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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.

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    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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The Good Wife

I didn’t get in a run or walk today but I did manage to bike 5.5 miles to and from church!  Does that count?  I am definitely running tomorrow night so I’ll get it all done somehow.  Not stressing out… not stressing out… that’s what I keep telling myself.  It’s a busy week ahead before the marathon and I’m striving to staying cool, calm and collected.

Anyway… I got a hankering for granola bars today so I made some of Anne P’s five minute no bake peanut butter granola bars.  If you remember, I made these a little while ago and they crumbled and wouldn’t bind together so I was determined for them to be right this time!  This time I added a little more brown rice syrup and more peanut butter.  I also tossed in some mini semi-sweet chocolate chips for good measure.

The chocolate chips melted upon being mixed but you can still taste it!!  That’s all the matters!

They turned out perfectly!  They binded, didn’t crumble at all, and are wrapped and ready to go for easy grabbing!!

I ended up cleaning up around the house a bit and got ready for church.  A quick bike ride to church, service and then bike ride home it was time to get cracking.  The hubs led worship for both evening services tonight so I wanted a good dinner waiting on him when he got home.

On the menu, rotisserie chicken, sauteed mushrooms and asparagus and a big green leafy salad!

I got to thinking and decided to make chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.

I was quite pleased with myself.  I even made my own balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  Usually the hubs is our chef so I’m trying to get back into cooking more and more when the time allows.

We’re satisfied, everything’s clean and now it’s time to watch some of the Country Music Awards.  I’m not a huge country music fan but my best friend’s husband, David Nail, is up for Single of the Year for his song “Red Light”.  We’re all really proud of him!!  Keeping our fingers crossed for a big win!

Hope you all had a great Sunday!  It’s back to work for the next three days and then it’s off so I can rest, mentally prepare and get prepped for the marathon!  See you tomorrow!

What ingredient would you add into homemade granola bars?