My name is Alisha and I am a 34 year old mother of two, a wife, and a teacher.  I have struggled with my weight my entire life and have done yo-yo dieting for as long as I can remember! 

My real weight issues started after having my kids.  I was at my heaviest in 2009 at 235 lbs.  I couldn't believe I had allowed myself to get to that point, but I didn't know what I was going to do about it.  All of the women in my family are large and suffer from many different weight related health issues.  I just came to a point where I figured this was my destiny.  I had better just enjoy my life, get used to the fact that I am a "big girl" and try to be happy with that. 

 

Then a friend told me about HOT HULA fitness®.  Being involved with Polynesian dancing since I was 6 years old, I have a great passion for this type of dancing as well as the culture, so I was extremely interested.  I did some research and talked to a friend that was involved in fitness.  With her encouragement I attended an instructor training for HOT HULA fitness®.  I didn't attend with the intention of ever instructing, I just wanted to see what all the hype was about and since it involved the dancing I loved so much it seemed like it might be a good fit for me. 

 

Once that training began...I was hooked!  I loved it and wanted to get involved in classes right away, but then I got the opportunity to talk with Anna-Rita Sloss, the trainer that day.  She told me that she wanted me to consider being an instructor.  I laughed inside thinking, "What gym would ever hire someone like ME to teach fitness?"  I took that training in January 2010 and by May 2010 I was instructing my first class.  Right before I started that first class I figured I better get myself in check and do this the right way.  I needed to change my eating habits for good this time and make it realistic.  That's exactly what I did and within the first 5 months I was down 25 lbs! 

 

It has now been almost a year of instructing for me...I instruct 2 HOT HULA fitness® classes a week, attend other HOT HULA fitness® classes when I have the time, and I am now getting close to being down 40 lbs!  I have never been happier about my health and my body.  HOT HULA fitness® has changed me.  It has not only made outside physical changes to my body, but it has changed me inside as well.  It has given me a confidence I have never known and brought me into a "family" of amazing, beautiful, and encouraging people.  I have been blessed to be a part of it all!  Never in a million years would I have ever thought I would be a fitness instructor of any kind. 

 

Not only did I become an instructor of HOT HULA fitness®, but I was privileged to be a part of making some of the instructor DVD's and ultimately the first HOT HULA fitness® in-home DVD series.  It has taken hard work on my part to get to where I am today, but HOT HULA fitness® sure has made it fun getting here! 

 

To Anna-Rita...you were an inspiration to me before I ever had the privilege of meeting you.  Now knowing you has just made my respect, love and admiration for you grow beyond measure!  Thank you for investing your time in me, always encouraging me to do more, and making me feel like I am worth it all!  To my HOT HULA fitness® Ohana...thank you for your love, support, and encouragement.  You are all amazing!  HOT HULA fitness® has changed me for good!
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