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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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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.

<p style="text-align:center;"Happy Friday!! See you later tonight friends!

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Weekend Eating

I’ve discovered something about myself.  I am a total unpredictable eater on the weekends.  I just go with the flow and usually end up with a hodge podge of food for each of my meals.

I guess that’s what is so great about the weekends and days off.  It’s mean to be laid back and relaxed… even when it comes to food.

My dinner was tiny but yet wonderful.

I just listened to what my body was craving and went with it.

A sliced apple with some PB!

And then a treat I’ve been saving since Easter.

My big chocolate bunny from Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy in Memphis, TN.

The hubs had the head plus another big piece I cut for him.

I had the top of the ears.

Poor bunny got massacred.

Such fine chocolate… I miss being in Memphis where we can grab it whenever we want.

Such a random dinner but half of my sub from earlier really did the job of filling me up, along with that fabulous granola bar that Lindsey gave to me try out.

It’s back to work tomorrow.  Boo!  I’ve so enjoyed these last few days off.  At least I’m all packed up for food and ready to go.  Maybe I’ll be able to fall asleep at a decent hour tonight. Let’s hope so.  The weekend seems to always throw off my internal clock a tad.

I’m off to watch the season finale of The Amazing Race!  See you tomorrow!

Trial Parenting

Good evening friends!  Can you believe it’s already the end of the day on Friday?  Why do days off go by so much more quickly than days spent at work?  Boo on that!

After lunch, I ended up laying out on our  rooftop deck for 3 hours!  You better believe I got some good color going on right now.  A little red tint but will turn into a brown tint soon.  🙂

I actually got a cat nap in the sun laying up there today.  And it looks like this buddy got a good nap in the sunshine too.

Too comfortable.

“Oh, Mom, I’m not ready for my close up right now. Can’t you see I’m trying to nap?”

We ate dinner a little earlier than usual tonight because we were asked to babysit while some of our good friends attended a wedding tonight.  Of course we said yes!  We love babies and babysitting and don’t get to do it very often.

Dinner was a superb success.  We bought some Ahi Tuna fillets at Sam’s Club last week and broke those bad puppies out tonight.

We tried them sauteed.

I had a huge salad on my plate.  The hubs didn’t think I’d be able to fit any other food on there because it was so big!

But I proved him wrong.

Ahi Tuna on a bed of brown rice.

A spoonful of broccoli and cheese.

All together now.

Loved every bite!

We headed out the door and here we are, babysitting!  In other words, trial parenting.

The babe is in bed so it’s not like we have to do everything but we are prepared if she needs anything.  I have arms that are willing to hold and rock!

I brought a sliced apple and some PB for a snack for later since we ate dinner so early.

Always have to be prepared for when hunger strikes!  Ya hear?

Wish us luck as we act as parents for a few hours.  We have a fun, laid back day and night prepared tomorrow.  I’m hoping for a day of sleeping in, picnics, biking, running, etc.  We’ll see what all we can fit in.

I think I might be trying my hand at oatmeal again in the morning.  If you remember, my previous two trials at it failed miserably so suggestions are welcome. 🙂

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!

New Obsession

I was so thankful for great weather for biking to work this morning!  It’s been so nasty these last couple of days.  I needed to get out there and pedal hard!

I’m keeping it pretty light and clean with food today since we’re having homemade pizza tonight!

Breakfast was made with the help of my new obsession.  The apple corer!  We bought this the other day while grocery shopping and with as many apples as I eat, I knew I’d be obsessed.  True, true.

I didn’t want my blood sugar to spike and me be starving before lunch so I paired it with 3/4 tbsp. of peanut butter.  A perfect light breakfast.

Hope the Monday’s are treating you well!!  See you at lunch!

Have you found a new gadget that you’ve become obsessed with?  If so, what is it?

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!

Hungry, Hungry Hippo

A hungry, hungry hippo is what I was today!  I guess my body’s trying to catch up on all the calories it burned this past weekend but boy is it relentless!!!

After breakfast this morning, I couldn’t wait to dig into lunch!  I packed half a ham sandwich topped with cucumber, spring mix, onion, tomato and mustard.

An apple on the side.

I was still super hungry so I went ahead and ate the snack I had packed for the afternoon.  A peanut butter chocolate granola bar from my batch that I made last week.  Oh so good!

Not even a few hours later I was ravenous again!  This time I had some graham crackers and peanut butter. Unpictured!

By the time I biked home, I was hungry yet again!  I was so glad to smell some good stuff cooking when I got home!

Barbecue chicken, grilled asparagus, roasted red potatoes and a Sister Schubert’s roll.

I ate half the chicken, all the asparagus, half the potatoes and half the roll.  I packed the other halves up for lunch tomorrow.

Honestly, it wasn’t the best meal we have cooked but oh well.  Tomorrow’s always a new day.

I had to return the movie we rented the other night because we kept forgetting to take it back to the Redbox so I biked up the road to our Kroger to return it and pick up some corn for a potluck dinner we’re having with friends Thursday night.

At least I got a little more exercise in.   I’m just dying to strength train or run!  Really, I’m just dying to run but know I need to rest the remainder of the week.  Friday, I think, will be the day I jump back on the pavement.  At least I hope it is!

I biked back home to have some cake and ice cream for dessert.

It’s almost all gone!  Sad day when that happens but probably good too because I could see it packing on the pounds I lost during marathon training and I’d like to stay the weight I am now for good.  We shall see!

Actually, I have decided to pack the rest of the cake up to take to the girls at work tomorrow.  I have got to get it out of this house!  All this sugar I have been inhaling has actually made me hungrier I think with my blood sugar spiking.  I just can’t seem to feel fully satisfied after I eat dessert.  And I’m feeling more and more like crap.  Not light and clean.  Maybe I need to make a new once a week dessert rule…. hmmm… decisions, decisions.

I hope your Tuesday treated you well.  I’m off to make all my meals for work tomorrow and settle in for bed.  Nighty night friends!

Do you have a dessert rule for yourself?