Monday Motivation

Hi guys! Hope your week is off to a lovely start. After having my family in town last week, this week already seems to be dragging and quite boring. I wish I could just keep them here with me, haha! We had so much fun. I’m already anxious for their next visit.

We spent most of the time at the beach, but when we weren’t on the beach we went out exploring some new places – shops, coffee/food places, etc. – and eating yummy food (my best hobby!). We shot these photos in Historic St. Andrews – one of my all time favorite spots in this whole area!

This outfit was perfect for covering up my sunburnt shoulders without making me sweat in the heat! I bought this shirt at Riffraff several years ago, and I’m so happy I have held onto it, because bell sleeves are making the biggest comeback! I will link the outfit details at the bottom of the post (linking similar shirts since this one is old)!

Anyways, let’s talk about getting OUT of your own head and letting positivity in!

One of my BIGGEST struggles this week, to be honest.

I have come a reeeally long way as far as self love and all that goes. Most days, I love myself regardless of what negative thoughts try to pop into my head and ruin my day… But some days, or weeks, just don’t come as easy. Some days, my negativity toward MYSELF saturates everything I do and affects my whole mood. Not cool, but it is what it is. So please know that you are not the only one struggling with this!

My husband said something very profound to me today, although to him it was probably a simple remark. But when I was complaining about something, I said to him, “Ugh, it’s fine. I’m fine.” And he replied with, “Fine, or good?” WOW this resonated so much for some reason. (Sorry babe for telling this ๐Ÿ˜˜ but your wisdom must be shared!)

Maybe it’s just me, but that made me stop and think about how negative I was being for NO reason. I was acting like my world was going to end, when in reality, I am good and LIFE. IS. GOOD. God has given me this life and this purpose, and it is good and it is well. We aren’t put here to be average and “just fine” but to be happy and purpose-driven.

It’s like God is just really pushing for me to get my chin up ASAP because on top of the hubby’s encouragement, I was reading my devotional and it basically said, “You’re gonna get through today, no matter what, so you might as well take the happy route through today, by choosing Me.”

If you’re doubting yourself, whether it be your appearance, your financial situation, your job, whatever – please remember to choose Him, choose HAPPY! Being happy is a choice, and you’re the only one who can make it ๐Ÿ™‚

I may only be preaching to myself today… but hey, I hope this helps you lift your chin a little like it did mine. Hope your week is fabulous! Thanks for stopping by

XO beth

Shoes – Target // Shirt (similar) – here // shorts – Forever21 // Purse – MK here // necklace – similar here

 

Wellness Wednesday: Comparison

Hi pretty people! These super fun yoga pants are from HERE and code “reasoner” saves you some monaaaay! My “Chill” top is from TJ maxx and I’m obsessed. It’s like TJ knew I love to netflix and chill.

I hope your hump day has been fantastic. Mine has been rainy, but productive overall. The nice thing about rainy days is you can stay in and GET. STUFF. DONE. I love checking stuff off a to do list.

I also love naps, like a lot, which is also a huge temptation on days like today. So I’m writing this post instead! It helps me feel more productive ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning in the shower, I prayed that God would use me somehow today. Just that. Use me, however. Whatever. I had no specific ideas in mind at that time. But as I was finishing my workout today, I kept thinking about this topic and realized that maybe this is what God wanted me to talk about on here today! (I originally wasn’t going to post today)

If this doesn’t relate to you, I apologize and hope I don’t bore you too much. If it does relate to you, I hope you can find some comfort here on my little corner of the internet!

Something we ALL can relate to is comparison. We areย surrounded constantly by people on Instagram with “perfect” bodies (I say that in quotations because we are humans and surprise! not perfect). We are reminded constantly of how hard people are working at the gym, because let’s be honest almost everyone posts their workouts – I am guilty of this too! We scroll through feed after feed full of what everyone else is doing, and we forget that we are only seeing a very small fraction of what’s really going on.

On top of social media, there are always co-workers, family members, friends, etc. who seem to be doing just a little more or better than we are. Or maybe something you wanted job-wise, school-wise, etc. didn’t work out, and it made you feel inferior when comparing yourself to your colleagues.

Am I right? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

But something I have had to basically FORCE myself to do is to take a step back from Instagram or Twitter or whatever platform it is that’s making you feel inferior. Because if it’s giving you anxiety or making you feel less than AMAZING, then is it worth spending time on? No. Take a step back.

I’m not saying delete your insta or anything, Lord knows I love the ‘gram lol. But when you start feeling yourself making comparisons, TAKE A BREAK! Put your phone down, and go enjoy the moment.

And remember, no matter how perfect someone’s instagram feed is, their life is certainly not. Everyone has their struggles, or insecurities, or whatever. Everyone’s body is different. That super intense workout they do might work for them, but maybe you have bad knees and can’t do high impact stuff. THAT’S OKAY! It doesn’t make you LESS, it makes you DIFFERENT. If we were all the same this life would be so boring.

And on top of everyone’s body being different, so is everyone’s situation! Don’t judge your body based on someone thinner than you – what if they have a food intolerance that causes them to be limited on what they can eat, thus resulting in weight loss? What if you didn’t get that internship because a BETTERย one is waiting for you down the road? Don’t let what can often be a very positive, happy social media platform turn into something that causes you unneeded anxiety.

Being someone who often struggles with anxiety, this realization has been key for me! Everyone’s on their own path. So let’s build each other up, love each other, and MOST importantly, love OURSELVES. We can’t truly love others until we first love ourselves.

XO beth

PS!!! **the Firepower Force is growing! This awesome, fashionable fitness brand I’ve been posting about is expanding the squad. So if you’re into fitness, fashion, and girl power (and discounts holla!), and want to become a brand ambassador, please let me know! My email is bethtayrich@gmail.com ๐Ÿ™‚

Wellness Wednesday

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Happy hump day friends! I have been so busy this week I’ve slacked a little on this little piece of my life, but my personal goal is to keep improving it as much as I can.

So today’s post is a little gym update, because as many of you may know, I’ve just recently been recovering from surgery. Now that I’m at about 80-90%, I’ve been able to work out again. At first, I wasn’t sure how I’d handle it, since it’s been SO long since I’ve been physically able to work out. Even before my surgery, I went aboutย two years without being physically well enough to do much physical activity.

And, naturally, as with any NON-weight bearing surgery, I gained some weight, which used to be my biggest fear in life.ย BUT God is really, really freaking awesome, and here I am loving my body regardless! ย It’s nowhere near perfect. I have some personal improvements to make, but knowing I’m at a place where I can define boundaries for myself in the gym (& the kitchen), makes this whole process so much easier. The gym is still my happy place, but it’s not my crutch. I still strive to eat healthy, but I listen to my body and fuel it.

If you are struggling with how you feel about yourself and have a negative body image, pleaseย be kind to your body.ย Strive to be strong and happy, don’t strive to be skinny. It’s so much easier on your mind and your body, and trust me those are two very important things! Shoot, be your own #womancrushwednesday, if that’s your thing. Just love yoself.

I digress. Anyways.

Being back in the gym is so exciting. So many days I want to just jump right in where I used to be, but I know it takes baby steps. So, I have had to start off pretty small. But considering, I don’t think it’s too bad. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been doing each week, and am already seeing some progress.

For cardio:
Bike 10-14 miles (depending on mood lolz – sometimes a spin class, sometimes on my own)
Walk 1-2 miles

For legs:
Squats – 3 sets of 12 regular squats; 3 sets of 12 sumo squats; 3 sets of 12 pulsing squats
Lunges, 2 sets of 25
Side kicks, on all fours – 3 sets of 15 on each side

For abs:
75 bicycle crunches
30 seconds of the hundred
30 leg raises
50 regular crunches on Bosu ball (or regular exercise ball)
25 side crunches on Bosu ball (25 on each side)
Side planks – 3 sets of 20 seconds per side

As always, try to spend at least five minutes stretching!!

I will try to do more fitness posts, now that I’m back in the zone after far too long! Hope this snippet helps ya out, and I hope you feel fabulous doing it! I will post more workouts in the future!

XO beth