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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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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!

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Sprint It Out

I hit the arms, shoulders and abs hard last night after I blogged.  It felt awesome.  I do love me some strength training!  I’m hoping to get some good leg and ab strength training in tomorrow night.  But what I was most excited about that I was in bed at 9:30 and asleep at 10!!

I had a meeting this morning so I ended up not having to wake up until 6 so I truly ended up getting 8 hours of sleep.  Loved that feeling!  Here’s to hoping I’ll repeat it again tonight.

I was only going to work on the floor from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. but since my meeting got out earlier than 11, and I didn’t want to go home for an hour or two, I clocked in early and hit the floor running. We were packed to the max today so I’m thankful we at least had enough organization for me to be able to eat my meals!

First up: Another Granny Smith for breakfast.  It definitely wasn’t filling enough.  I wish I would’ve eaten it as a snack later instead.

Lunch couldn’t have come soon enough, obviously, since the lone apple wasn’t filling at all.  The rest of my tuna noodle casserole.  Oh so tasty.  No crescent roll this time!

An orange on the side.

One of my co-workers and I were talking yesterday since she’s doing the whole Weight Watchers thing and she was talking about all her points and what she eats for snacks and stuff like that.  I used to be obsessed with counting calories just last year and the year before that and last May, I completely stopped counting and I hope I never start again.  But kudos to people that don’t let a calorie count control them (or a points count) because it seriously almost ruined me.   That’s probably a story for a later blog.  We’ll see.  ANYWAY… she was talking about buying the Laughing Cow swiss cheese wedges and I told her I’d never tried it before and I’ve been meaning to buy some.  Guess who brought me a Laughing Cow wedge today?  Yes, she thought about me.  How sweet is that?

I couldn’t wait to have it as my afternoon snack!

With crackers.

The verdict?

I LOVED this cheese.  Laughing Cow, if you’re reading this, I will sample and review your products anytime.  Usually I’ve been a cheddar cheese only girl when it comes to eating straight cheese but I’m branching out so I’ll sample away!  😉

It held me over until dinner and I was super glad.  I went on my run tonight and ended up pushing it really hard.  I always feel like I need to push harder on my shorter run days and I don’t know why.  I’ll tell you this, there is nothing like pounding the pavement hard after a long day at work.  It takes all the stress, frustration, etc. out of the  day.  But I sprinted the last mile and ended up running my last mile in 7:03 minutes.  Whoop!!  I finished my whole 3 miles in 26:16 minutes.  Getting faster!

I came inside and was ready for some dinner.  I kept it light with a salad topped with shredded carrots, feta cheese, chopped onion and bell pepper and topped with a tad bit of Italian dressing.

I might have had 4 or 5 chips dunked in our homemade salsa.  🙂  The hubs had it sitting out and I couldn’t resist.

A few red grapes to calm down my tongue that felt like it was on fire after eating that hot salsa!!!

Alright bloggies and friends, I’m off to shower and climb in bed!!  Work day tomorrow and a pizza night tomorrow night!  Can’t wait to see how this wheat crust turns out that we bought a few weeks ago!!  I hope you all had a fantastic Tuesday!

What do you like to do to de-stress after a long day?

Hodge Podge

Another manic Monday around Louisville.  It’s always so hard for me to get back in the swing of things of getting up at 5:30 a.m. after having the weekend off.  Especially when I stay up past 11 p.m. the night before.  Eek!  That’s what I get for taking a nap yesterday.  I’ve got to get back on track with being in bed and ready for sleep at 10 p.m.  Tonight is the night… I feel it.

The temperatures have dropped again and we’re dealing with 40 degree weather.  When is going to stay warm!?  Errr… so I started my chilly morning with a Granny Smith apple for breakfast.  I love Granny Smith’s but sometimes they can be too tart.  This one was just right.

Lunch couldn’t have been more welcomed.  I couldn’t wait to eat some Tuna Noodle Casserole from last night’s dinner!!  So good!  With a awesome crescent roll on the side of course.

I have just enough leftover for tomorrow too.  Sorry in advance that you’ll be getting a repeat.  No crescent roll for tomorrow, unfortunately.  😦

Around 4, I decided it was time for a little snacky poo.  A homemade peanut butter granola bar.  Of course, it crumbled so I put it in a cup and added 1/2 tbsp. of peanut butter.  Delish!

I figured since the hubs is still feeling under the weather today that I’d go by and pick him up some Kung-Po chicken and hot and sour soup from a Chinese restaurant right down the street.  He was much appreciative.  Anything for my sick patient.  I decided to skip out and was planning on just eating at home.

Here’s the hubs Kung-Po.  I had one bite.  Really tasty.

He gave me a couple bites leftover from the soup.  I definitely did not eat after him.  He poured his own into a separate bowl.  I’ve got to stay well for my 21 miler this weekend!

So this is when my dinner became a hodge podge.  After my 3 bites of soup, I decided to polish off the tiny bit of hummus I had left in the fridge with a few stoneground wheat crackers.

And then some grapes and a mandarin too, of course.

I’m actually completely satisfied.  I know I had a pretty heavy lunch with the casserole so I feel like I kept it pretty light for dinner.  I’m hoping for a good salad for dinner tomorrow night since I’m polishing off the rest of the tuna noodle casserole for lunch.  I don’t want to be too carby in one day.

Homemade pizza is on the menu for sometime this week and I’m excited!  Maybe Wednesday night.  We shall see!

I think our temps. are supposed to hit the 60’s again tomorrow so I’m planning on running tomorrow night.  For now, I’m off to do some arm, shoulder and ab exercises!  Hope you all had a great Monday!

What’s been your latest hodge podge meal?

Comfort Food

The rest of the day for me was spend VEGGING and I loved it!  I ended up falling asleep for less than a 2 hour nap and it was glorious.  I haven’t taken a nap in forever!  I fell asleep for like 15 minutes yesterday after my cleaning spree but I don’t think that really counts as a whole nap.  😉

I woke up knowing that I needed to get ready to head to church but I was a little hungry so I had the rest of my sliced apple from brunch with the rest of the jar of peanut butter.  It was scraped clean by the time I got finished with it.

I think this is a perfect snack.

It was off to church and then off to the store for a quick pick up of mushrooms for our pizza we’re making this week and some Airborne Tablets because the hubs is starting to feel quite sickly.  😦

I came home, caught up on some blogs, packed snacks for tomorrow at work, got all my ingredients lined up for dinner and waited until 8 to start preparing dinner.

It’s tuna noodle casserole night at the Watson house.  I love this dish and it’s one of my very favorites that my mom made for me growing up.  It was a perfect night to make it because it’s easy, comforting and downright delicious.  I had no idea the hubs would be feeling under the weather when I planned in my head to make it so it was a perfect dish for a sickly feeling husband.  And it’s rainy outside.  It couldn’t have been a better night for comfort food such as this.

Here’s the recipe:

Tuna Noodle Casserole

1 tbsp. onion powder

1 can of chicken and mushroom soup (it’s a hard to find soup that Campbell’s makes so if you can’t find it then just grab a can of cream of mushroom and cream of chicken and mix half and half to make a whole can)


12 oz. tuna in water (drained)

1/2 bag of wide or medium egg noodles

1 soup can of water

Shredded cheese (I use mild cheddar)

One sleeve of saltines

Directions:

Cook onion powder, soup and can of water in pot until blended.

Cook Noodles and Drain

Crush sleeve of crackers, toast in skillet with butter


Pour drained noodles into casserole dish along with the soup mixture.  Mix well.


Top with shredded cheese.


Top with the toasted crackers.


Place in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

You’ll be amazed.  So delicious!  I always serve this with Pillsbury crescent rolls.  It’s the perfect side.

P.S. That was the hubs plate because his was much prettier.  Mine went all over the place since it was the first out of the casserole dish.  🙂

I did have to go back and have seconds because it was so good.  I only had one crescent roll because I wanted one with my work lunch tomorrow.

And all this makes for great leftovers too!  I’ve already got mine packed up and ready to go for tomorrow’s lunch.

After a satisfied tummy and a hubs that needs to get some rest… it’s time for me to go.  I hope you all had a great day and enjoy the recipe!  Let me know if you make it and how you like it!

What remedies do you start to try when you feel like you’re getting sick so maybe you can beat it to the punch before the sickness sets in?