by Carrie Adams

319681_10150475761359478_763744477_11245790_564452592_nAll of Spartan HQ and a large portion of the Spartan community has become captivated by the Chris Davis story.  His journey from obese to healthy and active is one that many can identify with.  He’s not alone.

The sad fact, according to the World Health Organization is that in the United States, nearly 2/3 of the population are either overweight or obese.  The National Center for Health Statistics recently found that 34% of Americans are clinically obese.  That’s a startling statistic.  Additionally, nearly 50% of women and 25% of men classify themselves as “being on a diet” and are counting calories of limiting their food intake.

National Geographic recently published the following facts about mortality and the links to obesity in the United States.  It was published that the top three most statistically likely causes of death were heart disease (with a 1 in 5 chance), cancer (with a 1 in 7 chance), and stroke (with a 1 in 24 chance) are directly linked to obesity.

It’s clear that something has to be done, but diets are often unsuccessful in the long term.  The National Institute of Health has estimated that dieters can expect to regain two-thirds of their lost weight within a year of completing their diet plan. These dieters can expect to regain all of their weight, and possibly more, within 5 years.

What is required for long term weight loss and management is a change in lifestyle.  Chris Davis is currently going through that process in Pittsfield under the watchful eye of Dr. Jeff Godin and Spartan Race founder Joe Desena.

Chris has hit a road bump in his training physically and mentally.  He is finding out that his limitations are very real and he will have to keep pushing himself to be successful. It’s not easy to change a lifestyle so radically and what Chris is going through will not be the first or the last of his struggles.  His most recent blog demonstrates that.

Here is Chris Davis’s journal from yesterday.

4/30/2012

It has been a couple of days since my last blog; this has been for a couple of reasons, the first being my body has started to fail me. This has happened because Joe tried to push it a little too hard over the weekend. On Saturday I walked 5.2 miles from the lodge to the office at 4:15 am to go to my first Bikram Yoga class that lasted for 1.5 to 2 hours. Bikram Yoga is an incredible experience, and I recommend everyone try it at least once in there life. For me it pushed me to my limits and a little beyond. After the session I felt light headed and sick to my stomach,  but I have never sweat more in my life. I think that even after my time at Spartan Camp I will continue to do the Bikram Yoga. After yoga we headed back to the lodge to meet with the Spartan Trainer Candidates, which were going though there certification classes this weekend. About 1.5 miles from the lodge Joe had me get out of the car and walk the rest of the way to lodge. When I got there, everything was spinning, I and It took everything I had left in me just to make it to a chair and sit down. After a few minutes of sitting down, I was able to drink a small glass of Orange Juice, and eat an apple. After a few more minutes Joe said told me to get to bed, and just relax. When I got back to my room, I could not stop shaking; this when on for about a half hour before I finally fell asleep. I slept until about 4pm, after getting backup I came and got me for kung-fu. After kung-fu I went back to the lodge talk to some of my friends before going to bed.

Sunday, was It another long day, I walked over 7 miles throughout the day 3.6 miles of that I was caring my best friend the Green Spartan Pancake, By the end of the day feet felt like they were going to explode. I am currently fighting some blisters on my right foot, and a sore spot in the ball of my left foot. Dr. Jeff Godin thinks that changing from cotton to wool socks should help with the blisters, so I am looking forward to seeing it makes a difference.

This is now my 18th day here at Spartan Camp, and I am starting to break down, mentally. I have been on an all fruit and raw vegetable diet, since arriving at Spartan Camp, while this has been great for losing weight, and my complexion. I have been having some problems with some of the side effects like having a foggy mind, and problems focusing on mental task. I understand that it part of the trade off, for focusing on my health, but where do I draw the line. Another issue that is currently weighing on my mind is I am having a trust issue with Joe right now. Part of it comes different points of views; His point of view is that I can only handle part of the information at the time. So one example is I was supposed to be on the fruit and vegetable cleanse for 14 days. To me, I took that as a goal to be meet, once it was done we were going to be moving on to the next goal. Joe’s though process was “if I tell Chris that we are going to do an all fruit and vegetable diet for a month Chris would not go of it, so I will tell him we are only going to do it for 14 days so it is something that is less daunting.”

This is hard for me because I feel like I’ve been lied to.  If he did not have any intention to ending the food cleans on day 14, then I would have liked to have known about it. Joe and I have talked about this this morning, and I am hopeful we can rebuild the trust between us. I know that if I am going to stay here we will need work this out.

[Editor’s Note:This morning Joe sent an email that said simply, “42 lbs in 19 days. Needless to say, he’s a believer now.”]

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7 Responses

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    I’m so amazed by you Chris. and bikram yoga!? I’m impressed by anyone who can do it. I tried and decided that traditional yoga was more my style.

    Also, Joe sounds like my childhood swim instructor. She would tell me to swim to her about 10 feet away and as I’d get closer, she’d back up. I hated that! Good luck getting to the end of your cleanse. I know you can do it.

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    I probably don’t have anything to say you haven’t heard yet, but stay with it! It has been my battle for many years and it is still on going. The lifestyle change is going to be the toughest thing you have to do. Everyone keeping up with your blog is pulling for you!

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    Chris, don’t let him push you too hard. 95% is enough, you don’t need to go 110%–save that for race day. You’ve come too far to damage yourself by pushing too hard. We’re all here for you!

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    If Joe won’t tell you the truth from the begining then he doesn’t believe you can do this and doesn’t deserve your trust. There is a difference between pushing somebody to do their best and setting them up for failure.

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    Hey bro. Yea, its me again. You still inspire me and give me strength.

    I can totaly get how you felt lied to by Joe and why youre hurt. I dont disregard youre feelins in anyway. But I can also see where Joe was comin from. Wut youre doin as is is seriously intense. I mean willin to go to Spartan HQ and do this completely insane and radical diet/ life style change. It would be overwhelmin for anyone. I dont think there are many of us who would have the balls to do it. Joe knew how intense and how much of a complete 180 of lifestyle this was goin to be for you. He didnt wunt to scare you and make you feel defeated before you already began. I think possibly tellin you exactly would kinda be like askin someone who has never touched a key of a piano in their life to play Motzart as their first piece. Again bro, Im not tryin to disregard or belittle your feelins I totaly understand. I just wunt to try and give you a diffrent viewpoint. I hope and pray yall can work thins out. Joe may be a complete smart ass, but I truly believe that he does care.

    Bro youre attitude is amazing, from the will to keep pushin on, to puttin up wit all of Jpoes comments/jokes. Is awesome. Wut youre goin thro is insane and I would be seriously concerned if anyone is was doin this on their own. But you are under serious supervision by so many best of the best in so many fields. I mean 42 lbs in 19 days. DANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is all I can say to that.

    Bro as always you got my heart, prayers and blessins. You help to keep me strong as a struggle to win victory from the opposite end from you bro. You got this man, youve got this. And I hope and pray I get to meet you at the GA sprint next spring.

    God Bless.

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    Hey Chris! first off I am very proud of you and what you are accomplishing. Now, real talk love, do not let anyone push you beyond what you know your body can handle – period. you are strong enough and smart enough to know when enough is enough. I love you and care for you like family, be safe first and foremost. I went to LA Fitness (yeah I joined the other week) and the trainer gave me an assessment but forgot to take into account that my age was twice his, even though I used to be a marine, that was a lifetime ago and I pushed myself and completed but my heart was pounding so fast I had to stop and remind him it has been a minute since I worked out hard like that and I need to start off a little bit slower at first and build to that level, letting my body and heart get used to it. You are doing an amazing job and there is no part of anything you are doing or struggling with that equates to failure in any capacity!! You are the greatest, strongest, man I know. What you have already done is amazing, dont count that out or forget where you came from and how far you already have come – you are a champion all the way.

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    I am currently obese. I have had lots of nutrition training and I have gone from obese to healthy and out again for various reasons. I am currently in a self-imposed training program to cut the fat and get fit again…one final time for the rest of my life. I understand the benefits of an all fruit & veg diet but in intense training there should be more of a balanced diet to prevent many of the symptoms Chris is experiencing. There are diets and training programs that cut fat fast but do it with a more balanced approach. I realize he is surrounded by professionals but I would encourage you guys to reconsider his diet.

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