Team Burgoon Q & A with Tiffany Capouch
Two weeks in a row you get to hear from someone on our team! Know these shoes?
If not, let me introduce you to our friend, Tiffany Ann Capouch (Capouch pronounced Sa-Pooo).
The first time I met Tiffany was not at the gym but over email, and while this amazing smile was not on the computer, her enthusiasm and kindness jumped off the screen in response to a question. I thought to myself, of course Dawn told me about her, she is this place. Tiffany’s inclusive spirit and welcoming way is a huge asset to us at Bodies by Burgoon, and if you haven’t met her, you need to go out of your way to do so. But first, read on and get to know a bit about her and how she's finding her way!
Q: Where have you found your strong at Bodies by Burgoon, and how is it changing you?
A: Bodies by Burgoon has been a game changer for me—both mentally and physically. Prior to Bodies, I had been going to a corporate gym where I attended a small-group weight loss program that helped me lose just over 80 pounds. I was doing lots of cardio and things were going well. Eventually, however, my weight loss plateaued and I felt stuck in a rut, queue up Bodies By Burgoon. One of my friends kept posting about it on Facebook. I found the website, started reading success stories, and KNEW I needed to check it out immediately. After the initial consultation with Jason, I knew it was the place I needed to be. And this continues to hold true.
BBB is SO much more than a place to workout, it sucks you in and suddenly you've found yourself in a second home with a passionate, caring family. We work hard beside one another and cheer each other on. We lift each other's spirits and move forward. NO ONE is ever left behind. It's a pretty amazing movement to be apart of and I wouldn't change it for the world!
As for the physicality aspect, I've found my strong in powerlifting. It still seems a bit funny to me to type that! Who'd a thunk it? I certainly didn't, not in a million years, haha! However, what started as hobby has truly turned into a fierce passion of mine—I LOVE to lift the heavy thing and put it down. Why? Let me me count the ways:
1. Confidence – Powerlifting has given me a whole new level of confidence, not just in the gym, but outside as well. Every time I make a lift, have a great training day, or feel good about myself, I am going to naturally be more confident. This confidence has transpired to daily tasks as well. Whether it is work, school, or relationships—confidence makes me happier and more likely to live a healthy and enjoyable life.
2. Achievement – having goals and training for them allows me to be successful. When I’m able to train for a competition, it gives me a goal and the ability to achieve that. That achievement is a great feeling and a big accomplishment! Working towards that huge PR (personal record) and finally getting it makes all the struggle and tough times worth it!
3. Community – I have trained with a variety of athletes in different settings and I have yet to meet a group of people who are more helpful, motivating, and selfless than powerlifters. They are ALWAYS willing to help the new person out; teach them all aspects of this sport. They are caring and want to see you succeed. They are willing to motivate you and push you to be stronger. The camaraderie is almost inexplicable.
4. Physical changes – The physical changes from strength training and/or powerlifting are pretty amazing—gaining muscle, losing fat, leaning out—what's not to love? Strength is beautiful and can still be feminine. <3
5. Mental strength – Powerlifting is so much more about mental strength than physical strength. Getting through those failed attempts, tough workouts and/or days makes me stronger mentally.
Q: What are you eating these days?
A: It took years of "dieting" for me to realize it is NOT a way to live and does not work for me at all. So, over the past couple of years, I have really shifted my focus on making lifestyle changes and cleaning up my eating habits. (And that's not to say I eat perfectly every day. It's constantly a work in progress!) I LOVE to scour the internet for new, exciting, and CLEAN recipes to try and I set aside time on Sundays for food prep.
The results have been awesome: I'm feeling better, sleeping better, and feel more appropriately fueled for my days. Since I started posting pictures of #SundaySetup on social media, I've had quite a few people reach out about how to get started.
As far as the process, here is what I have found to work for me with food prep:
– Start SIMPLE. Meal prep does NOT have to be an over-the-top production. There is NO need to prepare a separate meal for each day of the week. I usually keep my food prep to 3 or so recipes plus snacks. If I feel a recipe may not last us long enough, I double it! I’ve found it’s easier to freeze extra then trying to figure out what to do if we run out by mid-week!
– Utilize different methods of cooking and preparation: stove top, oven, crockpot, freezer packs, etc. to utilize my time efficiently when in the kitchen. I LOVE to cook, but I don’t want to spend 8-10 hours in the kitchen on a Sunday. 4 hours is my max! Remember, how I just mentioned crockpots above? I seriously LOVE my crockpots! That’s right, I said CROCKPOTS, as in multiple. No joke, I own 6! Nothing is more satisfying to me then dumping ingredients in the crockpot and walking away and coming back to something yummy. Everyone should own at LEAST one crockpot, just saying. ;)
– Plan what I like to eat. Thursday or Friday I start thinking about what types of protein, veggies, grains, etc. I would like for the next week. For example: this week we had turkey, chicken, and pork in the lineup. We like variety, so next week I'm probably going to go with recipes that contain beef, eggs, and chicken. (Chicken is a big staple for us.)
– Peruse Pinterest or Google recipe ideas that have my main proteins and other healthy ingredients. Or if I know I’m going to be short on prep time, I keep it super easy with recipes that provide versatility like shredded salsa chicken, thanks to Brianna! Dump a pound or two of chicken, boneless breasts and/or thighs, in the crockpot along with your favorite jar of salsa. Cook on high for 4 hours, shred, and the possibilities are endless for ways to enjoy it: on a wrap, on a salad, with an avocado (one of my favorite ways), on nachos (one of Bob’s fave’s haha), etc!
– Decide and do! Friday or Saturday I nail down my 3 or so recipes, decide what I want for snacks, make my grocery list, and shop. Sunday I prep away!
Seriously, it is SO good and it's a great healthy alternative to a bowl from Chipotle! I love to add grilled chicken, bell peppers, and avocado - yum, yum!!
Q: In order to take care of yourself, is there anything in life you have had to let go of in order to be healthy, strong, and your best self?
I think in order to be healthy, strong, and take care of myself I've had to let go and realize that my journey to the best version of me is just that, MINE, and no one else's. I've had to learn to quit comparing myself to those around me. Everyone's journey is different and will look vastly different than mine, and it's okay! This photo I came across recently really resonated with me:
This. This is what I strive to do everyday. It may not be perfect, but it's perfectly mine. :)
Thanks, Tiffany, for sharing yourself and your awesome tips and recipes. Check out these previous posts where Tiffany has contributed more delicious food: no-bake energy bites, stuffed bell peppers, and spaghetti squash with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and asparagus. You can find Tiffany on Facebook, on Instagram as @simplytiff83, or look for her in the TAC high tops at the gym. 💪
We'd love to hear from you on our Team Burgoon Eats page anytime, comment this week with a picture or link of what you are eating or hashtag #teamburgooneats or #sundaysetup on your own social media channels so we can find you!