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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 1- Done

We’re back from Patrick’s graduation party and we had fun hanging out, enjoying our rooftop deck and eating some good food.

We love our rooftop deck for parties but I love it especially for laying out and getting some sun.  They had some cornhole set up for gaming later.

And I got to show off my now normal looking toes!!!  So excited that my toes are completely back to normal as of last night!  Summer, flip-flop weather ready!

We had a photo shoot on the rooftop before the party began.

He’s pretty stinkin’ sexy.

Take one for me:

Take two because I didn’t like the first one as much.

Much better!  Now onto the par-tay!!!

I had a couple of bites of potato salad, baked beans, taco dip, a few chips and a hot dog.  Not too filling but just right.

Just right, especially after a few bites of decadent dessert.

A chocolate chip cheesecake ball which I didn’t finish all of and two bites of each cupcake (chocolate fudge and lemon).

I’m learning to share my food more and more so I don’t find myself overindulging.  Works like a charm.  Such a simple concept but being raised in the South, I was taught to clean my plate and it’s hard to get out of that mentality most of the time.

When we went inside to say goodbye, they had the fondue rolling so I dipped one strawberry, one piece of pineapple and one bite of banana in the melted chocolate.  With a couple of plain pieces of pineapple too.

The hubs, me, Jack, and the college graduate, Patrick.

The sweet dog, Marie.  They had to adorn her with a barrette with the University of Louisville’s colors for where Patrick graduated from.  I love little Miss Marie.

And she loves me, obviously.

We couldn’t stay long because we’re off and running to a wedding after a quick wardrobe change.  I have loved today already and I know it’s only to get better with witnessing another man and woman entering into the blessing of marriage.  It only gets better by the day, people, better by the day.  Can’t wait to go throw on my party dress and have a blast tonight with my groom!!  See you later gators.

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My Rest Day

Here’s what my rest day has looked like:

Church, sleep, lunch, sleep, make food for work tomorrow, blog, shower, watch TV, sleep.

Oh, and wrap my toes!  I’m trying to save that second toenail but I don’t think it’s going to happen.  Both my water blisters have been opened and I’m hoping my toes feel back to normal soon.  At least my toes are painted a cute color!  The first paint of the flip flop season!

I kid you not, my day has been comprised of 90% sleep.  I woke up this morning around 8 to get ready for church.  Thank goodness I only took 1/4 of that muscle relaxer last night because I was wasted!  I just did not want to get out of bed.  But knowing the hubs was leading our church in worship this morning made me happy to get out of bed.

Yeesh… I didn’t realize how hard it would be to physically get out of bed.  My legs felt like they were 100 lbs. each!  My quads were tight and burning like no other feeling I’ve ever felt after a long run before.  I got ready and forced myself to walk down the 4 flights of stairs in our building instead of taking the elevator in hopes of stretching them out a little bit.  I looked like a doofus hobbling down the stairs.

This is me today… for sure.

After church I came home, ate an unpictured mandarin and climbed into bed where I planned to stay for the rest of the day.  I found myself waking up to the hubs calling telling me he was on his way home.  Oops… I had already fallen asleep!  He came home, we made lunch.  I couldn’t wait!  I was STARVING!

A turkey frank for me on a whole wheat bun with mustard, ketchup and relish.

With some Harvest Cheddar SunChips that they put in my bag after the marathon yesterday.  Total yum!!

All together.  Notice half a chocolate chip cookie.  It was a must!

Ok, I was still starving well after I ate this so I thought cake and ice cream was in order.  Guess I’m making up for all those calories I burned yesterday.  You think?

Look at how cute the hubs was with cutting my name part off the cake!

After eating this… I ate… just kidding!  I was completely satisfied.  Not too full at all!  My belly just wanted some more sweets. I cannot deny it what it wants!  I must oblige.  🙂

The hubs and I started to watch SNL from last night and I found myself at 5:30 waking up!  Oops… another long napper!

Upon waking up, the hubs gave me a full body massage.  It hurt so good!!  I am back to work tomorrow with bending, moving around, lifting, etc. and I know I’m going to be hurting so I’m glad the hubs helped me break up some of the lactic acid that has built up in my body from yesterday.

We had planned on making a super dinner tonight but both of us are totally not hungry at all!  So I got to working in the kitchen with making my breakfast, lunch and snacks for tomorrow.  Love when I’m productive and get my act together early in the night so I can chill the rest of the time!

I’m off to shower, relax and get a whole night’s rest because it’s back to the baby factory tomorrow.  Life doesn’t stop when you’re a marathoner, apparently!  The world keeps on spinning and I keep on working.  It’s been an absolute dream of a weekend and I still haven’t woken up from it yet.  Hope yours was just as fabulous!  See you in the morning!

How was your weekend?

Pure Honey

The Louisville, Bardstown Road, Farmer’s Market wasn’t as big as we had expected.

I think we got there so late they had sold out of a lot of things, unfortunately.  We did walk away with a bear of Pure Honey though. The hubs was happy.

We then headed to Kroger to pick up groceries to last us through the rest of the month. Thankfully we picked up everything we needed and hopefully won’t need to make another trip back until May!

We came home and I had a couple of crackers with red pepper hummus.

A bite of cake ball without the chocolate coating.

We started dipping the cake balls into the chocolate.  One half white chocolate coating and one half milk chocolate coating.

I had a bite of each one after I ate my lunch and I actually think I like the white cake mix and white icing combo better without the chocolate coating on the outside.  We have a few uncoated ones left so I think I’m going to claim those.

For lunch I ate a turkey frank on a whole wheat bun.

I bought these new kettle chips at the store today.  There bags are huge and they were having BOGO so I was all about it!  Especially since I can pronounce all of their ingredients.  Love the all natural ingredients in their chips.

I am debating when I’m going to go for a 7 mile run today.  I feel like there is a mild headache kind of lurking about deciding whether it’s going to stay or go.  So I think I’m going to relax for a couple of hours, let my food digest, catch up on Tivo and see how I feel.  If I don’t get my run in today (which I really want to!) then I’ll definitely go tomorrow.  Countdown begins! 7 days until I am running my first marathon!  I can’t believe it!  I must start mentally preparing…. NOW!

We are going over to a friends house tonight for dessert before we walk a couple of miles down to the Ohio River to watch the fireworks from the bridge for Thunder Over Louisville.  It should be fun.

Alrighty then!  See you friendlies later!!  I’ll have fun pictures later tonight!