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Lessons On My 40th Birthday

Me and the Fam! I have news. A few weeks ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. It was my second COVID/lockdown birthday and I wasn't even sad about it. I'm not a huge birthday bash kind of girl, so not having to break the news to everyone that there would be no crazy party felt sooooooo good.  I've thought a lot about this post. About turning 40. What do I want to share here to help document this milestone birthday? When my kids look back and read this online journal so to speak, what do I want them to know about what I was thinking on May 11, 2021? And here's what I came up with: On celebrating my special day: COVID birthdays aren't so bad as an adult. Sure they suck shit for kids (can't have a party, can't see their family and friends, hardly any presents because said parties are a no-no). But for me, as an adult, I understand why I can't party it up with like 50 of my closest friends and family members. I understand that a Vegas trip is out of the questi

Friday Favourites

 


Today I'm liking up with Momfessionals and A Little bit of Everything for a Friday Favourites link up. It's been a really rough week, so I'm happy to use today's post to reflect on a few of the more positive things that happened this week...

This cookbook (Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook) restored my faith in trying "new to me" recipes. Everything I have made has turned out juicy, crispy and delicious. Our air fryer isn't huge, and I was worried about having to cook in batches (and it taking forever). But the author provides oven cooking times for every recipe so for me, problem solved! Have you heard of Skinnytaste before? I've been obsessed with her blog for years. Check her out: www.skinnytaste.com. Do you have a love affair with an air fryer? I think we need to be friends 🤣

I've tried so many things from this book, but the buffalo chicken wings have been the families fave so far. I made them on Superbowl Sunday....we didn't even watch the game (I have no idea what sidetracked us) but we ate A LOT of wings that night.

My daughter and I had a "no boys allowed day" last week. We hung out together and gave ourselves pedicures. It was some much needed quality time together...I love that I have a built in bestie for life (hopefully ha ha....let's talk again when she's 14 and thinks I'm super lame).



I've been using the LoseIt app to track what I eat (mostly for portion control) and I am so excited, I'm on a 42 day streak! I am the Queen of Quitting lol so this is something to be proud of. AND it's not just 42 days of tracking what I ate, or making sure I am eating healthy foods and portions....this is also a celebration of 42 workouts....actually, I workout twice a day so it's more like 84 workouts. I know what you're going to say. Two workouts a day is cray-cray. But girl......I'm trying to work off the dang baby weight - it's been 11 years, I think it's time lol. 


Speaking of workouts, you know I'm a Jillian Michaels junkie. Her DVDs work. They hurt. They make me sweat. They make me feel like I have a personal trainer in my living room! Last month I eased my way into 30 Day Shred and walking on the treadmill for about 30-45 minutes a day. The treadmill workout is really meant to help me get to 10,000 steps a day. With a desk job, I'm always sitting and I needed a goal to get my off my butt. 

For the month of February, I'm still hopping on the treadmill for my walks, but I've swapped the 30 Day Shred DVD for No More Trouble Zones (NMTZ) and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism (BFBM). THEY ARE KILLING ME. But I was able to do a legit push up the other day so I KNOW these workouts are making me stronger. 


Thanks for joining me for this week's Friday Favourites. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.



*I am not popular enough to earn money off anything I promote. Iam affiliated with no one. Any product I discuss in this post is just meant to share what I like and what is working for me. Sharing is caring!

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  1. Congrats on reaching your fitness goals!! So glad that you and your daughter were able to have a girls night!! That sounds so fun!!

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    1. Thanks Ella! It was fun (girls night). I used to do this with my mom and I'm so happy I have a daughter to share these moments with too.

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