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Endless Summer (What I am Taking With Me)

I am determined to have an endless summer. As much as I love fall and pumpkin and crispy leaves and flannel, there are certain parts of summer that I am determined to take with me.

With all the craziness of this season, I feel like the summer flew by, and that I missed out on some really fabulous parts of it. Can you believe that I only laid out once this summer, and it was this weekend? That said, there were some pretty spectacular parts of this summer that I heartily enjoyed, and I am determined to take with me into the next season (and the next, likely!).

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Hummus Plate Dinners

Warm weather rocks! We love our snack plate dinners of veggies, chips, and hummus on our balcony!1

I can’t tell you how often we had hummus, veggies, chicken/chicken sausage, and tortilla chips with a cold beer out on the balcony this summer. Though I have a feeling it will be too cold to enjoy these dinners al fresco in a few months, I can tell you that they aren’t going anywhere any time soon. We had yet another round yesterday (but this time I burnt the tortilla chips, whoooooopsies). Also, McCormick Beer Can Chicken Spice blend is delicious. Just saying. 

Coconut La Croix

This has been the summer of coconut La Croix for me. I’ve been a La Croix fan for a long time, but this summer, I got obsessed with the coconut flavor. OBSESSED. It is pretty much the only flavor that I buy cases of, and then I have the other flavors piecemeal at Whole Foods or wherever. And I made a smoothie with it yesterday!

Protein Smoothies

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Speaking of, this has been the summer of protein smoothies. Green Blender started to change my mind about smoothies in February, trying Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and Cocoa Whey + Coconut Water protein powder mid summer made me a fan, and now with my commitment to replace the weight I lost during my stress stoked Crohn’s Disease flare, they aren’t going anywhere. In fact, no lie, I am drinking one right now (now being as I write this). 

Marathon Training Diet

Take me out to the ballgame! Who doesn't love a beer and Cracker Jack? Perfect for a Cubs game at Wrigley Field

Regardless of how much I am running or working out, I am going to continue fueling like a beast. Lots of nut butter (and Clif Nut Butter Filled Bars!), protein smoothies, snacks, and yes, a beer or drink every now and then (until we restart the fertility treatments) to keep the calories, protein, and healthy fats coming. You all know I get my carbs in–I’ve called for a carbtervention in the past!

Running Outside

There is nothing so glorious as a perfect run! @suzlyfe

We have, by and large, had a spectacularly pleasant summer. Right around the 80s, of course with some warmer days (remember leading up to our first race?). I know that as it gets colder, I am going to be less inclined to run outside, particularly if I am not training for something. However, I want to make sure that I don’t stop running outside, if for no other reason than for Alex and I to run together! 

Trying to Convince Myself to Lift More

at least you tried meme

This is going to be an ongoing battle for a while, I am sure. I started getting back to lifting heavier around midsummer, but then my SI joint started to give me some trouble again and I got pretty darn sick, so I basically focused on survival. However, a recent new pursuit has helped me get more motivated to get back to the weight room to work on my unilateral exercises, particularly for my glutes and core. More information on that pursuit tomorrow!

Getting Inspired by the Trials of Life

Thankful Thursday time! Practice gratitude during bad times--they will make the good times all the more sweet.

Life has certainly thrown me some curveballs over the past year: breaking my back, getting laid off, anxiety and depression flare ups, Crohn’s Disease flare, and needing to step back in our fertility journey, to name a few. But even so, I am trying to see each of these obstacles as side steps, not steps back. I decided to start my journey of writing a book and I am about to announce and debut a new initiative (separate from the book, which I see as a long term project) in the next few weeks.

For Suz, certain parts of summer are endless #fitfluential #running #health Click To Tweet

Summer may be winding down, but as far as I am concerned, it doesn’t have to be over! I want to take the same excitement and openness to new adventures into the next season! 

What are you taking with you from this summer into the next season?

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I’m honestly ready for cooler weather. Triple degrees I’m over it. Yesterday when I went out for my walk it was nice and cool out like fall should be. The beauty is we always take things with us season to season and you have much to be thankful do!

    September 6, 2016 at 6:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that it is valid not to want more triple digits!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    I’m excited for fall but that means putting the boat away and we just didnt use it enough this year 🙁 I’m excited for A to really experience fall in its glory though! i’m going to take the flexibility of summer with me. I feel like I just mellowed down a lot and it’s been really nice.

    September 6, 2016 at 6:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Annabelle is going to have so much fun this fall!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    I’m excited for fall just because it’s been so hot and humid this summer, and it’s making me hate running! Even this week is going to be in the 90s…ugh. This summer we spent a lot of time on our new deck sitting in a hammock at the end of the night. It’s so nice to relax that way with some wine and music and reading a book!

    September 6, 2016 at 6:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The east coast has definitely had a hell of a summer! But it has been quite lovely over here. DID YOU SAY HAMMOCK

      September 8, 2016 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Oh I’m so with you. Summer is magic in my mind. Fall is nice and all but it means winter is coming and I’m just not a fan 🙂
    We’ve eaten outside for dinner much of the summer and eaten all the fresh veggies. It’s been wonderful and I don’t want it to go either!

    September 6, 2016 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Endless summmmmeeerr!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I’m taking lifting with me into the winter as well. I started lifting earlier this year due to taking some time off running and I figured that since I lift in the winter anyway, I might as well just keep going.
    I am also taking the less stressed attitude summer provides into the winter.

    September 6, 2016 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes yes yes. Now keep after me and keep me lifting!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Here here.
    I wouldn’t even say all those hiccups were “side” steps. I’d say they are just like those bricks along a brick path that have come just a little bit unlodged (those pricks) causing you to go for a slight trip. But they are still on a pathway forward, still going where you need to be going. And they are what give those pathways some, er, charm, no?
    You make your own sunshine, girl. Bottle up some of those self loving summer vibes, put a cork in it, and throw it in your bag to take with you everywhere you go. You can take a few slugs too if you need. In fact I may join you in that. Bottoms up!

    September 6, 2016 at 7:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I love a metaphor, and you nailed it. And we can share the bottle of sunshine 😀

      September 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    This summer was amazing. The weather was great and we did some really fun stuff. But it really did fly! I wish I could stop time for just a bit.

    September 6, 2016 at 7:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      let me know if you find a time turner anywhere?

      September 8, 2016 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I am so excited for fall but I do wish I could take backpacking and camping with me into winter. It gets too cold in the mountains after October! But overall I am so excited for fall. And for you with your upcoming projects!

    September 6, 2016 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you will have such an incredible fall–winter isn’t here yet! I’m excited for all of us!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I am looking forward to cooler temps I’ve had such a hard time running lately in this heat.I am feeling good about lifting now though so at least there’s that

    September 6, 2016 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You look like you have been doing amazing things lifting, so you have much to be excited about!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    One more season done, one more season closer to my hubby’s return. I didn’t work out hardly at all this summer, and hope to get back in to it this week. I am tired of not making the time.

    September 6, 2016 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that you get some time back to yourself this season. And I really hope that you can find some part of this year that you can enjoy. And then he will be home!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:58 pm
      • Reply Michelle

        Oh I’ve had several times I’ve enjoyed!! Don’t worry!!

        September 8, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply kat

    You really have had a jam-packed summer, but I love that even though you’ve faced some trials, you’ve always managed to stand back up when knocked down. Such an inspiration Suz.
    And seriously those hummus plates have tortured me all summer long!! 😉

    September 6, 2016 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Suz you know this summer has been tough for us as well and I don’t feel like I got to enjoy it as much as I should have. I feel like time has been in hyperdrive. But it sounds like you are taking all the good parts and bringing them to fall! I’m down with that! We are in Austin now, no idea if we actually get a fall here so summer all the way! We have been stuck indoors doing gym remodel the last few days. Not sure if I will get to soak up anymore summer vibes but that’s ok because this fall is going to rock!

    September 6, 2016 at 8:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, as long as you are setting yourself to rock out this fall, then summer kind of doing a flyby is ok. And like you said, summer never ends in Austin, so you are good to go! I know that now that you are on your feet, you can only continue to jump higher!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I love your attitude. Summer feels like it flew by here too, and now that the kids are back in school (starting today!) I am going to be intentional about making time to myself while Callum naps to just BE ALONE IN SILENCE. On the patio. In the sun. 🙂

    September 6, 2016 at 9:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds lovely. MAKE IT HAPPEN

      September 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    There’s just something so special about summer. I like to take those memories with me all year long. It’s so much easier to relax during that time of year. We’ve both had rocky years but I think it makes us stronger and appreciate the good times so much more!

    September 6, 2016 at 9:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to that!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Kelli @Hungry Hobby

    I will take every single thing you mentioned with me except the heat. I can’t wait for the cool weather, we only get to go outside half the year in Arizona so that half is coming up!

    September 6, 2016 at 10:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha fair enough!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I hope to take a more positive attitude and more feelings of gratitude with me. When the weather gets colder, i often have more trouble staying happy and positive!

    September 6, 2016 at 10:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Remind me of this later on, too, ok?

      September 8, 2016 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I wish that I could spend as much time outside all year as I do in the summer. There is just something so refreshing about being outdoors vs stuck inside all day long!

    September 6, 2016 at 10:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SEriously. The inside just kind of sucks the life out of you.

      September 8, 2016 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I’ve been sucking at life at lifting and end up being super crazy sore the following 2-4 days. :[ Slowly but surely!?

    September 6, 2016 at 11:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      At least you are working hard enough at it when you are lifting to get that sore!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    I love La Croix but haven’t tried the coconut! I don’t know why because I’m slightly coconut obsessed, but I always go for the passionfruit! YES to fueling like a beach and being carbtastic. Right there with ya!

    September 6, 2016 at 11:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, I love the passionfruit too. Have you tried the mango?

      September 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    It’s fun to look back at the summer and see what great things you accomplish! Might I say that we are big fans of hummus and trimmings for a meal! I think what I love most about this summer was how much I was outside with my girls. I said screw it a lot to other things and got outside with them more…loved it and have lots of freckles to prove!

    September 6, 2016 at 11:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love that you were able to spend so much quality time with your girlies. That makes everything (I know that you had some ups and downs this summer) a little more tolerable.

      September 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Gurlllll… it was HOT here this summer. Bring on the fall! Chicago was really nice this summer. Cleveland too. you guys need t with those winters!

    September 6, 2016 at 11:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Heck yes we do. And it is supposed to be BAD this coming winter. I might just come and hibernate with you.

      September 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate

    LOVE coconut La Croix!! And gooo Cubbies!

    September 6, 2016 at 12:23 pm
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      September 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I pretty much try to pretend summer never ends for as long as possible. I’ll always be in denial and never ready for Fall or winter!

    September 6, 2016 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    I think the only thing I like now about summer is being able to tan. I’m so over the humidity every year. Fall has finally taken over my first place season spot and I say BRING IT ON.

    September 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Diana @ Live Lean Eat Green

    Yessss coconut la croix and dinners made up of hummus, veggies, grilled meats and more will be coming into this fall with me as well.

    September 6, 2016 at 2:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Omg we would get along so well

      September 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    I’m not ready for summer to end either! The leaves are turning yellow and falling, and I had to put the heat on in my car this morning, so I guess it’s officially fall in Anchorage. I’m hoping to take hiking with me throughout the year – we’re planning on buying crampons so we can hike on the ice, which means we can continue hiking all year long!

    September 6, 2016 at 3:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooo that will be so epic! And yeah, you have a serious winter, lol

      September 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    It is always a bit sad to see summer go, but I’m ready for Fall. I just wish the weather would stay above 65 so we can still enjoy doing everything outside. I love the changing of the seasons and am excited to start cooking some fall meals and everything pumpkin! But ICE CREAM is all year round in our household 😉

    September 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe


      September 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    September for me is like another New Year. I love summer but also the change of seasons. I have to agree with you about the La Croix. Great pic of you!

    September 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree with you re September being a New Year! That is a great way to think about it!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    So I’m going to avoid gushing too much about how much I love this mindset right now. I’m taking extra fuel, strength, rest, and a lot of self care into the fall. Also, a sh*t ton of determination and ambition.

    September 6, 2016 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    Like you, with everything that happened this summer there are still things I would like to keep around! Good food, smoothies, strength training and my puppy 😉 I’m happy to get rid of the humidity and heat though!

    Great idea for a post!

    September 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We haven’t had it too bad until this week and like one other week, so I kind of want to cling to it 😀

      September 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    I’ve got a PROTEIN SMOOTHIE for you… Bah ha ha!
    I actually HATE summer – so I would love an ENDLESS FALL all year around. And I make that happen because I will roast sweet potatoes and squash YEAR ROUND and sometimes I will turn on my AC super low (uh, kinda always actually), close my blinds and light a whole bunch of holiday candles and don’t forget the BLANKET!!

    September 6, 2016 at 8:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe


      September 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Jill

    The end of summer each year makes me SO sad. I honestly cannot even think about colder weather right now or I get really down :(. The dark short days and bundling in layers to go outside?!?! Ahhhh I’m going down the rabbit hole! Maybe this year if I just continue to wear flip flops and eat Popsicles every day summer will stay??? Hope life is treating you well lately Susie 🙂

    September 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that ignorance will winter from coming. I definitely think so.

      September 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Mattie | Comfy Confident

    I can not believe how fast summer went and I am not ready for Fall. Although it was nice to have cooler temperatures this past weekend but I refuse to believe the warm days of summer are over. I am hoping to still spend some days at the beach and take some long summer walks. The lack of sunlight at night is killing me though.

    September 6, 2016 at 9:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      For serious. I’m already needing more coffee in the morning!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    I feel ya on life and curve balls but it’s what makes us stronger. With support from each other. Cheers to you my friend! And marathon fueling

    September 7, 2016 at 7:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to both of us!

      September 8, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Sooooo I think I need to start having hummus plate dinners as that looks AMAZING!

    You should be SO proud of yourself for taking those curveballs in your stride, girl! You are awesome!

    September 7, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Kristy.
      I think the hummus plates have helped…

      September 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm

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