Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fall is upon us here in Indiana. I never seen anything so beautiful. I never got to see what fall was really about back in Florida. Right now its cool here in the evening. Tonight we have a low of 54. So I get to open my windows up tonight. Believe it or not I can't wait for the cold weather. I am not use to it yet being a tropical person and all. I can't wait to make my first snow angel and and go sledding down the hills.

I went to the covered bridge festival in Mansfield, Indiana. From October 10th through the 19th there are 16 covered bridge festivals throughout scenic Parke County. Mansfield is the biggest festival bringing in more than 2 million. On the way to Mansfield along the road people were holding yard sales. I never seen so many yard sales in my life. lol. It was nuts.
When we got to Mansfield I was amazed. There were so many vendors here. Its a huge flea market. Everyone had there little carts filled with stuff. I saw a lot of arts and crafts some of which were very cute. The food was a little pricey here, but very good. One thing I really liked was the fried cheese curds. I didn't get to try the homemade pumpkin ice cream. Maybe next time. Oh I did get cheated out of my lemon slushie. It was mostly ice more than anything LOL. I was just amazed by the amount of people I saw. One thing that I really wanted was a homemade quilt. I always wanted one since I was a kid. I didn't get lucky finding one.
I also got a glimpse of the moon while I was in Mansfield.......

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

OFFSEASON PHOTOS and I need some help finding something :)

I always love sharing my progress with you guys. You can read more about my prep and progress at and click on this link

I am currently 191 lbs and packing on size for next year. Can you tell I love the offseason.

Can someone please tell me where I can find Ben and Jerrys Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream in Terre Haute, Indiana. I was looking all day and I came up empty.
I am getting ready to watch the debate here in a half hour. Talk to you later

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Thank You Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to Extreme Makeover:Home Edition. Thank you for giving these families a happier life. I was really touched by watching the Akers family episode. Daughters, Brooke (8) and Ginger (4), both have spinal muscular atrophy. Brooke really inspired me as she had such a positive outlook on life and was more concerned about her family then herself. The episode really touched my heart and it may me cry. I just want to tell Brooke personally, thank you for inspiring me.

Friday, October 3, 2008

I'm in our local Terre Haute Newspaper

here is the actual link

Thank you very much Mr. Hughes for mentioning me. :)

Here is the article.

Hughes News and Views:

Potential Ms. Olympia trains in Terre Haute

By David Hughes

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Years ago, the little intro next to my column logo said, “David enjoys competing in sports as much as watching them.

”That may not be word for word, but it went something like that. Anyway, I don’t compete much now that I’m approaching 50 and recovering from that little torn-triceps injury, but I still appreciate the relationships I’ve made hanging around weightlifting gyms over the last 31 years.

That’s why, two or three times a year, I feel compelled to write about the significant accomplishments of bodybuilders and weightlifters with Wabash Valley ties. If that’s not your cup of tea, I understand. My next column will probably focus on a more traditional “ball” sport.

But for today, I think you should be aware of the following hard-working athletes:

• Jason Irving — Competing in the bench press, the 34-year-old Irving placed sixth in the 123-pound weight class of the Beijing Paralympic Games on Sept. 11.

A Clinton resident who represented his native country of Great Britain, Irving pressed 391 pounds before getting disqualified on his final attempt at 396 because of a time-limit violation. That cost him the third-place bronze medal.

“We executed the plan exactly as we hoped,” Irving said. “My technique was rock solid.”

His 391-pound bench press beat the European record in his weight class by 26 pounds.Irving plans to continue training but won’t compete in another major meet until next year, possibly the International Powerlifting Federation’s World Bench Press Championships at Luxembourg.

• Jim McCarty and Rocky Tilson — Former Terre Haute residents McCarty, now 48 and living in Edgewater, Fla., and Tilson, 45 and living in Morristown, were intending to compete in the 2008 World United Amateur Powerlifting world championships this weekend at Lauchhammer, Germany.

McCarty was entered in the open and masters (age 45-49) divisions of the 220-pound weight class and Tilson in the masters division of the 242-pound class. Both were slated to represent the U.S. team.

As far as we know, Tilson still made the trip. But McCarty informed me Wednesday that he came down with pneumonia recently and isn’t going. He said he still wanted to compete, but his coaches would not allow it for safety reasons.

In a local meet in Edgewater back in July, McCarty said he squatted 755 pounds, bench-pressed 440 pounds and deadlifted 645 pounds for a total of 1,840 pounds to win the 220-pound class, so he was expecting to hoist some serious weight this weekend.

McCarty hopes to recover from his illness soon so he can lift for the United States in a World Cup competition in January.

• Isabelle Turell — The fiancee of Terre Haute police officer and former competitive bodybuilder David Stamper, Turell moved to Terre Haute in February after living in Orlando, Fla., and she’s making a name for herself in the world of big-time bodybuilding.

After debuting in the sport in 2000, the 5-foot-5 Turell improved enough to win the light-heavyweight class of the 2006 North American Bodybuilding Championships and win the overall title and heavyweight class of the 2008 USA Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas at a bodyweight of 152 pounds, earning an IFBB pro card in the process.

Turell then set her sights set on the 2008 IFBB Atlantic City pro show Sept. 13 and placed sixth out of 18 competitors.“I really want to qualify for Ms. Olympia and one day win Ms. Olympia,” said the 28-year-old Turell, who trains at Fitness Experts.I have a feeling I’ll be writing more about Turell in the future.

• Tribune-Star bench-press competition — For those of you who’d like to make news instead of read about it, the Tribune-Star’s Bench Press for Education Competition is scheduled for Oct. 25 at the Terre Haute Family Y.

Weigh-in will be from 10 to 11 a.m., with lifting to start at noon.There are five weight classes for men — 125 pounds, 126-165, 166-198, 199-220 and over 221. For women, under 125 and over 125 are the two classes available.Entry fee is $25. Proceeds will benefit Newspapers-In-Education.“Newspapers-In-Education [aka NIE] is a program that promotes literacy, increases hands-on learning in the classroom and develops lifelong reading habits among young people and their families,” explained David Zigler, the Tribune-Star’s circulation sales manager.

“NIE provides classroom sets of newspapers to teachers in Vigo County and other surrounding communities, along with a variety of teacher tools, resources and training opportunities. Teachers use the newspaper as a current up-to-the-minute text book. This being an election year has increased the demand for classroom newspapers. We currently supply more than 2,500 papers to the area schools. This program is funded by donations, sponsors and various fundraisers throughout the year.”For more information about the competition or to obtain an entry form, contact Zigler by phone at (812) 231-4339 in the daytime or by e-mail at

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) program is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer through a nationwide campaign.

For more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month go to

Looking for ideas for a Slogan For a T-shirt and I am looking for a English Bulldog

I am in the works of creating a design with my lat spread in the front and rear lat spread in the back. I am looking for ideas for a catchy slogan to go along with the design. Please send your ideas to

Oh I almost forgot to mention. My birthday is Oct 22, and I am now accepting gifts and sponsorships lol. You can send them to my email address above ha ha. I still don't have no idea what we are going to do, but regardless i will hae fun as I will be with my Fiance' and thats what matters to me. For the first time, I will get to enjoy my birthday as its been years since I got to actually have a slice of birthday cake. I was always dieting and I am sure a lot of you athletes especially the Bodybuilders can understand what I am talking about. :). I am going to get the biggest cake I can find and eat it in nder 10 mins. LOl just teasing. I would in the future like to order a cake from Duff Goldman who some of you know from food network show Ace OF Cakes. He runs the Charm City Cakes in Maryland.
Duff is the man to go to for a cake as his cakes are to die for. Not alone the awesome artwork that goes into your cake.

Isn't ruby cute lol.

I miss Ruby very much. I have been looking for a bulldog for a while now and I have had no luck. If you know anyone in the Indiana area who can help me find a bulldog, email me at

Oh I have to mention that in living in Orlando, FL I never saw cornstalks and really experienced a fall time. On top of that I never really got to experience cold weather. Today its chilly. I am walking around the house in sweat pants and a hoodie. LOL.
My fiance' got me a ear of corn from a stalk. haha. The farmers dry out the corn and its used as feed for the farm animals. I am always amazed by Indiana and Terre Haute as there is always something new to see everyday. Terre Haute is a wonderful community, and I am proud to be a part of it.

Omg, I am working hard this little off season I have to put on some mass. I have to start somewhere. :) Last year, My diet was mostly cheesecake and pasta lol. I just finished having some chicken coated with a extra thick layer of peanut butter along with some Spanish rice and beans( I also threw in some sausage for extra flavor lol). I really can't complain about my diet as I am on a base plan and I can do a lot of substitution for example. Instead of a chicken meal I can do an extra steak or better yet a hamburger mmmmm. plus I can use condiments, which in the precontest I am limited too. Calories right now is my friend. Protein is the most important thing in my diet, and is a must.

Training is still great!! I can't complain. I did 225 for close grip bench yesterday for 15 reps. So I am happy. My goal is to add more muscle size and come in contest shape at a heavier weight. I do have a set of abs they are just not as visible as I would like them to be lol. Now the key to getting stronger in your workouts is eating a whole carmel apple walnut pie from Sam's. It has key ingredients in it to help with increasing strength ha ha.
Nationals is right around the corner. There are a few people I would like to see do very well and I think will. In the heavyweights Its between Nekole Hamrick (if she competes), Chris Sabo(if she goes heavy), Michelle Neil???, Gale Frankie, and Kris Murrell. Kris is a good friend of mine and let me tell yah. She can be a threat. Kris has good structure, and symmetry along with great looks. If she she comes in conditioned and I know she will it could be hers for the taking. Now Nekole Hamrick is another to watch as she has a classic shape that flows very well. She too is a top favorite. Mind you, these two girls are from my home state Florida. :) its going to be a tough heavyweight class.

In the Light Heavy weight class, we have a very close call. One of the top favorites is Britt Miller along with Elena Sieple, Star Baylock and again Chris Sabo. I really like Britt Millers look as she has a Cory Everson type of physique. Her package is very pleasing to the eye. When she hits her poses everything just pops right out. On top of her physique she has great looks as well. Elena Sieple is another one that always brings a different look each year that always puts everyone in awe. She is a long time veteran to the national stage and always is on top of her conditioning. Another one that amazes me is Star Baylock, she has a very unique look and if she competes is one to watch. Chris Sabo, has a good physique too and I know firsthand as we battled it out in the overall for USA. She has had a good year in competitions and has placed very well. I am sure she is bringing her A game and is one of the top favorites.
In the light weight class, well this is going to be a tough class to judge. We have Galina Serchtsev (who is from Orlando,FL:) ), who is a top favorite along with Claire, and Lori Steele. All have great physiques and presentation. *whew* its going to be a great show, and I am curious to see the different packages each competitor brings. I know they will bring their best. Everyone regardless of placing is a champion as you worked hard and gave all your best on show day.
Now I leave you with me and Davids creation of a very cheesy Macaroni and Cheese bake LOL

before it hit the oven