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Currently at the Start of October #thinkingoutloud


Whewf. There has been a lot of fitness and running talk of late–but you all seem to be loving it! Even so, I thought that I would take a break from all of that for this Thinking Out Loud Thursday! There are lots of “Currently” surveys going around, and I’ve yet to do one, so I thought that rather than get embroiled in another super serious post, I would take a breath and tell you all a bit about not what I am doing but what I am about these days!


Listening to: I am pretty much married to a few Spotify and Pandora channels. During training, I tend to listen quite a lot of country–it is very easy to run to–and if Alex is using the Spotify, or if I don’t feel like being very discerning, I will turn on my “Rewind” (The Rascal Flatts song) station or “Ready Set Roll” radio. What is nice about these stations is that there is a mixture of more upbeat and more chill, but still rolling, beats and great harmonies as well as some more rock-type country. If I’m on Spotify, I love the song “I Want it All” by Natalie Taylor, so I will use that to dictate a radio station. Florida Georgia Line is another favorite radio starter.

spongebob music headphones

Watching: All sorts of things, as per usual! In the background at work, I have Person of Interest on (as I’ve finished all of the SVU that is available!). I’ll be honest, half of the time I have no idea what is actually going on because I’m only paying partial attention, but it is a nice little distraction when I need it. Otherwise, you know that I’m loving my Ladies of London. I love Brits (yes, that includes you, Dannii and Neil!).

Reading: I’ve moved on a bit from my Scandinavian murder novels, mostly because I went through just about all the free ones. I have since transitioned to memoirs, first on American upper class in the early decades of the 20th century, and have since picked up (by way of American heiresses marrying into British society) memoirs and stories of British aristocracy, stories of the help, and now, the British royal family.


Maggie smith Downton Abbie Woman Contrary

I just finished a fantastically interesting and well written memoir of one of the last to live in Leeds Castle as well as another incredible expose of the Queen Mother, written by her equerry in the 1990s. With as much as I loved The King’s Speech, as well as growing up with her, it was a great read. I’m currently reading about Princess Alice, and this book is a bit more slow going, but still fascinating. I love the look at both the era (the transition out of the Victorian era) and the people themselves. But I’m super cheap, so I pretty much only read the books that are on Kindle Unlimited! Except for the one on the Queen Mother, which I paid for (but it was on sale, lol).

Dealing with: Zoe, laying on my arm, as usual. She is also trying to “touch” the computer screen. Also: the incoming chill in the air. I’m going to switch out my clothes this weekend!

cold weather

Excited about: Lots of little excitements! Yes, I’m excited for the marathon, but I’m more excited for my trainees than anything πŸ˜€ I’m also really excited for all of my friends running this weekend to realize their goals and dreams, whether they hit their times or not. I’m excited that Alex will have the weekend off after he gets off nights this Saturday morning, and let’s just talk about the fact that in 9 days I get to see my mom! Now THAT is exciting!

Indulging in: Pumpkin Beer, Pumpkin Spice Puffins, Caramel Apple Pie Greek Yogurt, and Love Grown Oats Chocolate Power O’s. I love when things are on sale πŸ˜€

O Fallon Pumpkin Beer is one of my favorites! Suzlyfe

Eating in Spades: See above, and then add zoodles, delicata squash, and Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo to the list!

PS: follow me on Instagram for all of my updates on what is tasty in life!

Putting off for no reason at all: Taking some things to the dry cleaner, getting some new jeans hemmed. Cleaning up and out my life!

Working on: Lots and lots of freelance work! Some sponsored posts, some guest posts. Last week, I had to put the kibosh on an opportunity that I thought was going places, but it was 100% the right move. And in the time since, I’ve been churning out pieces left and right, getting great feedback, and I feel like I’ve been doing some really strong posts recently. So while, yeah, bummer about that other thing, I have to protect myself and my friends and I made the right decision. ON TO THE NEXT.


Crazily Considering: Running the FULL Rock N Roll Nola Marathon. My mom is doing the 10k with Team Challenge, Gianna I know is doing the half, and I’ve heard great things about the full. It would be after Winter Warriors (which I just got the email for asking me to coach!) and two full months before Boston. And on the anniversary of running Phoenix. I’ve got tons of time to decide, but AM I CRAZY. Don’t answer that. 

tcm face

Superficially Pleased With: My body. I know it is a crazy superficial thing to say, but I love how I am looking right now. I know I could do with some more size in my arms, but I’ve been saying that for eons and whatever. But I love my legs, my booty, my midsection, the shape of my face, my shoulders. I feel strong, I look strong, I love my body when I am training–I gain weight when I train, and I love it–it is good weight, it is healthy weight. I get shades of my old riding booty back. I’m still petite, but I am solid. I feel like I get better and better with each marathon!

Bosu Squat Jump Suzlyfe

Trying not to think about: What will happen when I have my big doctor’s appointments two days after the marathon. I’m meeting with both of my big specialists (GI (Crohn’s) and My Fertility/Repro/Gyn), and we are going to start changing things. There is a new drug on the market that is taking the world by storm, but it would replace my beloved Remicade, which I’m not so okay with. But I have to go off of my injection in order to get pregnant, and though we are not going to start trying until after Boston next year, I have to be on my new dual therapy plan for at least 3 months before we do anything else (to make sure I’m stable). Changing right after Chicago seems like a good idea to give me plenty of time before Boston (cough, and Nola). But that means changing what has kept me healthy for over 6 years. Thus I’m CURRENTLY NOT THINKING ABOUT THAT.

Also not thinking about the fact that training with my crew will be over next week….

Otter can't hear you

Obviously, there are lots of other things going on, but I thought a State of the Suz was in order! Plus, I got to talk about a bunch of things I don’t normally. 

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  • Reply Renee

    I love these posts! And what the heck is scandinavian murder novel? This sounds like something I should be getting into…anytime an American Marries a Brit in the early 20th century I’m in for a read. Currently I’m actually settling into life who am I? I hope both of your doctors appointments ( all three) go well, sending you good thoughts and love for all of them. Come on foot! Doesn’t it know you have some RUNNING to do? I like all this baby talk I’m reading. πŸ™‚
    Renee recently posted…Welcome October with FALL EATSMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 5:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Check it out–American Heiress, I believe it is called. I love how much happier you have seemed of late! I’ve definitely noticed!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Yes you are crazy but you should do it anyway! I would if I could. And hopefully the switch in meds is ok. Our bodies are so unpredictable.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…State of the Blog…September 2015My Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 6:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think you all are the worst/best. TWIST MY ARM

      October 2, 2015 at 11:50 am
  • Reply

    Woohoo! Thanks for the shout out there my friend! πŸ˜€

    But lady (and I use your proper term there as we both know you are destined to live in a castle πŸ˜‰ ), where do you find the time to do so much stuff? I mean picking up a book is something I would dearly love to do more of these days! But, when you leave the house at 7am and return at 7am, it doesn’t leave much time for much else. Moan moan moan, lolz

    Must see if I can get pumpkin beer, or a similar brand somewhere here! πŸ™‚

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    October 1, 2015 at 6:36 am
  • Reply lindsay

    girl, you looks hot! i’d be proud too. Shake that thang! haha and stay warm. πŸ˜‰

    October 1, 2015 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      How do you think that I plan on staying warm? lol

      October 2, 2015 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    I just bought the pumpkin puffins and the pumpkin spice mini wheats at Target last week. I am currently in a PUMPKIN EVERYTHANG phase right now and I’m okay with that.
    Thoughts and prayers about the Doctors appointments. I hated seeing our reproductive/fertility doctors, it would always stress me out so much. So, DON’T STRESS OUT. Just kidding, only stress out a little πŸ˜‰
    Continue on with yo awesome self lady.
    Heather@hungryforbalance recently posted…10 things to do when you don’t feel like doing anythingMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you my love. I will follow your advice and only panic a bit.

      October 2, 2015 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Bri

    Marathon queen! Sounds like lots of good things are coming your way Susie! That’s exciting (scary?) about the new treatment option.
    Bri recently posted…{thinking out loud Thursday} My Boston Marathon dreams are crushedMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A bit of both. We’ll see what they say!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I have been loving country stations like Rascal Flatts to listen to while I am on my computer. And where did the fall weather come from? I did the closet switch last weekend, and I am so glad I did because today is a long sleeve and a scarf kind of day, with a rain jacket. (Boo….)
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Thoughts from the Halfway PointMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 7:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you all don’t get pummelled this weekend. Stay safe. I actually did the closet switch yesterday. i couldn’t put it off any longer!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Changing up your meds has to be scary! One of the nurses I work with taking Humira for RA, and when she got pregnant she had to stop. She was pretty miserable, and went back on it as soon as she delivered. I hope the new regimen works as well for you.

    Keep inspiring us!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Talk about the passionMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwwwww, thank you, Wendy! I hope your friend is doing better? I tried Humira, but it didn’t work for me–it was my last big flare.

      October 2, 2015 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Brittney

    I am currently not trying to think about the Chicago marathon. While I’m super excited, I’m definitely going through the taper crazies. It’s my first marathon, and I’m trying to get a BQ, so I’m just questioning if I’ve done enough! Your running posts as of late have been very helpful in getting me to relax and remember to enjoy the race.

    October 1, 2015 at 7:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know how I feel about the BQ business. And honestly, why not plan on trying for a BQ on another race? Why not doing it all over again! I’m so glad that my posts have been helping!!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Scandinavian murder novels… LOL. You’re hilarious. That would be reference to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, yes? I’m excited for your marathon, and yes you are crazy and yes your body looks smokin’ right now! You’re right about its petite strength. Such a BAMF.
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    October 1, 2015 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Of that Ilk, but I don’t buy things, so at least I’ve already read those. Thanks dear!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Jamie

    I am crazily considering running Boston 2 Big Sur… we shall see. I think it may be a bit much for my body to handle, but I’ve been feeling good recently. I think I am finally on the Remicade wagon!
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    October 1, 2015 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YYYYAAAAYYYYy Remicade is my liquid gold. I really hope that it works for you (and continues to do so!). You seem to be doing well!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    You don’t often hear people saying they are in love with their body and props to you for that. You look great and it shows — I LOVE the confidence! Also, I really need to get into Ladies of London, don’t I? I’m sure I’d like it! Happy Thursday, Susie!
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    October 1, 2015 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! and you would DIE over LoL. It is amazing and posh and fabbity fab fab

      October 2, 2015 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Screw superficial. You work hard so why shouldn’t you be proud of how you look? ‘Cause girl, you lookin’ GOOD. I hate how it’s perfectly acceptable to be uncomfortable in our skins, but not to be happy with how we look. Pffft to that.
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted…. thinking out loud #150 .My Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 9:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Alright alright πŸ˜€

      October 2, 2015 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Sara

    I love reading what’s going on in the crazy world of Suz. πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for everyone running the Chicago marathon. I ran the rock n’ roll NOLA half two years ago & loved it.
    Sara recently posted…First Time Out, Without BabyMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 9:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You should come with me πŸ˜€

      October 2, 2015 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Emily

    Working on: My quality of my blog posts and producing good content. πŸ™‚ Also working on more cooking and thinking about developing a few more recipes.

    I love that you are content with your body… πŸ™‚ And caramel apple pie greek yogurt? Where is this stuff? It sounds tasty!
    Emily recently posted…Why Stress Hurts and Trust HelpsMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 9:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Its the Dannon Light n Fit Greek! I cant wait to see how you continue to progress with your blog!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Mmm pumpkin beer….need to find me a gluten free version!
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    October 1, 2015 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I run to country music too πŸ™‚
    Good luck with the doctors. Changing things that work sounds terrifying. But hopefully it will all be for the good!
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    October 1, 2015 at 9:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, Julie. We shall see!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Yes to running on country. Yes to Ladies of London. Yes to Zoe. Yes to switching closets this weekend. Yes, you look fabulous.

    October 1, 2015 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    I have recently become addicted to Scandal….like I can’t stop watching it. At least I have a show I’m enjoying when I run on my treadmill πŸ™‚ Good luck with your appointment.
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    October 1, 2015 at 10:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really liked Scandal at first, now I am just kind of over it. Like with all of those shows.

      October 2, 2015 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    Yay yay yay for baby!! I know it’s a little while off but getting your body prepared is great! Hope the new medicine works as well as the remicade has! Ps your body looks amazing. Love the muscle definition!

    October 1, 2015 at 11:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Heather. We’ve got at least a year, yet, before anything really changes, haha. I don’t think I’ll go off of Remicade unless this new med is like AMAZEBALLS. but we shall see.

      October 2, 2015 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Nonfiction lovers unite!
    I really hope your doctor appointments go well. I understand the fear of switching off a medication that works – I almost went off mine to try another for my endo, but the side effects of the other were too risky so I stuck with what I’ve been on for 8 years. I really hope the dual therapy works for you and then the eventual transition off of Remicade goes smoothly.
    I would totally run RnR Nola! Escape from the Chicago winter!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Hiking at Annette LakeMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 11:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YOU SHOULD COME RUN IT WITH ME. I really hope the new therapy works, too. Who knows what will happen. We’ll find out soon!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    YOU MUST RUN NOLA. Okay? Fantastic, see you there! πŸ™‚ I’m finally meeting up with the TC peeps this weekend and am really excited!
    I am with you on the country! I do the majority of my long runs listening to the iTunes country station and it puts me in a nice mellow groove.
    But most importantly, see you in NOLA so we can have some celebratory beers πŸ˜‰
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    October 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha ok ok ok

      October 2, 2015 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Shawna

    it feels so dang good when you love your body, doesn’t it?! i love when strong, fit girls are proud of how they look, and i love hearing that you’re at that place. and i need to try that beer!!
    Shawna recently posted…thinking out loud: October 1My Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Get that beer, it is everything. And thank you–I really do feel fit and strong, and I think that I look it, too!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Shake it while you can and be proud of your body! Wishing you luck with upcoming med changes and hoping things go smoothly.
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    October 1, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Shake shake shake shaaaakkkke. Thanks dear!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I love that you’re super pleased with your body! That is so important – not superficial at all! You’re looking great!
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    October 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, Laura. It isn’t like I waltz around showing it off, but I’m really happy with it right now!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Alaina @ thesimplepeach

    You are a rambling mess and I LOVE it! That otter pic!!! Changing things can be scary. My doctor wants to up my medication and I am starting it in the morning…it’s too close to Chicago for something new. I am kinda freaking a little. It could make me feel 150% better or make me a crazy caffeinated mess. Fingers crossed!
    Alaina @ thesimplepeach recently posted…Happy Fall Ya’ll!My Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good luck! Fingers are crossed for you! And yes, definitely a mess, but that is typical.

      October 2, 2015 at 11:35 am
  • Reply heather

    I love otters they are the cutest. I loved reading all your thoughts. I hope your doctors appointment goes well. I think it is a great thing to have several races in your sights. I may run the NOLA as well.

    October 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Otters are magical. I want one!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    It’s so nice to hear that someone is proud of their body for once. Rock it! And I’m sending all good vibes for that dr.’s appointment!
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…That Time a Raw Foodie Tried To Kill MeMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you dear! I don’t usually get all wabam, but it feels right at the moment!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Marcia

    Yay for body love! And for cool fall air! And for all the pumpkin things! There’s something bittersweet about having the marathon about to be over. It’s been quite the journey. RnRNOLA calls to me.
    Marcia recently posted…Tapering is my PassionMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s like having a wedding be over–what do you do now? (certainly not everyday married life, lol)

      October 2, 2015 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    Spongebob is EVERYTHING! πŸ™‚
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…Thinking Out Loud v17: CurrentlyMy Profile

    October 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      He certainly is a great sponge.

      October 2, 2015 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Hilary

    There is such a thing as Pumpkin Puffins! I have been missing out, must find them this weekend! And YES to your spotify choices, I absolutely love country stations, especially when I am running!
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    October 1, 2015 at 8:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Get them at target. They are everything!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Farrah

    I have to stop being in denial and switch out my clothes this weekend too. ;_;

    I’m glad you get to spend more time with Alex and that you get to see your mom soon! If everything works out, I think I get to see my family again in December! *-*

    Sending you my best and keeping my fingers crossed for you with your doctor’s appointments!! <3

    P.S. Not superficial at all–you are killin' it in the badassery department! πŸ˜€
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    October 1, 2015 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Shannon @GirlsGotSole

    I’m currently listening to a variety of music when I’m in the car and such. I love that my iPod shuffles my playlist, so I can go from Christian favorites to Rocky. Good variety. πŸ™‚
    Good luck at the doctor’s, those visits are never fun. I hope things work out well for you.

    October 1, 2015 at 11:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! That is something that is great about the shuffle–the mixture of playlists.

      October 2, 2015 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    Yay for mom time! And oh yeah girl, you lookin’ mighty fine. I’m so happy that Modern Family is back on TV πŸ™‚

    October 2, 2015 at 8:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, thank you. I’m working on it! I still haven’t watched Modern Family, but I know so many people love it!

      October 2, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    Oh my gosh RnR NOLA would be SO fun! Please run it so I can live vicariously through you πŸ˜€ I know it’s not for a while but I’m really excited for baby Suz’s and Alex’s!
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    October 3, 2015 at 11:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ok ok ok I will. Jilly can be my nanny and then you can teach the little bugger, when it finally does happen!

      October 5, 2015 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Rae

    OMG delicata squash for the win. So tasty!!
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    October 5, 2015 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s my fave πŸ˜€

      October 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I’m currrently obsessed with the show Blacklist. Have you seen it? I’m convinced Netflix has some sort of secret hypnosis technique to make you binge watch ALL of their shows. I can understand your stress about stopping the medication that has kept you thriving for the last 6 years or so, that must be really scary. It’s hard to willingly give up control over that but I know, I just know that good things are coming for you in that department! Cant’ wait to hear about Chicago!!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…MCM Training Recap Week 13My Profile

    October 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope good things are coming in that department! MAKE IT SO! I’ve heard great things about Blacklist. I think I will be watching it soon!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Kaella On The Run

    Are you running Phoenix again?? I’m on the fence but you being there could persuade me πŸ˜‰
    Kaella On The Run recently posted…Training For The NYC Marathon- Week 13My Profile

    October 6, 2015 at 4:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m not πŸ˜€ I am likely going to do RnR Nola instead!

      October 7, 2015 at 10:19 am

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