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Blogging from the Road: Tiffany's Back on Tour with Beyonce

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5/4/2011 10:34 AM   :  37 comments   :  12,557 Views

Editor's Note: We're thrilled to announce that singer, songwriter and SparkPeople member Tiffany Moníque is the dailySpark's newest team member. She'll be blogging a couple of times a month about her journey to lose 100 pounds and keep it off using SparkPeople--while maintaining a busy life as a musician, mother, and all-round go-getter!

Tiffany credits The Spark for changing her life. Not only has she lost more than 80 pounds so far, but she kick-started her solo music career as well. We're excited to give you a behind-the-scenes peek at her life on the road as she continues to spread the Spark. Tiffany is a prime example of what you can accomplish using SparkPeople; not only did she take control of her health and fitness, but she's using that momentum to reach goals in other areas of her life. We can't wait to see how far she can go, spreading the Spark along the way, and we hope she motivates you as much as she motivates us!

Welcome, Tiffany!


By Tiffany Moníque (AKApella13)

I'm back--and I'm excited to be a regular guest blogger on the dailySpark!

Hey y'all (in my native Nashville, Tennessee, drawl). So, let me tell you what I’ve been up to lately. I hope all is well with you! For those of you who may not remember me, I am Tiffany Moníque (AKApella13) – singer, songwriter and background vocalist for Beyoncé. I was honored to be featured on the dailySpark and CBS News a few months ago for my success in losing almost 80 pounds. Prior to and since that time, I've been quite the busy lady in effort of keeping up with the incredible opportunities that have come my way. But before I go any further, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your love, support and words on encouragement along my weight loss journey. It has been quite exciting for me as I transition into this new reality of better health, life, fitness and success. I've tried my best to befriend everyone who lent my support my way and will continue to do so in the future. Even if it takes me a while to respond, please know that I read and appreciate all of your comments and words of encouragement.

For starters, I've been working on realizing more of my career goals by creating new music, working on my upcoming album and launching a Kickstarter campaign. I am an independent artist, which means that I do not have the massive machine of a major record label behind me to accelerate my efforts. As is the case for all aspects of entrepreneurship, independence has its benefits – excitement, no glass ceilings, abilities to take risks and flexibility – but it also has its setbacks. My business partner and I carry the weight equivalent of several people/departments and must ensure that we operate in a manner consistent with the majors for comparable success. On April 25, 2011, I launched my first Kickstarter Campaign, The Tiffany Moníque Project, in hope of doing just that. (Kickstarter is a platform for funding creative projects. It was established on the premise that a good and well communicated idea can spread fast and wide and that a large group of people can be a fundamental source of funding and encouragement.) Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. I definitely have my hands full!

In addition to my music aspirations, I’ve been continuing along the path of health and fitness – fighting through a month long plateau and pressing towards my goal of reaching the -100 pounds mark. I’m currently 21 pounds away from that goal but recently had to make some adjustments to my routine as I am back on the road with Beyoncé in preparation for her upcoming album. It is very exciting! But as you can also imagine, the temptation to fall off track is all around me. I’m in rehearsals for hours a day – much longer than the average corporate job – and my breaks are minimal. In light of these long hours, I must hunt for discipline on a daily basis to get in a decent workout, adhere to my nutritional goals and get adequate rest. To remain equipped for the task, I've packed along my weight and nutrition scales, measuring spoon and cups, The Spark and the SparkPeople mobile applications. I am also fortunate to have access to a kitchen – at least temporarily – where I have the opportunity to prepare and package each of my meals and snacks for the day. I've also included a few new workouts in my routine (Zumba and Insanity), which I complete at 7 each morning with hopes of accelerating my weight loss and fitness levels. And of course, I strive to get additional workouts in whenever I can – standing, moving and dancing during rehearsals, taking the stairs in lieu of the elevators and walking back to my hotel from the rehearsal studio (a one-mile journey).

More than anything, my overall objective is to remain consistent despite my very hectic schedule. Temptations will always abound throughout my life, but my #1 priority and focus is ensuring that I seize every opportunity to become the best person, mother, friend, business partner and entertainer I can be. All else – though important – is secondary. I am fueled by the progress I’ve attained thus far and motivated more now than ever to achieve each and every one of my dreams and goal. I am thankful for the support of my friends & family, business partner, Kwiz, as well as Chris ("SparkGuy"), Bruce, Tami, Stepfanie and this SparkPeople community in ensuring that I keep my priorities aligned with my goals. My dreams are in reach, and I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you!



Learn more about Tiffany and her success using SparkPeople. You can also visit her website, www.tiffanymonique.com, where you can learn more about her background as well as hear snippets from her debut EP, Nemesis. Also, you may view her debut video for Nemesis--a "transitional" song that chronicles her experiences and obstacles in the music industry here: (The more views her video receives from SP members, the more she'll stick out on YouTube.)


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Comments

  • JADISH
    37
    LOVE your video! What an amazing voice. - 10/6/2012   11:19:09 AM
  • 36
    Okay so I'll edit my comment to just this....there are a hundred bloggers better than this and one of the best shut down her page today... - 5/12/2011   7:58:48 PM
  • 35
    You are a wonderful inspiration! You are my idol! Keep up the good work! - 5/10/2011   11:41:47 AM
  • NOMOEXCUSES13
    34
    You are a wonderful inspiration and I'm glad that Sparkpeople has added you as a guestblogger! You have a beautiful voice and a great future ahead of you! I'm rooting for you but i already know you got this!!! Can't wait to celebrate your 100lbs lost victory with you!!! WOO HOO!!!! - 5/9/2011   11:48:14 AM
  • 33
    Nice video and your voice is amazing!! Reading your story was motivating! - 5/7/2011   10:49:21 PM
  • 32
    WTG! I've been wondering about you, but I didn't know your screen name, so it's awesome to see a blog from you! If it's okay, I'm going to SparkFriend you, so I can keep up with your progress. Congratulations!!! And good luck with your Kickstarter! - 5/7/2011   1:20:23 PM
  • 31
    Great song! Love it! The video is awesome! Great job! Wishing you the best of luck!! - 5/6/2011   11:06:57 AM
  • 30
    You certainly have your hands full and doing all that you have to with a music career AND learning to have a healthy lifestyle is no easy task - Congratulations, you, your family and friends should be proud of all you ARE accomplishing. Keep up with the quick beats - I'll have to see if they play you on pandora - I have a station - Waka Waka - one of the songs they use in my zumba class - to provide me with fast beats to walk after school as part of my exercise regime - I'd love to know I'm walking to the beat of a fellow sparker - Good luck with the last 21 AND in maintaining - any time you wanna talk - I'm here.
    Frances - 5/5/2011   10:35:01 PM
  • 29
    I loved the song, I'm thinking I might even make it my daily go to song. It has an awesome beat and I love the idea of not being my own nemesis. I would also love to know what kinds of foods you prepare for traveling. With your busy schedule it sounds like they would have to be quick and easy to prepare. Keep it up! I can't wait to read more. - 5/5/2011   3:55:01 PM
  • 28
    Great song...Continue on the success Path...You're a Winner!! - 5/5/2011   1:55:20 PM
  • 27
    I would like to know what kinds of foods you are keeping with you as you travel. Always looking for ideas - 5/5/2011   1:54:12 PM
  • WAVES1
    26
    Loved the video. It certainly got my feet tapping! All the very best for continued personal and professional success. - 5/5/2011   11:57:45 AM
  • 25
    Really glad to see that you'll be a regular guest blogger! Wish you all the best with your Kickstarter, as well as all the health and wellness on your tour with Beyonce. Don't let the plateau get you down! Even positive stress is stressful! Take time for yourself whenever you can - sounds like you have a busy though fulfilling schedule! - 5/5/2011   11:09:43 AM
  • ROSEBUD1954
    24
    thanks for the Motivation as always! AND Good luck with your career and healthier life!! - 5/5/2011   11:07:16 AM
  • 23
    You Go Girl!!! Love that song! - 5/5/2011   8:54:00 AM
  • 22
    I can't wait to read more of your blogs! I'm really interesting in hearing about your struggles and victories, your typical daily schedule and eating/exercise habits, how you find that balance between work, family, and your health.
    Thanks for being a regular contributor! I'm sure you're very busy, and it's great you want to inspire others too! - 5/5/2011   8:32:44 AM
  • 21
    You are a great inspiration. I love this song.......you keep living your dream!!! - 5/5/2011   8:20:10 AM
  • LADY114
    20
    You are a great inspiration! Keep up the great work and the best of luck to you in your journey!!!! - 5/5/2011   7:51:30 AM
  • 19
    Continued success! I look fwd to reading your blogs. - 5/5/2011   7:48:41 AM
  • _SPARK526
    18
    What an inspiration you are!! You go girl...spread those wings and fly :) - 5/5/2011   6:47:44 AM
  • 17
    I find your blog very exciting and the fact that as incredibly busy with a lot of stress you are managing to stay healthy and focused on fitness. May your aspirations be fulfilled.
    TerrBear - 5/5/2011   2:22:29 AM
  • 16
    I find your words ringing true. your journey is amazing, and you have your head in the right place. May you achieve all your dreams! Keep the faith! - 5/5/2011   1:04:09 AM
  • 15
    You are my inspiration. Keep up the good work. Love the song and video. - 5/4/2011   7:54:54 PM
  • 14
    I love Tiffany Moníque! - 5/4/2011   7:50:43 PM
  • 13
    Congratulation!!!! This song is the BOMB!!!
    Go Girl!!!!! Be at Peace!!! - 5/4/2011   6:46:26 PM
  • 12
    Thanks for blogging. Your EP sounds great. Keep up the good work! - 5/4/2011   4:24:52 PM
  • 11
    Awesome. I hope to learn some tips from you about how you maintain balance with such a hectic lifestyle. - 5/4/2011   4:15:04 PM
  • 10
    Wish you continued success in all areas of your life. AUNT_BEE_1945BK - 5/4/2011   2:52:50 PM
  • ROSEMARDORF
    9
    Thank you for being a blogger on spark. you are looking great!! really enjoyed your video!! Love your voice!! Great inspiration!! - 5/4/2011   2:18:09 PM
  • 8
    You are a terrific inspiration. I pray your success will continue on the road. You have learned to make yourself a priority. That is tremendous and so encouraging to those of us who are still struggling in that area. Blessings for every success along your journey! - 5/4/2011   1:34:55 PM
  • 7
    You're looking great! - 5/4/2011   1:22:47 PM
  • 6
    Love the video looking forward to reading your blogs. - 5/4/2011   12:28:41 PM
  • 5
    I love the video! Very inspirational. I look forward to reading more of your posts. - 5/4/2011   12:07:52 PM
  • 4
    Love your video! - 5/4/2011   11:22:54 AM
  • 3
    Wow!! your video is rocking, you did a nice job - 5/4/2011   11:20:20 AM
  • 2
    You are so strong, keep at it and 'Never Let Failure Define You', when we fall or fail we get up and keep pushing foward with the lesson in mind that we are not perfect but we can sure strive to be darn near.
    Rooting for you. - 5/4/2011   11:14:34 AM
  • 1
    I think you are such an inspiration to those who have hopes, dreams and aspirations of doing what they love and being healthy while doing it. Keep up the excellent work and congratulations on becoming a regular blogger for Spark! LOVE the song and video. God bless! - 5/4/2011   10:51:17 AM

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