Start of Something Exciting

Posted: February 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I’m doing a little victory dance right now. (<--- That video will never get old!)

We had a fabulous day in these parts. I felt more rested than the past couple of days. Things weren’t hectic around here at all today. We also had a play date with our good friends, Danielle (for me) and Riley (for Makenzie).


Girl time certainly helps break up the day nicely. Danielle just ventured into stay-at-home-mom territory and I can’t wait to spend more time hanging out together. Our little girls love each other too!

After our play time, I made a simple lunch of leftover soup with a slice of 9 grain bakery bread topped with a slice of swiss.


I always have the most difficulty deciding what to eat for lunch. Thank goodness for leftovers that make for simple and satisfying meals. Although I don’t consider it quite as satisfying as my lunch “dessert”. I always enjoy a square of dark chocolate with a cup of decaf coffee during their afternoon naps. It’s my little moment of heaven every day. You think I’m exaggerating? Ha! I love it so much I didn’t even pause for a picture of it. That’s how much I enjoy it.

Now, I have just finished munching my afternoon snack of Chobani and an apple.


I seriously can eat this snack every day. It does not get old. Ever. Plus it makes for the perfect pre-workout fuel and I need that as today marks the start of something exciting for me.

That’s right. Today I am officially beginning the Couch To 5K program. So, with that…I’ll catch you later.

Question of the Evening – Is there a snack you can never get sick of? And have you ever done C25K?

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87 Comments to “Start of Something Exciting”
  1. Ah Congrats! My friend as an app for that on her iphone. Good luck 🙂

  2. I have some friends who did that program and have heard such great things about it – so many successes. Good for you!!!

  3. woohoo!!! im in the middle of the program now and i have a 5k on march 26!!!!!! good luck tina!!! cant wait to see your progress. i am amazed at how well it’s working for me!! 🙂

  4. I did C25K and loved it! It really builds up slowly so you can ease into running — for someone who never ran, I was shocked when 3-4 miles became doable. Sadly, I no longer run because I realized it wasn’t for (for me) — for me, a group class is much more enjoyable. Good luck to you, though!

  5. Good luck! You’ll do great! Can’t wait to see your progress 🙂

  6. Oh I am so glad you got in some sleep and good social time! I am not a runner, so no races for me. My snack of choice that I can’t get enough of is air popped pop corn! YUM! Have a great afternoon Tina!

  7. So exciting! I’ve never done the Couch to 5K, but I did something similar when I trained for my first. Having a plan like that makes me look forward to workouts so much!

  8. Awesome! Good luck with the C25K. I look forward to reading about it.

  9. Yay for the 5k! I really like pita and hummus:)

  10. LindseyAnn says:

    Awesome!! That is exciting!
    I’ve never done the Ct5K myself, but I had to do a modified version of it in high school to adjust to new custom orthotics. Programs like this are a great way to ease in to running. Fair warning though: a lot of people seem to have trouble with week 6. I’m not sure what it is, but that is what I keep hearing.

    The snack I’ll never get sick of? A handfull of Oatmeal Squares cereal. I can’t really eat cereal as a meal because it’s not filling enough, but it’s a great snack!

  11. Becca says:

    Oh! exctiting!!!!

    I never tired of greek yogurt and PB… or eggs and oats… or tuna and rice cakes. I am a creature of habit!!!

  12. C25k is how I started running! I looooove the program and now am addicted to running. You can read about it here:

    I love apples with peanut butter… every day.

  13. Yay! I’ve heard great things about the Couch to 5k program! Have fun with it! My go-to snack? Tortilla chips & salsa. It’s one of my favorite pre-workout snacks (just gotta be careful not to overdo it on the chips!)

  14. Jolene says:

    That’s awesome! The program is a great one and I’m sure it’ll feel great to get back into the swing of it. I too have trouble deciding what to eat for lunch since I now work from home. I just found a great soup recipe that’s really easy that I love. From Shape: 3 cups broth, 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can beans (chickpeas, kidney beans etc), frozen veggies (they suggest Tuscan style, but whatever works), add a handful of spinach at the end and some parmesan cheese. Surprisingly filling and 220 cals per cup 🙂

  15. Kacy says:

    Oh my goodness, that soup looks terrific! Yum! Glad you had a fun playdate!

  16. lindsay says:

    You know I am so excited for this! Best plan ever!

  17. YAY!! I cannot recommend that ENOUGH! That program got me into running last year, and I haven’t looked back! 😀

  18. Lisa says:

    Your lunch looks delicious! Swiss cheese on whole grain bread= so simple, yet so decadent! I love that you give yourself dark chocolate everyday!

    The snack that I love and can never get sick of? 2.5 tbsp of pure salted almond butter plain, eaten with a spoon. I love it!!

  19. YAY couch-to-5k!

    I started it back when I weighed about 300lbs, which was about four years ago. I did my first 5k at 280lbs and I haven’t stopped running since (okay, well, I kind of did while I was pregnant but I THOUGHT about running a lot then).

    Now I’m training for my first marathon.

    Good luck and happy training!!!

  20. I love the thought of you savouring your chocolate and coffee! Good for you.

  21. my weight watcher fudge bars at night I enjoy sooo much!!! maybe too much? hehe.

    I have never done the couch to 5k before but I am in the process of training for a race. Saturday I ran 4 miles (first time ever)! I was pretty proud of myself!

    Good luck!!

  22. congrats! looking forward to hearing about that program

  23. Stephanie says:

    Good luck with C25k! I’ve heard good things!!

  24. Emily says:

    I did C25K off and on, then finished it up in the fall to get me ready for a half marathon plan! Totally worked, and I think it’s a great base. It made me want to keep running because it does it in steps and I never felt overwhelmed or discouraged. Good luck!

  25. I’ve heard great things about the plan! Today I started my own training plan: For my first 1/2 marathon! I am so glad to hear that your day is better today!

  26. Sarah R says:

    Lately, I’ve been eating popcorn like it’s my job. I usually have one snack in rotation that I can’t get enough of and then suddenly, one day I’ll move on. I started the C25K program but had to stop about 1/2 way through because I was having knee pain. I just don’t think I was cut out to be a runner…

  27. I could never get sick of apples and almonds or bananas and PB!

  28. Jess says:

    Woohoo! My sis who had a baby recently (the little one is just over 4 months now) is doing the couch to 5k program and is commited to a 5k on memorial weekend. I am SO proud of her. I am going to run with it her! I’m sure you will do great at your C25k program, very cool!!

  29. Kelly says:

    Anything with peanut butter and chocolate but especially toast with PB and chocolate chips. Sooo good. Good luck with Couch to 5K!

  30. Emily says:

    Congrats on starting couch to 5k! I cannot wait until I can get outside and restart my running program 🙂

  31. Melissa says:

    yay for play dates..both sides win:)
    couch to 5K sounds awesome!! Good luck
    I’m debating whether or not to run a couple of 10km races this spring. Even though I don’t think I’m very good at this running thing but I never really trained properly lol!

  32. Karen says:

    I could never get sick of Chobani either!! If I don’t have a Chobani every day I might start going through withdrawal!

    I have not done the C25K program but I’m considering it. Like you, I’m going to run a 5K this year. Good luck with the C25K!!

  33. Almond or peanut butter with banana.. never get tired of it! so excited your doing the couch to 5k!

  34. Oh my goodness–my sister and I are starting Couch to 5k, too! We were going to start a month ago, but then I threw out my back so I’m really excited to finally get going on it.

  35. Yay I am also doing C25K! Coffee and chocolate=the best snack ever!!!

  36. Lauren says:

    So exciting! I’ve never done that plan, but I’ve heard it works. Even though I’ve done tons of 5Ks, I still get excited when I do them because they’re short and fun races. I hope you enjoy running!

  37. Lee says:

    Jason’s done the C25K before. It really works! Let me know if you want to run a race this Spring. I’ll definitely run with you.

  38. Stephany says:

    I love the C25K program and have tried it numerous times. I love how slowly it eases you into running, although I found I would divert from the plan around Week 6 and just run on my own. I always wanted to get through the entire thing but I never have.

    Good luck! 🙂

  39. I struggle with lunches a lot. I always want to have something pretty and creative, but I usually fall pretty flat. Ehhhh, at least it’s good. 😉

    I have never done C25K (I just jumped into half marathon training since I had been running 2-3 miles 4 days a week during the summer), but I am looking into for my mom. We are hoping to run/walk a 5K together in May- her first!!! 😀

  40. Yeah for a good day!!! So glad it’s been good so far…and hurray for the C25K! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  41. yaya! I decided today i’m going ot run a half in June 🙂

  42. That’s great, congrats onstarting a C5K! I know you will rock it! I’m glad you got some good girl time in today too!

  43. sounds like a good program!! Goodluck!

    I love snacking on almonds. I dont think I can get sick of them!

  44. I have done C25k – loved it! I got to the very end and could easily run 3 miles! BEST OF LUCK – you’ll do fabulous!

  45. Dorry says:

    I can eat an apple and almond/peanut butter every single afternoon and never get sick of it. Perfect for pre-workout or to tide me over til dinner. Good luck with Couch to 5K! I’ve heard great things about those programs. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can increase mileage. Excited for you!

  46. Anne Marie says:

    I love the couch to 5k plan! That’s how I first started running 😀 I should do the same thing to get back into it.

  47. I love snacks so much. My favorites are almonds/raisins and granola with a chopped up apple and almond milk.

  48. That’s great about the 5k! I haven’t done that program but I’ve heard good things.

    I’ve been eating apples with peanut butter a lot lately, but I’m sure I’ll get sick of it. I never get sick of PB in some form, though!

  49. I never get sick of peanut butter straight off the spoon. That’s my moment of heaven! 🙂

  50. Katie H. says:

    Yay Tina! I love love love the couch to 5k. I did it in the summer of 2009 and it turned me into a runner 🙂 You will do awesome!

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