Lesley is the owner of FIT4MOM Glen Ellyn/Wheaton/Lombard, which makes her the founding (and most active!) member of Our Village.
Learn a little bit about her and why she started FIT4MOM in this area. (Spoiler alert: she needed us as much as we need her!)
Tell us a little bit about you and your family.
My husband Matt and I have two daughters, Cecilia (Cici) who’s 4, and Abby who turns 3 this year.
We live in Elmhurst now. I grew up in Michigan, and went to Michigan State University. I worked in sales before becoming a Mom.
What made you want to start FIT4MOM?
In August 2013, my family moved from Chicago to the western suburbs. I was pregnant with my second child and eager to make new friends. I had taken FIT4MOM classes in the city after having Cici, and I knew it was a great way to find a community of moms. But when I looked for FIT4MOM in our new area, I was disappointed to find there wasn’t one. So I decided to start one.
We notice that you tear up sometimes when you talk about FIT4MOM. Why is it so important to you?
I took Body Back at FIT4MOM in the city. It changed my life. I met one of my best friends there, improved my health post-baby, and just felt such a connection to what it did for me. I wanted to help other moms in the same way.
Plus, I needed a “tribe” when I moved to the suburbs. I wanted to connect with women in my new neighborhood; I wanted a place to workout with my children; I wanted sanity.
So yes, it’s important to me because I’m helping other moms. But selfishly I’m also helping myself. I couldn’t imagine my life without this Village!
What’s your favorite part about running FIT4MOM Glen Ellyn/Wheaton/Lombard?
Wow! That’s a tough one. Too many to name. Probably top 2 are watching the kids in Our Village grow! Secondly, I truly LOVE seeing the transformation that moms go through in our Body Back program.
What would you like to say to Moms reading this?
If you’re already a part of Our Village, thank you. My life is better with you in it.
If you’re not a part of Our Village yet, please consider taking the plunge and trying a class, a play group, or Mom’s Night Out. These women are so special and welcoming; I’d love for you to feel that love that I feel every day to support your journey as a Mom.