Inspirational Mom, Lisa Desilet , is a mom of three who initially found reasons why she couldn’t be in shape. She even thought fit moms must have their priorities all wrong. After a pivotal moment, she realized that her thinking was keeping her from becoming her best. Lisa is now striving to share all she’s learned through pursuing her Masters Degree in Exercise Sciences and Health Promotions. Lisa’s truthfulness and desire to spread the message of health and wellness are commendable.

As a mom, it’s easy to make excuses why other people can be fit and you can’t, but the bottom line is: it’s our choice. We can get up, like Lisa, before our family and workout or we can stay in bed. We can choose healthy meals and snacks or we can choose unhealthy ones. Ultimately, we are the sum of our choices, and Lisa has chosen well. Thank you, Lisa for your amazing success story and for being this month’s Inspirational Mom.

Kim: Share a little about you.

Lisa: Hi! My name is Lisa Desilet. I am a 32-year-old mother of three from Meridian, Idaho. I have two daughters, Olivia (8) and Maia (3) and a son, Elias (18 months).

Kim: Have you gone through a transformation?

Lisa: I used to look at other women who were healthy and in shape and judge them. I created stories in my head about the kinds of mothers, wives, and women they were. I found reasons to dislike them – with absolutely no basis for my judgment. “They must be compromising SOMETHING,” I would tell myself. It was a coping mechanism that allowed me to justify who I was – out of shape, unhappy and jealous. I was in denial that I was the one with the skewed priorities, simply surviving my life. I now recognize that these women are thriving examples of what we can be. They find fulfillment in the everyday. They take care of themselves and in turn are more capable of taking care of their families

Kim: How did you get your body back post-baby?

Lisa: After the birth of my third child, I struggled with who I allowed myself to become. I wanted something different but was unsure of how to make it happen. I discovered there are women that are good mothers, wives, and friends, who are also healthy and in-shape. I found substance in what I previously judged as superficial. My time and energy were incredibly limited but I knew that my time had come. A light bulb turned on for me and I realized that in order to be the mom and wife my family deserved, I had to be the woman I deserved. It was possible to be the kind of woman I wanted without compromising what was most important to me. So many questions filled my thoughts but there was only one answer – time. I had to find time, make time, and give it time. I did not get to my current state overnight and I could not reverse it either.

I began learning about exercise and nutrition. Clean eating was a new concept to me. So was weight training. Growing up a dancer, I was accustomed to conditioning my body through cardio and thought that was the best way to achieve my goals. I quickly learned that if I wanted to change my body, I needed to pick up some weights. That’s when I became infected with the bug. I discovered muscles and have been obsessed ever since! It was so intriguing to me that I actually sought my Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotions! I want to share my knowledge with other women and help them see that it IS possible to be a fit, healthy, happy mom.

Kim: Anything you’ve accomplished you would like to share?

Lisa: In September, I entered my first ever figure competition and won first place! I am now training to compete on the national level and understand that I have to step up my program if I want to be a viable athlete. In addition to my figure competition, I am graduating from my Master’s program in Exercise Science/Health Promotions with an emphasis on fitness and wellness. I have been working hard in my local community to educate others about the importance of health, exercise and nutrition. I am on a mission to help other women discover what they are capable of becoming.

Kim: What is your favorite fit-mom, fit-family meal? Snack? Any go to items?

Lisa: I love greek yogurt! It is such a versatile food. With the food industry taking note of it popularity, it is so easy to find small, on the go containers to take anywhere. I typically grab the no-fat versions for myself and my children LOVE the honey ones. It’s like dessert in a cup and satisfies that unending sweet craving my kids always seem to have. Add a slice of whole wheat toast with all-natural peanut butter and you have the perfect snack to tide you over.

For dinners, my kids LOVE meatballs. I have learned to hide lots of healthy foods inside them. Chop up virtually any vegetable (spinach, mushroom, celery, etc.) and you can pack a lot of nutrition into them. Serve them as spaghetti and meatballs or just by themselves with some brown rice and a salad and your set!

Kim: Favorite Fit-Family activity? 18

Lisa: Since our kids are still pretty little, our family outings can be limiting. My husband and I love the outdoors and getting into the wilderness. He is a big game hunter and sometimes we tag along. One of our favorite family outings (when we can), is to load up and head for the mountains. We hike through forest, along trails and streams and find that little untouched place of heaven. With meals packed in our bags and kids loaded into packs, we can easily spend hours out there. Our best memories are spent in the foothills and mountains of Idaho.

Kim: How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?

This is the single greatest hurdle for me. Our time is so limited with jobs, children, schedules, etc. I am a planner and one day a week, I plan for the following week. This includes meal planning, groceries, exercise schedule, my husband & my work schedule, kids’ activities… you name it. If I fail to plan, then I plan to fail. That is not an option for me. I squeeze a workout in while my daughter is at dance, use my days off as best I can, and if all else fails, head to the gym first thing in the morning or after everyone is in bed.

Kim: Words of motivation and inspiration for other moms?

Lisa: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” This quote has helped me overcome so much in my life. I am not sure of its original intention, but it can be applied to literally everything. Exercise, relationships, faith, etc. If it doesn’t challenge you in some shape or form, it cannot evoke change. When I am in the midst of difficulty, whether it be a 500# leg press, an argument with my husband, or I don’t seem to have enough patience with my children, I remember this. It is in those moments that we are challenged to become better versions of ourselves. We either rise to the challenge or we let it beat us.

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