From Final-Place Finisher to Age-Group Winner After Shedding 80 Kilos in 10 Months!

In 2004, I used to be 18 years outdated and tragically misplaced my father. I started residing an unhealthy life-style which left me weighing 220 lbs. For nearly 10 years I continued to not deal with my well being & would eat primarily quick meals & junk meals. I used to be now a spouse, mom to 2 younger daughters & at school full time. My well being was in hassle and I used to be persevering with to achieve extra weight. It was now December 2013, when so many New Yr’s Resolutions are made. I needed to make a change…as soon as and for all.

This resolution got here after breaking down – crying at my physician’s workplace. I hated the best way I regarded and the way I felt being chubby. I defined that “I used to be working so laborious operating and “attempting” to drop some pounds…but it surely wasn’t working.” I instructed him how irritating it was, and that I simply felt depressing. His response was: “nicely, Rebecca…that’s nice you’re operating, but it surely actually doesn’t matter in the event you’re not maintaining a healthy diet!” After I received again to my automotive I learn the abstract paper from my appointment. It said that the explanation for my go to was: “weight problems.” That phrase hit me actually laborious, but it surely was the fact.

My physician’s response offered me with a psychological breakthrough relating to well being and diet. “You might want to eat more healthy” was an apparent response, but it surely wasn’t till that second that I noticed that I used to be solely hurting myself. I’d run a pair miles, a number of occasions per week, however would eat meals that had been fried, processed, and unhealthy. I drank a whole lot of soda and my “pleased place” was simply sitting in entrance of the TV consuming quick meals.


A couple of weeks after the episode on the physician’s workplace, I made a decision to take part within the DeLeon Springs Half Marathon on January fifth, 2014.

I needed to dedicate the run to the reminiscence of my father because it was near the 10-year mark since he had been gone. I additionally made the choice to make use of this occasion to kick begin my quest for a more healthy life-style.

I had by no means run over 5 miles earlier than the 13.1 mile race. I didn’t prepare for the race, and didn’t know what to anticipate, or if I’d even end. It was actually powerful, however I completed in 2 hours and 53 minutes. I positioned LAST in my age group, however didn’t let this defeat me. I used this run as motivation to develop into a greater and happier me. I made it to that end line, however this was actually simply the beginning!

After the run, a pal instructed me concerning the app “Fooducate.” I had by no means heard of it earlier than and determined to test it out. I used to be simply amazed on the quantity of useful info that was out there. I went loopy scanning every thing in our kitchen. I used to be addicted!

To be fully sincere, I had by no means actually checked out diet labels up to now. I didn’t know what a “excessive stage of sodium, sugar or saturated fats” was. I noticed numbers, however didn’t know what number of grams or milligrams of one thing had been excessive or low. I had no thought what a very good stability of carbs, proteins, or fat was.

I scanned every thing I purchased (or thought-about shopping for!) within the grocery retailer earlier than buying it. By scanning meals merchandise, I used to be capable of educate myself and examine the info. I knew which meals had been excessive or low in energy, sugar, fiber, sodium, carbs, and fats. I additionally discovered about synthetic coloring/flavors/sweeteners, excessive fructose corn syrup, sodium nitrates, and many others., which I had by no means paid any consideration to earlier than. I centered on more healthy options to the meals I used to be consuming, and began consuming meals with a brief ingredient listing. I cherished seeing the meals that simply had one ingredient. For example, the one ingredient in a candy potato is…a candy potato. The one ingredient in apples…is apples.


My level is that so many meals which are “created” comprise issues that we simply don’t want. They aren’t pure. “Meals” has been modified and altered into one thing that simply isn’t actual. I used to eat Cheetos, Doritos, frozen pizzas and soda. All of that is made in a manufacturing unit. It’s synthetic “meals.” Educating myself helped me see how these processed meals weren’t helpful to my well being or well-being. I centered on the saying: “Reside Meals for Reside Our bodies” that means something that was alive sooner or later (fruit, greens, rooster, fish, and many others.). On account of scanning and studying concerning the meals I used to eat, I used to be capable of have a greater appreciation for these meals and their healthful advantages.

I grew to become increasingly more cautious about what I put inside my physique. I didn’t eat a 100% “all pure” food plan, however I did attempt to discover the more healthy choices to the processed meals I usually ate (like bread, wraps, cheese, Greek yogurts, and many others). Not all meals is CREATED the identical. Generally meals are marketed as “wholesome” once they actually aren’t.

The extra I discovered about meals and diet, the extra conscious I grew to become of how dangerous meals is throughout us. I by no means actually realized it earlier than. In every single place we go there’s meals to tempt us. There’s a McDonald’s nearly all over the place you look. You may’t stroll right into a gasoline station with no gigantic image of a donut, scorching canine, large gulp soda & pizza thrown in your face. And that’s earlier than you even stroll within the retailer! As soon as inside you’re greeted with Mountain Dew, Pepsi, M&Ms, Skittles, Lays chips, Twinkies, cookies, Cheetos…and so forth. We’re mainly being bombarded by junk.


I do know maintaining a healthy diet is all about self-discipline, however I really feel like our environment set folks up for failure. Since residing a more healthy life-style, I’ve develop into far more observant of meals round me, what’s bought/promoted, and the meals folks eat, & purchase. It’s unlucky that all over the place we go we’re underneath assault by junk-food. Take into consideration how a lot happier we might be if wholesome meals was promoted as a substitute. It might be simpler to make higher decisions.

I really like the little saying: “out of sight, out of thoughts.” Nicely, wholesome meals is just about out of our sight nowadays. You don’t see bananas, grapes or apples by the register to buy when you’re ready in line to take a look at on the grocery retailer. It’s simply sweet and chips. It takes excessive willpower to withstand consuming/consuming these unhealthy meals/drinks, as a result of they’re all the time in our sight. I by no means go away dwelling with out loads of my very own meals and a gallon of water…ever! Its extra handy & units me up for fulfillment.

Regardless of dangerous meals being all over the place we glance, I made the choice to remain centered and devoted. With my more healthy food plan complemented by operating, I used to be capable of lose 80 kilos in ten months. Working grew to become simpler as I misplaced weight. My husband, Kevin, additionally benefited from having higher meals in our home and misplaced 40 kilos!

Together with my more healthy food plan, I continued to run. I keep in mind somebody telling me that “it DOES get simpler”, and I simply saved telling myself that. I signed up for a similar Half Marathon that I had run the 12 months earlier than at 220 kilos, which had taken me 2 hours and 53 minutes to finish (incomes me final place in my age group!)…a 12 months later, 80 kilos lighter and I accomplished the identical 13.1 miles in 1 hour and 58 minutes, which earned me FIRST place in my age group!

Precisely one 12 months later

Working performed an enormous function in my weightloss success & happines. It wasn’t all the time simple with two little ones & whereas being a full time school scholar…however I regarded for any alternative to run.

I attempted to maintain a very good perspective after I would push the ladies in our double stroller & began operating races with them.  With time…I used to be conducting objectives, putting in my age group and even operating PR’s (private information) whereas pushing them within the stroller! I additionally started to take heed to uplifting messages/sermons and optimistic music whereas I ran. It stuffed my thoughts with encouragement and helped me run quicker & longer! I attempt to encourage everybody to get exterior and be energetic, & take heed to one thing that makes your pleased…even when it’s only for a couple of minutes. If operating isn’t your factor…stroll, bike, swim, no matter! It helps tremendously!


I’m so grateful for my new outlook on life and diet. Maintaining a healthy diet isn’t all the time simple. It’s 2018, and most of us don’t develop and hunt our personal meals. We have now to do the perfect we will with the meals that’s bought to us, and it may be actually powerful. For YEARS & YEARS my aim was to “drop some pounds.” Regardless of my short-term efforts…I used to be doing it incorrect.  There isn’t any “fast repair”, however staying devoted (& trusting the method), paid off. I didn’t use any packages, fat burners, assist from knowledgeable, meal alternative shakes, wraps, and many others…and many others! Coming from somebody who was once obsessive about something & every thing fried, processed and fattening…I can let you know that in the event you keep it up (*dwell meals for all times our bodies & being energetic*) you’ll be taught to adore it! It does get simpler. Don’t over complicate it. Most of us need to drop some pounds to “LOOK higher”…however (look apart) it’s also a well being concern to be severely chubby!

Dwelling a more healthy life-style has reworked not solely my life, however our total household as nicely. Our daughters ages 6 & 7 now love wholesome meals. They get pleasure from operating races as nicely. I’m actually grateful that they’re able to develop up residing wholesome and energetic life.

December 2017, I ran my first ever extremely marathon (50 miles) & positioned within the Prime 10! I ran 2 different ultras in 2018, & a number of weeks in the past accomplished my longest distance…100 miles in 28 hours! Runner’s World not too long ago shared my story & created a video…which was completely wonderful. You may test it out right here: This Girl Went From Final-Place Finisher to Age-Group Winner After Shedding 80 Kilos.

It wasn’t that a few years in the past that I used to be struggling to run a mile. It’s actually superior to see what you possibly can accomplish, once you truly battle to attain it. I used to have a look at wholesome consuming and operating as a chore, or a burden…however a brand new perspective & higher perspective reworked my thoughts, and in return I achieved optimistic outcomes. I discovered to encourage & problem myself. It was superior when it began coming collectively & I can really say that I truly loved the method. It was powerful, but thrilling on the similar time…and nonetheless is!

I hope to advertise greater than weight reduction however a wholesome physique & thoughts. Consuming higher meals, operating, and in search of methods to encourage myself helped rework me bodily and mentally as nicely. So don’t dwell in your start line, hold your eyes centered on what you what to attain. What you see is what you’ll be. If I didn’t as soon as weigh 220 kilos I wouldn’t have been capable of overcome the load and the opposite destructive issues in my life that had been additionally actually weighing me down in my thoughts. I wouldn’t be scripting this weblog submit proper now or sharing my story. Don’t be afraid to place your self on the market, don’t be afraid to fail. Begin over. Don’t be afraid to return in final (somebody has to…even within the Olympics!) Ending final gave me the drive to battle more durable & end first only a 12 months later. I needed to put myself on the market to attain this. I needed to give up dwelling on the destructive and wishing issues had been totally different. I needed to START & make it occur. Imagine you’ve the flexibility and energy to beat & conquer! You might be capABLE. Flip your setbacks into comebacks in 2019!



I like to encourage others to dwell their very own wholesome life! It’s potential to do it by yourself…and I hope to encourage folks by way of my story. I’ve been there. I get it!

I submit well being and health motivation on my Fb web page if you need to comply with me!

-Rebecca Rybicki –

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