Mom, You’re Going to Lose

Suzanne —  April 5, 2013 — 12 Comments

My kids, Isabella and Spencer, are at that age when they think everything I do is embarrassing or just uncool. There are certain clothes I should not wear (tank tops) and words I should not utter (swagger) and I definitely should not drive them to school in my pajamas. That last one really throws me…. But anyway, when I hired a coach and started strength training, they were completely unimpressed.  I’m sure you can imagine the eye roll from my preteen.

Just a few months later I dared to tell them that I was going to enter a powerlifting competition…

You’re Going to Lose Mom.

What? That’s not very nice, Spencer.

Well, you might not lose….if everyone else SUCKS.

I looked to my daughter hoping to glimpse some pride in her eyes and was instead quickly informed that I should never again mention the competition in her presence. And then I got that look that clearly communicates the depth of her utter mortification.

Now, I admit that when I tried on my amazingly unflattering singlet that all competitors are required to wear, I began to wonder if my daughter had a point. Kill me now! But the truth be known, I could not wait to get to the meet. I had only been lifting for six months but I was mentally and physically ready to compete thanks to my coach, Jim Laird, and the support of my teammates.

I am extremely proud to say that the meet was a huge success. I exceeded my own expectations with a 622 raw total (220 squat, 116 bench & 286 deadlift). I did NOT lose. And, I felt like a badass!

When I got home with my trophy, my kids were nothing short of stunned. They couldn’t believe it. I, on the other hand, could not stop smiling. And I was hooked on lifting heavy!

My kids still think I’m a dork most of the time but it is now convenient, if not entirely cool, that I’m strong. How do I know?

Mom, I can’t open my Gatorade.

(Hands me the bottle and tells his friend) My mom can do it because she can pick up 300 pounds. Want her to open yours too?

team juggernaughties

We had a Blast!
NASA Kentucky Regional Meet, October 2012



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12 responses to Mom, You’re Going to Lose

  1. Go you! Congratulations 🙂

    I am looking forward to the day I can embarrass my kids, it will be payback for the amount of times they get me up in the night now 🙂

  2. Beauty and strength are always a winning combination….I’m betting that although Isabella would never say it publicly she wants to grow up to be just like you.

  3. Very cool! Congrats!

  4. Great writing, Suzanne! Also, very inspiring story. Of course knowing your kids makes it all the better. You go girl — tell Isabella and Spencer I said you definitely have swagger. *hugs*

  5. Love it! Glad I found your site. Can’t wait to read more.

  6. I’m so proud of you. I just completed my first competition with a 510 total and loved every minute of it.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you. My first meet was an incredible experience and I’m looking forward to competing again in just a few weeks. It is so cool to hear from other women who are doing it too! Awesome job! Proud of you too!

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