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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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Party Number 2- Done

We are back from the wedding and reception and are pooped. It’s been a busy day and I am happy that I’m about to climb into bed.

The wedding was great. It always brings tears to my eyes to watch people step into holy matrimony. I find myself thinking back to our wedding day and it was so perfect that I can’t imagine what we could do differently to make it any more special.

The bride, Kim, walking down the aisle.

To her groom, Andy, who was waiting anxiously.

After we got in the car after the wedding, I wanted to take a picture of our rings.  This is one shot we forgot to get on our wedding day!  Boo!

Which, by the way, isn’t the hubs original wedding ring.  He lost 20 pounds after we got married and his other titanium ring was way too big!  So we bought this new titanium ring when we were in Vegas on a vacation a year and a half ago.  And I have to say, I like it better than the original.  Another fun fact: My engagement ring is actually the hubs grandmother’s wedding ring.  We had my two bands custom made to match.  Makes it that much more special to me.

We headed to the reception and sat down with some finger food appetizers first.

Then the wedding party arrived and it was time to eat.  I was sure to get a lot of green on my plate since my plate from the graduation party was lacking in the green.

Salad, green beans, potatoes, cheese tortellini, chicken cordon bleu, and beef tenderloin.  Oops, can’t forget the roll.

I waited around just to grab some cake.  Such a pretty presentation.

The pictures I took of the slice of cake I grabbed weren’t good at all because of the low lighting so you’ll just have to picture a slice of strawberry cake.

Here’s us… not the best picture because we are worn out but it will suffice for now.

We have an extremely early morning ahead of us and another jam-packed day tomorrow.  So who knows when I’ll be able to blog.  I might be iPhoning it tomorrow morning.  I’m hurrying off of here so I can wash my face and climb into bed.  A 6:30 wake up call is going to come way too fast!  Nite!

What’s your favorite part of a wedding?

I have two: Watching the dad give his daughter away ALWAYS brings tears to my eyes and when the couple is first announced as Mr. and Mrs. to walk back down the aisle to leave.  That was such a special moment for our wedding and will never forget doing a little jump and squeal as I turned around, grabbed my bouquet of flowers and my husband’s arm for them to announce our new name!  I loved every second.

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Time Flies

I had an absolutely fantastic rest of the day after I posted earlier!  The hubs and I sat on the couch, talking and I ended up falling asleep, sitting up, for 10 minutes, with my mouth open while he was on the computer browsing through guitars.  It was a perfect cat nap.  I forced myself to wake up for good because I needed to eat the rest of my Lenny’s sub and chips and hit the road biking.

I captured a picture of their barbecue chips this time!  I wasn’t in such a rush to gobble it up!

All together now.

It was just as good, if not better than before!  I was quite satisfied.

I got all geared up to go on a bike ride before community group.

Ok, that was pre-gear.  Here’s the gear!

I had about an hour before community group so I biked as hard and fast as I could.  Big mistake to bike towards downtown though.  Traffic was a mess and I had to stop and start a lot at stoplights.  But once it was all said and done, it was a great ride.

I got to community group just in time and dug into the snack I packed.  A homemade peanut butter granola bar and some red grapes.

I biked back home and ended up biking 14 miles total.  See?

I definitely want to build up and be faster on my bike but I know that will take time and I probably need a road bike instead of a hybrid.  But for now it gets me to where I want to go.  And burning over 600 calories tonight wasn’t too shabby for a fun, one hour bike ride.  Booyah!  Take that pavement!

I’m off to wind down in bed.  The hubs is out with the guys tonight doing guy stuff so I’m chilling out and enjoying some alone time.  I have a bootcamp class my friend, Maggie, invited me to at her gym in the morning so I’m starting my day off right tomorrow!  Maybe we’ll go for a run after the bootcamp.  We’ll see how bad it kicks our tails.

Oh yes, and time flies, not only when you’re riding bikes but also when regular life happens.  Four years ago today, I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  I cannot believe it.  Where has the last 4 years gone?!

See you in the morning!  P.S. It’s Friday tomorrow!  Hooray!

Do you prefer the gym workout classes, biking, running, swimming, etc. or all of the above?

It depends on my mood but most of the time I’m a runner at heart.  But a good bike ride doesn’t hurt my feelings either.

Crazy for Food

I love food. We know this about me. Clearly. But I also love Lenny’s Sub Shop. Lenny’s originated in Memphis, TN, where I grew up, and was my first job when I was 15. They hired me right out of the line because I was such a frequent customer and always had a smile on my face. At the age of 17, I was promoted to marketer of several Lenny’s stores and had the time of my life. It was, hands down, the best job I’ve ever had. The company is amazing, treats its employees with respect and treats its customers even better. Their food is fresh and sliced right in front of you. No processed food here!

Today is their grand opening of the first ever Louisville location and I was psyched! Even better, I found out they were having a promotion for the opening that said the first 50 people in line received free food for a year! You better believe the second I got put on call from work this morning that my rear hopped in the car to get in line.

I was thankful to find out that my friend, Maggie, and I were numbers 9 and 10! Score!

We’ve been here since 5:30 a.m. and it opens at 10:30 a.m. so only 1 1/2 hours to go! Totally worth it. See how happy we are that we’re about to get a year of free, delicious food?

I brought a variety for breakfast this morning. It was all easy grab and go.

I’m the happiest girl in the world right now. I’m just loving this. So exciting! And the news and radio crews are starting to appear. Who knows, I might get interviewed! 🙂

I’ll be blogging later to fill you in on the rest of the happenings later! Here’s to hoping I don’t get called into work before 10:30. That would stink! See y’all in a bit!

Derby Fun

It’s only 8:30 at night and we’re already back from our Derby festivities.  Party animals, aren’t we?!  I’m a wild woman, let me tell you.  Bedtime at 10?  Doesn’t everyone go to bed that early?  🙂

I was sent home early from work, which I expected so I headed home, washed my hair, painted my toesies and fingers, and donned my swankiest black dress and heels (Thanks Kate Spade for always being there for me) and off we went.

My man and I.   What a hunk.

They had some eats of course and I got a bit of everything.

A small bowl of mild chili.

We split some dessert.

I might have gone back for a couple more bites of ice cream and chocolate cake. 🙂

Ok, I’ve discovered I have a problem.  I am all about Bethenny Frankel’s food philosophy’s or should we say food rules in her book, “Naturally Thin” but I’m thinking I need to read this book everyday to feel in control over my food choices.  Alright, here’s the nitty gritty.  This past week I have indulged in anything and everything I want.  I have not shown all the little sweets I have popped into my mouth every evening but they are there and sometimes in copious amounts.  I was doing really well on the eating in moderation thing but this week, after the marathon, I have just felt the need to overindulge and I don’t know why.  So strange.  Oh wait… now that I think about it, I know why.  It’s those dang hormones that go raging every month!  Eek!  Totally forgot about that.  Whew, I feel better now.  But still… I have really not been treating my body well at all so please forgive me for this horrible week of eats.  Tomorrow is a new day (I feel like I say this a lot) and I am vowing to myself (and you) that I will treat my body well from now on.  That doesn’t mean I won’t eat sweets ever again but I’m totally putting more crap in my body than I should.  So knowing that you all know my little secret now, I’m hoping I’ll be more accountable to myself because I know it’s out there in the open.

Ok, I feel better now just getting that off my chest.  It’s actually an early night for me so I’m going to turn in and settle down for the night.  I have to work the next 5 days so I need some rest!

Update on my feet: My toes feel better today.  Not completely 100% but much better!  I’m hoping by tomorrow night or Monday night, I’ll be running again.  Oh Lord please!  I need to run for my sanity!!

Have you had any food revelations lately?

All Day Affair

Call us crazy (or just me) but grocery shopping is usually an all day affair for us. I probably am the one that makes it such a long ordeal but I just love grocery shopping. I love taking my time, scanning the deals, looking at ingredients, etc. I just do not like to be rushed. So after a happy report from the dentist we hit up our staple stores. Ok, the hubs got a glowing report but I have two fillings that need to be re-done! Boo.

I knew we’d be out during lunch so instead of spending unnecessary money on a whim because we are hungry, I packed up a lunch for us in advance.

A PB&J with an apple.

We’ve already conquered Sam’s Club and got a ton if stuff. Here’s the food we bought! Nothing processed. Lots of fruits and veggies. I love our new way of eating!

We’re off to Whole Foods and the Neighborhood Wal-Mart to pick up the rest of our groceries then it’s back home to lay out in this gorgeous weather we have today!

We have a fantastic dinner planned for tonight. Just the two of us. Can’t wait! See you after dinner!

Happy Belly

What a day. I am home, with a happy belly and ready for bed. But let me back up first.

I ended up eating my huge orange for an afternoon snack and saved my granola bar for another time.

Probably a good thing since I ate pretty heavy tonight. The fruit kept it light.

I left work in a hurry and biked to our community group potluck dinner. I couldn’t wait to eat some comfort food!

The roasted turkey thing didn’t work out so it was roasted chicken instead.

A huge spread!

I got a bite or two of everything. More salad than anything to get my greens in!  Also a biscuit, mac and cheese, glazed carrots, roasted potatoes, roasted chicken, corn, green bean and mushroom casserole, and grape granola salad.

We brought the corn and roasted potatoes.

I was super pumped because we all headed to Dairy Kastle to grab dessert.  I biked and met everyone there.  I wanted to get a little more exercise in, especially since we had 75 degree weather today!

Reese’s Cup flurry? Yes, please! Don’t forget the extra scoop Reese’s!

I know, I know, I’m so bad. But it’s so good! 🙂

I downed the whole thing because that’s how I roll.

I’ll run it off tomorrow. Speaking of running, I’m pretty ecstatic to throw my Saucony’s on and hit the pavement tomorrow. It’s been a long 6 days off! Hopefully my toes will hold up okay.

We have a teeth cleaning in the morning and then it’s off to grocery shop! One of my favorite things in the world! Whole Foods here I come! I know you’ve missed me!

See you in the morning friends!

Do you have any dairy shacks that open for the spring, summer and fall??  I think they are so much better than regular restaurants!

My Rest Day

Here’s what my rest day has looked like:

Church, sleep, lunch, sleep, make food for work tomorrow, blog, shower, watch TV, sleep.

Oh, and wrap my toes!  I’m trying to save that second toenail but I don’t think it’s going to happen.  Both my water blisters have been opened and I’m hoping my toes feel back to normal soon.  At least my toes are painted a cute color!  The first paint of the flip flop season!

I kid you not, my day has been comprised of 90% sleep.  I woke up this morning around 8 to get ready for church.  Thank goodness I only took 1/4 of that muscle relaxer last night because I was wasted!  I just did not want to get out of bed.  But knowing the hubs was leading our church in worship this morning made me happy to get out of bed.

Yeesh… I didn’t realize how hard it would be to physically get out of bed.  My legs felt like they were 100 lbs. each!  My quads were tight and burning like no other feeling I’ve ever felt after a long run before.  I got ready and forced myself to walk down the 4 flights of stairs in our building instead of taking the elevator in hopes of stretching them out a little bit.  I looked like a doofus hobbling down the stairs.

This is me today… for sure.

After church I came home, ate an unpictured mandarin and climbed into bed where I planned to stay for the rest of the day.  I found myself waking up to the hubs calling telling me he was on his way home.  Oops… I had already fallen asleep!  He came home, we made lunch.  I couldn’t wait!  I was STARVING!

A turkey frank for me on a whole wheat bun with mustard, ketchup and relish.

With some Harvest Cheddar SunChips that they put in my bag after the marathon yesterday.  Total yum!!

All together.  Notice half a chocolate chip cookie.  It was a must!

Ok, I was still starving well after I ate this so I thought cake and ice cream was in order.  Guess I’m making up for all those calories I burned yesterday.  You think?

Look at how cute the hubs was with cutting my name part off the cake!

After eating this… I ate… just kidding!  I was completely satisfied.  Not too full at all!  My belly just wanted some more sweets. I cannot deny it what it wants!  I must oblige.  🙂

The hubs and I started to watch SNL from last night and I found myself at 5:30 waking up!  Oops… another long napper!

Upon waking up, the hubs gave me a full body massage.  It hurt so good!!  I am back to work tomorrow with bending, moving around, lifting, etc. and I know I’m going to be hurting so I’m glad the hubs helped me break up some of the lactic acid that has built up in my body from yesterday.

We had planned on making a super dinner tonight but both of us are totally not hungry at all!  So I got to working in the kitchen with making my breakfast, lunch and snacks for tomorrow.  Love when I’m productive and get my act together early in the night so I can chill the rest of the time!

I’m off to shower, relax and get a whole night’s rest because it’s back to the baby factory tomorrow.  Life doesn’t stop when you’re a marathoner, apparently!  The world keeps on spinning and I keep on working.  It’s been an absolute dream of a weekend and I still haven’t woken up from it yet.  Hope yours was just as fabulous!  See you in the morning!

How was your weekend?