Body Transformation: CC Johnson Committed To Cut Fat And Compete!

CC saw Kelsey Byers on and learned what eating clean really looked like. See how that motivation helped CC cut 21 percent body fat and compete!

Why I decided to transform

I've struggled with my weight since childhood and became an emotional eater after my parents divorced and created a lifelong struggle that continued through high school and into college. I yoyo dieted for several years with different pills, injections, miracle foods, crash diets, and more.

I took pills without knowing what was in them. The pills later led to a benign growth on my thyroid which was resolved by undergoing a partial thyroidectomy. I tried Atkins, Dukan, South Beach, low-carb, no-carb, juicing, and cleansing diets.

Looking back, I see how silly my decisions were. I never learned how to feed my body or how to care for it. I know now that it's all about nutrition. I could spend hours at the gym, but if I don't fuel my body properly, it's a waste of time.

After unsustainable ups and downs, I came across an inspiring transformation story on in 2012 about a woman named Kelsey Byers. I was amazed by how she changed her body, lifestyle, and future. Her transformation story started everything and I finally understood what it meant to eat clean.

Before /// 183 lbs
After /// 132 lbs
AGE 32 / HEIGHT 5'5" / BODY FAT 33%
AGE 33 / HEIGHT 5'5" / BODY FAT 12%

How I accomplished my goals

I didn't take the plunge right away; it took me nearly two years to go all in. I was deathly afraid of carbs and held onto old ideas about how lifting makes women bulky. I feel silly admitting that now. I started researching and tried methods to convert my lifestyle like the Labrada for Her Challenge put on by Kelsey Byers, but I didn't complete it. was my go-to for research. Lee Labrada's 12-Week Lean Body and Jamie Eason's LiveFit introduced me to lifting. By summer 2013, I got more into lifting and cannonballed into fitness. I found Terica Messmer and Michelle Davis on Instagram and thought their transformations were incredible. At that point, there was no stopping.

In August 2013, I signed up for an NPC bikini competition at the Texas Shredder Classic in Austin, Texas, which was in April 2014. I was nowhere near competition form, but I forced myself to tell my friends and family who were extremely supportive. There were doubters, but the people I truly care for backed me completely.

Cool Fact

When CC isn't training for bikini competitions, she runs
half marathons, 5 ks, and Spartan races!

My first step was to get a trainer through I'm a teacher with a tight budget and FitSteady had great prices that worked for me. I was matched with Jared Munday who helped me lay the foundation for the right mindset.

I tried making meal plans on my own and saw minimal results, but, thankfully, a friend shared her nutritionist, Janelle Green, with me and my progress grew exponentially. I put myself in Janelle's hands and didn't look back. She's my dear friend now and a huge part of my journey. I'm forever grateful that our paths crossed. Because of her, I can control myself and don't allow cheat meals to become cheat days or weeks.

There were hard moments, but I harvested motivation from several sources and kept at it for nobody but myself. I walked onto the competition stage after eight months of prep and it was the best moment of my life. I set a goal and blew it through the roof!

What aspect challenged me the most

Changing my lifestyle was difficult. I used to go out on weekends and have drinks and a late-night meal, but I never went back after I committed to compete.

My determination made everything less challenging. I still have to talk myself out of buying chocolate and chips occasionally.

My future fitness plans

I have big plans and dreams. I didn't place in my first competition, but that wasn't my initial goal because I will win next time. I plan to compete again in November 2014. The wheels are in motion and Operation Pro Card has commenced.

I want to make fitness my profession and am looking to become a certified personal trainer and possibly get a nutrition certification. I'm determined to reach every one of my goals!

"The wheels are in motion and Operation Pro Card has commenced."

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

  • Get off the scale and take progress pictures to measure your success.
  • Good carbs are not the enemy.
  • Don't be hard on yourself when you falter.
  • Surround yourself with people who believe in you.
  • Start a social media fitness account and join the supportive online fitness community.
  • Believe in yourself and don't let negativity overtake your mind!

How helped me reach my goals was the catalyst for my journey and the place where I discovered Kelsey Byers. became my fitness Bible.

CC's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
  2. "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon
  3. "Arabella" by Arctic Monkeys
  4. "Oh No" by Girl Talk
  5. "Over Your Head" by The Hood Internet