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

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

Airport Travel

Flying out of LAX is quite the process. We had an issue with my sister’s luggage being over weight but we were oddly prepared for that. Now we are just waiting to board our flight to JFK!

I am a really nervous and anxious flyer. I don’t like sitting in one confined space for too long. So I thought I would pass along some tips for long trips.

  • Pack face cleansing towelettes. I know this may seem weird, but to me, having a clean face makes me feel like the rest of my body is clean and I can get that stale airplane feeling off my face
  • For all you ladies out there, and let’s not be ashamed to talk about it, bring Summer’s Eve cleansing travel towelettes. Sitting in tight clothing for a long period of time can cause UTI’s and yeast infections, which is the last thing you want when you are traveling or about to go on vacation.
  • Wear loose clothing. I know it’s tempting to throw on a pair of lulu lemon leggings, but joggers or sweats that have a little more breathing room will be a lot more comfy in the long run.
  • For those of you who enjoy Spotify, create a playlist of songs you’ll like to listen to on the plane! Make sure to download them on WiFi to your phone so you can listen to them on the plane!
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You honestly can’t drink enough water, and don’t be ashamed about having to climb over people. Being dehydrated will make jet lag worse!
  • Try to prevent your feet from getting swollen by taking a baby aspirin before your flight. I know compression socks are dorky, but if you swell up, I would recommend them because having swollen feet and ankles is not comfortable.
  • Walking around is another way to prevent the build up of fluid in your lower extremities.
  • Bring a change of clothing in your carry on so you can readjust to the weather once you arrive at your destination. There is nothing worse than having to go through customs either freezing cold or sweating buckets.
  • Wear flip flops or sliders and bring socks. Trust me, it’s easier for everyone. It makes going through security easier, and getting up from your seat to use the bathroom easier as well. Plus, no one has to smell your sweaty airplane feet.
  • Bring a good book, a comfy pillow, or a movie to keep you busy. I know I get ants in my pants when I’m on long flights, so it’s important to occupy yourself and make the time go by faster.
  • Happy travels,
  • Tay