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Deliciousness Delivered, Fitness with Friends, and Alex!

This weekend was filled with documentaries, food delivery, fitness, and the return of Alex to my life! Basically, it was a good one that I’m excited to share with you!

Thank you to Katie and Erin for the Weekend link ups! Also with Jenn + Arman + Laura for WIAW

Food Deliveries Galore!

I never order takeout or delivery. The only time that Alex and I have ever done so was one time in our old apartment when we got sushi (I had a discount). We got sushi takeout again with some friends a few months ago. And that’s it. I never got takeout or delivery when I lived in New York, even! My family and I used to do it all the time, but when you live with such great options right outside, and you like to cook, take out/delivery isn’t that much of a draw.

Uber Eats might have ruined my track record. I decided to try something new (ordering food delivery by Uber) on Thursday, and it was so amazing and easy that I did it again Friday! Use code EATS-43bap for $5 off your first order!

Thursday night was Manee Thai.

My Favorite Thai dishes! Som Tam, Tom Yum, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, and Nam Sod, all from Manee Thai via Uber Eats!

I got a smattering of my favorites: Som Tam, Tom Yum, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, and Nam Sod (psst, have you tried my Nam Sod Sablefish?). I then proceeded to eat WAY too much of it and still had more for later during the weekend!

I also delved into some serious Netflix documentary watching. SO MANY NEW THINGS ADDED THIS WEEKEND! Over the course of the weekend, I watched all sorts of documentaries, from Secrets of Great British Castles (um, the host? #drool. The Castles? #nerddrool) to A Ballerina’s Life (Misty Copeland) to The first Monday in May (Met Costume Gala) and many more. 

Friday Eats

Friday morning, I had a hankering for oats, so I made a huge bowl of pumpkin egg white oats with pb and a drizzle of maple syrup. 

Perfect egg white oats with a drizzle of maple syrup and peanut butter. The perfect healthy breakfast!

I decided to get some more Uber Eats for lunch (I couldn’t help myself), but this time I ordered from Protein Bar. I regret to say that something happened to my pictures! But I ordered the Saigon Spring Salad (HOLY COW SO BIG), Korean Bibi-Q Bowl with chicken rather than beef, and a bowl of the veggie chili. I knew that this weekend would be a bit scattered, so I wanted things that would keep and that I could enjoy whenever! And after all of that? I decided to save them for later, lol.

My Favorite Thai dishes! Som Tam, Tom Yum, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, and Nam Sod, all from Manee Thai via Uber Eats!

Instead, I finished up my leftovers from the night before and saved my salad for dinner that night (I had the bowl for part 1 of lunch Saturday). A Luna protein bar later on that day held me over until I got to tuck into that awesomeness!

Not my picture, but exactly how mine looked! Source

Saigon Spring Salad. Radished, cucumber, broccoli, quinoa, carrots, and chicken with 3 sauces. Not my picture, but exactly how mine looked! Source

I then downed an entire pint of Arctic Zero Cake Batter. They sent me a sampler of their flavors, and, well, they really upped their game.

I have fallen in love with Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Desserts! The Cake Batter is amazing! Non GMO, lactose free and gluten free!

I remember when Arctic Zero first came out (when I was still in grad school)–and I thought it was rather terrible. Then a few years ago I tried a similar product and hated that. It was at IDEA World Fitness Convention this year that I tried Arctic Zero again and… I LOVED IT. Especially the Brownie Blast, which I bought on my own (you saw it on IG stories).  I really liked the Pomegranate, which I wasn’t expecting! But the cake batter… yum.

I also may or may not have eaten half of the bag of these amazing things this weekend….



Alicia and I did a little blogger foodie exchange a few weeks back, and I finally opened up these magical orbs of love and goodwill. They are fantastic and even have a burnt marshmallow and graham cracker taste to them. 

Saturday Workouts and Mess Ups

Saturday was a day of having Alex back in my life, working out (details to come on Friday!), food (of course), and fixing my own mess. I had a billing snafu at work that I had to undo. I hate it when I do stuff like that wrong, and it was actually really embarrassing for me to admit that I was wrong, that I messed up, and I tried to be professional about it. Luckily, it is mostly dealt with now (I have to finish fixing things today), but I really upset me. The cure? A hug from Alex and a workout with friends. (details on Friday)

Muscle Milk helped me recover after my Peloton Cycling class at Studio Three in Chicago. Thanks Sweatworking!

The mental recovery was finished that evening with a date night at Basil Leaf and watching Zootopia ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday, I had an early workout event (again, more to come on Friday!) and then I got the rest of the day to spend with Alex and our furbabies–including a trip to the dog park for Ridley! And a nap on the floor. Well, I napped on the floor, Ridley napped on me.



For dinner I made adobo chicken and delicata squash, as well as unpictured corn salsa and a chipotle lime crema. And a giant sweet potato. DELISH. I need to figure out how to get better lighting in my apartment, though… #bloggerproblems

Adobo chicken, delicata squash, and more for dinner.

Funny story–Alex and I ran out of a few things that we needed urgently (toilet paper, pet food, litter), so we went to Target. We decided to take Ridley for a walk, and one of us would go in and get the things while the other entertained her. I went in to Target, got distracted, and came out with everything that we needed for the animals… and nothing that had been on the list for us (and you know a few things that weren’t on the list). I get outside to Alex and Ridley (in the rain) and realized my blunder, so then ALEX had to go back in to get what we needed! #classic

This week is super exciting because a) it is the build up to the Chicago Marathon for my clients and friends, b) I am going to Virginia for one of my best friend’s weddings, c) there are some fun events that I am going to, and d) Alex’s last fellowship interview!

What happens when @arcticzero and @ubereats deliver-->YUM #weekendrecap #fitfluential Click To Tweet

How often do you order takeout or delivery?

Who else makes lists and then forgets half of the things on them?

Thank you to Uber Eats and Arctic Zero for allowing me to try your products! All opinions are my own!

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  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Oh, hi, so much good food! Your adobo chicken dinner sounds wonderful. I managed to cook a real meal this weekend, as opposed to piecing together leftovers, so that + apple cinnamon donuts = win. Forgetting things is why I end up at the store so often. Also, I like grocery stores. Still, Amazon Prime is a godsend for that…as long as I have two days’ worth of something.
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    October 3, 2016 at 5:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And otherwise… just get more apple cinnamon donuts!

      October 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    We were excited to see that UberEats was available in our area (we have NO delivery options here- other than one really bad pizza place) and we used it for the first time the day we got back from Hawaii. Then a few days later we opened the app and it said it was not available in our area! Rob even reached out to customer service but they just gave him some automatic response about how they will be coming to our area soon. It was such a tease and I hope it comes back soon!
    When I go to target I need to bring a list otherwise I forget to buy anything I need. Even with a list its a struggle and I get so distracted.
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    October 3, 2016 at 5:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SUCH A TEASE Shake of the fist to themmm

      October 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Uber takeout??? I had no idea that was a thing. Not sure how I feel about that! It’s convenient but I would be paranoid someone would try doing something with my food.
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    October 3, 2016 at 6:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t care. Not paranoid enough and it’s awesome.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I tried Arctic Zero a couple years ago and wasn’t thrilled. I decided that I need a little fat in my ice cream–it just seems so much more satisfying. But if they’ve changed things, maybe it would be worth retrying?
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    October 3, 2016 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It isn’t a full sub, but it is a fun little something different. I need something that serves no nutrition meaning for me in the midst of all the other stuff that I eat.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Haha! That’s totally me. I have left the house with all of Rhett’s supplies before and not anything for me. DOH! I wish we had Uber takeout!!!! No one wants to bring me food way out here. We’re lucky if we can get someone to pick us up. haha!
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    October 3, 2016 at 7:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha I know the struggle! Like, hello, taxis? DO YOUR JOB!

      October 5, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    After I saw the smore m & M’s I got very distracted I have to find those asap. Have a great week!
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    October 3, 2016 at 7:14 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    I so wish we had รœber here….though if that were the case I might be 300 lbs, haha!
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    October 3, 2016 at 7:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha No, you would just be jacked with all of your workouts!

      October 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    When we lived in Atlanta, we had pizza delivery every Tuesday– not by plan, it just worked out that way!
    Here at the lake, no one delivers anything, including the paper…….I have actually think about meals….ahead of time, but no more than 30 minutes

    October 3, 2016 at 7:18 am
  • Reply Cora

    Uber EATS!? Serious? I need to see if this exists in Canada. I love getting take out. It doesn’t happen often, but whenever I do it feels so fun and swanky (9/10 times its sushi, lets be real). Guess its good to keep it a non-frequent thing so it can stay feeling special.
    I need to try this Arctic Zero thing. I hear so many interesting reviews, but those flavor options? Damn.
    Excited for you upcoming week! Many good things!!
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    October 3, 2016 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I seriously didn’t used to like it, but it is nice having a nonsense thing in a day of such good for you food.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply kat

    OMG Target gets me every time. Ive gotten a lot better at looking at my list BEFORE checking out, but I have definitely gone in for only contact solution and walked out with a new dress, new coffee mug and a jar of peanut butter – without the contact solution of course ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    October 3, 2016 at 7:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you’ll be gorgeous, well fed, and hydrated ๐Ÿ˜€

      October 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Omg all your weekend eats. Envious! I love Thai and Vietnamese! Also floppy puppy naps are the bestest.
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    October 3, 2016 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are so right.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    That salad is HUUUUUUGE. Nice. Nice job forgetting everything at Target! You’re such a wiener. Don’t worry, I do that stuff too ALL THE TIME. You’re in good company. Well, I shouldn’t say “good”…..
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    October 3, 2016 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      How about Most Excellent (Bill and Ted style) company?

      October 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I tried out Uber Eats for the first time last week and I loved it!
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    October 3, 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    So I was totally jealous when I saw your Uber Eats AND fitness classes on your IG Stories. I actually pride myself in not forgetting things on the list…but I don’t pride myself in buying SO MANY OTHER things not on the list.
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    October 3, 2016 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think I should just pride myself on forgetting things. I’m really good at that.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    We don’t even have Uber!!!! I livein the sticks, and not even any take out at my house. jealous would be an understatement. That vietnamese food had my mouth watering! Oh and you and your pup are the cutest!

    October 3, 2016 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Ellie

    I’ve never ordered deliver either! I think it’s because I work at a bagel shop, so I I want something, I get it there. Also, I don’t cook very much, so when I have time, that is special. When I stop working there, I want to actually start getting more delivery hahaha
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    October 3, 2016 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    I don’t think we have Uber Eats yet but my sister has used it a lot. She even ordered Fro Yo once and said it came fully in tact, not melted a bit, CRAZY! All your meals look delicious. I’m making chicken adobo tonight, love it! Have a great week!
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    October 3, 2016 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Emily

    I actually really like Arctic Zero Brownie Batter, not all of them, but I definitely like the chunky pints. The Cappucino creamy one is really good too! ๐Ÿ™‚ And Uber Eats sounds interesting; we love to order Chinese take out. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope this weekend goes really well Susie!
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    October 3, 2016 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Michelle

    We don’t do take out a lot…kids love ordering pizza as often as possible though. I haven’t heard of Uber eats before. Sounds addicting, LOL!
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    October 3, 2016 at 11:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would love it because it is gourmet enough! Your kitchen creations would always outdo them, though!

      October 5, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    I still need to try Manee Thai! YUMMY WEEKEND! <3

    October 3, 2016 at 11:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We need to get our Thai on. Together.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    You didn’t get any takeout when you lived in NY? I think I would have lived off it!
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    October 3, 2016 at 11:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Precisely why I didn’t do it!

      October 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie

    Target should use the slogan “everything but what you came in for.” Because seriously, that’s what happens every time! I don’t ever spend less than $100 when I go in there either. I never order food! We moved to the country not too long ago, so part of the problem is because no one delivers out there. But there’s nothing around in Little Town, WI that would be worth it to me to have delivered anyway!
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    October 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My parents have the same problem–they are now doing Blue Apron and Hello Fresh to help with the lack of access to things.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Alicia @Bridges Through Life

    I cant believe how long you waited to open those m&ms. I finally found the m&ms at target this weekend. Was so tempted to buy another bag but once they are open, it’s dangerous.
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    October 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, I opened them before, but I just inhaled the majority of the bag this weekend.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    ridley… i love him!! and your weekends always make me want to move to Chicago and be your neighbor so we can hang. Can that happen? I will be your list maker so we don’t forget everything

    October 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm
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      October 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Oh man, we NEVER EVER used to get takeout – Alex refused – until we had kids hahaha! Ain’t nobody got time for that. But Uber food delivery is genius!! Also, your Target story is LITERALLY my life. This morning: I packed the boys up to go to Target and the grocery store while Alex was asleep, and all I needed at Target was a new doormat. Forgot it. Bought baby clothes, toddler clothes, chocolate chips, a can of beans, water, and pumpkin pie spice. (obvi). Alex had to go after he woke up to get it hahahahaha
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    October 3, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But hey, at least your feet will be clean!

      October 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    I always forget what I write down on lists… I really need to work on that lol. Last time I got takeout was pizza! Jealous of all that takeout though… looks so goooood!!
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    October 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I forget to write lists, sometimes, or where I put them! Get some good takeout.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I order takeout or delivery at least once a week! I can’t imagine life without it haha. Haven’t tried Uber Eats, though.
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    October 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ha! I miss my NYC delis and salad bars ๐Ÿ˜€

      October 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I loved the Secrets of Great British Castles! I’m drooling over that adobe chicken and delicata squash. So many good eats!
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    October 3, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Delicata squash is my spirit squash. Legit.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    Charlotte has a lot of food delivery services. I’ve never used one but I’m sure that all bets would be off if I did. Your food looks so delicious. I am so obsessed with fresh rolls! Hope you have a nice weekend, lady.
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    October 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m obsessed with the unfried rolls as well. They are so freaking delicious.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living Mint Green

    Smattering. I love it. Nice choice of verbiage!
    I wish we had Arctic Zero here! It’s not fair that you guys get all the fun stuff. I very rarely order takeout because I kinda ‘eat out’ everyday (work cafeteria) plus we don’t have many restaurants here in my town. Well, we DO, but aside from pizza, nothing really takeout worthy.

    I tried coffee M&Ms when I was in Hawaii and ate the entire bag in 30 seconds. I also want those pants – I’ll email you my address this week! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    October 3, 2016 at 5:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY To pants, chocolate, coffee, pizza… but you guys have all the scenery…

      October 5, 2016 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Pam

    I may have to travel to Chicago on my own this weekend and thank goodness I know about Uber eats. I just may try that and eat solo in my hotel room! I love M&M’s, but can’t keep them in the house. And I just discovered Tom keeps candy in his desk. A little mouse seems to be getting into that regularly.
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    October 3, 2016 at 6:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahhahaha he should know better!

      October 5, 2016 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Brea

    Those food photos?! Amazing.

    I order takeout but aside from pizza, it’s never delivered. Uber delivery has to be a thing here, too…right?? We get takeout quite a bit and much more than I like. It’s like our money is literally flying out of our bank account. My goal this winter is to prepare home-cooked meals eat at home more, and have the take-out part be the exception to the rule.

    October 3, 2016 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I bet that you can convince Uber to deliver to anywhere, for a price, lol! We used to have a take out night when I was growing up–it was actually something we all looked forward to, including my mom!

      October 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Ridley sleeping on you- oh my word! adorable! I do that in Target but replace baby things haha. I’ve left without the cat things I need because i’m sucked into the baby section. I need to stop! I could really use a take out order lol
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    October 5, 2016 at 6:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ridley is my baaaby. Alex and I are going to be helpless and hopeless once we have a child.

      October 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Smores M&M’s?!! Oh good lordddd how I miss M&M’s (especially the crispy ones!). Apparently American M&M’s are gluten free (except the crispy ones… can’t win everything!) so I know what I’m stocking up on next time we’re in the US of A ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I haven’t had food delivered in AT LEAST six years as we haven’t found anywhere that’s actually gluten free (not gluten free-ish, haha) but in New Zealand I ordered takeaway at a burger joint one night and it was so gross.. and I spent half the time eating panicking that it wasn’t actually gluten free haha.
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    October 5, 2016 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can imagine that it is extra difficult for you to get good options that are GF! And half the time, you are right–it is terrible, even if it is dietarily ok!

      October 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm

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