Happy Mother’s Day 2017

First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there 🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful day with your kids, you deserve it.

Second, Happy Mother’s Day to my number one fan – my mom ❤

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Before I sat down to write this I realised that I really don’t have enough pictures of you and I together. I’m sorry about that. Last year I made this collage for you:

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But half of these photos I had to find by digging through our old family photo albums at the house. I tried to scroll back through my photo history to times when I knew I had been home. Unfortunately, I am infamous for taking way too many photos of food… So I have lots of photos of all of the delicious meals you made me and the yummy baking you’ve treated me to when I visit, but I’m making it my mission – setting a goal – to take more selfies with you!!

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I really wish I could be home to celebrate Mother’s Day with you. Instead of spending the day in 20+ degree, sunny weather in London – trying to install a new pool pump – I’m stuck at work all day halfway across the country… I can’t wait to come home for a few days in June. I know I don’t visit enough, but I try to whenever I can afford it ❤

Everyone says they have the best mom, but thank you for being the best mom to me! You taught me how to be strong and confident, to fight for what I believe in and never give up, to set goals and how to go after what I want in life, and to follow my dreams relentlessly. I owe my work ethic, dedication, and who I am as a person to the example you set for me. Being a single mother of two, working three jobs while putting yourself through university and still finding the time to walk us to school every morning and pick us up every afternoon, and making sure that Al and I have nothing but fond memories of our childhood – thank you! I know you don’t need it, but I feel like you don’t get enough credit for everything. I know that you’ve made a lot of sacrifices for my brother and I, and that you continue to put our needs above your own. Thank you for still looking out for me and loving me unconditionally. Thank you for being there when I need you, you’re my rock and I know you will always be there for me; a shoulder to cry on, to help pick me up when I fall, and to give me a loving nudge forward when I’m scared to take the first step. And thank you for being my number one fan and cheering me on no matter what I’m taking on. Thank you for coming to every single national championship I’ve ever wrestled and screaming in the bleachers for me! I know I act all embarrassed that I can hear you screaming on all of my wrestling videos, but I love that you do that! That you scream so loud you lose your voice and clap so hard you get bruises on your hands. I love that about you. I love that you don’t care that everyone else in the stands is cheering for my opponent – you just squeeze into the center of it and make them all look at you when you cheer the loudest for me, when I get a takedown! The looks on their faces must be priceless when you shriek “pin her Sam!” right in the middle of their cheering squad. I love that you recruited half of the stands to cheer for me with you at the Olympic Trials. You were the only fan I needed in the stands that day, but you made sure there was a crowd of people cheering loudly from the sidelines for me. You believe in me more than I believe in myself at times and you have no problem recruiting people to your cause. Thank you for loving me more than anything else in the world and making that love known to everyone you meet. You’re more than just my number one fan or the woman who raised me, you’re my best friend ❤ I love you mom.

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A Day in the Life of an Athlete

What’s it like to be a Team Canada athlete day-to-day? Social media feeds show a lot of the glamorous travel, action shots, and photo shoots from competitions and media articles, but sometimes you don’t get to see what happens behind the scenes to get there. I mean, that’s not the whole story, it’s just a part of it.

It’s kind of like a production – theatre or the movies – you get to see the show, but you don’t see what’s going on behind the curtain; the painstaking hours of rehearsal, learning lines, and perfecting the performance. What do Team Canada athletes really do behind the scenes to get them to the podium? In wrestling we like to use the term “the daily grind” to describe this. It’s all the stuff you have to do when people aren’t watching, the disciplined action that only you can hold yourself accountable for that doesn’t usually get praised. So, I’ve decided to pull back that curtain for a day!

That’s right – I’m going to let you in on what an average day looks like for me. Every athlete is a little different, but we’ve all got to do our strength and conditioning, eat right, practice, and recover. Tomorrow (Monday May 8th) I’m going to be posting my day on my Instagram story! So, if you have an Instagram account, you can follow @Sam_Stewart53 to check it out! Here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come tomorrow:

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Follow along from when I wake up to the time my day is done! The pictures and videos will stay up on my story for 24hrs so you don’t miss anything 🙂 I’ll be posting parts of my workouts with tips on how you can get involved and try them too! I’ll be posting some of my meals and some of the recipes. Also, I’ll be posting about some self-care and recovery practices that are just as important as the work you’re doing in the gym!

I’ll also be posting a picture on my Instagram feed announcing this, so if you have any questions and/or comments for me you can make a comment on that post and I will answer them as soon as I can!! I look forward to talking to you all tomorrow!! ❤