Finding Inspiration Together With...Leslie Mouton, News Anchor KSAT12
Every day, thousands of San Antonians wake up with Leslie Mouton. As the co-anchor of KSAT 12's "Good Morning San Antonio," the perky blonde delivers the news with a perfect combination of sincerity, professionalism, and authenticity that resonates with viewers. This is a woman who once bared her bald head on the evening news in order to share her battle with breast cancer and show her solidarity with other cancer fighters. Talk about keeping it real! Today, with her breast cancer struggle nearly two decades behind her, this 55-year-old petite powerhouse is healthier than ever, in the best shape of her life, and has no intention of slowing down.
You had a pretty public battle with breast cancer 19 years ago. Is that what inspired you to really focus on health and fitness?
I think I started paying more attention to my diet after my cancer battle, but it wasn't until I was knocking on the door of 50 that I decided to really take control of my life.
What does your health and fitness routine look like these days?
I work out six days a week and take one day off to rest and eat whatever I want. That "cheat day" helps me stay focused and eat healthy the rest of the week. It took me a while to figure out scheduling with my unusual hours, but I've learned that if I work out in the afternoon right after work and get it over with it actually gives me more energy for the rest of the day!
What are your favorite ways to stay fit?
I absolutely love boxing class. It is so challenging and a wonderful total body workout. It offers resistance, cardio, and mental challenges. I also enjoy running, and I strength train with a trainer twice a week.
What benefits other than physical do you feel like exercise offers you at this stage of life?
It makes me feel terrific! I have more energy, I sleep better, and I'm stronger. I think it also gives me mental clarity.
I know how hard it is for my husband (your work husband) to get a handle on meals with the schedule you guys keep. How do you stay on track?
That was one of the toughest things to figure out on this schedule. I wake up at 2 a.m. and go to bed around 7 p.m. I finally figured out that meals don't have to match time of day. At 3 a.m. I have my breakfast, which is a smoothie I make from packages of fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas that I pre-freeze and mix with cinnamon, flaxseed, frozen spinach leaves, whey protein powder and coconut water. Then I eat my lunch, which is typically a Lean Cuisine meal, at 7 a.m. after GMSA. I used to think that you had to eat a breakfast food in the morning but then I came to realize that is actually my lunchtime. I eat dinner around 2 p.m. and I cook a a chicken breast and fresh green beans-- no starchy carbs for dinner! If I get an early evening craving, I'll treat myself to a bite of dark chocolate.
How do you handle the pressure on women to look a certain way in your industry?
I decided a long time ago that the only pressure I care about is the pressure I put on myself, not the pressure other people put on me. I challenge myself to be the best me I can be. If I'm happy with how I look and feel, that is what matters--not what others think.
How do you feel in your 50's versus in your 20's and 30's?
My 50's have been the best! I am in the best shape of my life, my daughter is out of college and working, and my husband and I are free to travel and enjoy life. I'm more confident with who I am, and I can honestly say that I can just be me!
What would you say to someone who suggests that after 50 a woman's best days are behind her?
Bummer for you! The 50's have been nothing but fabulous for me! Age truly is a state of mind--you get out of life what you put into it. Does it take extra work, and does your body creek and ache a little more? Sure it does! But with pain there is gain, and it's worth it!