Friday Favourites #4: 03.06.15

Well hello there! I definitely took a blogging vacation because my life took a dramatic turn. I moved home, started a new job, and have been learning who to make long distance work with my boyfriend. I cannot say I am back for good but it is definitely nice to be writing again. Onto the good stuff… I am linking up with Heather at Life in Leggings (loving her new website by the way) to share some favourites in my life at the moment!


The Weather
Holy cow! The weather on the Island has been amazing this past week and a half. It was been 10°C or warmer almost every single day. For those of you who are unaware, the west coast of Canada normally experiences about 8 months of straight grey skys and rain from about September to April. It has been relatively warm and sunny for this time of year and the cherry trees have even started to bloom!

This beautiful weather is supposed to stick around for at least another week and I will definitely be soaking it up as much as possible!

Running Again
I had my first outdoor run of the year on Monday! I know, I know, it isn’t even cold when it is “cold” here but I am not a fan of running in the rain. So now that the weather has taken a turn for the better I strapped on my Mizuno’s and went for a run. It wasn’t long and it wasn’t fast but it was still a run and I felt amazing after. I was amazed at how good I felt when I was done and it made me remember why I used to like running so much. I am going to try and make running a more regular form of exercise in my routine!
Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0
I purchased and started Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0 on January 5 and am now 2/3’s of the way done! The workouts are awesome! They are to be completed 3x a week for around 30 minutes plus 3x a week of LISS or HIIT exercise. You can read about my weeks 1-4 here! Weeks 5-8 were definitely harder for me and I am planning on doing a post very soon to review them. I have missed a few workouts but I am not perfect and for the most part I have been very good. I love the fact that the workouts are somewhat fun and they can be done even when you have little time on your hands and with little equipment!

Sally Hansen Nail Polish
I am a nail polish junky! I have every colour pink imaginable yet I still seem to  want more every time I am at the drugstore and walk by the nail polish aisle. Since Target is closing across Canada (I am super unhappy about this), they have had almost everything in the store on sale. I picked up 3 nail polishes on my last trip to Target and I have not been disappointed.
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The first two were the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish and Top Coat. Because I am working as a server right now, I am constantly washing my hands and this nail polish has been wonderful. I must admit it is not as good as actual gel polish but I have noticed it chips a lot less than any normal polish. I followed the instructions and did two coats of the colour and one coat of the top coat, making sure to seal the top of my nail with the top coat to minimize chipping. This polish allowed me to go about 3 work shifts before I needed to reapply it. I am sure if I had chosen a lighter colour I could have gotten away with a few more days! It is worth the couple extra dollars in my opinion!

The third nail polish I bought was Sally Hansen Insta-Dry (sorry for the terrible picture). A friend had recommended it to me and basically you put it on your nails about a minute after you put the colour on and it immensely speeds up the drying process! It works and I love it because I hate when I smudge my nails when they are drying!

Funny Photos from Canada
I came across this post last night when someone had shared it on Facebook. Even though I am from Canada, I have never experienced extreme cold so I found these photos insane! Check them out here!

Is anyone else experiencing extreme weather where they live!?

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
xo Mikaela


Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0 Weeks 1-4 Review

Over the past few months I have seen the name Kayla Itsines and her BBG Transformation pictures all over Instagram and Facebook. Many of the transformations I have seen on these social media outlets are draw dropping and inspiring. I know that exercise is not the only thing that helps these girls achieve such amazing transformations and that diet is also a huge factor. That being said, after some thought I decided to purchase Kayla’s Bikini Body Training Guide 1.0 (BBG for short) at the beginning of January. It comes as an ebook and can be downloaded on your computer, phone or tablet, and can even be printed out if that is more convenient for you. I started the guide on January 5th along with thousands of other girls all over the world! To keep motivated and help support one another, the hashtag #thekaylamovement has been created! I think this is such a cool idea to not only push yourself but to push other girls who have the same interests as you all over the world!

The BBG is a 12-week workout plan consisting of three types of training. These include resistance training, cardio training, and rehabilitation (stretching). The amount of each type of training you do varies by week and progressively gets harder as the weeks go on. One of my favourite things about the guide is that the workouts only take 30 minutes and are completed three days a week. LISS or HIIT training is to be done on the days in between Kayla’s workouts and one day per week is completely devoted to stretching. The ultimate goal is to give girls everywhere the bodies they have always desired.

I did not purchase the Bikini Body HELP Guide because I felt that my eating habits are fairly good. Having a Kinesiology minor, I know what to put into my body to fuel it properly and all in all I am happy with my nutrition habits at the moment.


(Photo found here)


Week 1-4 Review

Wow who knew a month could fly by so quickly! Don’t get me wrong, these workouts were not easy when I started them and to be honest they still have me on the floor dying by the end of them. However, what I love is that they not only challenge you physical but also mentally. My dad always says that the hardest part of exercising is putting on your shorts and I think that is so true. Once you are dressed and prepared for your workout, you are more likely to follow through with it. There have been many days since starting the BBG that I have not wanted to do it, or I have wanted to give up halfway, but I haven’t. I have persevered and in my opinion this is making me stronger mentally as well.

Now that I have made it through the first month of exercises, I have also noticed that I am a lot less sore after the workouts than I was when I first started. Leg day was torture for me and I would dread walking up stairs the day after. I can tell I am getting stronger though because as I said, I am far less sore after the workouts and at the same time I am still giving the same intensity in the workouts or even more. I know that the exercises get harder as each week passes but you also build up a stamina to be able to keep up. This allows you to push yourself even harder as time goes on.

After 4 weeks I have noticed some changes physically and mentally. My stomach is starting to become more toned and I can seeing my legs becoming stronger as well. I also feel like I have more energy (especially a few hours after the workouts) and I am sleeping better. I will do an 8 week update to share my thoughts and results at that time!

Kayla Itsines Weeks 1-4 picture

Happy exercising everyone!

xo Mikaela

Friday Favourites #3: 12.19.14

Well time is really flying by! It is hard to believe that it is almost Christmas!  I haven’t posted in almost 2 months so I have decided to share some things that have been going on recently in my life and some of my favourite things lately! Thanks to Heather at Housewife Glamour for the link up! (ps. it is still Friday here on the west coast lol)


– I am moving!
Next week I am moving back to Vancouver Island! I haven’t lived at home in over 3.5 years so
it will definitely take some getting used to! I am very excited to see my family and friends more often but it will be bitter sweet leaving Burnaby!

– I am going to California!
I have been dating my boyfriend for almost 3 years and I still have not gone home with him to California! He is from Northern California so I am flying into San Fransisco in about 2 weeks! I am so excited! I am going for just over a week and am looking forward to meeting his friends and seeing where he is from. Plus I get a vacation out of it too! I cannot wait!

– Sleepy Time Tea
I am a self proclaimed tea lover. I love almost any type of tea but I have to be super careful what type of tea I drink before bed because I am easily affected by caffeine. I bought this sleepy time tea because my brother drinks it and I love the flavour and it is perfect to drink before bed!


– Oatmeal Bites
These little bites are amazing! Not only do they taste great but they are super convenient. I bring them to work and they are great for when I am hungry but don’t have time to take a break. I used the recipe found here but I didn’t have flax seed meal so I just skipped it. Try these, you won’t be disappointed!


– Pomegranates
I love winter because pomegranates seem to be in abundance in the grocery stores. They are super tasty and every since I found this video on how to seed them, I have been buying a few every time I go shopping. Pomegranates are high in vitamin C and fibre and make a great snack!


– Getting my nails done!
Ever since I started serving again my nails have taken quite the beating. I have thin nails that tend to peel so I normally keep them pretty short so I don’t have to worry about them breaking. Last week I went and got my nails done with one of the girls I work with and I absolutely love them!


That’s all for today! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

❤ Mikaela

Friday Favourites #2: 10.24.14

Happy Friday! I have not been able to keep consistently blogging because life keeps getting in the way! I recently graduated (read about it here) and have been working 5 days a week as a server ever since. If anyone has ever worked as a server, you will understand when I say how exhausting it is. Between the split shifts, dinner rushes, and weekend shifts, I find my main priority for staying sane is sleep and exercise, so blogging has been put on the back burner. I hope to create a schedule in the next week or so to organize my life to make it a little less chaotic! Anyways…I have decided to link up with Heather at Housewife Glamour on this fine Friday for some of my Friday Favourites!



– Turkey Bacon
This stuff is delicious! I don’t know why I haven’t bought it before! I originally tried it at one of my girlfriends places two summers back but haven’t eaten it since. I decided to buy some the other day and I love how crispy it get when I make it in the microwave!

– Dinner Dates
IMG_0075Travis and I finally got to go celebrate his birthday this past weekend! His birthday was almost a month ago but between me working and him being away with football we barely see each other! We went to Red Robin (not my choice lol) and Travis was in heaven with the stack of onion rings and the burger he got! I will be very happy to be able to spend more time with him once football season ends! This weekend is their last away game and after that they have three home games. So there is about 1 month until the season is over!

– Hair, Skin and Nails Formula
IMG_0121I love this stuff! I was taking only biotin before I got this product and I can definitely see a difference in my hair and nails since I have started taking this! This has biotin in it, along with other vitamins that are beneficial for hair, skin and nails. My nails are growing like weeds and are much stronger than they have ever been! I have the type of nails that peel and are very thin and this has helped reduce the peeling and increase their strength.

– Wheat Thins Popped

IMG_0120Anyone who knows me, know I love chips, crackers and just about anything salty. I have seen these Wheat Thins Popped floating around the blogosphere and was super excited to try them when I saw them in my local grocery store the other week! There are a definite win! They are a cross between a cracker and a chip and the flavour was great! Even Travis liked them and he isn’t a huge chip fan!

– NuGo Bars
I popped into the drugstore near my work to see if I could pick up a protein bar to snack on during my shift. I ended buying a couple  NuGo bars, mainly because of the price, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked them. This flavour, chocolate pretzel, was my favourite because it was salty and sweet! I will be buying some more of these to keep on me whenever I need a quick, convienent snack.

– Mind Over Matter
IMG_0041I personally love this picture. I had a nasty stomach flu a few weeks back and I feel I am just starting to return to my normal self. I wanted to sleep in everyday this week but instead I knew I needed to get up and have my life return back to normal. I was able to complete all my workouts before work this week which made me super happy because I know I most likely won’t workout after my shift. To a certain extent, your mind dictates whether or not you can do something. This picture is simple, yet straight to the point!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

❤ Mikaela


University Graduation!

Last week I finally finished my degree at SFU! I officially graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences, a minor in Kinesiology, and a certificate in Health and Fitness. To me, this is such a huge milestone in life and I was so happy to have my family by my side for the big day! My parents and brother have been my biggest supporters since day one and I will never be able to thank them enough for what they have done for me. We really lucked out with the weather for my graduation considering it took place in the middle of October and it was semi-outside! Here are some pictures of the big day!





xo Mikaela

Friday Favourites #1: 10.03.14

Happy first Friday of October! Fall is officially here on the west coast and I am loving it! I have been super busy with work lately but thought I would join Heather at Housewife Glamour for my Friday Favourites this week!


  • Candy Cards
    This past weekend was Travis’ birthday! He was away on his actual birthday and we haven’t even gone out to celebrate yet but hopefully we will this weekend! He is a candy-aholic so I made him this candy candy card as one of his gifts! He loved it! I got the idea off of Pinterest and while we don’t have the best candy names in Canada compared to the US, I made do with what I could find!


(Sorry for the terrible picture quality)

  • Crunching Fall Leaves
    Fall is here and I love the sound of leaves crunching as I walk. Pretty soon it will be rainy here and that crunch will be gone so I am going to make the most of it while the while the weather is still nice!

  • Homemade Chili
    Travis and I made our first batch of homemade chill this week! I have been working a lot at dinner time lately so this chili is super easy for Travis to pull out of the freezer and heat up after he is done work! You can find my recipe here!10693825_722675257797899_344531499_a
  • LG 30×30 Fat Loss Shred Ebook
    I purchased Lauren Gleisberg’s 30×30 Fat Loss Shred Ebook the other day and started it yesterday morning! The workouts are only 30 minutes long and are mainly HIIT workouts which I am a huge fan of! I will update later on how I am liking this ebook but right now I feel like it will be a winner!IMG_5386
  • FitChickMik Instagram
    I finally caved and made this blog its own Instagram account. I haven’t been super vocal about this account because of how inconsistent I have been with writing posts but I am hoping that by making a separate Instagram account from my personal one, that I will be more consistent with writing posts and keeping the blog current! Follow me @fitchickmik and I will follow you back!


That’s it for today! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
❤ Mikaela

Fall 2014 Workout Playlist

I am a day late but it is officially Fall! It is the time of year where I cannot get enough of chunky sweaters, boots, tea, anything pumpkin and always being cozy! I also find that at this time of year I need extra motivation to workout. That being said I created a playlist to jumpstart my workouts and I thought I would share it so that others can enjoy it too!

Fall 2014 Workout Playlist-2


Happy Hump Day!