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Fun Small Changes to Elevate Your Running and Healthy Lifestyle

Yes, even small changes can elevate your running and improve your healthy lifestyle further! Here are some fun, creative ideas to take your running and healthy lifestyle to the next level! Link up with Running Coaches Corner! 

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Small Changes to Elevate Your Running and Healthy Lifestyle

Here are some fun, creative ideas to take your running and healthy lifestyle to the next level! Link up with Running Coaches Corner! @suzlyfe

Try to get in real veggies every time that you eat.

Even if it is a handful of carrots. I’m so excited, we finally joined a CSA for the summer, and we are going to get biweekly deliveries. Doing this is going to push my creativity, increase variety in my diet, and help keep me from getting into ruts with my cooking. Plus, I am a HUGE fan of shopping local and supporting farmers, so seriously? WIN WIN WIN. My body feels better when I have my veggies flowing through me, I stay much more satisfied, and getting my multivitamins, fiber, and carbs throughout the day makes me a better runner and healthier human!

Aim to MAKE the majority of the food that you eat every day!

Committing to make all of the food that you eat every day might just be impractical, but why not try to make the majority of what you eat, rather than purchasing or consuming processed foods. Not only will you save money overall by avoiding convenience and packaging fees, but you will be able to cut out so much crap from your diet. Convenience foods serve their place, but see if you can’t cut out the middle man! Plus, I get to put that CSA to use 😀

Italian Chicken Marinara stew meal prep done! Get the recipe @suzlyfe

Try out my Italian Chicken Marinara stew–you will make your own sauce!–and serve over sweet potato noodles!

Or use this 30 minute step by step power bowl meal prep guide.

Short on time? Check out my 30 Minute Step By Step Meal Prep for Power Bowls that you can take anywhere! Customizable, allergy friendly, gluten free, and even vegan. @suzlyfe

While you are changing things up, change up one of your training go-tos.

Freshen up your routine this time around. If you always run the same freaking trail… try another route or even go to the track for one of your runs! Familiarity is lovely, but it can make training into drudgery. Change up something with regards to your cross training, like a yoga and Pilates class a week rather than 2 yogas. Remember, you have to continue to challenge your body in order to get it to adapt! Just don’t do it the week before your first race… Want to try Crossfit? Check out my guest post for Nicole on how to incorporate CrossFit into your training.

Try out new gear!

If you remember my training prep post from last year, you will remember that I forbade you all from wearing the same thing year in, year out. That said, you don’t want to replace everything! So sign up for a fun subscription fitness apparel clothing service that lets you try out new things for way less than you will pay otherwise! I just tried out a new one–check out my Instagram for my review!

Hire A Coach

Coaches aren’t just for elites or those who are looking to beastmode all over the place. I love working with runners and fitness-minded individuals of all levels and interests, and particularly helping those who have some sort of mitigating circumstance (crazy lifestyle, pasts of injury or health hurdles, single moms) so that they can really find and embrace the love of running, and (SAY IT WITH ME) Live Beyond Expectations! Find out about what a running coach does, check out my coaching page for more, and sign up for the Coach Suz Letter.

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What is a little change you could make to improve your lifestyle for training and your health?

And now it is time for Running Coaches’ Corner!

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I am linking up with myself, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday. 

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Sometimes just making one small change can lead to a ripple effect of multiple changes over time.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Mexican Quinoa Casserole {GF, Low Cal}My Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 5:22 am
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    I need to add more veggies throughout my day. I definitely make all of our food and have veggies at lunch and dinner, but struggle with breakfast .
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…90-60-30 Second Full Body WorkoutMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 5:42 am
    • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

      I second this! I have no problem at breakfast and dinner, but it is really hard for me to come up with veggies to add for breakfast that aren’t a) totally unappetizing at that time of day or b) don’t hurt my stomach. Any suggestions?
      Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner recently posted…“We ARE running!” – Run Hard Columbia Half Marathon Race ReportMy Profile

      March 8, 2017 at 8:22 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        Can you do sweet potatoes? I can’t remember. I’ve seen people putting cauliflower in smoothies. I just love having a few carrots to clean out my teeth after I eat.

        March 8, 2017 at 11:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It can be tricky, for sure–but I get baby carrots in first thing!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Yes to veggies and cooking your own food! I feel so much better when I eat real food and not packaged stuff. And I definitely get bored with the same workout routine so I change things up every few months.

    March 8, 2017 at 5:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really want to shake things up when I am able to get back to working again. I want to do kickboxing!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I do believe that making the majority of your own food is the key to long term health. Thanks for the link up
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Planning My Race ScheduleMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 6:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Agreed! Thanks for linking up Deborah!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    When I was trying to get in to healthier habits a few years back, I added more veggies before taking or eliminating things away from my diet. Adding and not subtracting if you will. Before I knew it, I was wanting to load up on the healthier stuff!
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…Pregnancy Update: Weeks 21-24My Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 7:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Same here! That way you never feel like you are depriving yourself. You just gradually don’t need the other stuff as much!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    ugh. More veggies. I eat them, but definitely not enough. For me, I get ZERO “satisfaction” from them LOL They seldom leave me feeling “full” and the calorie count is pretty low, so I feel like I need to eat big portions to get much out of them…(unless I add some extra butter or ranch dressing) 😉
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…When in Florida….Sombrero Beach Run 10KMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 7:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You just need to pickle everything 😀 ;D

      March 8, 2017 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Yes to more veggies and cooking at home! These are so simple yet so effective. Adding veggies to my breakfast was one of the simplest things I’ve done to improve diet quality. It makes it so much easier to get those 5-9 when you start with the first meal of the day!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…How to Recover After a Half MarathonMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Plus, you can just string it through the day that way and it saves your stomach

      March 8, 2017 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I think that cooking your own food is so key. That way you know all the ingredients that you are using, etc.
    Kimberly G recently posted…My First Cycle for Survival ExperienceMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      FOR REAL. It transformed the way that I eat!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    I’m totally going to check out that power bowl prep link. I need that in my life!! I don’t know what I could do now to improve except follow doctor’s orders and do my PT! Maybe drink less wine? Naahhhhh….. 😉

    March 8, 2017 at 7:37 am
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      March 8, 2017 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’ve been drinking anti-inflammatory smoothies every morning and I truly think it is making a big difference for me. Plus I’m getting a ton of veggies and fruits this way.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Are You a Raceplanner? Or a Racecrastinator?My Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh I bet. You getting your beet juice in?

      March 8, 2017 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    Switching up my meals and training methods both keep me living a healthy lifestyle. And I also choose not to deprive myself of the foods I love, mostly pizza and cupcakes. But I eat them in moderation on the weekends.
    Patricia @Sweet and Strong recently posted…Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy TreatsMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need to keep switching it up–otherwise, you get fixating on controlling everything. I hear you there.

      March 8, 2017 at 11:34 am
  • Reply kat

    Great tips girl!! Since my main goal this year for myself is to get more veggies into my diet, I’m trying to really expand and broaden my veggie intake in terms of the KINDS of veggies I’m eating. I tend to stay within my “safe” veggie zone [meaning the ones I know that I like!] and am hesitant to further venture out. I have no idea why though – I might be missing out on my true love [in veggies 😉 ]! A CSA would be so great for that – but since I live in “farm” country there is literally a zillion fresh produce stands near me. I just need to hit them up more often!
    kat recently posted…Beet Carrot JuiceMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 8:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m really excited about the CSA–It is going to be AWESOME

      March 8, 2017 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Emily

    I love these simple tips; one of mine would be to turn off your technological devices 30 minutes before bed; it really helps me sleep so much better.
    Emily recently posted…WIAW: The Very Darkest Parts of RecoveryMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there–no sub for good quality sleep!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Christina @

    This was a great reminder for me to look into CSAs. I eat a lot of vegetables, but could definitely use more variety. Plus it would make grocery shopping a lot easier, which is much appreciated with a little one in tow!

    March 8, 2017 at 9:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there! I am really looking forward to the variety–I’m with you, I eat the same things day in and day out!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Ever since… you know… I haven’t been eating my daily veggies. I just can’t get them down. I’m starting to eat more lately, though. It’s hard to get back on the veggie wagon once I’ve been off for so long.
    Suzy recently posted…My Day in a FishbowlMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 9:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What about baking them into things? Like zucchini bread? Or purees?

      March 8, 2017 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Awesome tips, Suzy. I’m working on making more meals and eating more veggies. I always find excuses to get out of it but I’m really hoping to step it up this month!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Don’t Forget These Half Marathon Race Day TipsMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 10:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think you just have to find a way that makes you look forward to them–I love how eating a carrot after something sweet is cleansing!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I’m allllllllll about the fruits and veggies.

    And new running clothes? That gets me out the door SO FAST.
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…My Experience Rumbling with Rumble BoxingMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 10:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha Especially in spunky colors!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    Small changes are the best because they add up to big ones in the long run! Great little changes here Suz! Eating real veggies everytime I eat has changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but now that I eat so many leafy greens and other veggies, my migraines are more manageable, and I have more clear headed energy.
    Lisa @ RunWiki recently posted…10 Downhill Marathons That Might Help You Get Your Next BQMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 10:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is awesome to hear, Lisa! Anything to help those migraines. I don’t know how you manage!

      March 8, 2017 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    Adding fresh veggies is huge! Junk in equals junk out and no one wants that! I love that old saying, we are what we eat!
    Mary Beth Jackson recently posted…Gasparilla Lime Cactus Challenge Race Recap- Day 1My Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 11:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      #nailed it. Yes yes yes!
      So I am veggies and a bit of chocolate 😀

      March 8, 2017 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Laura

    I was just sitting here trying to figure out dinner… both the power bowls and the chicken marinara stew look amazing! And I love the simple gear and coach tips, too. All those little things add up!
    Laura recently posted…Race Strategy for the NYC Half MarathonMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree! get that stew, lady!

      March 8, 2017 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    We make 99.9% of what we eat. A) it’s better for you and B) it saves hella $$$. I get a little lazy on weekends but I blame that on all the cooking during the week and also on my long run. Long run = pizza.
    Rachel recently posted…13.1 Tips and Tricks for Your Best Race DayMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    Making our own food is so important! The more we stay away from processed or fast food, the healthier we will be. I’m not perfect, but I try to stick with fresh, whole food.
    Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs recently posted…Create Your Half Marathon Race Plan and Avoid a Race Day FailMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so right there with you.

      March 10, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Ivanna

    These are all great tips! I’m all about eating healthier these days and eating in! I like to know what’s going in my food plus I don’t like to pay the eating out prices anymore

    March 8, 2017 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Especially in the city–it gets expensive so quickly!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Believe it or not, including veggies in every meal is something I definitely need to work on. I am such a protein whore it is sad. lol.
    Annmarie recently posted…5 Reasons to Workout with a TrainerMy Profile

    March 8, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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      March 10, 2017 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!

    Very cool about the CSA – I belonged to one for a few years. It was so neat to try new veggies and discover new things I loved, and new ways to make ALL THE KALE and use tons of one item that I wasn’t used to preparing. Adventures in veggies!

    March 8, 2017 at 9:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just found a new way to use all the kale!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Great tips about the veggies! It’s great to get them with every meal! I haven’t done a CSA yet. I keep thinking about it, but I do so many recipes for the blog I often need very specific things.
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Healthy Honey Cinnamon Banana Bread MuffinsMy Profile

    March 9, 2017 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, and you are such an amazing green thumb, you could practically do it yourself!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Hannah

    CSAs are awesome, but I’ve noticed I start feeling a little lost when one ends – like, I have to choose my own vegetables now?
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    March 9, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha… and how do I do this? I have a feeling that will be me!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Yep! I think the more you MAKE of what you eat, the healthier you end up eating and feeling!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recent Things: Gruten Free, Frustrating Men and My Want ListMy Profile

    March 9, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know that is especially true for you!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I try to eat fresh veggies everyday as well but in the winter it is hard. They seem to go bad more quickly so I have been getting frozen ones that keep longer.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…The count down is on!My Profile

    March 14, 2017 at 6:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A lot of those frozen veggies are great! Especially if they are flash frozen

      March 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder

    Incorporating small changes definitely helps. Cooking isn’t my thing- I try and fail every time. I just really hate it lol. If I could hire someone to cook for me every day I totally would.
    Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder recently posted…Running & Racing TraditionsMy Profile

    March 14, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Christy

    My problem is never not buying new things to run in.. I do pretty good with the veggies, I will have to check out the subscription service.. that one looks fun

    March 14, 2017 at 10:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do it! It is very affordable, and you get to try new things!

      March 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm

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