Tales of a Fit Mom

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Being the “boss” (as some people like to refer to me) can be rewarding and empowering. But it can also be very challenging. I’m not the most confrontational when it comes to addressing someone about an issue at work.

When you’re put in a position that requires to you take care of those below you but answer to those above you, you don’t have much of a choice. You. Must. Adapt.

Change. That awful word that so many people hate. We think change is bad. It pushes us out of our comfort zone to do or be something we’re not used to doing or being. And while change is hard, I think it’s often times brought upon us to improve. And right now, that’s one thing I’m working on.

At home, change is tough as well. My Monster Man just turned 2-years-old last month. We are in the early stages of potty training…you know, where candy is a wonderful bribe and kids’ books take up the empty counter space in the bathroom. Potty training has to be one of the toughest times of change…for the kid and the parent! The ease of throwing on a diaper is now replaced with setting the timer for 20 minutes so he doesn’t pee on the carpet. The ease of throwing a diaper bag in the car is now replaced with the intense challenge of making sure he stays dry at the grocery store.

We’ve taken on this challenge with our Princess before. In fact, I took a Friday off of work and spent three intense days running a half-naked toddler to the potty every 15 minutes. But by day four, she basically had it down. Wish me luck as I fear this might not be as easy as the first time.

And this was one of those weeks where training just took a back seat. And I’m feeling it now. Aches and pains and bad food leave me feeling like it’s been weeks since stepping foot in the gym. I was busy with speaking at elementary schools and getting caught up on meetings and work. When you don’t schedule your workout time, it’s easily missed. But when I did train, I did well. A good max effort upper body day of board pressing, dumbbell rows, and triceps left me feeling strong, but also realizing that I’m only a bit off of my best ever. My lower body day was a mish-mash of goodmornings, glute hams, kettlebell lunges and swings.

Change leaves you feeling…what’s the word…uncomfortable. And right now, as uncomfortable as I feel, I see good things on the horizon.

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About the Author

Julia Ladewski, CSCS, is a coach to athletes, women, men, powerlifters, crossfitters, fitness enthusiasts, recreational lifters and those seeking body transformation. She takes pride in helping people from all walks of life to see and reach their full potential. Julia was a Division I University strength & conditioning coach from 2002-09 at the University at Buffalo, where she worked with every sport on campus. From 2009-2014, she was Director of Sports Performance at Parisi Speed School in Schererville, IN. As an elitefts.com sponsored athlete and Q&A staff member, Julia is an elite-level powerlifter in three different weight classes. She is also a physique competitor, mother to two children, and wife to husband Matt. Julia also owns Bella Forza Strength Apparel (www.BellaForza.me). She continues to write and speak about youth sports performance, female strength sports, and nutrition. She is one of the best hands-on technical coaches in the country. Her writing can be found on elitefts.com and JuliaLadewski.com. She is also a member of the Institutional Review Board for MusclePharm. You can find more about her on her blog www.julialadewski.com and Twitter. View Julia’s training log.