Getting Fire Under Your Butt for the Holidays

I know it’s been a while, and I’m terribly sorry. BUT, this is an important time to post so you guys can get some motivation to workout for the holidays!

During the winter it’s always hard to find that fire that usually gets your butt to the gym. It’s cold outside, so we tend to use that as an excuse. There are a lot of gatherings, whether with friends or family, which makes it hard to find the time as well.

Not to worry though, Kristi has a solution for you! This 20-minute (not even) muscle busting and burning yoga video!

This is one of the best short workouts I’ve done yet. It’s only 17 minutes guys, and you can do it in any room of your house, so you have no excuses!

I know a lot of you are probably saying “in 17 minutes you can’t do a real work out…” well, to those people I say do this video. You feel it working after the first exercise, and when you’re done you feel like you’ve done wall sit for 5 minutes and completed 300 crunches.

I’m challenging each of you to do this, and you should let me know if you do! I believe everyone has 17 minutes to spare this holiday season, so grab a friend or do it alone. Also, subscribe to sadienardini‘s page! I’m sure she has other great videos to follow if you’re feeling up to more before the New Year!

Happy Holidays and please have a safe and happy New Year.




3 Little Words

3 little words. They can really change a person. They can build you up and make you better.

It was May 31 when my boyfriend and me were sitting on the couch and he looked over at me and said “give me $20.”

Naturally, I asked what for. He said we should bet who can exercise the most during the first week of June. “Whoever wins gets the money, and if we tie, we take the money and go for lunch together,” he said.

For anyone who knows me, you’d know I love being challenged by a man. Nothing makes me more motivated than being able to kick a guy’s butt in something. So I thought, well hell, it’s a win-win for me, because I’m either going to win (I wouldn’t allow myself not to) or I’d get to have lunch with my guy.

So…we both put down a $20 bill.

We are nearing the end of week one and I’m in the lead! And all it took was three days of working out in a row to get me hooked. Once you start feeling your muscles tightening up, or you overcome being sore and just work out anyways, you’ll feel amazing about yourself.

I used to do a hard work out and then used that as an excuse not to do anything physically active the next day. But this bet brought me back to the consistency of training in sport, and I realized how important it is to continuously workout so your muscles can build memory and then give you the results you want!

So I challenge you….Find a partner and put some money on the table. Even if it’s just $5. You might surprise yourself with how active and consistent you can be, AND you might end up just a little bit richer if you don’t give up. It’s only a week, let’s see what you can do!




My Trip to St. Malo: Lil’ Steps Miniatures and Wellness Farm

As promised, this week is an extension of Sunday’s post where I talked about my experience in St. Malo, MB. Here is my story about Lil’ Steps Miniatures and Wellness Farm. It’s a magical place!

Mud and manure on a newly melted ground made for a messy day trip to St. Malo, MB last Friday. But even though the prominent stench of farm animal droppings filled the air, the sun was warm, and being among the animals of Lil’ Steps Miniatures & Wellness Farm made the whole experience feel somewhat therapeutic.


In May 2014, Lucy Fouasse, 36, started Lil’ Steps—Manitoba’s first animal therapy farm to practice Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW).


EFW is an approach to human development through horsemanship, which Fouasse uses to help kids with a variety of needs.


Working with horses has been a part of Fouasse’s life since she got a severe head injury three years ago. It was then that her parents gave her a present that inspired the rest of her life—her first horse.


“Peanut was the only thing that made me feel better,” says Fouasse. “All I could do for about six months was play with her.”


Because of this experience, Fouasse primarily enjoys uses her horses in therapy sessions, but for certain kids, she finds her fainting goats, sheep, miniature pig Charlotte, chickens, Rusty the blind rooster, three dogs or kittens also come in handy.


“She has so many animals and does it all herself and does a great job with it,” says 46-year-old Gabrielle Desrosiers, a local who has familiarized herself with Lil’ Steps before deciding to send her daughter with severe anxiety.


Desrosiers says when it comes to matching the right animal with a child, the animals do most of the choosing.


“The horses go toward the kid and they feel each other, you know?” says Desrosiers.


In certain situations, however, it’s more obvious who should get paired together.


“Prince is a bit of a bully, so he’s perfect for dealing with kids who are experiencing bullying,” says Fouasse. “They come to understand the conditions that made him that way.”


Fouasse says the horses always seems to know exactly what the child needs, which has allowed her to help kids with anxiety, grief and loss, ADHD and autism, to name a few.


Fouasse will be holding workshops for children ages six-12 starting April 10 and the sessions will run until May 1. For more information, visit or

Later this week I’ll be posting a review from a play called Reservations that I saw last night. After that, I promise to get back on track with fitness posts.



For The Love of Fiddles

Today marks the final day of Festival du Voyageur 2016. Not many events happen on the last day, but this year it was reserved for the 45th annual Fiddling Contest. Contestants ranged from five to 65-years-old and talent levels had an equally large range. Who was most impressive? Not necessarily the people with the most talent, but the little ones who took to the stage and played in front of a wall-to-wall packed room that included three industry professional judges right up front. There were many first-timers among these ‘youngins,’ which made for quite a few emotional embraces with parents when they finished their performances and stepped off the first stage they’ve ever conquered. And as for the last-timers, there was one. Farewell and good luck to the 15-year-running host of the Fiddling Contest, Marc Rémillard, whose last day was today.

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There was a full house at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM) on Feb. 21, 2016 where the 45th annual Fiddling Contest took place on the last day of Festival du Voyageur 2016/KRISTI NIKKEL

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Olivia Quarry Beaulieu, 10, practices three songs before performing for her first time at Festival du Voyageur’s Fiddling Contest on Feb. 21, 2016/ KRISTI NIKKEL

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Marc Rémillard adjusts the microphone for Olivia Quarry Beaulieu before she begins the first of her three songs she has prepared for this year’s Fiddling Contest at the Festival du Voyageur. Feb. 21,2016/KRISTI NIKKEL

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Paul Beaulieu hugs daughter Olivia Quarry Beaulieu when she steps off stage from her first solo fiddle performance at the Festival du Voyageur on Feb. 21, 2016/KRISTI NIKKEL

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Wayne Lipischak plays piano for the first time at Festival du Voyageur’s Fiddling Contest alongside of seven-year-old contestant Shiloh (last name not given) who has been playing for a year and a half. Feb. 21, 2016/KRISTI NIKKEL

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Gerald Boulet films his son Robert, 13, while he plays his first of three songs on stage at Festival du Voyageur’s Fiddling Contest on Feb. 21, 2016/KRISTI NIKKEL

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Marc Rémillard announces it’s his last day hosting Festival du Voyageur’s Fiddling Contest after a 15-year run. Feb. 21, 2016/KRISTI NIKKEL



For those Dieting: Eat a damn cookie already

Okay, this miiiight seem a little bit contradictory from my last post but I promise you, it’s not. Today I want to give you a mid-week “break” by offering one of my favourite HEALTHY cookie recipes. They’re quick, they’re easy and yes, no word of lie…they’re healthy.

Here it goes….you ready?

  1. 2 bananas (slightly spotted)
  2. 1 cup of oats
  3. Trail mix of your choice (pick a non-salted, non-chocolate based one. The one I use has a variety of nuts, dried cranberries and coconut.)
  4. (Optional) 2 Tbsp peanut butter

THAT’S IT! No flour, no added sugar, no eggs… lots of energy.                                                     This should make 12-14 two-bite cookies.

Here’s what to do with those ingredients –  Mash the bananas in with the cup of oats until completely mixed. Sprinkle in little bits of the trail mix at a time. Don’t overwhelm the banana-oat mixture with the trail mix or else the cookies won’t stick together. If you accidentally do this, add 2 tbsp of peanut butter and that should help.

Roll the “dough” into little balls, bake them at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. They should stay soft on the top.

Let cool 3-5 minutes and then enjoy your guilt-free deliciousness.




A New Introduction of Kristi

Hi everyone!
My name is Kristi and I’ve recently taken the deep plunge into the world of Creative Communications where I’ll be learning everything from Media Production to Advertising and Public Relations to Journalism. All of these are so closely intertwined with the world I want to be a part of moving forward into a career, so it’s needless to say that I. Am. Pumped!
A few years prior to this new adventure, I spent the majority of my life—15 years to be exact— in the gym training intensely for rhythmic gymnastics. I have a passion for staying fit, but I don’t want to go back to the life of being in the gym for 26 hours per week. That part of my life has passed and now I have other things to focus on to help build my future, and I know many can relate to that. My workout routine now, for the most part, takes place throughout my house and perhaps once or twice a week in the gym when I want to push myself that extra mile. When it comes to fitness, I’ve been coached with many different training techniques from all over the world. I’ve tried everything from body-weight training and stationary practices, to heavier weight training and endurance. Because of that, I know I can offer exercise advice that will be safe and push everyone in any circumstance.
This post will act as an introduction into the next 15 weeks, when I’ll be posting weekly about the different ways people with various ability levels can stay fit either in their own homes, at a gym or outdoors— and all while using inexpensive equipment or things you’d find around the home, (which means FREE!) I understand that a lot of people do not have the time or resources to make it to the gym every day, and in my opinion, staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle should be attainable for everyone, no matter the circumstance.
So, whether you’re a complete gym enthusiest or someone who is unable to leave their home, this blog will help you with exercises to get your heart pumping a little faster than usual each day. After all, experts say about 20-30 minutes a day is all you need!
Please stay tuned for next week as I’ll be starting with some great exercises that will leave you feeling like you worked hard, but didn’t lose hours out of your day to do so!
Sincerely, Kristi
(Photo of me by Paul Misseghers of Flashbound Photography)