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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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Early Morning Run

After I blogged last night, I received a phone call from one of my closest friends in Louisville asking if I wanted to go for a run this morning.  I jumped on the idea because since we went running together two days before the marathon, I was hooked with having someone to run with.

I love that Mandy runs in the morning because it starts my day off perfectly and frees me up for the rest of the day to do whatever I want or need to do.  We pounded out 2.7 miles in just under 27 minutes.  After drinking some water and stretching (chit chatting the whole time of course) we headed to the grocery to pick up some things we needed.

After a quick grocery trip, it was back home and time to eat some breakfast.  I was hungry!

I thought about trying my hand at oatmeal again this morning but changed my mind because I didn’t want to put so much effort into it and it not be that good because I needed instant gratification.  So I made waffles instead!

Topped with half a nanner and some fresh strawberries with a drizzle of honey.

A Morningstar “sausage” pattie on the side made this meal complete!

I had thought about going on a picnic down by the river today but a cold front moved in last night and it’s a cool 50 degrees here.  Besides, there is some cleaning to do around here and I have to get ready for a fabulous dinner we are having with friends tonight over at Mandy’s house.  I’m really excited for the spread that we are going to have.  Can’t wait to take lots of fun pictures!  I’ll see you all later!

What’s your favorite waffle brand?  What are you favorite toppings?

A Clean Start

It was raining like ridiculous this morning!  I was almost flooded into our loft!  Thank goodness the policeman outside our house let us through the barricade.  We have so much flooding that it’s unreal.  Hopefully it’ll calm down before I leave work so I can get back home!

I love starting out my day with clean eating.  I spent a good little bit last night slicing up fresh strawberries to stick in the freezer for thawing out at my convenience and decided fruit was in order for breakfast today!

You can’t go wrong with a mixture of grapes, banana and strawberries.  Cool, fresh and tasty.

Look at this pile of strawberries I’ll have for thawing out!  I love it!

I love being productive and thinking ahead.  I am all about convenience, especially when things don’t seem to be slowing down, but speeding up!  My life is crazy but I love it.  I will see you all at lunch!  Happy Sunday!

Not Feeling Full

Is it the end of the day already? I’m bummed because that means my only day off in the midst of a 12 day stretch is almost over!  Boo!!

I’m happy to say we finished all of our major grocery shopping for the month and we ended up buying a lot more for our money this time.  I am seriously impressed at how full our freezer, refrigerator and pantry are now!  I love, love, love it!  So many fresh options that we have no excuse to cook at home this whole month and avoid eating out.

I had a quick snack of Danon’s strawberry yogurt topped with Bear Naked granola when we got home.

This was only half of my yogurt that I stored in the fridge from the other day when I opened up the Danon yogurt.

Ollie boy wanted to take a whiff.  He’s becoming quite the organic, natural, clean eater too.  Ok, maybe not really but he’s still a cutie.

I donned my swimsuit and headed up to our rooftop deck and soaked up some major sun!  I was up there for over two hours!  See how happy I am to be soaking it in?

I headed back down to our place to dig into the amazing dinner the hubs prepared!  We had rib-eye steak, wilted spinach, baked sweet potato and grilled asparagus.

Everything was fab, I thought!  I ate about 3/4 of the asparagus, all the wilted spinach, half the sweet potato and all my steak since it wasn’t big once all the fat was cut off of it.

Alright, I jumped the gun on making a dessert rule of only eating it once a week.  It’s impossible for me to do.  I like dessert and know that I can eat anything in moderation so yes, I might eat it everyday, I might not but I’m going to do what I want.  That’s my new philosophy.

Enter: Vanilla ice cream in a martini glass with an oh so cute decorative strawberry.

I was still hungry after eating dessert so I filled up a glass with lots of fruit!!  Mandarins, Strawberries and Red Grapes

Ok, I think I might finally be feeling satisfied!

I almost forgot!  The professional pictures of the marathon are up!  Here’s mine.  I love them… especially the one of the hubs running with me towards the finish line.  These make me want to cry.  Maybe it’s finally hitting me that I actually ran a freaking marathon!

This one is my favorite.  I think I should order it and frame it!  The happiness portrayed on both of our faces is undeniable.  I’m so thankful for my husband.

I’m not one to hide emotion but these pictures are overwhelming.  It shows exactly the happiness I was feeling and I swear this was one of the best days of my life.  I feel tears come to my eyes as I even look at these.  Maybe it’s hitting me that I really did run a freaking marathon!  I’m so grateful to have these to capture this special day in my life.

Speaking of running, I did not get my run in today because my toes are officially JACKED!  The second toe on my right food is ridiculous!  It looks like an abscess could be brewing so I’m going to lay off of the running until I see some further healing take place.  So please pray that it will heal quickly!  You all know how bad I want to be back on the pavement but I also don’t want to suffer irreversible damage.

I will continue biking, strength training and walking because it doesn’t involve high impact on my toes so maybe that’ll keep me happy until running can occur.

The running of The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow!  It’ll be crazy around here.  If I end up being placed on call for some reason, I think we’re going to head to a Derby party or two.

Are you going to be tuning into the running of The Kentucky Derby?

Itching

What am I itching for you might ask? A nice, long run! Crazy, huh? Monday nights are usually my nights to run after work so it was really weird not to throw on my running shoes and pound the pavement.

At least I had a nice bike ride on the way home from work. That makes me feel like I’m getting a little activity in each day.

Oh yes, I did have an afternoon snack I almost forgot about!

Is it a sad snack?

Nope, I think it’s happy!

I came home to a husband slaving over books and his computer because he has a 15 page paper due tomorrow.

So to have a quick and easy meal for him to get back to writing, I made sloppy joe’s of course! Duh!  We were going to have the dinner we planned to eat last night but this was so easy that he could get back to writing ASAP.

I make my sloppy joe’s with ground turkey instead of ground beef and put it all on a whole wheat bun.

Chips on the side are a must have with sloppy joe’s. Don’t you think?

BBQ Baked Lay’s are a fave of mine…

I love love love it!

Cake and ice cream were in order for dessert!

I’ll be sad when we finish off the cake. It’s so sinfully good!

Time for me to enjoy a night off from running and climb in bed early. Five a.m. will come oh too quickly.

Do you ever itch to exercise, run, bike, etc.?

Lunchy Lunch

It was lunch time at the Watson house and I was ready!

I didn’t feel like eating too much food but I wanted something crunch, savory and sweet.  I went with some crackers, half topped with roasted red pepper hummus and the other half topped with half of a Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese wedge.  The rest of my breakfast was also devoured.

I think I met my fruit quota for the day.

Mom ate the other half of my laughing cow cheese and one of my homemade granola bars.  I got her stamp of approval on the granola bars.  It made me happy!  🙂

We’ve been watching Tivo’ed Oprah’s all morning and now we’re finally willing to get ready and head up to my place of work to show mom around.  Who knows what the rest of the day holds.  At least the sun is trying to peek through the rain clouds!  There is hope yet!

Happy afternoon!  See you after dinner!

De-Toxing

Good morning friends!  I had a glorious night’s sleep and woke up at 8:30 this morning.

After our decadent dinner and my dessert of the richest cake and ice cream, it was time to start my day off eating clean.

Here’s my cake (with the icing scraped off) and some chocolate ice cream that I devoured last night.

I decided fruit was in order this morning.  A mix of strawberries, mandarins and an apple.

I only ate about half and packed the rest away for an afternoon snack.

I feel cleaner and lighter already.  Gotta de-tox the body from all the richness we ate last night!

It is rainy and disgusting outside today!  We’re supposed to have scattered thunderstorms tomorrow during the marathon and I’m just praying that the rain will all come down today and not tomorrow.  I can’t imagine starting a 26.2 mile race in the rain but I think I’d do better if it started raining after the start.

We don’t really have any solid plans today except for taking my mom up to see where I work, meet my co-workers and eat at Old Chicago Pizza tonight to carbo load for tomorrow.

It’s Friday!  Hope you all have a great one!

What’s your plans for the weekend?

Eating When I’m Hungry

Happy Earth Day!

I can’t believe I’m just now blogging at 3 o’clock!  I’ve had a full day so far!  I woke up at 5 a.m. and drove to meet my friend, Mandy, at her house for a quick, easy, 2 mile run.  The last run before the big day on Saturday!  We had a fantastic run.  I felt amazing out on the pavement and ended up chatting it up with Mandy the whole time.  I’m usually not a talker while I run so I was surprised how much at ease I felt while running and talking.

After our run, I headed home, got a shower and climbed back in bed for a couple of hours.  I just did not get enough sleep last night so I needed to get in some more snoozing so I’d have enough energy for the rest of the day.

I woke up and got ready to head to an endodontist appointment and then it was off to pick up my race packet for the marathon!

I was so proud to be in the short line of the marathoners.  It was crazy where the half marathoners were picking up their packets!  I walked out with some sway and even bought a Bondi Band from Ryan to wear during the marathon to keep my hair and sweat off my face.

It’s pink and so me, don’t you think? (The black thing with the foot on it is my race shirt!)

I was pumped to get a sample of these sports beans!  I’ve been wanting to give them a try.

I also received a package in the mail today!  I love receiving packages!  You won’t believe how far it traveled!

Can you read what it says?

You read correctly!  Australia!

Carman’s sent me a package of their museli bars after they saw one on my blog and an apron!

Love what the apron says.

I quickly got to cleaning after I got home and settled with all my new swag because my surprise guest is coming in today!  They should be here really soon and I’m excited!  But I needed to clean up the loft first.  Lots of work but it’s done and looks great and is ready to be invaded by this special person!

After cleaning, it was 2 o’clock and I realized I still hadn’t eaten anything all day.  Oops.  Oh well.  I just want to eat when I’m hungry and it finally hit me that I needed something in my system. Maybe I wasn’t hungry until later because of all the dense desserts I ate last night.

It was a hodge podge of things today but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Almonds, Strawberries, Mandarin and some Crackers and Hummus.

Perfecto!  I feel satisfied and knowing that I’ll be eating dinner in just a couple of hours is great because I ate just enough to get me through.  We’re taking mom to The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hotel tonight before our Community Group is to meet and I can’t wait! You shall be seeing lots of decadent pictures from tonight’s dinner, I’m sure!  See you later gators!

Do you eat three square meals and two snacks a day no matter whether you feel hungry or not?  Or do you wait to eat until you feel hungry?