Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Candids: Life with Amanda
We might dream that life with a female bodybuilder consists of her hanging around the house in her underwear while we keep her in steamed chicken breasts and make sure there's always plenty of massage oil in the house. Ok, ok, this is what I dream about, I don't want to be putting words into your mouth. You might after all, dream of something else entirely. Anyway, while I might dream the underwear-chicken breast-massage oil scenario, the reality of life with a female bodybuilder is, without doubt, much more interesting. Take life with Amanda Folstad (full name: Amanda Michelle Folstad-Ptak). Amanda doesn't lounge around her house in her underwear. Or if she does, she doesn't tell the world about it on her Facebook page. But she does share a lot of other things. And here's a taste. A taste of life with Amanda.
On top of preparing for this year's NPC USAs, where she competed in Physique, the last twelve months have been pretty exciting for Amanda (and her husband) as they went into business. In July they opened a One Stop Nutrition franchise in Mesa, Arizona, where they are based. Don't say you don't know where to find her if you're in the area.
Amanda loves new clothes, shoes and trainers, and tends to model them for her followers more often than not, although not always as flexibly as here. And Amanda really loves dogs, confessing to being a boxer and bulldog girl.
Another of her loves is 'Home Decoration' (DIY to us Brits), and it certainly looks like she knows what she's doing. And despite my dreams it doesn't look like she's going to need my (or anyone's) help 'Grillin up the foooood' as she puts it.
It should be clear to you by now just from this little selection that life with Amanda is infinitely more varied and interesting than I had dreamt. And I'm not surprised. Female bodybuilders are, out of necessity, the kind of women who grab life with both hands, living it to the full, and very much on their own terms. It's not just their bodies that are exceptional. And Amanda's is no exception.