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Published May 31, 2012, 11:30 PM

Holt: Support, tracking help woman keep weight off

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Becca Wolff’s first “mini goal” was to fit into a size 18. More recently it was to complete a 5K. The 26-year-old’s mini goals helped her lose 130 pounds – and keep it off for almost three years.

By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Becca Wolff’s first “mini goal” was to fit into a size 18. More recently it was to complete a 5K.

The 26-year-old’s mini goals helped her lose 130 pounds – and keep it off for almost three years.

“You have to re-inspire yourself,” she says. “Every day is a challenge.”

Weight had always been an issue for Wolff, who grew up on a small sheep farm in Oakes, N.D.

At 260 pounds, the Aberdeen woman wasn’t happy with herself and decided to do something about it.

“I had to come to terms with who I was,” she says, and she set her mind to conquering her weight.

Wolff started by eating more whole foods and exercising at least five days a week – a lot of cardio and strength training.

Now those habits are her way of life. “Working out and eating right has become a lifestyle for me,” she says.

She credits a strong support system and personal accountability for her lasting success.

“My parents and family were so supportive, and I know I couldn’t have done it without them,” she says.

Wolff’s success has inspired her family and friends, and her sisters have lost weight, too.

“As I’m learning, I’m sharing what I’m learning with the people in my life,” she says, adding that helping others is the most rewarding part of the process.

She keeps track of everything – the good, the bad and the ugly – with a mobile app on her phone.

“When you put in the food you eat and you see how many calories it is, you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ ” she says.

“It’s a way for me to be honest with myself,” she adds.

Wolff never denies herself something, but if she’s going to have it, she’ll portion it out or eat one or two bites.

“You just need the taste of it, instead of the whole piece of it or the whole bowl of it,” she says.

She’s a consistent calorie counter. It doesn’t work for everybody, but it works for her.

“If I’m going to eat it, I have to be able to burn it off,” she says.

It hasn’t always been easy, but she’s stuck with it. “Sometimes it’s a roller coaster, but I love the ride,” she says.

Changing her body and health has helped Wolff change her attitude and outlook on life.

“I’m much more driven and confident,” she says. “I’m not the same person.”

Those qualities have helped her make further changes.

She met her now-fiancé about a year and a half ago. “He’s very supportive of the decisions I make,” she says.

About a month later, she was offered a job as 4-H youth program adviser for Brown County.

Wolff keeps a “before” picture in her office as a reminder of how far she’s come.

“That’s humbling to be able to look at that and say, ‘You did this.’ ”

Do you have a weight-loss story to tell? Email me at mholt@forumcomm.com.


Forum reporter Meredith Holt has lost 105 pounds since May 2010. She will share stories of her weight-loss journey in her column, which runs the first and third Friday of each month in SheSays. Readers can reach her at (701) 241-5590.

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