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

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!

Athens Day 2 Part 2- The Temple of Poseidon

The Temple of Poseidon was about an hour and a half bus ride out of the center of Athens. It is dedicated to the God of the 7 seas.

If you ever visit, I would recommend coming here to catch sunset. The ruins are beautiful but the view of the sun setting over the water is absolutely breathtaking. See some pics below!

It was definitely a moment, amidst the busy travel and sightseeing, to stop and be take a moment to be self aware and mindful, to reconnect yourself to the earth. It was a moment to be grateful for life and allow gratitude to be your gravity and humble you.

I’ll keep you guys posted,

Tay

Athens Day 2 Part 1- Holy Acropolis

Today was a busy busy busy day filled with some bucket list worthy activities.

From what I have discovered through my time here is that the city is heavily intertwined and proud of the birth of democracy. Democracy, in the Antiquity Period of Greece (5th century BC) thrived and became interconnected with six important concepts: theatre, science, philosophy, sports, and the classical arts.

Theatre: The Theatre Of Dionysos

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This was the Greeks’ most prominent theatre in the 5th century BC. It held almost 17,000 people in its prime- that’s the same as the Hollywood Bowl.

In Athens, theatre was not used for entertainment. It was used as education; to educate the common citizen about the pitfalls of humanity because every male citizen in Athens was allowed to hold political office. This statue is the statue of Menander, one of the Athenians first playwrights. Basically, the great grandfather of William Shakespeare.

The theatre is dedicated to the Greek God Dionysos- the God of wine and theatre.

Science: The Temple of Askepios

Askepios was the Greek God of Medicine. He believed that diet, exercise, herbs, and art were the four remedies for an ill soul. He walked around from village to village carrying a large stick with a serpent wrapped around it- an image we commonly associate with medicine.

One of his priests was Hippocrates. The Hippocratic oath is one that every medical school student must take before receiving their white coats.

Sport: The Temple of Nike

In 490 BC, the Persian empire attacked Athens because they didn’t like the idea of a direct democracy over a monarchy or dictatorship. It was a battle that lasted an hour and a half, and the Athenians were far out numbered and out skilled.

But in the end it was the Athenians who were victorious because they were fighting for their freedom. Their freedom of speech, their freedom of political opinion, and their freedom to appreciate and form opinions on art, music, and theatre. The Persians on the other hand, were slaves, fighting for an empire forcing their ways upon them.

A boy ran from the battle ground, called Marathon, all the way to the Acropolis in Athens (26.2 miles) to spread the word of victory. He only said one word before he died from exhaustion. It was the word “Nike” which in Greek means Victory. Nike is the Greek goddess of victory.

All other temples in Athens face the east, except the temple of Nike. It faces towards the city of Marathon to honor those who died in the battle of Marathon. Those who sacrificed their lives to protect their freedom.

The Erechtheion

This temple is representative of the battle between Poseidon and Athena for the city of Athens. According to the Myth, Zeus demanded that the people of Athens decide who they wanted to be the patron / matron God or Goddess of their land. Athena won by presenting the Athenians with an olive tree- olive oil burned as light, and light was equivalent to enlightenment, which is why Athena is regarded as the Goddess of wisdom. I love the femininity of the Island. The way they revere a Goddess as beating a God. It’s quite empowering.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon is the Temple at the very top of the Acropolis. It is dedicated to the Goddess Athena. It was breathtaking. There was something about the ruins that made you feel the power of the Goddess still protecting the Athenians even after all these years.

It may be in ruins now, but if you ever get a chance to travel, make this one of your destinations. It is something that photos could never do justice.

Athena was a female Olympian warrior. She was the goddess of strategy, war, and wisdom. As a female, she is a beacon of pride for the force of feminism.

Her temple faces east because that is where the sun rises, and she is the goddess of the sun.

Sorry for the long post! Will be posting Athens Day 2 Part 2.

Love,

Tay