Wellness Wednesday

HIII happy hump day! Halfway to Friday people.

So lets talk about my favorite yoga pants. These blue and gray ones from Firepower are seriously the shiz. They feel so amazing on! The material is comfy and high quality. They are a little more expensive than what I normally buy BUT hear me when I say SO. WORTH. IT. They’re still cheaper than Lulu though but still the same quality (hello, score). And they’re squat proof ladies!! I love how high waisted they are so no riding down your booty as you squat. This black mesh sports bra is also from Firepower. You can get a discount with my code – ‘REASONER’! I’ve got more exciting, new Firepower looks coming soon so stay tuned for those.

I have mentioned recently that I’m struggling with a knee injury that has set me back in my workouts (hashtag anxiety). Fortunately it’s looking like I won’t need surgery (thank God!) but they still don’t know why it’s still hurting. So frustrating! But anyways, at first I used my knee as an excuse to skip my workouts completely. Yes I was in a lot of pain so that’s understandable… to an extent. But now I have realized that instead of letting it defeat me, I can use this time as a chance to focus on what I CAN do instead of what I can’t.

For example: one of my biggest fitness goals right now is to do a pull-up on my own. So instead of being sad I can’t work legs on leg day (my fav workout) I can focus that energy on improving my upper body strength. My knee may be weak but my arms are perfectly fine. Might as well go hard with them! If you have something that you feel is holding you back from your goals, let it motivate you instead!

While rest days are extremely important, don’t use the little things as an excuse. Get out there and kick that excuses butt. Tired from work? Even just a 30 minute walk can boost your mood and energy. Too hot outside? Go for a swim – then you’re cooling off AND getting cardio in. Whatever it is, just do it.

And get some Firepower so you’ll look badass doing it 😉

Thanks for reading!

xo beth

**shoutout to Elle Lua Photography for these bomb pics

 

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 🙂

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 are 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 BETTER 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 🙂

Top 5 Gifts for Her

Hi friends! Happy Thursday! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through January! It seems like once Christmas ends, time just flies basically until next Christmas. I have a good feeling about 2017, and I hope all of you do as well 🙂

Speaking of time absolutely flying, it’s only ONE month until Valentine’s Day, guys! Yes, men, looking at you (if any of you are actually reading this, lol). So I decided to put together my top 5 gifts for Valentine’s Day 2017! I absolutely love all of these items, and I hope it helps you or at least points you in the right direction if you’re struggling with gift ideas! Here we go.

1. JORD Wood Watch. Because every girl needs time piece, am I right?! I’ve posted about these watches before, and I will probably post about them again, because they are THAT amazing. They’re so unique and beautiful. I have gotten SO many complements on mine just in the short time I’ve owned it. If you go to my previous post (titled JORD Wood Watch) you can enter the giveaway and even if you don’t win, you’ll still get a gift card!!! This is not a drill.

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2. Firepower Fit Apparel. Because 98% of the female population is all “I’ma get fit in 2017” right now. I’m talking about myself here too don’t worry. Anyways, there’s not a girl out there who doesn’t love getting new workout gear. It’s motivating and it makes us feel cute and athletic all at the same time. Which brings me to Firepower!! I will be doing more posts featuring their stuff, but let me just tell you it is the best quality yoga pants you’ll find. It’s like Lulu quality but for VS price. Get what I mean? The best of both worlds. It’s fashionable, yet athletic, and it you can literally feel how well it’s made. I highly recommend! You can get a discount HERE with code “Reasoner”! I got these bad@$$ marble leggings and I’m in love.

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img_08793. Michael Kors Bag. You guys… my husband got me this bag for Christmas and I literally had tears in my eyes. So trust me, you can’t go wrong with this one – unless she’s the type that hates large purses. Then maybe go for a smaller one. This one fits basically anything in it – laptops and bottles of wine included, the color matches everything I own, and the style is timeless. A win all around!

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4. Hussar Wireless Headphones. Okay, have you ever been in the gym, doin’ your thing on the treadmill, and all of a sudden your elbow catches the wire of your headphones and before you know it your phone is sliding across the gym floor and you’re trying not to lose your balance and simultaneously have a heart attack over your screen possibly being shattered? Holy run-on sentence. Yeah don’t lie, I know it’s happened. You can help your girl avoid that problem by switching to wireless headphones (if she hasn’t already)! I am obsessed with these wireless headphones and haven’t dropped my phone in the gym since getting them! They sound incredible and are super easy to use. Plus affordable! Hit up Amazon prime (here).

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5. Date Night. This one’s a little different than all the rest… BUT hear me out. If you don’t want to get her any of these things, or if she already has them, you can never go wrong with planning her an incredible date night/weekend! Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I’d rather just go get away somewhere with my husband than just getting a gift. Make some memories, eat some great food, and have fun. Take her to her favorite place to eat, take her shopping, go to a concert of her favorite band, etc. There are so many fun ideas out there, just pick somewhere and go!

Hope this helps a bit! Thanks for reading, as always. Have the best Thursday! Cheers to tomorrow being FriYAY.

XO beth