ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing.
Leticia had been overweight for as long as she could remember. Her weight loss journey (when she actually made the effort to lose weight) began in 2001 when she hit her highest weight of 215 pounds at the age of 19. She was THE laziest person she knew. She even had her mom write notes for her to skip running in P.E. class during high school.
She specifically remembers the day she knew she needed to lose weight. Leticia saw a picture of herself with her brother who is 6 foot 4 and 260 pounds and she looked bigger than he did. She was mortified. From that point, Leticia lost 40 pounds fairly quickly by doing cardio and eating a very low-calorie diet. Unfortunately, this triggered more than 10 years of weight gain/loss yo-yoing. Her weight fluctuated between 175-207 pounds. In her twenties, Leticia blamed her weight on layoffs, comfortable relationships, bad breakups, studying abroad, Mexican family gatherings, and anything else she could blame!
In 2013, Leticia had the most eventful year of her life. This was the year she finally reached a breakthrough with her never-ending weight loss journey. Enough was enough after reaching 200+ pounds for the third time in her life. In seven months, she went from 200 pounds to 155 pounds. This girl was on fire!
She created her Instagram account to use as her personally fitness journal. It quickly became a catapult of inspiration for thousands. Leticia also created the #GrinderGlamChallenge which keeps hundreds of women focused on their goals. Her lifestyle quickly began to change as well. She began to prefer hikes and Obstacle Racing to clubbing and happy hour. In one year Leticia went from 200 pounds to 155 pounds, got Personal Trainer certified, ran her very first half marathon, and ran the Temecula Spartan Beast in under four hours.
Last year, Leticia received her first Trifecta in Malibu where she also led 102 men and women through their first Spartan race! “No Spartan left behind” was her motto because she is so passionate about Spartan racing and the Spartan way of life. Her commitment was to make sure that every single person in her group crossed the finish line!
FOLLOWING HER DREAM
Spartan racing changed Leticia’s life forever. OCR came in her life at a time where she had just reached her goal weight. In the past, it would have been a time in her life where her weight would have creeped back up. Obstacle Course Racing is what makes Leticia feel more alive than ever! It allows her to see the tops of mountains and feel unstoppable when things get tough.
With her love of fitness, she decided to put the 9-5 life away and she started personal training. Finally, after 32 years it was time for her to do something she wanted to do and on her own terms. This was a huge step for her from starting from scratch, but she stayed strong and turned the experience into something good.
Leticia’s dream is to reach both women and men with her knowledge and no-nonsense approach. She believes in not letting people waste money on programs, diets, and fads that will only set them up for failure. She wants to be a part of people’s lives and let them know that she is truly there for them! She makes sure her clients feel like she is their teammate and not a sideline coach.
CURRENT WORKOUT PLAN
Leticia’s current training schedule is Crossfit three to four times a week, a long distance trail run on the weekend, and strength training on her own two to three times a week. Her highest weight was 215 pounds and she currently weighs in at a fit 160 pounds.