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Taking Life Back and Chicago Good Food Festival

It seems that after a few weeks of reclusiveness and feeling not like myself (even before Phoenix, actually, but brought even more to the fore by the fun and joy of Phoenix), I am continuing to get myself back—but it truly is a case of “getting by with a little help from my friends!” And running and fitnessy things. And food. Because duh.

In fact, I am declaring this spring to be all about just that: 

Taking life back.

I definitely feel that is what this March has been about for me, and with Spring and renewal and sex crazed rabbits all that jazz, I think that the theme of taking life back is perfect. You don’t even need to have lost it, per say, rather, just continue to encourage yourself to live YOUR life. Rather than some idea of what it should be! Like last Thursday–FIGHT.

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I may or may not feature this baby on every other post from here on out.

I had a great time last week at several different events and get togethers, so I wanted to mention a few of them—all of which contributed not only to a great week, but a Marvelous weekend!

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

So backing up to last Monday

I had lunch with Erin (who is now gainfully employeed and gets to torture people for pay at Sweat Chicago! I can’t wait to take another class from her :D). Unfortunately, when we had lunch, I was in a bit of a state, even to the point of being unable to pick what I wanted to eat. I got the plainest salad ever, but the dressing was great (I also spilled it all over myself, typical of that day) and the baguette super fresh. Thankfully, I felt much more like myself after lunch with my girl.

susie erin lunch date

From last week’s lunch at Xoco


I had the Nike Training Club class in the morning, and that night I met ups with some other previous and new friends at a get together hosted by my friend Christina and Sarah Baker. I loved hanging out with Jesi and Sapna and meeting Colleen, even if I always feel like a schlub next to these perpetually-put-together women. Luckily, I like them, so their futures are secure. For now. Whahahahah. Ok, I’m good.

media love balanced babe suzlyfe pepperminting giordano

I at least had on green for St. Patrick’s Day.


I fought through that tough run (with a bit of help from my social media friends) and then met up with Austin and Katie of Daily Serving–which you might remember from my post on low sugar, nutrient dense foods for training and fitness, my Instagram, or if you follow blogs that profiled Expo West.

daily serving product collage

A preview of some of the new snacks!

I made a salad that size of my torso and then chatted nonstop with these awesome ladies for the next hour. Stay tuned for a full review of the new products, as well as more info to come as they continue to expand the business! If you read this blog and are interested in healthy, delicious, and nutritious food, this is a company that you need to get to know. Trust. I’ve already finished off much of it because it is SO FREAKING GOOD.


In the morning I went to Pilates Pro Works and got my bum burning on their mega-formers. Also, how great is this sign? I can’t wait to go back! Food that day was all about Alex, and very overdue in that. 

bretzel smoked salmon wecken

Bretzel Smoked Salmon Wecken

Lunch at Hannah’s Bretzel (his first time!) and pulled pork nachos, beer, and a southwest salad (hashtag balance) at dinner at Timothy O’Tooles while sitting at the bar and watching March Maddness. Just the ticket for us, as we haven’t seen much of each other recently!


I went to FlyWheel in the morning, but most importantly, I FINALLY got to have lunch with Sara, who I haven’t seen since we got brunch at Hub 51 a month and a half ago! It was just so good to see her, and to get suitably caught up on each other’s whereabouts and such. Plus, we had ace salads at Hubbard Inn, so what more could you ask for?


I got to return to the Saturday morning running ladies and Erica (who I hadn’t seen since Phoenix). I knocked out 10 insanely windy miles with them—literally I ended up turning back towards home a little early in favor of a less windy part of the trail because I honestly just couldn’t keep fighting it!  But though my run with the ladies was cut a little short, Erica and I were not parted for long

Chicago Good Food Festival

We went to the Chicago Good Food Festival for lunch (well, we all know that “lunch” was more an appetizer).

good food festival chicago collage suzlyfe

This was a bit different from the Green Festival of last fall—the focus here was just on food (duh) and CSA’s as well as delivery services. I was so excited to see some of my favorite companies there, though:

good food festival chicago suzlyfe

Organic Matters (which I was introduced to at the Green Festival last fall. My FAVORITE treat popcorn is their Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Corn, and their cookies are amazing!)

Cobra Corn (another friend from the Green Festival last fall)

Farmers Fridge (Which I have reviewed here)

Savory Accents (which we discovered at the farmers market in Madison)

Theo’s Chocolate (Which I experienced firsthand at the factory tour in Seattle!)

And to be introduced to some new companies:

Chicago Diner (from whom we got these amazing salads for lunch.

the chicago dinner good food saladI considered the Thai wrap, but then remembered that I was about to walk around eating everything in sight. The salads were so, so good—pepitas, cranberries, roasted cauliflower, sweet potato, mixed greens, and an incredible poblano vinaigrette)

Artizone—Erica knows all about them and uses the service often, but I haven’t yet. I can’t wait to, though! They deliver local and artisan products direct to your door!

Cooked—A meal delivery service that Erica had raved about, and now I can’t wait to try!

The Brinery—I love love pickles, kim chi, and sauerkraut, and actually bought a jar of their brined carrots, as did Erica.

Autumn Berry Project—DID YOU SAY CHOCOLATE FRUIT LEATHER?? Yes I did. Berry fruit leather with chocolate pressed between and pepitas. OMG


I returned to my beloved CorePower for a long C2 practice. I can’t believe the last time I took a full C2 was in October. It was interesting seeing the changes in my body–I had certain regressions and certain progressions. But my body and mind benefited from the active rest. I spent the rest of the day sitting on my bum!

magical shirt

Saw this at Core Power. If it was more my style I would obviously be all over it.

That night I was supposed to have dinner at Velvet Taco with Lauren, Erin, and Bethany. But then Alex had a really really rough day, just a combo of not being able to work out, his team losing, us not being able to spend as much time together, and being overtired from this rotation. And I just couldn’t leave him. I love my friends, but he is my priority. And he needed me. And I had a moment of inspiration and thought that we should go bowling (because our attempts keep getting foiled and he loves it), told him to get up, that we were going, i called and reserved a lane, and off we went. More on that later.

It was a week that was totally jampacked, but it really sufficed to get me going again. I worked hard to live each day as it came and taking what I could from it in whole, rather than sitting and worrying quite so much about the longer term issues. I needed a week of simultaneous distraction and engagement. I chose to be engaged in my life in the present—too much recently have I been living in my head.

Do you feel that anything has gotten away from you recently? What is it? How are you going to try to take it back?

How do you kickstart living in the moment? Do you sometimes have to distract yourself to do so?

Tell me a good food moment of your weekend!

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  • Reply CARLA

    all things have gotten away from me and Im ready to slowly slowly start to SNAG BACK THE ME.
    it’s time.

    CARLA recently posted…Im lonely.My Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 5:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It definitely goes both ways–I needed to speed up a few parts of my life, and you need to slow down!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Oh em gee, Chicago food festivals. <3 <3 <3 That sounds glorious. I wish I could visit in July! ;_; (Darn you, boards!)

    Chocolate fruit leather sounds amazing. *-*

    This past weekend sounds like it was awesome for you, and I'm glad it got you going again! I feel like my life is getting out of hand in general, what with the whole 4th-year schedule planning and the fact that only 2 of my grades are in and the year's almost over, with boards looming. ._. Trying not to stress and to just do what I can each day!
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    March 23, 2015 at 5:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Take it one day at a time. Just one day at a time. This is a time when you are just going to feel a bit out of control–ride it a little bit.

      March 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    Your weekend looked FAN-TASTIC! Love that you were able to have lots of friend-time, and food-time. My sister and I went to a Duck Donuts in Williamsburg this weekend, and the three donuts we split were totally worth it!!
    Jess @hellotofit recently posted…Monday motivation – your running startMy Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 6:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      NOMS Send me some!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Jessie

    What a fun past week/weekend. I feel like you’ve had the lovely chance of meeting so many awesome bloggers. Lucky you! A good food moment from the weekend? Hmm… I had a delicious quinoa salad yesterday full of fresh herbs with a fruity dressing.
    Jessie recently posted…Currently In March + Balance Bar GiveawayMy Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 6:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They have become such great friends–I am so happy that I have them in my virtual and real lives! And fresh herbs take everything to the next level–that sounds fabulous!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply meredth @Cookie ChRUNicles

    Life gets away from all of us from time to time – I try so hard to limit the affect of stuff on me by having cake for lunch, indulging in the feelings and getting back to normal. The cake part always helps! Best food moment of the weekend – toss up between Maoz and Cold Stone. Funny how vegetables and ice cream earn a top spot at the same time for me!
    meredth @Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted…Would You Still Be My Friend If You Knew?My Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 6:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahaha I am so the same way! I definitely both of those things this past week to get back to normal!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Okay, confession. Last night I creeped on you….hard. hHahaha I probably looked through 50 of your photos on FB, I was just enjoying seeing the last few years of your life, so now I feel like I saw you yesterday…..even though I didnt….but in my defense, at least we do know one another, so you know I am not a weirdo. Next time I am in CHI though, can you take me to a food festival!? Sounds amazing!!
    Tina Muir recently posted…Meatless Monday- Superfood Eggplant LasagnaMy Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 6:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG you are hilarious. I love that you creeped so hard on my. I am honored. And obviously quite a character! And when ARE you coming to Chi next, pray tell? if you come during summer, there is a food fest just about every weekend 😀

      March 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    ooh flywheel jealous! You know I love my spin but I did go to core power this week. The heater was broken and I thought I might melt. I am using this month to take back also. I just started running outside again and I couldn’t be happier. Have a great day!
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    March 23, 2015 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is just so exciting! I’m so happy for you to get back to the roads. About time, regardless of how much you love the other things!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy

    I’m so glad to hear you had a week full of things that made you feel LIKE YOU! Hallelujah.
    And kudos for the spontaneous bowling date. That takes balls.
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    March 23, 2015 at 6:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And big balls at that. Heavy, shiny, colored balls. Sometimes blue.

      March 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Sounds like a pretty fab week Suz! I really wish we had more events like the one you attended on Saturday here in Charlotte. I feel like this city has been uninspired on the food front for a few years. Guess I have to go to a big city for my next inspiration! Can’t wait to hear about bowling!!
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors recently posted…Balsamic Eggplant SteaksMy Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so funny to me–I feel like Charlotte would be such a great place for food! We need to do something about that!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Mmmm food festival….I would have been in all my glory!!! I too have felt a little off lately or overwhelmed might be a better word. Unfortunately, my schedule is only getting busier so I need to figure out a way to keep it all organized and in control!
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    March 23, 2015 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would have loved it–so much gluten free! Good luck getting your schedule under control, I can imagine with the kids it is about to go nuts!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am happy to hear that you are taking things back. I think that Spring is the perfect time to do that.
    I feel like things have been getting away from me recently and until I have finish writing the book, I don’t have much control over that. But as soon as that is done, it’s time to focus on me again!
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    March 23, 2015 at 7:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can imagine that with the book, you are so consumed by deadlines and such that it can get pretty overwhelming. But use your workouts, your time with Dave, just to have a you moment. You need it to do your best work!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Glad you had a fun week! I totally feel like I’m living in my head too much lately, ever since the crapiness that happened a few weeks ago. I’m questioning EVERYTHING again. I think I just need a vacation?
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    March 23, 2015 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can I go with you?? I think that is a masterful plan!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Stacy @ Sweating TulipZ

    What a great day to find your blog! I was a reader about a year ago, then lost touch with all blogs and finally re-found you on a PERFECT day! Loving this motto of ‘Taking Back Life’. That might be the best way to say you are getting back to doing you and I feel like I totally needed to hear that. Sometimes I feel like everything is slipping through my fingers…but mainly things that are important to me…which leads to a down in the dumps attitude! Thank you for this! I needed it. 🙂

    March 23, 2015 at 7:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Welcome back! I am so glad that you returned, and even more that it was kismet and a perfect day for you. I, too, right now am feeling a bit lost, trying to figure things out. Know that we are all dealing with it, and just reach out if you need help!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    thank you for this! I feel like I have been all over the place and not really focusing on one particular thing, but many, and it wears and tears at me sometimes! I gotta take a step back from all of it and just recollect.. its so easy to happen.. thanks for the reminder!!
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    March 23, 2015 at 7:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So glad and I hope that I helped!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Love the way you have turned this around! I kind have had a down week last week too– this is exactly what I needed to hear. I think I need to re-evaluate what I can control and what I can’t and then LET IT GOOOOOOO!!! LET IT GOOOOO!!!! 🙂
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    March 23, 2015 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But don’t you dare bring back Frozen winter!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Live Half Full

    I went to the GFF party on Friday night and had several good food moments over the weekend! And I went to a Baby Shower at an Italian Market yesterday and they served cannolis, so that was awesome.

    I struggle with life getting away from me and typically it’s from over-scheduling myself! When I feel like that, I slow down and try to “schedule” some time without plans. That’s key for my type-A-ness and it’s a little counterintuitive but it works.
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    March 23, 2015 at 8:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, you’ve got to do what you have to–sometimes Alex and I schedule time in, but I would rather know that I am going to have it than play a game of chance, you know?

      March 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply seetinarun

    What a week! PLEASE use that baby pic in every post. I’m in love. Fighter Baby!!!
    Life has gotten away from me recently. I don’t need to tell you that training for a marathon throughout a difficult winter stinks. I can get overwhelmed by putting away silverware at this point. The longer days are helping and I think that if we could get some 50 degree days (it is currently 18) the whole world will look better to me.
    Colby and I are planning a spa day with a package called “ReNew You” – that tells you a bit of where our mental states are at right now.
    I always have to kick start living in the moment. My natural state is planning for the future. #workingonthat
    Best food moment of the weekend? Hands Down, my 3 hour lunch? supper? afternoon tea? beer tasting with food? with my girl Colby. I don’t know what it was, but we sat at a high top from 4-7 and ate and drank. And THAT’s how you close out a weekend.
    seetinarun recently posted…Spring THIS.My Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so glad that you have Colby–she and her crazy beagle would pull anyone out of a funk, I feel (and vice versa–that’s why we have our girls). And that is indeed how you close out a weekend. And a monday. Or a Tuesday. Maybe a Thursday. I’m not picky.

      March 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Salt

    I need a kick start right now. This past week was so unbelievably bad on so many levels and mentally I NEED this week to be better. I just haven’t figured out how to make that happen yet.
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    March 23, 2015 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sadface mama salt. Hoping that this week is in your favor…

      March 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    hope you continue to feel “back to yourself” and up-and-at-em, girl. i am Hundo P with you on loving time with my friends to feel good about life again (girlfriend obsessed, whatttttt). we all get into ruts now and then. i think my key is just keeping myself so busyyyyy (and exercising every day and sleeping a looooot), so i very rarely feel “not like myself” anymore. but there were definitely years where i struggled with that on and off, too — the pre-NYC years. now i just go for a run, buy new running tights or a bikini, spend a weekend at home, and call it good. xo
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    March 23, 2015 at 8:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love that you buy new running tights or a bikini. Either one will suffice 😉

      March 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Love that you took your Sunday to spend time with Alex and go bowling! Probably exactly what you both needed.
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    March 23, 2015 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, it was until you get the full story on it tomorrow!!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Hanna

    I know exactly what you mean. I feel like a million things in my life could use a kickstart, I just have to figure out where to begin.

    I’m glad you’re starting to feel more like yourself again! I always remind myself that those “off”periods are part of the natural cycle of life, even if one lasts for a few weeks, I try to be patient with myself. As I like to say, you can’t know the thrill of the rebound without knowing the low point. It all goes together. 🙂 Here’s to a happy April!
    Hanna recently posted…Grandma’s Marathon Training: Week 5My Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 8:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Precisely–you need the hills to have the downhills! Plus, it gives us something to fight for!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    Lately, I’ve actually been the happiest I have been in a while. I’ve learned to relax with my life and appreciate things that I have. I think getting a dog about 6 months ago really helped out with that. How can I feel down or sad when I have the happiest/cutest dog staring at me!? I think exercise also helps me a lot. I’m one of those people that thrives on being busy, so if I’m just sitting around for too long I’m miserable and unhappy and unmotivated. Working out daily has been helping tremendously lately! I’m so happy you had a great week and hope you’re doing better 🙂
    Gretchen | Gretchruns recently posted…March 23- Weekly GoalsMy Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 8:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can definitely vouch for the benefits of having a pet. I would be so lonely sometimes without Zoe! And I think that you are describing me in how you thrive on being busy, lol. TOTAlly with you there.

      March 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Your social life makes me really happy…and exhausted! I love that you’ve really made a life for yourself in Chicago, something you were struggling to find a year ago. And SUPER jealous of all your blog friends! Chicago is where all the cool people are apparently. It’s nice to have such a large support group when we’re struggling. I definitely get that.
    Sarah @pickyrunner recently posted…3/15-3/21My Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 8:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well you have NP, I’ve got my blog chicks–same ish, different sources. I’m just glad that I have people nearby that I know I can count on.

      March 23, 2015 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    Loved seeing you Friday – way overdue! Always nice to catch up on each others lives. The Green Festival sounds amazing – can I go next year?! Also, love that magical shirt. I remember the first time we saw it there 🙂

    March 23, 2015 at 9:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s right! I was trying to remember who I had seen it with! But i was like, maybe I saw it somewhere else! And obvs. Plus, all the food fests this summer.

      March 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Looks like you had an awesome week of food, friends, and activities! My awesome food moment this weekend is a tie between breakfast and dinner yesterday. Breakfast was a frittata with artichoke hearts, kale and cheese, and dinner was shepherd’s pie. NOM.
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    March 23, 2015 at 9:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHAT. Best frittata ever. And shepherds pie? deeeeelicous

      March 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    You are so wise, Suz! And so balanced, and so self-aware. Alex is one lucky guy. As for me, I haven’t had a day to myself in over a year. Not even on my birthday (my son was in the hospital) or Mother’s Day or anything, so Andrew is taking his kids on a day trip today and the baby is GOING WITH THEM! YAHOOOOOOOO!! My kiddos are in California with their dad for Spring Break. I’m effing off at Starbucks right now, meeting my friend Lora for a run, then visiting my dad and bringing him some goodies (he had a stroke and hates life right now), taking my mama out for coffee, hanging out with my sister (it will involve alcohol, and probably flashing our boobs at a train), sitting with my friend Jane at her kids’ lacrosse game (I’m bringing us coffee with Bailey’s), and then I’m going to write write and write some more. I LOVE MY DAY TODAY! Best fkn Monday ever.
    Suzy recently posted…Mileage MondayMy Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 9:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG LIVE IT UP. I’m so happy for you–you need a break in a big way. Have the best Monday EVER!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    Food festivals are the best! My food moment of the weekend were grilled shrimp tacos and carrot juice from the farmers market. Oh my yum!
    Earl-Leigh recently posted…Spring Food Blog Round-UpMy Profile

    March 23, 2015 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out of Wine

    You were a busy girl last week! But I agree that sometimes you just need to focus on enjoying the moment and distract yourself from long term issues….there are times to think and plan and resolve life problems, but worrying about them all day long ends up doing more harm than good. Glad that all this fun stuff helped to lift your spirits!
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    March 23, 2015 at 10:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Totally did! Not something that I do all the time obviously, but I have just been too much in my head of late.

      March 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Lily Lau

    I’m glad you’re so active! Keep going, Suz 🙂
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    March 23, 2015 at 11:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks! It was fun!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    I wish I had gone to the food expo, but I also enjoyed bingeing on Empire all weekend. I went to Expo East last year and it was so amazing I almost cried haha. SO MANY FOODS. Glad you had a good time!
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    March 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that my mind would actually explode if I went to Expo East. For serious.

      March 23, 2015 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    Dealing with my knee injury and surgery has definitely put me in a “blah” mood lately. It is really hard to not be able to do the things you want to be doing, especially when those things also double as your stress reliever. I have definitely had some low moments these past few weeks but I’m hoping this will pass and I will be on a more positive track soon.
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    March 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it definitely will lift as you get more and more mobile! Being isolated like that just sucks, seriously.

      March 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply thesimplepeach

    All of your eats sound and look amazing! I made some kick ass grilled zucchini lasagna with eggplant sauce yesterday!

    March 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you will be sending me some of that immediately!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Mattie @ Comfy & Confident

    hi! I love the idea of taking back life!! That is what I am working on doing now too. Sometimes you can’t do it all! Although, you are DOING A LOT! I mean, seriously! You are one busy lady. It’s impressive how you juggle it all.
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    March 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, don’t be thinking that I do it all the time! But it was nice to just take myself out of my life for a week and indulge in my friends and social life. Otherwise, I’m such a homebody!

      March 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    As we are having the bathrooms renovated from rental-condo-cheap to owned-condo-less-cheap, we had our workers on Saturday till 1 pm.There is a layer of dust, or grit, rather, everywhere so I only cooked yesterday when we didn’t have drills and sanders going.
    Buttermilk waffles and great crispy bacon for breakfast, and big completed loaded hot dogs for dinner–I COOKED!

    .And…….today, I rode Bandito hard for about 90 minutes. Full out canters, flying lead changes, in a small ring with 4 other riders. As we switched the order of leader, we had to adjust our pace to that of the lead horse. Bandito is small and his legs are shorter so when I was in the lead, everyone had to slow down to my speed. You get the picture. When you run, you are used to running at your “running” pace. This was like that except the leader established the “pace.”

    I had to kick start myself last fall to get back on the horse, to stop stalling (ooh, good pun!), making excuses, running out of time, etc,– and just do it. I had been putting off my passion and desire b/c of fear of failure, and fear in general. It took me a few weeks to get over that fear. Now I can not wait to get back on, on Monday mornings!

    Kick start with a big crop!!!

    March 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahaha and GIANT SPURS

      March 23, 2015 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Michele

    You are one busy girl! Glad you’ve been doing things that are making you feel more like you 🙂 Surrounding yourself with good people, good food, and engaging activities is never a bad thing.
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    March 23, 2015 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Precisely–engaging it just the right word. Getting ENGAGED with my life!

      March 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    What a fun, busy week! The food festival sounds amazing and I probably would have eaten all of the macarons in your photos. With this never-ending winter, it’s good to get out and treat yourself and spend time with friends!
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    March 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly. I just needed to get myself going again–can’t stay inside forever, though the weather would like me to.

      March 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    Loved this post and love that you chose to live in the now 🙂 You know I always appreciate your honesty and openness in your writing.
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    March 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, boo. I’m just trying to find a balance, but sometimes you have to get unbalance to get back to it, you know?

      March 23, 2015 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    Yes! My Boston Marathon training has gotten away from me. I can’t see, to stay healthy during my recent attempts at 26.2. I guess, I’m going to take it back by accepting a new goal and trying to just run my best that day instead of expecting a certain outcome. It’s NOT easy! I want a PR, but it might now happen come April 20. Sometimes I’m okay with that and other times it’s frustrating as hell. It is exhausting living with my thoughts- haha! It is a constant battle like two siblings bickering.
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    March 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t I know it. I understand your frustration, and I think the hard thing (but the best thing) is to realize that as much as you sometimes wish, you can’t create a perfect 26.2 miles in your head. I all has to come together. But then again, you can have an atrocious training and then pull out the ultimate win. So I always think the best thing to do is just to put your best foot forward, be smart (which you are doing), and find enjoyment in what you can, when you can. It may be 4 miles, but if they are pain free? That is reason enough to celebrate!

      March 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Erica @ erica finds

    Loved our Saturday! Lately EVERYTHING has gotten away from me. Did not know if I was coming or going. Alas, I am here! And, I took my life back by seeing friends – like you – and hanging out with the Husband.
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    March 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you had allllll sorts of reasons for feeling like that! You’ve barely been home, you’ve barely seen Neil… I’m glad that we were part of getting ourselves put back together this weekend!

      March 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Jill

    Well I had a great weekend continuing to celebrate my bday back home in PA. But lately I’ve been feeling really antsy and unfocused. I feel kind of lost as to what to do with my life and I’m putting so much pressure on myself. I’m not sure what you’ve been dealing with but I agree being inside our own minds too much is dangerous. I’m glad you got some quality times with lots of friends and with Alex. That honestly works wonders. It did for me this weekend. I hope you continue to get the peace and clarity you need on whatever is wracking your brain.
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    March 23, 2015 at 9:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So right there with you–I’m glad that we both are getting some time to shut our brain off and just be–live in the moment, and stop thinking about what should be happening, but rather just letting instinct take over.

      March 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    Love love love Farmer’s Fridge. I went to a Windy City Blogger Collective event that they catered and fell in love. Makes me wish I lived close to their vending machines. As you know, my life has definitely been feeling out of control lately. I found out Thursday that the guy who’s probably my favorite coworker and who I feel like I owe a lot of my success to is leaving the company for another job and that on top with my current frustration with my job really threw me through a loop. I’ve been trying to get in some extra sleep these past few days after working some overtime this weekend and I have a massage scheduled for later today. Hoping to feel a little bit more normal soon. Big hugs to you and Alex, Suz! Hope you guys feel back to yourselves soon. Also, you are a very good wife.
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    March 24, 2015 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hate when every part of our world feels out of balance. I guess the only consolation is that often, after a big fit of being imbalanced you get to find the balance. You have to go to both extremes and then reestablish center. But I am very sorry to hear about your coworker. That blows, losing someone we consider an ally. I hope you got some rest and a massage!

      March 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply lindsay

    next time you take back life, can i come? I’ll eat all the food and go to fly wheel… mmm k?
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    March 24, 2015 at 9:43 pm
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