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Thank You, A New Recipe, and Working Girl #WIAW

I know that I say this often, but you also know that I am sincere when I say it, thank you all for your support and response from yesterday’s post. I didn’t plan to write it, I just sat down and started and went from the beginning to the end without stopping. I often shy away from talking about my body and my body image, because I know that it can invite scrutiny that may or may not have been there otherwise. The other reason is that I take body image, food, and health extremely seriously, and I think that currently we are in a culture that uses it as a cop-out–taking advantage of a real issue so as to make an excuse (like taking Ritalin for ADHD, or going Gluten Free without reason–also, let me be clear that I take Ritalin, but I am very careful with and serious about my dosing. ADHD is a real thing, I am a poster child for it, but I have seen it abused.)

Basically, thank you for your support and returning the love, rather than seeing that as a post of fishing for compliments or trying to find the cracks in my story. I am the first to admit that I have messed up in my past, and will continue to mess up in the future. But, and I think this is the important thing, I love and respect myself, my family, and my life sufficiently to pick myself back up and try again, for the better.

K, now, let’s talk about food. Because that is why y’all are here, correct?

Thank you as always, Jenn!

Thank you as always, Jenn!

2 Pieces of Foodie Goodness: a) A RECIPE and b) as close as I will ever get to a somewhat legitimate WIAW! I don’t have a text book WIAW (you all know how I feel about that), but here are some of the new invitees to my daily food party due to my job!

bridal shower suzlyfe

The Recipe! Is not Here! TEASER. It is HEEERRREEE. You all remember those Strawberry Lemonade Scones with Lemon Curd from the Bridal Shower? Well, now you can go and make them for your July 4th Shindig or summer potluck. YOU ARE SO WELCOME. Run over to Cait’s blog and find out how! Seriously, people will take this home with them, in their bathingsuits, if need be. And bring containers of the lemon curd. People will take that, too.

Now, for my “WIAW.”

Sad face, I am currently not getting to enjoy as much of my favorite egg white oats.


I miss you, come back to me. (I did get to have them on Sunday and Monday though YAY)

Instead, I am doing the English Muffin/Cinnamon Raisin Bagel dance with jelly and sunflower seed butter thing (and yes, that is right, BAGEL THIN. And Proud of It). I also have my decaf/caf coffee then. And steal some pieces of frozen banana, some carrots, and some cereal. And some M&M’s because, let’s face it, it is always chocolate o’clock.



After I work out, I usually grab a few snacky things (watermelon, carrots, berries, goldfish, cereal, pop pops, whatever I feel like) because that is what I do when I am in the kitchen (and I am packing up my bag for lunch/my 2nd brekkie).

work second bfast suzlyfe

Then it is off to the races, and at work, I have part deux–a heaping helping of cottage cheese, Kashi Go Lean Vanilla Graham Clusters, and whatever non-Kashi cereal I am currently working on–I love TJ’s Puffed Wheat. It is slightly sweet, easy on the tummy, and a good complement to the Kashi. Also Almond milk, berries (freeze dried, fresh, frozen, don’t care), sprinkles (until I ran out), and either more sunflower seed butter or a piece of fruit or string cheese or something. Plus the candy that is in my drawer. DUH.

work salads suzlyfe collage

Lunch lately has been a salad of whatever veggies I have at home, low sodium turkey/grilled chicken, avocado or sweet potato (depending on what we have) and whatever else catches my fancy the night before. I have a nifty salad tupperware thingy that has a spot for the dressing, so I load everything up the night before, no worries in the morning!

I also usually have a greek yogurt at lunch and another english muffin and some chocolate. And baby carrots are kept in the fridge, don’t you worry. About an hour or two after lunch, I usually need a piece of fruit or something small, so I deal with that as needed.

kind vanilla bar5 suzlyfe

Between about 3 and 4, it is snack time again WOOT. I am big into the low sugar Kind bars at the moment, so those have been doing the trick for me, sometimes accompanied by other things. Then again, yesterday I hosed the rest of the Seaweed Rice Pops from last month’s NatureBox. My afternoon work snack is largely dependent on plans for the evening–dinner with Alex, Yoga, events, basically, how long it will be before I will be eating again. And if I have more food in the fridge that sounds appealing.

gollum eyes

Then it is home, another light graze of our pantry. Because the kitchen. It is there. And it calls to me, the precious.

Dinner has been a myriad of things lately. I definitely do the majority of my eating at night, but I have certainly improved with regards to spreading my food out better across the day. A big part of my reason for loading the night time is, like many, to see what is going to happen at night and make allowances. I will fully admit that. That part of my diet history lives on. But also because Alex and I like to have fun and big dinners, so I plan accordingly. On days I know we won’t be having dinner together, I eat more earlier in the day. The other reasons for loading my night time eating are that I have easier and more ready access to food, I’m at home, thus I snack etc, and that, should something bother me/I overdo it, I (hopefully) will be asleep and won’t notice.

5x5 stirfry suz

Dinners have ranged from sweet potato dillas, chicken parm, asian noodle stirfry, breakfast for dinner, chicken sandwich burgers, pizza, and literal randomness. And hopefully a beer 😀

suzlyfe nofail french toast

Dinner is always followed, about an hour ish later, by my double ice cream (I do my ice cream in two servings, that way a) it feels like I get more, and b) I get more) with nut butter and kashi go lean/popcorn/cereal/whatever on top.

ice cream

Later at night I will have another bar/english muffin/cottage cheese with cereal/string cheese combination, depending on if I am feeling like I need more protein or carbs or whatever. And then my tea.

I sample things throughout the day, as I mentioned yesterday, I was always eating something. And I have to get in at least 2500 calories a day. I was around 2200 for a while, but stepped back up to 2500 this spring (I dropped a hint about it, but I never went into detail, until now). I have to get in a lot of food, but my body wants it and needs it at different times. I would love to get my oatmeal bowl back in my life, but I can’t do it and then workout, at least, not at the moment.

potato quinoa sausage pepper suzlyfe

So that’s where I’m at right now! I eat what I love, I love what I eat, and it works for me. I am hoping to make one of those hospital hashes for my own lunch, but that requires a free second to make quinoa. And I don’t got the brain power for that right now.

seafood diet

Today and tomorrow are the last days to enter into my Chicago-Inspired Office Survival Kit! I know that I have been a little bit coy about it, but expect it to feature lots of good, substantial snacks, local products, and maybe a few Susie surprises. I don’t want to give too much away as to what it is!

work survival giveaway suzlyfe

Also, for my friends with food allergies and or restrictions, PLEASE enter–I plan on tailoring the kit to the winner! (Thus why I’m not say expressly what it is. Mike isn’t going to get the same thing, necessarily. Unless he likes foot petals and cosmetics bags, hahahahahaha. And then, sure, why not)

Need more giveaways in your life? Check out Smitha’s Roundup!

What gets you through your work day? Do you space out your food or go whole hog 3 times a day?

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  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    What gets me through the work day? Let’s see, I don’t work much so I end up eating all of the time because the kids do. Not good. That stir fry looks AMAZING!! Must try!!
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    June 25, 2014 at 6:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do it, easiest thing EVAH. And I know what you mean–it is actually pretty lovely being out of the house and not having to constantly fight the fight–it is truly helping me consume my food in a more healthy way–not necessarily less overall, but in a way that has more impact!

      June 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply nevie b.

    ho MAN that stir fry looks nummy. just read yesterday’s post – i have been through major fluctuations and feeling awful in my body over the years as well. i truly believe it doesn’t matter how much you weigh or what you look like; you really start to believe you look good when you actually feel good. so i totally feel you on how good it feels to feel strong and look strong. not being able to run for 3 weeks, even just that little bit of time, took a beating on my self-esteem. it’s a constant reinvestment in loving oneself. so happy to read how confident you feel lately 🙂
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    June 25, 2014 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I so agree–weight is a guidepost, a general but arbitrary standard. Like the fact that there are BRILLIANT people who test horribly! But true health, it is just obvious–you kind of glow, really.

      June 25, 2014 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    I’ve never made scones before and I have a feeling I would completely ruin them if I tried to make them, but I’m still going to try because they sound delicious. Also, I need to bring ice cream back into my life. I used to eat it every night but it’s been a while since I last had it. 🙁
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    June 25, 2014 at 8:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need to try–it was my very first time making scones and they were perfection. Seriously. I didn’t really like scones before this recipe, no joke. And I am about to slap you for that last sentence.

      June 25, 2014 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Suslyfe's mommy, Clare

    My kitchen and I are not on a first name basis……and it is not “my precious” because I don’t like to remember where it is…….if I did—I might have to use it!

    June 25, 2014 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Tina Muri

    Hi Friend! Missed you this past week…and I am going to check out yesterdays post…I am guessing it was something serious? I hate trying to spread out my meals, as I love eating too much….so I usually just try to keep busy in between haha! So many things here look good, but I am not sure how I feel about the egg white oatmeal…..I am just beginning to bring egg into my life, and not sure I am ready for such a big step 😛
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    June 25, 2014 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I MISSED YOU SO MUCH. Seriously. Get back over here and into my life! And egg white oats is the way to go–don’t do full egg first–I don’t like the smell AT ALL. I’ll get you there, haha.

      June 25, 2014 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    We’ve got your back girlfriend! I’ve had a lot of your same issues throughout my life. Happy Wednesday!
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    June 25, 2014 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! and we’ve got you, too, don’t you forget it! Happy HUMPday!

      June 25, 2014 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Ursula

    Yah to 2nd breakfast! I have this all the time and it’s awesome. Your lunches look so good and I’ll be trying that stirfry….yum 🙂
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    June 25, 2014 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      yay! I’m loving the lunches, but it is time to switch it up…. NEXT WEEK haha

      June 25, 2014 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    For some reason your amazing giveaway will not load for me :/ I will have to accept being happy for whoever wins, haha. I don’t have a very set eating schedule. Some days I am hungry throughout and eat accordingly, other days I stick to meal times. Whatever works!!
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    June 25, 2014 at 11:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is unacceptable!! Try it on a different browser, and if that doesn’t work, email me and we will get you entered even if I have to enter your information myself!

      June 25, 2014 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I try to space out my food (3 meals and 2 snacks). I wish I could say because it’s healthy and I’m trying to fuel my body properly, but really it’s because I can’t go long without food – mentally, that is.
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    June 25, 2014 at 11:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Teehee me too 😀

      June 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    SPRINKLES. What a brilliant idea. What a beautiful, brilliant, game-changing idea! I’m pretty jealous of all of your eats. I’m glad it sounds like you’re doing so well transitioning to your new job! 🙂
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    June 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sprinkle are necessary on just about everything. I am very, very sad that right now I am out of them. ISNOTOK.

      June 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    I think knowing my next snack/meal gets me through the day… isn’t that kind of awful??
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    June 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      No, it is kind of how I live my life, so I respect it haha

      June 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I am so impressed by all these meals that you just create when you feel like them! And double ice cream after dinner sounds perfect! I can’t wait to go on vacation to the beach next month, we get ice cream every single night while we are there.
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    June 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just try to keep the ingredients on hand/in the fridge and just do it. But don’t be too impressed. The past few weeks have been a lot of bread, eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese, when we aren’t eating out!

      June 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    I’m constantly eating small meals. A former coworker of mine used to refer to me as a squirrel because every time he passed my office I was snacking on something new!

    June 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      O.m.g. we might be the same person. I also have been referred to as a squirrel, and also have been asked if I am ever NOT eating!!

      June 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    2 meals a day, that’s how I roll! I am all about BIG PORTIONS – ha ha! I am a go big or go home kinda girl, LMFAO!
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    June 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      RESPECT. I just couldn’t do it–I’ve often found that the bigger the meal I have, the more hungry I feel (randomly) about 2 hours later–it is like my stomach is like OMGALLTHEFOOD……where it go? GIVE BACK.

      June 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Yum – I love scones. I’ll give them a try but my cooking skills do not transfer to baking unfortunately. I do three meals plus an afternoon snack and a post dinner treat (tonight it was salted carmel ice-cream with banana-oat-chocolate chip cookies).
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    June 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm
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      June 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Irene

    Thank you for sharing that scones recipe, I can’t wait to make them, maybe this weekend!
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    June 26, 2014 at 8:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really hope you like them! They are a perfect summer time treat, and even great in the dead of winter when you want something that feels fresh and citrusy. Let me know if you do and how they turn out!

      June 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    Awesome food mega-porn 🙂

    My wife – and now my younger son – are amazing scone-makers (here is my son’s Mother’s Day creation – … only problem is there are NEVER any leftovers! Because, duh!

    I always have fruit (most often pears) and pistachios at my desk for mid-day snacks, otherwise it is a standard 3-meal diet.

    June 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh I remember those. I didn’t like scones before my strawberry lemonade recipe. And now? yessssss. How good is a perfect pear? What’s your fave? I love D’anjou (obviously, the things are like nectar when ripe), and also the fournelle (the little ones). And pistachios are boss. I wish I could do the 3xday thing, but I can’t eat enough at one time (except for Alex’s and my date nights, and they go over several hours, so there ya go) to make do with just 3xday. Alex is like you though. Except I (as usual) have ruined him with my ice cream eating and such.

      June 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    Fave pear? #allthepears!

    What do you mean ruined with ice cream? I get confused seeing ‘ruin’ and ‘ice cream’ in the same sentence 🙂 I had ice cream at the airport for a snack at 10:30 yesterday morning … haha

    So can you not eat enough because of your digestive system? I have a lousy slow ‘full’ trigger so I can definitely overeat if I don’t manage my portions. Funny how this stuff works …

    And I never knew scones could be anything but dry and flavorless until Lisa started making them a few years ago … she had some good ones at a tea shop and now we are nuts for them!
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    June 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Truth re: ice cream and ruin not being attributable to each other unless it is someone leaving it outside.
      Part of it is that I simply can’t eat food rich enough, and especially not all at once, to get enough calories in. My body doesn’t do well with high fat, oil, cow dairy (unless is skimmed or in a lower fat version, thus why I don’t eat ultra premium ice creams and the like), butter, cheese, beans–those things that are dense but filling and long-lasting. I have only recently been able to do the nut butter thing and avocados and such. Also, my blood sugar is just very sensitive, always has been. I can eat a lot in one sitting, and once it is in front of me, and I start, I am done. I can’t stop. It is a weird dichotomy. On the one hand, it is difficult for me to, on a regular basis, pack away a huge sandwich, but I can graze for hours, and I can eat a huge salad. It really depends on what it is. But yeah, my body just doesn’t process through everything well. It’s a finicky biatch, if you will.

      June 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

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