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Fulfillment, Movement, Priorities (Friday Favorites)

What is going on, my friends? Welcome to Friday, aka Snowmaggedon if you are on the East Coast (hope everyone is ok!). I put together a super informative post for today, typed it out, and decided I wanted to have some fun instead. You guys have been getting lots of information and such from me of late, and as this week was kind of a big week for me, I wanted to talk about it a bit more.

If you just want to see how shambolic my life is, see yesterday’s post, lol. Linking up with Friday Five (Mar + Courtney + Cynthia) and Friday Favorites (Heather)

So let’s take some positivity with us into the weekend!

Five Friday Favorites


So, technically I doffed the crutches last week, but this will be my first full week with Sven and Olav (not Baby) in the corner. And guys, it really is the most amazing feeling.

Walking in the snow in Chicago but without crutches! |

I mentioned yesterday that I had my first trip to our grocery store and my first time walking to work, but I keep having these moments where I am moving and, all of the sudden, I have this moment of just complete amazement and gratitude. For example, not being scared to turn from my back to my side while in bed, or put on my pants.

I’ve never been one to take movement for granted–having a chronic illness and a body prone to injury will teach you that–but the sense of FREEDOM that has accompanied leaving the crutches at home is just something that I can’t really describe. 

Movement is a gift. Be thankful for every shift: of heart, mind, or body.

That freedom of movement even makes the Chicago chills a little less in my bones. That doesn’t mean that I’m warm, but I might mind it a little less!

Feeling Sweaty For the First Time in 2+ Months

Yes, I’ve been working out; yes, you get a little sweaty or warm while hand biking or lifting. But I wasn’t able to work at such an intensity to work up a sweat because I had to protect my back. Being on the bike again and… whispering this to not jinx myself… 15 minutes on the elliptical (!!!!) + a gym that doesn’t work according to actual levels of comfort (it has been 58 and 82 degrees in there this week) means that I am actually sweating again. 

Brick Betty Girl On Fire Tank

Brick Betty Girl On Fire Tank

As I said to Suzy yesterday in the comments, I never thought I would be so excited about sweaty underwear!

Healthy Cooking

After eating so many fresh foods in Cabo last week, there was just no way that we could come back and stuff ourselves with trash. Add to that the fact that we needed to do a massive grocery haul (even requiring the car!), the fact that I felt so refreshed and ready to tackle groceries, and Alex being forever done with inpatient (and thus at dinner more often), Alex and I were excited to have the opportunity to eat some home cooked meals!  We didn’t make the Gluten Free Cabo Shrimp Jicama Tacos, but I’m excited to have those again in a few weeks (I’m still part jicama). 

Sunday night, I put together a delicious meal of my Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs, zoodles, and pesto (for Alex, I had mustard sauce because store pesto has too much oil).  

Healthy Turkey Meatballs. Gluten Free, Dairy Free Recipe perfect for meal prep |

It is so funny–Alex LOVES zoodles now! Ever since I introduced him to them when I made the Vegan Pumpkin Sauce, now he requests them regularly. I used my little spiralizer for these–I was still nervous about my back at the beginning of the week.

Easy Chicken Fajita Taco Salad was a perfect healthy Mexican dinner to remind us of vacation. |

We had taco salads on Wednesday, and they were a perfect throwback to last week without competing. Tonight, we are going on a date night (not cooking) but tomorrow, I have a date with a Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan Over Spaghetti Squash. 


This week was my first week back at CES since the New Year, and it was awesome how everyone welcomed me back and told me that my presence was missed. We all talk about how we each bring a certain energy to the table, and, as I say it, I bring a Voice. But it is nice to have the presence of that voice missed. 

Being Coach Susie at Fleet Feet Sports and Chicago Endurance Sports is my happy place! What is yours?

At Coach Suz Training, I have a few clients right now that are working through some tough life moments. Single motherhood, injuries, 70+ hour workweeks, starting back into a healthy lifestyle and fitness program after a long time away, and often, just having to change their goals as they gain perspective of their training. I love that while I have several clients working towards marathons and half marathons, I have others who are simply trying to get healthy and happy. 

Their openness with me, their trust in me, and their gratitude for any help or confidence that I can instill in them is one of the most fulfilling feelings. My greatest fear is that I let them down. But that is not going to happen. Being the best coach I possibly can be is one of my priorities.

Family Life

We all know that one of the only reasons that Alex and I returned was for the Zoester. But one of the other elements of returning that softened the blow of returning to “real” life was the fact that Alex and I would be able to be more present in each others lives.

Alex and I during our whale watching excursion in Cabo San Lucas Mexico! Behind us is the famous Cabo Arch |

Simple things, from having dinner together, to grocery shopping together (one of our favorite activities!), to talking about our next vacation already–it’s a bit soon, but we think we know where we are going, and I’ll just say, it is a magical place that I’ve never been to, and I hear that they go big on birthdays!–to having this weekend off together, it is just lovely. 

Sweating and priorities: @Suzlyfe has some great #fridayfavorites #fitfluential #sweatpink Click To Tweet

I hope that all of our friends in the line of Winter Storm Jonas are safe, have enough wine and snacks, and that everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Have you ever gone so long without sweating that you missed sweaty underwear?

What is something that has left you feeling incredibly fulfilled this week?

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