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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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Leisurely Saturday

I have had the most leisurely Saturday morning and have enjoyed every second.  I slept in until 8 this morning and ended up falling back asleep until 10!  How crazy is that?!  My body was screaming for rest.

I woke up and enjoyed watching some shows on our DVR and decided after an hour or so that it was time to put some food in my belly.  So I did.  I had the other half of my wheat bagel from yesterday.  Scooped the bread out of the middle.  My new addiction to save tons of calories without sacrificing any taste at all!

I don’t even miss the extra bread!

I added some cream cheese.

Grapes and half a banana on the side for some fruit intake.

I loved my breakfast even thought it was so simple.

Before I knew it, it was time to start getting ready for the graduation party for a friend we’re headed to… right next door to our loft.  They are our next door neighbors and we’ve become great friends with them.  Love that I can walk two steps and be there!  I’m all ready to go.  I curled my hair which I haven’t done in AGES!!  I think it’s fun for today.

What do you all think?  Good for a fun graduation party and then a wedding in a few hours?

I’ll see y’all in a little while with some fun pictures from our parties!!

Happy Saturday!

Trusty Breakfast

Good morning friends! I slept beautifully last night and was up and ready for a blood pumping bike ride into work this morning but woke up to wet streets and a drizzle of rain so felt it best to drive into work instead. I hate when I’m unable to bike!! And it looks pretty grim for the rest of the week too.

But on a bright note, I loved my breakfast this morning. A mix of two of my favorites, as you all know.

Which looks like this out of the boxes.

I could eat both of these dry, right of the box, by the handfuls. So yummy. Why oh why do I love cereal so much? Oh wait I know… crunchy, cool, easy, tasty and the list goes on.

I felt like eating some fresh grapes too.

I drink fat free milk while I’m at work and 2% non-organic at home but the hubs and I have been really wondering which organic milk we should start investing in. Kroger Private Selection Brand, Horizon, Non-Homogenized, Fat Free, Skim, 2%?

What kind of milk do you drink?

A Night of Tastes

I have a lot to catch you up on from last night.  It was 11:30 by the time we got home from our dinner with friends last night and I was too pooped to blog about it.  So here I am!  Well rested after a great 9 hours of sleep last night and already fueled up for the day from breakfast.

I made Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms for our dish last night.  I got the recipe from here.

Recipe:

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons 365 Everyday Value Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
2 (8-oz) packages button or baby bella mushrooms, stems removed and finely chopped, caps left intact
1 small yellow onion, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 (1-pound) pkg frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
6 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushroom stems, onions, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl along with spinach, toss well; set aside to cool. Arrange mushroom caps in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Add Feta, salt and pepper to spinach mixture then divide filling evenly between mushrooms, mounding it in the center of each. Drizzle mushrooms with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and bake until softened and juicy, about 20 minutes.

Using our new food chopper we bought the other day to chop the mushroom stems and onion.

Cooking in the skillet.

Letting everything cool with the spinach.

Add the feta and stuff mixture into the mushroom tops.

Cook, then place on serving platter.  I put some more pepper on the top for added flavor.

The hubs tasted the first one just to give his seal of approval.

I think next time I’ll add some more salt and pepper while cooking.  Maybe a little balsamic too, and top with some mozzarella cheese before cooking in the oven.

We headed on over to Mandy and Simon’s and saw this beautiful set up.

Our friends, Lindsey and Drew, also came and brought Mediterranean pizza.

Mandy made beef, chicken, carrot and coleslaw wontons.

Everything is out and ready to be dug into!

Here’s my plate of our entrees.

Served with soy sauce for the wontons.

Everything was delicious!  I definitely want to make this pizza in the future because it had all my favorite things!  Hummus, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, feta cheese and black olives.

I was glad I didn’t eat any more than this because dessert was well worth splurging with trying all three things we all brought.

Lindsey brought apple crisp that was divine.

Mandy made a chocolate torte that was perfection.

We made the cinnamon ice cream that was in the little bowl that went perfectly with both of these desserts!

It was an absolutely amazing night with the best of friends.  It feels great to be with people where you tell stories, encourage each other and laugh until you’re crying.  We’re very blessed to have these people be a part of our lives.

After getting some much needed rest, I woke up and was ready to eat breakfast.  I had some egg whites in the refrigerator from yesterday when the hubs used egg yolks for the trial run of burnt sugar ice cream that ended up being a bust.

No sense in letting them go to waste.  Paired perfectly with two slices of whole wheat toast topped with butter and red grapes.

I have no idea what our plans are for today. I thought about going to the river for a picnic but it’s still too chilly outside for that so who knows what the day will hold.  I hope you’re having a great Sunday so far!

What’s your favorite characteristic of your mom?  How are you celebrating her on this fine day?

Happy Mother’s Day to the best momma in the world!!  I love you mom!  Thanks for raising me and doing the best job… you’re my best friend and I don’t what I’d do without in you in my life.

Bootcamp

Good morning lovelies! I’m up and at ’em, headed to a bootcamp at a gym this morning! I do believe, though, I could’ve slept until noon today. We didn’t fall asleep until late last night and due to early morning and busy day yesterday, I was quite the tired one.

I feel good now that I’m up and going and am excited that I’ll get a workout in early in the day to where I can relax the rest of the day.

I woke up and ate a simple piece of whole wheat toast topped with some butter and grapes this morning.

I didn’t want to eat anything too heavy before working out so I thought this was perfect.

I’ll see you all after bootcamp and lunch! Happy Friday!!!

Time Flies

I had an absolutely fantastic rest of the day after I posted earlier!  The hubs and I sat on the couch, talking and I ended up falling asleep, sitting up, for 10 minutes, with my mouth open while he was on the computer browsing through guitars.  It was a perfect cat nap.  I forced myself to wake up for good because I needed to eat the rest of my Lenny’s sub and chips and hit the road biking.

I captured a picture of their barbecue chips this time!  I wasn’t in such a rush to gobble it up!

All together now.

It was just as good, if not better than before!  I was quite satisfied.

I got all geared up to go on a bike ride before community group.

Ok, that was pre-gear.  Here’s the gear!

I had about an hour before community group so I biked as hard and fast as I could.  Big mistake to bike towards downtown though.  Traffic was a mess and I had to stop and start a lot at stoplights.  But once it was all said and done, it was a great ride.

I got to community group just in time and dug into the snack I packed.  A homemade peanut butter granola bar and some red grapes.

I biked back home and ended up biking 14 miles total.  See?

I definitely want to build up and be faster on my bike but I know that will take time and I probably need a road bike instead of a hybrid.  But for now it gets me to where I want to go.  And burning over 600 calories tonight wasn’t too shabby for a fun, one hour bike ride.  Booyah!  Take that pavement!

I’m off to wind down in bed.  The hubs is out with the guys tonight doing guy stuff so I’m chilling out and enjoying some alone time.  I have a bootcamp class my friend, Maggie, invited me to at her gym in the morning so I’m starting my day off right tomorrow!  Maybe we’ll go for a run after the bootcamp.  We’ll see how bad it kicks our tails.

Oh yes, and time flies, not only when you’re riding bikes but also when regular life happens.  Four years ago today, I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  I cannot believe it.  Where has the last 4 years gone?!

See you in the morning!  P.S. It’s Friday tomorrow!  Hooray!

Do you prefer the gym workout classes, biking, running, swimming, etc. or all of the above?

It depends on my mood but most of the time I’m a runner at heart.  But a good bike ride doesn’t hurt my feelings either.

Pushing It Back

Since I didn’t eat my afternoon snack of grapes and a mandarin yesterday, I figured I’d eat it this morning for breakfast instead!  It gave me one less thing to pack for work today.  That’s always good.  I do love me some fruit, as you all know.

We’re having a retirement party for one of our OB techs at work today so there is going to be a HUGE spread of all sorts of food!  I can’t wait to dig in!  And of course, I’ll be taking pictures along the way.  I don’t know if I’ll get a lunch post in today so you might just see me later tonight.

We’re headed to a Cinco De Mustache party at a friends house tonight.  I can’t wait to get some pictures. The hubs shaved his beard off and just has a mustache and it’s too stinkin’ hilarious!  Good times, people, good times.

See you later gators!

Are you celebrating Cinco De Mayo?

Veggies Galore

I didn’t want to overload myself with leftover pizza for lunch considering we had 4 nice size pieces leftover from last night’s dinner so I had one decent size piece and sliced it in half.

I wanted a huge salad to go along with my pizza so I loaded it up with feta and veggies!

I’m completely satisfied.  Now what are we going to do with those other 3 pieces of pizza that are leftover at home?  I don’t think the hubs will eat them and I’m eating lunch that work is providing for the next two days!  Can they sit in the fridge that long?  Oh well… we’ll figure it out.

I brought some fruit for an afternoon snack.  Just a mandarin and some red grapes but satisfying, nonetheless.

Hope your day is going splendidly!  I can’t wait to head home, strength train, eat dinner and bake some cookies for work on Wednesday!  See you tonight!