I've always been one of those kids that preferred fruits over candy while growing up. It wasn't until I was a senior in high school when I started religiously going to a gym. My nutrition was okay during that time- I do remember stopping at Wendy's for an occasional chocolate frosty after a sweat session at the gym…maybe a little more than occasional, but you get the drift. It wasn't until I started dating my now husband, Sean Larson, who is a professional body builder, where I started to become really serious into a healthy and balanced lifestyle with proper training and nutrition. It was perfect timing too, in the beginning of our relationship I was having pain and issues with my digestive system and had a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. Improper nutrition, genetics, and stress are a huge factor with having Ulcerative Colitis. After my first colonoscopy, my doctor prescribed anti-inflammatory steroid pills to take 3 pills 3x daily until our next appointment for another colonoscopy. My husband and I did research online and found an all natural "cocktail" of supplements which included: Pro-Biotic Acidophilus, Fish oils, multi-vitamins, and fiber. I took that daily along with a healthy nutritional regimen- my next colonoscopy was crystal clear and there were no signs of anything. The slides were completely like "night and day". I am happy to say that I haven't had a "flare-up" since and it has been 8 years.
I stay motivated by continuing to motivate, inspire, and encourage others to follow their goals and dreams. This is my Passion- I believe doing what I love and loving what I do plays a huge part of it. (I kill fat for a living)…lmao, I am a personal trainer, professional hair and makeup artist, and entrepreneur to say the least. Or a "Jackie" of all trades…in the health, beauty, and fitness field of course. I just love helping women and even men gain their confidence and make them feel good about themselves in which ever way I can, whether it be creating a customized training and nutrition regimen to fit their needs and goals, or a new hair style, cut or color…or even a full makeup application to help bring out the ladies "inner DIVA"…
I enjoy a shorter period of HIIT. Sprinting as fast as I can for a few minutes- then walking for a few, and repeat. It's my favorite. I could zone out to my music, feel my heart beating to the speed and slowing down to it's almost normal pace again. What a rush and great exercise for your inside health aka your "heart".
Yes!!! You ask anyone that knows me…."Tiffany's Tailgating Chili"!! It's a hit all year round- But I am sure you can guess where it was found… ;) I make it for our tailgating "gatherings" at our yearly Patriot's fun at the Gillette Stadium.
I prefer not to say "diet" as many of the "uneducated" become turned off by that word. My "nutrition" is basically filled with tons of lean proteins, complex carbs, good fats, and veggies. I love, love, love eating whole healthy foods, and too many try to give eating "healthy" a bad reputation and try to call it too "restrictive". I feel everything and anything BUT restricted as I eat 5-6 meals a day, probably the size of my head…and my head isn't small. No my food doesn't consist of boiled chicken and broccoli. Lmao…it's full of FLAVOR and I am proud to say that myself and my husband can chef up some "Food Network" type goodness and STILL keep it clean- packed full of the foods I need for energy, HEALTH, and recovery. High cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes runs extremely strong in my family and I plan on leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle for the rest of my life to avoid it as much as possible. I do keep a gluten-free nutrition way of living, however that is related to keeping my Ulcerative Colitis in check, as our nutrition has been proven to do so for 8 years.
I stay hydrated with plenty of water and keep fed at my designated meal times. I have to be honest, I really don't "crave" something unless I think about it over and over and dwell on it. In our recipes that we create in the kitchen, we satisfy the salty, sweet, and umami sensations.
Boy do I listen to music..I can get lost in music, it's so good for the soul. I enjoy all types of music. However, when I train it does differ when working different body parts. When training my back, I listen to more of rock music: Metallica, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit. During leg day, it's booty music all day, twerk music, rap, etc. A lot of times I zone out to dance music like Avicii, Steve Aoki, LMFAO, Flo Rida, etc. The rest I mix up, I guess it all goes by my mood. I love music and it helps express how I'm feeling…for a bit of feels good for the soul music, I love Imagine Dragons and One Republic, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. See, I am all over the place with music. I appreciate all music and a good beat.
I do set short and long term goals. I set short term goals with prepping for a particular event whether it is an upcoming photo shoot, wedding, special occasion, and/or fitness competition. For example: My recent short term goal was to compete as a WBFF Pro in the WBFF Montreal ProAm Show a few weeks ago- where I took the crown and won the title. My current short-term goal right now is to prepare for the WBFF World Championships, where I am working to bring my BEST all around package to date in August. Feel free to watch LIVE on "Pay Per View" and see the show for yourself!! You all will be in for a treat!! ;) My long term "goal" is to continue on my journey through this life living and leading the healthiest and happiest "me" possible. It's a choice to live this way- and it is and will be MY choice for the rest of my entire life.
I'm so proud that my husband and I took the plunge 3 years ago and turned our "Passion" into our "Business". Our company, Personal Performance LLC has been such a blessing to us in more ways than one. We are able to inspire people internationally to live and lead their very own healthy, fit, and balanced journeys through their own lives. And they are so appreciative of our knowledge and services provided to them. We are blessed to have touched each and every one of their lives. We love you all, Personal Performers!! Continue on reaching for the stars and leading the wonderful and quality lives you all so very much deserve.
I have. Last year during my prep for the WBFF World Championships, I received a phone call that my brother Matthew was having chest pains and was in the emergency room in the hospital. The hospital did x-rays and were shown that Matthew may need an emergency surgery that they at that hospital could not perform. He was rushed to a hospital that specializes in heart surgeries. He arrived to the second hospital before noon on May 6th, 2013. I had gotten the phone call that he may need surgery. I was training at the gym, my husband was training a client- we dropped everything and drove 2.5 hours to New York where he was. When I saw my brother, he was sleeping all curled up on the hospital bed. I rubbed his arm and smiled at him as he slowly opened his eyes and said, "Hey Tiffy" :)…I gave him a BIG hug and kiss and was rubbing his head as he told me about his morning how he woke up to Dad having a seizure on the bathroom floor and he called the ambulance originally for my Dad- then checked himself in the ER as well when his pain was becoming unbearable. While telling me about his morning, I could see he was in the worst pain I have ever seen him in. It hurt to see. He was showing me where it hurt right in the middle sternum at the chest down to his stomach. He had his Iphone right on the bed with him and we of course were listening to music to help "soothe" him- as I said previously, music is very dear to me and my family. We were listening to one of our favorite songs to sing out loud together, "Under The Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers. As much pain as he was in, he still managed to sing it with me, especially on our favorite parts…."N I don't ever wanna Feeeeeeeeeeel, like I did that day"… I was rubbing where he said hurt and put cold towels on his forehead and told him to "relax" it'll be okay- pretend you're in the spa and I said, "shhhhh…" to kind of calm him a little. Well, it was a few hours of just lying there and I asked Matthew if he minded if I went downstairs really quick to grab a bite to eat, I didn't really want to go- but he said go eat Tiff. So I said okay, I will be really quick and I said I love you to him…he said I love you too…when we came back up, the doctor's wouldn't let us in his room and said they were "getting him ready for an MRI"…we were sent to the waiting room where my father and grandfather were just waiting. We waited for about 30 minutes…I saw a tall man with large eyes with dark bags under them walking into the waiting room- for some strange and random reason, I ran out of the room…I started freaking out…I wasn't sure why. Then in the reflection of the glass through the hallway next to the waiting room I heard screaming and yelling and I looked…it was MY family…my Dad, my grandfather, my husband…I still hear the devastating words right now…I won't go into that much detail, but with that being said…he was gone. I lost my brother…my life seemed completely shattered and over. My heart was ripped right out of my body and thrown in the dirt to feed the rats. I felt helpless, lost, useless, heart broken, I felt the worst feeling anyone in this world could possibly even fathom. I lost my soul mate, my day-one best friend, MY other ME, MY baby brother… his aorta ruptured and it was too late to be fixed. The waiting time was horrendous as it happened at 6:05pm. He waited too long- THEY messed up. With this being said, God has a plan. He has a plan for each and every one of us. Something more amazing than we can ever imagine. And as he is protecting and loving my brother in Heaven- he is doing the same with me here. As long as I continue to stay close with Our Lord, I stay close with my precious brother. I feel his presence with me always, I've changed for sure. However, I know I have changed for the better. I am so passionate about everything I do and put my efforts towards. I feel the strength of God guiding me through day in and day out. I was never really a religious person before May 6th, however, I will not go a day without wearing my cross necklace as I feel "safe" wearing it. I love and treasure my family and every single person in my life who takes the time to get to know me- as I believe there are so many wonderful people in this world and everyone does have a purpose. I decided to finish off my prep for the World's last year even if I had to crawl on the stage. Yes there were many tears during my days leading up to the show, yes I had days that I physically felt out of my body and numb…I decided to keep my brother close in my heart as I do now and always will…and PUSHED. I knew this is what HE would want me to do. Not to give up, stay focused, push my limits…and boy did I push. I pushed all the way to Vegas, gave it the BEST that I could and placed 7th in the WBFF World Championships…Lucky number 7 :)… While in Vegas, I did a photo shoot with one of my most favorite people ever, Greg Burns, at the Red Rock Canyon where it was so peaceful and I saw a RED dragonfly for the first time ever….we went to Encore Beach Club Pool Party the Sunday after the show and I felt him so strongly again…from the random "Hamsa necklace" that appeared on our vip pod, to Will-I-Am Dj-ing, and just all around happy vibes from everyone and anyone there. From that day forward, I truly believe that the sky is the limit…if you can dream it- you can achieve it. I'm so passionate about this, and I look forward to bringing my BEST package YET to the World Championships stage this August.
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I have to be honest, I have a special place in my heart for a dear friend of mine- Nicole Costa. I would say that besides my husband…she is my favorite athlete/fitness model. It has nothing to do with her amazingly good looks, but more so to do with the genuine, down-to-earth, uplifting person she is to many. I love that girl…and I cannot WAIT to watch her take the stage this August as well, but this year as her FIRST time as a WBFF Pro Fitness Diva…so much love and support not only to her but from her as well. She's also my favorite girl to "twerk it" with…hehee!!
Multi-vitamins, Fish Oils, ProBiotics, B vitamins.
*Stay Persistent in what you are trying to work towards achieving *BELIEVE in yourself *Don't look at how far you have to go, don't look back - unless it's to see how far you've come- live in the moment and make one healthy choice at a time.
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