Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Devistation...
To see some of the devistating photos from hurricane Katrina you can click on this link... http://www.weather.com/newscenter/slideshow/katrina2.html

To aid in rescue and reconstruction efforts go to;

Below are a few photos of the storm just rolling in...
My thoughts and Prayers go out to all who are struggling through this!




Monday, August 29, 2005

Wade's new hair do:)...I just LOVE to kiss this little boy!!

Wade trying to get into his sister's room.
Quote For Today...

"Not in rewards, but in the strength to strive,
the blessing lies."
— John Townsend Trowbridge

Tonight's Sunset...

Friday, August 26, 2005

11 Weeks Out From Guest Posing...

11 weeks from guest posing...

11 Weeks from guest posing

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Quote For Today...

"The whole life of man is but a point of time;
let us enjoy it…."

— Plutarch

Evan's End To A Crazy Day Gallery;))

One of my favorite pics...
Alyssa Goes Back to School...
1st. grade:)

* My Training From This Week Posted To My Members Journal:
11 More Weeks Until My Guest Posing Appearence-

Off to 1 st grade!

Alyssa looses another tooth 3 days before starting 1 st grade:)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A Photo from my "Weekend Retreat"..The entire gallery will appear this week:)
A Small Piece...
From my lengthy "Weekend Retreat" post in my members area journal....

What I took away from my time alone was a sence of who I was again.
Time to remember how beautiful life is and how it's so easy to get overwhelmed and oversceduled to the point you feel like you are loosing yourself in the process.

I have a career that requires a lot of personal and emotional energy.
I LOVE that about my work and I would have it no other way! People absolutely fascinate me!!But with that, along with raising two children..requires an abundance of energy, inspiration and creativity to be the best personal assett to my clients and the best parent to my children.
Giving myself this little break made me remember how important it is to replenish the "well" so you have the water to share with all those in your life!

I want to make a difference...
When it's all said and done I want my existance and my life to mean something..not only to my husband, our incredible children and my family but also to the lives I touch and impact along the way of my career as a personal trainer/coach and as a competitive athlete.
Our connections to eachother and the natural beauty around us is what life is all about!
Find time to "renew" yourself this week..it will make such a difference!!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

My Weekend Retreat...
Away From The "Noise" Of Life...

A Walk in the Clouds....

Friday, August 19, 2005

"Tropical Gold" members gallery preview for next week...

Members Gallery Preview for next week..

Abs starting to come back:)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

This one's for you! Get Well soon!!


"Be gentle with yourself."
— Max Ehrmann

A Little bit of Tranquility for my beautiful friend..Kelly!!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Dessert Recipe For The Week-

Ricotta Creme:
Serves 1

1⁄2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package Splenda
6 whole walnuts

Mix incredients and serve chilled..yummy!

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Colette getting Amanda psyched to take the stage at the USA's...
I just love this picture!

What a friend!!!

Friday, August 12, 2005

Request for my progress...
One of my clients/ members requested a "Journey To Guest Posing" gallery for my members section. Soo I will be adding this next week on the weeks I am not updating other clients' progress. Everyone needs to compare only to themself and each person's journey is different..Strive to be the best You!!
Here's a preview...

13 Weeks out from guest posing...168 lbs.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

A Really Funny Poem...
From one of my members:)

There once was a bodybuilder named Jen
And she bought six dozen eggs from a hen
She trained night and day
For then she could say
Overall win and champion again

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Nov. 12th 2005..
Guest Posing at the Mid-States Natural Classic
Dave Riley & Jennifer Abrams
For tickets and information; www.kevinnoble.com

Guest Posing Nov. 12th..Dave Riley & I

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Wade's 1st Monday Night Football Game!
(More pics in my members journal:)

The Football season begins!!!

Monday, August 08, 2005

My Guest Posing Has Been Announced...

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Debbie Patton...
Is The New IFBB Pro!!
I just recieved word from Colette!! Congrats Debbie!!
She and I actually competed together in 2002 at the Rockford Natural.
Her win at the Team U just fuels my fire for this show next year even more!
Colette said they were both talking tonight about me and how they both feel it's my show next year. They think I could win it!! What can I say to such a compliment except..WOW.. thank you to both of you for the belief in me!
To think I have actually come this close to pro status is such an honor.
It really makes me reflect back on the years of training, the sacrifices made to compete and what it all means, to me.
There was a line in the movie, "Million Dollar Baby" that really hit home for me..
it was something to the effect of ...
" A Winner is someone who follows a dream that noone else sees"
I know the wording isn't exact but this is what it means to me;
following the fire within yourself to reach a destination..may it be the top of a hill (Quintin), a 26.2 mile marathon(Michelle), getting out of bed at 4:30 to do cardio for the 5th straight day(Kim B.), or getting up with a sick baby for the 8th time in the same night (Terese).
It's about seeing the finish line..it's about having a vision...it's about finding your inner strength to pick yourslef up off the floor and looking yourself in the eye and believing you are capable of so much more than what everyone else sees...that belief and that inner power is what gets things done in this world. That strength is why babies are born, children are brought up to be incredible adults, our country is protected, our streets are safe and we have someone to answer when we pick up the phone and dial 911...
It's about becoming a hero to yourself whether other people see it or not!
Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers..you go out and plant your own garden..and if by chance others recognize it's beauty..all the better..
if not it's beauty remains!!
Fun Filled Weekend!!
We had a great time this weekend...busy and very fun!
Friday after training my clients I took the kids swimming at the pool before my late evening apt. The pool is great in August..noone is there!! (pic below)
Saturday Alyssa had a birthday party at a gymnastics studio for one of her school friends. They had a blast and her friends are all so fun! (See pics below)
The next stop on Saturday was to my friend's 30th Birthday Party..Hawaiian style:) It was a GREAT party..I had pina colada's and margarita's..yummy! Have to live up my last weekend before my guest posing prep begins;)
Happy 30th Candi!! Doug, her husband, did an incredible job..we were all so impressed how much planning and work he put into the day. You made Candi sooo happy Doug!!! (pics below)
Then we droped the kids off at grandma and grandpa's house and we were off to a wedding reception for one of my clients..Diane and Mike were finally getting married..bringing together 9 children to form their family together!!
The two of you deserve the happiness in your lives and I wish you both the best!
We even ran into another couple that Diane is very close with, who used to compete. I actually train at the same location as him and he just congratulated me on this year's success last week at the gym..wild! (pics below)
Some time away from the kids..it was really nice to just have a conversation without being interrupted and hearing screaming in the background. We even got to sleep in and go to lunch alone this afternoon...What a treat!

I am anxiously waiting to hear the results of the Team U and when I get word and pics I will post them to my members journal.
Until next time,
(Lots of Pics below)

Alyssa coming down the slide at the pool on Friday...

Alyssa after a very fun gymnastics party!

A silly face for Alyssa..LOL!

What a great day for a party..we really had a great time!!

Candi, Doug and Aubrey..Happy Birthday to the Mommy!

Alyssa swimming in the pool!


The Birthday girl and I..Happy 30th Candi!

Wade going into the giant dinosaur maze...

I almost feel like I'm in Hawaii..:)

The Mommy's and the Babies:)

Candi's birthday cake;)

The big boys playing with cars!

Elvis and the Hoola dancers!

"Do we HAVE to take a picture"..oh he's such a good sport:))

"Cheese" for me and The "Cool Guy'"for Michael..:) Just kidding honey! LOL!

A Kiss before we go...

Diane..the very beautifil bride! Diane has been a client of mine for about a year now;)

Friday, August 05, 2005

"Backstage at Jr. Nationals" gallery added to members area:)

Jill Added to "Steps To Success" in members area..what a life changing transformation she has made! Members make sure you read her story!

Kim Added to "Steps To Success" in members area- She will be part of "Team Abrams" in November!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Cleaning Wade up after he got into some paint!!
Terrible Two's..I Told Yah:)
Incredibly Grateful...
One of my members who has been supporting my endeavors this year by his continued membership to my site and several very helpful donations has, once again, blessed my life, with a new digital camera and memory card!
As most of you know who follow my journal, mine basically collapsed from over use..LOL!
I pulled into the driveway this afternoon after morning clients and picking up the kids from two different places, Alyssa is in a special dinosaur camp this week from 9-12:45, I spotted the box near the door:)
I am really overwhelmed at your generosity Evan..you really have no idea how wonderful this is..both for my business (client progress pics, my gallery pics,) and on a personal note..pics of our two beautiful children and all they are doing:)

Thank you- Thank you- Thank you!!
Team Universe Is This Weekend...
Another Pro card will be awarded to the overall women's winner..who will it be?? Will Debbie Patten win the middle weight class again or compete as a heavy this year??
I'll keep ya posted...
I have a very busy fun weekend ahead..3 party's Sat!!
Next week I start preparing for my guest posing appearence Nov. 12th and my trip to New Jersey for a photo/video shoot, and then to Atlanta during the Nationals for more photo shoots.
November will be exciting and filled with fun..I am even planning on hooking up with Colette Nelson to train together while in Atlanta!
Those pics will be fun:)
Ahh but so much before then..Alyssa starts school in less than a month and the kids birthday party's, "Brownies" for Alyssa, Being room Mom again, My hubby resuming classes for the fire dept. 2 nights a week, and so much more...
The summer has been very busy with work for me..my client load has increased quite a bit this year and I am on the go all the time. Alyssa has had an incredible summer..she has gotten to do so much!! Great America was really fun for them last weekend..she even went on her first big rollar coaster!! A week from 9-12:45 spent at Health World for the "Dinosaur" unit, play dates with friends, swmming in the pool, bike riding, slip & slide, our trip to the "Dells"..and on and on-
and her brother along for all of it..the terrible two's for him...he is into EVERYTHING!!
Got to run,

Monday, August 01, 2005