My voice took a vacation without me!

I’ve been under the weather lately. Last Thursday I woke up with a horrible sore throat, one where my entire head felt like I’d been beat up. I was feeling slightly better on Friday and went to the Bite of Seattle with some friends. I’m not an adventurous eater but I had some smoked salmon that was pretty delicious. The whole reason we even went to the bite was to partake in their free movie. The free movie this year was Ghostbusters, which was amazing because I LOVE that movie. I used to watch both Ghostbuster movies on repeat during finals week while I studied. Oh memories!

Saturday I woke up to discover that while my sore throat had gone away, I was not able to talk. The no voice lasted until Monday. I ended up going into work but left 30 mins later when I had coverage. I’m a receptionist so having no voice has been hell this week. Attempting to answer phones on Monday gave me a painful throat for the next day, so I stayed home. Since Tuesday my voice has slowly gotten better but Wednesday and Thursday I left work at noon so I could rest it.

I tried almost everything I could think of. I drank mass amounts of water, Lemon tea with honey, cough drops, cough drops in warm water (cough drop tea), gargled warm salt water, and even tried a teaspoon of Cider Vinegar. While I am fine and feel great, my voice just doesn’t want to come back. I have that sexy husky voice thing going on. Lol.

During this last week I’ve been able to finish reading a few books, so be on the look out for about 3 or 4 book reviews. I also was able to finish season 2 of Bitten. I still have not read the series yet but I love the TV show. This weekend I’m helping a friend paint her room, but other then that it’s another rest weekend! I also have a few ideas for blog posts to think about as well! Wish me luck with my voice!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

1…2…3…FLEX

In my new quest to be more productive and become healthier, I’ve been researching various pedometers, HRM, and GPS bands since January. I finally told myself to stop thinking about it and just do it. Last Friday I was determined to put action behind my words so I stopped by my local RoadRunner store and picked up a shiny new black Fitbit Flex. I have the VIP program through RoadRunner and got 10% off the cost, so yay for discounts!

I decided on the Fitbit Flex because I liked their app and what the device tracks. I can’t really say how accurate it is because I have nothing to compare it to but at this point in my health adventure, I don’t need exacts yet. I also started tracking what I eat on myfitnesspal which also allows you to connect to and sync your fitbit. I’m also a fan of the sleep tracking because it’s interesting to see how much I do or do not move during the night.

What I like about the FitBit Flex : Light weight, band does not contain latex, comfortable, difficult to unclasp clasp, sleep tracking, the app and website dashboard, comes with both small and large bands, battery life (24 hours for 5 days and I’m only at half battery) and options to switch out bands. I initially charged my FitBit Flex Friday the night I got it and it seemed to charge fairly quick, not sure if that will be the case when I need to charge mine in a few days.

What I don’t like about the Fitbit Flex : End of band catches sometimes and weird band gap on the outside on my wrist.

I’ve only had this device for 8 days but I’ll post an update after a month or so. If you want to be my friend on FitBit, add me! My Fitbit site

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Back to the Grind

I went to the gym for the first time in about 8 months last Saturday and it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I was expecting pain, soreness, aches, lower back pain, difficulty breathing and a massive headache. I mean, it’s been a long time and I didn’t want to push myself too hard but it was still a decent workout. I was even more surprised when I was not aching the following days and my lower back actually felt better while grocery shopping.

My next gym visit is either Thursday, Friday or Saturday, maybe a couple of those days and I’m excited! I’ve not been excited to go to the gym in a very long time. I wish I could bottle this feeling for when I’m not feeling it.

Tiffany -The Tangled Taurus

Starting over…AGAIN

I start and stop a lot in life, projects, habits, exercise, health and crafts. I always seem to find myself leaving a project half done or forever a work in progress. I will start a project, work on it then get bored or side tracked by some other idea I have. I fear this will happen with this blog.

My hope is that since I know I won’t stop reading, I’ll at least have my book reviews to do if I do start to taper off. I don’t want to taper off though and I don’t want to leave projects half finished. The one good thing I can say though, I have not given up. I have not given up completely and don’t plan to quit. I just go on a hiatus with somethings.

The reason why I’m writing about this is because I’ve been thinking about my health and my productivity. I’ve not lived up to my productivity that I promised myself and I need to make a change. I also just found out that through work, I can get money each month to pay off my gym membership if I go 4 or more times a month. The question is then, why am I not taking advantage of this? My next step is to make a list of projects I want to get done this year and go to the gym at least one time this week.

Have you started something over and over again? How do you stay on task or keep yourself motivated to complete tasks?

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

A year of unhealthy living

It dawned on me this weekend that a year ago, I was a dramatically different person. I’ve done the Hot Chocolate 5k for the last 2 or 3 years and this year I will miss it and that bums me out, a lot. A year ago I was in a decent enough shape to run the timed 5k, but right now, no way. I was active, I was eating home cooked meals and I was feeling great about my health. It amazes me how far you can let yourself go and not even realize it or care. I know this is still early in the year and I want to make this upcoming statement a lie but I think this will be the first year in the last 5 that I do NOT compete in a 5k. I’m going to aim for doing the 5k Christmas Rush in December but at this point, I may not make that. Now it’s not because I don’t have faith in myself that I could get there, it’s just my body is hurting pretty bad and it’s going to take time. I know my body and the pain I have and it’s going to take time to get back into half of what I was a year ago.

I’m not here to only complain. I have a plan, well I have a rough list of steps to get me to where I need to be. This is part of my goal for 2015. Well not the getting healthier part but increasing my productivity and putting my needs before my emotional wants, which will help lead to living healthier. Tonight I’m going to go grocery shopping and I’m going to pre-make some lunches so I’m not always eating fast food. I feel like this is a great place to start, for now. Less words more action!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus