For the first time in a long time I really enjoyed my summer. After so many years of being fat, it sure felt great to strip off my shirt, go outside and feel confidence rather than embarrassment. I’m also very pleased that I’ve been able to gain some lean mass without adding any body fat during my summer maintenance/bulking phase. I experimented with several different bulking ideas over the past few months and now, with… [Read more]
Added Sunday, August 31, 2003 by John Stone
All weight is not created equal!
I thought it would be interesting to compare how I look now at 166 pounds to how I looked at 166 pounds during the fat-loss phase of my program. These pictures really show the difference weight training makes. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking purely in terms of total weight lost, ignoring their body fat to lean mass ratio. As these pictures demonstrate, all weight is not created equal! In the first… [Read more]
Added Saturday, August 30, 2003 by John Stone
Cheat meal day; Old Dominion can’t find Florida.
Friday at last. What a week it’s been. Too bad its not really the end of the work week for me. I’m going to have to work tomorrow, too, and possibly part of Sunday. Oh well, at least I can look forward to my weekly cheat meal of pizza and wine tonight! Old Dominion is the freight carrier that has been charged with the seemingly impossible task of getting my gym equipment to me. Everything… [Read more]
Added Friday, August 29, 2003 by John Stone
No new gym this week; Happy Birthday mom!
I’m glad this week is drawing to a close, it’s been pretty stressful. It looks like the new gym equipment won’t be here this week after all. It’s been sitting on a loading dock all week somewhere in Georgia. The shipping company is probably waiting until they can fill a whole rig before they send it down to Florida. A bit frustrating, but what can ya do? Today is my mom’s birthday. Ever since I… [Read more]
Added Thursday, August 28, 2003 by John Stone
Hell week continues…
“Hell week” at work continues today, so I’m going to get my workout in right away while I have time. Today I’m doing 200 crunches followed by 23 minutes of HIIT cardio on the stair climber. Have a good day, I’ll see ya tomorrow.
Added Wednesday, August 27, 2003 by John Stone
Hell week: day 2; Power rack and bench to arrive this week.
Today is going to be another really busy day for me, so I’m going to get right to my workout. Today I’m working my back and biceps. This should be my last upper body workout on my old equipment – the new power rack and bench are scheduled for delivery later this week! I’ll put the “before” and “after” weight room pictures I promised up on the website as soon as everything gets here. Have… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, August 26, 2003 by John Stone
This is the start of a really tough week at work, so I’m probably not going to have a lot of time to write over the next few days. It’s likely that I’ll be running behind on answering my emails, too, so thanks in advance for your patience! Today I’m just doing 23 minutes of HIIT cardio, and it’s a good thing because that’s about all I have time for! Have a good day, see… [Read more]
Added Monday, August 25, 2003 by John Stone
I found some mirrors for the new gym at Home Depot yesterday. They are 16″x60″, and, now that I have them installed, that size turned out to be perfect. Thankfully they were not expensive, $23.00 each. I only bought seven of them since I was only doing one wall. It’s amazing how much bigger and brighter the room looks. Now if the rack and bench would just get here… Today I’m doing 200 crunches and… [Read more]
Added Sunday, August 24, 2003 by John Stone
New gym almost done, adding mirrors today.
The new gym is coming together very nicely. In fact, it looks even better than I imagined it would. Today I’ll be heading out to look for mirrors. I have no idea how much these things are, I hope not too much! The mirror in our master bathroom is about 3.5 feet by 6.5 feet, so 3 of those would be perfect for the one wall we want to completely mirror. If they are not… [Read more]
Added Saturday, August 23, 2003 by John Stone
Problems at work; Cheat meal day!
I’ve got some issues at work to deal with, so I’m going to make this short and go get my workout in. Today it’s 200 crunches and 23 minutes of HIIT cardio on the bike. Tonight I will be enjoying my usual Friday cheat meal of pizza and wine! Have a great day, see you tomorrow.