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I hope that everyone had a marvelous weekend, and are ready for a week of getting it done.

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

Speaking of getting it done? Good luck and congrats to everyone participating in the Boston Marathon. And congrats and good luck to the city and people of Boston—you all have been through a tough, tough year, but like the best parts of America and the human spirit, you have risen again, and we are all so proud of you.




On a more microlevel, I am also in the process of rising again, as evidenced by the events of this weekend. I had quite a few highs—one that I accomplished for myself, and another that came from helping another person.

For myself: I conquered my 10 mile race on Saturday.

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With someone else: I really, truly helped someone—proof that my strategic selfishness has paid off in a real and beneficial manner.

I want to discuss the incident just a little bit, but I am going to wait until tomorrow to delve into it in actual detail with the return of Tough Talk! I had actually decided the day before that it was time for me to bring TTT back every now and then, as I do miss having the type of conversation that I had with you all last Tuesday and that I used to have back in the day.

Yes, this girl was very, very sick. I by chance saw a tweet that outlined a rather scary situation, and I reached out to her to offer my support. She ended up sending me an email, to which I responded, and included my phone number, telling her to call if she needed to actually talk to someone. And she did. And I am so glad that she did—she was truly in crisis. Did we “fix” things? No. But we put an active plan in motion.

Being able to help this girl only further cemented the directions that I am taking with my life, with NASM and also with the blog. I have been increasing my time on social media platforms in the effort to expand my visibility, and I enjoy this aspect as it helps me to instantaneously connect with the larger world. But it also gives me some trepidation—I don’t want to be a media ho.  But connecting with this girl in particular reminded me of why I am doing all of this, and it is related to why I am pursuing NASM and why I believe that I should continue to write on the blog, documenting both the nonsensical thoughts that pass through as well as the serious discussion. One of the original reasons that I started this blog—to help others to “show Crohn’s Disease [insert other issue here] who’s boss every day.”  And yes, I hope that I am able to accomplish this goal simply through my everyday actions and activities. But sometimes, we need to just outright talk about things. Like saying to your friends and family, “I love you.” You hope that you demonstrate this love at all times, but just outright saying “I love you” is so powerful.

So buckle up, my beloved fools.

I love my #Swirlfamily. #swirlon

I love my #Swirlfamily. #swirlon

And yes, though I don’t know you all as well as I know others, I appreciate each and every one of you, and the time you take out of your day to come and hang out with me. I hope that I can give you a moment of your day that helps you to think more positively about the rest of your day. Because you all bring so much positivity to me.100 prct

Here’s to another week of being unapologetically awesome.

Are there any topics in particular that you would like me to cover? Tomorrow will be about finding strength in times of crisis, when you feel lost.

Did you get to spend time with friends and family this week? Any good candy-fueled stories?

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  • Reply ranchcookie

    I did get to spend Saturday with my family for Easter lunch! So fun! And a nice car ride with my sister ! I also got unjunked peanut butter cups and I’m happy to report they aren’t to bad!

    April 21, 2014 at 6:18 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      NIIIICEE I’ve heard good things about unjunked. I like the badass packaging. And yet they are better for you (purportedly). Hmmmmm. I love a good contradiction 😀

      April 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Congrats on your race! I’ve been wondering how it went – and am so happy that you did it! I’m excited for tough talk – you are one of the strongest women I know, and have an amazing attitude. You’re going to be a wonderful coach and I love that you’re tackling more difficult issues here!

    April 21, 2014 at 8:05 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Thank you so much, Laura, that means so, so much. I hope that I can live up to the hype. It was wonderful getting out there and feeling like a runner again. I just hope that it isn’t taken away from me. Again. lol.

      April 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Baking in Yoga Pants

    Cheers to you for being unapologetically awesome! 🙂 I’m definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s post!

    April 21, 2014 at 8:07 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Excellent! I hope I can deliver 😀

      April 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply jillconyers

    I love unapologetically awesome. I’m going to try it 🙂

    April 21, 2014 at 9:04 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      You’re already accomplishing it, don’t you worry. But now that you know, go even bigger!

      April 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I adore you!

    My good candy story? We got to my parents house and they HAD NONE. So I threw a pregnant hissy fit and went to the pharmacy to get peeps and jelly beans. I shared the peeps, but not the jelly beans.

    April 21, 2014 at 9:09 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      BAHAHAHA that is amazing. And I adore you, too! I absolutely would not share the jelly beans. I LOVE jelly beans–when my family would go to NYC when I was younger, my brother and I would get 2 lbs each at FAO Schwartz. I feel so, so sorry for my mother. But she did it to herself.

      April 21, 2014 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply your mommy, Clare

    Rather than oversharing, let me say that my personal motto has always been:

    Each one of us can make a real difference in this world –if we do it one person at a time.
    A lot of “one persons” adds up to a lot of people over the course of a lifetime.

    On Easter Saturday, I took the chance/the time to drive a long way, in the pouring rain, to go see an old friend who is in terrible crisis. We haven’t seen each other in 3 or 4 years, but I wanted to be there to give her what support and friendship I could offer.

    The look on her face when she saw me–just said it all–and those around us, teared up at her reaction to seeing me. I HAD made a difference, just by being there.
    I didn’t do it to impress others, or for any altruistic reason. I was there to give my love and support to an old friend in need.
    It gave both of us more than I could have ever imagined—— just be being there.

    April 21, 2014 at 9:14 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      I definitely come by my willingness and desire to reach out to those in need, and my fierce loyalty to my friends, from you. You are the most generous soul that I know, and where some people spend their lives searching for their fathers, I spend my life searching for women to befriend that are like my mother. That is why it is so important for me to respect the people around me. I love you, and your beautiful spirit (yes, it is cheezeball), so so much.

      April 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply runsaltrun

    Congrats on your race!!!! And this post made my morning. You are amazing and such an inspiration. That girl you contacted is supremely lucky to have you on her side.

    PS. I HAVE THOSE PANTS that you have on in your race picture! And the short sleeved sunny shirt. We are so twins. 🙂

    April 21, 2014 at 10:11 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      ERMIGERD we have to wear them on same day at the same time and do something ridiculous about it (hahahaha a parallel universe day in the life post). I would die.
      And thank you so much for your kind words–I’ve been through some very particular situations, and I just hope that my experience can benefit others. I worked hard for these opinions, dammit! <3

      April 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply chasingchels

    I’m glad you were able to use your suz-ness to help someone love. And I’m glad that Joe and I were able to get away yesterday and spend a few hours just the two of us running and hiking and having a picnic in my car inbetween haha. Lovely reminder to just let stuff go and enjoy a beautiful day together 🙂

    April 21, 2014 at 10:15 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      And you so, so need it. I knew when I didn’t hear from you that it wasn’t because you didn’t love me (because that is not a) possible or b) allowable) but it was you taking some you time (and I hoped with Joseppi). We all need reminders to just breathe from time to time-especially those of us who tend to live in our heads.

      April 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply northernambitions

    Good job on the race, I’m so impressed with your time and it looks like it was a beautiful day for a run. I look forward to following you on your blog. It’s always admirable when someone pursues their dream.

    April 21, 2014 at 11:04 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Awww thank you so, so much. It was a beautiful day to run, and a much needed success in running shoes. I needed to feel good again out there, to not feel so breakable, at least for the moment. I am so glad to have you joining me in the Suz-land–I will be the tiny blond yelling in the corner 😀

      April 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    I spent my weekend with my chosen family and it was wonderful.
    Sadly, I did not consume sufficient candy to my liking, but I’m sure that will change now that it’s all on sale 🙂

    April 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Exactly. And, duh, you are working on consuming more calories, and carbs are necessary for long runs. I say it is PERFECT timing. And I love “chosen” family–soooooo subtle but sooooo true!

      April 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Kalie

    You are a lifesaver suz!!!! I honestly, would not have be able to get through this situation without you!!! I appreciate everything you have done for me! I love you! <3

    April 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      I am just very happy that I could help, and that you were open to believing in yourself. That is often the hardest part. Now we just need to get you well!

      April 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm
      • Reply Kalie

        We will! I refuse to take anything less! 🙂

        April 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Oh my gosh look at you, speed-demon! Also I love making connections with people. We’re all struggling with something and sometimes it takes A LOT for people to reach out A LITTLE. Good for you for grabbing hold when someone reached out to you.

    April 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Exactly. I don’t normally try to solicit my advice, but I figured there was no harm in offering. If she didn’t want it, no harm, no foul. But I know exactly what you mean, and I used to be the type to think that I could deal with everything myself–but I couldn’t, and I didn’t know that for a long time. When people are ready to reach out, you have to grab the moment.

      April 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Karen Szilli

    Love the Athleta knickers! I should have bought them while we still had my size in stock!


    April 23, 2014 at 7:53 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Hold out hope–you might get lucky yet! And they are awesome. Trust.

      April 23, 2014 at 8:09 am

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