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 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 💕

 

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

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!