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SUMMER BODIES ARE EARNED IN THE WINTER (ED.9)! 14 Apr 2014

Summer-9

After getting to know Lither Betsy C. on Lithe Escape, I thought it was the perfect time to demystify her.  Enjoy!

Age: 34    
     
Kids?: Maybe someday
          
Her Fit.Hip.Healthy: Some people don’t believe it, but growing up I was heavy. I was a very active kid, and I loved to play sports, but I was a pretty picky eater, which led to food and weight issues.  At a fairly young age, I learned about eating better, strength training and cardio.  When I was in high school, I became obsessed with spinning, Tae Bo, lifting, running, using an elliptical machine, etc.  That "eating better" part went out the window when I became a victim of the diet fads of the 90s, eating fat free everything and too much sugar.  So I would spin and use the elliptical for hours a day.  All that repetitive motion just made my thighs look like tree trunks.  No matter how lean I was, my quads were always SO big, I loathed them.  

After the summer of 2012, I came home from the last weekend at the shore where I go to boot camp at 80th street in Stone Harbor.  I decided that I needed to look for something like that near home.  I searched for similar workouts but feared they wouldn’t be challenging enough.  I found Facebook friends praising the effects of Lithe.  So I decided to give it a whirl, and I was immediately hooked.  Within 5-6 months, I noticed my clothes fitting better and I felt stronger and more confident in myself.  During the holidays, my mom and sister-in-law were saying I looked like a new person.  My skin and hair looked healthier and I looked happy!  I hadn't lost any weight really, but I was leaner.

The thing I love about Lithe compared to all of the workouts I have ever done, is the variety of different classes to choose from, and they are challenging and effective.  I noticed that my body has changed, I feel stronger and leaner than ever.  The combination of moves, combination of sculpting and cardio are so efficient and fun, what’s not to love!? Another bonus is the sense of community within the studios.  The friends I've made over the last year and a half are priceless.  I love meeting new ladies and getting to know their stories, successes and struggles.  I feel like we’re a team, supporting and encouraging each other to be a better version of ourselves.  I also have to give a shout-out to the amazing instructors.  Without each of you bringing your energy and enthusiasm, where would we all be?!

I used to do 2 classes at night and then for an extra calorie burn I would go to the gym to use the elliptical.  After developing tendonitis in my ankle, I realized the elliptical was doing more harm than good.  By June, I decided to give it up.  A few weeks later, I noticed my clothes were fitting even better than they had since the initial few months.  It took me a year to let go of my fears of not burning enough calories.  I thought that my body was different, and that I was genetically predisposed to gain weight.  Essentially, I thought that my metabolism would let me down.  Almost a year later and I have never felt so good inside and out.  I thank my lucky stars that I found Lithe! Thank you, Lauren!
     
Fell off the wagon?:  Never.  I struggle to take a day off as it is.  However, when I am out of town, I bring along my old workout videos that are no longer as challenging, like P90X.  I throw in a few Cardio-Cheer sequences from Pom and Stems 2.0 when the P90X cardio intervals aren’t kicking my butt enough : )      
     
How she Lithes: I try to kill it every time, all the time.  It’s my hour (or two) of me time.  Why not make the best of it?  And by the weekend, I like to earn a few cocktails.  Then sweat it out the next day.  I work hard, play hard.
     
What is "key" for her:  A balanced diet and as much sleep as I can get. I wear Lithe's Calorie Trashers in almost every workout becuase I have really tight hips.  They work wonders for me.
   
Her Diet: I am on a somewhat restricted diet due to an intolerance to dairy and yeast.  I don't eat refined sugar.  I eat veggies, grains, nuts, fish, and fruit. The juices and meals available at the studio have been great.  When available, I definitely stock up! 
          
She does weigh in: I usually weigh in every morning.  At 5’9”, I have been weighing about 138-142 lbs consistently for the last year. I am happiest at this size; Not too thin, not too heavy.  I feel confident, healthy and at peace with my thighs.  I have been on both ends of the spectrum and I like being right in the middle.

She feels: Fantastic!  The Lithe Escape proved that I have a lot of room for improvement!  I came back feeling rested and much stronger than I thought I would.  We took time to do stretching instead of all cardio and sculpting, and I may try to take some more of those types of classes to help with my inflexibility.

Image of Betsy C. in Jamaica via Lauren

 

MISSION: LITHE! (JONATHAN & KATIE'S RESULTS) 10 Apr 2014

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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

 
 

            

SUMMER BODIES ARE EARNED IN THE WINTER (ED.8)! 7 Apr 2014

Summer Bodies Ed 8

I'm SO proud to feature Lither Judy U. today in Ed. 8 of our Earned in Winter series.  Judy has come a long way (she has lost over 100 lbs!).  I know that you'll really enjoy reading this.

Age:   36.75
 
Kids?: Probably not, thanks.  I'm solid with nieces and nephews - I call them my rentals.  And could be down with a step kid should I find the right single dad. 
 
Her Fit.Hip.Healthy: If you saw my preview post/love letter, you know that I was once neither fit, nor healthy. I started out as an overweight child, a chubby teen, and went straight to obese adult.  College here in the city meant food truck cheesesteaks for lunch and pizza for dinner with a side of soda.  When I started working, I was a fast food queen often eating twice the portions. The highest weight I ever saw on a scale was over 280 lbs.  I made some half hearted attempts at weight loss - things like weight loss shakes, fasting, and frozen meals with words like "healthy or lite" in the title.  None of that worked. My doctor told me that if I kept gaining weight I probably would die in my thirties.  I got mono and lost about 20lbs without even trying.   I knew things were out of hand but it wasn't until 2001 after my first niece joined the world that I spent more than a year on Weight Watchers and lost a ton of weight - feeling like I had finally "figured out" what I had been doing wrong - note - my "exercise" at the time was the occasional walk around the neighborhood and crazy dance nights at the old Polyester's on Race Street (I wish I was kidding about that).  Jump to 2003, and my Dad passing away.  Welcome to emotional eating and ballooning back up - re-finding all the weight I had lost.  I floundered for a while and made a few more half-hearted attempts to lose weight.  Finally in 2008, I went back to Weight Watchers with my now huge tail between my legs and at the time was over 250 lbs.  I had some good success and then started grad school at about 210 lbs.  I did okay - I did gain some weight back during my three years of working and going to school at night.  Less time meant less preparedness and more reaching for quick solutions. In 2010, I started working in Princeton, NJ and finishing my last year of grad school at Villanova.  My office is right around the corner from a gym, and so during my first week I thought I might as well check it out.   I signed up an figured I could go there right after work and avoid some rush hour traffic on the nights I didn't have a 90 minute drive to get to school.  They offered a free consultation with a trainer and so I took advantage of that.  My trainer Patrick became a force in my life - making an appointment with him every week was a way to really make sure that I kept exercising.  I was working so hard that it made me want to eat better.  So I started packing my lunch and weight started coming off.  I mixed in walking on the treadmill and graduated to jogging a little and did my first 5K in 2012 - I got Patrick one of the t-shirts to commemorate this huge achievement.   At that point, I was pretty sure I was an invincible athlete and that I would eventually win a marathon.  Later that summer, a friend suggested that we try a barre class.  Since I was now this stellar athlete, obviously I would try it.  Standing outside the studio, one of the gals said - "did you see that Lithe Method has a Living Social deal?  That's what Becky Miller did to get ready for her wedding".  Since Becky looked straight up crazy hot at her wedding, I agreed to try this mysterious Lithe thing.  We did the 101 and I thought I might die - but I had paid for FIVE classes - I was going to take all of them!   That showed me that I still had a long way to go and that maybe I wasn't quite the athlete I was in my head.  I was mixing Lithe into my regular workouts and a couple months later, Patrick announce he was moving away.  I was getting tired of the regular gym, and I kept throwing out my back every time I was running.  Ugh.  Lithe was always there floating along as one of the things I could do without hurting myself and it helped me realize that maybe I liked doing classes because there was someone pushing you a long - just like Patrick had been pushing me.  So with Patrick gone in early, 2013, I started lithing a few times a week, and adding in a spin class, or a barre class to mix things up.  The next thing I knew I was working out 5-6 times a week - and mostly looking forward to Lithe.  So that's my fit.  And in combination with my diet (see below) -it's my healthy.    
 
I'm still working on my Hip - I'm more Talbots and red wine than ??? I don't even know what's hip.....  
 
Fell off the wagon?: Not really.  I started slow with Lithe - going once a week and mixing it in with Patrick, walking/running, and the occasional barre or spin class.  I injured my hip (maybe that's my hip!) in the first half of 2013 and had to slow down a bit but focused on lower impact classes until it was better.  Since starting regular exercise in 2010, I've never gone more than a few days without doing SOMETHING.  The exercise drove me to want to eat better and though I have my emotional battles with cupcakes, most of the time I win.  Only sometimes the cupcake wins.
 
How she Lithes: 3-4 times per week - aiming for 5.  I just finished the 9 day stretch after being so inspired by Chrissy and Kristin (and Sayeh). I couldn't believe that I did it!  I even did an extra class at a barre studio with some girlfriends during that week!    For me Lithe is a challenge every time and there are always opportunities for improvement and learning - plus the schedule and updated classes keep everything so fun and interesting.  I go back and forth between loving the sculpting classes for their slow pace and crazy burn and loving the cardio classes for their fun dancy cardio where I pretend that I'm a Laker girl in my head. Also, the cardio classes almost always have plyos - when you're 280 lbs, you can't really go up a flight of stairs without getting winded so in my head, every plyo feels like a little miracle.  You may notice my often goofy smile during plyos.  
 
What is "key" for her:   Balance.  I travel 20-30% of the time for my job.  I'm lucky that I get to go to some amazing places and fancy restaurants but eating out takes a toll.  I do the best I can with finding healthy options on the road, and often pack my own snacks with me.  I've made it priority while travelling to find a good workout class and have tried barre and yoga classes across the country!  While home, I believe that as long as I eat well 80% of the time I can leave room for a night out or an after dinner treat.  And on the days, when hormonal, work or social challenges leave me feeling defeated in the war against the office candy jar, I find my way to self-forgiveness and get right back to trying again the next day.  
 
Also - information - I had so much to learn over this long journey but something that has kept me focused is finding new information on working out, recipes, success stories, food ingredients, etc.  Anything related to a healthy lifestyle reminds me of why I'm working so hard in class and spending time preparing meals for my week.
 
Her Diet:  STRICT Vegetarian.  Lacto  ovo - although not much lacto - I was allergic as a baby and never really grew out of it.  Some yogurt is ok and a splash of milk in my coffee is fine.  I love cheese but when I eat to much, it makes me so sick.  I became a vegetarian in 2008 after I had been living alone for the first time and found that cooking chicken and fish was really grossing me out.  Ick.  I read a few books, watched some documentaries, and never a piece of meat would grace my lips again.  I'm not a pushy vegetarian - I think animals can be part of a healthy diet but it's just not for me.  I didn't become vegetarian to lose weight and actually gained a little when I first started because I wasn't really focused on eating a healthy diet.    A little at a time, my diet has changed to focus on REAL FOOD.   I eat a ton of fruit and vegetables, and whole grains - mostly organic and - very minimal "processed foods".  And because everyone asks.... protein comes from a lot of places - eggs/egg whites, sometimes greek yogurt, quinoa, peas, beans, nuts,  a little soy, and I use a raw vegan brown rice protein powder just to fill in a little.  I loosely follow the Tone It Up plan.
 
I also count calories using LoseIt - an iPhone app.  I don't panic if I'm over or under calories on any particular day - remember my thing with balance!  But it does help me monitor what's happening.   But you have to be honest with it - those days when I'm typing in 4 mini twix bars from the office candy jar are not pretty but it is what it is. On the road, it helps a lot to at least try to guess what was in the restaurant meal I had - it makes me think about how to make the best choice I can when looking at the menu.  I hope someday to transition to intuitive eating but I'm not there yet - and if I never get there, it's ok.  I don't mind the tracking - plus I like seeing the data - I'm good with numbers!  I also track calories burned from working out using a heart rate monitor.  There is something gratifying when logging in a 600 calorie Lithe burn!
 
She does weigh in:   Almost every day.  Right now I'm floating between 190-195lbs.  This is my lowest adult weight. But I have a LOT to say about this.   I'm 5'6" - most body weight charts for women would have you believe that 150-155lbs is the upper weight limit for someone my height. And that a healthy weight is somewhere between 120-155. (depending on which chart you read)  But this doesn't really tell the whole story.  This can't possibly be the whole picture.  Turns out there are many numbers to help access your health and fitness.  How about BMI??  Well at 195, my BMI is 31.5 - that means I'm obese.  Crap! This numbers thing isn't going my way huh?   
 
How about body fat percentage?  Well I've been 190-200 lbs for quite some time so last year at about 200 lbs I had my body fat percentage professionally measured using a Bod Pod - the same egg shaped thing that the Biggest Loser uses.  At the time, I was 40% body fat, but 60% lean mass.  (Get your calculators girls!  It's about to get real!)    So that meant I was 120 lbs(60%) of "lean mass" and 80 lbs (40%) of fat.  This is too much fat - there's no denying that but the lady who performed the test said that I was a lot of "lean" - so many people are "skinny fat" (her words) where they are more than half fat.  So let's think about this...... if I'm ALREADY 120lbs of lean, where can I land on the weight chart that's realistic.
 
CLEARLY, I'm never going to be at the bottom of the range - unless I start losing some lean mass which doesn't feel like a good goal.  Let's say that I haven't gained any additional lean mass (or muscle in this case), and that I've only maintained that 120lbs - if I were to drop to that 155lbs, that would mean that I would have 35lbs of fat (155-120) on 155lb body.  35lbs/155lbs= 22.5% body fat.  This is actually pretty lean for a woman.  Again there are all sorts of charts, but it looks like the upper limit of body fat percentage for a woman my age is about 23%-27.5%.   
 
But I've been Lithing and doing all kinds of fun workouts for a year since my last measurement - maybe it's fair to say that a I've gained 5lbs of lean mass since then.  So maybe now, I could be 125lbs of lean mass - if I got to 170lbs, I'd have 45lbs of body fat - 45/170=26.5% body fat which is squarely in that healthy range.  I'm not trying to math my way out of being skinny but I'm trying to find a realistic goal.  We're all going to lose lean mass as we age so the more we start with, the better off we'll be later in life.  I'm not willing to lose what lean mass I have to fit into some weight chart and in fact, I'm probably going to keep trying to build more! I'm never going to be skinny but what I like about Lithe it showcases a variety of healthy body types through our instructors.  I'm never going to have the long slim limbs of the lovely Danielle but I can aspire to have the gorgeous curviness of Bari or Lauren.  I already have  big boobs and backside!  I'm halfway there!
 
One more word on the body fat measurement - it really helped me learn a lot about Basal Metabolic Rate.(BMR) The printout they gave me showed how many calories I needed in a single day just to exist.  Turns out my MINIMUM required calories were somewhere around 1600 - most diet plans would tell you not to go below 1200 calories - but for me, I can't ever go below 1600 without hurting myself.  (I'm not complaining!) This was eye-opening.  Gone are the days where I'm trying to eat as little as possible to stay under some ridiculously low calorie target - I'm eating what's HEALTHY for me!  
 
What about other numbers?  How about blood pressure?  Mine is great - 110-120/70 is average for me.  How about resting heart rate?  Mine is the 50's.  yeah - I'm really an athlete now!  How about dress size?  I'm a 14. The first time I put on a size 14 pants I cried with happiness in the dressing room at the Gap.  I was this size in 8th grade.  I'm closing in on a size 12 jeans- I can get them on  and zipped - I just can't breathe in them - or walk or sit.  Details!
  
She feels:   Like a goddess.  My weight has been a lifelong struggle but now it feels like worrying about weight isn't the top priority anymore.  These days, I'm more worried about getting to class on time and what I'm going to pack for lunch this week.  I also feel pretty honored to be part of the Earned in Winter feature.  I think body diversity is something to be celebrated and I'm so proud of Lithe Method for taking on this challenging topic by featuring real bodies of different sizes and shapes - even those that are atypical.  So many Lithers have come up to me since my love letter and told me how much they were looking forward to my Earned in Winter feature. That really meant a lot to me and it's been so great to meet new people.  Lithe has also helped me feel like I can sort of do anything - at at least TRY anything. Last year I did the first day of the MS 150 City to Shore bike ride.  This year, I'm hoping to do both days.  I rode my bike yesterday and only fell off twice!  I got back up twice too :-)
 
I know my squishy tummy probably isn't what you were expecting to see when you pulled up the blog today, but that fold on my belly and jiggle on my arms are my badges of pride.  They used to be filled with fat that was killing me - if a little flab or skin flopping around during class is the worst thing that happens in my days, then I've lived a grand life.  I hope that any of the larger lithers reading this will be inspired to find their own versions of a healthy body and those of you who pulled the super lean card from the deck get a little insight as to how things work for us bigger gals.  All our bodies are fantastic! Look how they can plyo!
 
Image of Judy via Stuart Goldenberg

LITHE ESCAPE RESULTS! 2 Apr 2014

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Check out these amazing results (fat loss!) in inches from our Escape crew.  I always say that one week will make one strong, but in this case, FOUR days will make one strong.  I had a blast last week and I can't wait to share more pictures of our food, food philosophy, fitness and fun!  Check out #litheescape on Instagram for more pictures!

Images via Lauren

"CHOCOLATE COVERED" STRAWBERRIES! 1 Apr 2014

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Okay, here's one of my secrets when I'm craving something sweet but need something low glycemic.  If you know me, you know that I have a killer sweet tooth (I'm a total chocoholic).  While I do have a square of dark chocolate most days, sometimes too much chocolate can be a bit of a gateway drug and I'll only want more sugar. 

My "chocolate covered" strawberries and blackberries are a big hit in my house.  All you need to do is dip washed strawberries/blackberries in Chocolate Pequea Valley yogurt (Brown Cow brand works well).  Place the dipped berries on a plate lined with parchment paper.  Need more chocolate?  Sprinkle them with cacao!  

Image via Lauren

SUMMER BODIES ARE EARNED IN THE WINTER (ED.7)! 31 Mar 2014

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Kristin has been working for Lithe for years now, and I've loved watching her grow personally and professionally.  I'm thrilled to feature her as she returns from her mission: Lithe!  

Her Results: Kristin recently completed the 9 days of Lithe.  Check out her mission: Lithe results!
 
Age: 25
 
Kids: Nope
 
Her Fit.Hip.Healthy: I think there's nothing more hip than doing your thing and really owning it. In order to be my best self and feel confident that I'm giving my all, I need to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle to keep my energy up.
 
Fell off the wagon: As soon as it started getting cold and dark, probably around mid-November.
 
How she Lithe's: Previously I lithed VERY sporadically, but since Chrissy and I did our challenge I find myself in the studio more often.
 
What is "key" for her: I need a balance of cardio and sculpting. Cardio gets me that sweet elation that comes from exhausting the body with exercise, and sculpting provides me with the sense of accomplishment and muscle definition I'm looking for. I love that Lithe combines these elements so I can get both in one class.
 
Her Diet: The name of the game is to get as many vitamins and nutrients as the body requires, and to stay away from things the body wasn't designed for. I know what's good for me, I know what's bad for me, and I know that my moods depend largely on what I'm ingesting. Some things may be tasty, but being tired and irritable all day isn't worth it.
 
She does not weigh in: There once was a time I would weigh myself every day, but now I see no reason to. I can tell how healthy I am by how I feel.
 
She feels: Excited about where I'm going. There's a great many things I need to work on so that I can maintain this. It'll take effort and dedication and changes, but that doesn't scare me. Letting myself become a crotchety miserable person scares me! This time I won't let myself forget how good it feels to be healthy.
 
Image of Kristin via Stuart Goldenberg

SUMMER BODIES ARE EARNED IN THE WINTER (ED.6)! 25 Mar 2014

Summer Bodies are earned in winter

I've known Chrissy for a long time.  She's one of my favorite people to work with and be around and I'm thrilled to feature her as she returns from her mission: Lithe!  

Her Results: Check out Chrissy's story & mission: Lithe results!

Age:   36

Kids?: 0

Fell off the wagon: 7 months ago - a lifestyle transition shifted my focus and I began to willingly relax, let go, and to be present, regardless of what that entailed. This started with the realization that I was putting a great deal of undue pressure on myself with food.

How she Lithes: A minimum of 4 days per week is what works best for my body. 5 is my personal goal. This helps me to follow the key that was designed to produce the most significant body changes. And it works.

What is "key" for her: positive energy and taking things lightly. When I take myself less seriously I tend to be more motivated. Self awareness is a beautiful thing :)

Her Diet: clean eating, for the most part, 6 days a week. I eat a lot of fish, fruits, nuts, eggs, and try to stay away from dairy. I drink a ton of water all day long. I have to plan ahead because I'm one of those people that eats every 2 hours or so. I graze all day long, literally. I'll grab the first thing that's easy if I'm not prepared with the right foods on hand. And most importantly, I believe in Sundays and allowing myself to eat anything I want. I'm a dessert person - to go too long without ice cream would be boring.

She does not weigh in: 131 at 5'6". It's little about the number and more about how I "feel". When I eat well and take classes my mental state and energy levels are elevated. That's more important to me than the number on the scale.

She feels: Motivated and supported. Surrounding myself with like minded, successful, bad-ass, and supportive women that make up the Lithe community has had a large impact on my life in many aspects. It's a wonderful feeling to just be me and to give back to others the support that I've been given.

Image of Chrissy P. via Stuart Goldenberg

MISSION: LITHE! (RESULTS) 13 Mar 2014

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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

 

BEFORE & AFTER INSTAGRAM ♥... 10 Mar 2014

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DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS). 5 Mar 2014

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Here's a little love letter/segue to Judy's #earnedinwinter feature coming soon!
 
Hola Lithe Sisters,
 
Formerly a size 22/24, I've lost close to 100lbs and am currently a size 14.  Let's just say it's taken me a long time to love this body. Loose skin and stretch marks included.  I've been Lithing about 18 months.  I started at 1-2 times per week and now I'm averaging 3-4 but shooting for 5X.  I work in marketing for Arm & Hammer which is cool, but it means I travel a lot and won't ever get to Lithe Varsity Status. I've appointed myself JV Squad Captain.  Before I found Lithe, I wanted to be skinny - now I value being strong. Thanks for that! 
xo,
Judy

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