Check out a transcript of our live chat with Tiff below. You can also download a word document at the end of the page.
What is your proudest achievement so far and why?
Great question ninja! Publishing my first novel White Ninja because it’s been a dream. I’ve been writing fiction for years so to finally share it was beyond exciting!
Can you tell us a bit about your young adult novel?
Ooohh most of it is top secret because it is still a work in progress and won’t be out for a while, but I can say it’s a paranormal romance novel.
What do you use to make your skin and hair look so good and shiny?
Skin and hair? I have a lot of flaxseed oil and vitamins ninja. Flaxseed oil is the best for skin and hair, nails too.
Tiff, I struggle with getting motivated. What keeps you motivated?
I guess motivation is a hard one, don’t think it exists. The best way to deal with the big M is to create habits so you do stuff automatically. Repetition is very important; I think healthy habits are key. Like brushing your teeth, you have to get in the habit of eating healthy and exercising regularly.
Ah yes, well ill have to start on that one, but I’m down from injury at the moment :(
Injury is tough, but you can still eat healthy and eating healthy is 98% of health.
Any plans to branch into modelling or doing some more photo shoots?
Haha modelling? no no. I only do little bits for brands I really believe in.
How do you keep your diet/nutrition in tact? What’s the best way?
Best way to keep diet on track is to ban the naughty stuff from the house. If there are trigger foods or nasties in the cupboards someone will eat them. You have to make sure that you have healthy options. Then you lose the cravings.
What advice would you give those trying to find their inner warrior?
Finding your inner warrior is all about following your passion. Finding out what you’re really talented at and going for it. There are artistic warriors, financial warriors, training warriors – it doesn’t matter. If you have a dream you have to attack. I only just recently found my inner warrior by embracing my writing. It was a tough decision.
So I’m quite into horse riding and horse care/nutrition so I’ve just got to focus on that
Absolutely I think that concentrating on your passion for horses is how you’ll achieve your personal warriordom:)
How was the US Tiff?
The US was fantastic fun! I wrote a new book whilst away.
If you want a sweet snack what is the best option?
I love berries, low calories, full of antioxidants and delish with yoghurt!
What are your favourite fashion brands that you like to wear and why?
I love lululemon (active wear) so tailored and great quality. I also love Carla Zampatti – she creates such beautiful elegant shapes for women.
How did working on SlideShow go? It looked dangerous everyone sliding everywhere.
Slideshow was awesome fun! But I did come away with a few bruises.
What advice could you give me Tiff? I battle with eating disorders, some weeks I won’t eat a thing and lose the kilos like no tomorrow, but then during other weeks I will eat everything!
Binge eating is really tough. You need to seek professional help – the first move is
to banish the trigger foods from the house and eat regular healthy meals – 3 meals and 3 snacks so you are not physiologically hungry. When you are hungry you binge. So eat regularly. Set alarms on your phone.
Do you think you will go back to The Biggest Loser? I miss the white team so much.
Not sure about TBL. I miss the white team too! But I have so much going on with my books. It’s a massive commitment to move to Sydney to do the show.
I drink a lot of water a day, is it really as good as they say?
Water is the most important thing. If you are hungry often you are actually thirsty, hunger and thirst are the same sensation in the body. So drink whenever you can’t get full.
Any plans for future book signings?
Future books signings will happen next year when I release Black Warrior the third book in the Roxy Ran trilogy.
Do you think you will ever be in the UK?
I hope I will be in the UK one day, I really hope so.
Do you think you will come back to Perth?
I hope so! I love Perth! Next year for sure. Thanks so much for coming to the book signing.
Can you post more pictures on your website and instagram? So we can follow you more closely.
Sure! But I don’t want to be annoying haha; I will post more if you like.
Can I ask how long do you train a day?
I train for only one hour in the morning and taekwondo classes at night.
Do you have a blog I can follow?
I will be starting a blog. Coming soon on my website.
I love your recipe books
Thank you so much! I love the recipes, they keep me strong. There’s variety too.
Do you have a great man in your life?
I do, he is very supportive.
Aww how cute! When did you and Ed meet? Is he truly the man of your life? :)
Ed and I met on radio in 2007. He interviewed me for Gladiators
What advice do you have for young writers?
Stick at it. Writing is 80% grit and determination. Write every day and practice. Write because you desperately love it not to get published.
What is your opinion on diet drinks or drinks that are sugar free?
I don’t believe in diet drinks or sugar free drinks. Lots of chemicals. And they don’t teach you anything about preparing nutritious meals. It’s important we learn how to cook properly.
I guess it’s like everything in moderation, what do you drink?
Moderation is balance; I find balance through loving everything I do. Making sure that work isn’t my life or training. It’s about nourishing yourself through work, relationships, creativity and health.
What’s your opinion on alcohol?
I don’t drink alcohol, no. Alcohol in moderation is fine. But I grew up as an athlete so I never tried it. I just didn’t need alcohol to have a good time. When I was really into my sports I couldn’t drink because it would set back my training.
What is the best way to detox the body?
Best way to detox the body is to quit sugar, trans fat and up your water intake.
What kind of sports do you enjoy watching/participating in besides Taekwondo?
Sports I love? Athletics!!! Soccer!! AFL!!
In TBL when you had to eat all the bad foods, what was it actually like?
Eating the bad food on TBL was horrible. Never been so sick in my life!
How’s Gary Senior?
Gary Senior is great! I have since moved out of the house so he has new friends. But I still visit and he is gorgeous as ever.
Are you still allergic?
Really random question, but is your hair all natural or extensions?
Do you still keep in touch with your ninjas from The Biggest Loser: Singles?
My ninjas from loser? Some of them are in contact, some not. But happy to report that
those I hear from are doing super well. Very proud of all my girls!
What’s your favourite AFL team?
I go for Essendon.
More an AFL girl. Growing up in Melbourne you can’t escape footy.
What would you say was the funniest thing to happen to you on TBL?
Funniest thing on loser? Train the trainers. When the contestants dress up as you and
flog you. I loved seeing Emma in my taekwondo uniform. Hilarious! Sumo was hilarious too!
Tiffiny is there any chance of you being on the next season of The Biggest Loser?
Do you want to go back or are you comfortable in your own space at the moment?
Very comfortable writing at the moment. Also working a lot in schools, positive body image work shops, motivational health seminars keep me busy.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Come to England and work in schools! We could really use your expertise over here haha
I would love to! Hey it’s super early there ninja! Thanks for waking up early to chat!!:)
Are you and Ed planning to move away from Australia ever?
No. Australia is home for us.
Do you have a favourite animal?
Favourite animal? White tigers stuck with me.
What’s your favourite song or band?
Love Kings of Leon, Katy Perry
What is your favourite quote? One that you live by
Oh dear...favourite quote is hard!! Health quote – for every diet there is an equivalent binge.
Mine has to be; judging others doesn’t define who they are, it defines who you are!
I love that!!
Have you been asked to do any other shows recently?
All top secret ninjas:)
Who is your celebrity man crush?
Man crush?? Chris Hemsworth.
Did you watch him back in the day on Home and Away?
Hahaha yes. Loved him always.
Wow he is good looking!! But Ed would win wouldn’t he any day? Haha :)
Love my Ed:)
If you can add some fashion tips and pictures in your new blog, I would love that!!!
I will add some fashion to the blog. My sister is a fashion designer so I’m very interested.
Any plans to get into acting?
No plans to act. I am a terrible actress haha.
There was acting involved in gladiators and loser
Not really. Stuff I’ve done more an exaggeration of yourself.
When growing up, who did you look up to? Idols?
Lauren Burns. She won the first Olympic gold medal in my sport. A tough determined chick.
What was it like working with Michelle, Shannan and The Commando?
I love working with the other trainers. Amazing fierce athletes.
If you didn’t have the career you have now, what path would you have taken?
If I didn’t have the career I have now, I would have loved to be a doctor.
Wow! Check you out Tiff! I would love to be a doctor, but I aren’t no where near smart enough hahaha
Me either haha. I received high enough marks in Year Twelve to study Med, but I chose journalism instead.
Really, why? Did you like journalism more?
I wanted to study professional writing.
Are you planning anymore health or cook books?
No more health books on the cards at the moment. Concentrating on my fiction.
Have you seen any good new movies/TV shows lately that you’d recommend?
Man of steel – fun! Conjuring – scary! Hangover 3 – loved!
Would you like to star in a martial arts film?
I would love to star in a martial arts film. Alas too old now:)
No you’re not! Tiffiny you’re the perfect age! And man I swear you would win so many hearts!
Thank you. Training hard for my 6th Dan at the moment. Grading in December.
Would you ever consider teaching your knowledge to others through an apprenticeship scheme?
I have an apprenticeship scheme at my Taekwondo schools – you can learn to be a Tkd instructor or PT. It's super cool!
Would you ever work with another author?
I would co-write. For sure!
Wow, wish I could do that! But you probably don’t take people from outside Australia
We would, but you would have to be in Oz honey to sit the assessments.
Are you going to watch the Essendon game [Sunday 4th of August] this afternoon? They might need your support! :)
I will be watching the footy this arvo [Sunday 4th of August].
So how is your journalism career going? Are you planning to continue your career?
Journalism is great, but I’m focusing on fiction. No plans to pursue journalism at this stage.
What advice would you give to someone who’s getting bullied due to eating disorders?
I think that’s a very serious question ninja. I would seek professional help – eating disorders are very complicated. I think it’s so important to have a good support network.
Tiffiny if I came to you and said do you want me to make Roxy Ran into a movie would you agree?
I would love to make White Ninja into a movie. It would be a dream come true! Have to finish writing the series first haha. I’m too old for 13 year old Roxy Ran. I need another ninja for the film.
What are you planning to do now after this chat [4/8/13]?
I am going to make some lunch then watch the footy. Relaxing afternoon off. I was going to go surfing this morning but no waves.
Sometimes. Not very well haha.
Until next time goodbye sensei :) xxx
You’re welcome ninjas! I loved it!
We’ll start to end, any last words tiff?
I just want to say how much your support and enthusiasm means to me. I love all my ninjas!
Thanks for coming tiff we did so much planning haha. We really appreciate your time :)
Welcome! Thanks ninjas. Bye bye!