Friday, April 29, 2005

What Takes Me Away From It All...

Swiiingin' away!!

Wade cuuting the grass with Daddy...sooo cute!!!

The best little 19 month old helper I've ever seen!

What a good looking doggie Spirit is:)
A News Update On My Win Posted To FTVideo...
Check it out:)

Thursday, April 28, 2005

A great close up from the evening show!

The photo that brought tears to my eyes...the look on my husband's face- so happy, so proud...:)

A pic from the night routine;)

Janelle's incredible mid-section 10 days out!

Janelle 10 days out:)

Karen 10 days out:)

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Quote For Today...
"'Courage is not the absence of fear
but rather the knowledge that something else is more important than fear.

"— The Princess Diary"

The two little munchkins eating treats;)

10 Days out from the Rockford Natural

Member Preview Pic #1 of the Week.

Member Preview pic #2 of the Week.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Quote For Today...
"All appears to change when we change."

— Henri Amiel,
19th-century Swiss writer

Monday, April 25, 2005

"Team Abrams" Competes In 12 Days!
My girls and I have just under 2 weeks until show time:) it is going to be a blast...can't wait!
I even decided to make my posing suit for this's awesome!!
I am busy, busy helping with the final weeks for Janelle and Karen.
Anyone interrested in coming out to support us May 7th can purchase tickets online at;
Let them know you are coming to support "Team Abrams"
Pics of our "Team" below.. and lots more in my members area!

Karen- will be competing as a novice and open heavy weight.

Janelle-will be competing as a novice and open light weight.

Kelly- the mastmind behind "Team Abrams"- she will be sitting this one out due to uncontrollable circumstances but will be cheering us on and hopefully be able to celebrate the night's outcome with us;)

Kelly- sporting one of my website T's that I'm selling to help raise money for my travel expences to compete in New York this the Team Universe Championships!

MaryJo has opted to judge the competition instead of competing with us;)

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Quote For Today...
Live with intention.
Walk to the edge...
Listen hard...
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon!
L a u g h!!
Choose with no regret.
Continue to Learn.
Appreciate your friends.
Do what you love:)
Live as if this is all there is!!!
~~Mary Anne Radmacher

The recipe for life...:) And if you are a mother...another thing I heard this morning that was very powerful and so true...
When you "Over Mother" you leave no room for "Fathering"
I think that statement sums up in a nutshell why my life is so abundantly rich...
In the beginning, when we just had our daughter I acted as if she was all mine...I wanted to do everything with her and for her...overcome by my love for her. As time went on..
"and life happened" as it does. I grew up, and started seeing a greater view of my surroundings.
I suppose I am sharing all of this to inpsire those out there who are where I was back then, to see the bigger picture and the fullfillment that comes..from doing less and stepping back..leaving more room for your own 'things' such as work and hobbies, and more time for the "fathering' to florish. In no way do I take credit for this occurrence in my has been a team effort:)
The shared parenting that happens in our home is better than I could have ever imagined. My husband and I both get a bit of both...of course our responsibilities tend to weight 'traditionally' but have incredible balence. I would have it no other way...except for Michael to be done with school soon..I miss him:)
Life is a never ending journey of learning...what matters most is not whether you succeed, fail or even fall flat on your face:)..what matters is that you take something away...a piece of the journey, and become a little bit more than you were before.

Ok, yes I'm done with my inspiration for the day..LOL:) I have progress pics for all of "Team Abrams" posted to my members journal ...just 3 more weeks! Also a VERY funny story of my adventures at 5 am. this morning with a new cycling client. Members, you won't want to miss this one:)) Just imagine a speed bike and a mountain bike doing interval training and hills..LOL!
Have a great one everybody...I am getting a bit stir crazy now...home with my sick little boy for 3 days ..he's better but still has that fever! My am. cardio is still in place but my afternoon lifting and cardio has been quite interresting...thanks for the creative gene MOM;)

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Quote For Today...
"I read and walked for miles at night along the beach,
writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful
who would step out of the darkness and change my life.
It never crossed my mind that that person could be me."
— Anna Quindlen

Powerful words...and yes so true. So many times in life we look outside ourselves for the answers. Going to friends, family, books, counseling ext....when the answers we are searching for lie within us...right before our eyes all along.
One of the gifts of growing older is learning to trust yourself and what your eyes and intuition tell you:)
Wade is still not feeling well so I will be home again...modifying my training of course for the day...more written in my members journal on details.
My members update will be quite large this week! About 90 photos updated total!
"Overall Win In Ottawa Backstage Shots" Gallery, "Balencing Babies & Bodybuilding" Gallery, "Spring Fever" Gallery, and in my "Steps To Success" Personal Training/Coaching area 3 week out progress pics of Nicole and Karen. They are both doing well and will both be at a personal best for this show...just incredible ladies!!
Preview Pics of the first 3 galleries posted to my members journal this morning.
Time for my a.m. cardio....

Monday, April 18, 2005

Home Today With My Sick Baby Boy:(

Snuggling with Wade while Alyssa eats breakfast before school.

Some TLC For Wade

Kisses will help a sick little baby and a tired mommy:)

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Lots Of Weekend Pics...
In My Members Journal Today!
Staining our deck... my sister, Michelle's 10k Race down town on Saturday and a few extras:)
Way to Go Michelle!! You DID GREAT!!
Watch the progress "Team Abrams" is making in my members area as well as mine.
Video clips of my previous competitions in my memebers area as well:) the next week or so the newspaper article from the Pioneer Press will be posted to my members area too!
Remember...being a member of my site is a way to help contribute to my contest prepatrations;)
Happy Monday To All....

Quote For Today...
"Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal.
A creative man/woman is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to beat others."
-Ayn Rand

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

3.5 Weeks out progress pics in my Members Only Journal tonight;)

3.5 Weeks out from my next competition...Leg and Ab progress pics in my members journal tonight:)

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Karen ...focused and working hard towards May 7th! As part of Team Abrams..she will be competing as a heavy weight;)

Monday, April 11, 2005

Quote For Today...
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
~~Helen Keller

This has to be one of the greatest "truths" I have ever heard!
Challenge yourself... to see the difficult times in your life

as a means to prepare you for what lies ahead.
It is through the hardship in our lives "charecter" is made...
It is the tears and sweat that make us who we are...
It is that long road up hill that makes the view from the top...

Breath Taking!!
Happy Monday Everyone!
Quote For Today...
not in another place but this place…
not for another hour, but this hour…"
Walt Whitman

* My Members Journal has 4 week out preview pics of Janelle (one member of "Team Abrams") competing May 7th at the Rockford Natural.
She looks fantastic..and this is her first competition:)

Alyssa's 1st Sock Hop this past Friday night! if you can, just imagine a few hundred girls twirling the night away!
Yahhh Mommy did good making her poodle skirt:)

Twirl Baby Girl....Twirl:))

Our Incredibly Talented Alyssa- the day before my show!!

Alyssa and Spirit spending play time together:)

Wade, Max and Michelle:)

My sister's camera pic #4

My sister's camera pic #3

My sister's camera pic #2

Saturday, April 09, 2005

A Thread on that someone started about my recent overall win:)

- clck "Female Bodybuilding"
- Click "Jennifer Abrams WINS overall"
Quote For Today...
"Growth and self-transformation cannot be delegated."

— Lewis Mumford
( architectural critic)

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary ..To My Grandparents!!!
As you exchange your vows today I am reminded of the love you exemplify to our family and the beautiful music that is created between you!
May today be filled with joy and smiles:)

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Quote For Today...
"Since we cannot change reality,
let us change the eyes which see reality."
— Nikos Kazantzakis

A big hug From Alyssa;)))

"Pioneer Press" photojournalist, Michelle, that has been following me around for the past few weeks and is writting a story on me;)

Monday, April 04, 2005

My hubby!! He finished putting out the fires and made it to the show, just in time;))

Jack and Lauren:)

My daddy:)

My Mommy:)

My Aunt Pam

My little sister

My little brother

Lenda Murrey and I;)

Ronnie Coleman and I;)

Mommy's Biggest Fan:))

Leaving for Ottawa:)

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Jennifer Abrams...The 2005 Mid-Illinois Women's Overall Winner!
The highlight of my bodybuilding my personal best this overall win was my first goal of the season...mission achomplished:)
More candid shots on my members journal and hundreds of competition photos to be posted to my members area in the coming weeks.
Believe & Become The Vision In Your Mind...

2005 Women's Overall Winner!