Joy's Journal Week 2

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 two --Turning it up a notch
While the Spirit was out on the road, I've been stepping up my training to build my strength and endurance to a competitive level. My overall goal to return to the field has influenced me to discipline my workout. It's starting to remind me of my workout routine in 1994 during my comeback to the National Team after having Katey. The only difference now is that I have three little ones around the house!

As a wife and mother of three, I would do anything for my family; as a determined athlete, I would do almost anything for the team. Luckily, I've been fortunate enough to sustain a family and a career in professional sports at the same time. Any woman who wants to have an active lifestyle and raise a family at the same time should be able to do both! It's important to remember that you shouldn't have to put one thing you enjoy on hold just so you can pursue another.

For me, my love for my family and sports has become intertwined. Since I love spending time with my kids, taking them on my exercise excursions has become part of my routine. Whether I'm practicing my skills in the backyard or training at the local park, I always try to incorporate the kids. However, there are times when I need to get out for long run, so I turn to my family and friends for help. Among other things, they've been great at stepping in to watch the girls. Remember it's important to ask for help when you need it. Otherwise, you may burn yourself out or not achieve your goals.

Working on abs
As a new mother, you may find that sleep is something that's hard to come by when there's a newborn at home. One thing that has helped me is learning to adjust my hours to the same schedule as the kids'. In between their naps, I try to do strengthening exercises around the house. Since I was unable to strengthen my stomach during the past nine months, I'm now trying to push the abdominal muscles back together by squeezing and holding my abdomen together every chance I get. Since it's difficult to complete a full sit-up, I've been lifting my head and holding the position to firm up my mid-section. I've learned from my previous two kids that this will help me progress into my normal abdominal routine.

Remember when doing any sort of exercise that your body is still recovering from the last 38 weeks, so only do what's comfortable. Your body went through numerous changes and it will take time and commitment to get back to your desired shape. Don't let your workout become a chore or another thing on your To-do list; it won't be as much fun and you may not obtain the results you want!

Staying physically active should be enjoyable for the entire family. Often, I will incorporate family into my workout. It's fun for them and it gives them some exercise as well. The only downside is that my husband, Walter, can never seem to kick the ball to me, so I have to do a lot of running. Although I must say that Walt has improved quite a bit since we first met. Working out together is what having a family and active lifestyle is all about. See the following page for my weekly routine and some fitness

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