About Me

My name is Lisa Pisano and I am a mother to two children, aged 8 and 10.  I am a proud mother of two very strong, intelligent, confident and well-adjusted young individuals.  I take pride in that accomplishment.  I believe in leading by example.  I do it not only as a mother but as an individual in my everyday life.  Practice what you preach, You are what you eat, Be the change you want to see, Everything happens for a reason…these are all quotes I live by.

Ever since I was a young teenage girl, I have had a passion for working out.  I love the feeling of getting my heart rate up and working up a sweat, and let’s face it, I liked the fact that it allowed me to eat what  I wanted and not gain weight.  I was always obsessed with my weight.  Perhaps it was a result of being exposed to the modelling industry at an impressionable age where I was always told I could lose another 10 pounds or maybe it developed when I began participating in beauty pageants where the staple diet consisted of water, coffee and cigarettes in an attempt to shed those last few pounds before stepping on to the stage.  Or could it have possibly been from all those fashion magazines that I read thinking those women were real?  Looking back, I know now that it wasn’t one thing or the other but a combination of all of them, together with my distorted belief about beauty and body image.

Fast forward to 2007.  I was 32 and married with a 4 year old boy and 2 year old daughter.  I had a full-time job as an executive/legal assistant and was still working out 5-6 times a week.  I would wake up at 5:30 every weekday morning to squeeze in a workout before I had to get the kids ready and off to school/ daycare before heading to the office.  I was eating healthy (or so I thought at the time) by avoiding junk foods and controlling my portions.  If I ate more than I thought I was supposed to in any given day – yes, I made the mistake of counting calories – I would just put in another workout at night once the kids were in bed to negate the extra calories I had consumed that day.  Life was busy but there was something missing.  I had this passion for exercise and believed in it so much that I wanted to be able to share it with others.  Working out for myself just wasn’t enough anymore.  That is when I made the decision to become a personal trainer.  Even though I still had a full-time job, I wanted to do something more…not for the money but for the simple reason of wanting to help others.  I took a course through CanFit Pro and became certified in October of that year.  I have renewed my certification every year since then which gives me the ability to share that knowledge with others.

With a full-time job and offering private personal training sessions in my basement gym, my clients were few and far between.  But I wasn’t discouraged.  I knew some day I would be doing this full-time so I just took it as it came and continued to educate myself with new exercises and tips that I used for my own training and which I hoped to use for future clients.  During that time, I also decided to become a certified nutrition and wellness specialist since I was interested in learning more about nutrition and how it correlates to exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle.  My obsession with weight was turning more into an obsession about health as I began to get older and now had two children to think about.

My need to find out more about healthy nutrition increased immensely in 2009 when my daughter was diagnosed with Candida.  It’s an overgrowth of yeast in the body and my daughter’s little body wasn’t able to properly digest all this yeast that was continuing to develop within her.  The solution – we had to change her diet.  It wasn’t until then that I truly began to educate myself about food and the effects it has on our bodies.  Even though I was already a certified nutritionist, I had absolutely NO clue about the harmful effects even “healthy” foods have on different body types.  I became even more passionate about food and making healthy choices.  I couldn’t, and still can’t, get enough information when it comes to nutrition and fueling the body with good food.  Not just for me anymore but for my children (and anyone else who will listen to me).  It has become more about ensuring I am feeding my kids the best possible types of food that will enable them to become the healthiest little beings they can possibly be.  It is no longer about avoiding foods that I think will make me fat, it is about avoiding foods that may harm my body and the little bodies of my babies.

Fast forward to present day.  It’s 2013 and I am almost 40 years old.  In the span of one year I got divorced and left my full-time job – two very life altering challenges that could send some people down a depressing, self-pitying path.  What did the future hold?  What was I going to do next?  How do I start over?  I decided that I was going to take these challenges and use them to make me become the person I have always wanted to be.  In the last few years, I discovered I had another passion – yoga.  I had practiced yoga many years back with my first pregnancy and dabbled in and out of it throughout the years but it wasn’t until my separation that I found peace in the practice of yoga.  I still trained hard at the gym when I wanted a good sweat and needed to work off my aggression (and there was plenty of it) but I found that I craved more of that feeling of peace and calmness that I would feel the moment I would  begin my yoga practice.  The more I practiced yoga, the better my spirit felt.  I was beginning to feel emotionally satisfied.  I was learning to make myself happy.  And it didn’t hurt that I was enjoying the positive physical changes yoga was having on my body.  Like everything else leading up to this point, when I feel something so strongly, I feel inclined to share it with others.  So I had an important decision to make.  Was I going to go and look for another job in the corporate world or was it time for me to pursue my passion?

So here I am – Lisa Pisano, a lifestyle coach – a certified personal trainer, nutrition and wellness specialist and certified yoga instructor.  I am doing what I love.  I practice what I preach.  I live a healthy and active lifestyle and I am that example I want to be for my children.  I wanted to see a change in my life and I have made that happen.  My goal is to now help others see that change in their lives.  If I can make a difference in just one person’s life – a real change, a positive change that will affect the rest of their life – then I have succeeded in my goal.  Oh yes, and one more thing…there is absolutely, positively no doubt in my mind that everything in life happens for a reason.

Much love,

Lisa Pisano
Lifestyle Coach

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8 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Lina January 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    WOW Love it !!!

  2. Tonia January 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Yay! Congrats! So proud of you and glad to be a source of inspiration to you just as you have always been for me;) I look forward to sharing this journey with you! Xoxo

  3. Carmine G. Coletti January 17, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    It’s about time…

  4. Bebe January 1, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website
    and in depth information you present. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the
    same out of date rehashed material. Fantastic read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my
    Google account.

  5. Rosa Quaglietta November 13, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Lisa, your drive and determination were already so apparent at the age of twelve. It is no wonder what a successful woman, mother and role model you have become. Congratulations on your latest feat!

    • Lisa Pisano November 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      Hi Rosa,

      It’s been a while ;)!!!
      How are you doing? How’s life treating you?
      Thank you so much for the kind words. I guess some things never change!! lol
      I hope I can use what I have accomplished this far to help others. I feel that is my purpose here in life. A role model to not only my children but others around me as well. I continue to practice what I preach!!

      Thanks for reaching out and for following my blog. Take care and keep in touch!
      Lisa

  6. mysecretstobeauty August 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Wow your blog is good! It’s so so me! Will be following! Have a look at mine I love all that is a healthy lifestyle https://mysecretstobeauty.wordpress.com xxx

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