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    I'm Lauren and this is a blog dedicated to living life with a healthy balance. I love to run, strength train, bike and just be downright active. I'm a marathoner as of April 24, 2010 and am currently looking forward to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

    I absolutely love to eat and enjoy great food but doing it all in moderation. You'll see healthy, organic foods on here frequently but you'll also run into things such as pizza and sweets. I believe you can have it all... just not all at once.

    I'm always learning and discovering new foods, recipes, workouts and ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Join me on my journey towards becoming my healthiest self.

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Hummus Among Us

Let me wish a very special, Happy Birthday to my two children!  They both turn 4 today and I can’t imagine our lives without them.

Ollie man.

Baby Nattie.

They’ve been celebrating by enjoying our windows being open, catching the breeze and soaking up some sunshine.

We made them some burnt sugar ice cream but there mommy wasn’t too fond of it so we tossed it and made them some cinnamon ice cream instead.

Just kidding… they won’t eat the ice cream. We’ll be celebrating for them when we hang out with out friends tonight but they don’t mind.  They’re trying to watch their figures.

Totally not kidding about the burnt sugar ice cream not being tasty.  We tried but no cigar.

The cinnamon ice cream is where it’s at.  It’s currently in process right now so you’ll see pictures later tonight.

I fell asleep on the couch for about an hour… I was pooped with not getting a lot of sleep last night and then getting up early for a run so I guess I needed it.

When I woke up I was hungry!  A hodge podge lunch.

I love me some hummus!

Can’t go wrong with some garlic and herb laughing cow cheese with crackers.  I tried my TLC Kashi original 7 grain crackers for the first time and loved them!  Way to go Kashi.  Another star in my book.

A good spread.

A mandarin too.

I’ll just say: I didn’t like the original hummus with the cucumbers at all!  I’m a red roasted pepper hummus girl for sure!  Weird, right?

Over an hour later, I was still hungry and a bowl of cold cereal sounded fantastic.  I knew some Kashi H2H Honey Toasted, sprinkled with some Special K Low Fat Granola would fix me right up.

I was right.  I feel satisfied now.

I’ll leave you with daddy showing off our babies cute selves.

Ollie boy was up first.  He loved it.

Nattie boy was too tired to get into the posing.  He was a little more laid back.

I’m enjoying this day of relaxing.  I need it.  My body feels so tired.  Maybe it’s from that bootcamp class yesterday morning.  I’m feeling pretty stiff and sore.  That means it worked me out and I can’t complain about that!  See you after dinner tonight!

What’s your favorite flavor of hummus?

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Catching Up on Calories

Look at what was sleeping on me all day?!  How lucky am I?

Those cute things have been sleeping ALL DAY!!  Lazy boys!

The rest of my day was spent vegging and doing nothing!  It was great!  Around 3 o’clock, I was starting to feel quite hungry so I snacked on some trail mix of mine.

Dry Roasted Almonds, Craisins and Dark Chocolate Covered Plums.

It held me over pretty well until after we went to church and came home to cook dinner.

The hubs and I hopped to it with fixing dinner because we were both starving!  I think my body is so ravenous since I ran 21 miles yesterday so I’m trying to catch up on the calories.

On the menu for tonight: Flank steak, Asian inspired sautéed green beans with mushrooms, onion and bell pepper, Annie’s mac and cheese and baked beans.

The hubs had a Sister Schubert’s roll with his dinner but I decided to skip out since there were a tons of carbs on my plate already.

I packed up half the flank steak, sautéed veggies and rest of the baked beans and mac and cheese for lunch tomorrow.

This was our first time to try out Annie’s mac and cheese.  Usually I’m a Velvetta shells and cheese girl but even their small boxes are so big for the two of us and the serving sizes I scoop for myself ends up being huge!  So I decided to try this!

My review:

I really, really enjoyed it!  The shells, themselves, are smaller than Velvetta and the cheese mixture stayed creamy the whole time.  With Velvetta, they usually clump up and dry out pretty quickly but these were perfect.

A mandarin for an after dinner snack because I just felt like I needed something else.  Maybe I should have eaten a roll after all.  🙂

I’m now settled onto the couch and plan on being in bed and ready for sleep by 10 p.m.  I don’t think that’ll be hard tonight since my breakfast, lunch and snack are already packed up and ready to go for work tomorrow and I’ve showered and caught up on everything.  Here’s to hoping our next door neighbors won’t be partiers tonight and I can sleep all night!

See you tomorrow!!

What’s your favorite trail mix combo?

My Natural Dose of Speed

I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, A.D.D., when I was in the 8th grade.  I took the drug Adderall from 9th grade until I graduated college and passed my nursing boards. I feel like there are still moments in my life where I feel like a person diagnosed with A.D.D. but for the most part, I can stay focused on the task at hand.  Sometimes I just have 500 other thoughts in my head while doing it.  And hey, a lot of people that aren’t diagnosed with A.D.D. have the same problem.  It’s called multi-tasking and not enough hours in the day.

Anyway… y’all probably wonder what I’m getting to with this little confession of mine.  After a race I feel like people would be physically, mentally and emotionally spent.  They’re done.  All you might want to do is sit on the couch, turn on the tube, sleep, eat and do nothing in particular.

I’m the complete opposite.  I have so much energy that it feels like I’m on Adderall again.  I get super hyperfocused and take off like a mad woman to the task at hand.  Today it was cleaning.  The hubs had mentioned this morning that we should totally clean the house tomorrow because it just needs a deep cleaning.  So since he’s at Disciple Now all day, I figured I’d hop to it so we can just relax until he has to head to rehearsal for leading worship at church tomorrow night.  I ended up washing 4 different loads of laundry and cleaned, scrubbed, wiped down everything in our loft.  For over 3 solid hours I cleaned and cleaned and am so excited that I was so productive and that we don’t have to worry about it tomorrow!  It doesn’t hurt that I probably burned a few hundred calories while scrubbing the shower tub, vacuuming, wiping down, etc.  🙂

I wound up taking a 15 minute nap and when I woke up I decided that I need to eat.  I didn’t eat a regular lunch after I ate the two bananas following the race this morning so I was hangry!!

The hubs had leftover flank steak in the fridge that he never ate from a couple of nights ago so I kind of did a repeat from lunch yesterday.

Whole wheat tortilla stuffed with flank steak, spring mix lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa.

Don’t you love the natural light due to it staying lighter later?! I LOVE IT!!

It’s actually not that big of a wrap when it’s all bundled up and they’re only 100 calories a shell!

I had a few chips, side of salsa and a side of cheese dip.

I was so hungry but ended up eating it pretty slow and broke the chips into pieces and put massive amounts of cheese dip and salsa on them so I would eat less chips.  I totally felt like I got the same volume.

I figured that since I haven’t had my usual mandarin and grapes lately that tonight would be a good time.

A perfectly filling dinner and side of fruit.  I am now content.

I washed our top comforter earlier today when I got on my cleaning whim and after I took it out from the dryer, I realized I hadn’t seen the kitty boys circling my feet lately.  I peeked around the corner and saw this.  Seriously?  Does it get any cuter?

I’m off to finish drying our bed sheets so we have nice clean, crisp sheets to sleep on tonight.  And maybe I’ll get lucky and a kitty boy or two will climb up on the couch with me and cuddle.  I hope you all had a fantastic Saturday!

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When do you feel most motivated to clean, study, work-out, catch up on work, etc.?