Designing Summer IX

Today’s post is to write about why counting macros is not actually limiting, as per popular opinion.

So many people have told me they admire me for counting my macros but could never do it themselves because it takes too much discipline. While I agree counting macros does take quite a bit of discipline, I disagree with the ideas: it is impossible to stick with, not everyone can handle it, counting is limiting and restrictive.

I’m here today to explain why a small amount of discipline can pay dividends.

1. To some degree, I think everyone has a fear of the unknown. Personally, when I do not have something planned out very specifically, I feel very anxious. There are so many things to feel anxious about that I have no control over, but I feel much more relaxed when I count my food out because I am able to take control of something that would otherwise be unknown.

2. To the same end, many people decide they want to eat organic or other diets… why? Because of their fear of the unknown! BUT there’s still another variable. You may know what is going into your body, but you have no idea how much… unless you track.

3. To further expound point two, I would like to pose the question: Have you ever really broken down and just eaten anything you see but later regretted it, feeling like you probably shouldn’t eat very much the next day? Well actually, starvation and overeating are both detrimental to your health. If you could somehow eat all your favorite foods and not feel guilty about it, wouldn’t you jump on the opportunity? Hm… that’s what tracking macros is.

4. To add one final point, think of tracking macros as an investment in your future. Every time you experience a temptation to cheat and throw out your conditioned discipline, remember you just took five steps back on the road to your goals.

5. Yes, you may feel restricted at first, but don’t you feel more restricted if you aren’t healthy? What’s more important- that extra piece of cake OR a longer and more fulfilled life where you can’t help but smile every time you look in the mirror?

I’m not being manipulative… this is how I legitimately feel. If you are interested in the Reb-L nutrition program or would like some one-on-one help planning and motivating, feel free to reach out to me. I would LOVE everyone to love counting their macros as much as I do.

Until next time.

Designing Summer V

Happy High-Carb Day!!!!

Last weigh-in Cami and I had to get our food taken away :( It’s the saddest thing to have to ask your mom “hey please take my food away, I didn’t lose weight this week”.

I actually kind of like the strangeness of our family dynamic, though, because no other families that I know of compete against each other to lose weight.

When other people share the same goals- whether they are nutrition or exercise related- it is so much easier to be motivated and spot-on with macros. Knowing that I have to continually check in with the rest of my family with my process (or to share my mistakes), makes me not want to cheat. For fear of being judged, I can’t freak out and blow my numbers one day just because I have some kind of craving. I highly recommend working with a friend or family member to meet your fitness goals.

So here’s the update: so far I’m still in the lead, but I still have a long way to go….. that’s the hard part about cutting, there’s no such thing as a “quick cut”.

Designing Summer II

Welcome to the second installment of “Designing Summer”… where we follow my family and me through the summer of training, nutrition, and contest prep! If you did’t get a chance to read last week’s post- don’t worry! because you can still find the link on my Facebook page or the entire blog on

So this week we made only slight progress: Mike stayed the same weight so he has to get more food taken away. It’s funny because the morning of every weigh-in I feel soooo nervous and step on the scale with my eyes closed because I’m afraid of looking. I was down 2 pounds yesterday, which was actually the winner of “poundage” for the cycle, and I can’t even explain how much of a relief it was to see those numbers. We’ll see what happens this week though…

I’ll walk y’all through a normal day (for me at least): Wake up, Eat, Class, Eat, Run, Eat, Lift, Eat, work, Eat, Sleep

And I STILL feel like I’m starving to death! hahaaa

Anyway, here’s an example of manipulating the menu when going out: Last night (for Cinco de Mayo), I went with some friends to get tacos. I know what you’re thinking! “HOW CAN YOU EAT TACOS??? THERE’S ALL KINDS OF CARBS IN THERE!!!”

Well…. joke’s on you because “tacos” taste just as good as a pile of meat, vegetables, and hot sauce! You save calories, it’s wayyy more filling- turn the tacos into salad, AND you still ate tacos and didn’t have to bring your own food or just watch everyone else and feel left out!

Okay! Stay tuned for my next post… I’ll be explaining what to do if you’re off on your macros or you run out of food but you’re starving still!

Until next time 😉

So what exactly IS Body Building? Volume VI




Final 10 days before the competition… where everything really gets crazy. Here’s a play-by play:

We started with increasing sodium to draw in water for the first couple days, so we are taking a salt tablet with every meal now. The idea of salt and fluid deprivation is a myth… how will your muscles look full if you don’t actually draw water into them?

SATURDAY: Today was rough. We originally thought we would start increasing carbs today, but after 2 high carb meals, we suddenly got switched back to low carbs to make sure we get lean enough for next weekend. Sooooooo now we all have between 20 and 50 carbs left for 4 more meals…..

MONDAY: The HIGHEST high carb day. Today was fantastic! Pancakes, strawberries, cereal, chocolate milk, and a tiny bit of ice cream. Everyone was in a good mood. So from now until Thursday we start decreasing carbs until the day we’ve all been dreading… LOW CARB DAY.

TUESDAY: Waxing! So painful but now I’m finally not a sasquatch anymore.

WEDNESDAY: Hair color this morning! Nails Tonight! I spent all the rest of the day packing and cooking for the competition so hopefully I didn’t forget anything…

THURSDAY: Tiny meals…. None of us can be around each other for more than a few minutes because no one has any patience or brain function.  Also round one of spray tanning today so now there’s no sweating aloud hahaaaaa.

FRIDAY: YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH off to Chicago!!!!!! We’re not doing anything all day now! Just a 20min workout and Netflix/Sleeping all day. I took a couple pictures so make sure you check them out.

TOMORROW: Tomorrow’s the big day! We have food planned out every 2 hours through the entire day, whether it’s steak and a banana, eggs and sweet potatoes, or a pre-stage Reese’s (that we’re all secretly looking forward too) I thought about posting this tomorrow with some commentary on the show but I know I won’t want to write anything while we’re at the show. Of COURSE there will be TONS of pictures to be posted tomorrow to showcase the entire day, don’t worry.


Here’s a couple pictures from today… just being lazy. The third is Becky napping (just ignore that it’s backwards), and the last is our entire workout haha. It’s been a pretty good day. Tune in to Facebook tomorrow for competition pictures and sometime next week for a final blog post!



Elite Fitness

Competitive Spirit?

Power Lifting / Weight Training
Body Building / Figure / Bikini Competition
Sports Conditioning


Becky Dastrup

​Owner and Founder of RebL Fit

Becoming a Reb-L…. My husband Mike and I have been married since February of 1994. We have 3 great kids, Morgan, Cami and Scotty. They are my home team and support for my business! I am the oldest of eight kids. I grew up in delightful chaos (most of the time), and creatively inexpensive family fun. Mom made just about everything from scratch and I learned to love to cook and creating menus from her. Our family vacations were always about camping, skiing, hiking, or swimming and I fell in love with the active lifestyle.

Training Philosophy

I thrive on finding the way to reach people and educate them in changing their lifestyles to be healthy and fit and how to maintain it. I fully believe in our motto,  “Become Who YOU Are.”

What makes me unique?

The name Reb-L Fit is a play on my name, “Rebecca.” My nick name is “Reb-L.” I guess it’s a fair representation, since I rebel against things I see as obstacles to me making the most out of myself and my life. I love a challenge, and I think I am happiest when I have one to overcome. Reb-L Fit is my challenge.


  • IFPA Figure Pro
  • Peak Pilates Comprehensive Instructor
  • USAPL Level 1 Coach
  • USAW Level 1 Coach
  • USAT Level 1 Coach
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • SCW- edu Sports Nutrition Coach
  • Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering – Brigham Young University

Nutrition Coaching

The Reb-L Fit Nutrition Program is a personalized program, designed around each individual. It is based on the lean mass, goals, and challenges of each person. We begin by taking your body fat measurements to determine the ideal macronutrient balance – or protein, fat and carbohydrate intake to maintain your current weight. (Macronutrients are proteins, fats and carbs.) You track your food intake for a few days, and we compare what you need to eat to your activities. The next step is to estimate the ideal weight and lean mass for you and set up your long term and intermediate goals to reach your best body composition.

As your nutrition coach, I plan out a program for you. We estimate a timeline; how long it can take to reach your goals, and the best nutrition plan to accomplish them. Together, we decide whether you begin with a focus on fat loss, lean gain, overall balance, or performance; you have to eat differently for each! The ideal balance of fat grams, protein grams and carbohydrate grams are then organized for you into a per meal and per day set up that you use as guide. You can choose the food you eat, and I help you understand which foods will fit each macronutrient category best.

Often times challenges with getting lean, increasing muscle, recovery and sports performance stem with getting too little of the right macros (protein, fat and carbs) at the appropriate times. Consistency is important, as is timing and balance. This nutrition program is successful because it is based on your current body composition, your current habits, and your future goals.

I will guide you, and you will have my support, as well as the support of other Reb-L Fit nutrition plan members to stay on track. You can email or text me anytime with questions, and you are added to a private face book group where you can post challenges, questions and successes in a safe and friendly environment. You report weekly via email, or in person, depending on where you are in your progression. We will meet at a minimum of once a month to check in and take your updated body fat measurements, as well as to work through challenges and plan next steps.

The Reb-L Fit nutrition program is a healthy, scientifically based set up. I use current industry based recommendations for the necessary protein, carb and fat intake of each person. We focus on feeding muscle, stimulating metabolism, and changing poor eating habits so you can make a permanent lifestyle change. You have flexibility in food choices, and you receive the education you need to reach and maintain a healthy body fat and lean mass balance for life.

Personal macro nutrient profile using a break down of carbohydrates, protein and fats best suited to the you and your goals. Profile based on body fat measurements, age, gender and lifestyle. Recommended 3 month program minimum for maximum results.


Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini competition is both a sport and an art form. A competitor learns discipline, focus and endurance, as well as how to sculpt the body into a stage worthy figure. There are many ways to train for a competition, but there are fewer ways that are sustainable long term, that can evolve into a healthy lifestyle.

At Reb-L, I work with competitors to teach them proper eating habits that can lean them out for the stage, and help them stay lean, strong and healthy long term. Nutrition programming is personal and continuous. The focus is on eating enough food, and the right balance of macronutrients like fat, carbs and protein to gain lean mass and lose fat.

I program weight training for the individual. The type of competition, the competitors current fitness and abilities are considered, and their programming is set up according to competition timing and the competitor’s needs.

Part of every competition includes posing and preparing stage presence. Our instructors are experienced competitors with multiple top 5 placings and pro level status.

Competition is a serious sport. Choosing to compete once, or to make it a lifestyle, requires deciding to make a lifestyle change. To truly prepare for a competition requires working out and eating right consistently and long term. Its worth it, and at Reb-L we can teach you how.


Pilates is a workout system developed to rehabilitate injured soldiers during the World War I. Joseph Pilates, an intern at a POW camp hospital developed the workout using bed frames and bed springs. It was designed to activate core muscles, increase flexibility, and work the entire body from its center, or powerhouse. Pilates has evolved into an effective and challenging program applicable to everyone from body builders to endurance athletes to those recovering from surgeries and injuries. Pilates also helps develop muscular endurance, coordination, body awareness and improved respiration.

The Reb-L Fit Program is classically designed, following the workouts put together by Joseph Pilates. It will improve range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture and abdominal strength, as well as decreasing back, neck and joint pain.

I offer full Pilates workouts on the Pilates Reformers in private sessions, semi-private sessions and small groups of three. Workouts incorporate specially selected exercises on all the Pilates equipment (reformers, chairs, towers, barrels and mats) designed for the individuals participating. The workouts are challenging and focused on the needs and progress of the individuals.

The Reb-L Flex workout is a circuit workout for larger groups of up to 6. The workout follows selected exercises from the classic Pilates series. Participants follow a circuit format, moving from one piece of equipment to another to provide challenge and variety to the group members. This workout is ideal as a supplement to the private, semi-private and small group sessions, as well as to any weight training, endurance training or sports program. It educates the members to move correctly, stabilizing and working from the core, strengthening small supporting muscles and increasing flexibility.

If you are new to Pilates, you should begin by meeting privately for a free 30 minute trial session. Together we will discuss limitations and goals, then work through a session to determine your abilities and ideal workout setup. I will help you determine if 30 minute, hour, private, small or large group sessions will best serve your needs.

The Reb-L Fit mat Pilates workouts are another excellent way to incorporate core strength and flexibility work into any training program. The groups allow up to 6 members, and all abilities are welcome. The mat workouts follow movements adapted from the classic reformer workouts, and include modifications and variations to challenge everyone.

Weight Training

The “Big Lifts” in bodybuilding and power lifting are squats, dead lifts and the bench press. We have added the overhead press to the list to complete our profile of lifts for full body training. Strength training is also an awesome way to develop relative strength (your strength in relation to your body weight), increased fat burning potential due to increase caloric output and muscle mass and improved performance (a stronger muscle is a faster and more powerful muscle).

The movements inherent to the “Big Lifts” all exist in our natural body movements. It’s important to learn their proper execution, whether you are a power lifter, body builder, fitness enthusiast or a beginner!! They apply to everyone, and variations of each are part of our programming. Correct movement is essential, to protect you from injury whether you are actively working to gain strength and lean mass, or simply adding weight training to your fitness regimen to give balance to your programming.

I work to educate you in performing these lifts. I observe your execution of each movement, and based on your goals, we program axillary work to address the weaknesses you have in each one. We work together to set goals and progressions to your workouts based on your abilities and interests.

I offer a variety of weight training options. Personal training, semi-private sessions, and small groups workouts (3-5 members) are all workouts planned specifically for the participants, with their abilities and goals in mind. Personal training (including semi private and small group) can be scheduled whenever you and I are available.

Your personal program can be set up to help your reach the strength and leanness that you have always hoped for, or even prepare you for a power lifting competition, a bodybuilding, figure or bikini competition!