Tuesday, May 30, 2006

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

Monday, May 29, 2006

Little Jaden was born May 11th and is as healthy and happy as can be!!
I'm sooo happy for all 3 of you and can't wait to come and see the little guy some time this week!!
Babies put EVERYTHING into perspective:)
Love you guys!!!

The most precious BIG SITER pic!! This is little Aubrey meeting her baby brother "Jaden" for the very first time...just beutiful:) That is also Jaden's very proud grandmother holding him;)

Just a few weeks before little Jaden was born Mommy- Candi enjoys Aubrey's final birthday before she becomes a BIG sister!

The birthday girl...Aubrey with Daddy- Doug!

Alyssa enjoying every minute of the party:)

Mr. Wade having a blast as always!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Have Fun Today and at your dance...
Dancin' girl;)))

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Members Journal ...
Due to all that is going on in our lives right now I have only been updating my Members Journal...in an effort to give me the time and energy to spend where it is needed and necessary.
Lots of pics, good news, contest progress and also what difficulties we have been facing in my members journal.

I am however attaching the link to view the flyer for the competition which I will be competing in July 15th...7.5 weeks away, where I will be a heavy weight, of course :) I am still looking for sponsorship assistance for this very expensive trip....our 4 night hotel stay at the host hotel for the competition is $1100 alone...so every little bit will help!!
I have already recieved sponsorship from Evan for our airfare, from Mike and Sally for my protein/vitamins, John for my protein /vitamins and from Jodi of Fitweardesigns.com (she is making my evening suit free of charge..as I was chosen as her female bber to sponsor this season:) Here is the link to the flyer;

Any Sponsorship/Donations can be sent to;

Jennifer Abrams (Me:)
P.O.Box 224
Fox River Grove, IL 60021

In Good Health,

8 Weeks out

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Happy Birthday To Our Nephew...Louis!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

For Our Family...as we come together and rely on oneanother for love and support during this very difficult time....

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you
as by what you bring to life."
- John Homer Miller

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."
- David Viscott

"To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others."
- Anne-Sophie Swetchine

Team Abrams May 2006

The very proud couple that both competed May 6th!

"Tricky Jackson" and Colin...

We did it!!

Going to hug my clients...

Way to go Kim!

Team Abrams May 2006

The crazy dress I wore to the finals;)

Presents for my Team!

After lunch with the Team...and the funny book I bought for all of them:)

Monday, May 15, 2006

And..for anyone interrested in being part of Team Abrams November 2006...
there are now 8 clients interrested..let's see how many take the plunge:))

Team Abrams May 2006

Team Abrams May 2005

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Happy Mother's Day...
To All The Great Mom's Out There!!

"I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods
and in all the lives that follow them,
the mother represents madness.
Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met."
- Marguerite Duras:)

"Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers,
but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together."
- Pearl S. Buck

And this one was sent to me by several women:)...

Before I Was A Mom....

Before I was a Mom I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom - I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom -
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
Before I was a Mom -
I had never known the warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache,
The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

And before I was a Grandma, I didn't know that all those "Mom" feelings more than doubled when you see that little bundle being held by
"your baby"...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

For One Of The Greatest Men I Have Ever Known...
(My father-In-Law)- Gary....

"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul -
and sings the tune without words, and never stops - at all"-
Author: Emily Dickens

"What We See On The Surface Is Just A Fraction Of What Dwells Within!"

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Making Deams Come True!
The 2006 Grand Prix Natural Bodybuilding & Womens Figure Championships was yesturday...."Team Abrams" reached their destination!!
The "Journey" began 16 weeks ago with John, Jen, Kim and Edith and included Cordula and Carlos for the final week of prep. (Edith found another individual to aid in her second half of prep and chose to compete on her own for the show- she did an amazing job yeterday and looked outstanding at prejudging. She also should be very proud of the changes she made from her first competition..what a difference-Wow!;)
As for my team, these 5 incredible people have given more to me over the past 4 months than I can even begin to explain.
Several days of very little sleep and a very late night for the BIG EVENT I am quite overcome with emotion today...
then after returning home with the kids this afternoon I opened an email from John that just toped it all off for me.
I will share a small piece from his letter;

"Wow...what an experience!!!
At 41 I really thought I was past the point where fundamental changes in my life were possible. Then I met you.
The transformation which you made in me was truly from head to toe
but the most significant part of that change was between my ears.
Listening to you and simply observing the way in which you treat yourself
and those you come in contact with makes it impossible for me
to ever find the justification for being negative or hiding behind a feeling that something
"can't be done".
For those gifts I am eternally grateful...."

Then there was a letter from Kim a few days before the show...

" I wanted to say THANK YOU for all you've done,
all you've been and all you will be!
You have such a special way of touching peoples lives,
I am so lucky to have been one of them you touched.
Please know you have done so much for me and my self esteem and for that gift I will be forever grateful.
I know it has taken some time, but I can finally look in the mirror this weekend and 'see' things I've never been able to 'see' before,
it goes so far beyond just that physical person staring back at me from the mirror,
its the difference in the inner person too.
You have given me the ability to know that right now I am the best I can be,
for this project, in this moment in time.
You have given me the strength, hope and courage to be able to be ok with that.
To know that next time I will be even stronger and more courageous..."

John, Jen, Kim, Cordula and Carlos...
I am Sooo proud of each of you, I hope the memories of this event and what you have learned reside with you always!
Over 500 photos were taken from yesterday's event!!! They will all be posted to my members area over the next week or two...they are really something to see...to go back and see where they each started and where they each stood for their destination.
This week they will each begin to think about the goals for the future..I am proud to announce I will remain a part of all they goals and dreams;)
During the events of the day, Karen, Jill and I visited together and had a fantastic time..thank you both for making the day so much fun for me!! I also want to thank my dear friend Kelly who came with Christine, a client I worked with several years ago, for driving so far to cheer on john, Jen, Kim Cordula and Carlos. Kelly I thank you also for what you asked of me in the future...I am soo honored and proud to be part of your future happiness:)
Then..Karen said something to me yesterday that didn't quite settle in until today...

"You make people's deams come true"....

And what an AWESOME experience that is!!!!!!

Friday, May 05, 2006

For "Team Abrams"- May 2006!!!

Kim, John, Jen, Cordula and Carlos...all 5 of you are going to be Dynamite tomorrow!!
This week as been quite a doozy!! My training suffered this week with all that needed to be done for my clients, but after tomorrow I will have my last 10 weeks to get EXACTLY where I want to be for New York...GOD how I'm looking forward to this adventure!!

I still have so much to do tomorrow..it should be interresting getting it all finished!! A lot has been happening with my business too...I will expand on that topic after my clients compete:) There are big things to come for "Steps To Success- Personal Training & Coaching"!

Well I better get some rest, I have a tun to do and not enough hours to do it:)
Alyssa's "Sock Hop" is tomorrow night also for Brownies..so we will be twirling the night away in poodle skirts and scarves before I even get to Saturday's Super Day!!
I'm SOOO Blessed!!:)))

A few pics after tonight's workout with Karen....what a great time! 6 months out Karen...
and You will be part of "Team Abrams - November 2006"!!

10 weeks to go!! I'm on my way.......

Big Time Bicep and Tricep training with Karen tonight..we were both beat when we finished at 8 pm!! Sooo much fun training together...it's great to finally have my trainin' partner back even if it is just once a week!

10 weeks out....for my 5 clients competing tomorrow..."Drop and Give Me 20!!:)))"LOL!

Getting ready to "fly" for July!!