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Yesterday. I crushed my finance exam. I ran a stellar six miles (in a t-shirt, in February). Oh and I turned 21.

Couldn’t have asked for a better birthday! Last night I got to celebrate with my best girlfriends :)

Taverna Birthday Dinner (stronglikemycoffee.com)Of course I am all about the healthy lifestyle. So…how does alcohol fit into that? Well I believe a healthy lifestyle includes splurging in moderation. Alcohol is one of those splurges. I was not about to get white-girl-wasted on a Wednesday night with an exam the next morning at 8am, but I definitely ordered my first cocktail: Skinny Acai Lemonade. Tart & delicious!

Skinny Acai Lemonade (stronglikemycoffee.com)**I was slightly disappointed when the waitress didn’t even ask for my ID. I was ready to get carded for the first time!**

my first drink. pucker up! (stronglikemycoffee.com)My dad asked me if I felt “21.” NO WAY. If I were to walk into a bar I would still feel like I wasn’t allowed in. The thing I’m most excited about is country night at one of the restuarants downtown. Country music, line dancing and yard jars <3 And more excuses to get together with my best friends!

Best friends at birthday dinner (stronglikemycoffee.com)

three best friends (stronglikemycoffee.com)

My birthday workout wasn’t as structured as last year’s birthday workout but it got the job done! Starting as soon as I woke up with a core routine that included three sets of:

  • Plank (front & sides)
  • Push-ups
  • V-ups
  • Russian Twists
  • Burpees
  • Leg Lifts
  • Bicycles
  • Hip Bridge
  • Plus 20 minutes of the elliptical

Wednesdays I have a 50-minute kickboxing class with Kerri, but the instructor treats is more like a martial arts class….we “played” with PVC pipes and practiced a little self-defense. Highly entertaining and hardly a workout. I followed it up with 6 miles in the gorgeous weather. (My first birthday here without a snow storm!)

And THAT is how I justify my “birthday shot” (not exactly sure what it was, but there was whip cream & a cherry on top!) and the TWO desserts my roomie Becca made. Apple Crisp & Peanut Butter Cookies.

Got my birthday crown (stronglikemycoffee.com)

At least my meal balanced it out with some actual nutritional value. I got a spinach berry feta salad with salmon :) The only time I eat meat is when I go out because I detest cooking it myself.

Berry Feta Salad with Salmon (stronglikemycoffee.com)Loved that we all had an excuse to dress up and wear heels. Thanks to my friends and parents I now have a grown-up set of wine glasses, charms, cork screw and wines (not sure if they’re good, but the bottles are cute & that’s all that matters!).

My favorite beverage is still coffee though ;)

partial birthday group (stronglikemycoffee.com)

CHEERS!

Dad turns the BIG 5-0!

Today is a special post because today, my daddy turns 50! HALF A CENTURY! :P I wish I could be at home to celebrate with him but I couldn’t get out of an exam so I am sending my love via cyberspace. This song came on my iPod while I was working out yesterday and I thought it was so appropriate for his birthday:

(Source: DannyGokeyVevo Youtube channel)

It’s true! We have so many fun things planned in the future, beginning with a challenge I gave him in honor of his 50th birthday: a half century ride (a 50 mile bike ride). I want to do this with him, so we’ll have to wait until I get home but it will be so fun to complete a challenging long bike ride together. 50 and fitter than ever!

Get this: he woke up at 4:30am on his BIRTHDAY to go to the gym and workout before work. Now THAT is dedication. Props, old man!

Always and Forever a Daddy’s Girl!

Happy Birthday Daddy and here’s to 50 more! :)

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