Posted 03 May 2011 by Interview:

Tarna Alderman

How and when did you start training?

January 2006. I was totally a new years resolutioner! You know... one of the ones that take your spot on the equipment, and uses it wrong!

Are you or have you ever been a cardio bunny and avoided the free-weight section?

Heck no! I studied how to lose weight efficiently before I ever went to the gym. So when I decided to lose weight, I walked into the gym on base (Ex military spouse) and went strait for the weights. I just did basic programs I remembered from school, found in magazines, or found online. Eventually I started figuring out what worked for me. I used cardio as a means to reach a deficit goal. As a result I lost about 80 lbs in less than a year, and was left with an amazing amount of muscle. It fuelled an obsession with weight training/ Bodybuilding.

How long do you spend in the gym
during a typical workout?

Anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. I get chatty sometimes. ;)

What are you most proud of?

Well my amazing daughter of course! She is such a blessing, from day 1 she has been an easy child. She has the most genuine soul I’ve ever been around, good through and though. I don’t even think I've ever seen her mad. When I was a grouch going through my contest prep, she would put her hand on her chest and say " mom, are you mad at me?" It sure put me in my place, and pulled me back to reality with quickness! I don’t know who I would be without her, but I guarantee it wouldn't be good.

What’s the longest break you’ve had from training?

Well since I started I don’t think I have taken a real break, I just change things up. I have done it for weight loss, for powerlifting, for sanity, and now for bodybuilding. So I guess the "breaks" I take are just training style changes. Dieting breaks on the other hand.... have lasted for a year or more. I have come to realize however that my body wants to be obese. I am going to have to fight it every single day, with every decision I make. Its good to come to terms with that and move forward.

What are the biggest obstacles or setbacks have
you had to overcome in your life?

About 5 years ago I weighed in at a whopping 236 lbs. Once I made the decision to lose weight nothing held me back. Every challenge was a new motivator for me. The harder things got the harder I pushed to beat the odds.

How do you manage to stay motivated?

If we don’t fight for the things we want or desire, what do we fight for? Some people golf, or scuba dive. This is my hobby. I actually love it. Motivating factors are feeling well, feeling strong, and feeling beautiful. With those powers combined... Everything else in life is just... easier! On days when I don’t feel like going to the gym.... I do it anyway, even if it’s not the best workout I feel good for doing it.

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

Ha!!! I don’t allow myself to crave it, I guess I essentially make myself dead to it. It’s like pining after a celebrity. You can make yourself miserable thinking about how bad you want to date them or be them... or you can move on and have a healthy life... Does that make sense? There really isn't a lot I crave though my meal plans are very well rounded, with thought put into the foods I crave.

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

  • Dana Linn Bailey, amazingly strong woman, great physique and still so feminine. (CutAndJacked interview Dana Linn Bailey here)
  • Jamie Eason, she seems so genuine and graceful.
  • Ava Cowan, Just admire her, her body and her career.
  • Pauline Nordin, I’m a fan on her fighter-diet page I love her posts and her year round, day-to-day intensity. There are so many women that inspire me! (CutAndJacked interview Pauline Nordin here)

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

NONE.. I kid, I kid. I really like Interval training, it beats boredom for me and I break a good sweat. Steady state Cardio works well too, its just not as fun. I like all cardio equipment except for indoor bikes... I don’t know why but I just tend to get lazy when I sit! Outdoor morning runs are my favorite...

What is your training routine like?

Current routine:

What does your diet consist of?

Right now I am working on gaining some size! So I am eating plenty, but clean!
I use plans from They help to keep it interesting and the consistency pays off!

Meal 1
Coconut oil

Protein shake

Meal 3
Kidney beans
Green peppers

Meal 4
Protein powder
Almond milk

Meal 5
Ground beef

Meal 6
Greek Yogurt

What 3 tips would you give to any woman wanting to get a feminine, CutandJacked physique like yours?

  1. I think femininity is in our personality and the way we carry ourselves, the things we say and how we treat others.
  2. "Success without Obsession is just Luck" You have to be obsessed with this. It’s a 24/7 deal!
  3. Eat clean, Lift heavy, Sleep sound. Repeat.... Keep it simple


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