Friday, November 27, 2009

Snap, Pop n' Lock is Snap, Pop n' Rock

The name of our signature hip hop class was created to honor one of our favorite childhood cereals 'Rice Crispy's tagline 'Snap, Crackle, Pop'.

The name was created before the structure of the class was formed. The fact that the name 'Snap' coincides with my dance name SnapShot and 'Pop' with WandeePop is all divine rhythm. So people can stop asking who is 'Lock' LOL

Using 'Lock' was the perfect style to include in the name because it was the Funk Styles we wanted to teach in conjunction with our hip hop party dancing. But we are NOT masters of Locking. We have learned Locking Basics from the creator Don Campbellock, as well as Skeeter Rabbit (RIP), Jazzy Jay & Sugar Pop. But our initial Locking influences are Mr. Wiggles and PopMaster Fable before we had the women's influence in Breakin 1&2 with Loli Pop and Original Locker Toni Basil. So for those who want to learn the Funk Style of Locking please follow one of these instructors, as well as Shabba Doo, Original Locker.

Locking is not a major part of our class structure, but we do perform Locking drills to help with Points, Wrist Rolls, Angles, Locks & Scoops.

WandeePop and I only want to teach what we learned growing up in the Bronx too keep the authenticity of who we are, which is why we are officially changing the name to Snap, Pop & Rock.
We are pioneer BGirls in the 80's Hip Hop Party Dancing Style with a taste of Rocking.

Latin Rocking is the original style from the Bronx that we rocked in the jams. We just loved to get down. As well as top rocking. It derives from Latin Inspired Dances such as: Rumba, Salsa, Samba and Mambo.

We are currently changing all Logos and Promotional Materials and will debut the NEW logo soon.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Overcoming Emotional Eating by SnapShot

I was watching the Janet Jackson interview on Wednesday Evening and she talked about her challenges with her weight and her bouts with emotional eating. It's a very serious topic for many people, including myself. Maybe you can relate to those boring, lonely, late nights with leftovers and snacks before you go to bed to deal with the void, hurt, depression. Well you are NOT alone and here are a few tips on recognizing the pattern. First, you have to recognize the unhealthy behavior.

Know your triggers. You have to know which moods send you to the cookie jar before you can do anything about it. Once you know your triggers, have a list of alternate things to do when the mood strikes. For example, read a book, go for a walk or find an online support group.

Quiz yourself. Determine if you're really hungry or eating for other reasons. "I'll ask myself 'Do you really need this, or is it something else, like boredom?" About 80% of the time it's not hunger.

Call a friend. Talking about what's bothering you can keep you from eating.

Challenge the power of food. Ice cream is a poor companion if you're lonely. "If I eat the whole bag of chocolate chip cookies, am I going to be any happier?

Take an emotional inventory. Ask yourself: "What do you feel? anger? resent? fear? regret? What are you upset about?" Talk to the person involved, talk to others, or write a letter-even if you don't send it. Do you Struggle with Food Battles?

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bodega Dreams Chapter 6: Chicken Littles by WandeePOP

Alright party people now here is a little story to help you further understand where we come from. Does anyone remember when Kentucky Fried Chicken sold Chicken Little sandwiches it was in the late 1980's to early 90's? These little half size sandwiches were sold for 39 cents a piece; at the time they were the best sandwiches ever! At least that was my opinion at the time. They were perfect square shape in between the two little buns with a lot of mayonnaise to top it off. Good Eating for no Reason!!!!!!!

It was after school one Friday early evening in the middle of the fall, and the Unique Force (Just us girls) was together chilling, hanging, trying to figure out where to go and hang (really looking for a party to go to). We had a slight problem we where all hungry and know one wanted to go back home to eat. Cause we knew if we did that it meant we where staying in for the night. Our Mom's and Dad's would not allow that! Once you went upstairs it was a wrap party over.

So we opted to stay outside hungry... because we just found out someone was throwing a party on Bryant Ave in the South Bronx, and we all happened to be wearing brand new gear (clothing) and we were looking fresh! I remember like it was yesterday Millie suggested that we all put our money together to chip in for some Chicken Little sandwiches!

We all started to dig into our pockets to pullout whatever change we had.
Someone pulled out a $1, another person $2 dollar's, we continued to count until we came up with a little under $5 dollars. Sad but so very true between 5 of us were only able to come-up with that amount! We made our way to KFC to buy the Chicken Little sandwiches all we could afford to buy were 11 sandwiches, which we all equally divided.

We are now walking back to our block we noticed that someone was still chewing, how and why was it possible that she still had her two little sandwiches, when everyone else finished eating; now talking about how they're still a bit hungry.

We all looked at each other and then turned a looked at the person... and started laughing it was so funny how she did it... then became all embarrassed when we called her on it.

We were a crew and know one was upset with her... she was hungry! We all understood that and like a family, we didn't say anything other than, why you had to go and take the last piece of chicken. LOL

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Change Your Life

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Do you want to change your life? You can start by changing your mind.
We are what is holding us back. Baby -Step your way to the life/health you want. I couldn't preach it if I did not live it.
I made the decision to take responsibility for being unhealthy by taking the steps. Easier said than done.. I know. But no one else will do the work for you unfortunately;-)

So when i say Baby-Steps; Prioritize what is important for your life/health; start off by adding breakfast to your morning; Add 4 to 5 small meals to your day; Write in a journal what your goals are and everyday do something towards that goal; Consult a professional (trainer/nutritionist); If time is your issue..Make time; Read blogs and forums for support or information on how to properly train your body; Stay positive and Do Not Give Up;

It's never too late.
My Breaking Points
*I was tired, run down, slow, unfocused, unhappy, unmotivated, depressed and i was only 22yrs old. I knew something was not right.
*I wanted to pursue my dancing, but I stood in my way with the unhealthy emotional eating, unhealthy mindset, unhealthy spiritual outlook.
*I got tired of my brother making jokes about my weight and what I ate. At the time I was about 150lbs, which is not overweight, but I was unhealthy with NO muscle tone or core stability which is your control center. I wanted to dance but was weak, not agile or stable with dynamic moves.
I had tried going to the gym with my sisters and friends in high school and all i can remember is feeling overwhelmed because I did not know what to do or how to do it and worse there were no floor trainers around to help. Everyone in the gym looked lost. So it turned me off and I never went back... Until...
It was summer early 90's, I was at the movies and there was a black woman sitting in front of me. She caught my attention because i could not stop looking at her sculpted shoulders, traps and bis/tri's. I had never seen a muscular woman in person. I was always interested in watching the ' Miss Fitness America' Pageants on ESPN. But seeing is believing.
I remember thinking.. That's what I want to look like.. I fell in love with the look because I admire a sculpted physic and what it takes to get there.. I just did not know at the time what it would take..
Then I was hired for a dance job and befriended a dancer who's physic was that of a fitness competitor. She looked strong, sculpted and she made it look good and not manly. Sure enough i went to the gym with her and she gave me some tips and that started my journey.

My Baby Steps:
*I hired a trainer in 1995 to learn the proper way to workout and injury prevention. Met with him twice a week and went on my own at least twice. So i was working out 4 days a week minimum.
*Told a friend about my new regime and she joined me in some of my personal training sessions. We shared the time, split the payment and shared the experience of being eachothers support system.

i stood with my trainer for a year. Then made my way to the Gold's Gym in the Bronx where I met yet another inspiring woman who's physic was off the chain. She did not compete but she had the body for it. She took me under her wing and we trained for a few years together. Never be afraid to ask for help when you find something you want to learn.

At Gold's is where i learned about proper nutrition. It was a huge eye opener for me. I was eating everything I was not supposed to. So I started with adding a healthy breakfast to my day. Then added smaller meals and more frequently. So instead of waiting 4 plus hours between meals I ate every 3 hours. I also consumed more clean, filtered water which was a huge benefit for my body.

I learned soo much from all those who inspired me to reach my goals and I pay it forward to my clients/students.

So now I ask you again.. Do you want to change your life?

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