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With all the craziness going on in my life, I wanted to give those of you (who may or may not care, but it’s my blog and I do what I want) some updates on what is currently going on in the Suzlyfe.

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Current Status of Heath:

Again, I can’t thank you all enough for your comments and good energy coming my way following my posts on Monday and Tuesday (and on Facebook). We did blood work on Monday (when I went in for Remicade), and so far all of that has come back pretty ok, with the exception that my B12 is a little low, and I am back to the same level of anemia that I was at before my transfusions last year. 

South Park And it's gone meme

I am feeling better overall, and my urge to go is less frequent, I am less exhausted after, and I had far fewer episodes on Tuesday, but Wednesday I had to go stop 3 times during my run. I was able to recover quickly after, however, so that is positive. So I’m just going to take each step as I always do: as it comes and thankful for it. But I would say I feel basically about a B to a B+? I’m still feeling a bit worn out.

Current Status of Getting Pregnant:

On hold for now. We want me to get stabilized and make sure that my body isn’t dropping weight again.

at least you tried meme

Current Status of Fitness Goals:

I’ve fallen quite a bit back on my goals that I made at the beginning of July, and I am ok with that. I will still accomplish each of them in some way! With everything that is going on, I am not too concerned with time goals for my half marathon next month (Mag Mile Half–the only race I’ve ever repeated and my third year running it!). My goal is to finish and to finish in one piece and happy. And without crapping my pants, honestly. #crohns

I didn’t feel well, didn’t feel motivated, didn’t feel comfortable lifting heavy with my Crohn’s Disease flare up and my hip issues, so my lifting heavy and doing a pull up goal have fallen back. Right now, I just want to get back into a lifting routine of some sort for the rest of August.


But I HAVE accomplished my most important goals: running with Alex and helping him through his first race. Done (once) and done (twice!). We now run together on Saturdays, and he has run two races, so I’m counting those points as double.

Current Status of Corgi Adoption:

So we applied for our Corgi, and I got a response that they will keep our application on file for 6 months, but that they don’t often get dogs in that meet our preferences (regarding age, plays well with cats, etc). So we might be going to the shelter to at least look around next week.


I'm seriously obsessed with this meme.

I’m seriously obsessed with this meme.

Current Status of My Technology:

My phone is being a pratt (I just got you and just because I’m lagging does NOT mean that you can, phone!) and my computer won’t charge unless I basically give it foreplay by twirling the plug in the charging port for several minutes. Artificial intelligence is still in the nascent stages, right??


Current Status of my Car:

All in one piece! Door fixed, side view mirror fixed, all hubcaps on (had to go on a wild goose chase for that one). Bets on how long before someone maims it again? 

Current Status of My Obsession with The Nut Butter Filled Clif Bars?

If you follow me on Instagram and Instagram stories, you know the answer to that.

Refueling with Clif Bar and more at the BTN B10K in Grant Park Chicago. Check out the race review and recap at!

Current Status of Book Project:

I’m still trying to work on it an hour a day, but after a meeting that went way longer (in a good way!) than I expected on Tuesday, my doctor’s appointments on Monday (and the internet was being a biatch), not feeling well, and our friend visiting this weekend, I am feeling rather behind, and I’m trying to figure out what to do next. I have a dinner date with some people tonight who might be able to help, so we shall see. 

Current Status of My Life:

Feeling like I’m always playing catch up, and never getting caught up. Speaking of, I’m late and must go!

What is the current status of something in your life?

Who else is convinced that technology knows what is actually going on?

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  • Reply sarah@creatingbettertomorrow

    Current status..wishing my two year old twins would sleep through the night like they used to…doggone teething!! Prayers for your medical issues!

    August 11, 2016 at 5:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooo teething is rough, prayers to you!

      August 14, 2016 at 7:13 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I have been feeling like I can never get caught up as well. I am hoping the rest of the month will be a little quieter but something always comes up!
    I’m glad you are starting to feel a little better!

    August 11, 2016 at 5:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me, too, Lis. Feeling a bit better every day!

      August 14, 2016 at 7:12 am
  • Reply Leslee @ Her Happy Balance

    Corgis are pretty much the bee’s knees so I feel ya on that.
    A current for me – today (Thursday) is my Friday and it couldn’t have come at a better time because I am starting to go crazy at work. I only have 2 weeks (less than!) more here before I move and my supply of projects are starting to severely wane so I have to busy myself all day with randomness. Hence, lots of blog reading…so I guess I can’t complain about that!

    August 11, 2016 at 6:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha I know how that feels! But I’m glad that you came here during your boredom!

      August 14, 2016 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Well I think I’m going to have to push out my surgery into September. I’m not happy about it, but school is crazy this month and my doctor had to cancel my original surgery and wanted to move it up which just threw a wrench in so many things. I really want it over with but in the other hand I’m feeling amazing right now so I’m questioning if I need it at all. I feel like I have no one to talk to about it. It sucks being alone.

    August 11, 2016 at 6:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh, honey, I’m so sorry about that! I hope that you find the answers you need–I don’t know how to answer that.

      August 14, 2016 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Pet adopting is a fun and overwhelming process. Rock and I went to Paws and were really unimpressed and found it to be such a let down. And then we were up at his parents for Thanksgiving and I read in a paper about a woman who donated all of her Jeopardy earnings to a shelter on the North Shore. I got online, saw one cute pic of Louie, Rock walked behind me and saw the pic and asked who that cutie was, and the rest was history! The perfect fit will come at the perfect time.

    August 11, 2016 at 6:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      See! it will happen the way that it is supposed to 😀

      August 14, 2016 at 7:10 am
  • Reply Sam

    I feel like my life has been super crazy lately with starting a new job. My blog has been going downhill as a result… I just can’t keep up!

    I hope you get to feeling better and that some of your symptoms subside for a bit.

    August 11, 2016 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There are definitely some times when I should let the blog chill and focus on other things–but then I feel accomplished when I knock out a post, so it is a self feeding thing, hah

      August 14, 2016 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I think that technology does know what’s going on and often laughs at us and our efforts to try to be smarter than it 😜
    Remember Hal in 2001, a Space Odyssey?
    I’m hoping you continue to feel better every day. When you flare, sometimes it takes awhile to get your game back together…..and Mommy will stop there……although you know my brain is whirling!

    August 11, 2016 at 6:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, and I”m trying not to worry you! But I’m am doing better!

      August 14, 2016 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Let’s seee… my feet are starting to feel better… trying not to jinx it though and easing back into running.
    I hope the meds help you symptoms. What a bummer that this has put everything else on hold. I’m so sorry.

    August 11, 2016 at 6:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Fingers crossed for your feet! And things will happen when the time is right. At least that is what I have to keep telling myself.

      August 14, 2016 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    Totally might steal this “current status” theme for a future post. Oh life.

    You accomplished the most important goal for July and kind of knocked it out of the park because you guys ran two races. I have two computers (one old one new) and the old one, which I’ve kept for both practical and sentimental reasons, doesn’t turn on without the charger being plugged in in a very specific way. Uh oh..

    August 11, 2016 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I still have my computer from undergrad, which doesn’t even turn on , period, but it has my photos on it, so I refuse to give it up!

      August 14, 2016 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    No Chron’s here, but maybe crapping my pants (or doing so, not saying 😉 is always a reality

    August 11, 2016 at 7:16 am
  • Reply Ellie

    The current status of my life is “in progress” . I’m taking classes, which has given me new perspective in regard to running. I feel like I have something else to focus on so the pressure is off the be the best runner ever you know?

    August 11, 2016 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely agree–it is always good to have something else to buffer our passions!

      August 14, 2016 at 7:06 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Right now I feel behind on simple, small things because technology and host issues sucked all my time after our mastermind group. If it does know it is doing, technology is a mean sumbi&ch.

    August 11, 2016 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SERIOUSLY. What is that tech up to? It must know something.

      August 14, 2016 at 7:05 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Current status-realizing I signed up for a half in October and I am not anywhere near ready and so not enjoying running in this heat. Feeling a little unmotivated at the moment

    August 11, 2016 at 7:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I understand that. I am back east this weekend, and the humidity is oppressive!

      August 14, 2016 at 7:05 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Crohns sucks. But you’re such a warrior. If anyone can handle it, it’s you. Stay strong, woman!

    Can’t you just get a corgi from a breeder? I dunno. Just throwing that out there. Speaking from experience, I desperately need a husky in my life and I tried so hard to adopt one, rescue one, and I even went so far as to get on Craigslist. I ended up with my rat dog that weighs 40 lbs and is scared of mailboxes. So there’s that…

    August 11, 2016 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks Rachel. Re Corgi from breeder–$$$ but we are going to see if maybe there is an old Corgi from a breeder that needs a home. We’ll see!

      August 14, 2016 at 7:04 am
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    I’m glad your feeling (a tiny bit) a little better. Feeling behind on things is my life story, and I’ve come to accept that my life will probably just be playing catchup on SOMETHING all the time. I hate technology. Blech. I seriously spent 2 days trying to figure out how to reconnect my phone to my car’s bluetooth after if working for 1 day, only to just delete everything and it work fine. I don’t know.

    August 11, 2016 at 8:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you have the 2 children to explain why you are always behind. I don’t know what I am going to do when I have kids! Behind won’t even cut it at that point.

      August 14, 2016 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Michelle

    This post got me thinking about one of my first supervisors, Julie…I met her in 1993 and she struggled with Crohns as well. She had to have several surgeries to have parts of her colon removed and the doctors said she may never have kids. Well, a few years later she met the love of her life, and they ended up having a beautiful baby girl. God has a plan my friend.

    Current state of my life? Barely treading water but smiling the best I can. 🙂

    August 11, 2016 at 8:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know that there is a family for me somehow, some way. It is possible, we just have to figure out how to make and keep me and the baby healthy! Hang in there, lovely. Sending you so much love.

      August 14, 2016 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Current general status: simultaneously exhausted and excited about everything. And also having the laziest morning ever.

    August 11, 2016 at 8:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So winning at life 😀

      August 14, 2016 at 6:59 am
  • Reply Jessica Marie

    We’ll never be caught up! Haha. Comes with the territory with hustlers;) Glad you’re starting to feel better! That just seems so dang uncomfortable. Current status: feeling great about life! I have so many projects in the works, loving the weather, looking forward to camping in two weeks, can’t wait for the Perseids this weekend!

    August 11, 2016 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I”M TIRED OF HUSTLING. I wish I could have seen the meteor shower! But I was in major cities all weekend, so no dice boooo

      August 14, 2016 at 6:59 am
  • Reply Emily

    Dinner dates with people to discuss your dreams and gifts are AMAZING. 🙂 And it’s so good to hear how you are caring for your body and taking each thing one step at a time. Your optimism always always encourages me Susie, and maybe I should send you more nut butter for keeping the weight healthy? 🙂 That’s one of my best weapons for nutrition.

    Current General Status: Happy, rested, and content.

    August 11, 2016 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely getting my nut butter in! You are so sweet 😀 I have 7 nut butters in rotation at the moment! Let me clear out some room first, lol.

      August 14, 2016 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    I don’t feel like I can keep up with my own life these days. It’s moving a mile a minute. Not a bad thing, but sometimes I just need to take a breather. You’d think that’s what my weekends in RI are for, but at the same time, I use those to put my life on hold. I need another weekend day to get things done. Technology is the worst. Apple is making my phone impossible to use now that it’s 2 1/2 years old and the 7 is about to be released.

    August 11, 2016 at 9:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You life literally is unstoppable, but it is a good thing! You are kicking ass and taking names, my dear.

      August 14, 2016 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Awww Suz, so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your health issues. I’m sure putting off the kid thing was tough, but you have a good head on your shoulders and are definitely doing the right thing. so fun that you are getting to run with the hubby! My hubby and I don’t do that nearly enough. Corgis….cutest dogs on the planet. One of my BFF’s had a Corgi, his name was Cooper and he was the sweetest dog, good choice! I have yet to see those stuffed Clif bars, but I need to find those ASAP!!

    August 11, 2016 at 9:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, Sue. It was a tough but easy decision–we knew that we wouldn’t get anywhere other than just pouring meds into my body. I’m hoping that having a doggy will help me with the stress and help my body get happy!

      August 14, 2016 at 6:56 am
  • Reply Meagan @ My Life as Mrs

    I’m sorry you’ve been feeling on the down side but I’m glad things are getting better for you. I know what you mean about feeling like you’re always trying to catch up. I feel like the older I get, the more I fall behind and the more there is going on. It’s hard to keep up with it all!

    August 11, 2016 at 9:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So it just gets worse?? Greeeeat

      August 14, 2016 at 6:55 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Current status of my SI joint is that it’s feeling great. However, my glutes are so tight it’s pulling on the muscles around my SI joint….fun times! Lots of foam rolling and PT exercises here. Sorry to hear about the Chrons acting up. I’ve been having some stomach issues (Lactose intolerant) on my long runs lately…well, all my runs lately, haha.

    August 11, 2016 at 9:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh I KNOW THE STRUGGLE> Sounds like we are both having similar issues (But i’m glad that you don’t have Crohns!)

      August 14, 2016 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Neil keeps talking about our imaginary dog like we own it but it prob wont be until sometime next year haha.

    August 11, 2016 at 9:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope we get one before that! We’ve been talking about an imaginary dog for months now.

      August 14, 2016 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Suzy

    That’s funny that you have to twirl the cord around. At least you don’t have to stick your finger into any of the holes!

    August 11, 2016 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Cora

    Life. It’s just a joker and a bitch and a playground on mushrooms all in one. I’m really thinking of you Suz. Through all of this. Through life. I know what it’s like to feel worn down, behind and plain out a little nuts. Keep breathing and keep just stepping one foot at a time. <3

    August 11, 2016 at 10:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sending you love right back xoxoxo

      August 14, 2016 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    My status right now is cray hahaha. It’s so cool to see the support system that you Alex have, whether it’s in regards to the baby things or racing and running! #marriagespiration

    August 11, 2016 at 10:05 am
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      August 14, 2016 at 6:51 am
  • Reply Gretchen

    Thanks for the life update! It’s good to know what you’re up to 🙂 And I have to be a shelter advocate and encourage you to at least go and look! I’ve had amazing experiences with the dogs while I was a volunteer, and we found Selma there, so I can’t say enough good things about it. I’ll get off my soapbox now 🙂

    August 11, 2016 at 10:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m definitely a shelter advocate! That’s where we got Zoe!

      August 14, 2016 at 6:50 am
  • Reply Jo @ Living Mint Green

    Hi, can you please tell Clif bar to send me some of those bars? Also, this is going to sound really effing weird, but I was running the other night and my stomach/guts started cramping and I thought of you + “my stomach feels like it’s going to fall out of my butt”


    August 11, 2016 at 10:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG it totally is a thing, right?

      August 14, 2016 at 6:50 am
  • Reply Sara @ Oats & Rows

    CORGIS <3<3<3<3<3 fingers crossed you find your little fluffy butt soon!

    August 11, 2016 at 11:31 am
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      August 14, 2016 at 6:49 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Awwh, I hope you manage to get a Corgi. After all, they are the queen’s favourite and I am pretty sure she knows what she is talking about.

    August 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    I didn’t know you were in the market for a dog 😉 It took us a long time to find our little guy….I have major allergies (to practically everything except my offspring, husband, and the sun, moon, and a few random stars) AND I wanted a shelter dog. The kids did a lot of “technology” stuff and found some breeds that were best for me (low dander, non-shedding, etc.) and then we searched some shelters. Badda Bing, Badda Bang…and we’ve had Max since January of 2015. Good luck with your journey to find your furry addition 😉

    August 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You guys got lucky finding the perfect pup at a shelter! Good for the kids for figuring everything out!

      August 14, 2016 at 6:49 am
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    I’m all about adopt don’t shop. There is a perfect doggie just waiting on you. I got our chloe from a pit bull rescue and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂 Sending happy vibes your way when it comes to everything! I can’t get caught up or stay ahead. I am working to just let that stress go.

    August 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you on all accounts!

      August 14, 2016 at 6:48 am
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    My phone….just shuts off, locks up, and black screens on the reg! That old droid razr I told you about…waiting for September 12th for the new iphone to come out and finally get a new phone after like 6 years 😛
    O and vehicle situation…no AC…so can’t drive too far AND the battery died earlier this week…that was a major plus 😛

    August 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My phone is brand new… so it shouldn’t be doing that!

      August 14, 2016 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Hold up–what is with the wait for a corgi? That’s crazy. Altho we had a hard time finding a cocker spaniel puppy too! When my husband drove up to Madison Wis to get her from the breeder, she told Mike there were 100 people on her waiting list. That’s crazy!

    I’m currently obsessed with Curate bars since I received some free ones at a race earlier this summer. I finally found them at Target this week!!!

    August 11, 2016 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that they just don’t think that they are going to get any in. Which makes me super sad. LOVE me the Curate bars!

      August 14, 2016 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Ohhh you REALLY need a corgi. Totally adding “please give Suz a corgi” to my prayer list – not even kidding 😛 Life is better with pups!

    The current status of my thoughts is…… thinking about cupcakes… which I’m totally about to eat when I finish typing this!

    August 13, 2016 at 3:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want one so badlyyyy (both the Corgi and the cupcake :D)

      August 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

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