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Five Things Friday (Thrive360 Eatery, Sweatworking, Charity Miles)

I’m taking a page from my girl Erin’s book with a Five Things Friday featuring Thrive360 Eatery, Sweatworking, and Charity Miles! TGIF!

Also hooking up (hey hey) with the Friday Five Crew (Mar, Cynthia, Courtney) as well as with Heather for Friday Favorites.

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Five Things Friday

Sweatworking Nutrition

Last night, Alex and I joined Erica and running friend Amanda for a pre- and post-workout nutrition Sweatworking event at Marianos. The last time I went to one of these nutrition/cooking Sweatworking events, I had just (unknowingly) broken my back, and I was still in quite a bit of pain! This time, though, it was nice to be able to move around a bit better.

This black bean burger is healthy, delicious, and satisfying. Thank you Marianos and Sweatworking for a great nutrition event! @suzlyfe

We tried some really delicious snacks, breakfast, and meal options (as you saw on my IG stories) including a carrot cherry nut energy bite (loved the giant juicy cherries here!), lemon blackberry chia overnight oats, black bean burger (with a really great sprouted hamburger bun!), and farro kale avocado salad. I think that, for most of us, the black bean burger stole the show–just 5-6 ingredients, and I loved the pairing with the guacamole (though I could have used a big slice of tomato 😀 ). 

Another great Sweatworking event, and I loved seeing some great friends!

Thrive360 Eatery with Erin

Speaking of great friends, Erin and I FINALLY got to spend some actual time together at lunch at Thrive360 Eatery in the loop. OMG YOU GUYS a) it was so awesome to see my friend and have lunch again like we used to do weekly and b) I’m kind of obsessed with Thrive 360. It is a sister business to Protein Bar, but I would say that I like it even more! Think Lyfe Kitchen meets Protein bar.

Check out the Jenny's Asian Noodle Bowl at Thrive360 Eatery! It is delicious, nutritious, and a must try for lunch! Get more info at

I got the Jenny’s Asian Noodle Bowl with chicken instead of tofu, and I left satisfied both in stomach and taste buds. 

And then we went by Revival Food Hall, which is totally happening. But for now, I’m dreaming of Thrive360. 

The Sweet Spot of Summer

I am in love and lust with the weather right now. I would take it to bed, if that was possible. I feel like we are, or at least were, at the beginning of the week, in the sweet spot of summer where the weather is breezy, not too humid, and the temps right around 80. Essentially, perfection. Perfect for runs, eating outside every night, and walking everywhere. 

How gorgeous is this weather! Perfect for a late summer run along the lake front of Chicago @suzlyfe

Using Technology for Good and for Evil

You want to know what is kind of fun? I’ve been getting a little caught up on my recorded shows outside by watching them on my iPad! How lovely was it to be outside, enjoying the breeze and the warmth of the sun while also seeing what the Real Housewives of Ridiculous (OMG Luann, you have no shame. Kelly Dodds, you need to be… well, I can’t say it here. And don’t get me started on Melbourne) are up to.

Now, lest you all think I am a terrible person, I have been doing a lot of the aforementioned walking in the aforementioned gorgeous weather, and I am trying to make the most of my walking by giving back. I have known about Charity Miles for years now, but it wasn’t until I listened to a podcast that Denny did with the founder of Charity Miles that I finally downloaded the app and started using it. 

WHAT THE HELL WAS WRONG WITH ME? It is so easy, and I always run with my phone. Now, when I go for walks or runs it can actually give back to CCFA (and others, but you know where I put my loyalties). If you have ever considered using the app before, I URGE you to do it. So easy, it doesn’t tax your battery, and it doesn’t seem to take up much data at all. Also, for you Pokemon Go people, think of all of the good you could be doing!

Neighborhood Patrolling (and Awaiting Openings!)

Ok, more walking and gorgeous weather, but get over it, it is amazing. Alex and I have been trying to walk our neighborhood while it is still amazing out (before that which shall not be spoken of (winter) arrives. That means finding new places, ogling incredible houses (and pretending that we could EVER live there), and checking out what new businesses and such are coming soon. We are going to get a new grocery store (Mariano’s, our favorite) about half a mile from my apartment and a Hopcat just a stone’s throw away!

Hopcat is coming to Chicago!

Alex and I went to Hopcat while we were in Grand Rapids, and I am going to live there. If I’m not pregnant, you can find me drinking all of the rotating beer selections and eating Crack Fries. If I am pregnant (willing), I’ll just be there eating Crack Fries. And then getting froyo, because, well, I have to make up for the lack of brew.

From @Thrive360Eatery to @CharityMiles to @aSweatLife, what Suz is LOVING #bgbcommunity Click To Tweet

I would say that it is going to be a low key weekend around here, but you know about how likely that is. Alex has his first fellowship interview tomorrow, and I have my last long run before the half marathon as well as a lunch date with Tiffy today and lunch date with Erica tomorrow!

Have a great weekend, all!

Tell me something that you are obsessed with this week!

How is the weather where you are? Dog Days or Sweet Spot?

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  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    We had the sweet spot with weather for like a day last weekend. Now it’s back to the mid-high 80s and humid- gross! Ugh. But it was breezy yesterday in the nice way, not the awful wind can you stop way. This week was sort of on the blah side so not too much to report on!

    August 26, 2016 at 5:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That just means you arse about to have an awesome week. It’s science.

      August 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness

    It’s still quite warm here but I don’t mind. I want to savor it before the dreaded “W” word arrives! Have fun lunching with your friends!

    August 26, 2016 at 5:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t say it! Don’t say it!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    We had perfect summer weather for a few days this week but now the humidity has returned! It was really nice to spend more time outside without sweating. And of course, it was great weather for running!

    August 26, 2016 at 5:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I am so happy that you are back to that!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    So many dates! Eat good food and have fun!!!

    August 26, 2016 at 6:14 am
  • Reply Sara @ Oats & Rows

    Ahhh I am sure Chicago is beautiful this time of year! It’s so hot here in Charlotte that being inside is almost unbearable. I’m intrigued by those Crack Fries!

    August 26, 2016 at 6:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds like you need to escape Charlotte and come join me!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    ARe they actually called crack fries haha, I want some

    August 26, 2016 at 6:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes they are and they are… Like crack

      August 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Yay for another low key weekend. I’m still getting my footing back after our trip! Hopefully I can settle back in this weekend.

    August 26, 2016 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait to hear about it!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Bri

    I so wish I was in Chicago right now with my coworkers to join you for eats!!! They were super appreciative of the restaurant recos, I’ll let you know where they went when they get back next week!

    August 26, 2016 at 6:51 am
  • Reply Sarah

    When you get back to NYC, you must check out the Food Hall in the basement of the Plaza. Amazing food either to sit down at or to take with you. It’s across the street from the rink we work at. Very dangerous. Gosh I miss my Mariano’s. I’ve been hearing so much about Charity Miles. Perhaps I need to pick a good charity and start using it.

    August 26, 2016 at 7:18 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    This week I’m obsessed with brown rice spaghetti because i havent been able to find gluten free spaghetti that is delicious…NOW I HAVE FOUND IT! Im so happy and have been carbin’ it up this week!

    August 26, 2016 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha that is awesome!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Kerri Mcgrail

    I have been enjoying this weather as well! I like it hot, but this weather is perfect for running and eating outside like you said! I thought HopCat looked familiar – Ive been to the one in Grand Rapids!

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

      I loved the one in GR, so I’m happy to have them here!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    The weather has been nice this week. Today I woke up and it was humid to the point of pea soup, but I’m not really one to complain. I’m excited for fall though, I love this time of year!

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

      No one wants to breathe in pea soup. That is just difficult and gross.

      August 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    It’s still hot as can be here in the mid 90’s everyday and I am finding it so hard to run. I am ready to complain about the cold 🙂

    August 26, 2016 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ha. Why can’t it just be perfect?,

      August 26, 2016 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    GOOD LUCK ALEX WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2016 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      He loves you back 😀

      August 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    There’s SO much opening up around me lately! There’s a Nordstrom Rack opening today down the street from my house, a Southern Tier Brewery by my work, and more. Bye bye paychecks. Oh and GoodLUCK alex!

    August 26, 2016 at 8:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good lord I’d be totally broke!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I love the Charity Miles app! I’ve been using it for a year or so now. It even runs well in the background when my Runkeeper app is going. We had almost fall weather earlier week but then the heat came back.

    August 26, 2016 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I seriously becoming obsessed. I love it!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    We had two sweet-spot days and now it’s humid and a bit hot again 😛 Crack Fries sound like something I need in my life. Good luck, Alex!

    August 26, 2016 at 8:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We’ll add it to the list 😀

      August 26, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    I think late August is my favorite time of the summer because the humidity disappears, the tourists die down, and the daytime temps are still in the 80s. Here the humidity came back strong but I’m looking forward to those cooler mornings and nights. Runner heaven!

    August 26, 2016 at 9:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers cheers cheers!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Divya @ Eat Teach Blog

    Oh gosh, it’s humid humid humid here!! I’m ready for the fall!

    August 26, 2016 at 9:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Compromise and meet half ways? Lol

      August 26, 2016 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Runwright

    The last few days have been pretty mild in NYC.

    August 26, 2016 at 9:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear it is gorgeous there right now!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC

    Weather was great early part of the week but now it’s back to the inferno…hoping for fall like temps soon! Have a fun weekend 🙂

    August 26, 2016 at 9:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, goodness only knows what’s you’ll get for the marathon, so you might as well be prepared, right?

      August 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Emily

    The weather is DEFINITELY sweet spot around here; we had a glorious two days of rain. I’m thankful that God sent much needed rain, and it was so wonderful! I love the days after rain, because they smell like the whole earth was just washed and cleaned. Now it’s sunny out. What is a fellowship interview? And I hope the long run goes super duper well!

    August 26, 2016 at 9:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I beat the ground and plants are so thankful for the rain! And now everything is probably so lush! Fellowship is the next stage of Alex’s medical career, where he works to his speciality!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    we’ve had some great weather in DC this week (though now it’s creeping back up) and too bad I was sick for most of it. Urgh. I want to go to HopCat like right now. ZOMG.

    August 26, 2016 at 10:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes yes yes come joiin

      August 26, 2016 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Smitha @ Running with SD Mom

    Lunch dates with friends are the best!

    August 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want one with you!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    NYC is totally on that sweet spot of weather right now and I am LOVING it! Enjoy your weekend, girl!

    August 26, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You too my dear! I want in on those tomatoes, btw

      August 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply amanda -runtothefinish

    Right well basically you just made me really hungry, but luckily for seriously healthy food!

    August 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Story of my life. Well, a mix of healthy and unhealthy.

      August 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    We have had highs under 70 most of this week…definitely sweet spot. Of course it will be 90 again next week, but I’m enjoying fall-ish for now.

    August 26, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m anticipating at least one more weeke of highs, but I’m with you–enjoy what we have!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    I live in Austin. It is literally the dog days of summer.

    August 26, 2016 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Ugh so jealous of your weather! It’s been cold and rainy here for like a month now. We’re finally getting sunshine this weekend and I can’t wait!

    August 26, 2016 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Arg that doesn’t sound like any fun! But I’m glad the sun is out now!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    HopCat? Must try…

    The weather earlier this week was AMAZING. Waiting for more of that stuff…

    August 26, 2016 at 7:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think we finally have a location for a get together!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Sounds just lovely. I have been working far too much to enjoy any sort of nice weather, but thankfully the weather is cruddy this weekend while I am stuck on duty.

    August 27, 2016 at 7:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well I was hoping to get lots of work done this weekend… And now my internet seems to be broken….

      August 27, 2016 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Coco

    Oh, I’ll have to look for HopCat next time I’m there. We had great weather in D.C. this week … but I was in Miami. 🙁

    August 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahhahaha that is terrible!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    hm……dog days the past few days, but sweet spot today!

    Georgia in August can be wonderful–low 80s and no humidity with a slight breeze
    mid to high 90s with high humidity and no breeze or even a puff

    August 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha I definitely remember that!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I just downloaded the Charity miles on my phone–what a great idea!

    August 28, 2016 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Abby @BackatSquareZero

    I am still waiting for that sweet spot. We are at 90 and humid hear, so feels like temperatures close to 100. Waiting on those 80s. Send them down South.

    August 28, 2016 at 7:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Why don’t you just come and visit??

      August 30, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    It sounds like you had an awesome time!

    Charity Miles is such a great idea! I tried to do a similar thing with my Striiv fitness band but it quickly realised I was in Australia and apparently not eligible to contribute 😛 Theirs is more focused on providing clean drinking water for kids in third world countries.

    August 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Silly Australia. I think that Charity miles works everywhere, and you can benefit a water charity!

      August 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    LOL! Luanne makes me NUTS! What’s with her giddy laughing and jumping up and down like a five year old this season. She and Kelly need to leave.

    Yes to the recent weather. It’s gorgeous!

    August 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I CAN’T STAND LUANN. Make her go away, please?

      August 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Awwww yeah. Thrive all day. Man I’m so behind on blogs since my sister was here this weekend!

    August 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm
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