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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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Never Gets Old

I have to admit. If I could live on one food item everyday for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it, it would be peanut butter and strawberry jelly.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE PB&J’s and have always eaten Lay’s BBQ chips or Sour Cream and Onion Pringles on the side but I’m a big girl these days… okay, maybe I’ve just turned into a big girl since the first of the year but who’s holding it against me? I now try and balance my sandwich out with some fruit.

Today it was an apple and a mandarin.

Wait! How did a piece of oatmeal raisin and pecan cookie jump onto the plate?!

I don’t discriminate so I ate it all. My belly thanks me. And so does the little girl still trapped inside me.

I have a homemade peanut butter chocolate granola bar packed for a snack if I need it.

<p style="text-align:center;"Happy Friday!! See you later tonight friends!

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Nappers

I got sent home from work around 1 o’clock today and the hubs picked me up from work since it started raining and I had biked in.  We drove on over to chic-fil-a where I had coupons for free chicken sandwiches and a free order of fries from Penn Station Subs.  I’m all about it.  A whole lunch for free!!

I was really looking forward to having chic-fil-a’s classic chicken sandwich but on a wheat bun.  I got inside while the hubs was outside and ordered but the wheat bun was 15 cents extra and I hadn’t brought my wallet in and didn’t want to worry about running outside so I ended up just getting the white bun.  Bummer.  But it was still extremely tasty.

It’s been FOREVER since I’ve had their classic sandwich and I loved every bite.

With some Penn Station fries on the side.

We got home and I had expected to get call back into work but they never called so I took the opportunity to nap it up. I took about a two hour nap and woke up to eat a quick bite before community group and then we were off.  I really do think I could’ve slept through the whole night though.  I was tired!

I ate half of a Monterey veggie wrap from Calistoga which had hummus, feta cheese, caramelized onions, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, banana peppers, roasted red peppers and leaf lettuce, in a whole wheat wrap.

With these new chips I picked up at Whole Foods!

Not baked or fried!  And for 19 chips, it’s only 120 calories.  What a steal.  Super yummy too.

I had just a few on the side.

We headed to community group where I knew there would be dessert served.  These were like orange scones with an orange icing glaze.  I had one and two bites of another.  Delish!

I’m all ready for bed.  It’s already 10 so I won’t be asleep like I was last night but hopefully soon.  I’ll be watching Survivor’s episode from tonight on DVR and probably crash out.  Work in the a.m.!  Hope you all had a lovely Thursday!

What’s your favorite chip?!

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!

A Year of Free Starts Today

My free year of receiving a sub sandwich from Lenny’s Sub Shop started today.  The hubs and I decided since I had the day off that we should go and grab a late lunch.

I ordered the #1  on whole wheat which is a ham, cheese and capicola with lettuce, onion, tomato, mayo, black olives, oregano, pepper, and banana peppers.

For all the years I worked with Lenny’s and have eaten there after moving on to nursing school and then nursing as a RN, I never ever tried their red hot pepper relish in which they are known for and now bottle up to sell.  Today was the day to try.  I LOVED it!  I added a little dab on each bite and it added an incredible amount of flavor and spice to the sandwich.

I had some barbecue baked Lenny’s chips on the side.

I really do like these better than Lay’s baked barbecue chips.  They’re a winner in my book for sure.

I packed up half my sandwich for lunch at work tomorrow so I am set with a fabulous lunch!  I love getting two meals out of one.  Don’t you?

Since it was so pretty outside today, we got my car washed while the hubs and I talked about some exciting upcoming possibilites in my life. 🙂

Lexi needed it badly!  She’s been dirty for a long time.

We came home to veg a little while before church tonight and I got a tad hungry a couple hours after eating lunch so I dug into this homemade granola bar that my friend, Lindsey, made and gave to me the other night when we babysat.  I know it has a variety of nuts in it and also some marshmallows.

The hubs and I split it down the middle.  Way to go Lindsey!!  I know you’re still perfecting your own concoction but I thought this was quite tasty!

We’re off to get ready for church tonight.  I think dinner is going to be pretty laid back tonight with some leftovers from our dinner last night but who knows. Maybe we’ll brew something else up in our heads.

Hope you’re having a fantastic Mother’s Day whether your a mom or celebrating your own mother!!

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.

I Took the Plunge…

…into the Green Monster world!

But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, shall we?  I wouldn’t want to spoil the review of what I thought right out of the gates!  I have to fill you in on the rest of my exciting morning at Lenny’s Sub Shop.

First of all, I did not get called into work, thank goodness!  It was looking pretty iffy there for a while but I made it.   Maggie and I waited in line for a little while longer and they finally opened the doors and in we filed.

It was a fast moving process so I didn’t get any pictures until I sat down with my sandwich.

I ordered a #15 on whole wheat topped with onion, lettuce, tomato, oregano, pepper, a tad bit of mayo, banana peppers and black olives.

A PERFECT sandwich.  It tasted just as I remember!  I only ate half and packed the other half up for dinner tonight.  I also got a bag of their baked barbecue chips and ate half of those too.  I couldn’t believe it, but I got a drink that went with my meal and I actually got a coke!  I haven’t had a coke in months and months and it was good!  Not amazing enough for me to start drinking them on a daily basis but one every once in a while won’t kill me.  🙂

Unlike Subway, the pile their sandwiches full of FRESH SLICED (right in front of your eyes) deli meat and cheese.

All of their toppings are fresh and cut in the kitchen.  Believe me, I’ve had my hands in all of it since I used to work there for a few years.

I loved my marketing job with Lenny’s because I loved their food.  Lenny’s has an extremely special place in my heart and I feel blessed to have been a part of their team.  The even cooler thing?  I still feel like I’m a part of their team.  I ran into my first manager from Lenny’s today at this grand opening and he not only remembered me, but he talked to the corporate office as well today, and they remember me.  It’s nice to know I made a nice lasting impression.

I am pretty excited about getting a free regular sub sandwich or kaiser sandwich every week for a year but I’m even more excited that we have a Lenny’s here now!  It makes me so happy!

ANYWAY!  The hubs came and met me after I ate to grab a bite to eat too and we headed off to run some errands.  It was such a nice day out and I was excited to spend some time with him on an unexpected day off and get errands run today instead of on my three day weekend.  Ya hear?

On one of my errands I picked up a special treat!  Really proud that I was able to place this on my car.

Fitting to put it on while I was wearing my marathon shirt they gave me in my swag bag!  🙂

I came inside to make a snack.  I thought today would be the perfect day to make my first ever Green Monster!  I was really nervous but excited to try it out.  I added a frozen banana, two huge handfuls of spinach, some ice, a little milk and packet of chocolate amazing grass.

All in the blender!

After several minutes of trial and error with figuring out why it wasn’t blending, the hubs figured out there wasn’t enough liquid to capture the spinach and blend properly.  So a little more milk and I was in business!!

Loved that I had the perfect amount for this glass.

You knew I was a Desperate Housewife, didn’t you?  Side note and cute story: My mom and two of her best friends (which are friends to me as well) took me on a grown up bachelorette party before I got married almost 4 years ago and my mom each had one of these wine glasses made for us with our names on the bottom.  How adorable.  It’s my favorite glass and I love that it will be perfect for my Green Monsters!!

My first sip!

Topped with a pinch of granola.

Did I like it?  You tell me.

I loved it… down to the last drop!  Classy huh?

I will forever be a believer in GM’s and will probably make them frequently.  I felt like I was eating a clean, hearty snack without having to search for carbs or peanut butter.  Not that there is anything wrong with peanut butter or carbs but I just need some veggies in my life!  And these are so dang easy to make, so I have no excuse!

I was glad I got a couple of single packets of the amazing grass to try because I didn’t know if I’d like it and didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the tub of it but believe me, this was a good investment and we will be buying a bin of it soon!  Along with some other mix ins like maca and chia seeds.  I have to take it slow because those things aren’t inexpensive and add up quick!

I’m off and running.  I think I’m going to go on a long bike ride after I eat the other half of my sandwich and chips and before I head to community group tonight.  Sounds like a plan to me.  Hopefully I’ll get some good mileage in!

See you later tonight!

Do you drink GM’s?  If so, what’s your favorite mix-ins?

All Day Affair

Call us crazy (or just me) but grocery shopping is usually an all day affair for us. I probably am the one that makes it such a long ordeal but I just love grocery shopping. I love taking my time, scanning the deals, looking at ingredients, etc. I just do not like to be rushed. So after a happy report from the dentist we hit up our staple stores. Ok, the hubs got a glowing report but I have two fillings that need to be re-done! Boo.

I knew we’d be out during lunch so instead of spending unnecessary money on a whim because we are hungry, I packed up a lunch for us in advance.

A PB&J with an apple.

We’ve already conquered Sam’s Club and got a ton if stuff. Here’s the food we bought! Nothing processed. Lots of fruits and veggies. I love our new way of eating!

We’re off to Whole Foods and the Neighborhood Wal-Mart to pick up the rest of our groceries then it’s back home to lay out in this gorgeous weather we have today!

We have a fantastic dinner planned for tonight. Just the two of us. Can’t wait! See you after dinner!