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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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An Unexpected Treat

Good evening friends!  I’m going to try and make this a super quick post because I didn’t make it to bed until midnight last night and I’ve got to get some extra rest tonight to get my body back on track!

Lunch was DELICIOUS!  I had my leftovers from our trip to Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe after my 10 mile race on Saturday.

Half of my spicy tuna sandwich topped with sliced hard boiled egg and arugula.

A few chips and a little bit of wheatberry salad on the side.

I’m officially obsessed with this restaurant now.  I must make it a regular occurrence and be sure and try new things on the menu.

I debated on whether I wanted to eat a snack this afternoon but I felt like my body was telling me I needed one.

So I dug into a banana with 3/4 tbsp. of peanut butter.  You know I had to get my peanut butter intake for the day!

The hubs called me to tell me that I was invited over to a cookout where he had helped friends put in a garden bed and privacy fence all day so I jetted out of work on my bike and booked it!  I was hungry and a good time with friends plus great outdoor hanging out weather was a perfectly great unexpected treat.

They had a huge spread!  I got a little bit of brisket, grilled chicken, fruit, potatoes, carrots, asparagus and tomatoes.

Then the option of dessert was presented and I couldn’t resist.

A slice of red velvet cake with a tad bit of vanilla bean ice cream on the side.  Oh so good.

Can you tell I’m catching up on missing out on desserts/sweets from Lent?  I have got to get control of it but I missed them so much!!

We had a super great time of hanging out on the back porch talking and getting to know one another better.  I loved every second of it.  Thanks Sarah and Mike!!  Y’all are awesome!

Ok!  I’m off to settle in for bed… well, after I make my lunch for tomorrow that is.  🙂

Another great night of eating out for me tomorrow night.  You’ll have to check back tomorrow night to see what the goods are!

What’s your new favorite food or restaurant find?

Mine is, obviously, Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe.

Skinny Jeans and Pasta

After I posted this morning we left for the surprise birthday party we were attending and ate pizza! Thank goodness they had salad as a filler too.

I topped my salad with the Italian dressing instead of the ranch that was staring me in the face. You know a southern girl loves her some ranch!!

Only two small pieces of pepperoni for me.

All together. The pizza was hot and tasty!

After the party we went jean shopping!! I have lost close to 15 pounds since the first of the year between eating healthier and marathon training. My skinny jeans that I had bought just over a year ago were seriously hanging off of me and didn’t even look like skinny jeans anymore. So after procrastinating (because I hate getting in the shopping mood and I’m pretty cheap), the hubs said that we finally needed to go because I definitely needed new jeans and couldn’t put it off any longer. So off we went.

I was so excited to walk into the GAP and see they were having 30% jeans if you donated a pair of your old GAP jeans. Lucky for me I had worn my skinny not so skinny anymore jeans to the mall since I wanted to have a reference on what exact skinny style they were so I was determined to find some jeans I loved. Right off the bat, the first pair I tried on were perfect and I ended up donating my older ones to be recycled and getting 30% off the new ones. It was a win/win!!

Can we say love?!

Extremely glad that I have a pair of skinnies that actually look like skinny jeans again! Not only did I hit the jackpot with the jeans but I found 7 other super cute shirts and cardigans that I snatched those up too. I only shop about twice a year for clothes. Once each season and get some staple pieces and wear them all season with past clothes that I own. I’m in scrubs most of the time so it’s not like I need “work” clothes. I just need classic staple pieces for each season for when I go out and about. Love what I bought! And super glad that most of the pieces were on sale!!

After our super quick shopping trip we headed to church and then it was home for another Italian dinner. Today has been an all day Italian fare food day! First pizza and then whole wheat cheese tortellini for dinner!

Dinner was so yummy! I’m glad we didn’t have a huge batch of this because I totally would’ve kept eating it!

Fresh grated parmesan? Sure.

Italian style bread on the side to dip in the marinara? Of course.

With maybe a couple more pieces of bread. Hey! I love bread, what can I say?!

I have a little bit of the cheese tortellini leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch at work. No bread. Just pasta.

I had a mandarin for after dinner. I think I’m officially addicted to these.

And we thought it’d be a good idea to cut up the pineapple we bought on our grocery shopping trip last week and it ended up being rotten!!!

I was so upset! I was so looking forward to that goodness of sweetness!!

Instead to fill my disappointment, I ate a ramekin full of red grapes.

Alright, time to get ready for bed by showering and watching our Sunday night shows! I keep forgetting that my body is going to feel a little off with the time change so I’m hoping I’ll be asleep by 10 p.m. so I can be up and ready for work in the morning!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

What’s your favorite Italian meal?