Earlier this week I posted a new vlog of my solo trip to O’ahu, Hawaii. I tried to share as much as was possible while also making sure safety was highest priority. You will see gorgeous views and possible be sad that it’s not Summer anymore (if you live in the same hemisphere that I do).
Would you like to hear more tips and details about traveling solo? Let me know and I can share in another post or video.
My favorite thing was hiking and thing I am most proud of was braving the waters and going surfing! If you listened to one of my past podcasts, you will know this is a big deal. Even though there are things we may fear, it is good to stay on our toes and allow ourselves to expand and grow.
Hey healthy bunnies! I’m so excited to be bringing back fitness highlights to my blog. I’m even more excited to introduce you to Zakiya, one of the most versitile and multi-talented women I’ve ever met. I hope you enjoy getting to know her and can take advantage of her services!
Zakiya, tell me about yourself.
I’m Zakiya Alta Lee and I’m a southern belle. I was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. I graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University. I lived in Atlanta and performed with the Hawks, and then came on over to the west side (California)!
What do you do?
I dance/choreograph, act–when time permits, create and executive produce television content, and I’m an entrepreneur. My business Z Art of Tease (ZArtofTease.com) is geared towards married and engaged women teaching them customized tease performances for them to do for their husbands. Z Pro Prep (ZProPrep.com) is a NBA/NFL style prep clinic that whips ladies into shape in order to get them ready for their favorite Pro team’s tryouts.(I also work in the la county public school system doing live shows for kids on protecting our environment, and do public speaking mainly to uplift women…but this is extra stuff lol)
What and when is your next upcoming venture?
March 2nd-April 10th in Atlanta, GA and I’ll be hosting a Z Pro Prep clinic!
Why are you so passionate about this? What fuels you?
Last year I was given the opportunity to be hired on as the guest choreographer/judge for the NBA Atl Hawks Dance/Cheer auditions. This was an amazing opportunity because I got to see EXACTLY what Pro teams are looking for! Not just dance and picking up choreography….but there is a certain way a Pro cheerleader/dancer carries herself. From her look, to her style, to her appearance, to even the way she speaks. ALL of these things are important! The Pros are looking for the total package! I’m tired of seeing girls audition year after year only to still not make the team, and then come back again the next year to endure that heartbreak all over again. Myself, along with some other very talented former NBA and NFL ladies are doing all that we can to give these ladies a real shot at achieving their dreams of going pro!!! God put me here to uplift women…one of the ways I do that is through Z Pro Prep!
What’s next for you?
I’m currently finishing up some choreography for a musical in LA “Einstein Is a Dummy” directed by Derek Manson, so I’m looking forward to that process. I’m also looking for opportunities to expand Z Pro Prep. Wherever there is a demand for ladies who want to go pro, I’m there! As my grandma Ezelle says, “I don’t know where God is taking me, but I’m enjoying the ride!!”
How can my readers get a hold of you?
Make sure to check out ZProPrep.com and ZArtofTease.com
I’ve teamed up with my friend L’aisha who you may know as MakeupanBeautyJunkie to do a week of cleansing. It’s a great way to boost energy, metabolism, and kickstart the new season without getting sick. We’ve decided to do a one week raw food challenge. To make it easier with long days and hard workouts, we’ve opted to do raw food till 4pm, which gives us a chance to have a warm sensible meal for dinner. We will be doing vegan food at dinner time. We will be sharing our meals and experiences over the next 7 days, and we hope you will join us! Feel free to modify as needed!
Though I’m an advocate for fitness, when it’s time to shop for athletic shoes I always struggle. My absolute favorite style of shoe is and likely always will be pumps. For yoga, walking, weight training and more, I am fairly certain pumps are not the safest choice! I really just do not like athletic shoes, and I’m not yet ready to drop $180 on a pair, so shopping for a new pair of shoes takes FOREVER.
One thing I knew– I wanted a bright colored pair. The logic? Choosing a bright colored pair which matches with nothing, happens to also match with everything! I chose the Faas 100 R Glow Women’s Running Shoes.
I find these to be super light and comfortable, but I haven’t worked out in them yet. My last workout was outdoors and I didn’t really want to get them dirty. These will be gym shoes 🙂
I think these are just in time for spring! What is your favorite brand of athletic shoes?
Your dreams are the flowers, and doubt is the weeds. Get it??
I can think of so many times I had a great idea, and I talked myself out of it, or delayed action on it. Oh, I had wonderful excuses. I would hide behind perfectionism and say I was planning to start when I got my ducks all in a row. Other times I was honestly just plain scared!
All around me, I would see people pursuing their ideas with courage– and they seemed unaffected by the hiccups and imperfections. They just kept going! They perfected their craft along the journey instead of waiting. This is what winners do.
Since I want to be a winner, I’m taking courage to pursue my dreams now. I won’t blame anyone else who doesn’t believe in me or my vision. I am daily holding myself accountable to have confidence and hope instead of doubt and fear. If you’re reading this, I suggest you do the same!
Today is National Wear Red day for women’s heart health awareness. Heart disease is currently the number one killer of women in this country.
At my job today there was a booth set up for women’s heart health awareness and I will share some of the information and statistics:
*Losing as few as 10lbs can lower your heart disease risk
*Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without the condition
*Women are less likely to call 9-1-1 when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack themselves
*Heart disease kills approximately one woman every minute
The statistics are mostly the bad news, but the good news is regular checkups, proper rest, exercise, a diet full of fruits and veggies, not smoking– these are all things we can consciously make an effort to do to lower risk of heart disease.
The representative also gave away heart healthy snacks– I liked the idea, but regular Cheerios would’ve been a lower sugar option. In any case, it still helps being awareness and really made me think.