Name: Shera W
Blog: http://livejournal.com/lashera (my twitter is more active these days)
Hometown: Yonkers, New York
Tell us about your family: I’m surrounded by my awesome mother and adopted twelve year old brother. I don’t have any children, but I do have a five year olf Shih Tzu named Mister. He is more than enough for me at the moment.
What is your favorite workout? Zumba! February 2010 I noticed a dance studio right near the Metro North train station in my town. It took me a few days to work up the courage to go in and inquire about the classes, and I am so glad I did. Unfortunately the studio is no longer open, but I have a membership at the gym where most of the studio’s dance and fitness instructiors relocated. I absolutely love Zumba. At first, I thought to myself, “Everyone is looking at me. I know I look so silly and uncoordinated.” It took few of sessions for me to finally shake my hips like I was the only person in the room. The thing I love about Zumba the most is that the instructors are constantly created new dance routines. It isn’t always the same workout.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment? I graduated college in 2009, and I’m currently in graduate school hoping to complete my degree in ESL by the end of next year.
Have you set any goals for this year? Yes! I ran last year for a while, but I injured my right calf. I’m hoping that by the end of this year, I will be able to begin running once again. After I was injured, I gained back a lot of the weight I lost during the Spring Fling Challenge in 2009. This year, I’m hoping to lose that weight. I’m halfway there. Oh and I totally want to use 12lb free weight during my strength and conditioning classes at the gym. I’m up to 7.5lbs now.
Who is your best support in your healthier-living journey? I can honestly The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans has been my biggest support during the past year and a half. Through the various challenges I have participated it, I have met lots of men and women who encourage me to keep going.
Favorite songs on your iPod right now: Jessie J’s entire debut album. It’s upbeat and great to listen to when I’m working the machines at the gym. I need a lot of motivation to get on those machines.
Who or what inspires you? There is an 82 year old woman at my gym named Anne who attends all of the morning gym classes. She always has a smile and warm words to say to everyone. Oh and she can hold a plank for two minutes without shaking. I want to be like her when I’m 80.
Do you have any must-have health/beauty/clothing products? Asics and New Balance sneakers. I need the cushioning for my knees. Racerback tanks are my new thing. I don’t care if my arms jiggle. I want to be comfortable at the gym, and these shirts are fantastic. I wear a lot of dri-wick, and with my huge hair, I might have to invest in one of those Bondi Bands that everyone around here seems to adore.
Name 3 blogs you love to read!
My former teammate Renee’s amazing blog: http://cutiebootycakes.blogspot.com/
Frugivore magazine: http://frugivoremag.com/
5 things we don’t already know about you!
1. I’ve been a vegetarian for five years!
2. I’ve been converted into a twitter fiend!
3. I play Dance Dance Revolution when I don’t feel like driving to the gym. It’s a great workout.
4. I’m 25, but I rock out to Queen and David Bowie
5. I love to draw. It helps me work through my emotions when I have a bad week.
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