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Making the Most of My Weekend Post MRI Results Shock

Whelp, my MRI post was actually meant for today, but it went up a bit early! Chalk it up to crutches brain, lol. If you missed it (considering I rarely post on Sundays, I wouldn’t be surprised if you did!), please go back and check it out. Today’s post will be a little look at the rest of my weekend, which I tried to keep as “Suz” like as possible.

Thank you, Katie, for Marvelous Monday!


Friday started off mostly fine–I went to the gym and (painlessly) did my time on the bike, then headed to work. The cruel joke of all of this is the fact that Friday, my pelvic area actually felt pretty decent! I walked to a favorite lunch spot for a delicious spread, worked on a few projects, and basically just waited for my MRI results.

When my PM&R doctor called around 2:15 with my results, I’m not going to lie, I pretty much fell apart. I held it together as best I could while on the phone with him, then texted Alex as I waited to hear back from the doctor (who was going to get in touch with my chiropractor, who I was seeing at 4). After I talked with him again, I closed my office door, called my mom, and just let the emotions rush out of me. I think it is best to say that I was in shock, dealing with the frustration of wishing I had been on crutches the whole time (as I had thought that I needed to be), and processing what this would mean for Boston. 

Upset gorilla meme

To be honest, the last thing that I wanted to do was to go to my appointment, but the PM&R wanted me to talk to the nutritionist there, and so I knew that I had to go. But really, all I wanted to do was curl up into a ball. After picking up my crutches, I cabbed to my appointment (which I walked into, crutched out of) and then cabbed home so that I could get ready for my Brick Betty event. I’m actually glad that I went to both my appointment and the trunk show, as my chiro was so worried about me and the trunk show gave me a chance to see some friends as well as kept me from crawling into said ball.

I felt pretty funny, being at a Crossfit gym in gym clothes, selling gym clothes, and on crutches. I guess I should get used to it, as I have another event coming up December 14 at the Old Town Orangetheory location!

I had ice cream and wine for dinner. Don't judge.

Then I came home and had ice cream, wine, and peanut butter for dinner, but I did have a side of Kashi and egg whites, because yes, I am that person #nutritionisimportant.


This was my first day on the crutches and my first day of trying to stay 100% quiet. I would give myself a B+. I stayed quiet (no cardio or anything like that) but I’m still having trouble convincing myself that I need to use crutches in our tiny apartment, especially because it doesn’t hurt when I walk! So that is going to take some getting used to, but I’ve told Alex to be my enforcer. But sometimes, you just gotta pee!

I also took advantage of my new #lazy status, and when Alex stole my computer to use the internet (preventing me from writing my update, as many saw on FB), I took a nap 😀 Then we went to West Egg for brunch and stopped by the grocery store on the way home to pick up some things for dinner before I plopped myself back on the couch.

Netflix, Alcohol and ice cream, the things of dreams. 

I went to the gym and did some back exercises with lower weights. More than anything, I just wanted to start the practice of going to do weights rather than letting myself sink into the “I can’t do ANYTHING” sob story. Rather, I’m still being gentle with my body as I figure out what I can and shouldn’t do.

For dinner, we had chicken and the Autumn Root Vegetable Salad (requested by Alex!) before he disappeared to continue work on his big project and I got back to watching trashy TV. BTW, The Real Housewives of Atlanta… I can’t even.


Alex and I went out to lunch, then I crutched over to meet Sara for coffee while Alex went for groceries. Funny story, boy texted me while he was at the store to tell me that he had gotten lost (I know those stores, so he generally just follows me around. When I got back, I worked on some new client plans while Alex and I did some Christmas shopping from my throne (aka the couch). We also worked on some logistics for the week.

Crutches meme

I had originally planned to crutch around the city as much as possible, but let’s be real a) crutching takes forever and b) it’s exhausting. As much as I want to remain as autonomous as possible, I also have to be real: not only does it take forever to get places on crutches, it is tiring, and my walk to work is not necessarily crutch-friendly. There are areas where the pavement is really torn up (on the bridges), and there are a number of ramps and/or stairs. We do have a car, but the parking area for it is actually through my work, though not in that building and involving numerous stairs and ramps as well. Thus not only does it do me no good if I am at my apartment, but it does me no good when I AM at work! So today I am going to talk with my boss to see if I an get a parking space for the month that is actually in the building, and then talk to my apartment building about renting a space there for the month. As long as my car is at the apartment, I will be able to get to coaching, as there is plenty of parking there, though I might have to pay for it. 

Ryan Gosling Crutches Meme

Alex is going to be on service for the entirety of the time that I am on crutches, so we are likely going to outsource cleaning for the next few weeks, and we’ll do our best with groceries. I might finally have to take up those grocery delivery offers, lol. 

Beyond my recovery, it is most important to me that I not lose myself in this. I may not be able to tackle all of my Bucket List items, but I will be able to do some of them, and it is very important to me that I do so. I want to have lunches and brunches with my friends, to go to events (though I might not go to all of them). But I am going to need some projects to keep me busy, beyond going to all these darn doctors appointments! Anyone need a coach???

After dealing with the initial shock, @suzlyfe is finding her peace with her injury #runchat #fitfluential #sweatpink Click To Tweet

But I will heal, this will pass, and I have the most amazing people (you all are definitely included!) in my life to keep me on the straight and narrow. So thank you in advance!

Tell me about your weekend! Did you do anything festive?

For those of you who have spent significant time on crutches, how did you handle things like groceries, laundry, and getting lunch at work?

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  • Reply Carla

    I know I tell you this all the time 🙂 but you really do you have the greatest attitude.
    Your pause, you feel all the feelings, and you push through.

    I really admire that.

    December 7, 2015 at 5:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Carla. I think I might have multiple personalities in my head, one of them being a therapist.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Jessie

    I hate hearing that your results didn’t come back the way you hoped for. With time though you’ll be all back together again. Continue resting… and try to squeeze in as much fun as possible. Happy people just deal with tough situations better 🙂

    December 7, 2015 at 5:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are so right! That is a great reason to find the happy in what is going on!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    I was thinking the other day how lucky I was that I didn’t have to be on crutches for my fracture. I live in an apartment without an elevator so it would have made for a very interesting and humbling experience. But take advantage of the #lazy status and nap! Actually, I might need/want a coach. I’ve been thinking more about it and once I’m back to running it might be good for me!

    December 7, 2015 at 6:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will email you so that we can discuss! Sometimes, we just need someone else to look at what we are going through on the outside and help us out.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Just look at it as cross training.

    My heart hurts for you.

    PS I love that meme. Bitch sticks, indeed!

    December 7, 2015 at 6:46 am
    • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

      Cross Training!! I just love that!, really!!

      December 7, 2015 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Legitimately, yesterday I crutched to my car and then did triceps that afternoon and dubbed it a two-a-day.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Thankfully I’ve never had to use crutches… but if the say comes when I need them, you know I’m heading back to your blog to find out how to survive with them!!

    December 7, 2015 at 7:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Step one: come up with amazing names for them.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    Don’t even think twice and do the grocery delivery! I did it after having Drew for seriously a year and it made life easier. In a way I guess having 3 little ones hanging off of me was as good an excuse as crutches. Thinking of you!

    December 7, 2015 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m a little worried that I might like ti too much, haha. Like when I had a service do my laundry once. That happened for the next year.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Oh Suz, I am so sorry! I cannot imagine that hearing such news is easy to process. You have a great attitude though and you’re a fighter. YOU WILL get through this! You know I am here if you need me! <3

    December 7, 2015 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love ya, girl. I’ll make it through, it is just taking some adjustments!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    Aw Susie!! I love that you stay positive in every situation. Or at least put a strong face forward for us. You are an incredible inspiration! I know you’ll get through this, and we’re all here to support you. Just think about how strong your arms and shoulders are going to get after this!! You’ll pretty much be able to “run” a half on your hands!

    December 7, 2015 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, there’s a thought. I wonder if I can do half of Boston on my hands and half on my legs!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Crutches are going to give you amazingly upper body strength- just looking at the bright side 🙂 I’ll second what Michele said about a grocery delivery – anyway to minimize stress during this time is good!

    December 7, 2015 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am already looking into it. Because once Alex is on service, I’ll be SOL!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I love Wendy’s comment to think of the crutches as cross training! That is PERFECT!

    You can definitely wear your cute workout clothes when using the crutches!
    and, from one who has used them before for the same reason you are, running shoes are really a good idea. They help with balance and keep your gait even.

    December 7, 2015 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Also, they don’t fall off.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Hilary

    So glad to see you staying positive! It always amazes me when something like that happens and how helpful people become to you! Really shows the community and how when there are hard times we come together!
    I finally did something festive this weekend and went out to Centinnel park to see the Christmas lights, although it wasn’t the zoo in Ohio it was still so much fun!

    December 7, 2015 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You definitely learn the value of the community! I love the Xmas lights in Centennial! Well, really, I love Atlanta. Give it a hug for me!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    oh I’m so sorry you ended up on crutches but definitely take advantage of those grocery delivery services!! and cleaning!! if I could predict the weather I’d totally hop on a plane and come see you! (not entirely out of the question of course…) and I hope one of those plans your working on belongs to yours truly 😉 <3 love uuuuu!

    December 7, 2015 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so excited about working on your plan! Not too long out now!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    Ugh, so crappy about the MRI results lady, and the impact with Boston. Nothing like a little fracture to steal ALL of the thunder! I like that you are looking on the bright side and making the best of it, at the end of the day we have a lot to be thankful for and focusing on that makes us stronger. Sending good vibes to those bones!

    December 7, 2015 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Believe me, the bones need the vibes, and they thank you!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    (See the text message I just sent you, gorgeous.)

    December 7, 2015 at 8:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was everything. Thank you.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    one last Suzlyfe’s mommy’s comment–
    When my cell phone rang on Friday, even before I saw that it was you calling, I could just tell by the way the phone rang that this was bad news. When I answered it……….I got very hot way down inside……. even before you tried to speak through your tears.
    My phone used to do that when you’d call from school and, in that low voice, you’d say “mom, I don’t feel good.”

    Moms, that in-the-gut-FEAR doesn’t ever go away, regardless of how old your child is.
    That FEAR puts you in the place where you need to be–ready to battle the monster— whatever that monster may be.

    December 7, 2015 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I knew as soon as I called that you were going to pick up. And I knew that you would know, too. These types of things transcend space and time.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Again, so sorry to hear about your MRI. I’ve spent very little time on crutches but can’t say I loved it. At least you’ll get a good arm and ab workout with those things. Rest well my friend.

    December 7, 2015 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love to know someone who did like it.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Definitely minimize stress in any way you can. I’ll go grocery shopping for you! hehe! Chin up friend. We are all here for you!

    December 7, 2015 at 9:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, Michelle. And know that we are all here for you, as well!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Oh, Suz! I get it girl. It sucks. It’s horrible. It’s not fair. Be sad. Be as sad as you need to be.First of all, don’t pull a Megan. Stay on the freaking crutches!!! I am convinced people like you and me heal faster than the average person, but that only happens if you stay on crutches. Can you do any swimming? That would seem like something you should be able to do to stay sane during this time. Secondly, yes being on crutches is EXHAUSTING. Try doing it for 3 months! The good news is it does get easier. I promise. Last, my best advice for overcoming the mental hardness of this is to throw your heart & soul into something you’ve been meaning to do, but have been putting it off. You WILL get through this. Remember nothing happens without a purpose.

    December 7, 2015 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m not supposed to do anything that will twist my spine, so swimming is out for the next few weeks. I’m hoping that I will get the ok when I go in two weeks. I can’t imagine how strong you are. I know how strong you are mentally, but girl, you could mess someone UP, I’m sure!!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    I know how hard this is to stomach and I’m glad you’re trying to keep yourself busy and maintain a somewhat normal life. I’m so, so sorry Boston probably won’t work out. I know how important it was for you but I do love that you’re keeping your long-term goals into perspective throughout this whole setback. You WILL get through this with tons of support from those in your “real life” and those online. HUGS! xoxo

    December 7, 2015 at 9:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes I will get through it. I’m still holding out a modicum of hope for Boston, but I know that I have to be realistic. So I will probably have another emotional crash later on, but for know? HASHTAG DETERMINED

      December 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Awe, shit. Okay, first of all, you have an amazing attitude. Hopefully you can get that parking space so you don’t have to crutch so much. You prob already know this but do your best to put your pressure on your hands, not your armpits almost to the point that the top of the crutches don’t touch your armpits at all. And I promise you I will entertain you. I’m sending a picture as an answer to your question that you asked me about my cat’s vagina this morning.

    December 7, 2015 at 10:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That picture was too much. TOO MUCH. But I loved it. I am one of the rare few that know to put the weight on their palms–but now my hands hurt (wwaaaannnhhhhh)

      December 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Getting around on crutches sounds hard enough, but I can’t imagine trying to do it in a crowded city like Chicago. On one hand, they can help you move people out of the way…They can also serve as a elevator button pusher (because who likes to touch those buttons that everyone else and their mom has touched).

    December 7, 2015 at 11:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am using them to open all the wheelchair doors. Not enough room in the elevators.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Crutches do suck! That’s why when I was one them at the end of school last year in DC…I gave up. You can’t get around a city in crutches by yourself!

    December 7, 2015 at 11:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We’ve brought my car over. It is saving my life right now.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Awwwww man… I am so sorry. That blows! Your dinner Friday cracks me up. Sounds exactly like something I’d do.

    December 7, 2015 at 11:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so necessary.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    I spent a lot of time on crutches when I was a teenager (broken ankle/growth plate followed by repeated sprains and strains), but never as a grown up. My heart aches for you right now for all that you have to deal with. HOWEVER, if anyone is strong enough to go through this and STILL kick some serious ass, it’s you Susie!!

    December 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Or, at the very least, whack ass with crutches.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles

    Ugh, I have never been on crutches (knock on wood!) but my friend’s daughter was a few times last year with soccer injuries and over time, she got real good at using them and getting around like nothing. I bet within the week you will be so used to them that you fly around like normal. Sort of. You know what I mean lol

    December 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like I was WAY better with them the first time around. What happened to my skills??

      December 8, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Julie

    I have not been on crutches but was in a boot for a badly broken toe. Not the same but I do know how frustrating it is to not be able to do your stuff, you know. Especially for an active person. You will get your routine though and it is ok to ask for help. Such a hard one to put into practice.

    December 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would definitely agree, aside from Alex–I’m really good at ordering him around.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Ugh crutches are seriously so much work to use! You might end up getting a serious workout just using them! Also, if Ryan Gosling actually ends up giving you piggy back rides around town you need to take lots of selfies 🙂

    December 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can you make that happen, please?

      December 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    I’ve only been on crutches once and it was when I was in 6th grade so I didn’t have any real responsibilities. I do remember them hurting my armpits like woah though! Your arms are going to look even more awesome than they already do at the end of the month. On the bright side is anyone is rude to you, you can just take them out with a quick swing! 😉

    December 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But first I must get my center of balance, lol

      December 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Like I said the other day, please let me know if I can do anything to help you out. We will discuss more on Wednesday.

    December 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Oh man, I’m so, so sorry to hear that you didn’t get good news. I can definitely see how frustrating it would be to be on crutches around your house when nothing feels bad! Girl, so eat all the junk, drink all the wine, watch all the Netflix – you deserve it.

    December 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is truly annoying, but I know it is for the best. And maybe I will have to indulge… just a little 😀

      December 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I was on crutches for 2 weeks after I had hip surgery in 2010. I stayed with my parents for the first week because I was living in my apartment at the time which had 2 sets of stairs to get inside. I’m sure it will be tough without having Alex around much to help you out, but definitely try to give yourself a break and just relax!

    December 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      oooooo 2 flights of stairs? I am very happy we have elevators 😀 Especially as we live pretty high up.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Sorry to hear that you are on crutches. I don’t have any words of advice since I have never been on them. I’m sure it is frustrating not to be able to do the things you normally can do. It’s the simple things we take for granted sometimes. At least it is the holiday season so that should bring you some joy:) and know that it could be worse.

    December 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It could always be worse–that I have no problem reminding myself of! And don’t ever get yourself on crutches, it isn’t fun.

      December 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Angie @ Pace with Grace

    Ugh, I feel for you! Being sidelined is so tough. There are other things you can get into though in the time being and running will most definitely be there for you when you’re ready!

    December 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So true! Trying to concentrate on all those other things…. what where they again?

      December 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Bitch sticks sound legit. :O I’m so sorry, and I do hope you can do at least some of the things on your bucket list! I’m glad you’re keeping busy and getting to spend time with friends and family. You have an amazing attitude! <3 Much love, and I'm just going to think of this as the world deeming you too much of an awesome badass unicorn, so it wanted to give everyone else in the world a chance to think they could catch up with you!

    December 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahhahaha I love it!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I have only ever been on crutches once when I was a kid and I think I just enjoyed not doing anything and getting everyone to do stuff for me.
    Sometimes wine and ice cream for dinner is what you need!

    December 8, 2015 at 4:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so needed. I’m doing a lot of sitting, that is for sure!

      December 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    You’re making it rain applesauce, Suzie. 🙂

    December 8, 2015 at 7:57 am
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      December 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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