Meet BBG Community Member Tiffany
Ladies, I want to let you know that all of you in the BBG Community never fail to amaze me. I’ve seen so many of you share your workouts on social media, and while you might be training in different locations, at different times of the day — you are ALL incredible for making time for your health and fitness, because I know it's not always easy!
It makes me SO proud to see you embrace my new program BBG Zero Equipment and working out in a way that works for YOU. I recently spent some time with some incredible members who have faced up to some huge challenges.
I was really inspired by the beautiful Tiffany, who goes by @tiff_gets_toned on Instagram. I know you’ll love her positivity and be as moved by her story as I was — meet Tiffany.
‘I’ve been battling the scale but I stopped this year’
Tiffany: I'm Tiffany, I'm 32 years old from Irvine, California, which is in Southern California, and I am a BBG 1.0 user. I use the SWEAT app on the daily.
Me: What does your day and workout routine look like?
Tiffany: I have a full-time job, which I “virtually” go to Monday through Friday, which is 40 hours of my work week, and then for workouts, I typically fit them in after work, sometimes before dinner, most of the time after, but before I go to sleep at night. So I feel like the BBG and the SWEAT app has been not only convenient but very helpful to create a structure for myself to exercise almost every day, at a level of not having to use equipment. It’s just removing another excuse of trying to get a workout in. You can do it! You don't need anything but maybe a mat.
Me: What barriers have you pushed through in your life?
Tiffany: So, my journey started back in 2006. I was 18 years old and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which is also known as manic depressive. And so when I was diagnosed, I really had to take a pause on my life and realise that I do have a condition, but the good news is I have great friends, I'm grounded in my faith, and then I also have doctors who are professionals who know how to deal with my condition.
[I] went through treatment, hospitalizations, prescriptions, to help me get back to more of a steady state, where I could be a functioning member of society. I could finish my college and university life, and move on to being a responsible adult who could take care of herself, but I wouldn't have been able to get through that without help.
I'm very much a proponent of sharing my journey because I've been through ups and downs, and if I can help one person out there to know that you're not alone and that you can get through it, that would be everything to me.
Me: What did your journey back to fitness look like?
Tiffany: I've gone back in the last, I would say, 10, 12 years of battling the scale because that would be my check-in of how I'm doing, but I stopped this year. I decided I'm not gonna do that anymore. I'm not gonna pay attention to the scale because obviously, I just need to stop this cycle of focusing on these three numbers that could make or break me mentally and just focus on the day at hand and the exercise that I put on my task list to accomplish.
So I would say from April to now, which is about 19 weeks, I've really focused on my energy levels, my strength, and just getting it done. In the simplest way, it's 28 minutes.
Me: It takes so much strength to have the confidence to say, “I love myself and I want to be a positive person, because it's going to benefit me for the rest of my life.”
Me: What did you think of the BBG Zero Equipment workout?
Tiffany: You may think that it's easy because there's no equipment, but it is probably one of the hardest workouts that I've done in my life. I feel like the biggest task on my to-do list has been accomplished in the day. I feel elated and ready to go take a shower and then rest for the next day so that I can do it all over again.
So, I peeked at the exercises before I did the whole workout and I was looking at them in an isolated setting, like, “Oh, I could totally do this for more than 30 seconds,” but then to put them back to back to back after each other with maybe five seconds to rest was hard.
Me: What advice would you give someone going through a similar journey?
Tiffany: If someone comes across to me and is going through something similar and they're feeling hopeless, they can at least look at me and see that there is that glimmer of light that I was talking about. There's that light at the end of the tunnel, where, yeah, that moment that you may be in or that season that you may be in may be tough, really hard, but there's a way to get through it, and I never did it alone. I always had someone to hold onto to help me get through it.
With the BBG Community, you never have to work out alone
Everyone has different challenges to overcome and sources of fitness motivation.
But no matter who you are, where you are in the world, or what you’re facing, you can become part of the BBG Community and find support for you and your health and fitness journey.
It’s a community of amazing, strong, like-minded women, who lift each other up, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it!
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.