Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We Do It For the Food - THE Cookie

I would like to thank Carol Brady, one of my athletes, clients and friends for this kick-ass cookie recipe.

As I often say, "I do it for the food". We DO don't we! We train hard and often and eat lean and clean 90% of the time so we may earn and enjoy these heavenly treats.

Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie - Defining Edge Style

1 cup succunant sugar
3/4 cup natural almond butter
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup Dark Belguim Chocolate Chips (large morsels) - Bittersweet (From Bulk Barn)

Mix and use a cookie scoop to measure out onto a silicone baking sheet. Place on top of regular baking sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.

Cool completely and store frozen as they are crumbly when thawed.

Each cookie is 100 calories and gluten-free.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Which Super Hero Are You?

Power Girl must not have been an option :-)

I am The Flash but could have also been Green Lantern or Cat Woman. I feel pretty strongly about Cat Woman but am cool with The Flash also.

The Flash
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
Iron Man

Fast, athletic and flirtatious.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Strength That Binds Us

Bound by Light & Gravity

Krista and Renee,

The last few weeks I have been introduced to the tools and drive that was missing in my life to work towards the dreams that I have been hunting down. Renee has done that for me... from that I have a great reverence for you, since from what I understand, you are the one who introduced Renee to those same tools and drive that she too was searching for. Through that you have both become bound to one another ..... "The Strength That Binds Us...Bound By Gravity And Light"

I think you both know that there are few people in our lives that you become instantly bound to... not by blood, but a true destiny and fate. True friends, comrades... whom you feel and sense, even when you are miles apart. You feel each others pushes and pulls, and you push and pull each other when needed... Like the sun and the moon.. and the earthly forces that ground us. You are those forces in each others lives and no matter where life may take you or you take each other... you will be truly bound to each other.

Painting this picture has also been a journey for me. Understanding your relationship in order to conceive the best imagery that would represent you both has been a joy. I can not paint a person with out thinking and wondering about them. I have to admit I'm strongly attracted to painting strong, bold, gutsy women who like to truly show their strength and diversity. I see that in both of you.

Painting people is an intimate affair. People don't often realize that by the time I have observed multiply images of a person to try and understand their expressions, how they hold their body, the beautiful folds and creases of their skin, eyes, cheeks when they smile, I have uncovered a little more about them. How they naturally like to gaze or that saucy little flash of emotion that comes across in their more candid photos. To me when I paint a person it is almost like they are physically in front of me and I'm bringing out their beauty with each brush stroke, discovering their curves and skin folds! I know them quite well by the time I finish... even if words have never been exchanged. Our body language and the degree of respect(or lack of) that we give our physical and spiritual body's say a lot about us... and both of you show a degree and respect for your own and each others bodies and souls that is very evident... even without words.

For you both are truly "... Bound by gravity and light."

For you both...I truly give my best...

Angela Hardy


She is the Moon

She is the mistress of the night
She grants the gift of tenuous sight
Bound by gravity and light
She is companion, to hunter and prey alike.

She only shows her most beautiful side
Her dark side is turned away, always hidden
She is ruler of the tide
Life flows to her rhythm.

She is sister to the Sun
She bathes in her glow
Reflecting her light, when night has come
To comfort the Earth below.

She dances with planets and stars in the sky
All the heavens are her ballroom
She makes wolves cray
She is the Moon.

by Scott Walker

She is the Sun

She is the goddess of light
She is energy eternal
Without her, there is only night
Flower bloom to her arrival.

Sharing her strength is her one true pleasure
To feel her warmth is the Earth’s greatest desire.
On occasion, the Moon dares eclipse her
A jewel set in a ring of fire!

She wears a necklace, strung with planets
The Earth and the Moon lie over her heart
In all the Solar System, they are her favourites
Until the end of time, they will never be apart.

When she smiles, she brings rainbows
She wields the magic of fusion
With beauty and power, she forever glows
She is the Sun.

by Scott Walker

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chicks on the Roof - Female Empowerment

I want to extend a heart felt thanks to my all female work crew who volunteered their entire long weekend to help me put a new roof over my head.

These were the hardest working, strongest women I have had the pleasure to work with! Thank you also to a few good men - my Dad (project manager), my uncle (token dude on the roof), Mark and Scott for hauling those heavy bundles of shingles off the hoist to the top of the roof. They moved them no problem whereas it took every ounce of strength we had. And my Mom who blessed me with her strength - she spent 7 hours working around the property gardening, cleaning siding, picking up shingles, moving bundles. What a team!

But the girls could do everything else that had to be done! And it feels really good to know when it rains hard now, I am dry and protected.

I was also reminded the value of great friends and family. Thank you doesn't cut it... but thank you!

Girl Power!!!