LITHE SPRING CLEAN WEEK 3! 28 Mar 2015

Spring

You're half-way there!  Week three is another detox week, but it's not as spartan as week 1.  You'll notice that your menu is filled with smoothies, green veggies and muscle building lean protein.  If you're hungry during the day, add in more protein and increase your portion sizes.  Good luck! 

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EARNED IN WINTER TANKS! 27 Mar 2015

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Guys, they 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

COMING WITH? 27 Mar 2015

Escape

Our Spring Escape to Jake's is booked, but we were able to accommodate one additional last minute reservation (she's awesome!) and she's looking for a roommate in an oceanfront room. We're a group of 20 strong and we leave in 34 days! Total cost $2,060 and it's worth every penny.

If you're interested, email escape@lithemethod.com!

Image of 2014 Jake's Escapees off-roadin' with Damian and Owen  

 

LITHE MANI 26 Mar 2015

Lithe Mani

Loving this range of Lithe Blue (Pantone 5435). Stay tuned to find out where it's available in Philly!

DOING IT ALL IS SO OVERRATED 24 Mar 2015

Lauren Boggi

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

CHARCOAL LEMONADE! 21 Mar 2015

Charcoal Lemonade

The new juice that everyone is going gaga for is our Charcoal Lemonade! You all went crazy for it after trying it in our four-day Eating Lithe detox, so we'll be keeping it in stock on a semi-regular basis. 

Activated charcoal is made by burning a source of carbon (we use coconut shells) at a high temperature, which removes oxygen. Many claim that activated charcoal essentially becomes a natural magnet for toxins (pesticides, dioxins on fish from contaminated waters, and even neurotoxins from mold) in your digestive tract. Activated charcoal is nothing new. Your Brita water is filled with it and hospitals use it for patients who have been exposed to toxins or who have overdosed on drugs.

There's many benefits to consuming it (in moderation, of course). It helps the body detox from processed food and environmental pollution, relieves digestive issues like gas and bloating, and gets rid of bad breath and body odor. Plenty of people also swear that activated charcoal is a hangover cure and love its anti-aging and beautifying effects. 

Ingredients: Activated coconut charcoal, lemon, alkaline water, local maple syrup, pink Himalayan sea salt  Price: $10

LITHE SPRING CLEAN WEEK 2! 20 Mar 2015

Spring

Happy first day of spring (can you believe that it's snowing!?) and congrats to those of you who are on the last day of our Eating Lithe Detox!  I'm happy to pass along our week 2 #lithespringclean menu. Just like our Lithe Foods/Lithe Escape food philosophy, you'll notice that our menus are based on lean, local, mostly seasonal and detoxifying, whole foods.  Our menus coincide with our lifestyle of hard work and consistency, so Monday through Friday you'll want to follow the rules. Moderation is key for long-term success, so Saturday and Sunday are yours to eat as you please!   

Remember to drink 64 ounces of water every day while you're Lithing 5-6 days a week. We want to see and hear about your results! 

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DAILY DETOX SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE {DAY 1} 17 Mar 2015

Goji+Rose

Are you detoxing with us? Have you tried your Lithe Foods Day 1 Rose + Goji Superfood Smoothie? I make this smoothie regularly and I'm so happy that we were able to include it in our detox plan. Rose and goji berries create a powerful balancing elixir for the heart that has the potential to open you to the vibe of happiness and love. Enjoy and read up on the benefits.

Rose is considered a heart tonic in the ancient system of Ayurveda. It soothes the heart and emotions and bestows balance. Rose also has a beautifying effect, soothing inflammation of the skin and increasing its glow. When buying rose water for culinary use, make sure that it's high quality and preferably organic. Most roses are heavily sprayed with pesticides. 

Goji berries belong to a class of Chinese herbs that are known as “superior tonics.” This means that they can be taken regularly over long periods of time to preserve health and youthfulness. Goji is known as the “happy berry” and reportedly gives a sense of well-being and calm. Goji’s list of benefits are astounding. Heart health and beautiful, radiant skin are among them. Goji berries are also nutritional power houses that have more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than oranges, and more beta carotene than carrots. They contain a host of trace minerals, B vitamins, and antioxidants. And they are a complete protein (yes!). 

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LITHE SPRING CLEAN #LITHERESULTS! 16 Mar 2015

Lauren Boggi Lithe Spring Clean

Happy spring, everyone!  Our Lithe Spring Clean challenge is my absolute favorite one. It kicks my health, metabolism, weight loss, and practice into high gear. I always say that diet is 85 percent. Eating Lithe (eating clean) is truly a challenge for most of us and incorporating the food part of the equation is what makes this month-long process really effective. 

I always find it interesting that not as many people sign up (there are only 104 of you!) because there is no "prize," yet it's the most critical of the three EIW challenges for achieving the results that everyone works SO hard for. This challenge is for you and you should do it for your health (that's the prize!). Anyone can take 20 classes in 25 days, but nobody can out-Lithe a poor diet. 

I'm in on this one too and I'll post my #LitheResults and how I'm #EatingLithe on my (now public) personal Instagram feed. Join me! 

LAUREN IN NYC! 13 Mar 2015

Boggi

Try High Mini, one of our classic Lithe workouts!  Reserve, bring water, and a yoga mat

LITHE ON LOCATION 12 Mar 2015

LOL

Check out Lither Rhea in plank (in snowboard position) in Breckenridge, Colorado! 

RIGHT NOW... 11 Mar 2015

RIght Now

1. We're building our Lithe Foods pantry and are excited to offer you some of the more obscure items that I've been using in my smoothies/tea/soups for years now. Ashwagandha is an everyday staple for me.  2. I'm counting the days until Lithe Escape and loving this Harvey Faircloth Irie sweatshirt.  3. Dr-Cow's Aged cashew & blue green algae is my favorite cheese alternative.  4. Drill Design x Mizutori's Geta Sandal in nude (and black!) is supportive and absolutely perfect for spring.  5. Ro's Argan Body Conditioner by Lush is like a super-hydrating shower smoothie for your skin. It saves you time, smells divine, and there's no need for lotion!

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LITHE SPRING CLEAN CHALLENGE 9 Mar 2015

Spring

So, you made it (or maybe you almost made it!) through the first month of the #EarnedInWinter challenge and you want to take it to the next level. Are you ready to take another 20 classes in 25 days AND follow our meal plan? The second part of our Earned in Winter challenge is all about integrating our Eating Lithe component into your practice.  Lithe's Spring Clean Challenge is based on our Lithe Foods/Lithe Escape/Eating Lithe philosophy, so it's been tried and tested. We know it works! Our plan is uniquely Lithe and easy to follow five days a week. Plus, it can be modified to your dietary needs.
 
Sign up on Tuesday thru Saturday, and we'll give you your four-week meal plan on Friday, so that you can shop over the weekend and get started on Monday. Much like spring cleaning, we'll focus on detoxifying and cleaning house. We'll keep each other in the game by sharing our recipes and results along the way.
 
The Details:
    •    Sign up for the #LitheSpringClean Challenge from Tuesday, March 10 thru Saturday, March 14
    •    The challenge runs 25 days: Monday, March 16 thru Friday, April 9
    •    Lithers who complete the challenge and share recipes and results on social media using the #LitheSpringClean hashtag will be entered into the Ultra Lithe Bonus drawing. 

The Ultra Lithe Grandprizes: We want to see your progress! Lithers who complete the calendar and share their #LitheResults on social media using the #LitheSpringClean Challenge hashtag on Monday, March 16 and Thursday, April 9 will be entered to win. TWO people will win a Lithe Instructor-style photo shoot (date TBA). The photo shoot will take place at the end of the Earned in Winter series which wraps up right before Memorial Day!   

Social Media Sharing: Complete our hashtag calendar (below)! Share your progress on social media or in-studio.  Don't want to use your personal Instagram or Twitter account? No worries. Many Lithers create an account just for Lithe challenges. Our social media component is a fantastic way for you to inspire each other, make friends, be held accountable, and stay motivated.

Hashtag Calendar:
Monday, March 16 #LitheSpringClean #LitheResults (Your starting point "before")
Monday, March 30 #LitheSpringClean #EatingLithe (Your current favorite recipe)
Thursday, April 9 #LitheSpringClean #LitheResults (Your results "after")

LITHE'S EATING LITHE SPRING DETOX! 8 Mar 2015

Detox

We're so thrilled to announce that 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 calories/day • Vegan • $300

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Ordering: Go to our online store > Products > Choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Thursday, March 12 at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Pickup: 
-Day 1 and 2, pick up on Tuesday, March 17 from 6AM-8PM. 
-Day 3 and 4, pick up on Thursday, March 19 from 6AM-8PM. 

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 4 Mar 2015

Sayeh

Last week I talked about the winter blues getting me down and you guys responded in kind. I think we are all feeling it right now. It's common knowledge that February is the worst and the beginning of March rarely offers any reprieve. And despite some higher (yet soaking) temps for today, we are likely in for another snowy mess tonight, so it's time to tighten our grip on that last shred of sanity we are all holding onto by the very tips of our fingernails. Here are a couple of ideas that occurred to me that just might help evoke the warmth of sunnier days. 

  1. Pump up the jams! I took Waist Not with Jonathan this week, and aside from completely kicking my butt, his play list was ON POINT. After the triple threat of Mariah, Whitney and Janet, I could barely contain myself in wide second. My mood was completely lifted. So, instead of listening to my usual array of podcasts during my walks and while cooking, I've been turning up the music instead. A few of my faves to put a smile on your face?
    • "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" – Whitney Houston (If you don't get a little pep in your step from this one, perhaps you haven't realized that you got into a car accident on your way to the store and are now living in a weird miniature model of a city in the attic of the house you used to live in while the creepy new people living downstairs do the calypso with their shrimp cocktail. Beetle Breakfast? Beetle Orange? Forget it.)
    • "Love Will Never Do" – Janet Jackson (Not only is Janet's 1,000 watt smile enough to brighten up your life in this video, but you've also got young HOT Antonio Sabato "Dimples Like Swimming Pools" Jr. and Djimon "Abs for Days" Hounsu dancing their tuckuses off (tucki?) for you in the searing dry heat of a desert somewhere. Someone check the thermostat, I think it's gonna blow!) 
    • "Dream Lover" – Mariah Carey (She is frolicking in a field of tall grass and flowers wearing a tied-up flannel shirt and jorts. There's sun, ponies, hot air balloons, dancing, writhing around, and everything else you'd want in a classic summertime jam. 
    • "Summer Breeze" – Seals & Crofts (To take it way back, this song just does something to me. It makes me nostalgic for an era I didn't live in and has me wishing a warm breeze would blow through some jasmine that's actually blooming anywhere but in my mind.) 
    • "Under the Boardwalk" – The Drifters (Because can't you just feel the sun and sand and saltwater when you listen to this one? Who doesn't want to be on a blanket with their baby, having some fun?)

2. Watch a summer movie! Nothing transports you to warm weather mode like a good summertime movie. Make a pallet in your living room or grab a couple of lawn chairs and throw on one of these classics, and you'll start to smell the sweet scent of freshly cut grass, chlorine, and coconut Hawaiian Tropic.  

    • The Sandlot – This movie has not only become a cultural touchstone, it's synonymous with summertime. Sweaty kids guzzle Coca-Cola Classic out of ice cold glass bottles dripping with condensation, ride bikes, swim in the city pool and get mouth to mouth from Wendy Peffercorn. Watch and get nostalgic for a time where you could hang outside with your buddies all day long and just shoot the sh*t without worrying about getting kidnapped. Haven't seen it? You're killin' me, smalls! Don't be such an L7 weenie! (Oscar Meyer even!)
    • Now and Then – This is Christina Ricci's finest work (outside of her portrayal of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family movies, which are ridiculously underrated). Follow this group of girlfriends as they come of age, ride bikes, uncover family secrets, poke around cemeteries, save each other from flash floods, and flirt with Devon Sawa before his Casper fame. If that doesn't appeal to you, let's just say that the soundtrack to this movie might just be one of the best ever assembled and is the essence of summer in 21 tracks.
    • Dirty Dancing – No explanation needed. I carried a watermelon. 
    • Stand by Me – See all the reasons why you should watch The Sandlot and add in a dead body, leeches, and feelings that only a Stephen King story can evoke.
    • Do the Right Thing – It doesn't get much hotter than the non-stop sweat fest that is this movie. Hydrants are pouring into the street, Rosie Perez is rubbing ice cubes all over her body, and people in the streets are on the verge of exploding from the heat and tension of summertime in NYC. 

So if we indeed get a big snow day tomorrow, I plan to pump up the heat at the crib, wear bright colors, play some jams, eat pineapple, make myself a tropical drink with a little umbrella in it (or at least a Corona with lime), maybe make a citrus-soaked ceviche and watch a summertime flick. Fake it till you make it, right??

What songs and movies are on your list? 

See you in class!

LITHE IN FITNESS! 3 Mar 2015

 

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FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 27 Feb 2015

St. Lucifer 1 St. Lucifer

Happy Friday! Today's giveaway is from Saint Lucifer! Its spice is a masterful blend of garlic, salt, vinegar and fiery habanero peppers. Together, they work to unleash the hidden pleasures of any food. I love Saint Lucifer on my pizza, healthy hot wings, sweet and spicy nuts, salmon, and Bunny Mary Skinny Heathen.  

We're giving away a bottle to three lucky winners! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what recipe you're going to spice up! 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!

Images via Saint Lucifer

A BABY-WEARING WORKOUT! 26 Feb 2015

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I had so much fun working with Joy and Ergobaby – check out our baby-wearing workout!

If you're a mom, you know just how tough it is to squeeze exercise in, but our baby-wearing workout makes it a reality when you have an Ergobaby wrapYou guys are familiar with these Lithe moves, but when you're wearing a baby, it takes them to an entirely different level and you really work up a sweat. I recommend tacking these moves onto a 20-30 minute brisk walk.  

While some of the motions may look small or simple, these functional and fat-blasting exercises balance the body muscularly while targeting the core. We're flexing, extending, and rotating, and no muscle is left un-worked. It's really important (and feels good) to extend the spine during this time because new mamas are always hunched over due to nursing and tending to your babe. These particular moves were designed for wearing a smaller baby (less than six months) facing inwards. Coco was so cozy and in a sleepy bliss the entire time!

{Photos by Casey Brodley; fitness consulting by Lauren Boggi of Lithe Method}

 

LITHE SLIMMING BROTH 25 Feb 2015

Lithe Broth 1

Feeling under the weather?  This is liquid sunshine.  Our veggie version of bone broth is mineral-rich super-broth is a delicious, filling snack that also supplies healing nutrients and alkalizes your system, making it easier to detoxify, lose weight, and feel fantastic. This recipe can be varied according to taste.

Ingredients
3 quarts water
1 large onion, halved
2 carrots, sliced
2 cups chopped kale and parsley
2 celery stalks
1 tsp. turmeric
1 clove whole garlic (don't chop or crush)
Bragg's Liquid Aminos or sea salt and pepper to taste
1 cup fresh dried shiitake mushrooms

Put ingredients into a pot and place on a low boil for approximately 60 minutes. Continue to boil to taste. Cool, strain (I prefer to eat the cooked veggies), and store in a sealed container in the fridge. Re-heat and drink up to 3–4 cups a day.

Nutrition facts per serving 
Strained: 5 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrates   
With veggies: 60 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates
 
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