When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, we can only think of one bad bish, Patricia Castro. We caught up with her to give us the low down on Mission I'MPOSSIBLE and how she keeps motivated while maintaining a physical lifestyle. We also learn about how she juggles school, fitness, and church. Read on to find out what inspires Patricia, her go-to healthy meal, worst and best exercises, and Las Vegas' hidden gems!
Tell us more about “Mission I’MPOSSIBLE.”
Mission I'mpossible is a non-profit organization. M.I.P is more than a running club, it is a life-giving platform that welcomes all types and levels of athletes.
The number one core value is, "The world is our RUNway and we believe in looking good for victory! Life will show up for you when you show up for life!"
Core value number two is, "We believe that it's your story of triumph and victory that create the DNA and narrative of Mission I'mPOSSIBLE," and "The RUNway is where dreams become a reality, ideas turn into action, life turns into living, and tests turn into testimonies."
Core value number three is, "We believe in using the RUNway to serve our community." From local to global activations, Mission I'mPOSSIBLE's mission is to bring light to the darkest places!
Through fashion, fitness, and community activations, we lift the heads of the lost and bring hope to the hopeless.
What motivated you to get involved with “Mission I’MPOSSIBLE?"
My friend Alexa Alonso invited me about 2 1/2 years ago and ever since I've been going. The core values are what have kept me consistent with MIP.
Tell us what a day in a life of Patricia Elizabeth Castro involves?
A day in my life consists of counting every single particle of food I eat. Just kidding. I get up early in the morning, usually to attend class at UNLV. I eat my oats plain because flavorless oats are my favorite believe it or not. I think it's a texture thing. I grab my prepped food that I made the night before and head out the door. I usually train 2 hours a day at my school gym since it's so convenient. If it's Tuesday or Thursday I attend a MIP activation. For example, Thursday's are "HIT" high-intensity training, which I hated at first because I had zero conditioning, but now I've learned to love them. I've been given 24 hours just like everyone else but I choose to invest wisely.
What advice can you give to someone who is looking to improve their lifestyle?
If someone is looking to improve their physical lifestyle in terms of health I would tell them it's a lifetime commitment. To not look at it as a once in a while thing, but to understand that in order to change something it's going to take time and commitment. Time will pass, and if a stern commitment isn't there, then it was just an emotional response to wanting something that someone else has. Health is long term. The beauty of humanity is that everyone has a different body type, and when they make the decision to change their lifestyle it's a very personal accomplishment.
What do you do for yourself on days when you feel unmotivated or uninspired?
When I'm feeling unmotivated I whisper a prayer underneath my breath and say, "Jesus help me." Then, I audibly coach myself and say, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Sometimes Jesus uses others to motivate me and sometimes it's in the silence. The silence speaks such volumes into the spiritual realm that no matter what I'm committed. And the best is yet to come.
What's your go-to recipe for a quick and healthy meal?
My go-to healthy meal would be: Turkey meatballs, cubed sweet potatoes, spinach, onion, and feta cheese. Cook everything together except the cheese. This recipe can be cooked in the oven or cooked on the stove.
“If someone is looking to improve their physical lifestyle, in terms of health. I would tell them it's a lifetime commitment... Time will pass and if a stern commitment isn't there, then it was just an emotional response to wanting something that someone else has. Health is long term."
You never had soda growing up. Was healthy eating and self-love always a part of your life?
In all honesty, healthy eating has always been a part of my life which I have to thank my mother for. The reality was that I didn't appreciate it and didn't always want it. I can recall being in elementary school and my mom packing me a "veggie loaded sprouted bread sandwich," and me trying to trade it for some pizza rolls.
What does spirituality mean to you and your lifestyle?
Spiritually means to me that the focus of life is inward through Jesus Christ working grace through us, and we are able to look past the imperfections of humanity. In simple terms, it's a collaboration between you and the creator of the universe made possible through Christ.
When life is tough either in training or in trying to forgive someone who has done me wrong, Jesus gives me the grace to go through it. The possible and the impossible meet when you call on his name. No single human is perfect. Perfect is a relative term. But we all need help sometimes even if we don't admit it. No, it's not a crutch, but a decision made to give glory to the one who made it all.
What is your favorite quote that you swear by?
My favorite quote is, "The best is yet to come." I never want my current success, whether it be physical, spiritual, emotional, or mental, to hinder me by allowing me to become complacent and think I've made it. I want to realize and understand that the best things in life have yet to happen, but also that current success is to be enjoyed and fuel the excitement of what's to come.
Worst and best exercise?
Worst exercise would be doing "butt kickers" in a gym with one other person who happens to be a male. Don't get me wrong, some males are extremely respectful. But in my personal experience, I've had situations where it has gotten a little awkward - like who wants to stare eye-to-eye as you squeeze your glutes.
Best exercise would be to super set my arms by doing push-ups. The arm machines are great, but doing push-ups adds dynamic to a routine. Literally, doing bicep curls and dropping down to do push-ups keeps my stamina going.
Tell us about your first fitness experience.
My first fitness experience would have to be doing a pull-up bar at the age of 12 and falling flat on my face. I was trying to impress my two older brothers and show them that I could do one as well. The result was a chipped tooth and a busted top lip.
What are 3 hidden gems in Las Vegas off The Strip?
Downtown has several places. When it comes to a place for food, I'd have to go with EATs. A nice place for rare clothes is Buffalo Exchange. Downtown Las Vegas Arts District also has many beautiful murals painted that are all unique.
Who's your MISSBISH? Tell us who she is and why she's an inspiration to you.
My MISSBISH is Paige Hathaway. She's been my inspiration since the beginning because she's strong from the inside out. I first started following her on Instagram and was inspired by the way she had changed her body from thin to muscular. That was what I ultimately planned to do, and still continue to pursue. I actually had the opportunity to meet her and it was so amazing.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
MISSBISH is meant for the current time period. In an era where social media is the influence, having MISSBISH as a culturally relevant platform to elevate women is truly a matchless resource.
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