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Pushing My Body to Higher Goals

My fiancé thought it would be nice to take some time and remember my “aha moment”… As in the moment when I realized that I really love what I am doing and I am not too shabby at it.

For years, I have dabbled in both triathlons and marathons. I never thought I was much competition to anyone, I just enjoyed being active and having something to train for and look forward to. I was never the skinniest girl nor did I believe I was the most athletic. I grew up playing tennis but constantly found myself giving excuses why I wouldn’t take it to the next level. I was complacent. I was healthy. I was having fun. I didn’t need to be the best in the world.

The same goes for triathlons. I grew up seeing cross country runners sprint past our high school tennis courts and I would think that they were beautiful with their gorgeous long and lean bodies. They were fast because they were so trim. Since I didn’t fit that physique, I never thought that I could be a competitor. But last year, while out on a training ride with my Pacwest triathlon team, I was having a conversation with my buddy Ian and we talked about how amazing one of our teammates was. Ian said that our teammate was built for triathlons. She had such strong legs that could help propel her to top speeds. That moment, I thought, wow, really? My body is kinda like that! Maybe my body was built for triathlons too! I’ve got muscular legs – these babies can probably build up some speed.

And crazy enough, once I changed this outlook on my figure, I started to be a really strong force in my triathlon field! I have a great coach who constantly pushes me to be a tougher and stronger athlete. I have a fabulous group of training friends who made tough rides and runs actually fun! And of course, I have Patrick, my fiancé, who believes that I can do absolutely anything that I put my mind to.

For years, I’ve allowed my silly thoughts to create this belief that I didn’t have what it takes to be a strong competitor but with a quick conversation all of that changed! And now, I can’t wait to see what I can really push my body to do! No more excuses!

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Forrest Gump

When people ask me how I started to run, I tell them I’m like Forrest Gump. One day I just started running and I haven’t stopped since.

In college I fell victim to the freshman 15 and then some. Once I graduated I wanted to get healthy and lose the beer belly.  In efforts to do so, I signed up for my first charity 5k. Even though it was a struggle at first, I trained hard and successfully ran the race. When I finished the race I realized that I was pretty good at it and truly started to fall in love with running.

A few months after the race I made the decision to run my first marathon. I was nervous from going to basically zero miles to 26.2 but once I started training, I knew this was for me. My first marathon was in April 2012 in Madrid. I’ve never had to dig so deep and endure so much mental strength but I did it. I crossed the finish line in a time of 3:28:40. Boston qualifier!

That was my aha moment! If I could qualify for the Boston Marathon without really trying, I knew running was what I was meant to do. Running is my gift.

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Finding My Confidence

Hi! I’m Tiffany! I’m a wife and a mom of 3 daughters. I have struggled with my weight since the 5th grade and lacked confidence in myself because of it. As I grew older I just never seemed to be able to become what I deemed as normal no matter how much I tried. I had always been called the fat one, the big friend, not the pretty one, not the fun one, just the fat one. I struggled with having relationships because I accepted being treated badly because I thought I couldn’t do better.

After I met my now-husband and found my confidence, I also found my strength. I went to the gym regularly and watched what I ate but still could not lose. I opted for gastric bypass, and my life changed. I remember just before surgery trying to ride carnival rides with my kids but I couldn’t fit. After surgery I exercised daily, ate very healthily, and became aware of what I was putting in my body.

I started doing 5ks and getting my kids involved. This is when I truly fell for fitness and found my passion. I became a personal trainer and nutrition coach. I love to help women realize that they are amazing the way they are, they are stronger then they believe and they can do anything. I had been told surgery was an easy out but I stand up for those that don’t have the confidence to do so to say that surgery was a tool but NOT an easy out. I still had to work everyday for my results, and even harder to maintain them.

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