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Me, CrossFit, and Whole30

Me, CrossFit, and Whole30

By Leticia aka LT

My name is Leticia, LT as baptized by Gale. I joined CrossFit on August 20, 2010. I am the proud mother of five, each of which took turns harassing me to join CrossFit Strong (“The best gym in the world!” They said.) Money was really my number one issue until my sonny Paul got in my face and said, “How much is your life worth to you?” He can be very persuasive, my sonny, especially about CrossFit, since he’s a kinesiology major at Texas A&M. So yes, I confess, I’m only here because the pressure from all five of them got to me. Well, also my freakin’ doctor says that I am predisposed to diabetes as a Hispanic over the age of 45 BUT he is a “gringo” and it could be discrimination. Racial discrimination and age discrimination, right there, but there’s some truth to it because my mom and my dad are both diabetic.

When I first started CrossFit, I was intimidated by everybody and everything. It wasn’t long before I realized though, that we are all here with a common goal: to beat Allen (Just kidding.)! Our goal is to get healthier and stronger. It’s to get motivated and to motivate each other. But it goes further than that. Because at CrossFit Strong, we care.

Paul, Cat’s Paul, always takes the time to talk to my kids, even though it’s 5:30am. And let me tell you, it’s hard to be nice that early. And then just last week, I overheard Brad telling my son, Marcello, to consider joining wrestling in high school because he has the right body shape to excel in that. Marcello is 15 and needs those words from a role model, especially a male because he lives in a home with 3 women (My poor baby.).

I knew when I started this challenge that I would be surrounded by that same environment – a community of caring people. Going to the Saturday Nutrition Class was hard. I nearly didn’t get through the door (Saturdays are intimidating to me because there’s like 100 Allens and Barbies there!) but I had support from my daughter and we went together. It didn’t take long for Gale’s enthusiasm for nutrition to move me.

This challenge, for me, really started with giving up drinking and smoking. The drinking was easy (I’m no drunk!) but the smoking, that was the hard one. Held accountable by no other than our very own toughest in-your-face-better-than-Jillian-from-Biggest-Loser coach, Cat, I was able to quit cold turkey. One day I was smoking, the next nothing. Then came the food. At the beginning of the challenge, I was grumpy and tired. It’s not that it was hard to eat 100% healthy. I never got hungry with the two handfuls of veggies, plus chicken or fish 3 times a day. Plus snacks! What I really missed were my Diet Cokes. I had been drinking at least 3 daily for the last twenty years. I guess you could say that was another addiction.

But before I knew it, I felt good. It’s the kind of good you don’t know exists until you’re in the middle of it. My cravings for forbidden foods had stopped. My stomach did not sound like a beat up car making a racquet with all kinds of inside and outside noises. My little running finally felt real and not like a tired shuffle. And the best part, I no longer felt guilty because of my eating habits. I had finally stopped beating myself up over food.

There’s a lot of things I learned from this challenge.

  • 1. About food - I learned that chicken can be fixed in a thousand different ways, that eggs are my best protein friend, though my coworkers did start hating me because of the smell of my boiled eggs, that potatoes are nutrionally-challenged, that the rotisserie chicken from Wal-Mart, from Albertons, probably from everywhere, has sugar, and that all the freakin’ spices in my pantry had sugar too!
  • 2. About myself – I learned that scales are bad for me. I’ve always thought of diets as centered around a scale. I’ve tried diet pills and all kinds of fad diets. It’s always about a scale - a scale for food, a scale for me. I knew this diet was a “nutrition” challenge but at the time, nutrition was just another word for diet. When I learned that there would be no scales during the challenge, it just seemed too good to be true. It’d be the easiest diet ever! And it was.
  • 3. About Whole30 – I learned that it really boils down to conquering your addictions. Chocolate, cheese, bread, diet cokes, these things are my drugs. These things will hold me prisoner, if I let them. Whole30 is not about rules that hold you back and keep you from doing what you want. Whole30 is really about freedom. Freedom from food that makes you feel tired and guilty and sick and just plain wrong.
  • 4. About CrossFit Strong – I learned that there is no other place like it. It really is the best gym in the world. You grow stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally. The owners don’t just care about the bottom line but they’re genuinely invested in your life. This nutrition challenge is proof of that. I used to think my kids were delusional. You can’t feel that way about a gym (Of all places!). But I’ve been converted. And I’m just a normal mom! Not an athlete at all. I mean my only workouts before were giving birth. But now I feel like I belong. This is my gym, this is my box, this is the place I visit every morning (and chitchat with the Barbies in the bathroom), this is my strong.


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  • PaShunD 02/23/2011 12:57:50

    Five Kids LT! Wow, now i see why your so funny. You are a very inspiring person, great job!
  • DeveneyW 02/21/2011 19:17:26

    Leticia-what a great and very humorous blog!  Thanks for sharing and AWESOME job to you for joining CFS, quiting smoking and taking up the Whole 30 challenge!!!! 
  • MylienN 02/21/2011 09:52:13

    Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on completing the Whole30!! Reading everyone's stories & accomplishments is very inspiring. I just started the challenge myself (on day 4) and its helped me to be motivated that I can do this too.

    BTW if Marcello is considering joining the wrestling team he should definitly talk to Charlie. He would be happy to help coach him with some moves.
  • TarahW 02/21/2011 09:17:13

    That is awesome Leticia!  Missed everyone this morning..  turned my alarm off instead of snooze!  ...
  • CourtneyR 02/20/2011 19:23:16

    Great post LT!  In spite of rarely seeing you at the gym--I only come to the 5:30 am when I absolutely HAVE to--I feel like I got to know you!  Thanks for inspiring me too---I'm planning to start the Whole 30 on March 9th! 
  • MarkH 02/20/2011 12:24:47

    Great post, thank you for sharing!  Congrats on all of your accomplishments - keep it up!
  • MikeB 02/20/2011 10:35:24

    Leticia - Congratulations on completing the Whole30 Challenge!  You should be very proud of yourself!
  • BeccaR 02/20/2011 08:04:33

    Leticia- AWESOME!!!! I am so proud of you for giving all of that up, and so excited that you are feeling so good!!! You should be proud of yourself and your children- you have an amazing family! 
  • TanyaS 02/18/2011 15:53:10

    Love it!!!  Very inspiring!!  Keep up the great job!! Your story is awesome!
  • PaulF 02/18/2011 15:36:18

    This was great reading Leticia. Very well thought out and clever humor. Whenever I tell people about CFS and how anyone can do it; I always include you as an example. You work full time, raise a family full time, and you are there 4 times a week at 5:30 ready to go....after your morning wake-up run of 400m.  It is the committment to yourself and to your family, ( and your CFS family) that really makes what you have accomplished inspiring. You're a good friend LT, and I look forward to many more 5:30am WOD's with you!

  • cat 02/18/2011 15:15:18

    All I can say is, "Wow!"  Truly awesome, Leticia.   Your honesty alone is inspiring.   Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • ScottB 02/18/2011 14:06:44

    I love what you said. YOu should be really proud of yourself. 


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