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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 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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