Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things from the past week.

Hello and happy Friday! Is anyone else looking forward to the weekend too? I have to admit that I don’t have much planned other than potentially going for a walk with my boyfriend and his dog. Indoor social gatherings are still a no go here in Calgary, so we’re taking advantage of the outdoors while still being socially distanced and masked. I’m very grateful that it’s currently not too cold (-30 + a wind chill) is pretty miserable to be outside in. Do you have anything fun planned for Saturday and Sunday?

Surprise Me

A few days ago I finished reading Surprise Me (affiliate link) by Sophie Kinsella. I’m a fan of Sophie’s other books (the shopaholic series is great if you’re looking for something fun to read), so it was a no brainer to borrow this one from the library. While it’s definitely chick lit, one of the themes is love. How love changes over time in relationships and how to keep long term relationships interesting.

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor reveals they could live another 68 years together… and panic sets in. They never expected ‘until death do us part’ to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring.

But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakeable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that questions some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all…

Body Fortress protein powder

My usual protein powder that I buy was out of stock so I ended up going back to an old favorite that I used to buy – Body Fortress. I’ve used both the vanilla and chocolate flavors and I liked them both. Vanilla is definitely my favorite though. I almost always prefer vanilla over chocolate.

It’s a bit more expensive than my usual brand. It’s still affordable though which is nice because I have a scoop of protein powder nearly every day. I find that it mixes well in plain water and in smoothies. For the smoothies I typically put water, yogurt, frozen berries, and protein powder in my blender. The frozen berries make it nice and cold (which is really nice after a workout) and the yogurt adds some creaminess to it.

Food Psych podcast

I’ve been listening to the Food Psych Podcast for almost a year now. It was recommended to my by a therapist I was seeing at the time. I’m so glad she suggested it to me because I’ve really been enjoying it. Christy Harrison is the host. She discusses everything from intuitive eating, heath at every size, diet culture, and eating disorders. She usually has a guest on with her. I’ve enjoyed every episode I’ve listened to, so if you’re at all interested in developing a healthier relationship with food, I highly recommend it.

I also recommend checking out her book, Anti-Diet (affiliate link). I read it in 2020 and it was really eye opening. So many of the things that I assumed were “truth” and “facts” were actually just diet culture.

What’s something you’re loving this week? Share it in the comments below.

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Friday Favorites: Protein Powder + Podcast
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