MISSION: LITHE! (KALIKA'S RESULTS) 30 Oct 2014

Kalika

Kalika just completed her nine-day challenge. Check out her before pictures. It's truly incredible what nine days can do! Congrats, Kalika! Mission accomplished.  

EATING LITHE L.A. 29 Oct 2014

LA-1

Whenever I go to the West Coast, I tend to eat my way through the day. There are so many fresh, healthy options! Some of my favorites: Malibu Seafood's fresh fish, Lemonade Venice's casual fast food, L&E's oysters, Moon Juice's cold-pressed juice and nut milk, Alimento's Cali-Italian, Gjelina, anything from True Food Kitchen (the crudites are to die for), and Sugarfish's sushi. 

Do any of you have L.A. favorites? Please share! 

WE'RE HIRING! 29 Oct 2014

HIRING Join the team! Lithe is hiring part-time front desk studio staff.

Part-Time Front Desk Studio Staff Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Provide high level hospitality and customer service to clients
  • Be comfortable with computer database functions and other basic computer skills
  • Have experience handling money and a register
  • Be able to communicate clearly and efficiently via e-mail and telephone
  • Maintain the Lithe Method brand aesthetic and studio appearance
  • Maintain the appearance and upkeep of Lithe’s retail (Lithe Foods and Lithe Wear)
  • Assist Lithe’s Studio Manager in daily studio tasks and projects

What's Required?

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task independently within a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to initiate tasks independently
  • Excellent communication skills and superior organizational skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills and confidentiality
  • Friendly and professional email and phone etiquette
  • Have a passion for Lithe, healthy living, and fitness
  • Be willing to participate in Lithe Method workouts to fully understand the brand
  • Flexible/non-traditional hours: multiple days per week including some holidays, early mornings, nights, and weekends

Part-time front desk studio positions will be available at Lithe with the following anticipated hours:

  • Lithe Rittenhouse and Lithe Old City: 10-15 hours per week (including some early mornings, nights, and weekends)

Please submit resume, cover letter and availability to careers@lithemethod.com.

LITHE'S ELIZABETH TOMKINS ON DESTINATION MATERNITY 28 Oct 2014

Q&A with E.T. QA E.T & Destination Maternity

You love her workouts, and you've watched her bounce forward phenomenally. Read all about Lithe Instructor, Elizabeth Tomkins on Destination Maternity's blog, Cravings

Images of Elizabeth via Lauren

HOT AS HELL HALLOWEEN HOT LEGS 28 Oct 2014

Hall

Come *dressed to kill! Celebrate with her new CCS and a killer Halloween playlist on Friday at 7PM at Rittenhouse with Lithe Instructor Jenn Blatstein.

*Costume optional

NANNY SHARE 28 Oct 2014

Lystra at Lauren's

Hey Lithe mamas! Looking for a one in a million, part-time nanny? In two weeks Mars will be going to school three (full!) days a week and our beloved nanny Lystra will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to work with a wonderful family.

Lystra has been a part of our family since Mars was 3-weeks-old, and I'm advocating for her just as she was recommended to me (thank you, Nina!). She is highly qualified, patient, trustworthy, super-dependable, and an all around good person. She treats Mars with love, respect, and discipline and he adores her. I'm happy to discuss her qualifications. Email me at lauren@lithemethod.com for her contact info. 

LITHE SPICED ZUCCHINI 28 Oct 2014

ZUCCHINI

Cooking sauteed veggies with Lithe Spice No.1 is so easy and delicious. Try this spiced zucchini recipe!  

Serves 6

Ingredients
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Lithe Spice

Directions
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the zucchini and cook, stirring until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining tablespoon of oil and zucchini. Then, return the first batch of zucchini to the skillet along with the garlic and add Lithe Spice. Cook, tossing gently, until the garlic is fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Images via Lauren

GIRLPOWER HOTLEGS! 27 Oct 2014

Girlpower

Wednesday, 7PM at Lithe Main Line! 

Jonathan Cedrone in Nike via Dom

YELLOW CAKE 26 Oct 2014

Yellow cake

This really isn't a recipe, but I had to share this incredibly easy-to-make super-decadent, yet healthy dessert/snack. If you're wondering just how yummy this is, my 3-year-old with a sweet tooth calls it "cake" (it's the yogurt). It's simple to throw together and satisfies a sweet tooth in a healthy way.  

Ingredients:  Noosa coconut yoghurt and fresh pineapple

Directions: Cut pineapple and top each piece with a dollop of yogurt. 

Image via Lauren

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 24 Oct 2014

Fit Hip Friday

Happy Friday! The most indulgent months are just ahead of us (Thanksgiving to New Years!) and we're giving away a Lithe Motivation Pack: three Lithe classes, one pair of Lithe Pearl Izumi gloves, and a set of wristbands!

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us how you're going to stay motivated during the holiday season! One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you, and good luck!

Image of Master Lithe Instructor Krista DeNofa wearing Splits 59 via Dom

INSPIRATION 23 Oct 2014

 

LITHE BRIDE 23 Oct 2014

Lithebride

Hi!

Just wanted to share a few photos from my wedding on August 29th. After Lithing here and there for the past few years, I bought my first monthly and created my own #LitheBride challenge – 25 classes in the 30 days leading up to my wedding. I felt so beautiful and so accomplished in my wedding dress! Six weeks later I was back in the studio, craving CCS and chia seed bars. So good to see the faces that were there with me during some of my most stressful weeks! Thanks for the healthy addiction, friends.
 
Allison (Berger) Hartman 
 
Images via Emily Wren Photography

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 22 Oct 2014

Sayeh's Living Lithe

Lately, I've been feeling like a dinosaur. And not in the worrying about aging and crow's feet way, but in the world is moving so fast and I'm totally clueless about how anything works way. 

Thing is, I've never thought of myself as old-fashioned. Even the word 'old-fashioned' feels old-fashioned. I picture the ladies in Steel Magnolias saying it to their mothers who are scandalized by their off-the-shoulder dresses. But, I think I'm indeed old fashioned, or at the very least, I'm terrified of the future and like things to stay the same, and have always been slow to jump on the new developments of life. 

For example, when Myspace came out, right after I graduated from college, I was totally appalled by it. It seemed like the craziest, most narcissistic platform on the planet. Take a picture of...MYSELF?? By...MYSELF?? And put it on the INTERNET?? And then put lots of other pictures of everything ELSE I do on the Internet?? And tell people how I'm FEELING in the moment?? I'm feeling that it's none of your business how I'm feeling! But, a few of my less grumpy friends jumped right on it. This is great! What a great way to keep in touch and know what people are up to! They used HTML to decorate their pages with sparkly Chanel logos and made it so their profiles played songs like "Where Is the Love" by the Black Eyed Peas (when their boyfriends broke up with them.) I, of course, had no problem looking at people's pages and gawking at their willingness to share...until eventually, I warmed up to the idea and got a Myspace myself and subsequently spent hours looking for different 'skins' for my page. Skins. 

When checking in happened, I really thought about just shutting it all down. CHECKING IN?? CHECKING IN?? I'm going to tell everyone exactly where I'm am at the very moment that I'm there?? I won't even accept gum from people I don't know because of tales of razor blades in apples and LSD-laced Jolly Ranchers instilled in me from my trick-or-treating days, and YET, YET I'm going to tell the whole world where they can find me in case they want to do something terrible to me?? WHY does this make ANY SENSE? Lo and hold, however, many friends and acquaintances began checking-in as if it were entirely normal. (I still refuse to check-in, unless there's a discount incentive involved). Recently, I actually contemplated walking into Mr. Chow in NYC to "accidentally" to bump into Fredrik Eklund, my reality TV crush, when Instagram told me he was eating there with his hottie husband Derek Kaplan. I even told my cab driver to DIVERT DIVERT, but then got a hold of myself, and realized this was ludicrous behavior and went home instead. 

Twitter? It's been out for how long now? Almost a decade?? And I've only recently had to create an account for work, whereupon I told my colleague: Oh my God, have you been on this Twitter thing? It's actually super helpful and informative!! You can follow local organizations and know what they're up to and hear about sales and get news and hear from your favorite celebrities instantly! She looked at me as if I had just stepped out of the Delorean wearing a puffy, orange vest. 

Thing is, I want to be the person that has the foresight to hear about some new technology and think THIS IS THE FUTURE, I'm going to jump on that! But, I'm not. I'm the opposite. If I were at the meeting about Twitter, I would have scoffed and left to make calls on my Zack Morris cell phone. I recently toured a local high school whose students graduate knowing how to animate, code, create apps and have partnered with a local startup to learn how they developed a mobile DNA lab. Mobile. DNA. They are building an actual motorcycle that is controlled, while driving, by an iPhone app. I can't walk and text. 

HELP ME! 

You know what I was doing in high school?? Obsessing about my thighs and writing notes to my friends on actual paper which I folded into weird shapes that I was really proud of and physically HANDING them off between classes. That's what I was doing. 

I can't code. I can barely work my iPhone. I SUCK at Google. And to boot...it all terrifies me. When I told a friend about this school I visited, she said: Doesn't it make you feel great that there's a school in the city where kids are getting such an incredible education? I looked at her blankly. NO, it doesn't feel great! I'm a horrible, selfish person that is thinking about ME right now. ME. That's who! That tour made me realize that if I ever have kids, they are going to look at me the way I look at my mom when she can't figure out the remote control. 

Yet, there are folks my age and older in Silicon Valley and all over the world that are totally unafraid that the future is now, and that a 10th grader can swab the inside of my cheek and tell me if a child I conceive will be predisposed to any genetic abnormalities, during second period biology. I mean...I'm still getting over FaceTime. HELLO! We are looking at the people we are talking to on the phone. Not that long ago, that was something crazy sh*t that only the Jetsons could do, and we're all acting like it's old hat!

I usually wrap my columns up with some call to action for myself, or some solution or something to give myself a strategy to fix my problem...but I'm not sure I have one this time. Because even though I want to be cool and teach myself Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, I think I may have to just accept that I'm always going to be a bit leery of the next big thing.

See you in class! (But first, GET OFF MY LAWN!)

LITHE IS HIRING! 21 Oct 2014

  Lithe is HiringWe're looking for experienced babysitters to join our Old City, Main Line, and Rittenhouse teams! To inquire, email careers@lithemethod.com.

8 TIPS FOR LONGER, LITHER LOOKING LEGS 21 Oct 2014

Meg

Speaking of Lithe Built body parts. Do you Lithe regularly? If you do, you absolutely have incredibly strong, toned legs! And, some of you have the length that I could only dream of (See Meg, above). If you weren't born with legs for days (myself included), here are a few surprising little fitness and fashion tips that will make your legs next level:

I'm all about comfort, but wearing a heel really elongates your legs. Even just a little lift gives your legs a longer, leaner look. I’m a big fan of kitten and wedge heels. Both are comfortable and make my legs look longer the moment I step into them. Feet hurt?  Slip on a pair of Taryn Rose heels.  I have bunions and wide feet and my feet feel like a dream in them. 

Calf pumps (AKA Cheer Preps) are our signature cardio move that you simply cannot do enough of! Calf Pumps balance the legs muscularly and work every part of the leg, especially around the knee, calves, glutes, and hamstrings.

Nude shoes are timeless and versatile. Not only do they transition seamlessly from day to night, but also from season to season. Wear them with shorts, jeans, pants, skirts, and dresses. I always travel with a pair. Shoes that are the same color as your skintone create the illusion of longer legs because there is no visual break. In order to achieve this super streamlined effect, the pump should blend perfectly with your skintone. Think about nude pumps the same way you would about foundation – find one that works for you and matches your skintone.

Jeans that sit at your natural waist (right at the belly button) automatically give the illusion of longer looking legs. If you're petite and curvy stay away from the super high waisted trend, which tends to make you look wider and squat. 

Black is the magic word. I often live in head-to-toe black because it makes my legs look longer.

Endvy & Skinny Jeans/Sculpt workouts really elongate the legs and build your foundation. 

Glow: If your legs are bronze they immediately look longer. I get spray tanned once a month but you can also DIY at home. My favorite product for glowing legs is Tarte's Brazilliance. Apply it with the mitt provided before you head out and you’ll get a sleek, Summery glow that makes your legs look beautiful! 

Spanks work wonders to smooth out saddlebags and lengthen your legs.  

Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis wearing Free People via Dom

LAUREN BOGGI IN VANITY FAIR ITALIA 21 Oct 2014

 

Lauren Boggi in Vanity Fair Italia Lauren Boggi in Vanity Fair Italia

Lauren Boggi Vanity Fair Italia

Five reasons not to skip the gym! 

QUEEN B. FREESTYLE 20 Oct 2014

Lauren & Beyonce

You're gonna be crazy in love! Join Lauren and all the single ladies for a bootylicious Freestyle at Lithe Main Line this Friday at 6AM! 

Image of Beyonce via Google & Lauren via Dom

WEIGHING IN ON MUSCLE 20 Oct 2014

Muscle

Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally via Dom

HAPPY WEEKEND! 17 Oct 2014

So Cal sunset

Happy weekend from the West Coast!  Ahh...California. I feel so lucky that my work takes me here. I love the sun, "sleeping in" due to the time change, beautiful Santa Monica sunsets, and eating Lithe without even trying.  Stay tuned next week for a list of my local southern California eating Lithe recommendations and more shots from the weekend.

Image via Lauren

BECAUSE I'M PERFECT. 16 Oct 2014

Lauren & Mars

Today I'm rapping about body love and words of wisdom from a toddler...

I think my three year old son Mars is soo cute. Like, I could just eat him up. When I ask him why he's so cute, he responds, "Because I'm perfect!" (!!!!?????!!). Now, I've never told him that he's perfect, but he truly believes that he is. And, as his mom, I really feel like I'm doing something right, which is not always the case. You can imagine my reaction when I heard that for the first time. I mean, how fantastic is that? And, he inspires me – my little boy has not one ounce of negativity in his head.  He really loves himself and thinks he's just perfect. We all should have that high level of self-love, right?

Many of us are finishing up our Fall Transformation (myself included), and some of us are just getting back into the studio, post-summer. Recently, there's been a lot of talk about our Stop Bitch moments, body image, what other Lithers do, do too much of, or don't do enough of, and what it means to be healthy and empowered. But behind all of this talk about being Lithe lies the heart of what it means to be healthy: Loving the skin you’re in, treating yourself right, and feeling empowered to question, challenge, and redefine your own self-view of beauty and wellness.  Loving the body you have, and working to improve your health and head is so important. In fact, many of you are already super-confident and intuitive. Here are a few emails that I've received over the past few weeks: 


Being healthy shouldn’t be about appearance, it should be about health.  

I'm all about improving myself and becoming healthy and fit.  Almost everyone I know should spend more time working out, and making lifestyle changes.  It's everything! 

Once I let go of trying to be thin and focused on the idea of loving my body, I became healthier.

This Fall Transformation has taught me so much about myself and my level of commitment.  I've never felt so great about myself.  I feel like me again.  I'm unstoppable!

Here’s what I think about loving your body. As women, we all struggle with self-confidence. There are always those little things we wish we could change about our bodies. Whether it’s wishing we had a six-pack, more defined arms,  or thinner thighs.  My approach has always been accept it, or act to change it. Because of this, I have always used my "imperfections" as motivation to work harder. Over the years I've learned to love and respect my body for what it is because it has been so good to me. It's gotten me through almost ten injury-free years of Lithe and allows me to burn the candle at both ends and work hard when I need to. It has given me my Mars, it takes me on walks every day, helps me sail a 50-foot catamaran every summer, and feels so strong invincible when I Lithe. 

And, in exchange, I treat my body the very best that I can. I live a healthy, balanced lifestyle by staying active and eating well. I let it rest at night, take Epsom baths and stretch to keep it flexible. On the weekends I have fun, give in to my cravings and just let go. 

So, this fall, as you're working towards your best you, remember that it does not mean that you're working to fit into a particular mold. Not a certain weight, size, or shape: YOU are perfect. Make that your mantra! You're working towards building that confidence muscle – which is the best possible way to learn to love the skin you’re in.

Image via Lauren & Mars via Jordan 

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