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Just the Right New Year’s Weekend 2017

I truly had just the right New Year’s weekend. After what we all know was a roller coaster of a year with many lessons learned, Alex and I and our friends sent off 2016 on a positive note. 

Thank you to Katie for hosting Marvelous Monday!


Though not technically part of the weekend proper, Thursday bears mentioning because it was a blast. I woke up that morning and realized that if I did a little 5K I could hit 50 miles in 7 days, and so you know I had to do it. What a way to end the year! After training clients, I headed back home and did some work before meeting up with my former co-coaches Sam and Sara for coffee and IVF and fertility talk. The three of us are all going through dealing with infertility at various stages, and it was great to meet up with them (and with Allie, Sara’s baby!) and catch up and talk about it all. Plus, Sam brought us cookies, which didn’t last long, lol.

After coffee, I went downtown to meet Alex at one of our old favorite restaurants, Cantina Laredo. Even though the last time we went there, it wasn’t amazing, we had a gift card, wanted a date night, and they do a pretty aggressive happy hour. And I wanted chips, guac, and tequila. And jicama and ceviche, though they were rather stingy on that (get the pollo flautas, they are a legit size). Though the ceviche was a bit of a rip off, everything was tasty as all get out, and it was my mini Mexican vacation. I will miss our trip to San Jose del Cabo, but this was the Zika-less option.

Then I fell asleep at 7:45. I haven’t been sleeping well (I think due to nerves), so finally sleeping well was delicious. 

Friday was a bit less exciting, which was totally fine, but it was productive! Saturday, however, was another great day.

New Year’s Eve 2016

I started the day with my final long run of the year and before IVF and my cessation of exercise that starts this week. I’m not going to lie, this run was far from effortless. Rather, it was a focus-on-every-step sort of run. What really saved it for me was running with the Team. We chatted for the first part, and then we all just ran. It was peaceful, though it was work. The weather was lovely (though windy), and I ended 2016 with a half marathon’s worth of mileage. 

I treated myself to a seemingly never-ending refuel of pb egg white baked oats and yogurt and this and that…. largely because I could 😀 

And then it was time for a puppy party! I randomly ran into an old friend from UVA in our neighborhood a few months back (when Ridley was really little), and just this last week we reconnected on Facebook and decided to get together to catch up and let the pups play. And play they did–they tore around for an hour while we chatted, and by the time we both had to leave, there was a big group of dogs playing! He invited Alex and I to stop by their apartment that night, so we made plans to meet up later. So funny and random that we would run into each other, and that we live literally a block from each other!

After a snack (I’m basically a goat with a bottomless pit of a stomach), I headed downtown to meet a friend at the movies! We met through our husbands, who were coresidents at Northwestern, so the plan was for us to see a movie and then the guys would meet up with us and we would all go to dinner. We saw LaLaLand, which was cute and fun but uneven. It got better and better as it went, and the movie had moments of sheer brilliance, but I would say it is more of a Netflixer unless you are a fervent movie goer. I loved Emma Stone, loved the wardrobe, and several of the melodies were earworms. I like Ryan Gosling, but if I am totally honest, I wish they had chosen a stronger singer (he is a little nasally). But love you Ryan. And yes, you have a fabulous nose and great hair. 

Then it was time for dinner! Pooja chose Boleo, and it was a FANTASTIC choice. We were there before their big NYE event, so it was just us and a few other groups, but it meant that we got our food fresh and quickly and could actually hear each other, lol. As this was my last night of “freedom,” I went big and ordered my own drink, a suuuuper tasty tequila concoction called “Tanglefoot.” 

BTW, Boleo’s cocktails have hilarious names. No lie, there is one called “Adulting is Hard.” #truestory AND they serve them in real crystal, a touch that I love!

We enjoyed many rounds of drinks (lots of different bourbons and a few Pisco drinks) and many many rounds of tapas. I have to recommend… everything there. From their take on a tuna tataki to the salmon to the chorizo with fried onions to the empanadas–both the beef and the vegetarian (I would say the pollo skewers were forgettable, and the ceviche great but VERY limey). We ordered two rounds of each! They were that good. We left with happy bellies and I was feeling mighty fine 😀 

We finished the night at my old friend’s apartment with his wife and several of their friends (and their pup!). I am really excited that they live so close to us–I really hope that we can have many more puppy and friend dates in the future.

Then it was time for the big smashing finale to 2016: finishing up Sam’s cookies + some Cracker Jack, and my first round of IVF shots. I made Alex look over my shoulder as I did them because I will admit, I was still a bit tipsy. But they were easy, didn’t hurt (we shall see if I still feel that way sober, haha).

It was just a great day. Start to finish. Great time with great people, time with Alex, amazingly delicious food and drinks, running on the lake front, time with my puppster, and finishing off the year with the start of something greater and long term. 


New Year’s Day 2017

New Year’s proper was a much more relaxed affair. Again, I didn’t sleep that well (just waking up a lot, but at least I didn’t sweat, which I have been doing), so I just cuddled with Ridley and drank coffee and took my time. The rest of the morning was taken up by a trip to the park with the Riddles, a short recovery run in the GORGEOUS weather (I couldn’t pass it up, and I didn’t feel like doing anything else!), a hearty lunch, a few to-dos around the apartment, and just hanging out.

Ridley takes her hanging out seriously.

Alex got out early-ish (he was working this weekend as an attending physician) so we groceried (well, we attempted but stores were closed) for necessities and then I made fish tacos for dinner, ate a pint of Halo Top, and we snuggled with the puppy on the couch.

From eats to activities to friends, Suz's New Year's Weekend was hard to beat! #fitfluential #NYE2017 Click To Tweet

Talk about ending the year on a high note, and starting the next year with just what I needed. This was indeed just the right New Year’s Weekend for me for the year that is to come: relaxing, delicious, fun, and full. I’m a very lucky girl.

I hope you were so fortunate with your New Year’s Weekend!

How would you sum up, in a few words, your New Year’s Weekend?

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  • Reply Carla

    Tense amazing inspiring
    And I was just remarking to a friend that even given all the evidence otherwise I feel very filled with hope.
    Carla recently posted…Be a GLOW STICK on New Years Eve.My Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 5:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think we all need to have hope in the midst of darkness. We MUST believe in light.

      January 4, 2017 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Sounds like the perfect way to finish out the year! My New Year’s weekend was really low key, but relaxing and I was happy to get in a good run.
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Take That, 2016!My Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 5:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is all you need to close out the year, right.

      January 4, 2017 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Emily

    Cuddling with puppies is essential; did some of that too after church yesterday. <3 Love you.
    Emily recently posted…What Gives You ValueMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 5:43 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Mine was boring and it ended with a massive headache. I taught two classes this weekend in monsoon weather then attempted to study but had a ton of technical problems that seriously made me crazy. They’re still not fixed!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Chocolate Avocado Brownies {GF, Low Cal, Paleo, Vegan}My Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 6:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so obnoxious. I hope the week is going a bit better for you!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    I am also not sleeping well and a bottomless pit.. sooo I guess we can be friends 😉 I am so so excited for you in this next step and am just hopeful things go well on all fronts. No exercise is going to be hard, regardless of the reason. I know you can do it (hello back fracture pretty much prepared you for that!). I’m glad you got out there to enjoy the last few days. Our NYE was sooo low key and in bed by 10:30.Just the way I like it 😉
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…Christmas 2016My Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 6:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You me and everyone else! And you and I are indeed friends. In so many ways 😀

      January 4, 2017 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Jamie@The Mom Gene

    “Adulting is Hard”…best name for a drink ever. New Year’s weekend for me = friends, laziness, rain, warm food. It was move-watching, pizza-eating, nap-taking magic.
    Jamie@The Mom Gene recently posted…Why You Need Your Tribe as a Special Needs ParentMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 6:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      January 4, 2017 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Happy you had a great last run of the year and LOVE the name of that drink- too funny!
    Annmarie recently posted…Rise and Shine Green SmoothieMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I did! Thank you so much and Happy New Year!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Allie

    Happy New Year!!! I want to eat all the Mexican food I can get my hands on!! OMG all of it sounds amazing. Let’s do this 2017!!
    Allie recently posted…2017 Places, Races and FacesMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If it involves Mexican food, I am doooowwwnn

      January 4, 2017 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Thanks for the review of LaLa land. Have not seen a movie in the theater in a while. Have not been sleeping so well either looking forward to getting everyone back to school and work so I can have the house back to myself. Shh don’t tell!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Sweet Potato, Celeriac & Spinach QuicheMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 7:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that we can all get some sleep soon!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    TIFFICORN IS HAPPENING! I love your last few days of 2016, friend. So much food, friends and fun…a triple F threat, if you will. Let’s make a walk-date soon! LOVE YOU!
    Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete recently posted…My face matches my headband, NYD tradition, and more BFF timeMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 7:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      DATE DATE DATE DATE DATE! Tiffi-Suzi-Corn

      January 4, 2017 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    Sounds like a great end to 2016 and a great beginning for this year. Happy New Year!
    Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs recently posted…8 tips to Create Blogging Goals that will Blast you into the New YearMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Happy New Year Debbie! It made me excited for the new year!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:46 am
  • Reply kat

    Sounds like a great way to end the year! Sorry you haven’t been sleeping well. As someone who has suffered from sleep insomnia for years, lack of sleep and I basically go hand in hand. Hopefully it passes for you soon!
    kat recently posted…10 Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas To Start Your Day RightMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you aren’t dealing with any insomnia yourself!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    What a great weekend! To bad about Mexico… but at least you got some of the food!
    Makena likes to sit like that too. Not lady like at all! haha!

    January 2, 2017 at 8:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, we can’t all be poised 😀 She gets it from her mama lol

      January 4, 2017 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Sounds like the perfect way to close out the year!

    Are you doing your own injections or is Alex giving them? I couldn’t do mine. Mike had to do them. He’s doing my methotrexate injections too. He’s a carpenter, but no hammer is involved.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…2016: The Year in NumbersMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I do my injections. After doing Methotrexate injections, these are pretty easy!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    All that running, food, and drink sounds perfect! Here’s to IVF working, lots of puppy walks, and 2017!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Mile Markers: Holiday Miles & SnowboardingMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Cora

    This does sound like a weekend and new years finale that was made just for you. Being surrounded by good friends, good food, and then some relaxing time at home with puppy love is a definite recipe for a full happy soul. 🙂 My weekend in a few words was: soft, relaxing, happy and full of gratitude.
    Cora recently posted…Week In Review: Back, Refreshed, and Technologically-NewMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 8:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Which I think is just what you needed. You needed something soft to bring you into the new year. I hope you continue with those feelings!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Sounds like a wonderful New Years weekend with good food and great friends!
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Things I INTENDED to do in 2016.My Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 9:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was really just perfectioN!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Lovely way to ring in 2017! I love me some tapas!
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…Best of the Blog 2016My Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 9:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ALL THE SMALL PLATES (but get your own)

      January 4, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    That sounds like a fun weekend designed to take the stress away! Mine was really low key. Hard to party when your other half is 3,000 miles away. 🙁 Plus, I decided to try Whole 30 again and I got impatient so I started early so ….. no drinkies for me! We’ll see if I make it the full 30 days. Haha
    I did get to spend time with my grandson, though. He’s the best!
    Jennifer @ Fit Nana recently posted…TOL #8 – YOGA PANTS, BIRDS, AND A FRESH STARTMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 10:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I understand the lack of desire to party when you are separated from your babe. I so feel for you there. But at least you got to spend time with your grandkiddo! Good luck with the WHole 30. I could never do that…

      January 4, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Lauren

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend! I partied too hard on NYE and slept in until the afternoon on New Year’s Day. I figured I need to do this while I’m still in my twenties, haha. It was a nice day for pajamas, Netflix, and takeout breakfast! Also, AW RIDLEY.
    Lauren recently posted…8 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Fitness FansMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 10:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha you better live it up 😀

      January 4, 2017 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Sounds like a great time girly!

    January 2, 2017 at 11:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was fabulous, Kelli! Happy New Year!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    sounds like a fun weekend! very similar to mine- had yummy snacks on NYE and some good drinks, spent sunday relaxing and doing errands! the weather was so nice!
    Alyssa recently posted…Setting Goals in a Healthy WayMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds FANTASTIC! Happy New Year, Alyssa!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Jo @ Living MInt Green

    Happy New Year!!!
    All I can think about is tacos, ceviche and margs now. So thanks for that. During my NY run, I noticed winter running makes me a careful heel striker. And now all kinds of small muscles are sore from trying to step swiftly + not fall in the snow. IS IT SUMMER YET.
    Jo @ Living MInt Green recently posted…2017 Intentions/Goals + Our New Year Celebrations!My Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a very good point–the heel striking–and something that I should think about talking about on the blog

      January 4, 2017 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Ridley just makes me laugh! I love that position of hers–it’s so perfect for whatever she wants-a nap, a belly scratch or rub!
    Our New Year’s Weekend was actually quiet, or as quiet as you can get living on the transpeninsular highway. Of course, it’s the only road, but still.

    New Years Eve, we gathered at a friend’s house, but we left at 11:30!
    Jim’s fireworks were going to be VERY loud, like serious ordinance, and we decided to sit on our porch with a glass of champagne and watch them from afar. The noise would have been deafening!
    As each resort set their firework shows off, we just moved our chairs around to watch them. Must be getting old!

    January 2, 2017 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love to see that one year 😀

      January 4, 2017 at 10:35 am
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        You will!

        January 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    A few words? Bipolar mania damage control. Yep. Oh well. And nasally singers are my pet peeve. I also hate it when singers flare their nostrils. HATE. IT. I want to gauge my eyes out.

    January 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I could tell from the way you were chatting on the blog that things were going on behind the scenes. I’m always here if you need to unload!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Marcia

    So much goodness here! Glad you had fun cuz that’s what it’s all about. How great to have an IF posse to go through the journey with.
    Marcia recently posted…Abject Resolution Fail and It Feels So GoodMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Tribes are EVERYTHING

      January 4, 2017 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    I got to chill with some of my favorite people and my dog while watching sports and eating alllll the food. ‘Twas a good time. 🙂 Now I’m all moved back in and trying to gear myself up to do the homework that was just posted for tomorrow. Back to the grind!
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Five Friday Favorites 12/30/16: Year in ReviewMy Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But hey, you sound pretty darn refreshed and ready to go!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Happy New Year and congrats on a 50-mile week! I haven’t seen one of those since this summer. 🙂
    Rachel recently posted…Intentions for Health and Happiness in 2017My Profile

    January 2, 2017 at 8:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Happy New Year! It was pretty awesome, not going to lie!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Marina @ Parental Journey

    I wish you a very best new year :)))
    Marina @ Parental Journey recently posted…Link Love – My Favorite Things – Week SixMy Profile

    January 3, 2017 at 2:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You too, Marina!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I also haven’t been sleeping well. You’d think because I didn’t have to work, I’d sleep great, but that wasn’t the case. The sweating for me is an indication that there’s something triggering my anxiety and I should figure it out. Weird how that works.

    I for sure need a drink called, Adulting is Hard – that’s wonderful.
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Hello January! My Goals for the MonthMy Profile

    January 3, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish it had tastier ingredients, because I totally would have gotten it. I need a drink right now, actually.

      January 4, 2017 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Here’s to the year of the unicorn!!!!!!! (I’ve decided that’s a thing… because 2016 was kind of shitty and unicorns fix everything).

    Yay for sleeping better. A few weeks ago my sleep was SHOCKING but then my iron levels dropped dramatically and I turned into zombie Kristy and it was actually quite refreshing 😛 All of a sudden I’d wake up and it was 8am hahaha!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Free Weekly Meal Plan & To Do List Printables to Start Your Year Right!My Profile

    January 4, 2017 at 1:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Unicorns really do fix everything. ALL THE UNICORNS!

      January 4, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Stupid Zika. But I mean, I think we can all agree that at least 75% of the fun of a Mexico vacay would be the food, so you’ve got that covered! (obviously the other 25% is the weather because I HATE WINTER.)

    January 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      AGREED. Let’s escape there (but not with the Zika)… Austin?

      January 4, 2017 at 8:04 pm

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