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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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Creative Juices Flowing

As you will be able to tell, my creative juices were really flowing last night as I packed my lunch. I’m aiming daily to put more effort into what I eat, how I prepare it, what it looks like plated, etc. I feel like it makes the process of eating it just that much more enjoyable and satisfying. And obviously it looks prettier in pictures too!

I ate pretty carby yesterday so I decided veggies were in order today for lunch.

I got all my things set out and ready to cut them up last night.

A HUGE salad!

Like my rows of veggies? Bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and celery.

Always a little sprinkle of feta because feta makes it BETTA! And cracked black pepper too.

I had celery left over and thought some hummus on the side with a few crackers would be perfect for some more crunch and flava!

I love these Kashi crackers!!

I broke into the red roasted pepper hummus I bought at Whole Foods and dare I say, I wasn’t as impressed with the flavor like the Athenos I usually eat.

At least I tried it! I think that was a perfect lunch! And for a snack later I’ll eat the snack I had packed for yesterday! Oikos blueberry Greek yogurt with some Bear Naked granola.

What a fabulous day of eats so far. I think tonight is grilled chicken, salad, roasted broccoli and maybe some Annie’s mac and cheese. We’ll see what’s presented to me upon my arrival home!!

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday so far!

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Makes Me So Happy

Having a Lenny’s in Louisville now makes me pretty darn happy if you can’t tell, considering I’ve talked about it for days on end now.

I think I’ve declared Sunday’s to be our free sub a week day.  It just seems like a great day to be able to go and take our time and then I don’t have to worry one iota about lunch for Monday.  It’s always hard to get back in the swing of packing food for work after I haven’t done it for a few days.  Ya know?

Half of my sub from yesterday.

I’m officially addicted to their red hot pepper relish.  All I need is a dab.

Sun Chips on the side please!

A light snack is packed up for later.  I’m digging into the Oikos Blueberry Greek yogurt today.

With some Bear Naked granola to add in for some crunch!

I’m all set until dinner tonight.  Hoping for some time to get in a good run after work and before dinner.  I think chicken wraps are on the menu for tonight.  We’ll see what the hubs whips up in the kitchen.  🙂

What’s your favorite brand of granola?

I like the Bear Naked but I’ve been thinking about experimenting with making some of my own!

Keeping It Simple

Sometimes breakfast just has to be simple! Amen? Amen. I knew I’d be eating a pretty heavy dinner tonight and lunch is leftovers from last night so I wanted fruit for dessert. Nothing creative. Just an orange.

Ok, change of breakfast. I got to work this morning and a friend had brought me Yoplait’s Greek yogurt to try, Strawberry flavor. I have been wanting to break into the world of Greek yogurt so I was excited to try this!

My review: I liked it. I don’t necessarily love it yet because the texture is different from regular yogurt. A little more chalky but I like the health benefits better than the regular yogurt so this will be a must on my grocery list for Friday. I wish I had some granola to toss in there today! I think that would’ve made it taste 100 times better with the added texture.

So I think I’ll eat my orange later with my snack or maybe not at all. Who knows. I have lots of options today and I like when that happens!

I couldn’t stand it anymore so I did some strength training last night after I blogged. I hit the abs, arms, shoulders and back hard. And it felt so GOOD!! I have been dying all week, as you all know, to get moving and I just needed a good workout!

I can’t wait until Friday so I can test my footsies out on the pavement again. My whole body feels 100% back to normal since the marathon but my toes! My toenails are making my toes hurt! Can I just get my toenails removed?

Do any of you other runners have toenail hurting problems too? Or is it just me because I’m weird that way?

Alright, there’s your questions for the morning. Ready, set, go!