- Age: 23
- Height: 5’3″
- Before: 206lbs
- After: 129lbs
- Weight Lost: 77lbs!
Becca lost 77lbs by…
Making a commitment to run at least a mile every day.
Cutting out alcohol and eating less calories than she consumed throughout the day.
Realizing that every bite counts. You might not remember that single bite of cake, but your body will.
At what moment did you realize you HAD to lose weight?
I realized I had to lose weight after going through a period of really severe depression. The final kick-starter to my weight loss journey was a bad breakup in 2015. I had been trying different diets off and on since 2014, but nothing seemed to be working. 2015 was when I was at my highest weight.
It all hit me at once that I couldn’t wear the clothes I wanted, couldn’t do the athletic activities that I used to, and just didn’t have the same amount of energy that I had when I weighed less. I realized that I needed to get myself together: mentally, emotionally, and physically.
What was the first step you took towards transforming your body?
I decided to cut out alcohol and run at least a mile a day. I knew transforming my body wouldn’t happen over night and that I needed to make a realistic change in order for the weight loss to stick. Slowly but surely, my diet started to change.
Running a mile a day worked for me because it was easy to see the progress I was making. I started at a 15 minute mile, but after a few weeks I started cutting my time down. Over time, exercise became easier and I incorporated 30 minutes of cardio in addition to my runs.
The cardio could be anything, ranging from plyometrics, to Zumba classes, to using the elliptical. It all depends on what I feel like doing that week. Currently I run a 7:43 minute mile, which I have been working on since 2015. I typically work out 4-5x a week.
What kind of adjustments did you make to your diet?
At first, I just cut out alcohol and limited my junk food/fast food consumption. Then, after doing research, I learned about CICO; which is basically ‘you need to burn more calories than you consume’.
I went to the doctor’s office and had my TDEE [Total Daily Energy Expenditure] calculated and estimated that I needed to eat around 1200 calories a day to lose weight, which is based on my height. I started off eating around 1600 calories a day, then after a few weeks 1500 calories a day, and so on until I reached 1200 calories a day. I use the app My Fitness Pal to calculate how many calories are in my meals and log everything I eat.
What were your go-to staple foods that helped you achieve your goals?
I love fruits, so I typically snacked on apples, watermelon, mangos, bananas, strawberries and bananas. I really like watermelon and Babybel lite cheese, mangos and tajin fruit seasoning, apples or bananas with peanut butter, and strawberries with light cool whip.
My late night snacks consist of either smart popcorn, halo top ice cream (I have a terrible sweet tooth), rice cakes with PB2 and sugar-free grape jelly, or celery and laughing cow cheese. It was easy to find healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but snacking was my weakness.
What kept you going on days you didn’t want to diet/exercise any more?
I’ll be honest, a lot of it was vanity reasons. I wanted to be able to wear and be comfortable in a bikini again in my twenties, I wanted to go shopping and not have to look for clothes in the plus size section, and I wanted to wear whatever I wanted without looking sloppy. But I also knew that my weight was affecting my health and overall energy, so I wanted to remedy that.
What was the best advice you received (or read) along the way?
I read so many helpful things along the way, but the best advice that I read was that I should focus on making this a lifestyle change instead of just viewing my weight loss as a diet.
Was there an ‘aha’ moment where everything began to click?
Yes, it actually happened quite recently! I was stuck at a plateau in January at 145 lbs. and I didn’t realize why I was stuck there for so long. Then it hit me; I was failing to log the little bites of food, like the bite of cookie dough for tasting or the couple fries I took from my boyfriend’s fast food. Those things add up, and when I started logging them, and keeping a more accurate track of my calories, the weight quickly started to fall off again.
How long did it take to begin seeing results?
The first few weeks of my weight loss were so motivating because I was losing 5 pounds every week. I soon realized that it was only water weight. It took about a year to see a big enough change in my body structure–in the first year I went from 205 lbs to around 155 lbs.
What apps/websites/resources did you use?
I definitely recommend using My Fitness Pal to log your food! Also, the community of Reddit.com/r/loseit has been super supportive throughout my entire journey. It’s very helpful to read stories and to realize that you are not alone in your weight loss journey.
Based on your experience, what advice would you give to our readers who are starting off as the ‘old’ you?
You have to motivate yourself to lose the weight. No one else is going to do it for you. No one else is going to hold you accountable. No one else is going to be upset if you eat an extra slice of pizza, or even a whole one. In fact, they might even pressure you to eat it!
You have to hold yourself accountable for every calorie that you consume and overall, be honest with yourself. Do not make excuses. If you have a bad day, just get over it and eat even healthier for the rest of the week or go 10% harder your next workout.
Finally, since this is a lifestyle change, you have to find the diet and workout that works for you specifically. Don’t force yourself to run if you hate it — instead, find a Zumba class or a Kickboxing class. Just find something that you like. You have to enjoy the journey in order for your weight loss to be sustainable.
Thanks for the interview, Becca! Be sure to check Becca out on Instagram @beceatsbacon for more progress updates, food porn, and inspirational content.