Sunday, October 2, 2011

30 Days of Running-Day 2: Running for my Life!

Today was Day 2, and I must admit....I DID NOT FEEL LIKE RUNNING!!! But, my niece and nephew insisted that I not give up because I am a FIREWORK!

Amirah, my niece reminded me that I must "Run, Run, Run as fast as you Can!"....

so that's what I did.

We went to a park in the neighborhood, and I ran around the tennis court 4 times!

Yes, I am a FIREWORK...and I almost blew up and "popped-off" because I was so mad while I was running.

But once I was done, I felt better!

Now it's time to soak in a Epson Salt Bath!!!

Do you like my LANE BRYANT outfit? I think it's cute!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

30 Days of Running : Day One "Baby, You're A Firework"

My next 30 Day challenge has begun.....and I think I temporarily lost my mind when coming up this one.

"30 Days of Running"

Yep, everyday for the next 30 Days, I will do some type of fitness activity that involves running. I plan to begin with 5 minutes of running, and by the end of 30 days I want to be able to run a mile without stopping.

The motto was created by my 5 year old niece:
"Run, Run, Run as fast as you Can!"
Which for me means that I will push myself, but I will also go at a speed that is doable for me! No pressure, no feeling of defeat....because I will run as fast as I can....I will do what I can.....and I will succeed!

I don't know why, but for some reason, I just have the urge to run! In a way, I'm running for my life! I am hoping that by getting active, I will be able to live a long and full-filling life! I also want to inspire other plus-size women to get up and get moving!

Today I ran on a track in my neighborhood, and my family came to support me and run with me.

It was very hard for me, but I felt so encouraged when my 5 year old niece Amirah, and her 3 year old little brother Eric sang "Firework" to me as I ran!!!!!

I wore a cute Marika Miracles "Total Slimming Capri with Tummy Control" and Marika Miracles "Miraculous Uplifting Tank" by Lane Bryant.

I also wore a Enell Sports Bra, and it is by far the BEST sports bra in the world for well endowed women.

And my work-out would not be complete without my Body Media FIT Armband. It is soooooo awesome!

Today I did a 5 minute walking warm-up, then I jogged for 1 minute, walked for 90 secs, and walked again for a minute until I did a total of 5 minutes worth of walking!

I pray that I can continue this challenge for the full 30 Days!

Special Thanks to the following people for sponsoring my "30 Days of Running"


and also the fabulous wig made for me by Hadiiya Barbel made with WAGMAN MAN! That way I look fab as I run!!!!! (Use Code: ERICA1) to get $12 off your next order of Wagman Hair.

Also, much love to Dana Divine, radio show host on WGCI everyday Sunday morning! She is awesome! Dana is a breast cancer survivor and very inspirational. I ran into her while I was running...and she was working out too! Please visit her page at

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Day 18 of "30 Days of Dance" at the Brooklyn Museum

It is Day 18 of my self-emposed marathon of "30 Days of Dance". Today I went to dance at Target First Saturdays at the Brooklun Museum. DJ Herbert Holler from the Freedom Party was the resident dj and it was a blast! I danced my ass off!

"30 Days of Dance: Love Yourself, Love Your Body, Love Your Life...Dance!"

That's the motto of my marathon. and that's what I want to do. I want to love myself, love my body, love my life and express it all through dancing.

I had such a great time tonite dancing! My good friend and hilarious comedian HADIYAH ROBINSON danced with me tonite and well as my buddy TIA RUDD.

There were over 3,000 ppl dacing lat night! I entered one of the the dance battle circles and I shut it down!!!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 12 of 30 Days of Dance w/ Marina Franklin in BK

My friend and sister in comedy Marina Franklin loves house music! I mean, she LOVES it. If there is a house music party in NYC, she is there!

For the past few years I have been telling Marina I was going to go dancing with her, but I always fake out. Now that I am doing my 30 Days of Dance, it would not be complete without me dancing with Marina!

Marina invited me to attend NYCDeep Summer BBQ Indoor+Outdoor Bash!

It was at Good Company in Williamsburg Brooklyn, and we had a great time!

My video camera died, so I did not get footage of Marina and I dancing, but I got some pics!

It was all you can eat bbq, games, good drinks, fun people and hot music!

Much Love to DJ's: DjJustice Nyc, Timmy Richardson, Mark Emkai Heaslip, Alan Liddell, Kev Dot Kruz, Mari Oliver, TheRedness Hayes, Junior White, Carlos Mena

Check out Marina's website

She and I will be dancing together again soon!


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 11 of "30 Days of Dance" WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG GIRLS!

Yep! It's Day 11 of my 30 days of dancing...and this is starting to be lots of fun. It's also a challenge because I am so tired....but no matter what, I make sure I dance for at leats 45 minutes straight!

Tonight I went to the Bigger and Better Thangs (BBT) party at Club Remix in NYC. It is a party for Full-Figured women and the men that love and support them. Basically it's a place where plus size women can go and let it all hang out...without dealing with the bullshit at other clubs that cater to skinny chicks!

I know most of you are like WTF? What is a BIG GIRL party....well, although I have mixed feelings about them, I must say I had a ball at the BBT party! It's hosted by my good friend MIKE (who is laying his head on my chest in the pic above) and is one of the best parties in town. Lots and lots and LOTS of guys (black, white, asian) who love plus size women....and this is the place to go for that!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011


Tonite was amazing! Me, Tia, Lanisha, Alicia, Kendra and Edwinna went to the FREEDOM PARTY's annual tribute to Michael Jackson.

They play Michael Jackson and related music ALL NITE LONG!

It was so much fun! DJ Herbert Holler is the best! He even play the demo version of P.Y.T before Quincy Jones came on board and produced it. It was FIYAH!

When we arrived at 11pm when the doors opened, the line was already wrapped around the corner!

We danced for hours! I am having so much fun with my friends!

of me and TIA having fun after the party!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 9! ZUMBA!!! ZUMBA!! ZUMBA!!! again

It's day 9 of my "30 Days of Dance" and I am tired as hell! I have been dancing everyday for 9 days straight! What in the world made me come up with this idea.

Lanisha and I had so much fun last week, that we decided to take Lauren's class again that the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn!

The class was jam packed! Lauren is so popular....they need to give her a BIGGER ROOM!

After class, Lauren showed me a few more moves!!!! I was so tired I could hardly keep up, but she altered the difficulty for me a bit. But believe me, during the real class, Lauren works you out like crazy!!! It's such a great class!

For more info on Lauren and the Mark Morris School of Dance click HERE

Sunday, June 19, 2011

DAY 5 Dancing at the Belmont Lounge

Tonight I had a ball dancing at the Belmont Lounge with Kayla and Tia! Every Sunday is Reggae night, and it gets packed so we went early. It's also free for women before Midnight...and you know Iooooooove to get in FREE!

Lots and Lots of cute jamaican boys were there, but what I love most is that the BELMONT LOUNGE is such a mixed crowd! The dj is great!!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 4 of my "30 Days of Dance" FFFWeek Grand Finale!

It's Day 4 of my "30 Days of Dance" and I spent the evening at The Marriot Marquis in Times Square celebrating the the grand finale of Full Figured Fashion Week. Much love to Igigi for providing such a fabulous dress for me to wear!

The event was produced by the fabulous Gwen Devoe and featured some of the hottest plus size designers in the world!

I was so excited that I danced during the show as the model walked the catwalk, and I also dance d a bit during the after party! Although I did not do a full 45 minutes of dance, I did shake my booty and had a great time!

I went to the show with my great friend, Designer Yaovi Marius Ahiale and the fab diva actress Kit Williams!

The show was amazing and I was so proud to be a part of this event! They even gave me a special thanks in the program....I was too excited!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Give Us Us Free!!!! Day 3 at The Freedom Party

It's Day 3 of my "30 Days of Dance" and I decided to venture into the west village to dance the night away at The Freedom Party! All I can saw is WOW!!! This is the hottest party in NYC for sure! (WATCH VIDEO BELOW)

Every Friday night at Le Poisson Rouge Dj Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and DJ Marc Smooth throw an amazing party where every body dances!!! I felt so FREE !!!! It was great to be at a party where people just enjoyed themselves and let the music move them!

I went to the party with my lil sis Kayla, and my partner in crime, comedian Yamanieka Saunders! We danced 3 hours straight!!! The party was packed...and we SHUT IT DOWN! We were the last 3 people to leave!!! (security actually kicked us out!)

We met a bunch of cool people. There was some really cute guy named "Carmello" and we took a bunch of pics with him for no reason. 2 cool ass drunk girls took pics with us too! We had a ball!!!

Next week is the Michael Jackson Tribute! It's going to be so get there early!

The Freedom Party NYC is New York City's longest running weekly Friday night dance party. Recently the winner of Papermag's highly coveted award for "Best Party of 2010 (Peoples Choice)," and runner up in URB Magazine's "Best Party of 2010" (nationwide), Freedom was created in 2002 by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth. Their mission was to bring music back to the forefront of nightlife, and to provide a weekly home for people from all walks of life to dance and be free, regardless of who you know, what you wear or how much money you make. Playing an incredibly tight of mix of danceable hits from the 60s through today, including hip-hop, R&B, rock, reggae, soul,New Wave, house music, salsa, merengue, electro, Afrobeat and more, the Freedom Party NYC continues to fill its dance floor each week with people from all over the globe.

Ladies: free before midnight, $10 after

Men: $10 before 2:00am, $15 after

CAAL members receive reduced $10 admission all night; All students receive $5 admission with valid Student ID. Discount taken at the door.

This is a general admission, standing event.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

DAY TWO: "30 Days of Dance" ZUMBA!


The world has been going crazy for
Zumba and now I know why!

For the 2nd day of my
"30 Days of Dance", I decided to go to the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn to take a Zumba Class.

My friend Lanisha went with me, and seeing that we are both sista's who know how to "work it", we just knew that Zumba would be a piece of cake! WRONG!!!!

This dance class was was fun....and it is a WORKOUT!!!

I loved the instructor
Lauren Rosenstein because not only was she a fantastic dancer, she looked like she was having fun.....and encouraged everyone, no matter what their skill level, to dance and enjoy themselves! And if anyone still thinks that white girls can't dance, then you are not ready for Ms. Rosenstein....she has moves that put me to shame!!!!

As a plus size woman, attempting to go to a dance class, especially one at a professional dance company can be overwhelming. I am so happy that Lauren made me and all of the women feel like superstars!

After a night of dancing with sexy gay strippers the day before at SPLASH, I was so tired. I am surprised that I even made it through the Zumba class....but I did and I am proud!

Zumba is every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm-8pm for $15 per class.

Here is more info about Lauren, The Mark Morris Dance Center and Zumba!

is a dance-based fitness class using international music and steps – Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Swing, Tango, Samba, Reggaeton (Latin/Funk), and more. Nonstop energetic routines feature intervals with fast and slow rhythms in addition to resistance training. No partner or previous dance experience required. Recommended attire includes comfortable workout clothes and sneakers with non-marking soles. Two Open Level classes are offered on a drop-in basis.

Lauren Rosenstein

Lauren Rosenstein is originally from Monroe, NY and began dancing at age 3. She studied ballet, tap and jazz at Mayra Kennett Dance Centre. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dual-major in Dance and Communication Arts. In 2008, she became a certified Zumba Instructor, Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer. In January 2010, she went to Uganda to study traditional dance and to teach at local orphanages and private dance schools. Lauren is currently working on her Master's Degree in Dance Education K-12 at New York University. She loves to dance and have fun, especially in the Zumba Party!

The MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP was formed in 1980 and gave its first concert that year in New York City. In September of 2001, the Mark Morris Dance Center opened in Brooklyn, NY, to provide a home for the company, rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children, and a school offering dance classes to students of all ages.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day One: 30 Days of Dance! Ocean @ Splash

What better way to start off a month long marathon of dance than to do it with some of the sexiest gay men in the world!

My bestie Nathan Williams, star of "Girls who like Boys, who like Boys" on the Sundance Channel is the creator of one of the hottest gay parties that NYC has ever seen....OCEAN @ Splash!

I had a ball! I danced my ass off....literally! This was the most amazing night!

It started off with a fabulous private dinner at SPICE MARKET , hosted by my wonderful friend and chef Marja Vongerichten, wife of three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who owns Spice Market). I wish I would have taken pictures of the food. Marja treated me like a Queen...and I can not wait for her TV show Kimchi Chronicles, a new, 13-episode series on PBS to air! She is a rockstar and I feel honored that she and Nathan would invite me out to dinner to begin my "30 Days of Dance" celebration!

DJ MK is the resident DJ for Ocean @ Splash and she is so talented! MK really knows how to play music that makes you DANCE!!!! By far, she is one of the baddest DJ's in the country! I danced for 2 hours straight and I feel good!!!!

Much love to Nathan, Marja, DJ MK, DJ Bobby Duron, Jabbar and all of my buddies that made my opening night of dance a big "Splash"! Especially the STRIPPERS!