You may have caught this boss lady / super mom on PIX 11 Morning News in New York, where she was a reporter and anchor for more than 15 years! Now, she’s changing things up as a fitness coach to inspire other women to live healthy balanced lives. We caught up with Lisa Mateo to get the updated scoop on her new career!
You’ve recently made a big change in your career, from TV host to starting your own business in the fitness industry! Tell us, what sparked this amazing transformation?
Lisa: Fitness and sports have always been a part of my life growing up, from swimming, basketball and volleyball, to softball and track. I loved the competition. But as I grew older, started a family and dove into the world of TV news reporting, I realized how limited my time was. I found the answer in 1/2 hour workouts that I did from home, where I incorporated cardio and strength training. I began to see results and people noticed. It was then I decided to start a private online support group for those who wanted to join me on my journey, and fell in love with helping others live their best life inside and out.
After more than 15 years of 2 am wakeup calls for morning news, I decided to step aside and fulfill my passion for health and wellness. I now take my on camera and public speaking experience and combine it with my skills as a certified personal trainer, and speak at conferences, events and corporate workshops about the importance of incorporating a healthy lifestyle, developing the proper mindset, reinventing yourself and much more, as well as continue to coach people online. At the same time I continue my love for TV through my show, Celebrity Taste Makers.
What has been a life challenge for you that you were able to conquer?
Lisa: Not so much conquer, but a life challenge that I have been able to finally face after years of keeping it bottled up inside is dealing with past childhood traumatic experiences that affected my confidence. I realized that if I continued to keep them buried inside and remain a victim, I would never be able to move past them. Now personal development has become a part of my life in turning trauma into triumph and pain into power. I look forward to helping other young girls and women along their journey.
What keeps you motivated to stay healthy?
Lisa: What keeps me motivated are the number of lives I have changed. The messages I receive are incredible. There’s nothing more gratifying than when someone tells you that you saved their life. My children also keep me motivated to stay healthy. As parents our kids look to us as role models, and I love seeing my children stay active and make healthy food choices because of how they see me live my life. Obesity is the fastest growing health problem in America and it’s my mission to change that.
What advice would you give to other woman who want to make a life change?
Lisa: My advice is to stop the limiting beliefs and excuses. There will never be enough time…you will never have the money to invest in yourself. You are worth it and you are capable of doing it. Think deeply about why you want to make that change and every time you try to put up another excuse remind yourself of that why. Write it on post it notes and stick them around the house, place that dress that you want to fit into on a hanger where you can see it every day. If it’s to live a longer and more present life for your family, set a family photo on your nightstand where you see it every morning.
Get rid of all the junk food in your house that is tempting you every time you open the refrigerator or pantry and replace them with healthier options. Most importantly, join a support group of like minded people who are going through similar struggles. Accountability is key. If you don’t have one, I know of one I can recommend:)
What is your favorite go-to snack?
Lisa: I’m always on the go, so having portable snacks with me is key so I don’t grab for unhealthy options out of desperation. Nuts, a cheese stick and fruit (like an apple, orange or banana) are my savior, as well as having my water bottle on hand. I drink 1/2 my weight in ounces every day. At home, it’s either an apple with peanut butter, celery sticks, carrots or whole grain crackers with hummus or plain greek yogurt with fresh berries.
Tell us a little bit about your training program.
Lisa: I know that time is the biggest issue when it comes to working out, so many of the programs I coach people through online are only a 1/2 hour a day, some only 4 days a week. We incorporate free weights and cardio and there is always a moderator to follow, so it’s appropriate for participants of all fitness levels. Convenience is another issue, especially with busy moms, so all of the workouts are streamed online and can be done from the comfort of your home on your schedule. I also host monthly challenges in the group for prizes to keep it fun and engaging.
How can readers get in touch with you?
Lisa: I’m extremely active on Instagram (@lisamateowellness), Facebook (@LisaMateoWellness) and Twitter (@lisamateotv). My web site and blog is also a great place to reach out: www.lisamateo.net