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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!
 

ANNETTE'S LITHE INSIDE CHALLENGE! 5 Jan 2015

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Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka is on the cusp of her 40th birthday and celebrating with a Lithe Inside Challenge: forty days without refined sugar and carbs until her 40th birthday. We met for measurements last week, so she's a week in at this point. Join her here and stay tuned for updates!

Here's what she said:

Okay, I'm owning up to a fact I've kinda hid from for a long time: My age. I'm celebrating a milestone birthday this coming year (gulp!). I turn 40 in February. Actually, it really wasn't something I thought too much about until recently. 

I set many goals and milestones for myself while in high school and college: "I'll star in my first feature film at 25" or "I'm not going to get married until I'm 35." As time passed and some of those thing passed with it, I realized how little control we have over so many aspects of life. 

We can and should set our sails and chart our course, but sometimes the winds take us where they may.  Knowing this, I decided to embrace the things I do have control over. How I care for my body, what I put in it, and how I embrace it are things that are totally up to me. Therefore, I'm using this challenge as a way to take charge of my fitness and food habits, so that when 40 does hit, I can stand proud and say it really doesn't look so bad! I plan on being in the best shape of my life to greet it head-on as I push forward to all the new goals I set for the next 40 years. Feel free to come along for the ride and set your own challenge in the new year and definitely offer words of encouragement (I'm gonna need them if I'm giving up wine and refined sugar for 40 days). Just don't tell me I look good for 40! I'm not there yet :)

"40" image of Annette via Lauren

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,

 

MERCY ME 9 Dec 2014

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LITHE BRIDE 21 Nov 2014

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Alex and I were married on October 4th on Kiawah Island, South Carolina at the Ocean Course. We met during first week of undergrad at Duke where we both lived in Wilson Dorm. After dating on and off throughout college, we parted ways for awhile while he moved home to Georgia for medical school and I worked in fine art in Manhattan. When he matched for residency in Philadelphia, I followed quickly with my dog Sprout in tow! Fast forward about a year, and Alex proposed to me in the middle of Philly's City Hall on bended knee while tourists looked on and a busker jammed on an electric violin. While we love it here in our adopted home (I'm from Wisconsin, go Pack!), we decided to get married in a pseudo-destination wedding off the coast of South Carolina where we celebrated our first anniversary during college.

At our welcome dinner lowcountry boil on Friday, and especially at our wedding reception Saturday night we danced like crazy, toasted about a hundred thousand times to our future together, and just generally had the most magical weekend of our lives. I may have pulled out some Lithe CCS moves on the dance floor without realizing, too...
 
Our wedding day was more wonderful than either of us could have ever imagined, and I felt incredible on the day of in large part due to Lithe! I began working at Lithe in March 2014, and over the months leading up to my wedding the incredible workouts and general vibe of wellness helped me lose over 20 pounds, going from a size 12/14 to a 6/8. Working in the studio has been such a gift this year, as I'm constantly surrounded by healthy, happy influences care of my coworkers and our Lithers. This influence has carried over into my home & family life as well, where I've just been generally happier, more present, and more energetic! I've also taken to using way more exclamation points!!!
 
I have tons of love and gratitude for Lithe for helping me feel amazing on the happiest day of my life! Thanks for transforming me into a Lithe Bride!
 
xoxo
Jill
 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 20 Nov 2014

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Dear Lithe,
 
I love you!

I hate exercise. I mean I really, really, hate it. My guess is that it stems from being “forced” to play sports as a kid. In my house, it was mandatory to play a sport every season – tennis, softball, soccer, etc. Aside from my stubborn nature of generally hating being told what to do, I never really found enjoyment in these sports. As a result, the moment that rule was lifted, I stopped participating in all sports and had no motivation for physical activity. This lasted on and off through college. I would go to the gym on campus once a week and act like I knew what I was doing, normally leaving with shin splints from the treadmill. After a few years, I found yoga, which I enjoyed but never felt committed to. When I moved to Northern Liberties, I noticed the Lithe studio with pictures of these amazing women on the windows. I also noticed, day after day, as I walked past to get my morning coffee, the weirdest noise coming out of the studio. Why do they breathe like that? I was completely intimidated.

 

In 2011, I saw a deal online for five discounted classes and decided to give it a shot. I had a pretty rough start. I do believe that Lithe truly is for anyone, at any level of physical fitness – but it was hard to figure out where I fit in at first. I was in bad shape. Jumping jacks? Push-ups? Abs? Once I started to get the hang of it I bought a couple packages and Lithed semi-regularly for 5-6 months. Then I stopped. I blamed it on money, or knee pain maybe, but really it was laziness. Not only did I stop exercising completely, but I was out of control with my bad eating habits. Shocking result – I gained weight! 

 

By the time February 2012 rolled around, I was really unhappy with my body, and the external stressors in my life (work, relationship, etc.) were starting to close in on me. I needed something that would get me up off the couch. I signed up for Immersion and never looked back.  For me, Immersion was the right choice. I was able to slowly build up my strength over three weeks before jumping into classes. This time, I didn’t feel discouraged, I felt determined. I figured out that I needed to accept my limitations and do my best. I struggle with knee pain, tight hip flexors, and a lingering shoulder injury. I modify. I have good days and bad days. I made the decision for myself that quality was better than quantity. I would rather do 15 awesome lunges, than 30 sloppy ones. I admire the strong women around me who nail 30 lunges in stiletto – and I accept that might never be me. The hardest part is holding myself accountable to stop or modify only when it hurts, but not when I’m tired and want to give up. 

 

One year ago, the day after Labor Day, my relationship with my live-in boyfriend of 6 years came to an end. The following day I was in class with Kim in the small studio in Old City and I was barely making it through the barre work. I wanted to sit down. I wanted to walk out. At that moment, Kim, in her infinite and unknowing wisdom, started in on one of her mid-class motivational pep talks. “This is your hour! Forget everything else that is going on in your life and outside of the studio and focus on this!” Well, that hit pretty close to home. Staring in the mirror doing sumos and trying not to cry was one of the most humbling experiences I’ve had in the studio. 

 

Kim was dead-on, and I took it to heart. When you come to the studio for an hour, you are going to work hard and it’s not going to be easy, but literally nothing else matters. You have a full hour out of the day to commit to yourself – an hour that is not impacted by your job, your dating life, your kids, your friends. Outside of the studio, this year has been tumultuous. Single for the first time since I was 20? Unemployed? Broke? With all these things going on around me, I was committed to getting to the studio. I knew I could walk in with the weight of the world on my shoulders, sweat it out, and walk out an hour later with a new outlook on life. 
 
Making the commitment to Lithing 5-6 times a week paid off in the studio as well. Push-ups on my toes for the first time in my life! Mastering the Pom CCS, only to wonder why it ever took so long to figure out! Realizing that CCS might mean deadly cardio, but it’s SO MUCH FUN! Actually feeling what the instructors mean by “the space between your stomach and the floor” in a Superman hover! My results are measured in these terms. I don’t own a scale and I don’t know my weight (or care what the number is). In 2012, I wore size 12 pants, now it’s a 6 or an 8 (sometimes a 10 to fit the Lithe Booty). I used to hate wearing sleeveless shirts, now tank tops are my friends. Shorts? Bathing suits? These things don’t scare me!

 

The month of August was extremely challenging for me, both inside and outside the studio. I realized I was very close to making Varsity but I would need to make some extra efforts to make it happen. With the help of some awesome women, staff, instructors, and other fabulous Lithers, I was actually able to achieve this goal. This brings me to my final point…

 

Lithe is a place where you can get what you want from the experience. Some women want to walk in, work out for an hour, and get out. Other women want camaraderie to help them with their fitness or weight loss goals. For some, it’s a social venue. For me, it’s a place full of awesome women who I want to know. Some days I’m the get-in and get-out type, but mostly I stop to talk to everyone – front desk, instructors, other Lithers. And if you’ve met me, you know I lay it all out there (no filter here!). Lithe has been a fundamental part of my life, especially over this past year while so many other things have been in flux. I know that when I walk in, I am surrounded by other women who have also made it a priority in their lives to come to this place and who love it just as much as I do.  

 

xoxo,

Molly

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