It feels pretty good to have the first month of my 2007 cutting phase in the books. I can honestly say I’ve never worked harder or been more strict with my diet than I have over the last 31 days. Each day at lunch when I’m forcing down yet another plate of dry chicken, several cups of broccoli (which has never been a favorite of mine), brown rice and water, I’m thinking only of that… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, January 31, 2007 by John Stone
Modification to my cutting diet/workouts are coming! Here’s a preview…
February 12th will mark the start of my seventh week of my current cutting phase. Starting that week my food consumption will change, my supplement intake will change, my cardio workouts will change and (perhaps) my strength training routines will be tweaked. Sometime within the next week or so I’ll be adding a new food log to reflect the dietary and supplement changes, and I’ll update my training page to reflect the cardio and training… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, January 30, 2007 by John Stone
Lots going on this week; Temptation.
This is an exciting week – there’s a lot going on, and it all comes to a head this Thursday, February 1st: First, the February “100 Challenge” kicks off on Thursday. If you’d like to participate then you have until 7:00 AM (EST) on Thursday morning to enter. Also on Thursday I’ll be announcing a brand new JSF sponsor. I think anyone who trains with weights is going to appreciate what they bring to JSF…. [Read more]
Added Monday, January 29, 2007 by John Stone
First month of cutting progress report; Staying motivated over the long-haul.
The first month of my 2007 cut is drawing to a close, and I’m very happy with how things are going so far. I took my weekly measurements this morning, and was pleased to see that so far this month my waist is down 1.5 inches and my hips and thighs are each minus a full inch. After the expected initial drop in size, my arms are holding steady at 18 inches (cold/no pump) and… [Read more]
Added Sunday, January 28, 2007 by John Stone
FAQ update; New JSF sponsor coming on the 1st!
I decided to sit down this morning and give my FAQ a bit of an update, as many of the answers were no longer entirely accurate. It took a little longer than I expected, and now I’m running way behind (I have not even done my cardio yet – I’m glad it’s just 20 minutes!) Oh, one other quick item of note: JSF has a new sponsor that I know you are going to love!… [Read more]
Added Saturday, January 27, 2007 by John Stone
Consistency and dependability.
I received an email this week concerning my answer to this question in my FAQ. Essentially the person who emailed me wanted to know if my posted answer to the question was still accurate, as she didn’t see how I could have possibly updated the page every single day (excluding occasional vacations) for more than 4 years – and always by 9:00 AM – without fail. Actually, the answer to that question is still 100%… [Read more]
Added Friday, January 26, 2007 by John Stone
How I deal with cravings and temptation.
Yesterday evening my dietary resolve was seriously tested for the first time this year. Lisa was tired and a little jet-lagged from her trip to Vegas (poor, poor thing…), so she took the day off from work. She did have to go in for about a half-hour to take care of a couple of things, and on the way back home she picked up a frozen pizza for her dinner. So around the time I’m… [Read more]
Added Thursday, January 25, 2007 by John Stone
Belated Happy Birthday to the forum!
I just realized this morning that I completely overlooked the 3-year anniversary of the JSF Forum! The JSF forum went “live” on January 21, 2004 – about one year after I started my transformation. Starting a new forum community is usually very difficult: one needs a lot of user activity to get other people to want to join, but people need to join before there is user activity. Many otherwise good forums are trapped in… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, January 24, 2007 by John Stone
Feeling good on my new cutting program; A couple of new pictures.
The one thing that stands out about this year’s cutting program is that I’ve got more energy and feel better than ever before. Sometimes I don’t even feel like I’m cutting. I feel full all day, I have tons of energy and my strength is actually improving. Amazingly, the fat is still coming off at a steady, but muscle-sparing rate. I can handle lower carb cutting diets just fine once I adjust to them (I’m… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, January 23, 2007 by John Stone
Progress report; Get angry!
I’m just three weeks into my cut, and I’m already seeing some very nice results! This morning I weighed in at 226.5 pounds, which is a 9.5 pound drop from the 236 pounds I weighed at the end of my bulk. I’m down from 14% body fat to somewhere around 12.5% body fat as of this morning. I know half of you are probably reaching for your calculators, so I’ll save you the trouble: that’s… [Read more]