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Michelle LaMotte, 45

Posted: March 11, 2016
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Inspired by the words of Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do,” Michelle says that she has “doggedly pursued some elusive fitness goals for the last year, but regardless, I have become such a stronger person through the process.”

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Farmgirlfit Spokane


Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Co-Owner Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy

Words that inspire me:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

Tell us about your fitness journey.

All of my life I have had the propensity to turn the color of bologna when running, and had a body that generally encouraged me to be a couch potato. Even though I love the outdoors, and have tried really hard to be athletic, I have historically shied away from exercising in public. I had been whining to my good friend Jill Correll (fellow FGFer) that despite my exercise DVDs, I had no energy and essentially a marsupial pouch. She insisted, and somehow convinced me that I could do a FGF class with her. I’ve been hooked ever since.

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

Day 1:  Intimidation. Panic. I’m going to kill Jill. I’m going to drop this on my head.

Month 2:  Imposter syndrome. Someone is going to find out that I don’t belong here.

Month 4:  OMG. No one has found out.  How did this happen? Someone just said “Nice work” and they were talking to ME.

Month 8:  I just did a HSPU and didn’t break my neck. Everyone stopped to watch. Dani cheered. High fives all around. Yay! I’m here to stay!!!

What has been your greatest fitness/performance accomplishment so far?

I can do a couple of kipping pull-ups now!!!!! Go me!!!!!

What are your next health and fitness goals?

Health – Take a few hours each week to chill. Typing on my computer does NOT count as recreation.

Fitness – Master double-unders.  I’m soooooooo double-under challenged. I can dance (despite what my kids say), rub my stomach and pat my head, but I have yet to string together two double-unders. They will be the death of me.

Who/what inspires you to be fit?

Not in any particular order… 1. My family.  2. The onset of wrinkles.  3. The babies and kids I work with who have bigger challenges than I could bear.  4. FGF girls.

Favorite exercise at FGF is:

Box jumps (They make me feel like Spiderman).

Least favorite exercise at FGF is:

OH Squats. It’s like all the evil forces in the universe conspired to design one exercise to specifically point out all of my weaknesses.

When the Grind is kicking my butt, I’m thinking…

Don’t stop. Leanne is doing this. So is Jackie. Whoa, look at how much Ann is lifting. Oh crap… Savhanna is walking over here - she saw me. Pick up the damn bar Michelle.

My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is:

The workout, the coaches, the ladies there. I would never work this hard on my own. Ever. Or have as much fun doing it!

How has the rest of your life been impacted by Farmgirlfit?

I think I’m a bit more confident now with physical endeavors. It has reinforced to me that there is so much to gain from the simple presence of a challenge. I have doggedly pursued some elusive fitness goals for the last year, but regardless, I have become such a stronger person through the process. Even though I may not think something is possible, I have now repeatedly proven myself wrong. Strength for me is increasingly a state of mind.

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

I am busy. I try to cook from scratch, eat clean and buy organic. I help medically fragile babies thrive.  I love to read, ski, hike, and get outdoors. I run a pediatric clinic, home health agency and early intervention program serving 350 kids. I’m mom to three soccer girls (8, 11, 12), have a neurotic dog, and a patient husband.

Guilty pleasure:

Swedish fish. Sour patch kids. It’s ridiculous. No self-control whatsoever. Could even be an illness.

You might not know this about me:

I’m Canadian. I hate being the center of attention and consequently drugged myself on my wedding day. I’m vegetarian, and make phenomenal BBQ tofu. I have also been known to throw down some old school Salt-n-Pepa to punish my children.

Any advice for new members or your fellow farmgirls?

Never ever ever give up. You are awesome and inspiring someone right this very second!

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