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Kelley Loisel, 50

Posted: October 2, 2015
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Tell us about you fitness journey. How did you come to Farmgirlfit?

As a former collegiate gymnast and Las Vegas stripper.....Nah, just kidding!

It seems like I've always had a gym membership somewhere and experienced a personal trainer or two along the way. Though motivated and driven to make a difference, I eventually got bored and it spiraled downhill from there. Something was always missing. At around 40 I noticed my metabolism had slowed WAY down. Being blessed to have a child in my 40's didn't contribute to the matter. Life happened. A lot of pounds later I soon was in a rut and new something had to give.

I remember driving by FGF Cd’A, liking the name and seeing the billboard of the girl on the rings and thought, "I want to be able to do that!" I decided to check it out one day along with some preconceived stereo types. To my amazement, I was SO off. I thought I'd see all these buff 20-30 year olds grinding away at their elite athletic abilities. To my surprise I witnessed women of all ages, shapes and sizes. They were working hard and were determined about improving themselves while having fun doing it. I knew that's what I wanted too. I bypassed the complimentary Grind and joined the next day. I've been hooked ever since. I believe I have finally found my niche!

If you could tell your Farmgirlfit story in 100 words or fewer, how would it read?

As a "newbie" I was always anxious/intimidated about what Grind laid before me. I found it easiest not to look at The Grind online beforehand, for I didn't understand it anyway. As time went on, I YouTubed the exercises to become more familiar (still do). I used to think the Grind was about climbing the "level ladder" and having fast times. Not the case at all! I wondered why I was doing Level 1 Grinds for so long. I didn’t realize the small little improvements I was making. Then one day BAM! a PR or accomplishment was made. I was instantly empowered and motivated more than ever! I am now addicted!

 

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

I would say the rope climb and recently pull-up(s). But my greatest accomplishment so far has been box jumps! Standing at 5' nothing, 20" is higher than you would think!

What are your next fitness goals?

To continue to eat as clean as possible. This past Nutrition Challenge has taught me a lot and will be beneficial in helping me get through the Grinds and to achieve my goals.

Favorite exercise at FGF is:

Some more than others but overall they're all good!

Least favorite exercise:

DOUBLE UNDERS!

Favorite workout song? 

Anything, as long as it’s playing loud enough to drown out my moans/groans or any bad words that may exit my mouth.

When the Grind is kicking my butt, I'm thinking...

Getting thru one exercise at a time...now if only I could count at the same time...

My favorite thing about FGF is:

All of it! From the knowledge and teaching ability of the coaches, the beautiful ladies, their support and camaraderie, music that is played and the variety of all the Grinds. Finally, something that is always challenging, fun and is making a difference.

How has the rest of your life been influenced by FGF?

I now realize how much having a daily balanced diet can contribute to one’s strength and energy levels. Since the Nutrition Challenge, I find that my cupboards do not contain as much sugar and weekly baked goods. Of course there's the occasional "Mom, there's never anything good in the cupboards anymore." It's not as bad as I thought it would be. :)

Do you have a funny FGF story?

Well, you know it’s time to step it up in weights when your fellow Farmgirls call you out. Or when your coaches give you "the eye", or after choosing your kettlebell weight for farmer carries, say "I think you should go with the ones with purple tape. They match your outfit"

When you’re not pumping iron at FGF, what does the rest of your life look like?

Other than helping out with our Coeur d' Alene Deck business, I am a liaison for Project Search. A high school transition program at Kootenai Hospital that provides interns with special needs, job skills & education opportunities to become successful in the community. Also keeping up with my 7 yr. old, as well as always learning to be creative, keeping life fun and advocating for my 20 yr. old with autism.

Who inspires you to be fit?

Definitely the coaches and fellow Farmgirls, but mostly all my boys! I want to be around for them as long as possible. Being fit and healthy is the best way I know to do this.

You may not know this about me:

I nearly lost my leg in a freak soccer accident many years ago. The doctors told me I would never walk the same again. Though it’s not exactly the same, it feels great to beat the odds and prove them wrong!

Any advice to new FGF members or fellow Farmgirls?

Just keep showing up. Be consistent for best results. Listen to your Coaches. Along with all your hard work, your fellow Farmgirls and coaches will have your back and bring out the best and stronger you! As far as advice to fellow Farmgirls: Keep up your hard work and pushing forward. We're all experiencing this journey together. Your support means more than you know!

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