THE MAXI KNOT! 16 Apr 2015

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Is your maxi dress too long? Knot it up! I've knotted the bottom of mine (in lieu of hemming) for years. You'll also reap the fitness benefits. Twist the bottom of your cotton/jersey maxi dress at the ankle/calf for extra resistance to your core. It's an easy way to kick it up a notch while you're on vacation or just walking around town. 

Image of Lauren night-walking and breaking in flip-flops at Delray Beach wearing Splendid L.A.

WHAT'S IN LAUREN'S BAG 15 Apr 2015

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As busy women, we all have the most random and sometimes unexpected mix in our bags – from beauty essentials such as lip balm to any little thing that keeps our kids entertained. Today I share my must-haves.

Alexander Wang Rocco in soft peroxide with pale gold

• iPhone

The Honest Company baby wipes

RMS Beauty Oil

• Dental floss!

• A few Instagram prints of Jordan and Mars from Artifact Uprising

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Butter Elixir and Laura Mercier Bare Beige lip glace (helps me fake it if I’m not wearing makeup!)

Coola organic sunblock – I love the weightless feel and matte finish. 

• Organic and raw Lithe Foods Lithe Bar and Matcha Latte (quick healthy snacks prevent me from getting too hungry and running out of energy when I’m on-the-go)

• A ball for Mars – just in case!

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Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

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. 

APRIL EATING LITHE DETOX MENU 13 Apr 2015

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LITHE T-30 CHALLENGE! 13 Apr 2015

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Are you ready to up the ante?  #TMINUS30 is the third and final challenge in our #EarnedInWinter series.  We'll be taking our fitness up a notch by taking 25 classes in 30 days, integrating our Lithe Foods component into our practice and banding together so that we're feeling healthy, confident and fit when the summer season hits in about 6 weeks. 

  • The Fitness: Lithers must complete 25 classes in 30 days. 
  • The Food: Eat Lithe!  Continue to eat clean Monday-Friday. 
  • Hashtag Calendar:  Inspire each other! Share 3 posts on social media (FB, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram) w/ hashtags:
    Monday 4/20 #TMINUS30 #LitheResults (Before Pic)
    Thursday 5/7 #TMINUS30 #EatingLithe (Recipe) 
    Tuesday 5/19: #TMINUS30 #LitheResults (After Pic)
  • Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes the challenge and shares a recipe will receive a T-30 Tank!
  • The Ultra Lithe Grandprize:  At the end of the #EarnedInWinter challenge series, two Lithers will win a Lithe Instructor-Style-Photo-Shoot (date TBA). Post your progress, cheer on fellow Lithers, and share your testimonials using the official challenge hashtags. Every hashtag use counts as one entry into our Ultra Lithe Grand Prize Drawing!

Image of Lauren Boggi via Stuart Goldenberg

LITHE'S EATING LITHE SPRING DETOX! 12 Apr 2015

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We have the ultimate plan for you just in time for spring! Learn better habits while getting that Lithe glow (and body) with our Eating Lithe Detox. Our four-day detox is a collection of wellness staples, tonics, and remedies to cultivate inner and outer radiance. By implementing superfoods, adaptogenic herbs, Lithed-Up salads, and medicinal teas, you’ll achieve Lithe Inside. 

EATING LITHE DETOX:  Four days • 1300-1500 calories/day • Vegan • $300

April Menu

Ordering: Go to our online store > Products > Choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Thursday, April 16 at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Pickup: 
-Day 1 and 2, pick up on Tuesday, April 21 from 6AM-8PM. 
-Day 3 and 4, pick up on Thursday, April 23 from 6AM-8PM. 

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

THE BUTTERFLY TANK 8 Apr 2015

OatmealWe know you love to show your Lithe pride and we have a few great pieces on deck for you! This super-soft Duke & Winston oatmeal tank with an ink splattered butterfly will be available in studios soon.    

BUBBLE 7 Apr 2015

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Our newest workout will arrive late spring!  

WEATHER & YOU {AND A RECIPE!} 7 Apr 2015

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Spring has (finally) sprung! Spring is the season of new beginnings when nature awakens and the world comes alive. It’s also the time when our bodies come back to life after months of hibernation and heavy eating.

Changes in the weather effect our moods, our bodies, skin, hair, and the clothes we wear. I know that I feel different than I did just one week ago. Being that the pattern of weather really effects us, tapping into its rhythm can guide us towards better living.

Spring is the perfect time to be reborn physically (you're probably moving more these days) and to establish a self-care routine. Self-care doesn’t have to mean a luxurious day at the spa or come with a heavy price tag. It can be very simple. For example, I've been enjoying this Matcha Beauty Tonic every day with my phone and computer turned off.

I love matcha. It provides a delicious nutrient-rich energy boost before and after Lithe. And it has so many amazing benefits. It gives you the zip of coffee without raising your heart rate.  It also keeps you satiated and works as a fat blocker by blocking the ability of digestive enzymes to break down fat, a step necessary for fat to enter our cells. So instead of absorbing and storing the fat, it gets passed through the body. Matcha is also rich in chlorophyll, which alkalizes and detoxifes the blood. By increasing its pH, the body has a better chance of getting more oxygen and nutrients to cells for healing. I notice that my skin looks more radiant and I feel revitalized when I drink it.  

Spring Matcha Beauty Tonic

Ingredients
1/2 tsp. matcha
Coconut milk to taste
1 tsp. coconut oil
1/4 tsp. ashwagandha (adaptogen/stres relief)
1/4 tsp. reishi (superfood/immune booster)
1/4 tsp. mesquite (superfood/blood sugar stabilizer and protein)

Directions
Scoop matcha powder (start at 1/4 tsp. then adjust according to your taste), ashwagandha, reishi, and mesquite into a cup. Fill cup with hot water, and then whisk in the coconut oil and milk until it starts to froth. Cup the bowl in your hands before bringing to your mouth to sip and enjoy!

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

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LITHE SPRING CLEAN WEEK 4! 6 Apr 2015

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Hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend! Here's your fourth and final week of #LitheSpringClean, which is also the last week of the second phase of our Earned in Winter Challenge! Good luck everyone, and if you fell off the wagon last week, it's the perfect time to get back in the game! We can't wait to see your #LitheResults on April 9th!

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DIJON CAULIFLOWER 2 Apr 2015

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A few months ago Jordan surprised me by making this incredible roasted cauliflower recipe that he found it on Pinterest it has quickly become one of our favorite meals. Made with only a handful of ingredients, this super-filling, fiber-rich "side dish" is as striking to look at as it is easy to prepare. I've Lithed it up a by adding Lithe Spice No. 1 and reducing the cheese. It's so easy!  Just brush the cauliflower with mustard, then roast the cauliflower until it’s tender and finish with a topping of nutty parmesan and fresh herbs.
 
Ingredients
1 large head of cauliflower
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard (I prefer Maille)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 - 1 teaspoon of Lithe Spice No. 1
Handful of fresh parsley & rosemary, roughly chopped
1/4 (or less) cup grated parmesan

Directions
Position an oven rack in the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.  Then remove the leaves from the cauliflower, then trim the bottom of the head so the cauliflower sits flat on the baking sheet. Next, whisk together the oil, 2 tablespoons mustard, Lithe Spice, salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a small bowl.

Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and brush the entire outside and inside with the mustard-spice-oil mixture. Roast the cauliflower until nicely charred and tender (a long skewer inserted in the center of the cauliflower should pass through easily), 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let rest for a few minutes.  Meanwhile, combine the parsley + rosemary and parmesan in a small bowl. Brush the roasted cauliflower head all over the outside with the remaining 1 tablespoon mustard and sprinkle with the parmesan-herb mixture.  Cut the cauliflower and serve with a sprinkle of salt and any extra parmesan-herb mixture. Enjoy! 
 
Images via Lauren

RUN THE BEACH! 1 Apr 2015

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Happy April! I don't know about you guys, but I'm feeling summer + sunshine + Lithe Escape. I'm ready to run the beach! Spring has sprung, so it’s time to soak up the sunshine, get prepped to rock that Earned In Winter body, and spend time with friends and family. I miss the concept of having a true spring break in my life — taking a week long break from work to reset and refresh (and lay on the beach with margarita in hand). So this year I’m giving myself a personal spring break in the form of a staycation in Philly.

In honor of my much-anticipated break (and our upcoming Lithe Escape), I'm sharing some bikini tips with you.  A fantastic bikini is always the first item I pack when I’m traveling somewhere warm. These Triangl bikinis are my swimwear picks for the season. I love the supportive neoprene fabric, bright neon colors, and fantastic fit. 

If you choose to wear a bikini, you should show off your Lithe-earned body in a suit that you feel comfortable and confident in. Any Jane can wear a bikini, but to feel confident in a bikini is another story. Here are some tips so that you can run the beach: 

Try EVERYTHING on. Suits look completely different on your body than on the hanger. Untie first – you need to adjust the straps to your body (not the girl’s who tried it on before you) or you won’t get the right look or fit. 

Stringin' it? If you have a top with strings, tie it in the back first, and then stretch the cups over your breasts before tying behind your neck. Got a bottom with strings? Tie it so it sits on your hip bone. Don't go too low or even worse, too high. (Hello, David Lee Roth circa "California Girls.")

When a suit fits, you don’t get any “overspill.” Remember that everything has a place — inside your suit.  Watch out for super-skinny straps ... Narrow straps are rarely flattering and create back bulge if you have even a little meat on your bones.

Lithe it up! I highly recommend our Essential Workouts. Skinny Jeans and High Mini classes are our blueprint. Both tone your body and build your Lithe muscular structure with a quickness. 

Eat Lithe whenever possible. Eating Lithe (eating clean) will not only get you into your bikini, but it also makes you feel Lithe inside. Keep whole food (preferably raw) snacks on-hand at all times to keep energy levels up and hunger at bay. 

Lastly, check yourself before you wreck yourself – in a three-way mirror, that is. You want to be sure you look great from all angles. Once you find a perfect fit, take note of the brand. Companies rarely change their fit from year to year. It’ll make next year’s shopping that much easier!

Image of Triangl Swimwear and Lithe Bar via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

MAMA SAYS: MYRIAH LIPKE 31 Mar 2015

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Myriah Lipke knew she would get help with navigating the world of early motherhood when she attended a breastfeeding support group. But the unexpected bonus? She found out about Lithe, too. Two fellow moms happily revealed that the classes were the reason for their admirably tight (and strong) bodies. Now a frequent Lither herself, she tells us the secrets behind effective ab work, raising adventurous eaters, and maintaining a chicken nugget-free household. 

Children: Arabelle will be 4-years-old and Scarlett will be 2-years-old in May.

What's your day job? My primary job is to care for my amazing and insane children. I also work part-time at Temple University as an academic advisor.

How do you fit Lithe into your schedule? Having my schedule planned in advance is the key to going to class regularly. My husband is a musician and is usually gone for 3-4 weekends a month. I try to go to class at 6AM on the three days that I work. Then I try to squeeze in two more times later in the week or on the weekend. I spend my whole life giving to others and it's completely draining. When I committed to Lithe, I became a better mother and person. 

How has Lithe helped your post-baby body most? It has been essential in healing my diastasis recti, the abdominal split that many women have after pregnancy. Lauren suggested that I wear an abdominal compression band for all of my ab work and I'm very conscious about not letting my belly pop. 

What's their favorite thing about Lithe's babysitting service? The girls love going to Mommy's exercise class! On Monday Arabelle got so excited to hold the Pom bands and jump around like me. 

Do your kids eat healthy or do they turn their nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? I have pretty amazing eaters. I've given them regular table food since the time they could pick up a bean between two fingers. I think the reason they both eat so well is that I almost always cook dinner and we eat as a family. I make food from different ethnicities, so it's all normal to them. I also don't keep chicken nuggets in the house, so that's never an option. That said, yesterday I made granola bars with kale hidden inside. The girls looked at me like I was nuts, but then proceeded to eat big bowls of sauteed kale for dinner.

Which of your children's foods can you not resist munching on? The entire family goes gaga for Little Baby's Ice Cream. At least we get some exercise by walking six blocks there and it's made from natural ingredients, so I don't feel too guilty. 

Photo via Myriah Lipke

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 30 Mar 2015

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a healthier alternative to donut holes. Obviously I had to make them even more nutritional with a cacao magic superfood boost!! But when you make something healthy you still want it to taste great right? Well these won't disappoint. They are yummy!! - See more at: http://www.thephilosophie.com/blogs/recipes/8260925-raw-healthy-er-donut-holes#sthash.xQ2zYHPy.dpuf

 

a healthier alternative to donut holes. Obviously I had to make them even more nutritional with a cacao magic superfood boost!! But when you make something healthy you still want it to taste great right? Well these won't disappoint. They are yummy!! - See more at: http://www.thephilosophie.com/blogs/recipes/8260925-raw-healthy-er-donut-holes#sthash.xQ2zYHPy.dpuf

Here is your healthy alternative to donut holes! Our donut holes are low cal and rich in fiber and healthy fats. They come in two flavors, are a perfect pre/post-Lithe, and taste SO good!    

EARNED IN WINTER TANKS! 27 Mar 2015

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Guys, the tanks are in! Pick up your #EarnedInWinter Duke & Winston tanks this weekend and wear with pride.  Congrats and keep up the hard work! 

Image of Lauren via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 27 Mar 2015

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Happy Friday, Lithers! This week's giveaway is from my new favorite place to pick up a gift for Mars, Momo's Tree HouseMomo’s Tree House is Old City’s new toy boutique. It carries high-quality toys for curious kids of all ages and has a craft table, spacious play area, and a great personal shopping service. Plus, it has an awesome storytime every Wednesday at 3:30PM!

We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to FOUR lucky winners! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what your favorite toy is! One winner will be chosen at random at noon on Monday, so you have four days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

Momo's Tree House
205 Arch Street
Tues.-Fri., 11AM-6PM, Sat., 10:30AM-6:30PM, Sun., noon-5PM

DOING IT ALL IS SO OVERRATED 24 Mar 2015

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A few nights ago around 9PM Jordan snapped this photo of me finally sitting down (my glass of wine was just outside the shot) right after we got Mars to finally go to bed. He said, "Laur, stay right there, the lighting is so good on your face." I actually don't love this photo – I had taught three classes, was half asleep, and my smile was not genuine. I wanted to just stick my tongue out at him and scream. 

At the risk of oversharing, I have had a few very difficult weeks. I like to think of myself as a pretty positive, even-keeled person, but the last month has thrown me into total overwhelm mode. I would love to tell you that I have been riding it out gracefully, but I really haven’t. I have not been myself. I’ve been cranky, pessimistic, aloof, and questioning every part of my life.


I put off writing this post because I didn’t want to spread my Negative Nelly vibes across the Internet and into the studios, so I internalized it (I’m really good at that), and then I decided to just do it because I think there is something to be said for sharing my current struggle with you. I would be upset if, from reading the blog or what you read about me, you gathered that I am an invulnerable health and fitness guru who always has it together. Don’t get me wrong, I have a wonderful life and I can usually juggle a zillion balls in the air, but I am having a messy moment.

I'm struggling with running a company and caring for a child. And I have to tell you that doing it all is totally overrated. I'll be honest, guys, I'm spent. I feel like I need to go to rehab for exhaustion. My life — both work and personal — has changed so much over the past year and the juggle has become more difficult. I've since taken on more staff (salaries to pay), I'm expanding Lithe, and have a few large projects in the future (greater expectations on myself), and I have a child who needs and wants me, but also makes me feel torn.

We currently have a part-time nanny and Mars is in school part-time, so I'm basically a very part-time stay-at-home mom with two full-time businesses. I love having the ability to work from home and be with Mars when he's home but it doesn't really work out, so for the past three-and-a-half years, I worked around the clock, all day, in the evenings while Mars was in bed, on the weekends, and whenever he napped. And now he no longer naps, so things (and stress) started to pile up in every area of my life. 

My days are crazy. I teach, train teachers, blog, shoot content for Lithe, FHH, and Lithe Foods, and cook meals for my family. I take Mars to school, soccer, art, and to the playground while checking in with my teams, managing projects and people, developing product, planning, programming, streamlining Lithe, and responding to a gazillion emails (and feeling guilty for being on the phone around him and also feeling guilty for not being there for my staff as much as I should/could).  

Sometimes I feel like I may explode over this constant battle of being pulled in a zillion different directions. And I hate the constant combination of being stretched so thin while feeling guilty. I feel guilty that I have to leave work to pick up Mars, I feel guilty when I can't put more time into something at work, I feel guilty when I have to leave Mars, and I feel guilty when I get snippy (or go completely internal) with Jordan because I'm taking my stress out on him. I love my job, I know myself well, and I know that I need (and want) to work, and that my creative brain really thrives when doing so many things. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.  I also know that my son will only be little for so long and I want to spend more time with him.

Why am I telling you this? Because people ask me all. the. time how I do it all. I say that I have a stellar team, I try my best, and I pick my battles. There are so many moving parts and I've had incredible success and some amazing failures, but mostly I am a work in progress. I'm still figuring it all out. Oftentimes I find myself pushing and working so hard that I forget to be present. This whole working while parenting experience has made me reevaluate my life. I know that it's okay not to always be okay and right now it feels really good to slow down, be mindful, appreciate idleness, and live in the moment. I hope that my struggle with the juggle helps some of you working (and non-working) moms (and non-moms) out there. We're all in this together! 

While writing this I was inspired (via my friend January) by the Hopewell quilts article in Mother Mag.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

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