Life is cruising right along over here. Everything went smoothly with my procedure and recovery, and I’m slowly finding my way back into a routine, just in time for the holidays. Part of the routine has included the Couch-to-5K program. That’s not how to make a cool 5Gs from your couch. The 5K is a race. A running race. A race that’s 3.1 miles to be exact. Seriously, if you’ve never heard of it, Couch-to-5K is an exercise program based on intervals of walking and running to gradually work up to being able to run a 5K over the course of 9 weeks. So far so good. Check it out if you’re looking for a new exercise program.

I’m plugging through Couch-to-5K with my friend, Robyn, from Add a Pinch. We’ll be running a 5K in late February, along with our families. It’s been great to have the accountability with a friend, because I can find every excuse in the book to avoid exercise.

“Oh…what’s that? A cobweb on the ceiling fan? I must take care of that right away, just after I tackle dusting all the light bulbs.”

So, yes, Robyn has definitely been a good motivator for me to keep on truckin.’

For the record, I have no dreams of becoming a runner. As far as I’m concerned, this is a one time thing so I can say I did it without a lion chasing my behonkus. Check that one off my bucket list, ya know? Plus, my attention span is such that I have to switch things up a bit, otherwise I get bored and quit. Maybe next I’ll take up badminton. Or I’ve heard toe wrestling is hot these days?

Anyways, I just finished up week 4 of Couch-to-5K and am still quite alive and ready to take on week 5. I may share the progress along with any other insightful things I find during the rest of the process. Stayed tuned for updates. I promise no sweaty workout photos. Fer sure.



One thing that I couldn’t do the workouts without (other than Robyn) is a good mix of tunes, not just for keeping pace, but as a distraction as much as anything. So today I want to share my ever-changing playlist with you, and if you have any good tunes that motivate you to move, please, please, pretty please share them below in the comments.

I’m constantly updating my exercise tunes playlist to mix things up, ’cause, you know, I easily get bored. It’s a long list. It’s more than enough for a regular workout, about 4.5 hours of music. So you could run like a whole marathon if you wanna.

And I’ll warn you, the list is random as random can be, in no particular order. I like all kinds of music. Some have a great beat for running, or they’re inspirational, and others are just favorites. The (ahem) more suggestive tunes, are songs I pretend my hubby and I are singing to each other. The Love Boat is particularly one of my favorites. I imagine Randy in a Captain Stubing uniform. It works for me. And it’s good for at least a good 47 seconds of distraction from running.

Enjoy the list.

Don’t forget to share yours too!

And keep on truckin’!


A playlist to get you moving…

“Just the Way You Are”  by Bruno Mars
“I Choose”  by India.Arie & Bonnie Raitt
“Simple Things”  by Tedeschi Trucks Band
“Keep Your Head Up”  by Andy Grammer
“Give It Up”  by Amos Lee
“King of Anything”  by Sara Bareilles
“Atlas”  by The Wood Brothers
“Why Can’t We”  by Asa
“Unwritten”  by Natasha Bedingfield
“Why Georgia”  by John Mayer
“Caught Up”  by Usher
“The Show”  by Lenka
“500 Miles”  by The MacDonald Bros.
“Animal”  by Neon Trees
“Perfect”  by Pink
“SexyBack”  by Justin Timberlake
“Rolling In the Deep”  by ADELE
“Ready to Run”  by Dixie Chicks
“Freedom”  by Amos Lee
“Paranoia In B Major”  by The Avett Brothers
“Something Beautiful”  by Needtobreathe
“Shop Around”  by Captain & Tennille
“Back In Style”  by Joss Stone
“Listen to the Music”  by The Doobie Brothers
“Dancing Queen”  by ABBA
“The Love Boat”  by TV Themes
“Rock the Boat”  by The Hues Corporation
“Hey, Soul Sister”  by Train
“Rhythm of Love”  by Plain White T’s
“Do It Again”  by Steely Dan
“Come See About Me”  by Tedeschi Trucks Band
“Slight Figure of Speech”  by The Avett Brothers
“Bad Day (Hole In Your Shoe)”  by Tim & Mollie O’Brien
“Dynamite”  by Taio Cruz
“Two Princes”  by Spin Doctors
“Same Ol’ River”  by Sam Bush
“Heaven”  by Salvador
“Life Is a Highway”  by Rascal Flatts
“I Am Superman”  by R.E.M.
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”  by Pat Benatar
“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”  by Michael Jackson
“Don’t Wait Too Long”  by Madeleine Peyroux
“Where Are We Runnin’?”  by Lenny Kravitz
“Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine”  by The Kentucky Headhunters
“That’s the Way I Like It”  by K.C. & The Sunshine Band
“Ring Of Fire”  by Johnny Cash
“Landslide”  by Stevie Nicks
“These Are the Days”  by Jamie Cullum
“Upside Down”  by Jack Johnson
“We Can Make A Difference”  by Jaci Velasquez
“Morrison’s Jig”  by The Irish Experience
“The Sweet Escape”  by Gwen Stefani
“Beach Fever ”  by General Johnson & The Chairmen of the Board
“You Dropped a Bomb on Me”  by The Gap Band
“Free to Be Me”  by Francesca Battistelli
“One Thing Leads to Another ”  by The Fixx
“Let’s Groove ”  by Earth, Wind & Fire
“Little Sister”  by Dwight Yoakam
“She’s a Bad Mama Jama”  by Carl Carlton
“Wondering Where the Lions Are”  by Bruce Cockburn
“I Will Not Be Broken”  by Bonnie Raitt
“Crash Into Me”  by Dave Matthews Band
“If This Is It”  by Huey Lewis & The News
“Hard to Handle”  by The Black Crowes
“All I Need”  by Bethany Dillon
“You’re the First, the Last, My Everything”  by Barry White
“Best of My Love”  by The Emotions