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Back from vacation.

Monday, January 15, 2007 by  
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January
15
2007

Hello everyone, I’m back from my two-week vacation! Life being what it is (unpredictable), my time off didn’t play out quite as I’d planned, but the break from my usual routine was very nice anyway.

Even though I enjoy occasional vacations, whenever I take them I always miss writing and updating the site each morning. Taking breaks always reaffirms how much updating this site each day and hanging out on the JSF forum means to me. This community has certainly become a very important part of my life.

I stayed true to my word, and didn’t stray from my cutting diet or workout plan. I ate each and every meal exactly as planned (here’s my 2007 cutting diet food log), and performed every single workout. It took a fair amount of self-discipline to not fall into the “Hey, I’m on vacation!” excuse and indulge. Resisting those temptations has paid off, because now I’m firmly in my “fat loss groove”. Once I reach this place there is absolutely no stopping me.

I know some of you can’t understand the “all or nothing” attitude that works so well for me. I admit that getting past the first week or two can be difficult, but once I get past the initial hump everything just sort of becomes easier. I’m not saying that there are not temptations or that I never feel like missing a workout or cardio session, but the satisfaction of giving a total effort easily outweighs any temptations that would set my progress back.

I’ve made good progress so far: I’ve lost 7.5 pounds, of which probably 4 or 5 pounds is water and the rest is fat. As expected, my muscles have lost a small bit of size (water loss), but I’ve not lost any strength at all. Complete stats are here.

I hope each and every one of you who are working towards a fitness-related goal are still going strong. Don’t give up! Just imagine how much progress you will make and how great you’re going to look and feel by summer time if you stay devoted to your program! At this time in 2003 I was a fat, bloated, out of shape couch potato, and by the early summer of 2003 I had a six-pack. I’m not special. Anyone can do it, but you’ve got to work your tail off to make it happen!

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