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DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 8 Jan 2015

Love Letters

 

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

MAMA SAYS 18 Nov 2014

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While many Lithe mamas are still in the midst of sleep training and toddler temper tantrums, Lauren Leahy has been through it. Though you'd never guess it by looking at her, she has a 14-year-old son. A single mother for years (she just got hitched!), she's figured out a formula to fit in me-time. Read on to hear her wisdom.  

Children: Liam, 14

Day job: Expense analyst

Tell us your Lithe story: For awhile I would buy class cards here and there to supplement gym memberships. Only in the last couple years have I been able to go 5-6 times per week. Now that Liam is old enough to be at home for a little while by himself, I sneak out of the house for 6AM classes while he's sleeping. I'm actually not a morning person at all, but I have a just do it attitude when it comes to exercise. Making the financial commitment also encourages me stick with it every month. 

Your attendance is pretty impressive, but surely you miss class here and there. What was your last family-related reason for late cancelling? That would be when my husband broke his foot. 

As a single mom, how did you make it work? Because I feel calmer when I exercise, I always set aside time for it. In the past, I'd go for a 20-minute run or do an hour-long yoga DVD. For awhile, Liam would tag along with me to a morning yoga class and eat Cheerios and read comic books in the back of the studio. 

Does all your healthy living rub off on Liam? Well, I definitely have to choose my battles when it comes to food. I recently made a stir-fry with vegetables from our CSA and he picked out everything green. Luckily, he's more enthusiastic about exercise. We used to take kung fu together and I convinced him to run a 5K with me. 

Can you share some advice for all the new mothers out there? Acceptance of your body is key. I'm finally at a place where I appreciate my curves. Also, no matter how busy you are, you can fit in a workout if you really try. 

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING... 12 Nov 2014

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LITHE ESCAPE RESULTS 12 Nov 2014

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