The Best Way to Start 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

We had a very low key New Year’sEve. Ordered Chinese and sushi, watched “The Five Year Engagement” and were asleep by 10:30. Boom! My younger self is laughing at me but I like it this way much better.

My one intention for the first day of 2013 was to see the sunrise on a run. I’ve gotten rather used to running in daylight hours the past 2 weeks. This was going to be the last weekday one so I wanted it to be extra special. I woke up starving so I grabbed a couple of Coconut “Cookie Dough” Bites that I made on Monday.

Coconut Cookie Dough Bites - happyfitmama.com

These bites are amazing! They’re similar to my usual balls with the base of walnuts and dates except that you process the walnuts and dates separately before combining. It makes all the difference in texture and “doughyness.” That’s a word right? They gave me just enough gas in the tank for my run.

I started off with no real intention of where I was going. I knew I wanted to find a spot that would be higher up and clear to really see the sun.

(Please excuse the portrait screen. I was too excited to think about how I was holding my phone.) 🙂 I got it. The money shot. Absolutely gorgeous! I ran 7 wonderful miles and wanted to do more. Plus, I found 28 cents. A sign, perhaps, of fortune for the year? 🙂 Great start to the year. Only 1,493 more miles to go to reach my goal of 1,500!

Once I got home, I quickly stretched, slurped down a kale protein smoothie and showered so we could head outside to play in the snow. Last year, it was a very mild winter. We didn’t have much measurable snow. The one time I took the kids out in it we lasted 5 minutes before major melt down status was achieved. They hated it. What a difference a year makes. They absolutely LOVE the snow! We’ve been having fun sledding down our little hill in the backyard, making snowmen, using our beach buckets and shovels, and moving the snow with dump trucks. They find it fun just being outside. It’s amazing when we get older we start to get bored and lose our imaginative play. Another lesson my kids have taught me. Open your mind and have more fun!

Toddler Snow Fun - happyfitmama.com

And I did! The big “kids” had to have their fun, too. In fact, I think Ron and I had more fun tubing than they did. That’s my “woohoo!” face by the way.

Ang Sledding - happyfitmama.com

We were famished for lunch after all the fun and fresh air. Just an FYI – running and then tromping through the snow is exhausting and makes you ravenous! Thankfully, we had an abundance of leftovers from our NYE take out. I also kept dinner simple with roasted salmon and carmelized leeks.

WIAWJanuary2 - happyfitmama.comCalifornia Rolls, hummus w/ yellow peppers and carrot chips, Avocado mac and cheese, hummus sandwich w/ carrot chips and applesauce (part of the kids lunch), salmon w/ carmelized leeks.

I think we’ll be spending a lot of time outside this winter. My snow pants, hat and mittens are my new staples. For someone who is not a fan of being cold, this could be interesting. But the kids enjoy it so that makes me happy. And it keeps the cabin fever crazies away!

I’m linking up with Jenn for more WIAW.

How did you spend your New Year’s Day?

32 comments on “The Best Way to Start 2013

  1. So glad you enjoyed the Coconut Bites!

    What a fun New Years! It’s so true that we take advantage of the simple things in life as we get older. So important to look at it through a child’s eye and just enjoy the moment! Glad you had a great day! 🙂

  2. Love that scenery! Totally opposite of Florida runs – mine started out in the 50s and ended up with me and my running partner both drenched as the 70s increased – joy! And yay for finding money – times are tough 😉
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  3. 28 cents? DEFINITELY a sign! 🙂 The dough bites look great. I have been meaning to try those but haven’t gotten around to it. I’ll remember your tip!
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  4. MMM those walnut, coconut dough bites look YUM! Sounds like a great New Year’s Eve to me (I have never gone out and done anything, I like my sleep). Love the snow kids photos! I remember seeing photos of my brother and I all bundled up in the snow and sledding! Too cute!
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  5. A 1500 mile goal sounds awesome! I hope you accomplish it.

    The snow looks so fun! I miss the days where school was cancelled and my brother and I would get dressed in our snow suits and go sledding down our field. My mom called us Michelen babies in our little marshmallow outfits 🙂

  6. What an amazing way to start the new year! I am so envious of your ability to run in the cold. I can’t handle it, such a big baby when it comes to cold. Although I do sometimes wish we lived where it snowed just so we could go play in it.
    I got a leek in my Farm Fresh to You box and have been wondering what to do with it. That sounds good! I spent my New Years Day taking care of my sick boys and disinfecting our house. Fun!
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