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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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My Natural Dose of Speed

I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, A.D.D., when I was in the 8th grade.  I took the drug Adderall from 9th grade until I graduated college and passed my nursing boards. I feel like there are still moments in my life where I feel like a person diagnosed with A.D.D. but for the most part, I can stay focused on the task at hand.  Sometimes I just have 500 other thoughts in my head while doing it.  And hey, a lot of people that aren’t diagnosed with A.D.D. have the same problem.  It’s called multi-tasking and not enough hours in the day.

Anyway… y’all probably wonder what I’m getting to with this little confession of mine.  After a race I feel like people would be physically, mentally and emotionally spent.  They’re done.  All you might want to do is sit on the couch, turn on the tube, sleep, eat and do nothing in particular.

I’m the complete opposite.  I have so much energy that it feels like I’m on Adderall again.  I get super hyperfocused and take off like a mad woman to the task at hand.  Today it was cleaning.  The hubs had mentioned this morning that we should totally clean the house tomorrow because it just needs a deep cleaning.  So since he’s at Disciple Now all day, I figured I’d hop to it so we can just relax until he has to head to rehearsal for leading worship at church tomorrow night.  I ended up washing 4 different loads of laundry and cleaned, scrubbed, wiped down everything in our loft.  For over 3 solid hours I cleaned and cleaned and am so excited that I was so productive and that we don’t have to worry about it tomorrow!  It doesn’t hurt that I probably burned a few hundred calories while scrubbing the shower tub, vacuuming, wiping down, etc.  🙂

I wound up taking a 15 minute nap and when I woke up I decided that I need to eat.  I didn’t eat a regular lunch after I ate the two bananas following the race this morning so I was hangry!!

The hubs had leftover flank steak in the fridge that he never ate from a couple of nights ago so I kind of did a repeat from lunch yesterday.

Whole wheat tortilla stuffed with flank steak, spring mix lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa.

Don’t you love the natural light due to it staying lighter later?! I LOVE IT!!

It’s actually not that big of a wrap when it’s all bundled up and they’re only 100 calories a shell!

I had a few chips, side of salsa and a side of cheese dip.

I was so hungry but ended up eating it pretty slow and broke the chips into pieces and put massive amounts of cheese dip and salsa on them so I would eat less chips.  I totally felt like I got the same volume.

I figured that since I haven’t had my usual mandarin and grapes lately that tonight would be a good time.

A perfectly filling dinner and side of fruit.  I am now content.

I washed our top comforter earlier today when I got on my cleaning whim and after I took it out from the dryer, I realized I hadn’t seen the kitty boys circling my feet lately.  I peeked around the corner and saw this.  Seriously?  Does it get any cuter?

I’m off to finish drying our bed sheets so we have nice clean, crisp sheets to sleep on tonight.  And maybe I’ll get lucky and a kitty boy or two will climb up on the couch with me and cuddle.  I hope you all had a fantastic Saturday!

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When do you feel most motivated to clean, study, work-out, catch up on work, etc.?


Unexpected Day of Work

I honestly didn’t expect to go to work today.  I figured that I’d be placed on call because that has seemed to be the Friday trend lately.  So I went to bed without a shower last night expecting to be able to sleep in a little later than usual and then shower and piddle around the house.  Nope.  So that means I had to drag my rear out of bed that much earlier to get all cleaned up and ready for work.  I usually take my showers at night so I have more time to sleep but every once in a while it is nice to start off my work day with a hot shower to get me going.

I quickly threw together my breakfast since I hadn’t prepared the night before.  (I didn’t get to bed until after 11… eek!!)

My favorite cereal concoction. Kashi H2H and Special K Granola.

A match truly made in cereal heaven.

Then they were going to send me home at 11 due to the calmness and low census of patients and then the floodgates broke loose so I ended up working all day.

Good thing I had my tasty lunch that I had packed to eat yesterday that I didn’t get to eat due to food being catered in.

Whole wheat tortilla stuffed with flank steak, topped with homemade salsa, shredded cheese and spring mix.  So good!

A couple tablespoons of homemade salsa with some chips?  Yes, definitely.

The salsa is pretty spicy so I ate 4 saltines afterwards to keep my mouth from burning off.  Worked like a charm.  And my tummy was completely satisfied.

A pear for an afternoon snack.

Right after work I drove to a church that the hubs was leading Disciple Now for a youth group and ate dinner with him and enjoyed watching the youth worship.

Pizza was served.

Not my first choice of dinner since I feel like I’ve had so much Italian food type items this past week but it’s a good carbo loading meal nonetheless for my 10k tomorrow morning.  And it’s free.  Can’t beat that!

Well, I have my 10k in the morning and will not be getting as much shut eye as I’d like but I’ll sacrifice to support the hubs in his endeavors too!

Thank goodness one of my friends picked up my race packet for me today so I don’t have to be up at the butt crack of dawn to go get it and then wait around for the start of the race.

I’ve got the anxious/nervous/excited jitters but in a good way.  I’m excited for this race!  I just hope I’ll make good time and push myself.  I’ve got everything ready!

Shoes: Check, Sports Bra: Check, Garmin: Check, iPod: Check, Camera: Check, Runing Tee: Check, Socks: Check, Headband: Check, Pants: Check.

I’ll pin my number on tomorrow morning when Glenna brings me my race packet.

Whew. I  think that’s it!

I’m setting my alarm to wake up at 5 a.m. so I can eat me a breakfast and go back to bed until about 6:30 so it will digest.  I’m thinking whole wheat toast with a spread of peanut butter and sliced banana will be sufficient for fuel.

I’m really hoping that my funky mood will go away after my race tomorrow morning.  I’m thinking that running is my natural Xanax.  Those endorphins are good for me and since I haven’t ran since Tuesday, I’m feeling the major itch to get those flowing again!!  So adrenaline+other runner’s energy+completing a race= a great sounding endorphin boost!  Can’t wait!  Hopefully there will be sunshine!!!

I’m off to try and get as much rest as I can!  Wish me luck!  I’ll write as soon as I can after the race!

What is your natural Xanax?  Food, running, working out, love, walking, laughing, etc?