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Valerie Dew  💍 @b_dew_powerlifting 🙏🏼 Believer 💪🏼 SHW International Elite USPA Powerlifter 💪🏼 Classic Raw 🏋🏻‍♀️ 475/280/551 Total: 1307 Coach: Gracie Davis

This time is going by so fast. When I think of myself waving goodbye to my boys as they go off to college, I feel like THESE are the moments I’ll think of. These are the moments that will get me through missing their faces in my hallways. I won’t think of the times we were all dressed up for family pictures. I’ll think of the day Kai was practicing tying his shoes in the kitchen while I was doing laundry. I’ll think of the little band-aids he put on his own knee because he’s too independent to let me do it. I’ll think of the look of determination on his face as he loops the laces together. I won’t care that there’s a huge pile of laundry in the foreground, or that the lighting wasn’t just right. I’ll remember how proud I was of him for getting baby wipes to clean his new shoes. And how determined he was to learn to tie them. These are the moments I want to capture. These are the images I want adorning the walls of our home. Images that flood my mind full of memories that make me smile. As a momma, this is my life and this is what I want to capture. I’m so thankful for photography and all it allows me to do! @b_dew_powerlifting #boymom #sandiego #photographer #photography #fitfam #shoes #kids #specialmoments #thisislife #lifestyle #real #adidas #adidasshoes @adidas

I can’t handle the cuteness. Their styles are so different! Kai is my fashion forward kid and Koa JUST lives the football life ... what can ya do?! @b_dew_powerlifting #boymom #sportsfamily #boys #backtoschool #newhaircuts #shoppingtime

I’m super excited for my hubby to compete at #bossofbosses5 in a couple of weeks! Even though I’m shooting a wedding 📸 and can’t be there, I’ll have my crew sending me regular updates. I know he will do amazing! #hisbiggestfan #dcspack #powerlift #powerlifter #powerliftingmotivation #bossofbosses #sandiego #fitness #liftheavy #powerlifting

No matter how much success I’ve had in sports ... nothing compares to the feeling of watching your baby’s success. This boy has surpassed all our expectations when it comes to his commitment to football. He’s 7 and he’s already asking @b_dew_powerlifting to help him study his plays. He has been blessed with speed (we still aren’t sure where it came from! 🤣🤣) and he finishes sprints first and goes back to run with his teammates. He’s amazing. He’s still learning and has a long way to go. But he’s a good sport, a hard worker, and committed. We couldn’t ask for more. #hecaughtit #futuredcspack #nfl #herehecomes #in14years #football #fitness #family #boymom #sportsfamily #fitfam

That look you give when you get your invite to the @kernusopen and you’re NOT getting second place this time ... I’m coming for you @powerprenzs haha! @island_randi see you there, boo! #powerlift #powerlifter #powerlifting #shw #kernusopen2019 #sandiego

Oh my sweet boy! I may have had to work today but I was thinking about how lucky I am to be your momma ALLLLL day. You march to the beat of your own drum and make no apologies for it. You love food, Octonots, food, swimming, football, Jesus, food, your family, reading, drawing, cuddling, and food. I love watching your little mind work. You bring us such joy. Happy birthday you amazing boy. You are truly the light of our lives! @b_dew_powerlifting #boymom #birthdayboy #four #babyboy #kaicannon #independent #family

I couldn’t get this smile off his face if I wanted to! On our way to his second conditioning football practice and he can’t stop smiling. He loves it SO MUCH. This seriously makes my heart melt! My heart is so full watching Koa demonstrate all the things we’ve been trying to put in his head since he was born: Put God first, Be the hardest worker on the field, eat healthy, drink water, encourage your teammates, be a leader, learn all you can, listen to your coaches, and just be a good person. He’s competitive and works his butt off. His coach told us last night that the boys may want to quit because it’s so hard ... but Koa has been training on his own for many months. So he leaves practice with this same smile on his face! He’s prepared and super in shape. No wanting to quit from this kid. I can only imagine what God has for Koa in sports. He can DEW anything through Christ, and he knows that! That’s my biggest accomplishment, by far. I’m so blessed to be his momma! @b_dew_powerlifting #dcspack #fitfam #boymom #football #footballlife #likefatherlikeson

Light front squats to ease my way back into lifting ... 3x10 along with accessories. Ignore my grimacing. I’ve got a blistering sunburn all over the back of my legs! Lol Of course ... Starting from the bottom sucks. I hate every second of it. I also hate people who try and tell me to just “lift through the pain” as if I’m one of those people who looks for excuses not to do something. That’s not me. It takes more mental strength to hold myself back so I don’t get hurt more. I’m learning to listen to my body so that I can heal properly. It blows. I hate the gym right now, if I’m honest. Watching people do what my body won’t let me is incredibly frustrating. But, @weak_lil_guy gives me pep talks about taking baby steps and not being in a rush to get stronger, rather focus on healing properly. Then I’m fine for a few days before he has to talk to me again because I’m raging again. One day at a time ... COACH: @gracievanasse GYM: @californiaelitetrainingcenter #dcspack #powerlifting #beginagain #injuriessuck #powerliftingmotivation #powerlift #girlswhopowerlift #powerlifter #gym #sandiego #squat #bench #deadlift #strong #mbslingshot #apeman #persevere #dontgiveup #fitness #fitspo

So I was asked by @powerprenzs to create a video encouraging a young girl named Macy to keep powerlifting and not let the naysayers deter her from what she loves. A few of the guys in her gym are putting her down because she’s stronger than them! What kind of crap is that?! So I decided to put together a little interview piece talking to some of my favorite men at my gym who are ALWAYS there to encourage me. Macy, Strong is BEAUTIFUL. Keep lifting heavy, girl. And if you ever need motivation you know @powerprenzs @ana_smash and @quadzilla619 and I are ALWAYS here for you to talk to! You’ve got this and I can’t wait to see where you go with this! Scroll over for rest of video! @girlswhopowerlift @californiaelitetrainingcenter @mbslingshot @korean_enforcer @ryanrubiocp @weak_lil_guy #motivationforMacy powerlift #powerlifter #powerliftingmotivation #powerlifting #strong #girlswhopowerlift #motivate #fitness #sandiego #liftheavy #gym #realmenappreciatestrength

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