Monday, May 28, 2007

Pictures of Alyssa, Wade and cousin Annabelle!

My sister and I recently had pictures taken of our kids...

Friday, May 25, 2007

Over the past 4-5 months I have watched 8 clients overcome many obstacles! In the sport of bodybuilding everyone looks to the end result on that "one day" to decide how well someone did and how hard they worked...what I ask from each of you is for you to look at each client from the perspective of "where they started from" and what they achieved from that point!
People compete for many reasons... some to find something that is all their own to focus on, some for a goal to achieve, for others it is a way to overcome many years of negative feelings from an eating disorder or weight problem. Then there are the few with the right structure, genetics and will, to take things to the next level...and of those only a small percent actually make it to national ranking or pro level.
Sooo tonight I will give you some descriptive insights into what it really takes for these individuals and so many others to take that stage...
I have jumped out of an airplane twice in my lifetime. The experience I am about to describe will give you a look into what a competitor goes through as they prepare and take the competition stage...
After all the planning and anticipation... you will actually be going up thousands of miles in the air to look out and take that single step off the plane...the day finally arrives.
No discription or explanation from another person can prepare you for what lies ahead. Nor will they be able to tell you the way you personally will feel after such a life changing experience.
You can plan, anticipate with excitement, and fear but nothing prepares you for that moment..that single moment as the airplane climbs and you look out at the clear blue sky and come to the realization of what you are about to do. Everything you have and have not done flashes before your eyes...
Your heart pounding in your chest, your palms sweaty with anticipation,
your heart rate increases and your mouth so dry you can hardly speak,

as you approach the open side of the plane...
The wind so loud in your ears you can barely make out what anyone else is saying.
You approach the door and stand at the edge...legs trembling, heart pounding and
in an instant...a single let it all go....................
You are so exhilarated and free at the same moment...
The air hits your body and you feel more alive than you ever imagined...
There is no fear, there is no discomfort...

Your body movements flow with the direction of the wind.
You are fluid and confident...
There are no words for what this moment means to you

and you will never ever be the same again.
You will never look at things the same way again!
You have looked fear in the face and let go...
There is NOTHING you cannot do from this point forward!!

There are many parallels to taking the stage and the moment of free fall...
those who have taken the stage have experienced a lot of what I described above
and now I share with you the before and after pictures of the clients I worked with this season...




John R.



Alicia- (who I helped for just a few weeks so I do not have a before picture of- she is 40 yrs. old!

John P.- (who I did choreography for...this was his transition in just 6 weeks)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

My Apologies...
my daughter's school was participating in sending cards to the boy named below. that is why I decided to post the information to my site for all to help...but it has come to the teacher's attention as well as mine that this was not legitimate...very sad that so many people make a joke out of this sort of thing!!

Here is what the Make A Wish Foundation had to say...

Each day, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and its chapters receive hundreds of inquiries about chain letters claiming to be associated with the Foundation and featuring sick children. However, we do not participate in these kinds of wishes. Some names associated with these wishes are: Amy Bruce, Jeff DeLeon, Rhyan Desquetado, LaNisha Jackson, Nikisha Johnson, Jessie Anderson, Kayla Wightman, Craig Shergold, Craig Sheldon, Craig Sheppard, Craig Shelton, Craig Shelford, Anthony Hebrank, Chad Briody , Bryan Warner and Shane Bernier.

If you receive a chain letter claiming ties to the Foundation, please:
* Inform the sender that the Foundation does not participate in chain letter wishes.
* Refer the sender and all recipients to this page.
* Do not forward the chain letter.
* Refer senders to ways they can help the Foundation, such as referring a child, making a donation, donating their time & talents, or donating treasures Only one of these requests is based in fact: In 1989, a then 9-year-old boy named Craig Shergold wanted to be recorded in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for receiving the most greeting cards. His wish was fulfilled in 1990 by another wish-granting organization not associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He received more than 16 million cards. Craig is now a healthy adult, and he has requested an end to the mail. Mail that is received is forwarded to a recycling center. The time and expense required to respond to these inquiries distracts the Foundation from its efforts on behalf of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and more importantly, can divulge information that is potentially harmful to a child and his or her family.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Barrington and Crystal Lake area chapters of Make A Wish Foundation have asked for our help. A little boy in grammar school in Crystal Lake is enrolled in the Make A Wish Foundation. Regrettably, he is in end stages of leukemia. Shane was asked what his wish would be if it could be made possible, and unlike others before him, he didn't ask to meet a famous baseball player or go to Disney World. No, Shane has asked for an unusual opportunity for immortality. He wants to set the Guinness Book of World Records for receiving the Most Birthday Cards.

Shane's birthday is May 30th, coming up. If you can take a moment to send him a birthday card, it would mean a great deal to him and his parents. Please consider passing Shane's request on to family, friends or acquaintances that might lend a card and stamp to help try to make this young boy's wish come true.

Send birthday cards to:
C/O Canterbury School
875 Canterbury Drive
Crystal Lake IL 60014
Quote For Today...
Daring to risk is an essential step to self empowerment.
This is the keyto breaking out of stuck thinking and behaviour.
It is about breakingthrough the comfort zones and barriers.
It is about experiencing new levels of mind and feelings.
It is about experiencing more life.

"A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable,
but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."

Friday, May 18, 2007

Quote For Today!!
"To try is to risk failure.
But risk must be taken
because the greatest hazard of life
is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing
does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, and love."

-- Leo Buscaglia

Greg, Kim, John P. and Susan are competing tomorow in Chicago!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Quotes For Today....

" The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching our goals.
The tragedy lies in not having a goal to reach.
Take life by the horns and give it a good shake
and make the most of every opportunity.
Only you can limit the distance
you are willing to travel through life by the choices you make.
"Written in 2007 by Peter Pearson --- Australia

" I am led this way in my life.
I look for something and find something else.
I then realize that what I've found is more suited to my needs
than what I thought I was looking for.
It's not serendipity - there are no coincidences.
My heart and soul are open to what I need and what I should do.
"Miguel Diocuore --- Submitted by Mike Corthell --- New Hampshire

Monday, May 14, 2007

Great Job Team Abrams!!!
Lots of pictures from Saturday's show in my members journal and many, many more in this week's update! I am so proud of all of you! You each reached your personal best!!
What more could you ask for:)


Thursday, May 10, 2007

"Team Abrams"- May 2007

John, Kim, Laura, Rhonda, Susan and Alicia compete on Saturday!!

Greg competes on the 19th!

For ticket info visit

More pictures from our weekend meeting in my members area along with my new client Suzanne, who I am doing choreography for. She will be doing the Jr. Nationals June 15-16th!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

32 Weeks Pregnant...Compared to 14 Weeks Pregnant:)

Saturday, May 05, 2007

1 Week to go for Team Abrams....
The 6 clients I have preparred for the All- Natural May 12th will be meeting with me for the final time, prior to their show, tomorrow!
I have finished all their "Hell Week" instructions and have everything typed and ready to go for all of them. In addition to meeting with the 6 of them I will meet with John P. who competed last weekend in California and placed 5th out of 16 in the novice class!!
Way to go John!!
John will be competing May 19th as will I am meeting with the two of them tomorrow as well.
John, I just do posing and choreography work for. Greg, I have worked with him on all of his prep, routine and posing.
Then I have a new client that I am meeting with...a woman who is planning to compete at the Jr. Nationals this June as a bodybuilder. I will be working on posing and routine choreography for her.
Sooo a busy Sunday for me:)
Today was a non-stop day as well...took the kids for pictures this morning, then to a swim friend of 15 years had a b-day party for her daughter. The kids had a blast!!
Then my brother did some work on my car for me..fixed a few things for me that needed to be done and we had dinner at my parents house.
Home late tonight, so I am packing everything up for tomorrow...I have to be up by 5:30 am. My appointments start early tomorrow and it is a 45 minute drive to our meeting location.
I have to help my daughter finish her autobiography project tomorrow night then Monday I will start the task of getting up to date on progress pics for my clients.
I will post everything up to now so that their contest pics can be updated next week!
Busy contest season and still more to come before the baby arrives:)
32 week prego pics coming this week too...