Joy's Journal Week 8

Professional soccer player and mom Joy Fawcett of the San Diego Spirit wants to inspire other women to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle! Each week, Joy will reveal her personal challenges and triumphs related to her comeback, as well as offer tips women can use to reach their active goals.
Joy Fawcett

Week Eight -- The final score
The San Diego Spirit's season has been quite incredible for me. I came back six weeks after giving birth to Madilyn and contributed to the Spirit's run for the playoffs. Although we did not make the final cut, I was still satisfied with our team's strong finish and the obstacles we overcame along the way. Many people were skeptical about the implementation of a women's professional soccer league, however the Spirit managed to play in front of sell-out crowds full of devoted fans. As individuals, we balanced other responsibilities and priorities, and as a team, we prevailed through a rough start in the season and finished with an even record of 7-7-7.

Our last game on Sunday was a great parallel to our season. We started off with nothing to lose because Philadelphia had already earned the fourth playoff spot, yet we played our hearts out until the end. The second half, we picked up the pace and tied up the game with only minutes to spare. Shannon MacMillan's incredible goal in the last minute lifted our "Spirits" and ended the season with a lasting memory. Torero Stadium was full of enthusiastic fans and tons of support and it was clear that both the Spirit and its fans would be back next year.

The team was so proud and impressed with the fans that we wanted to give them something back to help them realize how much we appreciated their patronage. At the conclusion of our final game on Sunday, we shared our homemade team video with the crowd. It was our way to say thank you for all the support and let them know that next year we promise to make the games more exciting from the get go!

I've said it numerous times before, but my family's support has played an instrumental role in my success. I've also been fortunate enough to have friends and corporate support behind me as well. With ERA Max, the official laundry detergent of the WUSA, supporting my comeback since day one, I was able to share my experiences with people all over the world through my weekly journals. The fans and everyone have been so supportive and I just hope they know how much I value them.

I have been doing a lot of media interviews lately, including the Today Show, USA Today and New York Times. This has given me a chance to let people across the nation know how wonderful my comeback has been and how it couldn't be possible without everyone's extensive support. When the opportunity to appear as the "Ultimate Soccer Mom" on the Today Show came along, I got so anxious that I nearly forgot to tell my parents to tune in. The funny thing is that in my book, my mom, a woman who managed to raise eight children and survive, will always be the Ultimate Mom.

See Joy's workout for this week

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