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Brain Fog On a Clear Day (Weekend Recap)

I think my brain and sense staged a revolt or a mutiny over the past 5 days. So while the weather definitely improved, my hormones made it a little difficult for me to enjoy my time with the boys as much as I would have liked.

Let’s back, back, back it up.

Thursday evening was actually quite lovely. I made pesto sweet potato and zucchini noodles for dinner, Alex and I had a couple bourbon and ginger ales, and we just enjoyed a nice, easy night at home after the craziness that the first three days of the working week bring and the craziness that the next three days would entail. 

I had taken a nap earlier in the day, but I was still exhausted, and so we watched an episode of The Moaning of Life and then started a new series, Wild Alaska, which was fascinating and beautifully shot… but I fell asleep. But I slept quite well, actually!


Though I had started feeling a bit more hormonally inclined during the previous days, including a few sad spells on Wednesday, but Friday I got full on brain fog and, as I told my client and friend, “I am just up to here. I don’t know what with, but I am up to here with whatever it is.”

On the plus side, my ass didn’t hurt as much. 

But yeah, it was a bit of a weird day, brain wise. 

Alex wasn’t exempt from it, either. Because you know how I was so excited for my jumbo marg? 

Well, somebody didn’t go early (with our friend) to get us a table, and thus… on Cinco de Mayo, you know it wasn’t happening. So I gave him a bit of the cold and frigid treatment. 

Never mind the fact that he ran several errands for me during the day. Or the fact that option two was one of my favorite places and resulted in a craft beer and way too many crack fries. We started with crack fries, Alex got some with his meal, and then I finished our friend’s fries. 

Their fries are so damn good.

And I got more fries at work the next day! Good grief.

I let the boys go off into the night, and I went home–I was still in a bizarre mood and just exhausted, mind and body, plus I would have coaching the next day.


Saturday brought a beautiful, crisp, clear, and slightly windy day, and also my last longer run for a while–9 miles, 4 of which were with the team. I cut back on my miles this week after my big banner week, and from here on out, I will drastically cut miles, and I won’t be training with the team the next few weekends because of travel. My plan this week is to get back into yoga and take Ridley for some nice walks! I get plenty of movement at work, otherwise, and I’m ready for the change!

Early morning run in Chicago! @suzlyfe

We didn’t go to brunch (the boys were… convalescing), but we redeemed our lack of margs and chips from the night before with a visit to Tarascas. As I always do, I had too many chips and not enough f’s to give about it 😀 A walk in the sun (though chilly) with the dog and our friends helped get me into a decent mood. Yes, I had started to get irritable again, I will admit, before we went to lunch. I’m guessing on principle because I wanted Mexican the night before, not theeeeenn (cue stomping of food and setting of jaw). 

I’m such a treat right now, can’t you tell?

I headed down for work, and my brain fog seemed to spread to everyone else! Tables were kind of weird, the greeters mixed up my section (we fixed it), and until about 7:30, I was thinking that I would be happy to break even with Alex’s Cub’s game (the boys went). My night ended up fine, but it was just a little bit snake bit in the restaurant–some really difficult tables for my friends people dropping things, running out of one of most popular menu items… it was just weird! 

Luckily, staff meal was AWESOME–giant grilled artichokes (I might have had 2 halves, and these are the size of softballs), salad with rotisserie chicken and champagne vin, fries (really really good ones), smoked salmon dip, our famous cornbread, and then we had some leftover pinot noir. So… we feasted. 

And then I had a Tootsie Pop at home, because why not? It was so good. I love those things.


I had an early doctors appointment, so Alex and I said bye to our friends and headed downtown. We were planning on working on an email in Alex’s office and then getting brunch while down there… but Alex hadn’t brought his hospital ID, so we instead headed home to get to work. I was a little sad not to get my candy (as I always do when I visit his office).

And then I started answering comments. You might have noticed, if you are set up to get notifications. When I was having the site problems (which I am still trying to figure out the last of), I lost comments from posts all the way to about 2 weeks ago. Over the course of Sunday, I answered around 300 comments, and if the Cavalia post could have been saved, I would have had even more! I didn’t do them all at once–lunch and a 2 hour nap where I actually got into bed broke it up.

I sent Alex to the grocery store, and I kept typing. He really pulled through this weekend (even though I was always initially less than complimentary, I always realized and then thanked him for it!), and also did laundry!

Sweet potato + zucchini noodles under my Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara made for a hearty, healthy, and FREAKING DELICIOUS dinner.

This slow cooker chicken marinara stew is the perfect healthy dinner and perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, dairy free, high protein, Whole 30 approved, and HUGE in flavor. @suzlyfe

The rest of the night was quiet, and just what I need before a crazy week of work(s), blog prep before travel, and travel (a fun surprise that will all be revealed in due time!!).

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Anyone else dealing with brain fog?

Who raced or ran or did something fun and exciting this weekend?

What’s going on this week?

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  • Reply Carla

    Ooooh travel??
    It’s austin isn’t it?:-):-)
    I love love love your line about being “up to here with whatever it is.” That’s been my constant state the past couple of weeks I just didn’t know how to phrase it!

    May 8, 2017 at 5:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always happy to help 😀

      May 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Christina @

    Haha, your writing cracks me up – loved your comment about chips at the Mexican place lol.

    May 8, 2017 at 5:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have issues. Pure and simple.

      May 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Pipers Run

    Girl, you had a busy weekend, no wonder the fog! Yes, I get that sometimes as well. And fries….Oh I’ve had too many last month as it was burger wars where I live. Way too many fries! No racING for me but I did managed 19k over two days!

    May 8, 2017 at 5:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is awesome! Just a little preemptive fueling!

      May 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Whoa busy busy! Sounds like lots of fun things but still busy. I need a nap after that, ha. I could also go for those crack fries. Mmm. My weekend was good! Kentucky Derby party Saturday and then more of a chill day yesterday.

    May 8, 2017 at 5:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I loved your Kentucky Derby party!

      May 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I had brain fog on Friday, I think because it was pouring rain and I was all thrown off from not working out and going into work early. Lots of coffee sort of helped. I was thinking of you seeing all those comment replies yesterday! That must have been exhausting!

    May 8, 2017 at 6:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ALl the coffee and diet coke. And here I am again, trying to get caught up!

      May 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    My weekend to a tee! Must be going around.

    May 8, 2017 at 6:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then I am in good company!

      May 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    Yes to the brain fog. I blame the weather, as I blame for a lot of things, it’s been hot then chillier here. And uh I used to work in a restaurant and totally understand those rough nights. It seems like everyone all goes wrong at once. At least that was an amazing meal you got!

    May 8, 2017 at 6:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And once things go wrong… they all go wrong! and then you are in the weeds!

      May 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    We left for the beach yesterday (South Carolina) and I was panicked the brain fog would make me forget vital things (Charlie meds, kid entertainment, etc) but we managed to leave only toothbrushes behind…fist pump! Maybe your brain fog can be a brain soother? Cloudy can be calming.

    May 8, 2017 at 6:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I always leave my hairbrush.

      May 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I noticed that you were a busy blogger this weekend! I hope you got it all back to normal.

    May 8, 2017 at 6:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is still a little bit wonky, but then so am i.

      May 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply

    You had such a busy week its no wonder you had brain fog.

    May 8, 2017 at 6:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really was busy, wasn’t it!

      May 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply AmyC

    Feeling funky here lately too. Working hard to break out a smile instead of the claws when things don’t go as planned 😉 It’s tough!

    May 8, 2017 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like that idea, though–smiles instead of claws!

      May 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups

    The hormonal brain fog is real! Those fries look amazing. The bourbon and ginger is one of my fave drink choices, especially with a little lime.

    May 8, 2017 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Alex isn’t into moscow mules or anythign like them (which is dumb because he loves bourbon ginger). I don’t know if he would go for the lime.

      May 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Cora

    I can’t believe you went back and responded to ALL those comments. I was so excited and impressed to see them pop up in my email! That is a lottttt of time. You are one dedicated friend, my dear. Thank you.
    As long as Alex always has a side of fries at the ready, for when your hormones decide to play some roller coaster games, every should should be safe, ya??

    May 8, 2017 at 7:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooooo good idea! He should do that…. and you are too sweet 😀

      May 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Sometimes I feel like a superwoman, and sometimes I look for my phone while holding it…. that’s what hormones do to me! Chocolate tootsie pops are the best.

    May 8, 2017 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMg I have done that so many times. SO MANY

      May 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Gosh I am so with you…my life is a fog these days. LOL!

    May 8, 2017 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We need little fog beacons!

      May 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I like your kind of partying; I like to nap too. And dogs are perfect for taking long walks with them; they really help us get in some gentle movement. Also, I’ve always kind of wanted to try being a waitress; how many times have you done waitressing? 🙂

    May 8, 2017 at 8:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve done it on and off for years. It is a great experience.

      May 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    How do you remember everything you did? Or do you jot it down as you go along? My week last week was so brutal and now it’s Monday already. I’m not ready for this.

    May 8, 2017 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have a really good memory for stupid details. And once you start the story, it usually comes back.

      May 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Your dinner looks amazing! I have brain fog just from reading what a busy weekend you had! I left my house a total of ONE time over the weekend because I’m afraid to venture out when potty training. SO i’m kind fo suffering severe cabin fever.

    May 8, 2017 at 9:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ermagerd, I bet! Just don’t make them wear pants–will solve everything.

      May 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I thought it was going to be a great idea to go to a Mexican restaurant on Cinco De Mayo as well and after going to several Mexican restaurant and seeing lines out the door we ended up going to Moe’s. Still just as good I thought.

    May 8, 2017 at 10:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Moe’s is so. good. I wish we had them in Chicago.

      May 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living Mint Green

    Hahahah I love that cat meme – it’ll always be funny. I feel like that’s the first meme I ever saw.
    I didn’t do anything Cinco De Mayo-y! I felt like I should go get a burrito or something, but I wasn’t feelin it.
    I get really bad brain fog towards the end of my luteal phase. I get clumsy, forgetful, TIRED AF, scatterbrained and sometimes violently angry. HAHAHA being a woman sucks so bad sometimes, eh?

    May 8, 2017 at 10:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I haven’t had cycles and phases in so long… I don’t even know what to do with them!

      May 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Nicci Randall

    Fries are always the answer. My favorite, though – too many chips and not enough f’s..hahaha story of my life. Wishing you a less foggy brain or just some more french fries this week 😉

    May 8, 2017 at 11:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think we all just need more fries in our lives

      May 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I hear you on the fog. I was a foggy grouch all weekend. Hormones. Or at least that’s what I’m blaming.

    300 blog comments?! I can barely make myself respond to one post’s comments at a time. Not that I don’t love and appreciate them… it’s just SO LONG to sit still. You’re my hero.

    May 8, 2017 at 11:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I need to get better at just responding to them every day again. I’ve lost the inclination to do that!

      May 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Annmarie Licatese

    Oh man, when my hormones are raging, you better watch out haha. It really is such an unpleasant feeling because you know that you’re miserable but you can’t stop yourself from feeling that way.

    May 8, 2017 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily, I’m not too miserable, but it is truly annoying never to really know who I’m going to be one moment to the next!

      May 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Those fries look delicious – fries are my weakness! I used to get crazy brain fog during PMS and my periods before my doctor changed my medication – I would feel like my head felt bloated and everything was a big fog. And awesome work on all those blog comments!

    May 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And now I’m doing it again. I need to get things under control!

      May 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Those fries look so good! I would not be able to stop eating them. Oh the hormones mine go crazy sometimes

    May 8, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely wasn’t able to stop! And they were crazy delicious!

      May 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Brain fog for the win! (if you can’t fight it, just go with it and smile) 😉

    May 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ha if only it was that easy!

      May 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Ohhh brain fog. I know it well. Mine seems to be more of a “funk” though then a brain fog. I totally was in one on Sunday for some reason! Thankfully it’s a new day and a new week. 🙂

    May 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love your positivity!

      May 19, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    YES to the brain fog. I’m feeling off and on and off and on these days. So many swings! Maybe I need to get me some crack fries–they sound like they help!

    May 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t even imagine! And yes, yes you do!

      May 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Mackenzie

    Oh Suz, I read this and though, “You and me both, girlfriend!”. I keep telling my husband I feel like my feet are just a wee-bit too far off the ground. I also have been dropping things right and left after long shifts at work- a dish here, a glass there, and ipad there… yes, and IPAD. Anywho- I feel your pain! I hope this week the fog has passed! Also I did run a race this weekend (well last weekend) the Big Sur one! Ohhhhh my lanta- you must put it on your list. Or have you done it?!?? It’s AMAZING. I have a little recap on my blog if you wanna check out info about it (like you have any free time to do that lol).

    But seriously- have such a great week- I always love your ability to have humor with whatever life throws at you <3

    May 8, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    • Reply Mackenzie

      ^^ that was supposed to be thought**** and an*** (not and ipad). #BRAINFOG

      May 8, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you Mac! And your recap of Big Sur… WAS AMAZING. Hope you have iPad protection 😀

      May 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Chase the Red Grape

    I had massive brain fog this weekend… The result of a huge hangover. Sigh. Feeling very old, ha!
    The past few days it has really started to feel like autumn here in Perth – and I think everyone’s moods are changing. Tired and grumpy… I hope it passes soon!

    May 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, I hope the hangover cause was fun 😀

      May 19, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply

    Wait, I read and enjoyed the whole post. Then got to the fact you had a doctors appointment on a Sunday. On a Sunday? You wouldn’t get that here unless it was a dire emergency and you would have to got to the hospital then. I’m not knocking our health service here, its amazing but you wont find a doctor here getting out of bed on a Sunday to open up. Not even for a bijjillion pounds!

    May 9, 2017 at 2:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Certain things don’t wait for other days of the week! Infertility is one of them

      May 19, 2017 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    If anything can put me “up to here” it’s site problems. Those suck.

    May 9, 2017 at 6:27 am
  • Reply Rachel

    This does sound like a crazy, foggy weekend!

    May 9, 2017 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Your poor brain! Hormones are such weird things!

    May 11, 2017 at 12:24 am
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      May 17, 2017 at 9:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      literally, sprockets are coming out!

      May 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm

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