Bikini Champion: TAMARA WHITE

TAMARA WHITE

Nickname/Stage name: Tivona Cerise (she’s like the Sasha Fierce version of Beyonce!)

Age: 29

Height: 5’4

Competition Weight: 118

Off-Season Weight: 121

More about me: I used to ride horses competitively and I don’t like ice cream! I do the PR/Marketing for the City of West Hollywood so my regular life is full of meetings with politicians, city officials and local business owners. I spend about nine hours a day in front of a computer and on the phone. It can be extremely high stress so it’s great to have another outlet.

http://www.bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/MsTiva/

Q: WHAT POSSESSED YOU TO WANT TO COMPETE & TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE ON STAGE?

A: I went to Mexico to celebrate the New Year and after looking at the photos I decided I wanted to get in the best shape of my life. It was an experiment with myself more than a resolution. My first show was the NPC San Diego Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships. I would say I was excited rather than nervous because every day of my training I left everything I had at the gym. For me the real competition is with myself mentally and physically. I actually call competitions “Showtime” because it’s a reward for the fierce battle that’s fought internally leading up to that short amount of time on stage. Getting made up and slathered in tanner is amazing, besides on show days you get to eat rice cakes and peanut butter all day! What can beat that?

Q: WHAT CHANGED FOR YOU…IN YOUR LIFE, MENTALLY, &/OR PHYSICALLY AFTER YOU COMPETED?

A: Wow… good question. I actually can say everything has for the better. I’m more organized in my work and personal life, I cook more, I look great, and I feel even better. I’m meeting an entire network of new friends. I’m really grateful for all of the change that competing has brought to my life.

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING FOR YOU TRAINING AS A COMPETITOR?

A: Like I said I have always been fairly active and I never had a huge problem with my weight. However, as I age my metabolism has changed. In March 2009 I got back from a vacation stepped on the scale and it read 137 pounds! I was terrified/surprised/annoyed that I had let things get so out of control. I was dating a new guy and we constantly went out to eat. At the time I was drinking a lot of alcohol and stuffing my face with ridiculously good tasting food then doing cardio ever so often but with no consistency. The most challenging thing for me as a competitor is sticking to my diet. I’m a fat kid at heart and I love pizza, pasta, bread, macaroni and cheese and wine! Not exactly the breakfast of champions! LOL

Q: HOW DO YOU STAY FOCUSED & MOTIVATED AT THE GYM? HOW DO YOU BREAK OUT OF IT WHEN YOU’RE FEELING RUN-DOWN & NOT IN THE MOOD TO DO MUCH OF ANYTHING?

A: Having a set routine that you walk into the gym with is crucial. In terms of motivation there are two questions I ask myself to motivate: 1) Are you giving 110% right now? 2) Is someone that’s going to be on that stage working harder than I am right now? I’m an extremely competitive person so that’s what gets me moving and honestly there are going to be days you aren’t feeling a workout but you do it anyway. For those days I suggest a ridiculously good playlist on your iPod!

You don’t think your way into a change but you can think your way out of one. You either take action or you don’t. For me it was simple. I didn’t want to turn 30 and LOOK or feel 30. In terms of following through I think that when you get an urge to do something just go for it. So many people come up with amazing ideas and through their thoughts disqualify themselves from participating in greatness.”~T.White

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