For Candice Escobar, lifting equals confidence.
A mom of two boys — Emile (1.5 years) and Elijah (3.5 years) — Candice says that, for her, lifting is a stress relief and gives her a sense of control.
During her second pregnancy, she and her husband divorced. And all of a sudden she became a single mom.
“I was terrified to raise two alone,” she said. “Especially with a toddler too young to really help with anything. I was insecure about my body as there was an extramarital affair while I was pregnant.”
It was after her second son was born that she found lifting and a new relationship.
“Working out in lifting helped me feel confident,” she said. “The fact that I was having physical strength gains showed me there were still things I could control. As a stress relief it was huge and in my current relationship, we both recognize when I’m due for a lifting session.”
Strong mom goals
I started lifting because: I hated cardio
Other exercises I enjoy: Yoga, dancing, skating, biking (not cycling)
My goal for lifting is: Get stronger and be able to see my muscles
Since I started lifting, I’ve learned: Nutrition is everything and so is stretching properly!
Proudest lifting moment: Kicking my husband’s butt with a workout I programmed.
Biggest lifting challenge I’ve faced: Trying not to throw out my injured shoulder.
On being a mom
My goal for being a mom is: Being the best example of achieving MY dreams. I don’t want them to do anything they think will make someone else love them. Only what they love to do.
Since becoming a mom, I’ve learned: Working to become the kind of parent you wish you had does not mean your kids will turn out to be who you wish you were. Just love them and respect their journey.
Biggest mom challenge I’ve faced: Becoming a single parent while pregnant and trusting someone else again.
How do you balance lifting and raising a family? One plate at a time!
What activities do you like to do with your kiddo(s)? We love biking, playing at the park, and cuddling!
What is your favorite “active” memory with them so far? How they laughed when I used them to do reverse push ups and leg lifts.
What is a fitness or activity goal that you have for them? I just want them to love their bodies and recognize it is the only one they get. It is powerful beyond belief but you have to take care of it.
If you could do it all again, you would: Been lifting heavy before my first pregnancy. And eating better.
Favorite quote: “Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour
Favorite lift: Upright Row
Three words that describe me: Committed. To. Grow.
When I’m not in the gym, you can find me: At school or with my family
Advice you want to share to moms who lift or are interested in lifting: You fall in love with the process, and you will fall in love with yourself. There is no “there.” Just “the who.” The who you are in the process of becoming!