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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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We’re Here! We’re Here!

Alright!  We’ve finally arrived at our destination.  Where you might be asking since I’ve been sort of secretive.  We’re in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!  The great bayou. We are extremely excited to be here visiting the hubs side of the family.  We’re celebrating a very, very special lady’s 90th birthday tomorrow.  It’s a surprise party and she has no idea that her grandchildren and great-children are here!  I love it!

But before I get to anything else I’ll fill you in on the rest of the trip.  We had another 5 hour drive after I last blogged and we ended up snacking along the way, of course.  I invested in a mandarin.

A little while later I ate some trail mix.

I napped off and on during the ride.  I was exhausted from not getting a lot of sleep last night before our early wake up call.  I finally dug into a book I brought, “Naturally Thin” by Bethenny Frankel.  This is her first book and my second time reading it.  I wanted to remind myself of the practical rules of eating and balancing out my life and I think this is essential to read over and over to keep myself accountable with food.  It never hurts to remind yourself!

We finally arrived and it was onto our hotel, Hilton Baton Rouge, to take a rest break and get ready for a night out.  I was pretty hungry upon arrival so I decided instead of starving myself until dinner and then probably over indulging at dinner due to being super hungry, I  would eat a granola bar.  I tried the Carman’s fruit muesli fruit bar from the 10 mile race I picked up last week.

I liked it.  Not too big or filling to spoil my appetite but perfect to hold me over until dinner since dinner is over 2 hours away still.

Some of the hubs our cousins are meeting us at the hotel to pick us up for a night out.  We’re doing dinner and then gallivanting about the town.  I love that we are downtown and can’t wait to discover more of downtown.  I have a feeling I’m going to have a great 10 mile run tomorrow along the river and different parts of downtown.  It’ll make for a great change in scenery.

Don’t you love the room?

And the river view?

There is also a pool down below.  Doubt I’ll get any lay out time but it might be nice to read by the pool tomorrow late afternoonish.

The plans for tomorrow include a delicious buffet breakfast after my 10 mile training run (2 weeks until the big marathon!!!), getting ready and being ready to surprise Grandmother at one o’clock sharp!  Can’t wait to share fun pictures from tonight and tomorrow with you.  Hopefully, if it’s not too late, I’ll be posting later tonight.  If it’s too late and I need to crash, I’ll post tomorrow after my 10 mile run and breakfast.  Love that I have the next two full days off and with family!!  Life is good!  Hope you all had a great Friday!

Don’t you feel more relaxed when you get out of town, into a nice hotel and have great laid back plans?  I sure do and I’ve needed it for a while now!

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