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BODYBUILDING & WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
2011 SEVEN FEATHERS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION &
2011 NORTHERN CLASSIC HEAVYWEIGHT & OVERALL CHAMPION
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NPC Oregon is proud to introduce one of the newest and fastest rising stars in the Northwest.. Tarna "Quadzilla" Alderman. Tarna took herself from being an overweight and out of shape mom to a fit & muscular inspiration to anyone she comes in contact with. Tarna has already made an impact on the physique stages and has not even scratched the surface. Mark our words... you will be seeing alot of Tarna very soon!
1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
In 2004 I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, though the pregnancy was hard on me and i gained a whopping 80 lbs. Then after she was born.. I put another 20-30 lbs on, leaving me at an amazing 236 lbs on my 5'3" frame. Somewhere around 2006 I decided I wasn't happy with it, and I realized I was the only person who could make that change. After digging around through weight loss programs I decided I could do it on my own. I started counting calories and tracking EVERYTHING I did.. I was diligent about this and I ended up losing about 80 lbs in less than a year. I found a love for Fitness and became a personal trainer to change people’s lives like I had done for myself.
I decided to compete in summer of 2009, after being at the emerald cup to support a friend... Months before I had started some power lifting with some fellow trainers at my gym... Just as a way to bond. As a result i got leaner, and grew some muscle pretty fast. So after I won... and broke two state records ;) I I was lookin' pretty good. At the emerald cup I kept getting asked if I compete... I was telling them... "Oh gosh no... I could never diet like that" But i tried! I hired an online diet coach I had heard great things about.. Well that lasted for about 3 months. I got into amazing shape. But the toll of being a mother and my boyfriend getting called to active duty left me in a depression I could not budge. I still worked out but battled alcohol consumption, and food abuse!!
Somewhere in the fall of 2010 After my boyfriend was deployed overseas I got in touch with some local prep coaches. They seemed pretty excited about the amount of muscle I had already, It was just a matter of dieting and refining my shape. The dieting was easier this time, and I did my first show at the Vancouver natural April 2011, then two weeks later I stepped on stage at the Emerald Cup. I was hooked, shortly after I found Noel Fuller... He has taken my game to a new level, and with his knowledge, and support I feel like the sky is the limit for me in this sport.
2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I want to be a Pro ;) This sport is where I belong and I can feel it. I have the dedication and discipline. I have the drive and the desire. I have accomplished so much in such a short time, and I am willing to fight for that day. I Love Bodybuilding... The empowerment it has given me in other aspects of my life, The dedication it takes to be successful, Its challenging every day, And that keeps me fighting to push past those physical, emotional and mental barriers.
3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
I keep it old school! I push heavy weight, body part a day, 3-4 lifts, 3-4 sets of 10-15 I don't get too fancy!! Nothing really changes off and On Season as far as that goes... except for Cardio and strength of course!
4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
Dieting Meal is PB2 On anything ;) I am lucky as I love protein in most forms and I love veggies! Cheat meals... Oh dear!! REAL peanut butter, Cheeseburgers with bacon, Onion rings with Ranch, Ice cream with waffle Cones, Pizza with everything! Fish tacos are glorious as well!! There is a reason I was once 236 lbs!!! I'm such a fat girl on the inside!
5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
First I have to say my Daughter, Lana. She has been such a trooper through all of my gym time and crazy dieting moments, she has taken up some love for Protein shakes and Lifting herself, and she is rocking some pretty heavy guns at the ripe age of 7!! My boyfriend Martin has been amazing... He got to be overseas for my first prep, and most of this one, only to come home to a dieting body builder 3 weeks out from a show. There have been some rough spots, but he has been supportive and has not asked me to change anything... He just wants to me more involved... which is great
! have made some great BB friends along the way including Kirsten Haug, Mark Sindayen, Larry Neri, Brandon Lyons.. Noel Fuller for being the most Charming Coach EVER! =) He puts up with a lot of my stupid questions! Through Noel I think, without his knowledge, his clients have formed a team. Rebecca Lynn Loren, Lori Steele, Erykah Blockman... Just to name a few we have been able to support each other through prep and bond on many levels. Team dream-quest who i recently became a part of proved to be a great team at 7 feathers.
Of course My family for putting with me and supporting what I do. God for the ability to stand out, from the crowd. Hold my head high no matter what, I have had a very open dialog with him From the first day I decided to lose weight, and he has proven to keep me strong and moving forward.
6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
Is it strange to say myself? I love the daily, weekly, monthly and long term challenges of this... I get to feel accomplished EVERY SINGLE NIGHT when i go to bed. How many people can say that?
Also I have inspired a few people along this journey, and I feel its Important to keep achieving, reaching higher, never setting limits or making excuses... I have people watching... All the time. With that being said I have to be on my game all the time.. I love it!
I have a physique and demeanor that is not threatening, this makes women comfortable with me, LOL I don't have a lot of haters, everyone seems really great, and supportive. I have men and women both approaching me in the gym or finding me on facebook and telling me I inspire, motivate, and amaze them. Its such a great feeling to know people make healthier choices or push harder in the gym because of me.
7. What is next for you as a competitor?
National’s baby!! Physique!
8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
I was 4 weeks out from my first show.. I was late to a family event.. for the millionth time since the beginning of Prep, and my sister asked me If it was worth it, From the bottom of my heart.. YES I knew that this sport for me was worth some rrelationships struggling. I knew at that moment that no one else could do the things in my life that I could to be happy, and feel whole. It opened up a dialog with my family and I think at that moment they too realized to cut me some slack, that this is a life choice. It has made us all closer, and I think they might understand me a little better now.
9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
Facebook | BodySpace
10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?
Thanks for taking the time to learning a little about me, and If you ever see me at a show grab me and say hello.. I tend to get spacey. But I love to meet people, and hear your story as well! We all have one!!!
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