," but everyone has made me feel special and encouraged beyond words. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration. I look forward to taking up the mantle with those of you that are going into the next challenge, and I'm just plain excited to see everyone who is present in-studio for your own personal fitness goals in the days to come. You are strong! You are fierce! You are amazing! Woo hoo!
 
Images of Annette via Lauren

 

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2015 7 Feb 2015

Lithe Escape

We went to Jake's last year and now we're heading back! From April 30-May 5 2015, we're going to my happy place, Jake's Treasure Beach! Jake's is earthy, friendly, rugged, red, rustic, local, sustainable and hip; it's the epitome of bohemian luxury.

The backstory: A good friend introduced me to Treasure Beach back in 2008, and I've fallen in love with the area, the welcoming community, and the friends that I have made there. Treasure Beach and Jamaica's south coast are the antithesis of a tourist trap. It's off the beaten path, but it hasn't stopped me from returning again and again.

Treasure Beach is a tiny fishing village and the community there is truly unlike any other in Jamaica. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the rolling farmland of the Pedro Plains, Treasure Beach is known for its cacti, endless natural coastlines, and miles of sweeping savannas—not its white sand beaches or jungle-like rainforests. Treasure Beach is renowned for its warm people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century). 

Full Disclosure: This is the real Jamaica. We'll be almost a three-hour drive from the airport, so get ready for an adventure that you'll never forget and to fall in love with a place where you'll most certainly leave your heart. 

What is Lithe Escape? Imagine one week to focus on yourself ... a better body, more confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded people. Get excited for girl time and downtime, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food, and a week that's all about YOU

Want to learn more? Download Jake's Escape 2015.

Ready to book your spot? Email escape@lithemethod.com. Our friendly Lithe Escape concierge will be ready to assist you beginning on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 with flight info and roommate details.

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 26 Jan 2015

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Dear Lithe - 
 
It's official, I am addicted to you. I moved over 2700 miles away from the Lithe ML studio to sunny LA but wow do I miss you guys so much. 
 
It all started in June 2012, when my co-worker Sarah mentioned Lithe as a great workout nearby. I had been traveling a ton for work, eating whatever I wanted and not working out nearly as much as I should have been. I was tired, bloated, cranky and didn't feel like me. I was in a rut and I finally found something different, new, fun and challenging. I quickly went from buying 5 class cards to the monthly passes as my love for lithe grew.  
 
Lithe is incredibly fun and um hello it works! I must admit, I feel like kind of a work out snob and even though I'm in a great workout town, I compare everything to Lithe. It's not dance-y enough, and dammit I miss those blue bands. What? Never thought I would say that! What I love most about Lithe though is the community, we really are each others cheerleaders and I will cherish the friendships I have made across Lithe and especially at the ML studio. 
 
Lithe literally changed my life, and for the fithiphealthier! I was in an unhealthy rut, and had the numbers from the doc to prove it, yikes! I knew I needed to get back on track or this could be a slippery slope. I forgot how fun it was to be active, challenge myself and get strong! Thank you for reminding me and bringing out the best in myself. The challenges have really upped the anti and from Lithe Spring Clean through the Fall Challenges you continue to keep me motivated. When I first started I couldn't dream of going more than a couple times a week, and before I moved I was going almost every day. My results have been amazing. I feel like Lithe has brought out the best version of myself. It gave me a place to decompress, smile, laugh and move! I'm happier, stronger and feel like I can take on any challenge. For that from the bottom of my heart I thank you, Lauren for creating such an amazing community. 
 
I wanted to also thank the Lithe Team for helping me feel amazing on my wedding day. Sam (fellow Lither and my Nordstrom wedding stylist) kept telling me not to lose any more inches before the wedding because we had to keep taking the dress in! I had so much nervous energy before the wedding and Lithe gave me a place to sweat it out and de-stress. What more does a bride-to-be need? The wedding was such an amazing and fun day. While we were taking pictures with the bridal party I was holding an umbrella up, and my sister looked at my arm and said holy shit look at those guns!! I smiled and said, "Thanks they're Lithe Built."
 
THANK YOU for all that you do! I miss you all and hope to visit a studio soon. 
 
Yours in Lithe, 
Cat

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 8 Jan 2015

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Lauren, 

 

This is my Lithe love letter to you and your amazing team. For years I struggled with a very serious eating disorder. When something life altering or traumatizing happens, the human body finds a way to cope with the pain. When I was 18 my life got turned upside down. Instead of dealing with my trauma, I decided to internalize my pain, creating a demon within. My eating disorder stripped everything from me, leaving nothing but emptiness. I didn't have the capability to smile, feel happiness or love; I just felt a numb. The only thing I cared about was my image. I starved myself, over-exercised, purged, and did everything in my power to become "perfect." This internal battle went on for years, causing my weight and health to plummet. I was dying inside and out. 

 

The morning of my 22nd birthday, I woke up truly furious that I was still alive. All I wanted was to be dead so that this demon would finally leave me. I tried to push it away, make it leave my body, but all of my attempts failed. It was at that moment I knew I had too much to live for. I was young, smart, and athletic with the world at my fingertips. My family is the greatest thing in my life. If I couldn't get better for myself, then I would get better for them. I knew my disorder was tearing them apart each and every day. I got up, got dressed, and marched down to the University of Alabama's student services center to withdraw myself from school (I was halfway through the first semester of my senior year). I bookeda flight home to Delaware that day, only leaving another time to say goodbye to my loved ones. 

 

The morning after returning home, I researched the best rehab facilities in the U.S. Remuda Ranch came up in my search. A very amazing treatment facility in Arizona would be my new home for the next few months. Within two days I had arrived leaving the real world behind. I was in treatment for four months total. No phone, computer, TV, mirrors, etc. This was a legitimate rehab that took all triggers away and that was my saving grace. I put my life into my team's hands. Strict meal plans were enforced and there was intense therapy for hours a day. By the time my four months was over, I was up 15 pounds and had a clear head. I was happy for the first time in years. 

 

I returned home the day before Thanksgiving (crazy holiday to return to, I know). I went to my aunt's holiday party begrudgingly. That night I met the love of my life and have been happily with him ever since. Funny how that worked! Anyways, we now live together in Old City and have the most amazing life together. I am almost done with my marketing degree and will soon be the college graduate I planned to be. 

 

Lithe Method was one of the most pivotal things in my recovery. It truly changed my idea of what a woman's body should be. Instead of idealizing skinny, frail models, I now look at you and all the other instructors as what we should be. All unique, strong, and motivated. No matter how hard we try to fix our imperfections, they are a part of us. I see you and the other women who could kick some serious ass and to me that is awesome. Those weak models would snap after one seesaw. 

 

Lauren, you truly are one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen. Not just esthetically, but internally as well. You realize that being perfect is impossible and it isn't something we should strive for. Finding Lithe fresh out of treatment was the best thing that happened to me. Being a Lither made my recovery successful beyond my wildest dreams. Your whole outlook on exercise changed mine and I now respect my body and all the amazing things it does for me. I used to not have a single muscle on my body. Now I am fit, happy, healthy, and most importantly strong. You have no idea what Lithe means to me, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Lithe has changed my life and helps me to smile every single day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

All my love, 

 

Sukey Hendrix

LITHE ON LOCATION! 5 Jan 2015

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While traveling in Rincon, Puerto Rico this winter break, I ran into fellow Lither Angela Berke! 

We had no idea we would be in the same area, let alone on the same beach until we got there (call it Lithe kismet, if you will)? Of course, the conversation quickly led to our shared love of all things Lithe as our families looked on rolling their eyes and commiserating over our obvious obsession. We both knew that we had to do a little Lithe on location, and of course we took a few pictures to send to you.
 
A little side note, that also illustrates the special power of Lithe …
 
Angela and I went to high school together, but since we were two grades apart we were never really friends. We knew each other of course, but that was the extent of it until we reconnected at Lithe a couple of years ago (we're both in our late 40s, so needless to say it was many years later). I’m happy to now call Angela a friend. Not only has Lithe done wonders for our bodies and minds (we both believe that Lithe actually reverses the aging process), it also created a new friendship!
 

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