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Featured Fitale Nancy McCaulay


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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Jennie-O Contest – Take II (CLOSED)


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Last year Jennie-O sponsored a contest we featured here on FFFC and we are ready to have another contest.  They have truly premiered on “The Biggest Loser” show starring Jillian Michaels as their contestants have been making the switch to Jennie-O’s lean turkey breakfast meat products for a lean protein alternative.  I myself have tried their good and can not lie……it is good!  I have been able to find their turkey breakfast meat at WalMart and certain select Target stores as well.  My family and I have been extremely pleased with how their food cooks up and tastes.  Plus the coupons they gave us also helped us stock up on it.

Here’s a recipe you can try for yourself.

Piled High Supreme Turkey Breakfast Pizza



3 roma tomatoes, cored and quartered

8 medium fresh basil leaves

2 medium garlic cloves, peeled, trimmed and quartered

4 whole grain English muffins, split

4 JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Sausage Breakfast Links, finely chopped

2 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, chopped

1⅓ cups liquid egg whites

2 cups frozen mixed bell peppers and onions

3 ounces finely shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese


Heat oven to 450°F.  Line large baking sheet with nonstick foil. Pulse tomatoes, basil and garlic in a food processor; stop to scrape the sides, once or twice, as needed, until they’re coarsely chopped.
Place muffin halves, cut side up, on prepared baking sheet. Bake 4 to 6 minutes until lightly toasted. Cook sausage as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer. Add bacon, onion and pepper mixture and continue cooking 4 to 6 minutes.
Mist a small non-stick skillet with spray. Place over medium-high heat. Pour half of egg whites into pan. When it is set, use spatula to cut egg into quarters. Flip each quarter and continue cooking until set. Remove from pan and cover to keep warm. Repeat with second half of egg white.
Top each toasted muffin half with one piece of egg. Divide tomato mixture spreading evenly over egg. Top with cheese and meat and pepper mixture. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Looks delicious right?  Well you TOO can try this recipe out.  We are in another sharing mood and would like to offer 3 lucky winners $20 worth of Jennie-O coupons you can use at any store where their products are sold.

This contest is very easy and simple and will not require you to jump through 20 hoops!


Three lucky winners will be randomly selected to win $20 worth of Jennie-O coupons and try their recipes for themselves, friends and family.

Contest Rules:

Here’s all you have to do to enter yourself into the drawing for 1 of the 3 coupons – if you complete all 4 steps the greater your odds:

  • Leave a comment of your most favorite turkey breakfast meat,
  • “LIKE” the Jennie-O Facebook page HERE,
  • “LIKE” the Femme Fitale Facebook page HERE, AND
  • “FOLLOW” this blog at femmefitaleblog.com

Remember, after you complete each step leave a comment below in THIS BLOG ONLY letting me know you have completed these steps.

After you have completed each of the 4 steps above, leave a comment in this post (which is how 3 random winners will be selected).  This contest will run from Monday, February 4, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013.  Winners will be selected, contacted and announced by Saturday, March 2, 2013.  It’s that easy!

Working Out Pays Off


If you have been following this blog you know that I have been attending boot camp faithfully daily and on a regular basis since October 2012.  You also am up to date that I do Essence of Vitality on a regular basis and am about to start on my 4th bottle.  It gives me energy, mental clarity and helps clean out the gut where diseases form.  You are also aware FFFC has claimed January running month so we are posting more articles focused around running.  Lastly, on of our fitness idols is Jillian Michaels and she has returned in a big way on one of America’s most popular and inspiring show by NBC, The Biggest Loser (don’t forget we here at FFFC would LOVE to work out with Jillian just once or have some of our members featured on The Biggest Loser *hint hint*).

Anywho, what all of this hard word does it prepare your body for those days and times when you are off of your schedule but need energy, power and strength to last through unscheduled circumstances.  This weekend my beloved sorority is celebrating 100 years of existence.  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. blessed my life when I crossed those burning sands in April 1994 at Decatur Alumnae by one of our sorority’s founders granddaughters.  Did you catch that?  The granddaughter of our illustrious twenty-two made ME!

I made impromptu plans to travel down to DC from the Baltimore metropolitan area (about 1 hour north).  We travelled out around 9:30 pm last night and I did not make it back in the house until 5:00 am!!!!  I have not hung out like that since well…..COLLEGE!  We drove down, walked blocks in DC, stood on hills, crouched down in squat positions to take 1000 pictures at the historic statue Fortitude on the campus of Howard University and even had to jog a little to catch up with folks.  I was not worn down or wore out.  I was able to hang.  Not saying I did not have bouts of sleepiness when the activity slowed down but I was physically able to HANG with everyone and everything we did.


Fitness is awesome and necessary and will allow you and your body to do things during those times you are off of your sleep, eat and workout schedule.  Don’t underestimate a healthy body!!!!  I sure don’t.  And I shout out my SORORS of the illustrious sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated!!  I plan to get back in the fold and spread the word of good health, mental peace and sound soul and body!

I love my D-S, I love my D-S, I love my D-S-T I LOVE I LOVE I LOVE IT!!!!  #DST100, #RedAlert.

On the yard!

Fitness Idol – Jillian Michaels


Who hasn’t heard of or know Jillian Michaels?  She is known from the Biggest Loser and her many fitness videos that KICK BUTT!  I have a few myself including JM’s 30 -day shred which has beginner, intermediate and advanced levels as well as Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism.  She is amazing and wish one day I have an opportunity to have her as a personal trainer.  She is a true inspirational story herself because she battled being overweight as a young adult and was able to conquer it and create an empire out of her success.

Jillian Michaels before and after

She is the epitome of fitness success and that is why she is one of FFFC’s fitness idols!  She is serious business!

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