Saturday, May 23, 2009

Happy Memorial Weekend

Enjoy the long weekend!

We have one the most prestigious Indy Races taking place this weekend in Indianapolis, the Indy 500. I won't be going to the race this year as I have other plans. :) My friend Mark Harter is a big racing fan and his company "Eyes on the Road" is a big sponsor in the racing industry. I am sure he will be there.

In Terre haute we have the Arts and Crafts festival going on till next weekend down by Fairbanks Park. The festival has lots of rides and a wide selection of carnival food.

Not too much longer before we have the NPC GNC show in Anderson, IN. Dave Cravens always puts on a fantastic show every year. He will have a lot of great guest posers. One of them is IFBB Pro Ed Nunn. I can't wait for the show.

I am on my way to go train and pick up some groceries for this weekend. :)

Have a safe and blessed weekend.

Friday, May 22, 2009

May 22, 1992 is a day that I will never forget...

What I am about to share with you is something that is very personal and deeply touches my heart.

Since I was an infant I was raised by my grandparents. At the time I thought they were my real parents, until years later I found out who my real parents were at the age of 20. It hurt me very much finding out the real truth. I know why they kept it from me and it was to protect me. They loved me very much and wanted to give me the best of life. They were great parents to me.

On May 22, 1992 my life changed forever. My father(grandfather) Albert Vincent Foust died in a comma. I remember it so clearly as I was in my talent show for St. Andrews Catholic School. I was singing the song "here we are" by Gloria Estefan. After my performance, they called Liz Frost over the PA. I said to my self who is Liz Frost. I realized they were talking about Liz Foust. Yes my nickname was Liz. I then saw my family and they told me my dad went to the hospital. I started crying and having a panic attack. I then saw him in the hospital in the intensive care unit. He was lying there in a coma. His eyes were moving side by side. I had no idea what was going on. i went up to him and gave him a huge hug. I told him he was a fighter and he will be okay. He always told me to be a fighter and never give up. he was my inspiration in life. I can't tell you how deep this sets a pain in my heart. It is something that I rarely bring out and talk about as it hurts me so much. I felt my dad was going to be okay and that I was going to see him again. I left with my family and didn't go back to the talent show. We went home and then the phone rang.....My grandmother started screaming "no" over and over again. I didn't understand. She said my dad passed on. I couldn't believe. I would not believe. I kept telling myself he is alive. He isn't dead. He can't die, he is a fighter and always makes it. We got to the intensive care unit and the door opened as someone was coming out. I took a quick peak and I saw his room and I saw the machine they use to bring them back to life sitting right beside his bed. I was told to stay outside but I ran into the room and again immediately hugged my father as he lay there. I started shaking him saying over and over again "daddy, daddy, daddy" This couldn't be happening to me. What am I going to to do? I was devastated. A part of me died with him. The biggest thing that hurt me the most is that I never told him I love you. I didn't know he was going to die. I remember saying that I wish they would take my life and not his. I would have donated my heart to save his life. I would have done anything just to have him here alive. I know he is in a better place. He is among the angels. I wonder what would have changed my life if he was here to influence me. I always wanted him to be very proud of me. I miss him so much. Even to this day its still hard for me to deal with.

I think is very important to tell your family, loved ones and friends how much they mean to you. Them them how thankful you are for them and the little things they do for you. Its so nice to let the other person know you love them and are thankful for having them in your life.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Fire in the Wabash Fire

Theres a lot of action going on here in Terre Haute, IN. We were driving down 3rd street and came across a fire at the Modesitt Building. There were a lot of people watching, taking video, and pictures. Of course I had to be one of them. Luckily no one was hurt. The THPD firefighters did a fantastic job putting out the fire. Here are some pictures I took with my phone.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Congrats to the winners of the New York Pro this past weekend. IFBB Pro Lee Priest started a thread on Muscular Development about having the Winners from the New York Pro on the cover of MD what are your thoughts? I think it would be a fantastic idea. You can check out the link here.

I also have a Questions and Answers thread on Mudcualr Development that you can check here

Now we go onwards to the Tampa Pro. I am sure the female division will have a huge turnout like they did in New York. I hope that Nancy Lewis will compete in the Tampa Pro show and bring the Nancy Lewis package we all know. I have been a fan of hers for a long time. I remember how excited I was to meet her for the first time. She always had such great conditioning and who can forget that incredible tiny waist of hers.

Well I entered a contest on, where you had to guess the to eight in order. I was the only one to at least get 3 of the top 8 right :(. I just love contests.

The Ms. Olympia is right around the corner. I made some good progress under Chads instructions. My weight topped the scales at 197 lbs the other day. Now its around 194 lbs.

I need to make up for the muscle I loss due to having pneumonia a few weeks shy of the Ms. International. Its tough as I have to EAT more than what I am used too. My gains have been great. The only thing that drives me nuts is the lack of cardio right now. I am not allowed to do a normal cardio session. We want to hold on to my gains and lose it by the added cardio.

The other day I watched Dorian Yates Blood and Guts on my computer. It was great. Very hardcore. Basically you are taken thourhg Dorian Yates workouts and he has his training partner there yelling at him and being a spotter in case he needed it(which he didn't). Anyway, his partner is screaming at Dorian through the video saying "lets get nasty" lol. You know it really works for lifting the heavy weights. ANother thing I got a kick out of was how Dorian got doen using the dumbbells and he would just throw them around lol. I wish we had hardcore gyms like here. I know in Orlando we had one that I knew of but it closed down. The gym down there are nice but they are more FAMILY oriented. the gyms down there are used more for pick up joints than for training. Another good video I like is Ronnie Colemans The Cost of Redemption video. "Ain't nothing but a peanut".

Saturday, May 9, 2009

New York Pro, 4 Leaf Clovers and a Severed Snakes Head

Jut a couple of things I want to talk about :)

New York Pro

I am excited about the show as Nancy Lewis is competing and she has always brought her A game. I got to meet her at the GNC Show of Strength in 2004. I am excited to see her physique and I wish her the best. overall its a great line up and a lot of people from last year are competing at it again this year like Cathy LeFrancois who was last years winner. I wish her the best too. She always comes in condition and is always beautiful in her presentation. I wish all the ladies good luck in the show. I am sure Betty Pariso is going to bring her A game too as she too always comes dialed in.

I may be going to the Tampa Pro show but that is still in the works. I'm not a 100% on that.
I will be there to help out with the show.

I don't know if I have told you yet but I am working with Chad Nicholls for my prep to the Ms. Olympia. Chad knows my physique very well as I have worked with him SEVERAL times in the past. One of those times was the USAs in 2007 when I decided to not compete and they had me down as a figure competitor lol. I think I looked the best conditioning and size wise for that show. I worked my butt off. I will see him in a a few weeks at the Muscle Mayhem Championships as David and I will be judging that show. Its a bout a 6 hr drive for us to Kansas City from Terre Haute.

Yesterday I found a 4 leaf clover. I went to the park yesterday as I like go from time to time and walk the trails. Its a great way to relax and unwind. Well I saw a clover patch and looked down and well I couldn't believe my eyes to what I saw before me. I have always been curious about the 4 leaf clovers. Hopefully it will bring me luck for the Ms. Olympia. My hair stylist has found a few 4 leaf clovers. She inspired me. Which reminds me that I need to schedule a appointment to see her to add some highlights to my hair. :) It always nice to pamper yourself every now and then.

Well as far as the training goes it is going great. I only train one body part a day. I love training in the early morning like 4 am or so. Its a great way for me to get the day started. For this off season I train a little later in the morning as I want to get some extra sleep. Today I trained back, and It was a short workout as I really worked myself too hard to the point I got very dizzy.
Okay I need to go and cook some vegetables. Oh I just remembered. I got totally grossed out today when I read a story on Yahoo about a incident at TGI Fridays were a man found finding a severed snakes head in his vegetables he got served.

Here is the story..

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — A diner at an upstate New York restaurant got a little something extra with his broccoli — a severed snake head.
Jack Pendleton was at T.G.I. Friday's in Clifton Park on Sunday when he spotted something gray mixed in with his vegetables and realized it was a snake head the size of his thumb, with part of the spine still attached.
Pendleton says he snapped a photo with his cell phone camera and called the waiter over. The manager said he'd never seen anything like it.
A spokeswoman for the Carrolton, Texas, chain says it's investigating. The broccoli was pulled from the restaurant and others served by the same supplier. It wasn't immediately known what type of snake was involved.
Pendleton and his girlfriend weren't charged for their meals. He says he has no plans to sue.
"The manager came over white as a sheet," Pendleton, 28, told "He explained in five years he'd never run into anything like this."

Wow this turned my stomach immediately. I like how the media puts in there "they didn't get charged for their meals", I sure hope they didn't. If this happened to me I would never look at vegetables the same again. Its a big part of me especially being a bodybuilder as vegetables are a big part of my diet. I just get the goosebumps thinking about it. I hope they catch the person responsible for that disgusting prank. I don't think I will eat at TGI Fridays again. :)