Month Long Health Challenge

Hey guys!

I’m back from Europe, and even though I had the time of my life… I need to get back on the health train.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the food in Portugal, which left me pretty limited food options (mostly all carbs) and we didn’t really workout, other than all the walking.

So, starting today (July 8th) I will do the following things for one month:

  • 3 cycle classes per week
  • 2 days of Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0 arms and abs program (I don’t do the legs or full body because it’s too intense on my bad back and knee)
  • Cut out morning carbs and replace with a Greek yogurt, kale, and fruit smoothie
  • WATER- 1 L of H2O per day
  • Limited alcohol (only wine on Bach Monday’s)
  • Get up at 6:00 am every day
  • NO doordash, grub hub, post mates blah blah 😦

Now, as someone who has struggled with an eating disorder in the past, this isn’t about my physical appearance. There will be no before and after photos, so if that’s what you’re here for, you’re in the wrong place. This is about feeling good on the inside, detoxing from unhealthy food choices, and using endorphins as a natural anti-anxiety source.

I’ll update you guys once a week! Oh, and I am writing this post in the Uber home from my spin class this evening. So day 1 is complete!

Let me know if you guys are doing anything similar, and we can try to hold each other accountable!

All the best,

Tay

Portugal Day 2 (Lagos)

Hey guys!

Sorry I’m so behind with all this. It was a lot easier on our last trip because we basically vegged out on a beach the entire time. There were a lot more sights to see this time around, so it’s a bit harder to stay on track! Bare with me 🙂

Our first stop was in Sagres at a lighthouse called Vila do Bispo, which translates into “the Bishop’s Village.” I can’t add anything to that other than tell you that’s what google translate told me.

Second stop was Fortaleza de Sagres, the Fortress of Sagres. I would highly recommended paying the few euros it cost to get in because the sights within the fortress were a large testament to the “Age of Discoveries” that the Portuguese participated in. It was the headquarters of Prince Henry the Navigator. This marked the expansion of European culture between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Last, but certainly not least, we headed into the city of Lagos for some lunch in the town center. I won’t lie, the food in Portugal is not my favorite, but everyone is different. I’ll go into that in a later post. Afterwards, we got on a small skipper boat and toured through the Ponta De Piedade, which is a MUST SEE if you are going to head to the Algarves. You need to get a smaller boat because they can actually navigate within the caves! It’s unbelievable. I felt like I was in a mermaids grotto.

Anyways, until the next winded blog post, that is hopefully a lot less historical because let’s be honest, we all hated world history!

Tay

The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

“The Word is Murder” by Anthony Horowitz – a Review.

When I’m on these trips, I have quite a lot of time to read. In fact reading has always been my favorite hobby. So, I take the time to review the books I’ve read, if they are worth reviewing.

No spoilers. This book started slow, which is why I only ended up giving in 4 stars on Goodreads. However, once it picks up, with an absolutely SHOCKING event that I genuinely was not anticipating, it fires away.

I will definitely be picking up a copy of his next book, “The Sentence is Death.”

Bye for now!

 

Portugal Day 1

 

Finally we made it to Albufeira, Portugal!! We have arrived here in the Algarve, the southern coast of Portugal. If you look at a map, we are nearly touching Morocco. I guess Portugal has always been swallowed up by the grandeur of Spain, even in the world map of my head.

This morning we had a lovely buffet breakfast. The orange groves in the Algarve are magnificent, which leads to incredible orange juice.

As a family of die hard bachelor nation fans, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to scope out the infamous fence Colton Underwood jumped during his spoiled fantasy suite date with Cassie. Well… after many reddit searches… we found it. So, thanks internet for your sleuthing skills.

In the early afternoon we made our way, via car to spend a beach day in Cacela-A-Velha, which has a pretty magnificent history, as well as picturesque lagoons. I have attached photos below the paragraph. 

Cacela-A-Velha was once a Medieval necropolis of the Christian settlers of the Algarve, after the conquest of King Afonso III. Prior to that, it functioned as a Medieval Islamic quarter of the ancient Quastalla Darrag (12th century to beginning of 13th century). 

Here are the photos!

 

In the late afternoon we headed to Olhão, a small little port city with cute little shops and cafes. I will say, the Portuguese strictly observe a siesta from 3 pm-6pm. The entire city shut down, but it was almost as if we had the entire place to explore on our own! Here are some photos! I’m not sure what the function of the umbrellas are, but they made for some beautiful photographs.

All in all, we are extremely sunburned, but our first day was amazing!

Talk to you guys tomorrow,

Tay 💕

 

My Musical Journey to Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is a disorder that doesn’t have a cure. Some people are lucky enough to be completely fixed with medications or therapy, but for most people it’s about managing the symptoms of anxiety rather than getting rid of it.

There are many ways I do this. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m on high doses of multiple different medications. I attend therapy religiously once a week. But, it’s still not enough.

I used to get super upset with that not being enough. Am I abnormal? Am I broken? The answer is No.

Anxiety is such a multifaceted disease, and it can sneak up on you at any time, under any circumstance.

One thing that really helps me manage my symptoms is playing the guitar. It challenges my brain to use itself in a new way, which distracts me from the anxious thoughts and emotions I feel.

It also gives me something to physically do with my hands that I have to coordinate with thought. Playing an instrument forces your brain to use multiple neuronal pathways, ultimately taking your mind away from anxious thoughts and feelings.

I just thought I would share this with you guys. Try it out! See if you like it 🙂 let me know what you think in the comments!

Love always,

Tay

Getting Real About Anxiety

I have anxiety. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Anxiety is THE MOST common mental health disorder in the US. Here are a couple facts I pulled from their website. 

  • 18.1% of the population is affected by anxiety disorder.
  • Only 36.9% of people suffering from anxiety receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a COMPLEX set of risk factors including GENETICS, LIFE EVENTS, and BRAIN CHEMISTRY. 

Why do I put these stats up? To tell you guys two things. 

  1. You’re not alone, even when you think you are. The public has stigmatized anxiety in such a negative way. You may think that you “just worry a lot” or “you feel anxious but for no reason” but the truth is… you’re not really that special (no offense!)
  2. You are not broken. Anxiety, just like any other illness, is due to an imbalance of chemicals within our brains and bodies. Certain life events make trigger this imbalance, or maybe we are more genetically prone to developing anxiety. However, it is an illness that can be fixed, or at least managed. 

So. I have anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, and PTSD. That is quite the mixed bag of emotions. I used to be ashamed to talk about it, but then I realized that if we keep stigmatizing mental illnesses, that number of people not seeking help is just going to increase and increase. 

People who have diabetes manage their disease, and we can manage ours as well.  I hope they  you realize that you’re not alone, and I am honestly always here to talk. 

My email is taylornsirset@gmail.com and my inbox is always open. 

Have a nice Friday, 

Tay

New Friends in a New City

I don’t think people really realize just how difficult it is to make friends as a working adult. I mean yea, most people have their coworkers, but we spend the entire week with them.

Making friends outside of college, while juggling a job, and just the day to day hardships of having to be an adult is rather difficult.

I’ve spent enough time wallowing in my loneliness, and I finally decided it was time to put myself out there to meet some girl friends.

There is an app called Hey VINA that is all about working women trying to meet up and make friends. It was made by girls for girls to meet other gal pals. Like any app, it’s pretty hit or miss with the people you meet, but I actually met a gal on there this past week, and we really hit it off!

Also the app called Meet Up is great, especially if you live in a large city like San Francisco. I joined a young writers group. We meet on Sundays to have coffee, hang out, write, and read each other’s work.

I will keep everyone updated as the friend hunt continues. But I’m really happy with how today went. Here are some really cool photos!

Tuesday Thrifting

Today I went to the thrift store just to pick up some goodies. I was kinda sad and that always makes me feel better! Anyways, the reason I’m sharing this is because the man who owned the store was dressed in a full leather cow boy outfit and he looked at me and said I was “more adorable than a basket of bunnies” and seeing me “made his whole week.” He then proceeded to ask me to “smoke a dooby.”

He was at LEAST 70.

Regardless, I got some great Agatha Christie novels for only a dollar each! Super sweet.

That’s all for today guys!

Roots music & botanical gardens

Hey guys!

Sorry I have been kinda MIA these last few weeks. Being an adult is a lot harder than it looks, as is having a real job and moving to a new city. But besides all that I just wanted to share with you my beautiful Sunday.

We strolled through the botanical gardens while listening to roots blues and folk music. I’m on a journey to appreciate some of the most legendary rock bands of all time, and I figured you have to start where it all evolved from.

My current playlists are filled with Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Bob Dylan and the list goes on. I highly recommend it. It’s nice to listen to the origin of something that has shaped our social culture so much.

Anyways, here are some photos I took!

Easy Sundays

Hi guys,

As you know I live in the amazing city of San Francisco, CA. From the diverse people and food, to the history engulfing every inch of the city, it’s easy to say I LOVE WHERE I LIVE.

Sunday’s in our house are used for meal prepping as well as errand running and taking it easy. Our day ALWAYS starts off at Equinox- our gym. From there we get any errands out of the way and this week we made a couple must see stops around North Beach (aka Little Italy)

We enjoy the way Europeans live, with a slower pace in their life. We stopped at Cafe Trieste, in the heart of Little Italy for an afternoon coffee. We just sat and talked… no technology. And we didn’t drink the coffee to just drink it. We enjoyed each other’s company, and that is something that I think many relationships lack. Everyone gets so caught up in the moment that they forget why we all fell in love in the first place.

We also took a detour to Candlelight Books. One of my favorite books is Inferno by Dante and at the entrance to the store they have a quote that says, “Abandon all despair, Ye who enter here” which I thought to be quite charming especially if you are familiar with the actual quote from Inferno.

If you make your Sunday’s fun instead of dreading Monday, life gets a lot more interesting. Stay tuned for my post tomorrow about meal preppy- I know super adulty.

Wishing you all happiness,

Tay