Finding My Fitspiration

Good morning sunshines! I start a strict meal plan & workout routine this Thursday. Kelsey & I are doing it together which is a bonus because I always excel with a partner, especially when it’s my gym-loving best friend.

I decided to hit the gym early today before work. It’s 5:30 a.m & I don’t know how people do this! Luckily there is a lot on my mind so it was fairly easy to wake up. I am still deciding if I should go all natural or purchase a pre-workout. Right now I’m sticking to 2 cups of black coffee & a plain rice cake with some all natural peanut butter (dying for bananas right now) Do you use pre-workout?

It’s leg day & I tend to feel a little self conscious in the weight area when I’m solo. I’m looking forward to gaining confidence in that area. What are your favorite ways to stay motivated to stick to your routine & healthy food choices? Do you use a pre-workout or do you stick to good ole’ black coffee? I’d love your feedback. They say that it takes around 3 weeks to form a habit… Here’s to day one :)

Pre-workout day 1

“It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world. Give it 12 weeks. Don’t quit.”

 

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Detox Bath

Trying to get back to reality after a beautiful week long vacation has been more difficult than I expected. Life is so good, but getting back into my routine has been a little draining! I’m sure many of you can relate. I’m a rookie when it comes to traveling, but I have high hopes that I’ll get better at it with time. Lets just say that as I left work today I thought to myself “it’s a damn good thing there isn’t a drop of wine in my house right now.” because I would have rushed home + drank it. All of it. In a serious way.

Instead I unpacked, cleaned my house, did laundry, had dinner + ran myself a detox bath. I try + do this 1-2 times a week. It’s so easy to forget that our skin is one giant organ that taking care of it can truly add to the quality of our lives. It’s that time of the year where everyone is battling the nasty Fall time flu. This is one of my favorite ways to stay healthy, happy, and flu-free.

Detox Bath

The apple cider vinegar is great when you need to re-energize + “reset” your body. If you’ve been drinking often, eating processed food, or you just have some unhealthy habits this will help draw the toxins out of your body + start the cleansing process. The ACV will neutralize your bodies pH + also help your skin adjust to the weather change (it helps my acne as well… who doesn’t want that?)

Epsom salt has been a big part of my life for years. When I was playing soccer competitively my mum would run me a hot bath with Epsom salt to relieve stress, muscle tension, and even bring comfort for menstrual cramps. Do your research on it, there is so much to learn about how our bodies benefit from it!

When I smell lavender I go to my happy place. It’s such a soothing smell + I enjoy adding it to my bath, lotion, or just dabbing some directly on my wrists when I feel tense. My co-workers catch me practically making it rain lavender at my desk when I get overwhelmed. Plus it’s much safer than the hyped up chemicals they put in some bubble bath soaps + “bath bombs”

Add your favorite candle + slow jams (yup, slow jams) or a book + voila! You’re happy as a peach. I usually only soak for 30 minutes. Always, always keep lots of cold water next to you while you take your bath. Some people can get overheated + faint… take this seriously by listening to what your body is telling you. Afterwards I rinse off in the shower so that I don’t smell like a lavender-cider salad.

Enjoy my loves. I hope you find your balance in this detox bath like I have. Oh and avoid having a snotty nose… lets be real, ain’t nobody got time for that.

XOXO, Bailey Mikell

SGK

“Brave breast-cancer survivor Linda Burger, 56, has a few choice words for certain people who seem to think politics should be allowed to dictate policy when it comes to the life-saving detection and treatment of breast cancer.”

“This video contains very frank language and courageously graphic footage of a body that’s undergone a bilateral mastectomy, but it is highly recommended viewing for anyone who wishes to learn from a well-informed source what breast cancer is, and — perhaps more importantly — what it is not.” –The Daily What

Please take five minutes to watch this video Linda Burger made. It is inspiring & to the point.

There has been a huge reaction to the Susan G. Komen foundation and their decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood. Planned parenthood is the largest women’s health organization in the US and provides care for all women in need (primarily those with low income).

I have seen all the comments, hateful words, etc. and it is really disappointing to see this happen. I decided to step back & keep my comments to myself until things calmed down a little bit. I have supported SGK for years and ran in The Race For The Cure. I genuinely hope that this can be fixed & that we can move towards what is truly important: Helping women in need. I hope this video can help shed light on the fact that politics & breast cancer are two completely different things.

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