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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 1- Done

We’re back from Patrick’s graduation party and we had fun hanging out, enjoying our rooftop deck and eating some good food.

We love our rooftop deck for parties but I love it especially for laying out and getting some sun.  They had some cornhole set up for gaming later.

And I got to show off my now normal looking toes!!!  So excited that my toes are completely back to normal as of last night!  Summer, flip-flop weather ready!

We had a photo shoot on the rooftop before the party began.

He’s pretty stinkin’ sexy.

Take one for me:

Take two because I didn’t like the first one as much.

Much better!  Now onto the par-tay!!!

I had a couple of bites of potato salad, baked beans, taco dip, a few chips and a hot dog.  Not too filling but just right.

Just right, especially after a few bites of decadent dessert.

A chocolate chip cheesecake ball which I didn’t finish all of and two bites of each cupcake (chocolate fudge and lemon).

I’m learning to share my food more and more so I don’t find myself overindulging.  Works like a charm.  Such a simple concept but being raised in the South, I was taught to clean my plate and it’s hard to get out of that mentality most of the time.

When we went inside to say goodbye, they had the fondue rolling so I dipped one strawberry, one piece of pineapple and one bite of banana in the melted chocolate.  With a couple of plain pieces of pineapple too.

The hubs, me, Jack, and the college graduate, Patrick.

The sweet dog, Marie.  They had to adorn her with a barrette with the University of Louisville’s colors for where Patrick graduated from.  I love little Miss Marie.

And she loves me, obviously.

We couldn’t stay long because we’re off and running to a wedding after a quick wardrobe change.  I have loved today already and I know it’s only to get better with witnessing another man and woman entering into the blessing of marriage.  It only gets better by the day, people, better by the day.  Can’t wait to go throw on my party dress and have a blast tonight with my groom!!  See you later gators.

Never Gets Old

I have to admit. If I could live on one food item everyday for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it, it would be peanut butter and strawberry jelly.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE PB&J’s and have always eaten Lay’s BBQ chips or Sour Cream and Onion Pringles on the side but I’m a big girl these days… okay, maybe I’ve just turned into a big girl since the first of the year but who’s holding it against me? I now try and balance my sandwich out with some fruit.

Today it was an apple and a mandarin.

Wait! How did a piece of oatmeal raisin and pecan cookie jump onto the plate?!

I don’t discriminate so I ate it all. My belly thanks me. And so does the little girl still trapped inside me.

I have a homemade peanut butter chocolate granola bar packed for a snack if I need it.

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Nappers

I got sent home from work around 1 o’clock today and the hubs picked me up from work since it started raining and I had biked in.  We drove on over to chic-fil-a where I had coupons for free chicken sandwiches and a free order of fries from Penn Station Subs.  I’m all about it.  A whole lunch for free!!

I was really looking forward to having chic-fil-a’s classic chicken sandwich but on a wheat bun.  I got inside while the hubs was outside and ordered but the wheat bun was 15 cents extra and I hadn’t brought my wallet in and didn’t want to worry about running outside so I ended up just getting the white bun.  Bummer.  But it was still extremely tasty.

It’s been FOREVER since I’ve had their classic sandwich and I loved every bite.

With some Penn Station fries on the side.

We got home and I had expected to get call back into work but they never called so I took the opportunity to nap it up. I took about a two hour nap and woke up to eat a quick bite before community group and then we were off.  I really do think I could’ve slept through the whole night though.  I was tired!

I ate half of a Monterey veggie wrap from Calistoga which had hummus, feta cheese, caramelized onions, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, banana peppers, roasted red peppers and leaf lettuce, in a whole wheat wrap.

With these new chips I picked up at Whole Foods!

Not baked or fried!  And for 19 chips, it’s only 120 calories.  What a steal.  Super yummy too.

I had just a few on the side.

We headed to community group where I knew there would be dessert served.  These were like orange scones with an orange icing glaze.  I had one and two bites of another.  Delish!

I’m all ready for bed.  It’s already 10 so I won’t be asleep like I was last night but hopefully soon.  I’ll be watching Survivor’s episode from tonight on DVR and probably crash out.  Work in the a.m.!  Hope you all had a lovely Thursday!

What’s your favorite chip?!

Boring? Or Tasty?

The only bad thing about leftovers is that I feel like it bores you all. But that’s what my lunch is today and it still tastes delicious so bear with me.

Roasted Broccoli. Love it like this!!

And some mac and cheese of course.

Can’t go wrong with some grilled barbecue chicken.

Another roll slipped into the mix. I can’t say I’m disappointed.

We have another nurses reception this afternoon and rumor has it they will have a fountain flowing of milk chocolate! Hello! I’m totally there! Especially since I’m on my own with dinner tonight. The hubs has a meeting so I’ll probably eat a hodge podge, something simple or nothing at all. I have figured out that I eat more when he’s around because we cook together or he cooks, and it’s more enjoyable to eat with someone else. By myself, it’s just not as fun.

See you tonight!

Do you eat more or less when your spouse, friends, parents, etc. aren’t around to eat with you?

Creative Juices Flowing

As you will be able to tell, my creative juices were really flowing last night as I packed my lunch. I’m aiming daily to put more effort into what I eat, how I prepare it, what it looks like plated, etc. I feel like it makes the process of eating it just that much more enjoyable and satisfying. And obviously it looks prettier in pictures too!

I ate pretty carby yesterday so I decided veggies were in order today for lunch.

I got all my things set out and ready to cut them up last night.

A HUGE salad!

Like my rows of veggies? Bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and celery.

Always a little sprinkle of feta because feta makes it BETTA! And cracked black pepper too.

I had celery left over and thought some hummus on the side with a few crackers would be perfect for some more crunch and flava!

I love these Kashi crackers!!

I broke into the red roasted pepper hummus I bought at Whole Foods and dare I say, I wasn’t as impressed with the flavor like the Athenos I usually eat.

At least I tried it! I think that was a perfect lunch! And for a snack later I’ll eat the snack I had packed for yesterday! Oikos blueberry Greek yogurt with some Bear Naked granola.

What a fabulous day of eats so far. I think tonight is grilled chicken, salad, roasted broccoli and maybe some Annie’s mac and cheese. We’ll see what’s presented to me upon my arrival home!!

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday so far!

Makes Me So Happy

Having a Lenny’s in Louisville now makes me pretty darn happy if you can’t tell, considering I’ve talked about it for days on end now.

I think I’ve declared Sunday’s to be our free sub a week day.  It just seems like a great day to be able to go and take our time and then I don’t have to worry one iota about lunch for Monday.  It’s always hard to get back in the swing of packing food for work after I haven’t done it for a few days.  Ya know?

Half of my sub from yesterday.

I’m officially addicted to their red hot pepper relish.  All I need is a dab.

Sun Chips on the side please!

A light snack is packed up for later.  I’m digging into the Oikos Blueberry Greek yogurt today.

With some Bear Naked granola to add in for some crunch!

I’m all set until dinner tonight.  Hoping for some time to get in a good run after work and before dinner.  I think chicken wraps are on the menu for tonight.  We’ll see what the hubs whips up in the kitchen.  🙂

What’s your favorite brand of granola?

I like the Bear Naked but I’ve been thinking about experimenting with making some of my own!

A Year of Free Starts Today

My free year of receiving a sub sandwich from Lenny’s Sub Shop started today.  The hubs and I decided since I had the day off that we should go and grab a late lunch.

I ordered the #1  on whole wheat which is a ham, cheese and capicola with lettuce, onion, tomato, mayo, black olives, oregano, pepper, and banana peppers.

For all the years I worked with Lenny’s and have eaten there after moving on to nursing school and then nursing as a RN, I never ever tried their red hot pepper relish in which they are known for and now bottle up to sell.  Today was the day to try.  I LOVED it!  I added a little dab on each bite and it added an incredible amount of flavor and spice to the sandwich.

I had some barbecue baked Lenny’s chips on the side.

I really do like these better than Lay’s baked barbecue chips.  They’re a winner in my book for sure.

I packed up half my sandwich for lunch at work tomorrow so I am set with a fabulous lunch!  I love getting two meals out of one.  Don’t you?

Since it was so pretty outside today, we got my car washed while the hubs and I talked about some exciting upcoming possibilites in my life. 🙂

Lexi needed it badly!  She’s been dirty for a long time.

We came home to veg a little while before church tonight and I got a tad hungry a couple hours after eating lunch so I dug into this homemade granola bar that my friend, Lindsey, made and gave to me the other night when we babysat.  I know it has a variety of nuts in it and also some marshmallows.

The hubs and I split it down the middle.  Way to go Lindsey!!  I know you’re still perfecting your own concoction but I thought this was quite tasty!

We’re off to get ready for church tonight.  I think dinner is going to be pretty laid back tonight with some leftovers from our dinner last night but who knows. Maybe we’ll brew something else up in our heads.

Hope you’re having a fantastic Mother’s Day whether your a mom or celebrating your own mother!!