Monday, March 12, 2012

Utilizing the window of opportunity

Hey there!! It's been a while...Life has been very busy here lately and a lot has been going on. As some of you may know I just competed in the Arnold Amateur. I had a great time, met and caught up with some friends, had some great photo shoots with some awesome photographers, and learned a lot from my experience there. For one Im officially hanging up my figure heels and Im moving onto the Womens Physique Division. My body looks better harder and fuller and trying to downsize and come in soft = a hot mess for Tiff! No more short changing myself!!! I have recently became an Iron Mulisha Sponsored athlete and Im very excited about working with this great group of peeps! Big things are happening this year and Ive had several opportunities recently fall in my lap which will take my modeling career to a whole new level as well! When everything is signed and set in stone I will definitely announce it! I also won the Ms. World Physique Contest with 92% of the vote. That was incredible! A big THANK YOU to all those that voted for me!! I couldnt have won without you!! :-) I have just sent my interview back and will be published in the WP mag soon. I will let you know when that happens! Im really grateful and amazed at how much has happened for me in the past year. All the support from my family, friends and fans(which still seams really weird to say) is very much appreciated!! You all ROCK!! XO

Onto the real topic for today which is something Im taking full advantage of right now! After dieting, depleting, endless hours of training and cardio preparing for a show once the show is over your body is like a sponge. It's begging for food and nutrients and it's ready to grow!! I hear of people all the time that take anywhere from a week to a month off of training after a show. These people are also missing a big opportunity to make the biggest gains in my opinion. I for one am right back in the gym a few days after the show. I have made the most improvements to my physique in the few weeks following a show. Im eating like a champ, calories are up, and I ease my way back into training. You never want to jump right back into a hardcore routine but getting in the gym, getting a good pump, and feeding yourself with good quality food and enough calories is exactly what you need if you want to improve. Your body is ready to soak up all the nutrients you are feeding it and with the stimulation of the training your muscles will grow. This is why I say if you are a competitor there really is NO such thing as off season! The so called off season is just as if not more important than dieting down "in season". This does not mean go out and stuff your face with junk all day every day either and call it "bulking" Yeah you will bulk alright...with lots of fat rolls which are a pain in the ass to get off when it's time to diet down. I stay within 5-6 pounds of competition weight and still make great gains. Gaining 20 pounds between shows is just an excuse to eat crap and those 20 pounds will mostly be fat anyway. Yes I still enjoy some not so healthy foods here and there but I keep an eye on my body fat levels and if I feel like Im gaining to much fat I'll cut it out for a few weeks and add a little cardio.
 To be successful you need to have a good plan of action. On the days you train the body parts you want to bring up make sure you are getting above maintenance quality calories.On the days you train your dominate body parts keep your calories lower. This will help keep your body fat levels down!
You have to eat to grow!! From my experience working with people this tends to be the biggest problem for women. Females are scared to eat more because they are scared to get fat. After a show your head can mess with you anyway if you let it. You can not walk around in contest shape everyday so with the added water and fat your muscles dont pop like they did and you arent as hard and this can cause a lot of mental chaos!! Try not to analyze or tear yourself apart. It's all a part of the process and stay out of the mirror! This will help til your body and hormones get back to normal! Instead focus on using this time to improve!

Bodybuilding is more than just lifting weights. There is a science to it and to be your best you have to plan not only pre contest but post contest as well!

Until next time, train hard, eat clean, set goals, plan and prepare every aspect and put it all into action!! Thats how you become successful!! XO

Thursday, January 19, 2012

DIET FAILURE Why & how to turn into DIET SUCCESS

  Why can't you seem to stick to your diet? Why is your current diet not working? So many people have so many issues when it comes to nutrition. Most of the problem is with in your self and the many ways you sabotage your self! 

#1 Expecting Miracles
We as a society have come to expect radical physique improvements in minimal time and with minimal effort. Anything that takes more than a couple days wears our patience thin, we get aggravated and want to quit. Now, granted, there are some diets, training approaches, and supplements that will help you reach your goals much faster than others, but the bottom line is that an awesome physique takes years to build. There's no way to get around that. Most people overestimate how much they can accomplish in one year and underestimate what they can accomplish in ten years. This also applies on a smaller level, many will try to cram what should take four months to achieve into a two-week period. It doesn't work that way, folks. You can only rush a diet so much before you run into problems with maintaining muscle mass, strength, keeping metabolism elevated, etc. Dieting to hard, to fast is a sure fire way to fail. You didn’t get the way you are over night, you are not going to loose it over night either! Realize up front that the task at hand will not come easily, nor will it come quickly. The sooner you realize that and the sooner you get to work, the faster you'll get to your goal

#2 Attaching Negative thoughts to dieting

Do you live to eat or eat to live? Instead of focusing on the foods you CAN’T eat start looking at food as fuel for your body. You feed yourself good quality foods your body will run better. You will feel better, function better, and think better. Feed yourself shitty foods and you feel like crap, lack motivation and energy, and thinking becomes foggy for most. 
If you want to win at the dieting game, you have to learn to associate pleasure with dieting…the pleasure of losing fat, gaining muscle, looking better, winning your comp, fitting in your clothes better, or better yet buying new smaller clothes. When these pleasures outweigh the pain of dieting, you'll no longer have issues. Drug addiction works the same way. Why do people stay addicted to drugs? Because in the beginning the pleasure the drugs provide outweigh the pain of quitting. You'll stay addicted (to drugs, junk food, or whatever it is, there are many addictions) until the pain of staying addicted is greater than the pain of quitting. Food, specially sugar is just like a drug. OMG give me a cookie, brownie, fudge, cake, whatever and watch me clean out the entire house til I goto bed. If nothing is in the house I’ll make my way to the store and before you know it Ive eaten 3000 calories of sugar! Feel like crap, bloated, tired, and always wake up with a food hang over. Those that know me can vouch for this one! I am no different than anyone else. I know that one bite of sugar will set me off so I have to make a conscious effort to not take that first bite! I have to slow down and think about the consequences, and remind myself how much better I feel without that crap…even if it taste good at the moment! 
Change your mindset or go even further and list pros and cons of your diet. Until the Pro’s list wins you will never truly succeed. Write down why you are dieting, list your goals and read them daily if you have to. But what it really all boils down to is how bad you truly want it and making a daily effort to look at food as fuel instead of pleasure. 


#3 You have Analysis Paralysis

Which means you over analyze every single aspect of the diet. Over thinking everything, trying to make the “perfect” diet making sure everything lines up “perfect”, listening to everything you hear and mixing it all together…   take aspects of carb cycling, mix it with a keto diet, add in a sprinkle of carb loading, maybe some Jenny Craig or weight watchers... and pretty soon you just have a big pile of shit. lol
Newsflash: There is no perfect diet! There never will be!! What works great for you this week might not work for you next week. So rather than wasting your time and energy trying to make sure everything is perfect and planned out to a T, just get to work and let the pieces fall into place on their own. Yes, you need to spend some time putting together a sensible plan, but don't turn it into some massive research project that prevents you from getting the ball rolling. Be smart about your diet, but don't overthink it. The simpler you can make something, the greater the likelihood that you'll be consistent with it over the long haul. Consistency = success. Quit making things harder than they have to be. 


# 4 Comparing yourself and your diet to someone else



It’s human nature to make comparisons, but they'll get the best of you if you don't watch yourself.. If you see someone in the gym with great wheels or nice round shoulders, whatever it may be use that as motivation to work harder and eat smarter. Realize that time, effort Comparisons are good when they make you step out of your comfort zone and step up your game, and sound nutrition went into building those wheels and shoulders and commit to doing the same. Comparisons are not good when they make you feel inadequate or make you feel like you'll never reach your goals. If you see someone with an awesome, ripped physique, it's not productive to think, "I'll never have genetics like that!" or "I'd look like that too if I took drugs, ate chicken and broccoli only, and spent my whole day training!" Toss the rationalizations if you want to make real changes.
Don’t ask everyone what they are eating and try to copy someone elses diet. No 2 people are alike and what works for them probably wont work for you. Don’t copy some diet out of a magazine and think it’s going to work for you. Don’t find your favorite athletes/models diet and try to copy it. It just don’t work that way!
It's important to remember that successful people had to bust ass for a long time to get where they are. They had to go through many trials, errors and setbacks in the process. It's easy to just focus on their successes, what we see right here, right now, but that's never the whole story.
Focus on yourself, let others be inspiration to motivate you and your success but don’t get so caught up that it hinders you. 


#5 The people you hang around



What do your friends do for fun? Do they have similar interests as you in terms of health, building muscle and losing fat? Or do they like hanging out at the club, bar, watch football with pizza, chips, and beer in hand, eat out all the time (not ordering off the healthy menu).  The crowd you hang out with will impact what you do and who you become in a major way, so make sure you choose wisely. Having peeps with similar interests, hobbies and goals will do wonders for you in terms of helping you achieve your own goals. 
Occasionally having a beer with some friends is one thing, but getting hammered a few nights a week, sleeping in until noon, and missing the first three meals of the day will definitely crush any chance you have at building the body you want! 
Get rid of the people, places, and things that hold you back. Yes, you might loose some "friends" in the process, but make new friends, ones with similar goals and interests as you, ones that will help you achieve your goals much more efficiently.


This one seems to be a big problem for a lot of people I work with…If you have a spouse, significant other that don’t have the same goals or healthy mind set as you do, sit them down, talk to them and tell them how important it is to you to stay on track and succeed at accomplishing your goals. Ask for their help and tell them you need their support and understanding. If they don’t respect that and want to help you or be there for you and continue to cram chips and little debbies in their mouth sitting beside you on the couch, then they arent worth your time anyway! Most of the time they are insecure and they will be even more insecure once you have that bangin body so they sabotage you any way they can, which is really sad…but it happens all the time! 

Summary...

-Figure out why you're dieting. A strong enough why will help you through the how.



-Don't overcomplicate the process. Getting started is far more important than having the "perfect" plan.

-Respect the process. Have patience and realize that awesome physiques are not built overnight.

-Accept you as an individual and don't compare/copy what everyone else is doing

-Hang out with the RIGHT peeps!! People that help build you up not bring you down

Our life is determined by the choices we make and how we respond to the situations we are faced with. Always make sure your choices are in line with your goals and you values! You can accomplish anything in life that you set out to accomplish! You just have to DO WORK and QUIT BEING YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE!! 

XO,
Tiff

Sunday, January 1, 2012

THE STORY OF LIFE

Good morning peeps! :-) I received this from a friend of mine and I think it's awesome and I want to share it! Really puts life in perspective!!


The Story of Life
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, coworker, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger) but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience help to create who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

Make every day count!!! Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before,and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets. 

*MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!* If you LOVE someone tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store!!!

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! Wishing everyone all the best in 2012!! Make it a great one!!
XO
Tiff

Monday, December 12, 2011

Turning a negative into a positive...2nd Degree Burns

Good morning peeps! :-)
Wow what an eventful ending to the weekend!! I must say it's been quite an eye opener for me!

Sooo I decided to do my own body wax instead of paying someone else to do it for me and so I began melting the wax and began multi tasking on other things and I apparently warmed it a little to long it was like water...I wrapped the container with a thick dish towel and was going to sit it in the sink to cool, but then I thought to myself I can't because inside the sink it's not really level and it will spill on my hands so I sat it on the counter right beside the sink and apparently some of the slick wax had dripped down onto the bottom and it started to slide off into the sink...well first instinct is to catch it, well I should have waited for my second instinct cause the first one was just STUPID!! It all happened so fast...Needless to say when I felt the hot wax hit my hands I immediately dropped it into the sink, turned around really fast and ran to my bathroom and emerged my hands in cold water, when I took them out of the cold water it was freakin unbearable!! I left them in there for a while, tried chipping off as much wax as I could, some wouldnt come off at all, I put baby oil on it and was able to get most of it off but I had to continue to put my hands in and out of the cold water. My right hand was the worse and wouldnt come off. I called my best friend Becky who luckily lives next door and she came over to help. During this time I remained calm, which is amazing to me, because normally I would have freaked out. The first thought that ran through my head were...omg how am I going to workout..lol ( crazy I know )...then I kept telling myself to calm down it will be ok....I was getting light headed, the pain was ridiculous and for once in my life I wasnt hesitant about going to the emergency room! I dont goto the doc unless I HAVE to! I have no insurance and I really just dont like the doctors office or the emergency room for that matter.
So the doc comes in and looks at my hand kinda puzzled. By this time my thumbs were so swollen, the blisters were so big you couldnt even tell it was a thumb. I told him what happened and he just looked at the hand with the wax still on it. I said to him "You didnt sign up for this in med school huh?" He kinda snickered and said "Well Ive delt with many burns just not with wax still stuck on the hand." Funny the doc even had to google how to get the wax off! lol...The baby oil that I had put on it earlier had made it gooey and I managed to pick some of it off while waiting but some wouldnt come off. So he ended up numbing my thumbs with this ginormous needle 2 in each thumb...OMG I bought come off the bed! My pain tolerance is pretty dang high but that was NO JOKE!! He got all the wax off, cut and removed some of the skin and drained them, bandaged me up and sent me home. Got to back for a follow up at burn center Tues but all in all Im ok and very grateful because it could have been a whole lot worse. I really never knew just how involved my thumbs were in every day activity. Learning to use my fingers for everything is quite interesting! lol..The right one is the worse, its completely burned in the crease of my hand as well. My entire sink was filled with stuck wax, all over my floors, counter, everything, still have not gotten it all up, and I think the plumber just might have to come out to unclog the drain. I have 3 or 4 small spatter spot on my leg but not a big deal. Im very lucky because my entire hands almost was covered in wax and it really only did major damage to my thumbs. For that Im very grateful, and also glad it didnt spatter on my face or feet or anything else that wasnt covered with clothing.
I have managed to learn a lot from this experience. First of all NO MORE WAX!! lol Ive had to slow down, take my time, and be patient while doing anything. Everything is way more time consuming! It has dawned on me that I constantly live my life in a hurry, always rushed! I do have a lot to do usually and I feel like it's all got to be done NOW. In reality Im putting way more stress on myself and Im not living and enjoying the "moment" I have to be patient which is not one of my best qualities, and Ive had to suck it up and ask for help. Im so independent and I dont like asking for help, but sometimes I definitely need it, just to stubborn to ask. It's crazy how it takes a tragedy to make you realize things! I manged to be calm and not freak out and take this all in stride! It's really opened my eyes to the daily RUSH I put myself through sometimes! I am only one person and I can only do so much and I need to quit putting more pressure than needed on myself! Ive turned this into a positive experience and Im learning from it! Thats what life is all about! Learning! If you dont learn from your experiences then you never grow. Everything in life happens for a reason and there is always something to be learned from the good and the bad experiences if we just open our eyes!
NO EXCUSES!!!
I will continue to have my butt in the gym, I still have fingers, they are my hooks :-) I will just do what I can and adjust what I have to. Ive pre cooked and prepped for the week, although I did have to have Becky patty my burgers for me and wash my hair, ohhh I felt so needy..lol Very grateful for her!!!
 Im not letting this stop me from living or from being happy! I have choices, I can let this get to me, drag me down, sit in self pity, and be miserable or I can turn it all around, learn new ways to do things, and keep moving forward. I am a fighter, I will adjust, and I will keep my attitude positive!

Thank you all for following along! Hope everyone has a great week... live in the moment, enjoy the simple things in life, never give up, smile, be happy, have faith, and stay away from hot wax! :-) lmao

xoxo
Tiff

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hello peeps :-) Hope life is treating you all well!!
Today Im 1 week out from Nationals and Im feeling great! My strength is still up in the gym, yeah my endurance is down and Ive had a few days where I didnt think I was going make it but those days were during that dreaded  pms week of hell! lol But overall this has been the best prep ever! I made up my mind that I was going to enjoy this process this time, not stress or worry but instead have faith, and just do work! Im not worrying about not being dry enough, or coming in to hard/lean, or what the judges are looking for, Im focusing on being the best TIFF that I can be. In reality Im doing this show for me so as long as I feel like Ive put my 100% into this & Im happy with the way I look then Im a happy camper! Of coarse I want to win, everyone wants to win but I have no control over the judging and Im also a firm believer that everything happens just the way it's supposed to so why worry. In contest prep you can make you or break you just by the attitude you carry on a daily basis! You are your worst enemy or your greatest ally! Nothing about this process is easy and it takes alot of discipline, determination, and the will to consistently keep moving forward when it would be much easier to quit, specially when the ol' "diet brain" kicks in, begin forgetting everything (worse than usual) lol, cravings for double cookie cake with butter cream icing & pizza :-), the slightest little aggravation can easily be made a mountain out of a mole hill, tolerance & patients are almost completely gone, life throws you curve balls that can easily get you off track if you let it. Life has thrown me quite a few, tested me on many levels but my daily chit chats with God have kept me sane, positive, and I feel Ive grown so much through this experience! Ive been able to mentally & physically handle everything thrown at me where before the slightest little thing would set me off, make me worry, and cause a lot of unnecessary anxiety & I was an ill cranky biotch! lol.. My goals are to be a better than before and I have not only made some great improvements to my physique but also in my attitude and outlook! I already feel like a winner and for that Im truly grateful!!
 
Im also very grateful for my coach!!! I would not be where I am today without Noah's guidance, friendship, and blunt honesty! He reminds me so much of myself. He calls it like he see's it & doesnt hold back or sugarcoat & tell me what I want to hear! A good coach will always call you out on your weaknesses while everyone else is telling you how great you look, thats why it's so very important to find a good coach with an honest set of eyes & someone you trust if you truly want to be the best!

Im thankful for my kid! Being a single mom and trying to do EVERYTHING by myself  isnt easy but Alex helps me in so many ways, some he don't even realize! Im also very thankful for the support of my friends! Means alot to have so many people cheering me on!  Im even thankful for those haters and 2 faced people, those people help fuel my fire and also show me exactly what I DO NOT want to be like!
Most importantly Im grateful for God & all the blessing big, small, good, and bad. He gave me another chance at life many many years ago & for that I am forever grateful & will not take it for granted!

Now the work has been done and this week is packing, cooking, making sure I have everything together for the show, make sure I have everything ready for my photo shoots, couple of trips back and forth to my coach, make sure all travel arrangements are good to go, the usual work, motherly duties...housework will wait til I get back haha...the diet and training is actually the easy part for me so I guess this week is more like work! lol but I will keep my attitude positive, take things minute by minute, day by day, and do what I gotta do! Im very excited!! Im looking forward to walking across that stage! Can't wait to do some photo shoots with some awesome photographers! I have fun with shoots! Happy that my girl Melanie is going with me! We are going to have a blast in South Beach!! :-)

Good luck to all those who are competing! You've made it this far & have done what most people can't endure so no matter what the outcome just remember...you are already a winner!! :-) See ya backstage!!

Til next time make the most of each and every day, be grateful for what you have, appreciate what you get, smile and...don't worry.. be happy!!! :-) lol

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If it were that easy EVERYONE would be lean...

 I know it's been a while...life has been rather busy, busier than normal lately and I just dont have enough hours in the day...

Im forever getting asked about all different "FAD DIETS" First let me say that anything that promises you QUICK RESULTS is bullshit!! Eating 500 calories a day is NOT healthy! Eating 1 meal a day and drinking shakes the rest of the day is NOT healthy! Yeah you may see some quick weight loss, but you will be loosing muscle (which actually burns more calories so you definitely dont want to loose muscle) water, and body fat but then what??? What happens when you start to live a normal lifestyle..wasnt it that "normal lifestyle" that got you fat in the first place? So now what? Well what usually happens is you put the weight right back on and then some! This constant yo/yo battle only screws up your metabolism, frustrates you, and makes you want to give up.
So why not try something different...How about a total lifestyle change? Where you eat healthy, clean foods all day long. Small meals every 2.5 to 3 hours apart. Make exercise a daily habit and be consistent with it! Drink plenty of water daily, prepare all your meals ahead of time, plan your daily meals a week in advance. Yes it will require work! There is nothing easy about it at first because it's all new but once it becomes a habit, it's really quite easy, it's a part of your daily routine...and in the end it will be worth every second!!
If any of these FAD DIETS truly worked and were able to maintain a lifestyle with everyone would be lean and you wouldnt see so many of these fad diets come and go...
People ask me all the time how do I stay in such great shape all year...because it's my LIFESTYLE now! I eat clean all year, yeah  I still enjoy some junk here and there when Im not getting ready for a show or shoot but I definitely work it off! I goto the gym, never miss a workout and I train with intensity! There are NO EXCUSES!!! I am a single mom, I am a personal trainer/nutritionist, help run a supplement shop, I compete, model, cook, clean, wash clothes, prepare all my meals, taxi my 13 year old, and try to spend as much quality time as I can with him! I hate when I hear EXCUSES...give me a break...if I can make time to take care of myself so can you!!!

 I had to learn how to live this lifestyle as well. No one worked out in my family, we ate everything fried, battered, buttered, and sugared!!! Hence the reason I was a fat kid...I had to learn how to cook, how to train, how to put all the pieces to the puzzle together. It wasnt easy but it was definitely worth it! Its not going to happen over night! You didnt wake up 50 pounds over weight did you? There are so many resources out there for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle! Hire a qualified professional or do your own homework. Quit wasting time looking for that "quick fix" because it is just that...a waste of time!!! Start with small changes/goals so you dont become overwhelmed all at once, be patient, and enjoy the journey to creating a better, healthier, YOU!!!

Until next time quit being lazy and go do some work!!! :-)

Monday, September 19, 2011

61 days til Nationals...

Just under 9 weeks out and I have to say Im really excited about this prep! I feel Ive made some great improvements since my last show and Im looking forward to seeing what I will look like on stage! `My last show granted I won, but inside I was not a winner! I didnt give that prep 100%, I was not focused, let outside interferences distract me, didnt practice posing like I should have, ate more and things not on my diet, and I didnt look my best on stage, yeah it was good enough for that show, but not for nationals and most importantly not for myself! My very first show in my opinion was the greatest/hardest prep. It was hard because it was my first show and my nerves got the best of me at times, not ever experiencing contest prep or walking across that stage was just nerve wracking, but I gave my 100% all to that show, came in 4th, too hard/lean for figure so I was told but I was a winner in my book! Thats what truly counts!
Of coarse I would love to win at Nationals, get my Pro card but the most important thing to me is beating myself! I want to get better, look better, come in the very best condition of my life! In this sport there is no telling what the judges are looking for at each particular show and you never know who is going to win! I have to keep the mind set of the only person Im competing against is myself! I have to stay focused and keep my head from playing games with me! Usually I do my own training, dieting til the very last few weeks, and I have my coach dial me in. This time Im going to have weekly check ins and follow his guidance til the end! I need that 2nd set of eyes and I know he is the only person that Ive ever met that will feed it to me straight! If I look like shit one thing is for sure he will tell me! I need that! I also want this to be a great experience and not let it stress me out! I want to enjoy the journey! Life is about being happy and enjoying the moments! Instead of focusing on what I cant do like eating pizza or donuts or icing or choc or going out drinking from time to time... you get my point ( yes Im still a fat kid at heart) lol...I have to focus on how I feel! I feel sooo much better with all clean foods, when I see the results from just 1-2 weeks of 100% clean food it drives me even harder! Thinking about the feeling of accomplishment of walking across that stage giving my all is the most incredible feeling in the world! Pushing myself further and further than I ever thought was possible...I chose this lifestyle and  I want to enjoy every minute of it! The good, bad, easy, and the extremely hard times... When things start to get really hard, and I start to wear down I must remember what all Ive gone through in the past, the tough road that I managed to endure and overcome...God brought me this far and has been there by my side through it all and He will help me though these hard times that Im sure will come soon...

I feel very lucky to have the support I have from everyone! I have to give Alex (my son) alot of credit, he understands the ill moments as the show gets closer and Im getting tired and depleted, he helps me around the house, doesnt try and press my buttons, lol, and is my biggest motivator! My drive, my discipline, the will to succeed comes from with in but it also teaches him that there is nothing in life you can't accomplish. He can see the hard work and dedication and I hope it instills the same drive to succeed in him!
My family supports me, although they really dont understand the lifestyle, they still believe in me and they are proud of all I have accomplished! My friends believe in me and support me which means sooo much!  My "fans" support me as well ...which seems really weird to say because I just see myself as Tiff from a lil town called Angier that has one stop light! haha.. Im glad to have my girl Mel going with me and competing as well! Also Maria and Leslie will be there competing! Having these girls with me helps specially going to this big show, in Miami! Looking forward to the after party! hehe :-)
As of now Im just kinda treading along, making minor adjustments to the diet, no more all day cheat days, no more extra choc oats, or baking protein muffins at night with my"icing" lol, no more extra food on shoulder/back days, but not cutting my cals low yet. I am only 5 pounds heavier than I was the day before my last show. Im still pretty vascular and lean. Will talk to Noah wed and get the game plan together and take things day by day, min, by min, and not over diet! I dont want to get stringy which I have made the mistake of doing in the past, I dont want to eat up none of this hard earned muscle cause it sure as hell wasnt easy to put on. I feel really good! I feel very confident that this prep is going to be the best one yet!  No one can stop me from being the very best I can be...except me...and no matter how much self talk I gotta do I WILL NOT GET IN MY OWN WAY!!!

Thanks again to everyone who is following along and supporting me! I am truly blessed and I appreciate every one of you!
Until next time, train hard, eat clean, treat people the way you want to be treated, and be the best you that you can be! Remember NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!