Below are two accounts of clients stories I was asked to share. I’ve always been very against the idea of before and after photos on my website as I believe our constant judgment on how we should look based on other people is one of the reasons for our unhappiness and our inability to lose weight and get fit.
While I haven’t finished my journey with Jake yet, I am at an important milestone – my 40th birthday party. Fitter and healthier than I have been in a long time and with some lovely toned muscle structure coming through as the fat disappears.
Above is my ‘before picture’, it’s not very clear but that’s a good indication of how I feel when I am fat: unworthy of and unable to be in the picture – on every level you can interpret that sentence. If I absolutely have to be in a picture I have a big shawl or a set way I pose to try and hide. This one was taken unawares – and it survives I don’t know how! I usually make everyone delete the fat ones… If I’d known how it was going to turn out I’d have taken a before one – but I just couldn’t bear to see where I was, or face the reality.
I have said this all the way through this process: this is by far the sanest and easiest way I have ever lost weight. I have been a successful dieter all of my life and have spent great chunks of it fit, slim and healthy on the outside, but always achieved through allowing calorie counting, starvation (eating = failure) and long sessions exercising to take over my life.
I just could not sustain this – I have a job, a husband who works long hours and two children whom I am the main career and taxi driver for, and over the last two years my weight has ballooned. A back problem has not helped the issue.
Jake has taught me so much about something which I thought I knew about already. He showed me a way of eating and exercising that maximizes results but doesn’t take over your life. He has tailored the program around my back issue. There are days when my exercise takes literally 12 minutes, and days when the weights program takes 45, I have eaten out with my family and friends, I have had to carve some time out of my day for exercise but not to the detriment of my work or family commitments, I have in effect led my normal life without feeling deprived or – most importantly- hungry. I have never, once, been hungry. In fact there are times when I have had my husband awake at night anxious that this couldn’t possibly work because I was over eating. I come from a place where hungry = excitement and weight loss.
I have not counted one single calorie.
Has this taken discipline? Yes, but in a way that is easy and simple to follow. Have I exercised more than I was? Yes but again in a way that hasn’t taken over my life or exhausted my body.
I have had to deal with the deep psychological attachment I have to numbers on the scale – as I’ve built muscle structure the scales have only moved downwards slowly – with three weeks stuck on one number. BUT – my clothes were looser and people were commenting.
I have found this incredibly difficult to deal with and a lesson in how much I revolve my happiness around a number. I have cried with frustration at the overwhelming desire to get on the scales a few hours after weighing myself. It is almost like a drug. Jake -and my Husband – have dealt with the tears admirably.
But, despite the numbers refusing to budge there are clothes I can fit in now that I know would be too small at my current weight – but they fit beautifully, which means I am as slim as I was, but the muscle I’ve built is showing on the scales. I still have a long way to go to let this issue go, but I am working on it!
I am very proud today to be able to tell you that I haven’t a clue how much weight I have lost – last weigh in was twenty pounds lost and that was three weeks ago – I just know that my ‘marker jeans’ were looser today than last week.
I still have a way to go before I reach my ultimate goal, but for the first time I can see a way of living that is sustainable, while still keeping my weight down, fitness up and back strong.
Anyone reading this testimonial should know that I am happy to talk about this process anytime just ask Jake for my email. If you’re lucky enough to be in Hollywood get in touch with Jake. I assure you that wherever you are, if he can change my way of being, he can change yours.
I will forever be grateful to Jake for the kindness, wisdom, generosity and knowledge he has shoveled liberally at me night and day answering my texts over food questions and keeping a close eye on my progress. He is an inspiration to me, and will be to you, I cannot recommend him to you more warmly or confidently, you are in good hands.
My journey with Personal trainer Jake Davis, By Dunc
I’m a 43 years old man married with 2 children and working 12 hours a day, 36 inch waste weighing 185lbs or 13.5 stone not of muscle but of fat, drinking too much and eating all the wrong things, that was me November 2014.
It was time for a change!
I knew my very good friend Jake was a top trainer in L.A. At the same time I had enrolled to ride a bike from London to Paris in aid of Macmillan’s cancer support.
I sign on the dotted line and then reality hits me, I have to ride a bike from London to Paris! I hadn’t been on a bike for more than 20 years, well not for any length of time.
So I e-mail Jake who and asked for help. Jake starts me of on a gentle work plan every morning for 4 weeks, I was finding it hard to start, mainly because I was suffering from Lyme disease which I had no idea I had, so after some anti-biotic and getting back to full strength the real work started.
Jake explained how food works for the body when combined with exercise and how my habits rather than my will power had been holding me back. Jake helped me with what I should be eating and how many times per day, mainly high protein to build muscle and plenty of green vegetables, fruits and nuts, plus a protein shake after circuit training mixed with juice and protein shake after the bike but just with water, I started to see better results I was putting muscle mass on and losing the fat, by July the time of the ride I was in good shape the goal now was to complete the ride which I did in 4 days in 40 degree heat.
After the ride I still wanted to continue toning my body and try to find my six-pack in time for the summer vacations.
This was the final step for me, Jake made me one last eating plan and training plan, and this was going to be hard! No dairy, no pasta, no bread and NO ALCOHOL!!!
I can honestly say within 10 days I had lost another 1 inch of my waste from 34 inch waste to 33 and the weight was still dropping off, in the end I could see my six-pack I was toned and I felt great I guess I was on or just above 10% body fat. This was all without counting calories!
Jake has succeeded in transforming my health my eating habits and most of all my self-confidence, on the beach this year I was not worried about taking my T-shirt off.
At the Start I weighed 13.5 stone or 189lbs mostly fat.
The End of the training course 11.8 stone or 165lbs with 10% body fat and toned muscles.
Thanks Jake you have turned my life around.