by Carrie Adams
All 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.
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.”]
Tags: Chris Davis Project