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Crohn’s, Cooked, and Getting My Class Worked (Friday Catch Up 6/30)

Howdy, everyone! We meet another Friday and another Friday Catch Up with some of the greatest moments of the week, including my opportunity to inspire others and a discount for YOU to be spoiled!

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1) I have to start off this post with a really amazing moment for me, and one that I was so fortunately and grateful to share with Alex and several really important and special people in my life. Wednesday I got to speak at the spin4 Crohn’s and Colitis Cures event in Wheeling, IL to tell my story and connect a face to the disease and why each of the teams was pedaling their hearts out in the name of a cure. 

I really wish I had taken pictures, that I had gotten Alex to film it, but, well, I didn’t… luckily, it was a moment I will never forget, even if I totally have blacked out one what I said. What I do know is that it seemed very well received, and that a room that was congested with talking at the beginning was in silence by the end. 

We can all bring a room to silence--just tell your story from the heart #crohnssucks Click To Tweet

I applaud the participants and fundraisers above all. I will never be able to thank them for what they are doing: providing funding for critical research, yes, but for giving myself and all of my fellow IBD’ers hope that we may have a future free of pain and fear. That we can have a future, that we can have future families. 

2) The change in my schedule (which allowed me to take the speaking engagement) has already proven so beneficial to my mental and physical well being. I loved my clients dearly, but not having the stress of trying to get to the gym in the midst of horrific traffic etc made a huge difference in my mental outlook for the week. It is also enabling me to get back to something that I’ve not been able to indulge in for some time….

3) ClassPass! This weekend, I saw a Facebook ad for a huge Anniversary Sale for ClassPass that I couldn’t pass up, and with the change in my hours, I knew that I would be able to use it! So, as several of you saw on Tuesday, I rejoined and then headed to Studio Lagree (which you know I LOVE) on Tuesday–even though, oops, I went to the wrong locations, lol. But they were great and found me a spot in the next class!– and Pure Barre on Thursday! 

Furthermore, after weeks and weeks of not really working out because of my schedule and my medical scare, I got cleared to return to high impact exercise like running, so this week, I laced up my Mizuno Wave Skys and ran to my classes and ran home (so… slowly!) from the classes. I have been so excited about getting back to pilates, yoga, and barre, and they have proven to be the right way to do it–perfectly scale-able without being too high impact as I get my body moving again!

That said, I came home after running to/from Studio Lagree + class, refueled, and promptly took a nap. LOL!

4) Fun fact about me: I LOVE IRENE’S BISCOTTI. I can only find it at one Whole Foods, and you can bet that, if I let myself buy it, I will eat the entire box that day, if not at once. I have no shame, and you can’t make me feel any over it.

My favorite is the Pistachio Vanilla, the Chocolate, then the Cranberry. But I really don’t care, bring them all to me.

Another fun fact, Irene’s Biscotti goes EXCEPTIONALLY well with froyo. In addition to your other toppings. Just saying.

5) I have been SUPER spoiled this week, thanks to Cooked Chicago. You may remember my trying Cooked a few years ago–and I was obsessed with their Som Tom Green Papaya Salad–but they reconnected with me earlier this summer to try out their new meal plans and juices. Remembering how much I loved them before, I was super excited to try them again! And boy, have I been impressed with their new initiatives and dishes!

I went with their Whole30 5-day Meal Plan, which includes 5 lunches and 5 dinners, delivered in 2 batches for maximum freshness. The menu changes weekly, so you are never bored! My favorite dishes so far have been the Mahi Mahi Fish Taco Bowl with Cauliflower Rice and Jicama Slaw, Catfish and Potato Salad, and the Vietnamese Style Pork Chop with Herb and Zoodle Salad. Oh, and I loved the BBQ Beef Salad! 

Loved this one too…

These dishes have been a Godsend for me at my job–now I always know that I will have something delicious and nutritious (seriously!), made with clean, fresh, whole ingredients. This is especially important at the restaurant, when staff meal can be… questionable and we don’t get a meal at the end of the night! 

And the juices? Delicious. The Cucumber Lemonade was perfect after coming home from my workout.

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There are a ton of different packages (from lunch only to 3, 5, and 7 days of meals delivered to you) and the menu changes all the time. Best of all? No clean up, minimal (if any) effort on your part, and they are DELICIOUS. 

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Cooked supplied me with a 5 day Whole30 meal plan and a selection of juices for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own!

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This weekend is Alex’s last weekend off before he starts fellowship! I have some articles to work on, I have a shift to work, but mostly, we are just going to try to spend as much time together as possible. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    So glad you’ve been able to run again and take different classes! Thats awesome that you were able to speak at the event. Have a great weekend!

    June 30, 2017 at 5:38 am
  • Reply Christina @

    I must look for those biscotti, I love biscotti! I associate them with Christmas because I always eat a bunch of them at my parents’ house over the holidays…nothing beats cookies and coffee for breakfast 🙂

    June 30, 2017 at 6:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      UM YES. And now I desperately want a cookie.

      July 2, 2017 at 7:17 am
  • Reply jen

    How cool about your speaking gig, no doubt you motivated and inspired a roomful! I’ve done some and hopefully haven’t embarrassed the host/sponsor 😉 BTW, I think Cooked Chicago needs to expand to Cooked Austin

    June 30, 2017 at 7:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll tell them to get on that!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:17 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I am so proud of you!!! Alex sent me a text right after you finished and HE was so proud of you!!
    I’m sorry that it wasnt recorded, but so glad to know that it was so well-received.

    And…….. yes, I have been a speaker at a number of events–but only at those for which I have a great passion. When you have that kind of passion about a special topic, you almost can’t not bring a room to attention and make people listen. (and that grammar alone ought to do it!)
    I’m proud of you, sweetie!

    June 30, 2017 at 7:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really wish you could have been there, and you could have shared it with Joe and Alex!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:16 am
  • Reply Rae

    Hooray for getting back to exercise! I’m very jealous of the whole Class Pass thing. We don’t have it here in little old VT 🙁 I hope you have a great weekend!

    June 30, 2017 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Tell them to come to your city!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:15 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Yay for exercise! Glad you are able to get back in it.
    Congrats on the speaking engagement too.
    Hope you guys have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

    June 30, 2017 at 7:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you have a fabulous holiday, Julie!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:16 am
  • Reply Suzy

    I wish I could listen to you! I’m glad you were able to go for a run, and I hope you guys have a really great weekend!

    June 30, 2017 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really wish someone had taped it!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:12 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    I’ve never been a speaker at a fundraiser, but Susie, that is such an amazing opportunity. I’m so thankful that there are people telling their stories so that we can learn about it, so that I can learn how better to pray for you as you walk down these roads, and so there can be more awareness.

    And those meals look SO SO good. 🙂 I love how there have been ways in which life has gotten slower and more streamlined for you so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.

    June 30, 2017 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was a great opportunity to try something new, and a great week to do that–we were running around all over the place!
      I was so honored to speak at the event, and I hope that my story made an impact. I hope I gave everyone more reason to pedal hard!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Cora

    Wow. What an honor to be asked to speak at such an event – they were lucky to have you! And yes, you were definitely spoiled this week! But much deserved. I’d looovveee a few of those delicious meals to land on my door step one of these days…
    Enjoy your weekend with Alex <3

    June 30, 2017 at 9:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll see if Cooked will deliver to Canada 😀 And you are so sweet!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:10 am
  • Reply Kim G

    I wish I had something like Cooked Chicago in my city – the meals look super yummy!

    June 30, 2017 at 10:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There were seriously delicious and seriously appreciated!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:10 am
  • Reply Hannah

    It sounds like your week was amazing, and sounds like you did an amazing job speaking! I am jealous of your ClassPass…someday they will come to small cities, right? Someday…

    June 30, 2017 at 10:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There might be a local version of it near you. Maybe not ClassPass, but something similar?

      July 2, 2017 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    That is so cool you got to speak! You of all people I’m sure can help others understand how to navigate their disease.

    June 30, 2017 at 11:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m hoping that there will be other opportunities to speak for various reasons–to fellow patients, to their support systems, at fundraisers. One thing I can do, I can speak!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    CONGRATS on your speaking gig, that sounds awesome! And I saw the same ClassPass ad as you, and couldn’t resist trying it out since I’ve never joined. For $4, how could I say no? So far I’ve done barre (first time ever, and hoo boy did it kick my butt!), rock climbing, and contemporary Indian dance. I think I might keep up the membership… I’ve been having so much fun, and honestly I have sucked at motivating myself to run consistently lately.

    June 30, 2017 at 11:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you, and I love that we both picked up that deal! Have you tried reformer pilates yet? Now THAT will kick your bum!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    That’s so cool! I’d love to know where we can information about how to support IBD research in our local areas! I’d totally go to an invent like this in Arizona if I could!

    June 30, 2017 at 11:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Go to and start there–there are so many ways to get involved, and there are certainly other organizations, but CCFA is the biggest and best one, and they give the highest percentage of donations to the cause!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Alicia @Bridges Through Life

    Those meals look great. Also what an awesome opportunity to speak at an IBD event. Hope you have a great holiday weekend (even with a little work in the mix). I’m working Saturday since it’s month end and I am an accountant…at least I should have Monday and Tuesday off which will be nice.

    June 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you do! Especially after having to work Saturday…`

      July 2, 2017 at 7:06 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    So glad you are back to exercise – running plus Lagree sounds like a great combo!

    June 30, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really was such a one-two punch!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:05 am
  • Reply San

    Oh, biscottis! I haven’t had any in ages… and the nearest Whole Foods is not exactly around the corner. Bummer.

    June 30, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I need to see if I can get them online. On the other hand, they would become my diet if I did that lol!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:04 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Very cool about that fundraiser–you were so close to me–you should have said something! I could have met up with you. I’m not a good public speaker. I get so nervous!

    June 30, 2017 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I kept getting alternatively nervous and then super chill. It was pretty funny! And we didn’t really know what the details were until right before the talk (like the day before), but you are right, I was super close to you!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:04 am
  • Reply Deborah @Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Hope you and Alex have a fun filled weekend!

    June 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I’m so glad your schedule is working for you! It sucks to make choices, but your sanity is worth a LOT. Happy Friday!

    June 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t have much sanity to speak of, so I have to hold on to every bit that I can, lol!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:03 am
  • Reply jill conyers

    Very cool speaking gig. I’m sure you were awesome!

    July 1, 2017 at 5:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Jill! I was so honored to be asked!

      July 2, 2017 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    Those meals looks delicious, wish they had that in my area. That is awesome about your speaking engagement, congrats!

    July 1, 2017 at 7:46 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Way to go on the speaking gig, girl! You are SO much braver than I!

    July 5, 2017 at 3:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I love to talk!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:56 am

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