Hiding candy bar wrappers and fast food bags from her family used to be a part of Lesley Leach's life when she weighed 210 pounds. Bob talks with Lesley about ditching her bad eating habits, losing weight and writing the book Just Move: A Black Woman's Guide to Getting Fit.
A few years ago, as a married mother of two, Lesley says taking care of her body and maintaining a healthy weight wasn't a priority. "We kind of make excuses for things," Lesley says. "'I am married, I am not out there in the single lifestyle where I have to maintain attractiveness.'" One day Lesley says she went with a friend to a fitness class and had a hard time breathing and looking at herself in a room full of mirrors. "I looked up and looked in the mirror and I hated what I saw, and said, 'Something has to change,'" she says.
Lesley says fitness has always been important to her husband, so with him by her side, she started working out for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. At the same time, Lesley says she changed her eating habits from fast food meals to five, small, healthy meals a day. Within six months, Lesley says she lost 60 pounds. "I was fit, I was healthy and I loved it," Lesley says. "I felt good, I had so much energy. It was just an amazing transformation."
Around the same time that she lost weight, Lesley graduated from nursing school and spent time working in the ER, taking care of many overweight African-American women who reminded her of her heavier self. "I know they would not have to be here if they made different choices," she says.
With her own story as inspiration, Lesley says she wrote the book Just Move: A Black Woman's Guide to Getting Fit. Her goal is to reduce the number of black women at risk of obesity, heart disease and other health issues. "I am trying to make it my mission and goal in life to help educate and motivate women everywhere," she says.