Raymond Davis lost 47 lb. with P90, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, INSANITY MAX:30, 22 Minute Hard Corps, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. Here’s the story that he shared with the Beachbody Challenge contest.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before getting involved with Beachbody I was a broken man. I don’t know any other way of putting it. I had a morning ritual of staring at myself for 15 minutes each morning in the mirror and just telling myself how pathetic and disgusting I was. I was doing no good for myself or anyone around me. I was depressed constantly and hated everything about life in general. I was just a nasty person to be around, so most people did not come around me. I spent most of my time alone and that just made me even more depressed. I tried to comfort myself with comfort food like pizza, cheesesteaks, and junk food. That only made me more depressed. So then I moved on to guzzling a bottle of whiskey a night… which only lead to more depression with a bonus round of fits of rage. So, like I said, I was a broken man that was ready for life to be over.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was getting older. I don’t currently have children, but would like them someday. One thing I told myself was that I wanted to be a dad that could play with his kids and keep up with them. Not the one that can barely push his kids on a swing without getting winded. When I would go out to see my “friends,” instead of shaking my hand they would pat me on the stomach and say hello. My stomach was literally greeting them before I was. Then, while just walking around my house, I could feel everything on my body jiggling which gave me major body insecurities. I knew I needed a major change in my life.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge has always been staying focused. Thankfully, with the help of my amazing support team (Team Boom, my Coach, and all my new Beachbody friends), I’ve been more than able to stay on track. I mean sure I’ve slipped a few times here and there, but who doesn’t do that on this journey, and my Team has always helped me to get right back at it. I had never felt such a strong desire and determination to finally make this lifestyle change. Even my friends who had seen me make weight-loss attempts before, said they had never seen me so dedicated to reach my goals like I have been this time. I highly doubt that if I didn’t have my Coach and my support team that I would’ve stayed the course to make the changes that I did.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I have been doing a hybrid of 22 Minute Hard Corps and The Master’s Hammer and Chisel. I liked the quick in and out style from 22 Minute Hard Corps, but I also like going to the gym and being able to lift in a social atmosphere, which I just enjoy. I have a gym at home but I liked going to my local gym and using BOD to stream my Hammer and Chisel workouts. I’m much more of a traditional lifter, so Hammer and Chisel helped to get me back to my lifting roots but with a new twist and new moves.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My main goal during this was to just maintain, and possibly slim down, while still putting on muscle. It’s obviously a major struggle, but I’m happy with how I’m progressing. I’m actually at the point these days where I don’t even worry about the scale anymore. I know if I just follow the programs the results will come.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed in a massive way. Finding out that I’m pre-diabetic has given more even more of a reason to get in better shape and really start taking better care of myself. I want to live a long healthy and happy life. Getting involved with the Beachbody community, and becoming a Coach, has really changed me in ways that I didn’t think were possible. Doing the constant personal development has really helped me with my mindset and helped me to become a better person and friend to those around me. It has helped inspire me to want to inspire and help others. I use to spend every waking moment alone, but now I’m surrounded by positive, upbeat, like-minded individuals that actually get me. We have a real connection and love for our community.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology has been my morning kickstart since day one of my journey. I couldn’t imagine starting a morning without it. It always gets me moving in the right direction to be the best me possible each and every day.
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
BOD has allowed me to get back to being social again. I like being able to go to the gym and do my routines now. Before I was stuck to doing them at home and I’m much more of a social person. Also, it makes it easier if I want to workout with friends to just bring my iPad or laptop to their house or log into their computer so we can do it together.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.