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HOW I HAVE SEEN MY BODY TRANSFORM

Movement has been part of my daily routine for as long as I could remember. However, if you all have been keeping up with me on my Instagram, you might see that I have been resorting to lighter, low-impact workouts. Long walks, Pilates and yoga for me! I am never too sore where I feel like I cannot move, feel energized enough to take on the day, and have been seeing long, lean muscles transforming before my eyes.

Because many of you have been reaching out to me regarding which fitness instructors have been incorporated in my routine, I wanted to make a little post. Here my top three instructors and my favorite workouts from each program I have been following during quarantine:

  1. Casey Ho with Blogilates
    • I have been following Casey since I was in high school! Can you believe that? She has such high energy, executes with enthusiasm, and creates workout plans each month and uploads them on her website. If you can find the March 2020 one, I would highly suggest following it! Each day of the week targets a different part of the body.
    • Her 20 Minute Lean Arms Cardio Pilates Workout is a KILLER!
  2. Bailey Brown with BBfit
    • I discovered Bailey around two years ago when she just started YouTubing. I was attracted to the ambiance of her location on the coast of Australia. Her workouts on YouTube are short, but seriously effective. She has longer classes with equipment on her online studio.
    • I LOVE GET ABS LIKE EMILY RATAJKOWSKI for a good ab burn, and 5 MINUTE BOOTY TONING WORKOUT with ankle weights for a quick booty burn.  
  3. Shannon Nadj with Hot Pilates
    • I came across Shannon’s account on Instagram during quarantine. She has live workouts on Hot Pilates studio everyday, and ocassionally uploads them on IGTV. If you place your focus on and reallllly tighten the targeted muscle she works with, you will feel it the next day. She combines Pilates strength training, stretching, and cardio.
    • This class has been my favorite so far.

Remember, working out should never be about punishing your body. Remind yourself that excersise can fall under any catagory of movement. If it makes you feel good, then do it! Results do not happen over night, but with the right mindset, a dedicated routine can help you #persevere in the long run.

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I tried reiki for the first time and it went like…

Feeling re-grouped and balanced. 🧘🏽‍♀️ I decided to try #reiki2 for the first time this past week. I have heard wonders from it, as a few of my friends have tried it. After my friend Jennifer Aleman, founder of @peacestartsnow, notified that she just got her certification, I made an appointment.⁣

⭐️ Jennifer helped me clear my energy, find balance, and connect to source. Our session honestly helped me answer some personal questions I have been thinking of recently. It is always good to get different perspectives from different healers. I will definitely be booking another session too.⁣

Jen is taking donations for a short amount of time for this service, so contact her HERE to hear more about her service.

I WILL BE MAKING ANOTHER BLOG POST ON THIS! I HAVE HAD TWO REIKI SESSIONS WITH HER SINCE AND HAVE EVEN GOTTEN ATTUNED TO PRACTICE REIKI THROUGH A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM.

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5 Books to Kickstart Mindset Shift

“You are a product of the five people you surround yourself with,” they say. Well, how about the books you read? What you consume, you emulate. If you digest hope-filled and positive text, you will feel more uplifted. When your spirits are high, you can project light within your life and onto others.

One of the things I have found helpful is starting and ending my day with something that will set up my day for success. Reading scripture is my go-to. In the mornings I reflect on Jesus Calling, and during the evenings I meditate on A Course of Miracles. I recently started to incorporate The Daily Stoic into my morning routine as well.

There have been so many books that I have read that have helped me reframe my mindset and change my perspective. Of course my top pick is Power to Persevere, but there are many more. I started to dive deep into mindset when I was 19 years of age. Here are the top five books I have found to be most helpful in my personal development so far:

The Power of Now

The Secret

The Placebo Effect

The Mindful Women

The Four Agreements

Hey, maybe you have heard of one, two, or all five of these books. Or maybe you have purchased one and have not started it. This is the time to start!

I would love to hear about which books have helped you.

I just finished Almost Everything: Notes on Hope and am almost done with The Path is the Goal. Next on my list is Can’t Hurt Me and You Can Fix Your Brain.

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Art as a Healer

Do you find that you tend to turn toward activities that you enjoyed as a child? Instead of dancing in a ballet, maybe you attend a performance in a theater, and instead of playing on a tennis team, maybe you take your rackets out on the weekend and play a casual match with friends, or perhaps you take your passion to a new level and pursue it as a career. Either way, these interests and likes trigger internal fireworks. This light helps us persevere.

During treatment, I asked one of my infusion nurses if she could suggest something to me to help me mentally cope with everything I was experiencing. Although I am grateful for the life lessons cancer has taught me, I am also human. I have my moments like everyone, and feeling my body deteriorate was very hard for me to undergo, both physically and mentally.

I knew I needed to find a coping mechanism to release my emotions. It was suggested by my healthcare practitioners that I tap into my childhood hobbies and embrace them. I was always drawn to using creative outlets to center myself from a young age, so I pursued art as my coping mechanism.

Here is a photo next to my art!

I was able to forget about the world around me and home into my true nature through art. I was engaging in an activity that made me feel at home with myself. I was born an artist and finally was able to use art as a way to express what I was unable to articulate in words. I continued to paint every week. One thing lead to another, and something extraordinary occurred.

People started to recognize my passion and order paintings to collect in their homes. Now, I am a commissioned painter. How crazy is that?

Aside from my endeavor, I believe that everyone is an artist at heart. Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life,” and I truly believe so. The world is full of creativity. From the architectural details in our homes, to the colors in our wardrobe and the shapes of the magnets on our refrigerator doors, we are constantly surrounded by artistic imagination. It fuels us, defines us, and is in particular meant to heal. It has been proven to help people formulate their emotions to create change.

So, try it out. Engage in creative activity and see what it can bring you.

Connect with me!

Instagram: @alexacuc

Email: alexacucc@gmail.com

Power to Persevere HERE!