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healthy lifestyle

No Limits

 

 

By Lisa Marchant

I’ve been doing a variety of workouts the past few months which keeps my body guessing and keeps me from getting bored. I also find that this method has always helped me to stay in the best physical shape.

Today, instead of taking yoga, which I love and you all know I am obsessed with, I opted for my own workout. Immediately after high school I started working out with free weights, machines, and my body weight, so this is nothing new for me. I’ve just shy’d away from it the last few years, to pursue a variety of other workouts.

It didn’t hurt that I had insane motivation from watching the new Tomb Raider movie last night! Can I just say Alicia Vikander, you are one bad ass Laura Croft! You are the ultimate role model of a strong, courageous, confident women. Yaaaaaaaaasssssss

My workout consisted of a total body workout, because why stop at one or two body parts? I used strength training, free weights, cables, machines, bodyweight, and finished it off with a 3 mile run at my max speed and explosive sprints. Needless to say, I could barely walk or breathe, but that made me oh so happy because I knew I killed it!

We are capable of waaaaaaaaay more than our minds think we are. I know you have heard this a million times, but I prove this to myself over and over again, especially on days where I train this hard. As I was running, my mind kept telling me that my body was exhausted and wanted to stop. Everything is harder, when you train harder. It’s tough to keep your breath steady and your alignment strong. The practice of mindfulness, yes mindfulness, really comes into play. You must keep your mind in check. It takes a sort of mind mastery, to push through extreme challenge and not quit.

I was on the brink of nausea for about a mile, my side started to ache, and my legs felt like jello. I had to mentally tell myself to take deep steady breaths, and affirm that “I am strong and I can do this”. Anyone who runs, knows what I mean. There are all sorts of things that make us want to quit when we are this challenged. You are pushing your body to go beyond what it thinks is possible. But, it can and it will. You just have to tell it what to do, not let your body decide for you. You have to take charge and keep going, even when you think you can’t.

I promise this will bring you incredible satisfaction! It’s an epic display of mind/body strength and determination. You feel unstoppable. And for me, it directly relates to life.

We often deal with challenges, and we are tempted to quit and give up when things get really tough. But the truth is, the very thing we want is just past the point of quitting, just past the point of giving up. So keep going, prove your mind does not have power over you. Get what you want. Finish strong!

To contact Lisa Marchant
Lisa@alkamye.com

 

Breakthrough Moments

By Latarria Whitehead

Without a question there cannot be an answer and so I ask myself often, what is it that I want, how is it that I want to feel during any given moment, and deliberately I try to move in that direction. Like anything else, it all takes practice, patience and perseverance. Life for me is about moving through contrast, exploring and coming to greater clarity about what it is that I want, by way of recognizing the things that I don’t.

There was a point in my life, many points actually when I was faced with what I often refer to as an internal ugly. The ugly that’s capable of holding you hostage to your bed convincing you that you are better off, safer right in that space. A debilitating ugly. The kind that makes your insides twist and knot in utter discomfort. The kind of ugly that leads you to question everything you thought you knew, grow angry for the lack of everything you didn't.

Like so many, it was during these dark moments where the discovery of the truth about myself led to healing that could not have come through any other way than through these dark troubled parts of my life. It was during these times where I questioned everything: my purpose, my beliefs, my morals. I was curious and eager to mold myself into the confident, secure, knowing woman that I would often catch glimpses of but couldn’t quite grasp and sustain. I would say this was the beginning of my spiritual journey. The yearning to delve deeper than what was presented to me on the surface. My driving force was the “whys”, and so I explored, I dug, I healed from the trauma, the self-destruction, the unknowingness of my own worth.

So many enlightening and awakening moments I’ve experienced through primarily yoga, meditation, prayer, stillness, and my readings but there’s one realization that I refer to often. It’s the realization that there is not one person on the planet who is strong enough, steady enough, and capable of giving me enough attention 24/7, every waking second of the day to fill whatever void I create or perpetuate by misunderstanding the whole of who I am at my core. So I use my tools, to assist me in creating the experiences that helps to nurture and expand my entire being.

Bio: I write, I travel and I explore on all physical planes. I am a certified yoga instructor; a practice I began a few years ago to supplement my journey through healing and a deeper spiritual experience.

To Learn more contact Latarria Whitehead:
Email: allthingscoyia@gmail.com
Website: www.allthingscoyia.com
Instagram: @coyiasworld
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