Wednesday, March 30, 2005

"Country Girl" Gallery- Members Preview...updated today:)

"Country Girl" Gallery ..Members Area Preview

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Quote For Today...
"In order to hear your calling and answer it,
you must generously give yourself the gift of time.
It's not how fast you make your dream come true,
but how steadily you pursue it."

— Sarah Ban Breathnach


Monday, March 28, 2005

A Perfect Easter Day!

Our beautiful Alyssa!



Happy Easter Alyssa!

Happy Easter Wade!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Happy Easter!
God blessed us with a perfect day:)
The sun is shinning and the magic in our children's eyes
reminds me of the true meaning of Easter.

Quote For Today...
"How many of us go through our days parched and empty,
thirsting after happiness,
when we're really standing knee-deep in the river of abundance?"

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

As close to the Easter bunny as Wade was willing to be:) Maybe next year:)))

"There's that Bunny Mommy..."

Saturday, March 26, 2005

1 Week out...
A few pictures from Friday and today:)
Have a Happy Easter!

1 Week out..151.5 lbs.

1 week out- side chest

1 Week out- side tricep

We took the kids to Open Gym on Friday:)

Daddy and the kids relaxin'

Adorable baby Wade!

The Egg hunt at dominicks at 7:30 am;)

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Cardio-Eating breakfast-Clients-Training-Posing- Coloring Easter eggs;)
9 days 'till show time!


Practicing my posing...

Eating breakfast!

Wade just getting started!

Alyssa's favorite egg and mommy's egg.



Look Daddy I did it!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Quote For Today...
"Faith is what makes life bearable,
with all its tragedies and ambiguities
and sudden, startling joys."

— Madeleine L'Engle

Holding The Household Together
While 10 Days Out From Compeition.....
I awoke this morning at 3:45 and finally rose from bed at 4...I chose to give up an early morning cardio session to meet with one of my in-home's that won't be able to meet with me this evening. The past 9 days I haven't missed an early morning cardio:) So as I walked in the house after her training session I knew the day was going to be, "one of those days" ..I could smell the odor of 'stomach flu' from the baby I gathered, walking in the front door;(
Yep, I was right..the bed sheets and he were covered from head to toe in a diaper disaster! So it was in the bath, bleach the bed ext. ...Wondering why my husband wasn't awake yet for work I soon heard the reason details needed! He was sick too! Then to find out the sheets and blankets I had put down the laundry shoot to be cleaned asap..the dog had eaten through..dirty and all!!
Sooo then the baby made another diaper disaster while I was getting Alyssa ready for school...and it was back to the tub...
Alyssa managed to make the bus and leave with a smile.
I on the otherhand was trying to figure out how I was going to make my eggs and clean up the dishes while Wade clung to my leg screaming and my husband was sick on the couch.
This is one of those moments every mother has..when you just want to lay on the floor and cry yourself....but we can't, and we somehow pull it together and pick up the baby in one hand, make eggs in the other and then 'switch' to do the dishes all while the baby wines for everything in sight that resembles a "ball";)
Needless to say, I have had to re-arrange my client appointments today from 2 apt's to 1 so that I am only gone while the baby sleeps.
Then I am hoping since he's not feeling good I can get him to nap again later, so I can go to the gym...if not I wil be putting myself behind and I will be doing kickboxing and posing at home when he goes to sleep. My hubby has fire dept. responsibilites tonight..if that is, he can get well over the course of the day.
I'm thankful that it's a carb day for me!! A little blessing after 5 low days!
Thank you.. to the man upstairs for waiting until a carb day to test my will!!!!:)
So it's the final 10 days and it's time to use my creative gifts to find a way to get my training done and stay crystal clean with my contest diet all while taking care of my sick family..the last 2 weeks are critical!
Time to go get pedialite and Gatorade for the two sick one's and then time for the baby to nap so I can go meet with "Janelle" of " Team Abrams"!
Bob, ( one of my long-term clients:)...thank you for being so understanding
when my life gets crazy!

Monday, March 21, 2005

Practicing my posing...
Quote For Today...
"My respiration and inspiration…the beating of my heart…
the passing of blood and air through my lungs,
The sniff of green leaves and dry leaves, and of the shore and
darkcolored sea-rocks, and of hay in the barn…
The delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields
and hillsides,
The feeling of health...the full-noon trill...the song of me
rising from bed and meeting the sun."

— Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself"

There is always something beautiful to see and feel,
Allow your eyes to see,
Allow your soul to feel.

Saturday, March 19, 2005


The time is approaching when the dream and reality become one...such a beautiful thing!
Quote For Today...
"The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted."
— Martha Graham

Egg Hunt Madness;)

Egg Hunting with Wade!


Happy 21st Birthday Lauren!

Wade eating cake:)

Janelle- 7 weeks out...the newest member of "Team Abrams" read more about Janelle visit my members area.
Easter Egg Hunting , Lauren's 21st Birthday &
The Newest Member of "Team Abrams"!....(photos above)

Thursday, March 17, 2005

2 Weeks out- Front Double Bicep

2 Weeks out- Rear Double Bicep
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!..especially to my dad:)
After 4 hours of sleep- (due to a late 9 pm. in-home apt.) I was up at 4:00 to be at the gym by 5 am. it was rotating stairs and biking for 50 minutes then jump back in the car so my hubby could get to the beautiful, but very messy and cold snow that had just fallen. "Super Mike" the guys at work call him...was not pleased when he looked out the window.
I could never do what he does ...AMAZING!!!
Then I broke one of the forbidden "Mommy Rules" this morning;) I gave the kids cupcakes at 7:45 am. after breakfast..he-he they were so excited!!
(See the pics below)
A few in-home apt's and then home for Wade's nap. It's time to wake him up and for him, to eat lunch before I go back to the gym for my lifting and more cardio.
My sister loaned me a great book that is actually helping me look forward to doing my extra cardio..thanks sis;))
I'm making corned beef and cabbage today! i just have smells so good and St. Patrick's Day just wouldn't be the same without it..right dad!!
My maiden name is "Reilly" so I truely am an Irish Girl:)
2 1/2 more weeks 'till show time...I can hardly wait!!!
No more Outback shifts, so I will be able to get through these next few weeks now without having to keep myself on my feet for 7 hours at a time..perfect timing!
We made it through the worst of winter and things are looking so much brighter now for spring!!

Yummy Cupcakes!!

Don't even THINK about stealing my cupcake!:)))

My big girl;)

Wade finishing breakfast

St. Patrick's Day Abs:)

Abs..2 1/2 weeks out

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Quote For Today...
"What if the Hokey Pokey Is What It's All About?"

And By All Means...Have fun!!!

Monday, March 14, 2005

Show Time Is Approaching!!
April 2nd- Ottawa, IL
I will be returning to the stage after a little over a two year break
( Bringing Baby Wade into the world & nursing for a year:)
3 weeks until show time!!
For ticket information visit;

May 7th- Rockford, IL
"Team Abrams" ..clients and friends representing my personal training business- "Steps To Success"- will be competing!!
8 weeks until show time!
Great news...we will have a total of 6 members:)
Karen- Heavy wt.
Kelly- Heavy wt.
Nicole- Middle wt.
Maryjo- Light wt.
Myself- Heavy wt.
Janelle- Light wt. (our newest to be posted soon!)
For ticket information visit;

May 7th "Team Abrams" will compete!

3 members of the Team!

Team Abrams Member- Karen

Team Abrams Member- MaryJo

Team Abrams Member- Nicole

Team Abrams Member - Kelly

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Mommy's little man:)