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TIffany Lee Gaston



Here we are again!  I am back on this crazy ride and I can’t believe how excited I am to get back on stage in May.  Its been a few months and I am yearning for it like no other.  I’ve come to grips with a few things since my last show.  I am practicing blending my show prep into my everyday life as much as possible.  In the past, I’ve become a complete hermit and not wanted to be very social.  I think this is quite understandable given that most social events revolve around food and alcohol.  I could take or leave the food truly, but when it comes to my wine, I turn into a super freak when you tell me I can not have it.  My goals are to make sure I don’t “disappear” like I’ve done before.  I’ve now publicly proclaimed this so I’m certain my closest friends will take it upon themselves to hold me accountable.  There, I said it…good luck to me!

In order to blend my worlds together as seamlessly as possible, I carry a cooler everywhere with me.  Its what my diaper bag and breast pump once were.  Its like my second handbag and I don’t leave home without it.  If I ever forget it, you’ll know because I have an instant panic attack.  PULL OVER!

I eat at 7:00, 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00 without fail.  Whether I am hungry or not, I eat.  I eat like my salvation depends on it.  I don’t care where I am, if it is one of the above times, count on me eating.  In line at the store, in the car on the way to an appointment, in the parking lot, outside of a store, inside of a store, in a dressing room, in a movie theater, on a roof top, you name it, its on.

Last week I had to take my oldest to the doctor and sure enough it was 3:00, so I whipped out my food.  I don’t think I am welcome back at our pediatricians office any longer having tore open a pack of salmon and eaten it right in the treatment room.  Ask me if I care… I have plastic utensils in my purse and bags full of mysterious looking white powder that I’m sure the TSA agents looked at for a few extra moments as I passed through airport security.  All’s well that ends well.

My body is terribly sore this week as I began a completely new training plan when I returned from visiting my coach in Florida.  To say I am shocking my muscles is an understatement. They are horrified.  I’m pushing through it, and on some sick, twisted level, you know I am enjoying it.  I am thrilled with the changes we have made since the last show.  During my improvement season, I worked hard to gain strength and fullness by really working on my weaker areas (glutes, glutes, glutes).  We’ve also taken most of my cardio away,  because of how my body responded last time.   Peaking way to soon and getting way too lean and that was with starting show prep 6 weeks out.  Now at 8 weeks out I am only doing 3-4 days of cardio for about 20-30 minutes each.  Its all intervals so it goes super fast and is just perfect for my attention span, that of a 3 year old.  We are trying to fill me out a tiny bit more so hopefully these small changes will do the trick.

I look forward to pushing myself to new limits and the progress I will make for Pittsburgh and the Jr. Nationals soon after.  With the full support of my amazing husband and awesome kids, I can’t wait to bring an even better package to the stage!

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