Dear diary

Everyone has a story—here is one of mine.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dear Diary,

I have had some time to think about some things in my past that may need to be shared with others. I have went all the way back to my sophomore year in college when I first had an encounter with an eating disorder—bulimia also known as binge/purge. I would overeat and then go to the bathroom and make myself throw up. It never got to be a “real” problem because my mom caught me. I’m thankful she did, because it could have become a “real” problem.

So, why I am sharing this with you today? I am a fitness instructor and I do my best to help people with nutrition—balancing their meals. I felt the need to share “my story” because people may think I have never had a problem losing weight. I believe, most people think that I have always been fit and healthy, therefore I need to share “my story”.

As I tell my students at school, we all have a story. I have several, however, this one relates to health and fitness. I have always been active. I started playing basketball in fourth grade with a group of girls. We continued to play and by our eighth grade year, the five of us were moved to the varsity basketball team. I also participated in track and softball. I loved working out and staying in shape. As I mentioned previously, I never had a weight problem until I went to college. When that 20 pounds came on, and it didn’t happen overnight, I was devastated. I wanted to get rid of them as quickly and painlessly as possible. They weren’t coming off because I liked to eat. So I discovered the binge, then purge method. It went on for several weeks until I went home for the weekend. I had just finished an amazing, home cooked “mama” meal and immediately went to the bathroom. No big deal. I continued to do this the entire weekend. The last meal I ate before heading back to college, my mom said something to me as I came out of the bathroom. I was caught. I denied it, but she knew something wasn’t right. She heard me gagging and then confronted me when I came out. I’m thankful she “caught” me. That was the turning point in my life. I knew I had to lose the extra pounds the right way. Through dieting properly and exercise. I had to make some changes in my lifestyle of eating. I eventually lost the weight and I also saw a Ms. Olympia bodybuilding competition that same year of college. I told my mom I was going to do that one day. Ten years later I competed in my first bodybuilding competition. I have to admit, I didn’t eat right. I had hair, skin and nail problems, but I lost weight. I continued to compete and in 1994, a man walked into Bee’s Health & Fitness and shared a nutrition program with me. At the time, it was a network marketing program created by Dr. Barry Sears—The Zone Diet. It introduced me to the 30-40-30 lifestyle of eating. I ate this way for the Tampa Bay Classic Natural Bodybuilding competition in 1995. I was eating fat and losing fat. I was the healthiest I had ever been and my hairdresser, Patty Sullivan, was the first to notice. She shared with me several times that my hair, skin and nails were so much healthier than they were during the 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1995 competitions.

That has been my lifestyle of eating for the past 21 years. I have followed that program and continue to follow it when I decided to compete once again, 20 years later. Since I had been eating balanced meals, with some cheating here and there, I only lost 12 pounds to be competition ready. Most bodybuilders have 30 to 50 pounds to lose. I was told, yet again, by my hairdresser—that I looked even healthier today than I did 20 years ago. It is a very easy way to eat. You simply do your best to balance your meals. When I learned how to do this, all I had was Corinne T. Netzer’s book, The Complete Book of Food Counts. I would look up everything I ate and wrote down the proteins, carbohydrates and fat counts. I would calculate it and get as close to 30% of the calories from protein, 40% of the calories from carbohydrates and 30% of the calories from fat. Today, My Fitness Pal, Noom, CHRO-O-meter, Lose It and several more available that can scan bar codes and put all of the serving size information in your smart phone. How awesome and non-time consuming is that?

I still love to eat, however, I make good choices and eat five to six times per day, with portion control, balanced meals and snacks. I encourage you to start somewhere. Start changing one meal at a time, then go to two and before you know it, you will be eating as balanced as you can on a daily basis. Is there room for a “cheat” day? Absolutely! You should never deprive yourself of something that you want. Just make sure it is an actual serving size. It’s when we eat two to three servings that gets us in trouble. You can do it! I BELIEVE in you, do you BELIEVE in you? Keep moving forward and don’t look back, you’re not going in that direction.

Faithfully fit,
Coach Becky


Run with Perseverance

Run with Perseverance -- Oaklee
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” ~1 Timothy 4:12~

For the past two years I have been involved with organizing area 5K events and what an awesome experience this has been. What amazes me the most, is the number of young people that have been participating in these events. About three years ago, I wrote a blog entitled, “Pacesetter”. That was about a young man (Samuel Lord) that became my pacesetter in the Suwannee County Fair 5K. What was awesome is the fact that he had a personal goal–he wanted to complete that 5K in less than 30 minutes, and he did. Samuel participated in the Freedom Fest 5K that was held on Saturday, July 5 and won his age division (9-11) with a time of 25:50.

Another young man that has become an inspiration to old and young is Colton Rogers. Colton has a love of running, has won several overall male awards and he is only six years old. If he doesn’t win the overall male trophy, he wins his age division. The smile on his face is priceless and the drive he has is insurmountable.

Timothy Choe is another fine athlete that has won the overall male award in the BEST DANG RACE, BAND on the RUN 5K, and the FREEDOM FEST 5K. What I love most about this young man is his humbleness and AWESOME smile. Keep on running Timothy!

Of course I cannot overlook our ladies. Autumn Raulerson is a fine athlete as well. She recently won the overall female award at the FREEDOM FEST 5K. Haley Cook is an annual participant in the Freedom Fest 5K and runs with her grandfather, Jimmy Salazar. I can’t help but mention Rebekah Johnson. This little “spit fire” had an awesome finish at the Kickin’ it for Kids 5K that was held on Friday, June 26.  Brooke Stevens has also participated in several of the local 5Ks and does an outstanding job.

I encourage everyone to participate in the upcoming 5K event that will be held on Saturday, July 18th at 7:30 am. It is the 5K FUN RUN sponsored by the Suwannee River Regional Library and the US Army. For more information you may contact Susan Martin at the Suwannee River Regional Library.

Faithfully fit,
Coach Becky


Positive F Words


Now that I have your attention, here are the positive F words that should never leave you:

Positve F Words

Every summer for over 25 years, my children and I have traveled to South Dakota for an amazing weekend of camping, family, fitness and FUN.  Pickerel Lake, near Grenville, South Dakota, has been the host for the annual Family Fun Days event.  It kicks off on Thursday evening with the annual horseshoe tournament and reunion of families.  Friday is the hot dog roast and more family FUN.  Saturday is “the” day for a majority of the weekend events.  At 9:00 am the day begins with a casting contest for ALL ages, men and women.  From that event on, so many families get together to form Obstacle course teams, Pongo teams, Birdie Golf, Bean Bag Toss, Great Balloon Toss, Kick the Shoe contest, Three Legged race with three people, and so much more.  The evening ends with a Pot Luck Dinner followed by a fun skit for first time campers at Family Fun Days.  Sunday morning starts off with coffee, donuts and juice followed by the morning Worship with Ne-So-Dak Camp counselors leading.  It truly is an amazing, fun-filled weekend of memory making opportunities.

Family Fitness Outreach Center has been working hard to get Suwannee County moving and would like to announce the 1st Annual Father’s Day 5K to be held on Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 am.  This will be a FREE event and I encourage EVERYONE to join us as a family for some fun and fitness! Once again, this is a FREE event and you do not have to be a runner to participate.  As a matter of fact, I challenge YOU and YOUR family to walk, wog, jog, stroll–whatever your heart desires.  For more information, email Coach Becky Skipper at or go to  It’s going to be a FUN, FAMILY, FITNESS event.  Hope to see new faces as well as old faces in the crowd.  🙂

Faithfully Fit,

Coach Becky



Three is the Magic Number

Three is the magic number when it comes to several things.  If you are a Christian, of course there is the trinity:  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  If you grew up on School House Rock videos:  Three is the magic number was an awesome way to learn multiples of three.

Three is the magic number for me this year as I have three-20 year anniversaries.

  1. Twenty years ago on April 16, Resurrection Sunday, I rededicated my life to the LORD and have not looked back.  That was the best decision I could have ever made and I truly enjoy sharing HIS love with everyone I meet.  He is my business partner, my strength, my provider, my refuge, my friend, my father and the list goes on and on.  He is the best REALationship anyone could have.  I encourage everyone to get to know Him, your life will truly change.
  2. Twenty years ago a man by the name of “Steamboat Willie” walked into Bee’s Health & Fitness  and introduced me to The Zone by Dr. Barry Sears.  The Zone was the best decision I made concerning my nutrition.  It is based on the 30-40-30 principle:  30% of your calories are protein; 40% of your calories are carbohydrates and 30% of your calories are fat.  By balancing meals, your body is only as good as your last meal.  What does that mean?  If your meal was balanced you will have enough energy and fuel to get you to your next meal.  If you ate like crap, you will feel like crap until your next meal.  Since that day, I have been following The Zone lifestyle of eating and feel great.
  3. Twenty years ago in August, I competed in the Tampa Bay Classic Natural Bodybuilding competition.  It was during this competition that I realized how important a healthy style of eating is.  I  did not have to change my nutrition by much, I just had to adjust some of the calories that I was consuming.  I followed the 30-40-30 lifestyle of eating and can honestly say that my skin, hair and health was far better than the first competition I did in 1990.

The past twenty years have been amazing.  I have to say that consistency is the key.  Being consistent in my walk with the Lord and my eating habits have inspired me to compete, once again this year.  I want to inspire others to follow their dreams, accomplish their goals and live life to the fullest.  It takes dedication, desire, commitment, perseverance, hard work, patience and a healthy lifestyle to succeed.

You are never to old to set another goal


Faithfully fit,

Coach Becky