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Oven, Stove, Fridge, Freezer (Embryo Transfer Week in Review)

All sorts of creations going on up in here! From stocking my uterus to stocking the freezer, let’s look back at the days before and of my embryo transfer Week in Review style!

Thank you to the epic mamas: Meg of Clean Eats Fast Feets for hosting Week in Review, Katie for Marvelous Monday!

Week in Review and Weekend Recap

As you all know, this weekend was our Embryo Transfer, and I was definitely feeling the tension and nerves. I didn’t sleep super well, especially those last few nights, and the night before I hardly slept at all and sweated terribly. But let’s back up, and then we will go through.

During the Week!

This week, I spent time working on one of my book projects! I am finishing out the sections that I have titled (aka that I know I need to talk about), and now I am about to start figuring out the spaces between and how to connect them. I’m hoping to have this out before fall marathon training season starts–so it is time to buckle down on that!

Speaking of buckling down, after having my epiphany about how much the ADHD is still really impacting my life, I have felt so much more at ease with the whole thing and far less judgmental towards myself. It really explains so much of my behavior over the past few years. Knowing that I am still struggling with it is giving me more grace but also helping me to proactively approach the issue. It isn’t going away any time soon, so best figure out what to do now!

I got my margarita at Tarascas (no, I didn’t drink it all). 

I made kale hummus as well as another upcoming recipe on Thursday and ruined my appetite for sushi that night… so we “ate” at home (I had something random) and I got my favorite beer as my last drink for the next 10 months, hopefully.

Friday, I did my walk, I feel like I did some productive things (though I don’t remember what). Oh, I know! I went and shopped for some white plates for my recipe that would NOT have looked good on my current plates and then I shot said new recipe (I know you guys aren’t huge on my recipe only posts so don’t worry–each recipe post will come with life tidbits mkay?). I also dumped recipe on floor. Luckily, this is the kind of recipe that can take that, and we ate it for dinner Saturday night (you understand later). 

That afternoon, I headed to Sbux and sat and brainstormed recipes and figured out what I would need to make them.

Friday night was a different story: I was a blithering idiot, so really, the only thing accomplished was the aforementioned strength training dabble-age and deciding on dinner after going back and forth and back and forth (seriously, don’t ask to see the text messages). We had a great dinner, we shared 2 delicious beers and crack fries, and all was well.


The Weekend in Review

Then I sweated like the 80s that night. Really weird anxiety dreams. 

And then it was Saturday. Originally, our transfer appointment was for noon, but they asked to move it up to 9:15 (the same time as the river dying, which was kind of funny to witness as I headed downtown), so my day was a bit different. I felt like… um, just know that I felt terrible from lack of sleep and stress, so when I woke up, I headed upstairs and treadmill walked it out first thing.

Doing my walk first (rather than walking downtown like I sometimes do) gave me the added benefit of meeting Ridley’s friends at the park to run her exhausted. Mission Accomplished, thank GOODNESS.

Oatmeal and breakfast, bus downtown, meet Alex, get coffee, head over for appointment.

Got Transplanted. We had one blastocyst for implantation, and the other were in a stage called a “morula” aka implantable but not freezable. We would have to wait another day to find out about those developments. We transferred the blastocyst…. AFTER THEY FOUND MY UTERUS. Which was hiding. First my veins, now my uterus! They used a different ultrasound and found it, and the lining looked awesome!! Yoshi 2 went in, and we are now in the waiting game.

Because I was supposed to rest but also needed to go grocery shopping for my projects that day, so I agreed to go back to Alex’s office for a bit, where this time I listened to him (unlike after my retrieval), and I lay down on the couch and ate chocolate for 45 minutes. I consider that an accomplishment πŸ˜€

Groceries for the blog projects (and a few goodies for me :D) and then I returned home!

Over the next few hours, I created, prepped, cooked, and took initial pics for 2 new recipes and made another batch of the Kale Hummus because it was so damn good. 

This Lean Green Kale Hummus is vegan, gluten free, high in protein, and perfect for your St. Patrick's Day Party or any time you want a superfood boost! @suzlyfe

By the time that I was done, it was “lunch time” and so I made a salad, had some popcorn… and then had a pint of Arctic Zero because I freaking felt like it. I had gotten plenty of healthy fats and protein from my recipes (you will understand when you see them), and dude, it was treat yoself day so I did what I wanted.

The afternoon was a haze of Ridley being crazy while I lounged on the couch and watched TV like a good girl! In the midst of her little attention grabbing moments, she was indeed adorable and sat on her egg/blastocyst.

Alex and I had a dinner of new recipes, and they all got a MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR thumbs up from us both. I went back for another serving… I had as much as Alex! I’d already had my ice cream, so I had a protein bar and cereal later on. 

Sunday, the clocks changed but Alex’s bedside table alarm clock didn’t so he was late… this is why I use a phone. 

Not as much got accomplished on Sunday, but I did take the dog out, got Alex’s necessary groceries, and worked on some posts. I made some dates with friends for this week as well!

I finished out the night making some my allergy friendly cauliflower crusts, riced cauliflower (both of which went to the freezer), and then defrosted some Italian chicken marinara to have with some stovetop chickpea flatbread I made. 

One in the oven and one in the freezer? Find out what that means! #WIR #sweatpink Click To Tweet

So probably more than you ever needed to know, but I felt like rambling, lots of things occurred, and now we have something in the oven, things cooked on the stove, ingredients and recipes in the fridge, and a few already in the freezer. 

What is currently in your oven, stove, fridge, freezer?

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  • Reply Christina @

    I’m glad it sounds like the transfer went really well!! It sounds like you had a productive weekend too. We were out of town, so I did none of my normal food prep and am feeling a little behind, but hopefully can catch up today!
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    March 13, 2017 at 5:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are still ahead of me.. I rarely do any sort of prep!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Allie

    You are my hero when it comes to cooking/recipe making! I would love to, I just don’t. Actually I would love someone else to make all this awesomeness for me so I could just EAT! Since we have our new little puppy love, we have had take out sushi and pizza. I have no clue what may be in my fridge but I hope I have lunches for the boys πŸ™‚
    Allie recently posted…The Rundown – FatigueMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 5:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that you do as well, or there might be a mutiny! I have a feeling this all will go right out the window come kids!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Maybe Ridley was just helping incubate?

    My fridge is bursting–I grocery shop on Sundays. So much fruits and veggies for smoothies!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…The Arthritis RunnerMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 5:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oo fun! Ridley loves her egg. She is doing all the incubation.

      March 14, 2017 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Sounds like a productive weekend! I did lots of meal prep this weekend…more than Ive done in awhile but I think it will really help to get through busy week. Im so glad to hear the transfer went well!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…A Little Bit Goes a Long WayMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 6:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So much food occurred for us all!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    It was good chatting with you yesterday!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…15 Minute Chicken Stir-Fry {GF, Low Cal}My Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 6:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      xoxo Thank you for letting me vent!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Can’t wait to hearrr!!!!

    March 13, 2017 at 6:28 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    your kale hummus looks delish thanks for linking up! hope everything went well fingers crossed for you all
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    March 13, 2017 at 6:36 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    I somehow managed to be super productive with food prep this weekend! And by super productive, I mean I roasted 2 chicken breasts, made a bomb chickpea salad, and cooked dinner for the dogs (yes, I make their wet food. it’s so easy! stores well in mason jars in the fridge. I get about 5 days worth each time). That’s about all the time I could spend on my foot (ha!) so I didn’t do more. Also, I had the chocolate peanut butter creamy arctic zero! Ate the whole thing. πŸ™‚ #iregretnothing Saying prayers for you! <3
    Jennifer @ Fit Nana recently posted…SURGERY AND THE THIRD WEEK: AKA THE WEEK THE ANGER SET INMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 6:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What do you make for their food? I was just looking up making dog food, largely because I was about to run out…

      March 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm
      • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

        For perspective, I have 2 labs and this makes about 5 days worth of “dinners” for them. It makes five 2-cup mason jars worth that I split and they get with a cup of kibble. This weeks recipe was 3 lbs ground turkey, 1 can pumpkin, 1 shredded zucchini, a bunch of spinach, and a bag of brown rice (like minute rice – takes 10 minutes to cook in the microwave). Sometimes I use oatmeal instead of rice, sometimes I use a blend of ground chicken and turkey, sometimes I add peas and carrots (usually frozen), sometimes I add beans (kidney or black), and I’ve even added fresh cranberries (in moderation)! You can also use yellow squash, butternut squash, and green beans. It’s really easy and my dogs love it – the bonus? No more middle of the night my tummy hurts potty emergencies!! They act and feel so much better!
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        March 14, 2017 at 7:46 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          Um… make dinner for me too

          March 17, 2017 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Amy

    Fingers crossed for a sticky Yoshi!
    Amy recently posted…My Popcorn ThoughtsMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Jamie

    You had the most productive transfer weekend of ALL TIME. Seriously! All I remember is my Valium-induced giggles and a lot of The Office on Netflix. And you know what’s in my fridge: Almond Amaretto Cake FOR THE WIN!!!!!
    Jamie recently posted…Lessons from Dumbo on How to ParentMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 7:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG that cake. I’ve been showing everyone.

      March 14, 2017 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Rae

    GO YOSHI GO! Looking forward to seeing these new recipes, too πŸ™‚
    Rae recently posted…Weekend Update: Mardi Gras and Freezing ColdMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Cora

    Your moment out in SB to brainstorm recipes sounds glorious. A nice moment of solitude amidst all the other craziness, I hope. Well done on all the recipe developing, experimenting, making, shooting and eating!! And all the meal prep. You were a cuisine wizard last week! And now I get to reap the benefits, right?
    Cora recently posted…Mind-Body Connection and Finding the Hidden Reasons for Anxiety: Week In ReviewMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes you do! Get to making!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Emily Weir

    Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly with Yoshi!

    March 13, 2017 at 7:37 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Oh man I’m praying praying praying!! Also…45 minutes of chocolate eating is an amazing accomplishment! I made your kale hummus over the weekend…DELICIOUS!
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    March 13, 2017 at 7:47 am
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      March 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Glad the transfer went well! Rest up and praying it works!! xoxo
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    March 13, 2017 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you lovely xoxo

      March 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie @ FlashFit Trainer

    Godspeed little Yoshi! Sounds like a very productive weekend indeed.
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    March 13, 2017 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    Fingers crossed for success! I laughed when I saw that margarita picture on Instagram and how you pointed out that you didn’t drink it all because I have definitely consumed a margarita that size by myself on more than one occasion. Like, recently. #lush
    Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner recently posted…Prague Marathon Training, Week 9My Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YOU ARE MY HERO. Seriously.

      March 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Emily

    So so hopeful that it might work; praying hard. I’m just in wonder more and more at life and how it truly is a gift and it doesn’t come easily.
    Emily recently posted…Why I Ditched The Running Watch + ALL the Link Love LatelyMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really is amazing!!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Go Yoshi Go! Keeping my fingers crossed for good news!! Also, I really need to make your Kale Hummus!
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    March 13, 2017 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes you do! Thank you!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    “Oatmeal and breakfast” LOL! Is Oatmeal like a warm-up or something? Doesn’t surprise me. I LOVE the pic of Ridley sitting on the egg. ADORABLE.
    Suzy recently posted…Mileage MondayMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 9:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oatmeal is definitely a warm up to second breakfast πŸ˜€ Ridley is a good egg, and hopefully a good incubator!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    So glad the transfer went well!!! Sending big hugs and positive vibes for you and Y2!!

    There’s not much in my fridge having just got back from vaca…I need to settle back in to my routine!
    Michelle recently posted…Spicy broccoli puree’My Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 9:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just imagine the possibilities!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply kat

    Sounds like a really great weekend! Fingers crossed that Yoshi does his [her?] thing!
    I’m all about that kale hummus. I’ve been hankering to make my own at home, so hurry on up with that recipe!! πŸ˜‰
    kat recently posted…Brussels Sprouts & Quinoa Breakfast SkilletMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 10:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So easy, so delicious!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Sending healthy, happy, sticky vibes for Yoshi 2.0!
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Five Things About My Favourite Fitness Trend – BarreMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    In my oven is my pizza stone, waiting for it’s next night of glory. On my stove is the dirty pan I used to make cheesy scrambled eggs for the child and I this morning. In my fridge is a boatload of food and a decent amount of booze and in my freezer is ice and vodka. I used to have a stockpile of food in my freezer, but then I had a child and I cook a lot less these days, yet eat a lot more. It’s weird how that works out.

    My fingers, toes and all that good stuff is crossed for you. I’m rooting little Yoshi Two on. Very nice work on chillaxing by the way. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to accomplish and yet usually the most worthwhile.

    I love seeing you in the Week in Review linkup. I hope you’ll come back for more in the future, and I hope Ridley behaves for you this week.

    March 13, 2017 at 10:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love being in the link up! I just have to make sure that I am productive enough. I have a feeling that when we have a kiddo we will have lots of pizza in the freezer πŸ˜€

      March 14, 2017 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    ArtI zero. .. I don’t get it. I tried to like it but it’s Sooo not good! I ate it anyway tears ago when I was calorie obsessed and wanted to maintain a low weight. Real ice creams sooo much better. Do you eat or like regular ice cream? If it upsets your tummy or something, what abut cashew or coconut milk ice cream? Just something not so low cal – diet foody? Your body needs sooo much at this time.. it’ll only help your ttc goals!

    I hope yoshi 2 becomes your future baby! Praying For you!

    March 13, 2017 at 10:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I do eat regular ice cream, but this was just a craving thing. i knew it was low calorie and so I made sure to get in plenty of other food (I had been eating my creations all morning!). I just really like the cake batter one! πŸ˜€

      March 14, 2017 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply AdjustedReality

    Fingers crossed and good thoughts your way!!!
    AdjustedReality recently posted…Fickle PickleMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    So, we have one starting to cook (we hope) and one on ice…..? fingers crossed for ALL of you!

    March 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      one in the oven one in the freezer

      March 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    I think Riley wants to be a part of the excitement! and it was an exciting week- congrats to you and the hubby!
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    March 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! And I know, she totally does!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    So glad the transfer went well – praying for the rest of it to go well and be a bun in your oven! There’s nothing in my oven right now, but I decided to try pickling onions today when I was taking my lunch break. I’ve been in such a recipe rut that I needed to try something new!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Mile Markers: Recovery and ResetMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that I love ANYTHING that is pickled!!

      March 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Crossing my legs that Yoshi sticks!!! <3
    Helly on the Run recently posted…The Coldest 3 Minutes of My Life–Cryotherapy and other fun stuff from my weekendMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Ridley is TOTALLY the cutest incubator in the world.

    Crossing ALL THE THINGS for you so that blog recipes aren’t the only thing in the oven πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ xo
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recipe: Gluten Free Garlic and Herb LoafMy Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She likes to think so πŸ˜€

      March 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    My freezer is FULL. No embryos though. Who knew they could be at an un-freezable stage?! Or that you could lose a uterus?! WTF???
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Shamrock Protein Shake [Recipe]My Profile

    March 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I will find a way, if there is one

      March 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Chase the Red Grape

    I wouldn’t have blamed you if you had one of those margaritas to yourself…. Defintiely a #lifegoal for me

    And oven, stove, fridge, freezer – well last in the oven was some delish fries I made, stove was my eggs this morning, the fridge is full of bits from our weekend cook up and the freezer… Mostly GF bread. Wish it was ice cream πŸ™
    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape recently posted…Why you don’t have to be like me #5TTTMy Profile

    March 14, 2017 at 2:13 am
  • Reply Sarah

    hahaha oven & freezer, you crack me up. crossing my fingers for you!

    March 14, 2017 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Miss Polkadot

    Go, Yoshi 2, go! Fingers crossed second time’s a charm for you!
    Look at Ridley already developing sisterly feelings for her potential human sibling! She’s a smart one.
    If it makes you feel any better: your veins aren’t the only ones hiding. A relative of mine is a nurse and occasionally has to help her colleagues out in finding particularly hidden veins. Okay and now I need to stop talking/thinking about this topic because getting my blood drawn scares me ;).
    Want to share some of your hummus with me? It sounds intriguing and kale’s not going to be in season/available around here until around November again.
    Miss Polkadot recently posted…Mental vs. physical restMy Profile

    March 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      How cool would it be if she really could sense something in there? I’m sure I’m just subliminally directing her there, but it makes me feel better. I would LOVE to share hummus and kale and all sorts of good things with you!!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    You’re making me want fries! Stop!! :'(

    I’m trying to not buy groceries until I finish at least another box’s worth of stuff in my pantry, but it’s starting to get more difficult, hahaha. πŸ˜› Hooray for saving money though!? I’ve meal prepped my breakfasts for the week though, so I’ve got that goin’ for me!?
    Farrah recently posted…16 Copycat Recipes To Try This WeekendMy Profile

    March 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are the jam on prepping and saving money–you are my hero with that!

      March 22, 2017 at 2:59 pm

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