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Featured Fitale Jenica


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FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

J:  I’m Jenica, wife and stay at home Mom of 2 (ages 4 and 2.5).

FFFC:  What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?

J:  I was playing around with my daughter (then almost 2 yrs) while my newborn son took a nap. I decided to pretend like I was sleeping. She came up to me, and began to try to wake me up. I continued to pretend to be asleep. She again tried to wake me, and when I didn’t respond, she began to cry.
That moment changed everything. being stay-at-home mom and all I could think was, “What if something really happened to me while I was home alone with them? This is how she would react. This is how scared she would be.” I was an almost 28-year-old with high blood pressure, PCOS, insulin resistance, and starting to show signs of sleep apnea.

That was my ah-ha moment.

FFFC:  What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?

J:  I started at 305 lbs, with a BMI of 47.8. Although I haven’t weighed myself in a few weeks (that number means less and less the more active I become), I’ve lost 117 lbs and a BMI of 29.4. I lost 12.5 “ in my waist, 17” in my hips.

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FFFC:  How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?

J:  I don’t put an “end” on the time of my transformation, because I really consider this a LIFELONG process. My goals may change from time to time, but for me, this is a journey towards increased health and wellness. That being said, I lost 100 lbs in about 18 months and had reached my lowest weight in less than 2 years.

FFFC:  What physical activities did you participate in during your journey?

J:  Since I am a stay-at-home mom, finding time to workout was difficult at times. I often simply pushed my children in the double stroller- often only 20 min at a time 3-5 times a week. I also found circuit training images on Pinterest or did random workouts from YouTube while my children napped.

Now that my children are in preschool for a few hours 3 days a week, I have begun training for a half marathon. I also LOVE Zumba!

FFFC:  How did your eating habits change?

J:  I had bad eating habits all around. I’d often skip meals and then binge on processed foods at night. Now I try to eat as clean as possible, but also allow “treats”

FFFC:  What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

J:  Breakfast (if I’m home for the morning) is usually an omelette with a few eggs (whole eggs), with veggies, a side of fruit, and coffee.

Lunch- one of my favs- “avocado chicken salad”- mash an avocado, add shredded chicken and pico de gallo. If I am out of chicken, I often do the same but add hard-boiled eggs instead.

Dinner- we try to do protein and 2 veggies- so something like Salmon with asparagus and roasted cauliflower etc.

*Desserts- Our latest fav is “guilt free” ice cream- freeze a few bananas (after peeling them), blend them along with honey, a TBSP or so of almond butter, vanilla extract and voila, ice cream! (We’ve also added frozen berries, chocolate chips, coconut flakes etc).

FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

J:  These days it’s Zumba and running/walking/jogging.

FFFC:  What do you do now to maintain your physique?

J:  Continue to be mindful of my eating and making time for physical activity!

FFFC:  How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

J:  If I have a craving for a few days, I usually allow myself to indulge in a treat. I have found that if I COMPLETELY deny myself any food/treat/food group, it can lead to a binge on that food. Also, often when I am craving something, I try to make it at home rather than buying it pre-made somewhere. This allows me to control the quality of ingredients I use.

FFFC:  What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?

J:  My advice is to first, give yourself the opportunity for the process to take a while. Don’t try to do a quick fix diet that will lead to the weight coming back. Make small changes at a time and really understand that this will be a new LIFESTYLE!

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?

J:  That you have to spend a ton of money buying programs that have you working out for an hour at a time. I lost most of my weight without much physical activity and with not spending more than the cost of new running/walking shoes. ANYONE CAN do this, but it takes a willing and committed spirit more than it takes money, or fancy equipment, or a trainer, or a gym membership (I had NONE of those).

FFFC:  Do you have any fitness idols? Who are they?

J:  I have people who inspire me- and most of them are people have had similar weight loss stories— just normal people who have decided to change their lives. But I wouldn’t consider them idols. I have come to an understanding that we all have different goals in mind for ourselves and it’s important to ONLY compare ourselves to ourselves. My body will never look like anyone else’s, and that’s ok. I have learned to be happy with MY body.

14. How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?

J:  They can follow me at www.facebook.com/thismomislosingit

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Featured Fitale Kimberly Shorter


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FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

KS:  Hello! My name is Kimberly Shorter. I am a program analyst for the federal government, and a freelance writer. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking and traveling.

FFFC:  What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?

KS:  I have been battling with my weight for much of my adulthood. There have been times when I was rather content with my weight, whether or not it was healthy at the time. At one time I worked out religiously, going to the gym once or twice a week. When the demands of my job changed, I had less time for a workout routine and I thought I could manage my weight simply by eating right. That lasted for a while, but a few years ago I was diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure). That was the real spark for me. After my doctor had to put me on not one, but two medications to manage my hypertension, I said that’s enough. I had constant headaches, I was always bloated and tired. I had to face the fact that being overweight was taking its toll on my body and my overall health. It was a wake-up call.

FFFC:  What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?

KS:  When I started my weight loss journey in earnest, last October, I was 190 lbs. Today, I am 173.8 lbs. I still have a long way to go, but having lost almost 20 lbs., I am motivated to work harder and keep going!

FFFC:  How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?

KS:  My transformation has taken 10 months, and I’m not finished yet! I consider this another weight loss milestone in my journey.

FFFC:  What physical activities did you participate in during your journey?

KS:  I didn’t stick with just one workout routine; I like variety. Plus, I like to find ways to get in some physical activity outside of the gym. I enjoy walking a lot. I challenge myself to park at the far end of the parking lot at work. Doing so, I can get in a brisk 10-15 minute walk. I also do Pilates, and I enjoy dancing. My next challenge will be to start a regular Zumba class again. It was the most fun and the easiest way to get moving and burn calories.

FFFC:  How did your eating habits change?

KS:  I am making more conscious decisions about the food that I eat, thanks in large part to Weight Watchers. I look at food differently now. It’s not just about the taste or the texture of the things I eat, but what nutrients I am putting into my body, and what kind of results I am getting because of it. As much as I love breads, baked goods and dairy products (cheese, ice cream), I admit that those things don’t make me feel healthy and strong eating them all the time. I am learning to be more mindful of the food I choose.

I had been focusing on eating a more plant-based diet when I had a health scare back in June. I was in the hospital for a week as a result of a mysterious bug bite. I was pretty bad off; my blood levels were either low or abnormal, and I was severely anemic. When I got out of the hospital, my doctors told me to focus on an iron-rich diet and suggested things like kale, spinach and beef. As much as I love a good cheeseburger and a good steak every now and then, who wants to eat that stuff every day? However, I can eat kale and spinach all day long!

I am learning that despite what we see and hear on TV, that not every good thing comes with cheese, butter isn’t everything and fried foods aren’t all that they’re cracked up to me. I love cooking, and I am finding that I can create delicious meals and wonderful flavors by grilling, broiling and steaming foods. This is opening up a whole new world for me, and I am excited!

FFFC:  What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

KS:  I love breakfast food, and breakfast used to always consist of something that involved butter and syrup. But now, I like to have something much more simple and healthier like fruit and smoothies. My favorite smoothie is a creation I make with bananas, strawberries, spinach (or kale) and flaxseeds.

For lunch, I will opt for something filling but light, like a grilled chicken wrap full of fresh, crisp veggies or fish. I try to stay away from bulky sandwich rolls and white breads.

At dinner, especially in the summer, I like to put some chicken or salmon, and some Naan bread on the grill, along with a bunch of veggies – green beans, carrots, squash, red onions — tossed in olive oil, minced garlic and salt and pepper. I can never go wrong with that!

I drink lemon water with every meal. I seldom drink anything other than lemon water. It’s the best thing in the world to me. There’s nothing as cleansing and refreshing to the body as water. Lemon water has so many health benefits, it’s long been a part of my daily routine.

I haven’t totally sworn off my favorite foods. I just eat them in moderation, and by ‘moderation’ I mean maybe once a week or a couple times a month. I cannnot deprive myself totally of a good pancake every now and then. I just know now that I can’t eat that stuff every single day. Weight Watchers helps me to make smarter food choices. If I want a treat, I know how much it will “cost” me, and how hard I will have to work to make up for it.

FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

KS:  Honestly, I love walking. I learned to power walk (not by choice, but out of necessity…LOL!) when attending undergrad in Philly. I can crank up some good workout music on the iPod and go for a good walk. Besides, you can walk everywhere — around the neighborhood, at work, at the mall. When I go shopping in the mall, I usually will do a lap or two before making a purchase (especially a major one). It helps me clear my mind and burn calories at the same time. There have been many times I’ve done a lap around the mall, only to realize that purchase I was planning to make wasn’t worth it. LOL!

FFFC:  What do you do now to maintain your physique?

KS:  I’m not where I want to be yet; I am increasing my physical activity to get the healthy physique that I want.

FFFC:  How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

KS:  All I have to do is to think back to the time when I was almost 200 lbs., popping Tylenol or other pain relievers every day along with my blood pressure medication and melatonin to help me sleep at night. My health problems were a direct result of what I was putting into my body. Bad carbohydrates, sugars and fat got me that way. And I don’t want to go back to where I used to be.

Also, I don’t beat myself up if I don’t make it to the gym. I can always find some good music to blast on the iPod and get my groove on at home. The way I see it, there is no excuse not to move for at least 30 minutes every day. I just make it a goal to be active for at least 30 minutes a day.

Seeing the progress I have made thus far is motivation to keep doing the right thing, and to do even more.

FFFC:  What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?

KS:  You aren’t going to lose weight overnight, so be prepared to take a journey!

– Make a commitment to yourself to do something to M.O.V.E. (Meaningful, Optimal, Vital, Everyday. You may not be one for the gym, but you can find something to do to get active. Do what is fun for you. Working out doesn’t have to be a chore. If you love to dance, try Zumba. If you love being outdoors, run, walk or ride your bike.

– Find a workout buddy, an accountability partner or even a mentor to support you in your journey. Having someone to help you along and encourage you will really matter when the journey seems tough or impossible.

– Make a list of healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, lean meats) that you enjoy and create an eating plan (NOT a diet) around those foods. The more nutrition you put incorporate into your meals, the less room you will have for empty calories.

– And most importantly, make getting healthy, not a number of a scale or on a clothes rack, your goal. I find that I’ve had more success this time around not fixating on what the scale says or what size pants I can fit into. That will come with time.

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?

KS:  It is so disappointing to think there are people who buy into the myth that there is some magic pill out there that will make them instantly fit and slim. There is no such thing! Weight loss and fitness require real commitment.

Any quick-fix weight loss product usually is too good to be true. And as fast as you lose the weight, you’ll most likely end up gaining the weight back even quicker. It’s not worth it!!!

FFFC:  Do you have any fitness idols?  Who are they?

KS:  My younger sister Shani is one of my biggest fitness idols. She’s made an even greater transformation than I have. One day, Shani decided to make a drastic change in her eating habits, eating clean and being more active in her everyday life. She’s lost over 34 lbs. as the result of the smart choices she has made.

My brother Terrell is another of my fitness idols. He and my sister-in-law Lori are the perfect example of how to turn healthy choices into a lifestyle. Terrell is an avid marathon runner, Hearing him talk about his marathons, I forget that he ran 26.2 miles. I get motivated by his exhilaration and dedication.

I also consider some of my Instagram fam as fitness idols: Diatta Harris (@femmefitalefitclub), Mary Jones (@akadva37), Rochelle Quick (@mzzquick10) — all of whom are a part of Black Girls Run (@officialblackgirlsrun). I get daily inspiration from their posts.

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?

KS:  People can follow me on Twitter (@KimberlyWriter) and  Instagram (@kimberlyshorter). Join me in the journey! I welcome new accountability partners!

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Featured Fitale Nancy McCaulay


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FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

NM:  Hello my name is Nancy McCaulay I work for a Consulting Firm in Northern Virginia. My hobbies are Graphic Design, swimming, running, etc.

FFFC:  What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?

NM:  Taking a long hard look in the mirror and not liking what I saw or how I felt.  Did I lack confidence? No Was I in denial….YES.

I would tell myself, you are black women and we have curves….no I was overweight with additional curves and rolls in places they didn’t belong.  Don’t get me wrong I love my curves, etc. but I needed to be honest with myself.  I got tired of lying to myself just because I could squeeze into smaller size and feel the waistband digging in my skin when I sat down, that I wasn’t “that big”. Cloths provide a wonderful camouflage but at the end of the day, they do come off.  And what you see is what you are!

Could I walk up a flight of stairs without losing my breath, yep! I wasn’t necessarily unhealthy but I knew that my “healthy” state would be short-lived if I didn’t do something about it.  So starting from a place of TRUTH my journey began.

FFFC:  What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?

NM:  My beginning weight was 247 lbs (July 2012) not sure what my beginning measurements were.  I do know however, I was in a 16/18 now I wear a 12-14.  I haven’t weighed myself for the month of July however; my last weigh in (June) was 204 lbs.

FFFC:  How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?

NM:  I went to the gym the day after I took my before pic, July 21, 2012 so about a year.

FFFC:  What physical activities did you participate in during your journey?

NM:  I started off on the elliptical (30 minutes) and working out with my trainer 2x per week.  I started getting bored with the elliptical (that was the only cardio I was doing…lol) so I decided to try Zumba (definitely wasn’t a class person) in place of the elliptical.

When I started Zumba, I hid behind the pillar in the room –everything hurt, jiggled, I was off beat, etc.  I kept going because it was fun and the people were inspiring and supportive. Eventually, as the weight started to come off, not as fast as I hoped). I challenged myself to run a 5k —so I added running and Pilates (I have issues with sciatica and the Pilates works wonders for that).

FFFC:  How did your eating habits change?

NM:  I started eating more…..crazy huh?  Was I eating badly? Not at all, actually pretty healthy. I try to eat pretty clean; avoiding processed foods as much as possible. After attending a free seminar realized that I was nutritionally ignorant! Everything I thought I knew about eating went completely out the window.  He broke down the significance in eating a carb/protein with every meal.  One of the major things I took away was, “you have to eat to lose”.

FFFC:  What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

NM:  I actually don’t have a typical meal…..some mornings I will eat dinner food for breakfast (salmon, peppers and steamed vegetables). For the most part I try to stay away from processed foods (sugar, flour, etc.).  The things that are constant each day are a liter of water first thing in the morning and a protein shake at least once a day.

FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

NM:  Running, Swimming and Dancing

FFFC:  What do you do now to maintain your physique?

NM:  Well, I am not in the maintenance phase right now; I still have about 25 lbs to lose.  Since I’ve adopted how I eat and staying active as a lifestyle I may have to make some tweaks here and there but for the most part I look at it as a permanent staple.

FFFC:  How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

NM:  Learned to be patient with myself and take it one day at a time and listen to my body.  In addition, I allow myself a cheat “day” once a week.  I don’t want to set myself up by saying; I will never have ice cream again, etc. that is not realistic.  Now will I buy ice cream for my house? Absolutely not, instead I will go and have a scoop. That way I’ve satisfied my crazing without losing my mind.  One thing I’m finding is that, when you feed your body good foods it starts to crave that.  So even though I have a cheat day I may only want the ice cream and not the cobbler too.  🙂

When I don’t feel like going to the gym don’t—-sometimes you just need to rest.  Other times, I get my activity other ways, swimming, going dancing or just getting out for a walk.

FFFC:  What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?

NM:  Make sure your head is in the game!  My former trainer (CJ) told me that you can go thru the motions of working out but if your head is not in the game you are doing just that, going thru the motions”.  Focus on getting healthy; the weight loss is the side effect.  Make small changes; avoid processed foods (i.e. adding fruit instead of bread or eating oatmeal instead of Captain Crunch). Get a support group that is positive and motivating.  Have fun and listen to your body…if you need to rest than do so. Try not to focus only on the weight loss—focus on getting healthier.  It is less discouraging 🙂 Most importantly, don’t be held captive by the scale—take a picture instead.

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?

NM:  I think there is a tremendous misconception that your success is measured in the number on the scale.  I have heard sooo many people say to me, I should weigh, such and such for my height”.  Based on those charts I should weigh between 107 – 145lbs.  NOT I have more lean muscle than that!

When I tell people how much I weigh they think I am joking.  No, you can’t weigh that much, you don’t look like it.

I remember looking at the biggest loser with my trainer Russ and saying, oh my goodness I weigh more than she does but I was in a solid 14 at the time and she was in an 18 (that was her before weight).

FFFC:  Do you have any fitness idols?  Who are they?

NM:  I don’t really have any idols per se however, I do admire Ernestine Shepherd , Denise Richardson, Tosca Reno and Jillian Michaels

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?

NM:  I post my monthly pictures on my Facebook page in an album titled “My Transformation”

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Featured Fitale Tabatha


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FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

T:  My name is Tabatha and I am a 27 year old wife and  mother of 2.    I am a Spanish Teacher. My hobbies include working out, spending time with my family, and hosting extra curricular activities for my students.

 FFFC:  What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?

T:  My journey was sparked by the complete unhappiness I felt about my body and the way I looked.

FFFC:  What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?

T:  Starting BW-230, BF%- 40%Current BW- 170, BF%- 15%

FFFC:   How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?

T:  After almost a decade of failed yo-yo dieting, I really got serious about 2 years ago and joined a gym and hired a trainer.

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FFFC:  What physical activities did you participate in during your journey?

T:  By far weight training is my favorite. I also enjoy spinning, sprints, and even though I dislike it the stairmill is one heck of a workout

FFFC:  How did your eating habits change?

T:   I was raised by a family who put little emphasis on healthy diet and exercise. Our meals consisted of gravy, biscuits, fried chicken and corn bread.  That changed to grilled chicken, egg whites, oatmeal and vegetables.  While it was a struggle, I knew it is what i had to do.

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FFFC:  What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

T:  I do not eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I eat 5-7 meals a day.  Here is a typical day for me:  Meal 1- 3 egg whites, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1/4 cup cottage cheese.  Meal 2- 4-6oz lean meat, 1 cup green veggies.  Meal 3- same as meal 2, adding 3oz sweet potato.  Meal 4- 3oz ground turkey, 1 cup spinach.  Meal 5- 1 scoop protein powder.  Meal 6- 3 egg whites, 1/4 cup cottage cheese.

FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

T:  My favorite fitness activity is lifting HEAVY!!

FFFC:  What do you do now to maintain your physique?

T:  I eat clean and train dirty.

FFFC:  How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

T:  I look in the mirror everyday and am honest with myself.  I know I am not yet where I want to be, but I am willing to do whatever it takes to get there.

FFFC: What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?

T:  I think the greatest thing I did, and what everyone should do is to hire a trainer. Even it is only for a few sessions, to ensure your safety and to learn correct form.

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this process.

T:  I think the biggest misconception is that people think fat loss and muscle gain is going to come quick and easy, but it’s not.  How ever long you think it is going to take you to reach our goal, double it, add 6 months to it, and double it again, then maybe you will be close to where you ant go be.

FFFC:  Do you have any fitness idols? Who are they?

T:  One of my biggest fitspirations is Ashley Scott – The skinny fit girl, I also love following Lifting my Spirits on FB

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)? 

T:  www.facebook.com/tabathasjourneytoforeverfit.

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