Dear Summer 2018

Health, Lifestyle

Dear Summer 2018,

Thank you for allowing me to discover a better version of myself, my life , my fears , my values and my goals. I have learned that happiness is contagious and that it is important to spread it to everyone. I have also learned that my happiness is untouchable and my success is not measurable to any one else’s success. There will always be someone ahead of you and someone who is behind you. When people see how happy you are and how well you are doing, you are strong and you are unstoppable. Sometimes strength is not always shown by what is on the outside, but more what is on the inside 🙂

You allowed me to realize that life isn’t always easy, but the more positive you are, the more things fall into place. Some of the best people enter your life and change your life when you least expect them. Boys also come and go and being a single crazy girl is so important, because self love is the best love and hanging out with the girls can change your entire day! Drinking your favorite iced coffee every morning before work, school, or the gym is seriously a game changer and I will now always abide by that.

Eating a chocolate cupcake more than once a month or once a week, will not kill me or make me fat. Thank you for making me realize that I am a dreamer and that I should never settle for less than what I dream. I realized how good I have it in this world , how loved I am and hat I actually am good at the things I am passionate about. Making other people happy and inspiring others is something that I love doing and someone else’s laughter can light up the room and make your day.

I am good at the things I love, however I do not know everything and never will. I love learning from others who love the things I am most passionate about and there are so many talented people in this world, who deserve a lot more credit and showing that that you notice it can change their entire day.

I also learned how much I love to just take a walk and admire what is around me. I also learned that I am really addicted to my phone and I hope to one day be able to not be on it so much.

Waking up at 9:00AM will always be better than waking up at 11:00AM and there is nothing better than a morning run. I mean, waking up to do it stinks, but the end is worth it.

This summer has brought me so much joy and has let me appreciate so many things I never realized I loved. It also made me realize how special life is, so live it to the fullest everyday and make sure others are doing the same around you.

Here’s to being a better version of myself , with a curly haired picture of myself, because that is my most authentic self.

Once again, thank you Summer 2018… you have made me a better person and I have learned so much in these past few months.

With love,

XO Taylor ❤

 

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My Daily Workout Routine

Health

I am so happy to be back this week and writing about something I love. Working out is not only something that I enjoy, but it is also a major stress reliever for me. Personally, I am the type of person who needs to workout, because my body type can very easily become out of shape when not doing any physical exercise. Some of you reading this might be thinking to yourself, why am I taking workout advice from Taylor? I am certainly not a fitness expert, however, I have managed to change my whole entire mentality around over the past 9 months.

By the end of senior year I had gained a lot of weight. This mostly came from not working out as much as I should have, eating and drinking the wrong things, going out to eat a lot with friends and I kind of stopped caring. Two months before college rolled around, I had managed to lose around 20 pounds and lose a huge percentage of my body fat. For me it is not so much about losing the weight anymore, it is about maintaining my weight and becoming more toned and strong.

If you are looking to become more physically active, want to learn something new, or just curious, then keep on reading!

Lets Get Started ( M,W,F) : I do BBG 3x a week. Bikini Body Guide is a book written by Kayla Itsines. It is a 12 week program that you can do multiple times. I highly recommend it for people who like cardio based workouts.

  1. I aways do some type of cardio for about 30 minutes. Usually I run on the track, walk incline on the treadmill, or use the elliptical.
  2. After I am done with that, I walk for about 5 minutes. The reason I walk after my run is so I get a chance to cool down, before jumping right into my BBG workout.
  3. BBG circuit – The BBG circuit gets harder as the weeks go by. Currently I am on Week 10 and already see a tremendous difference in my strength. For example, I am able to do more burpees and more push ups, without having to stop as much. There is a series of 8 different circuits, with a certain amount of reps. Personally I really enjoy the program. I will link Kayla Itsines’ page down below, incase you want to check out the workout books and plans she offers 🙂

https://www.kaylaitsines.com/collections/guides

On days that I do not do BBG ( Tuesday, Thursday) , I still do the same amount of cardio.  Instead I will use more weights and machines. The reason I do this , is because I like to change it up. I used to be so scared to use the machines, because I had no clue what I was doing. Eventually, I kind of eased into trying certain machines and finding the ones that I like. Even now I still get hesitant, however, it gets better with time.

I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post. Definetly checkout the link I shared above. Another thing I sometimes do, is save my favorite Instagram workout videos that I find. There are some really awesome fitness people you can follow on social media now. Sometimes watching their short workout videos will give you another thing to incorporate in your workout  🙂

Till next time,

XOXO Taylor ❤

5 Tips to Staying Healthy at College

Health

Hey guys,

This week I am going to give you guys some tips and tricks, to keeping your diet on track while being at college. I thought it would be a good idea to write about this, because one of my worst fears when going off to college this year, was gaining the freshman 15! Now that my freshman year is starting to wind down, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the ways I have maintained the same weight while being at school.

Stay Balanced – Staying balanced is important. If you constantly deprive yourself of the food you want, you will end up binge eating. Personally, I have been guilty of this before. It has taken some time, but I have learned that as long as I am nourishing my body properly a majority of the time, it is totally okay to have a cookie or two when I want it. Allow yourself to have a sweet tooth, it is natural.

Hydrate  I always carry a water bottle with me. Personally I like to drink around 3 liters of water a day. Three liters is equivalent to 8 cups! Drinking water will allow your body to get rid of toxins and it will also speed up your metabolism.

Stop eating by 8:00 PM  This rule applies for me most nights of the week, not so much on the weekends. I find that when I stop eating at 8:00 PM, I am allowing my body to digest all of the food I ate that day. When I wake up the next morning, usually around 10:00 AM, my body isn’t bloated and I am able to start my day feeling good.

Stay Active – I find that a lot of people use the, “I am too busy” excuse, as a way to avoid the gym. It is normal to have double the amount of school work you ever had in high school, while being at college. However,  I try my best to get to the gym 4-5 times a week. Even if my day is jam-packed, I try to get to the gym for atleast 40-45 minutes! If you don’t like the gym, take a walk around campus for an hour. The more active you are, the more calories you will burn and you will also produce more endorphins 🙂

Drink Lower Calorie Drinks – This statement is pretty self-explanatory. If you drink higher calorie drinks or drink things contain more carbs… you might notice a fluctuation in your weight.

I hope you guys enjoyed this weeks post. Sorry it went up so late! These are a few of my tips and tricks….

Till next Tuesday,

XOXO Taylor