Hello, my name is Jim Davis, and I used to be a fat slob. Four years ago,
I weighed well over 300 lbs., was "pre-diabetic", on blood pressure
and cholesterol medications, and pretty much a couch potato. I was on
a cane all the time, in excruciating pain any time I stood, and getting
more and more depressed. So I ate. It didn't help that I loved to
cook and eat fancy foods.
Of course, I had excuses. I had a slowly deteriorating spine, and falls
due to losing control of my legs had landed me in the hospital twice to
reattach a biceps tendon and my entire quadriceps muscle, which had come
off at the kneecap. Nonetheless, I was a mess. I couldn't get up off
the ground without help. I was going to be in a wheelchair in a very few
months. Finally, in 2007, thanks to Dr. Mesiwala, I had the back surgery
that literally changed my life. Three artificial discs, a titanium cage
and two nerve transplants later, I was learning to walk again. I was out
of constant pain for the first time in 15 years. After eleven months of
physical therapy, Dr. Mesiwala pronounced me "healed" and told
me I could get back in the gym.
In 2008 I was 283 pounds when I started back to the gym. In March of 2009,
when I made my first trip to the Arnold Fitness Expo in Columbus, I was
down to 226 – lighter than I'd been since my wedding in 1982.
From being wheel chair bound to a complete transformation in just 7 months!!
I'll be the first to admit I went a little crazy with it, and pursued
a diet and exercise program far more rigorous than most people would be
willing to endure. It was such a joy to be able to move without pain,
I didn't want to stop. I kept going. I entered a company-run contest
to see how much muscle I could put on, I put on 25 lbs. in 14 weeks, 20
of which was lean muscle. And I still didn't stop… I kept going,
and improving, and decided to enter a Master's bodybuilding competition
in 2010. On July 24, I entered the Los Angeles Bodybuilding Championships,
both the Masters Class and the Novice Heavyweights. I didn't win,
but I came in 4
th in the over 50s, and 5
th in the Novice Heavies, and came home with two trophies that are built
a whole lot better than I was. Three years to the week after my back surgery,
I walked on stage at 206 lbs., and 7% bodyfat – lower than I'd
It didn't end there… I entered the Kentucky Muscle Classic and
the Fankhouser Classic in West Virginia in November 2010.
It's a journey I wouldn't trade for the world, and bless every
day that I've been able to make it. It's not over, either. I'm
still working out and going strong at 57! Thanks to Dr. Mesiwala and his
team, miracles do happen and I'm living proof