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My “Couch Rest” Weekend (Spoiler Alert)

I know you all have been on the edge of your seats wondering if I would be able to lock it up and stick to my couch rest. Welllllll….. guess you will just have to check out my weekend recap to find out!

Spoiler Alert: Kind of?

I’ll give myself a solid B at couch rest.


Friday was a bit of a weird day, as Alex decided to take the day off (now that resident recruitment season is over, he will be able to do this on a regular-ish basis) AND I don’t get to do my usual workouts (which help me set up myself for the day). 

Essentially, the entire day felt like a Saturday, or even a Sunday. But it wasn’t. The first two weeks of the year for me were filled with schedules of shots, ultrasounds, labs, and walking back and forth throughout the day. This past week, it was like SIKE. All of that routine you have FINALLY gotten used to? LOL we are going to shoot that to the wind. You don’t have to get in touch with us, you have to sit still and not move more than 20 minutes at a time, you can’t drink, oh, and there is this little niggling thought in the back of your mind at all times about maybe possibly being pregnant. OHHHHHH and it’s Inauguration Day, and all of your friend groups are up in arms for various reasons.

But really, stay quiet, relax, and don’t let anything get to you! Yeah. Right. 

It wasn’t like I was super stressed or anything, but it was just a weird day. My brain never got the kickstart from my Friday morning run, it was gloomy and dreary out, and just so much angst in the world. Plus, Alex was home, so it just felt like the weekend. 

We did finally go and get our Mexican food, and I did take a tiny taste of margarita, but otherwise, I drowned myself in chips. I ate 1.5 baskets this time, a record even for me. I just kind of didn’t care. But we had a great time with our friends (Alex’s co-chief residents), and after dinner, I let them go off and earn their hangovers (which they did).


Saturday morning was the longest run of the Team Challenge Rock N Roll New Orleans Half Marathon Training Season! 11 miles, and the weather ended up perfectly for them. Started out with fog, but cleared up by the time they were done. I am so proud of my group! I sadly won’t be able to go to their final run, but we are already planning a post-race dinner.

After the run, I met Alex at home (he was… hurting, lol), and we headed over to meet our new friends from last week for brunch at Summer House Santa Monica. GUYS. Their brunch. IS AWESOME. We had a solid, but not outstanding dinner there, but the SHSM brunch is another matter entirely.

Alex got the short rib hash (deeeeelicious).

I got the Santa Monica Omelet (stuffed with turkey and topped with tomato-avocado salsa, I also added jalapeno) with a housemade English Muffin.

And a blueberry muffin for the table! 

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The setting is amazing, and it really shines on a sunny day. You feel like you are in a beach house (imagine that…), and that is just where I wanted to be. 

We had such a great time with Allison and Scott, and I can’t wait to see more of them!

The rest of the afternoon was pretty low key. I had a brief appointment, and we just kept it chill for the rest of the day. I made nachos for dinner (I used half of the ground turkey for some Cajun turkey meatballs). I wish the picture was better. I used multigrain Tostitos Scoops, ground turkey with chipotle seasonings, TJ’s harrisa salsa, sauteed onions and red bell pepper, the best avocado ever, muenster cheese (we were out of pepper jack, which I didn’t know, and I gotten this for Alex’s French Onion soups, worked pretty well!). I had a salad alongside. 

We were all set to watch Sherlock… until I realized that we didn’t have access to the new episodes. So we watched London Falling instead, which was totally enjoyable escapism.


Sunday was the quietest of all the days. I actually slept until 7 (I KNOW), and just kind of did nothing for a while. The most exciting part of the day came at the grocery store, when I decided to make Chicken Kale soup in the slow cooker. I had the leftover pieces as part of my lunch, and I remembered just how much I love lemon steamed kale.

We had the soup for dinner (YUM) after watching the Falcons (GO DIRTY BIRDS) play their last game in the Georgia Dome (tear). But basically, I just cuddled with Ridley all day. I could have done work and whatever, but I just told myself that it was ok and instead ate chocolate and popcorn. I just needed to give myself some grace and just be.

This Week

This week is all about the long wait until we get more news about whether or not Yoshi successfully implanted. Unfortunately, the other 2 embryos didn’t make it, so the next time, we will be starting from scratch. I’m still on couch arrest this week, and I am going to continue to do my best. I’m sticking with 20 minutes of easy peasy walking at any one time + doing runner things like banded clamshells and whatnot. 

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Physically, I just feel stiff and tight. Kind of like I did a big workout yesterday, but obviously I didn’t. Otherwise, I don’t feel any different. Mentally, I am just riding along and trying not to overthink things. Some moments are better than others. Hopefully, I will know something positive soon. But I think that I will stay in a state of tension for a while, even if the news that we get is positive. 

So how do you guys think that I did? Solid B, right?

What was the last thing that you made from scratch?

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  • Reply Carla

    Sending you so much love and vibes of not overthinking a damn thing
    And also? Perhaps I should become a trainer or coach with regards to just chilling on the weekends and doing nothing. That’s my gift πŸ™‚
    Carla recently posted…Family boot camp ISNT about the booty.My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 5:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m pretty good at the chill, but when it is all times, and not just weekends?

      January 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I slept until 7 yesterday as well. It was a miracle and I so needed it!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Low Calorie Italian Casserole {GF, Low Cal}My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 5:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY HOORAY for sleeping in!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Solid B for sure, girl! I don’t know what I would do if I was on couch arrest! That brunch looks amazing and I’m totally with you on downing chips at a mexican restaurant. So good!

    January 23, 2017 at 5:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I mean, I had Mex and brunch within 12 hours of each other. WINNING

      January 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    You definitely got at least a solid B! It was probably good you kept relatively busy so that you weren’t tempted to be more physically active. Hoping you hear some good news soon!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Using Running to Stay Grounded and FocusedMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 5:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree! But girl, I was getting pretty bored by the end!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    Maybe I’m an easy grader but I think you did better than a B. That pic of A and R is precious!
    Marcia recently posted…A Breath of Fresh AirMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 5:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll give myself an A out of respect. I trust your opinion!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Definitely a solid B πŸ˜‰ You did really well laying low, and it’s tough to have to do that! I remember after I had annabelle, I felt great so I wanted to do all the things, but I couldn’t. It came back to bite me, lol. It’s hard when you physically feel fine to actually not do anything. I’m not sure how people don’t work out, ha.
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…Fresh Air is Good for the Soul: Weekend RecapMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 5:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you know that they look at us and think that we are beyond crazy, lol

      January 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    You are WINNING at the couch! And the food…
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…WinterludeMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 6:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you know I like to win at the food πŸ˜€

      January 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Miss Polkadot

    How precious is that first picture?!
    Being the restless easily cabin fever-getting person I am I’d definitely give you a solid B – if not better! Resting can be as hard mentally as working out is physically for some of us.
    Miss Polkadot recently posted…Better than before.My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 6:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      How annoying is that? You’d think that our bodies and minds might help us out but nooooooo

      January 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Agree over thinking will just drive you bonkers! I need more brunch in my life I do always envy your brunch game. Hang in there πŸ™‚
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Smokey Tomato Orzo Soup with Chick Pea CroutonsMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My brunch game is SO STRONG

      January 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    For someone as active as you, any couch time is an A+ πŸ˜‰
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Blown away….in the Windy CityMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 7:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m trying. I’m trying!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Fingers crossed.
    My weekend was the complete opposite…go, go, go but all worth it! I actually said last night I was looking forward to going to work today so it could slow down a bit! ha! I would give you at least an A – rest is hard to do and you did pretty great!
    Anna @ Piper’s Run recently posted…Weekend Challenges & Wins!My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I saw that you were nonstop! But it really did look like so much fun!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Hey there’s nothing wrong with weekdays feeling like weekends. We all need more weekends in our lives! Its nice that Alex got to spend the day at home to hopefully help keep you sane (ish)… especially with all those outside things going on. Its amazing how when we give our bodies rest, sometimes our muscles feel as if we had just worked out. Its a sign of repair me thinks. I’d say B+.
    Cora recently posted…Week In Review: New Things (And Wine) Make For Nice FeelingsMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope it is a sign of repair. Though I’m not really sure what it is repairing… not like those arms have been doing much!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    You can watch Sherlock on the PBS Masterpiece website for free! Doooo it. You definitely scored high on couch rest – I hope that brings good news soon!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Lake Sammamish Half Training 2017 Week 3My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me, too, Laura. And consider it happening.

      January 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    Ummmm, I think you get an A all the way for this weekend. It is so hard to stay still but you did great! And you cooked comfort food and you watched good tv. That all sounds grade-A to me. Last thing I made from scratch was orange chicken and broccoli (it was SO good…I added red wine vinegar at the end for a weird but good tang).
    Jamie recently posted…Lego Expo Fails and Mall Wins (My Women’s March)My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 7:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooh, so intriguing! SO intriguing, indeed!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply kat

    I think you did a great job this weekend! My only advice is to just keep your mind busy. Obviously I’ve never experienced anything that this but when there is something upcoming I am apprehensive about I find that it really helps to just keep my mind busy! Otherwise I just sit there and worry, ponder, stress, etc and that does you NO good!
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    January 23, 2017 at 7:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s pretty much what I am trying to do. And I have several project to do… I just don’t want to start them, doh!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Sounds like a GREAT weekend. Continued thoughts and prayers your way!!
    Michelle recently posted…Another ring in my tree…My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 8:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Michelle!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Resting is also so challenging but I think you did a great job! We actually make chicken soup from scratch this weekend (my hubby’s family recipe) since we are all down and out with colds!
    Annmarie recently posted…Spicy Buffalo Carrot Fritters {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooo nice, but sadface about the colds! Feel better, fam!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    You are handing this whole thing WAY better than I ever would. I would have plucked out all of my eyebrows by now. Or done something like that.
    Suzy recently posted…Mileage MondayMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 8:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I keep the tweezers far away from me, and I sit in bad lighting #strategy.

      January 24, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I love going to brunch after a long run, and you don’t have to feel as guilty indulging. Your brunch dishes look very tasty. The last thing I did homemade was tomato sauce and it turned out great. I was so proud of myself.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Collect MomentsMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 8:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Brunch post run is my favorite. I miss it! Oooo tomato sauce? NIce!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply MCM Mama

    I think you deserve an A. Fingers crossed for Yoshi. I cook from scratch pretty regularly and soup is one of my favorites. I don’t use recipes – just throw everything that sounds good together in and let it cook.
    MCM Mama recently posted…GW Parkway 10 miler training beginsMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 9:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t really do recipes either–each time I make it, it will be different!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    Brunch next time I’m in Chicago for sure!! Sending Yoshi lots of apples and good thoughts. If you’re looking for something to kill time/obsess over during bed rest, I just watched The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime and OMG it was good.

    January 23, 2017 at 9:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um yes please! That would be lovely! And I’ve heard good things about that. I’ll add it to my list!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    The last thing I made from scratch? Does breakfast count? Eggs and toast! I kind of relate this to being injured. when I hurt something I obsess about what I could have done differently and curse myself as I do rehab exercises. I feel like that nagging pull would still be there but for a much better reason. Oh, and you get an A not a solid B you crazy girl!
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby recently posted…Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash (ONE PAN)My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 9:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, I will take an A!
      Are there rehab exercises I can do for my uterus?… asking for a friend ;D

      January 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Still praying for you and hopeful with you dear Susie; it looks like you had a delightful weekend… I totally smiled when I saw that you slept in till 7:00 AM? Wow… I wish sleeping in was like that for me. For me it’s more like 8:30 or 9 AM. O_O Happy Monday!
    Emily recently posted…Apple Cinnamon Maca Stuffed French ToastMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 10:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But what time do you go to bed? I am like passed out at 9 on the couch. Used to try to make it until 10, and now I have given up on that!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:03 pm
      • Reply Emily

        WEll… I’m a bit embarrassed to answer that question, but I go to bed around 12 pm or sometimes 1 AM. Not always the best things for my puppies. O_O But I try to take them out late at night so they don’t have to go early in the morning.
        Emily recently posted…10 Reasons For You To Exercise UnpluggedMy Profile

        January 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Good job resting–I know it’s not usually your style to just relax. Stay strong and positive. HUGS!
    Rae recently posted…Weekend Update – Well That Was UnexpectedMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 10:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Hugs back to you for your mommy!

      January 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    I’ve just been watching the Sherlock episodes on my laptop from the site haha. I still have to watch the finale!
    Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job recently posted…Dreaming of the Dominican RepublicMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 10:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that is what we are going to do, ultimately. We were just being stubborn and sassy.

      January 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I think you did better than a B….. and that shot of Alex and Ridley answered my question of whether or not she is allowed on the couch!
    Where does Zoe sleep, on Alex’s head, or just wherever she can find a spot?

    January 23, 2017 at 10:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      yeah, we finally gave up on that. Once we established that her main place should be the floor, we allowed her up on the couch. Zoe gets full rein/reign in the bedroom, though.

      January 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        That took longer than I’d thought it wood, and technically she is on Alex, not the couchπŸ˜‰

        January 24, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    I think you’re a hard grader πŸ™‚ Sounds very restful and lovely to me!
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    January 23, 2017 at 11:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good thing I’m allowed dinner with friends πŸ˜€

      January 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Definitely solid B! Glad you got to enjoy some yummy foods in the mix of your resting! Those nachos!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…Saturday Snuggles & Sunday BrunchMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? ALL THE NACHOS

      January 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    Couch arrest is SO hard! I think you did great! Probably better than I would have done. haha
    Jennifer @ Fit Nana recently posted…MY WEEK OF WORKOUTSMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I dunno. I’m doubting myself even in this!

      January 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Laura

    The overthinking was brutal for me when ttc!! It’s so hard to forget about it and go on with your normal life. You’re doing awesome- hang in there!
    Laura recently posted…8 weeks until NYC Half workouts + Meal PlanningMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      How do you shut your brain down?

      January 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I really want to go on a food tour of Chicago with you. :'( You share so many awesome places to eat! :D!!!

    Cough arrest is tough, but I think you did great this weekend with laying low! I hope Yoshi successfully implants! <3

    January 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I”m trying. i really am. But when you have a dog, it is easier said than done! And that is a good thing! Also, I just can’t get my brain working (hah) otherwise. And you are so overdue for a trip…

      January 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    That BRUNCH looks AMAZING! You deserve that grace, girl. Rest up! And enjoy the popcorn and chocolate πŸ™‚
    Sarah @ BucketListTummy recently posted…Sunflower Chocolate Chip Chickpea BarsMy Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 8:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You got it, lady!

      January 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I’m thinking of you, sweet friend! You’re doing an awesome job at listening to doctor’s orders and RESTING – and I think yoshi needs all the chips in the world so keep on eating! πŸ˜›

    Sending hugs your way <3
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recipe: Easy Vegan Pikelets (Gluten Free)My Profile

    January 23, 2017 at 11:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If chips eaten = healthy baby… BRING IT ON

      January 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Ohhh man! I’m so sorry about the two other embroyos. That really stinks. Glad you made the most of your weekend and I’m thinking about you with the big news!
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    January 24, 2017 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks girl. I’ll keep you up to date.

      January 24, 2017 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply San

    If I didn’t know you already love good food, I’d say you made up for not being able to do anything else with delicious food… which is always a wise choice πŸ™‚

    You get an A for couch rest.
    San recently posted…Currently | JanuaryMy Profile

    January 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm
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