Today is my daughter's 9th birthday. Lauren was born at 12:41 a.m. September 13, 2001.
The world was a crazy place in the days following September 11. It was strange to bring a child into the world when the world seemed so unstable. Luckily, I was tucked away in the hospital focused on my perfect little baby girl. She was three weeks early, but still weighed 7lbs. 8 oz. Not bad.
Lauren was always a happy baby. She had a spark that she has to this day. I love seeing how she has developed a strong, but very loving, personality. That girl is determined. No one will tell her she can't do what she wants to do. Wowsie! But, she isn't sassy or mean about it. Just nose to the grindstone determined. Lauren also has a creative flair and a big heart to balance her out.
I wish I had that determination and joie de vie at age nine. It has taken me most of my adult life to find that strength and joy and be comfortable in my own skin. How lucky for her to know who she is and not apologize for it. She just is who she is.
You can learn a lot from a nine year old.
Today, I PR'd for Lauren. She only sees the woman I am today. She doesn't remember the unsure, weak me. She sees me training, getting stronger every day, and achieving my goals. I hope I have had some small part in her developing into the spunky sweet firecracker she is. I never want her to feel weak or afraid to chase her dreams.
Dbl KB Clean & Press - 12 kg - 10 min.
59 reps = 3068 lbs.
Swinging 8s - 16 kg - 10 min.
167 reps = 6012 lbs.
-This set a baseline for me. I've never done these as a stand-alone. They've always been part of a circuit. I love these, BTW.
-Never have I been able to extend so far. My arms were nearly straight and my head was the farthest it's ever been from the ground.