Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Time Has Finally Arrived!!!
Tomorow we leave for New York! But...before my husband and I hop on that airplane with 4 days of food and every possible thing I could ever need, I must take the time to explain how this incredible opportunity went from a dream to a reality!
And so my "Thank You" letter begins....
As I sit here to type this letter I have just finished cooking and packing all my food for my 4 day trip, all the clothes, ext. for the kids who are staying with my family, and all that I and my husband need also. I am sooo preparred for anything...I have attended to every single possible detail and I am in such an amazing place right now not only because I am so pleased with the results of my hard work but also because of the loving, supportive and unbelieveable group of people who have rallied behind me this year...with their encouragement, support, sponsorship, love and generosity...
I am absolutely Overwhelmed by all of YOU!!!

First, are all of my sponsors this year..that combined have managed to pay for every expense I have encured in my prep. for this competiton!!
Just Amazing!

Women's Physique World Magazine- A huge thank you to Bill Jentz for the opportunity to shoot with you have made our hotel stay possible at the host hotel!!

George, Colin & Caitlin Pradel- Thank you for taking on my documentary filming this year and for the amazing sponsorship assistance for my last stretch...there are not words to express what your faith in my abilities has ment..thank you for sharing in my "visions" for my career! And thank you for deciding to take the trip to N.Y. to film as much as possible for my documentary!!
(George is featured in my members area).

Terry Witczak- For being my "official photographer" this season and for providing incredible content for my website! It has ment soo much to me and my members. The content from training at Flex Gym alone is priceless!!

Jeff & Anne Johnson- owners of Flex Gym-
Thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to shoot and film for my documentary and site at your gym!! Thank you also for allowing me the honor of trophy presenting at your show this year...handing the trphy to the new women's overall winner was really an incredible feeling after winning it last year!!

Dana!- Where do I even begin to tell you how much support and encouragement you have brought me this year's prep.! It is sooo wonderful to have you close by again..there have been too many years that you lived far away! Watching our children play is just magic for the 16 years we have been have always been the friend who understood me and could touch my soul like no other friend...I thank you for REALLY knowing who I am and for always caring for me as if I were my eyes, we are family!
You also gave me a very generous sponsorship for our after show celebration dinner that I am going to find a way to spend on you sooner or later:) Maybe I'll get ya on your birthday with a very fun adventure!! Thank you sooo much also for the warm- up suits for New York..they are so cute and comfortable!!
A water park with the kids maybe!!!? Now that sounds like a fun birthday...playing in the water, ice cream..ahhhh I love it! (Dana is also featured in my update this week)
I love you Dana, and yes you will be with me when I'm up there performing!

Kelly- I just recieved your card today and of course it brought tears to my eyes! My fellow Irish friend who can always bring tears to my eyes so are so thoughtful and soo supportive of all that I do!! When my clients representing "Team Abrams" competed in May you took the long trip, even though you had another event to attend..just to be there to support me!! Although we live and work so far apart you are always so close to my heart! You also sent me sponsorship...what a friend you are and oh how I can't wait to take you out for dinner so I can tell you all about New York!
And let's order double desserts!! Carrot cake and anything chocolate;) After our steak of course;) (Kelly is featured in my member's area).

Terese- My client of almost 3 years who has become such an incredibe friend in so many ways! Your sponsorship, encouragement and understanding of my life during contest prep. has been such a blessing! You inspire me because of the incredible mom that you are and the woman that you remain even with juggling 3 kids all under 6...- her twin boys just turned 5!! I can't wait to get back and share everything with are always so excited for me and you appreciate how hard I have worked for this, just as you did last year!

Jason Wiggins- You are a true fan and supporter of female bodybuilding!!! I remeber reading about you on Heather Policky's site long, long ago...and boy was she right on about you! Your generosity for my last minute N.Y. expences was such an incredible surprise! It was great to finaly meet you and have some "protein ice cream" at Nationals in November as well...pretty good for having 25 g. of protein too!!:)

John Reddington-You have been an incredible supporter of my goals since I first met you and began training you for competition! Loaning me video's you found inspiring, sponsoring my suppliment and protein costs early on in my prep., then sponsoring me again later when my business slowed down and my focus turned to my prep. Thank you for all of it John....your kind words of support, your possitive, dedicated attitude and your willingness to go after what you wanted from the beginning with your goals..never once looking back!! What an inspiration you are! (John is featured in my members area).

Mike Oakley-Your continued sponsorship this season has been not only helpful finacially but also personally. The encouaging notes and possitive words over the past months have made me smile and made me feel that much closer to realizing my dreams...I appreciate all that you have done and continue to do!

Jen & Chris Nichols- I have more clothes to wear for my photoshoots than I can possibly use thanks to you!!! I can't thank you enough for loaning me all your amazing stuff and for buying my post- competition oufit for is EXACTLY what I was looking for! Just wait until you see what my mom and I did to the pants!! Thank you for continuing to assist in my prep. expences by training with me..I look forward to helping you compete once again in November as part of "Team Abrams"! Chris and Jen thank you for being such huge suporters of my dreams that you are taking the trip to N.Y. this wekend to watch me compete!! Thank you for offering to take pictures for me Chris..your camera is just incredible and it means so much to me that you are both coming...thank you 100x's over!
See ya in N.Y. tomorrow!!!:)

Jill-Thank you soo much for the beautiful hair jewlery for my evening suit! Thank you also for ordering my Pro Tan for arrived just in time! You are a genuine person and I respect and admire you for that! I look forward to seeing you after the show to tell you all about this incredible ride of life!!! This choo-choo train is almost to the top of that hill!!

Steve-I don't even know who you are and I recieved a sponsorship donation from you this week! I cannot begin to tell you how much these "little" surprises lately have touched my life and heart. I am left speechless!

Jody of Thank you for choosing to sponsor me this year and for making my evening suit!! It is just stunning and is exactly what I was looking for!! I will make you proud of your work and your decision to sponsor my suit!

Celeste-Thank you for making my prejudging suit and my back-up suit that I hope I have the opportunity to wear in Spain for the Worlds!!! Your suits always fit perfectly:)
I know every competitor is going to N.Y. with that same thought in we have all busted our butts to get to this place I am honored to have the preveledge to be among so many driven, dedicated athletes...and we will see what the results end up to be:)

Andy- I thank you for choosing me as "The Goddess of The Year" on your site! You really got the publicity ball rolling for me this year!! I hope to make you proud of your choice this weekend!!

Lucas-Thank you to my brother-in-law for cutting my music for my routine! You are always so helpful and I appreciate it so much!

Michelle (My sister)- To my sister who is due with her and her husband, Lucas's first baby in just 5 weeks!! Thank you for taking our kids during the day hours we are in New York and for driving us to the airport!! I am soo at ease knowing they are in your care having so much fun!! I love you and can't wait to start spoiling your little girl!!!:)

To My Members- A big thank you to all of You! Those who have been part of my site from the very beginning, to those who have just joined...every little bit helps along the way! I am looking forward to all the incredible changes coming to my site upon my return from N.Y...and of course....TUNS of new content and as ALWAYS...weekly gallery and memebrs area updates and usually daily journal entries:)!

By the way...
I am bringing my Dad's laptop to N.Y so ...
I will be updating my Members Journal with results, pics and everything that's happening!!! can I not mention of my members for the past 2 years that recently passed away...your support and encouragement over the past 2 years will never be forgotten! I know you are proud to see I made it to my destination!!

Mom- You came over tonight so I could show you my routine and to pick up the kids clothes for when they stay with you while we are also brought a special wrapped package with you...enclosed within it was a stuffed animal..a "lion"..those who know about my routine know what that is symbolic for;) on the lion's scarf was printed.."First Place" beacuse she says I am already a winner and she wanted to be the first to congradulate me;) She also gave me a necklace in the shape of a silver "circle"..those of you who know about my routine also know the symbolism in that as well! But it was the words she chose in the card, that had be crying...

what a blessing to have a mother who makes you feel like the most important person in the world even though she has 2 other chldren and makes them feel the same way!! I love you Mom and I will come home a winner because I've already won wfrom within...and as I take that stage know this...all those years of dance training you and Dad provided for me were not in vain...every single class was preparation for who and what I am helped to sculpt what I have achieved! And even though you won't be in N.Y. to cry and jump up and down like you do at all my shows:)))) I will know that our baby's are safe and having a blast with you..............."The Director of Fun" back home!!!

Dad-Thank you so much for allowing me to take your laptop to N.Y. so I can keep my members updated on this weekend's events! I can't wait for next weekend when you and everyone else come over to celebrate my return...and you know EVERYONE will want your chips and salsa:)) Yummy!! I love you Dad!

Michael...I can't believe this day has finally come! Yes, you know it's been a long journey but the rewards always out -weigh the sacrifices! I can't wait for our adventure to begin and I am soo glad I will be sharing it with very best friend and husband...I'm Ready!!!! Thank you for loving me for who I am and not what I am...for keeping me grounded and for giving me what is most important..unconditional love and support in all I do! Pretty soon we get to dig into that HUGE treat bag I packed...yum, yum:) I have been soo driven and focused on this goal that food hasn't even bothered me one bit the past few months..but now that the reality of eating something yummy is's starting to sound like a good idea:) I am also looking forward to all our family fun plans after all this "show stuff" is's time we planned some fun summer-time events with the kids and eachother!

Alyssa and Wade- You will always be my greatest achievement in life!!! Bringing you both into the world changed me forever and made me sooo much more than I ever was before...I am a greater person for having you and I am forever humbled by both of your intellegence, love and athletisism...Alyssa WOW baby girl...just yesterday you were asked to move up to the TEAM for gymnastics!! We are sooo proud of are just incredible! I know you are excited about this new challenge that awaits! I love you both and when mommy and daddy get home from N.Y. ...Momy can finally have treats with you guys!!! Big hugs and Kisses!!! xoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxox- Love, Mommy!

Well, that about sums it up...I am BLESSED in soo many ways and by so many people that my energy is a glow, as I finish my letter and move onto what is next on my to-do list..not much sleep for me the past few days and I suspect through the weekend! I am ready...I am completely prparred and ready to have the time of my life in New York..realizing my dream and displaying what I have been working for over the past year!! Don't forget to check my member's journal while I'm away..I will update every day for my members!!

Coach Jen;)