Category Archives: Body

ThankFuL

It’s Thanksgiving and I wanted to share why I am thankful.

I am of course thankful for my family and my health, but I’m also thankful for the talents that God has given me to share with you. I’ve always known I was meant to do something special with my talents, I just didn’t know what I was meant to use it for.

So about 8 years ago I tried to create, brand and market my own company. I mapped out this outline of what I wanted my company to be, I researched and figured how much money I should sell my merchandise for and how much money I would make in return. What I realized from all that research is that it’s hard work trying to get a business off the ground by yourself.  There is no instant fix or easy route to be successful, you have to actually put in hard work. My idea was to create dance DVDs. I knew I had something special and I wanted to share it. But without proper funding, trustworthy and a hard working team, that dream sat on the back burner for 8 years.

Last year in 2015, something in me said, “this is the year your project goes public.” I was determined. When I put my mind to something, I tend to get it done. So I worked hard on building my brand, by building my body and extending my dance program to the masses. I did master classes to raise money for production of my dance workout video. I hired dancers and a videographer. I was so happy and thankful for those that gave generously.  I made the dance workout video and I was ready to sell.  But the powers that be intervened.  Someone saw the mistake I was about to make and helped me rethink my marketing approach.

So for the past year, I’ve had to start from scratch. We are now in the latter stages of my project, which is the hardest part. Funding. Once I get the right amount of funds, it will be a snowball effect. I’m looking forward to 2017 and making my long awaited dream come true. I can not wait for everyone to experience “LAMESHA”-a new, fun and effective way to dance yourself into shape. I am also thankful for you all, because you will always be my motivation to use the talent I was giving to make the world happy and healthy.

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What Are You Fighting For?

One thing that my whole family liked to do together was watch television. We always had a movie night. The genre would be an action-adventure, thriller or something that made you cry. I was into the action adventure movies and television shows. I loved Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Superman and Batman. I was always rooting for the underdog, because I loved a good comeback story and I wanted people to win. I think that’s why I became a teacher, because I want everyone to realized their true potential. It’s a little frustrating for me to see someone want to quit when things get a little tough. To me that’s when you have to dig deeper to find that extra bit of strength and pull yourself up to that next level.

One of my favorite movies that relates to this is ROCKY IV. Rocky was in the ring with Ivan Drago, Rocky was getting his butt whooped, he could’ve through in the towel at any point but he kept fighting and fighting, digging deeper and deeper. He fought with every bit of strength he had to pull off the win. Rocky fought so long and hard that he wore out the enemy and won respect of a whole country. That has been my motto: fight hard for what you want even when you don’t see a way out.

Today I got to meet a childhood movie hero of mine. I became so star struck and turned into a bright eyed enamored little girl. I was walking from a business meeting with my advisor and as she was talking I glanced over to my left and saw a man opening his car door. My eyes got huge like saucers, my mouth dropped open and I screamed so loud as if I was at a rock concert and I said, ” Ooooo Myyyy Goddddd, MR. STALLONE!!!”  The funny thing about it is he was only 6 feet away and what is even funnier to me is, he didn’t even flinch at my howling at him. I continued to say, “CAN I HAVE A PICTURE WITH YOU??!” Haha he calmly says, “ok.” My Russian friend takes SEVERAL pictures and proceeds to tell Mr. Stallone that the Russians love him. He smiles and gives a laugh.  That whole interaction was so surreal. I Love Rocky! and I’ve always had a crush on Mr. Stallone!

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When there is a will, there is a way!

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Today I had a very unusual class! You want to know why? Here’s the story for you.

At 9.54 am I came to teach my class at Water Gardens in Santa Monica only to find out that I cannot access the building due to the on-going fire drill. Security workers posted outside the elevator doors told me that they couldn’t let my students already crowding in the hallway in front of the elevator and me into the gym during the drill.

I jokingly mentioned to my students that we should probably just dance on the lawn outside the building and surprisingly everyone liked the idea.

All the business people that work in the Water Gardens’ corporate buildings were outside due to the fire drill as well, decked out in their business suits. Some of them were sitting on the lawn chairs, some were standing around talking or reading at the bar. Some guys were tossing a football to kill the time.

We disrupted the monotony by breaking into our dance routine! I used my iPhone for music. I put my headset on, so I was the only one that could hear music. The students did a great job keeping up with me by feeling and following my rhythm and movements. I guided them with my hand gestures and subtle voice cues.

The whole lawn stopped doing whatever they were doing and just stared at us! Everybody smiled. Some people took pictures.

I loved how we drew a crowd even though they couldn’t hear the music that was playing in my head. The rhythm of the dance spoke for itself!

After about 10 minutes or so we went back inside the gym and the rest of the class joined in on the fun!

I’ve always wanted to dance and have a class on the lawn ever since they finished construction of the building and today I DID dance on the lawn with my students! It was lots of FUN!!!

As they say “When there’s a will, there’s a way”. OR “The Show Must Go ON!” 😉

 

 

You Have To Start Somewhere

  • Everyone has heard of the “Freshman 15”, well I gained 15+lbs after high school. As I entered college I was heavy and very much uncomfortable in my skin. I would look in the mirror and barely recognized myself. While In college I began dancing again, but did not lose the weight because as college students we rarely if ever eat the right foods for our bodies. I would stuff my face with pizza, hamburgers, fries, fried chicken, cakes and sodas. It doesn’t matter how much you work out, if you are not eating the right foods that weight is not going anywhere. It was not until after college that I started to focus on my fitness and nutrition.
  • One of the reasons why I became serious about my fitness was because I wanted to audition for the Dallas Maverick Dancers. They have a certain body image they look for and at the time, my body was definitely not it. I needed help. I needed some guidance and motivation. This is when I began to turn to exercise workout tapes. And yes, you heard correctly “tapes”, there were no DVDs at the time. I came across a few workout tapes, but the only workout tape that got my athletic mojo going was, Karen Voight. This woman’s workouts were hardcore and so was her body. She challenged me and she kept me motivated. I was able to trim down and lose some weight just in time for the Dallas Maverick Dancers audition.
  • I’m sure you’re wondering, did I make the dance team? The answer is No. So I moved to LA instead and the rest is history. Now I am here to inspire you and help you on your fitness journey. Oh yea and Karen Voight and I now teach our exercise programs at the same gym. My class is scheduled right after hers and I smile to myself everytime I see her.

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