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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 2- Done

We are back from the wedding and reception and are pooped. It’s been a busy day and I am happy that I’m about to climb into bed.

The wedding was great. It always brings tears to my eyes to watch people step into holy matrimony. I find myself thinking back to our wedding day and it was so perfect that I can’t imagine what we could do differently to make it any more special.

The bride, Kim, walking down the aisle.

To her groom, Andy, who was waiting anxiously.

After we got in the car after the wedding, I wanted to take a picture of our rings.  This is one shot we forgot to get on our wedding day!  Boo!

Which, by the way, isn’t the hubs original wedding ring.  He lost 20 pounds after we got married and his other titanium ring was way too big!  So we bought this new titanium ring when we were in Vegas on a vacation a year and a half ago.  And I have to say, I like it better than the original.  Another fun fact: My engagement ring is actually the hubs grandmother’s wedding ring.  We had my two bands custom made to match.  Makes it that much more special to me.

We headed to the reception and sat down with some finger food appetizers first.

Then the wedding party arrived and it was time to eat.  I was sure to get a lot of green on my plate since my plate from the graduation party was lacking in the green.

Salad, green beans, potatoes, cheese tortellini, chicken cordon bleu, and beef tenderloin.  Oops, can’t forget the roll.

I waited around just to grab some cake.  Such a pretty presentation.

The pictures I took of the slice of cake I grabbed weren’t good at all because of the low lighting so you’ll just have to picture a slice of strawberry cake.

Here’s us… not the best picture because we are worn out but it will suffice for now.

We have an extremely early morning ahead of us and another jam-packed day tomorrow.  So who knows when I’ll be able to blog.  I might be iPhoning it tomorrow morning.  I’m hurrying off of here so I can wash my face and climb into bed.  A 6:30 wake up call is going to come way too fast!  Nite!

What’s your favorite part of a wedding?

I have two: Watching the dad give his daughter away ALWAYS brings tears to my eyes and when the couple is first announced as Mr. and Mrs. to walk back down the aisle to leave.  That was such a special moment for our wedding and will never forget doing a little jump and squeal as I turned around, grabbed my bouquet of flowers and my husband’s arm for them to announce our new name!  I loved every second.

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?

Bedrest

Can I just say… I’m officially obsessed with Greek yogurt?! I will never voluntarily buy the regular yogurt again!  Oikos does it right and I can’t wait to try some other brands too!  The blueberry fruit on the bottom yogurt was exceptional.  I was totally satisfied and happy after eating it for my afternoon snack.

I came home to a wonderfully made meal tonight.

Roasted broccoli.

And this.

This was my favorite kind we’ve tried yet!

All together now with some barbecue grilled chicken.

This Barbecue sauce is money!  Look for it in a store near you.  I’m so proud of our Memphis barbecue sauce.  Way to do it right Memphis!

How did this roll get into my hands?!

I’ll take it.  I’m such a bread fanatic.  🙂

With a little bit of chocolate for dessert.  The bunny is almost gone!

Well, with such a great post, there comes some bad news.  My right big toenail will not heal for anything and I discovered today that my second toenail on my right foot (that I had a feeling would fall off) is only attaced 1/4 of the way.  I had pulled away a callous that had built up on that toe and lo and behold, it release 3/4 of the edges of my toenail along with it.  It doesn’t hurt but I have it secured with a bandaid because I don’t want it to be snagged off.

I talked with some of our doctors that were out on the floor and they demanded to see my foot as much as I pleaded and begged them not to make me take my sock off because it is quite the ugly sight.  Inevitably, I let them see, polishless, yucky and all and they promptly informed me that I needed to see a podiatrist.  Well, I was in luck.  One of our first assist doctors during surgeries has a son that is a podiatrist just a couple of blocks away so I quickly called him and made an appointment.  My appointment is two weeks from Friday and I have been forbidden to really do anything on my feet but walk.  What?!  You mean no running?  No biking?

Let’s just say, I’m going to be a non-compliant patient with the biking rule.  I don’t think he realizes I just bike to and from work and around downtown.  I’m not out there hardcore biking on a daily basis so I’m going to keep biking to work because my feet and toes never hurt with me biking.  So there!  I have to do something to help me not go stir crazy with being unable to run.

I’m actually wishing this toenail will fall off on it’s own so I don’t have to go see a doctor about it but then again, I need advice on what to do for future marathons and how to treat my feet better as a marathoner.  So please pray that I won’t go crazy from only being able to get in minimal activity for the next 2 1/2 weeks.  It’s going to be hard on me, I just know it.

I’ll obviously be keeping you all updated as I figure out what the verdict is in a couple of weeks.  But just so you know, that’s why you won’t see me doing a ton of running, biking and strength training for the next couple of weeks.  Let’s hope I don’t gain 100 pounds with no activity!

Ok, super long post so I must let you go!  I’ll try and blog in the morning.  We have a nurses appreciation reception in the morning and I’ll try to get pictures but it might be hard.

Happy Birthday!

I want to take the time to publically wish the most beautiful, precious woman on earth and extremely Happy Birthday! My mom turned 21 today and looks just as amazing as she did when she was 20. 🙂

She has been such a great influence in my life and is always there when I need her. The hubs and I both love the mess out of her. We couldn’t ask for a better mom or mother-in-law. I so wish we didn’t live 6 hours from each other so I could give her a big ole hug and smooch! So join me in wishing the woman who birthed my huge 8 lb. 9 oz. self! She’s a warrior I tell ya!

Isn’t she the cutest?

I ended up eating some different fruit someone brought into work today for an afternoon snack instead of my grapes and mandarin so I’m good to go for breakfast in the morning! One less meal to worry about packing something for.

I biked home to eat some dinner, strength train and cook some homemade peanut butter cookies.

I love these cookies and they’re so easy! Not so healthy but fabulous still!

1 c. Sugar
1 c. Peanut Butter
1 Egg

Mix, shape into balls on cookie sheet and press down on top of cookie with a fork to make grooves.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness and size of the cookies. Voilà! You’re finished!

I ended up getting 49 cookies out of the one batch.  The most I’ve gotten yet!

And then you eat them all. Well, I, unfortunately couldn’t eat any of them because I’m taking them to work for a party tomorrow so I has to keep my paws off.

We ate an absolutely delicious dinner tonight.  The hubs did good!

Big green salad with feta, veggies and balsamic viniagrette.

Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese.

With grilled chicken and a whole wheat roll with flax seed.

I had to have dessert since I couldn’t have any cookies!  I had maybe 1/2 a cup of vanilla ice cream with a crumbled Reese’s Cup on top.  Perfecto!

It’s time to get some strength training in while I watch The Biggest Loser!  I’ll see you tomorrow friends!

What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

Keeping It Real

I was all about my lunch today.  I couldn’t wait to dig into my huge green, veggie filled salad and chicken!

That chicken from last night was so moist and delicious so I knew I was in for a treat with a chicken leg I grabbed!

Salad salad!!  Oh I love you and all your fresh vegetables!

Such a good, filling lunch!

I packed some trail mix for my later afternoon snack.

Paired with a thing of Sargento cheese.  I was excited to pick up a whole pack of these individual Mozzarella string cheeses so I could pack them in a hurry!

Can’t wait to get home and eat some pizza tonight!!  See you later gators!

Unexpected Night

How happy was I when I found out that my hubs meeting was cancelled tonight and I would have a night at home with him?!  So HAPPY!  I know he was happy too!

It’s still yucky outside and supposedly it’s supposed to be cleared up and nice the rest of the week so I’m hoping for good weather to get some nice walks and runs in!  And some bike riding of course.

For dinner tonight we picked up this halved cajun marinated chicken at Whole Foods the other day and we couldn’t wait to cook it up!

I’m all about a big salad!

Feta cheese, tomato, onion, cucumber, celery, carrots, bell pepper and balsamic viniagrette.

Pan seared brocooli.

Love, love, love it!

Some Orville caramel popcorn for a sweet treat.  Just a few fingerfuls and I’m content.

I’m blogging quick tonight because I want to curl up on the couch and spend time with my man.  Life has been extremely busy lately and I just feel overwhelmed with no time to feel like I can breathe.  I have a three day weekend this weekend with no huge plans but a fantastic (much needed) dinner with friends on Saturday.  I so plan on vegging out the rest of the time.

Edited: It took me over an hour to post this because our network has been so slow lately!  I’m so frustrated right now and could use a nice, long run to get the frustration out but bad weather plus late night equals no stress outlet for me but sleep!  See you in the morning!

Derby Fun

It’s only 8:30 at night and we’re already back from our Derby festivities.  Party animals, aren’t we?!  I’m a wild woman, let me tell you.  Bedtime at 10?  Doesn’t everyone go to bed that early?  🙂

I was sent home early from work, which I expected so I headed home, washed my hair, painted my toesies and fingers, and donned my swankiest black dress and heels (Thanks Kate Spade for always being there for me) and off we went.

My man and I.   What a hunk.

They had some eats of course and I got a bit of everything.

A small bowl of mild chili.

We split some dessert.

I might have gone back for a couple more bites of ice cream and chocolate cake. 🙂

Ok, I’ve discovered I have a problem.  I am all about Bethenny Frankel’s food philosophy’s or should we say food rules in her book, “Naturally Thin” but I’m thinking I need to read this book everyday to feel in control over my food choices.  Alright, here’s the nitty gritty.  This past week I have indulged in anything and everything I want.  I have not shown all the little sweets I have popped into my mouth every evening but they are there and sometimes in copious amounts.  I was doing really well on the eating in moderation thing but this week, after the marathon, I have just felt the need to overindulge and I don’t know why.  So strange.  Oh wait… now that I think about it, I know why.  It’s those dang hormones that go raging every month!  Eek!  Totally forgot about that.  Whew, I feel better now.  But still… I have really not been treating my body well at all so please forgive me for this horrible week of eats.  Tomorrow is a new day (I feel like I say this a lot) and I am vowing to myself (and you) that I will treat my body well from now on.  That doesn’t mean I won’t eat sweets ever again but I’m totally putting more crap in my body than I should.  So knowing that you all know my little secret now, I’m hoping I’ll be more accountable to myself because I know it’s out there in the open.

Ok, I feel better now just getting that off my chest.  It’s actually an early night for me so I’m going to turn in and settle down for the night.  I have to work the next 5 days so I need some rest!

Update on my feet: My toes feel better today.  Not completely 100% but much better!  I’m hoping by tomorrow night or Monday night, I’ll be running again.  Oh Lord please!  I need to run for my sanity!!

Have you had any food revelations lately?