I have to admit that I’ve been feeling fairly stressed out lately. I have a lot going on in my life right now (even more than usual), and it seems like there is so much to do and not enough time to get it all done. So last night it was almost time for my workout, and thoughts of skipping it were running through my head. I get so irritated with myself when I start… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, April 10, 2007 by John Stone
Low carb/refeed diet update; Busy weekend.
I think my body is adjusting very well to the low carb/refeed part of my 2007 cutting diet. Today is my fourth low carb day in a row (tomorrow is a refeed!), and I feel great. Last week I was feeling pretty lethargic by the 3rd low-carb day, but ever since the refeed last Thursday I’ve been feeling like myself. I had a very active weekend, too: double cardio sessions (30 minutes of fasted Low… [Read more]
Added Monday, April 9, 2007 by John Stone
Down to 9.7% body fat; New look to the main page!
It’s “Measurement Sunday”, and it’s been another productive week of fat loss! This week I lost 2.2 pounds of fat and a half inch from my hips and thighs. My waist size is down almost another 1/4 inch. My arms, chest, forearms and calves did not move, and that’s a good thing! This morning I’m down to 205 pounds, and my body fat percentage (as measured using a 7-site pinch test with the FatTrack PRO… [Read more]
Added Sunday, April 8, 2007 by John Stone
Answering the skeptics.
Over the past few days I’ve been thinking about why it is that so many people react with skepticism when they see transformation photos like mine. Cries of “Photoshop!” and “Steroids!” are all too common. Reading the comments posted on other sites about my transformation made one thing crystal clear: the vast majority of people have absolutely no idea how to properly lose fat and gain muscle! My jaw was often hanging open in astonishment… [Read more]
Added Saturday, April 7, 2007 by John Stone
First refeed day report; Yet another record day; Welcome new visitors!
Yesterday was the first “refeed” day of my weeks 14-?? cutting diet. Carbs galore, and I enjoyed every bite: 2 sweet potatoes, 2 bananas, 1 cup brown rice, 6 cups of oats, 2 cups of broccoli and pineapple! Of course I got plenty of protein, too: chicken breasts, cod fish and egg whites. Fats are kept to a minimum on refeed days, and came mostly in the form of an EFA supplement. Because of the… [Read more]
Added Friday, April 6, 2007 by John Stone
Another record-breaking day; Some common questions and comments addressed.
Yesterday johnstonefitness.com once again saw record-breaking traffic: over 129,000 unique visitors, nearly 10,000,000 hits and almost 250 GBs of bandwidth. This traffic data does not include the forum, which saw near record-breaking traffic. Considering the incredible demand, I think the servers have been doing an admirable job, but I know things have been frustratingly slow much of the time this week. I apologize for that, and I am doing everything I can to keep things… [Read more]
Added Thursday, April 5, 2007 by John Stone
Great workout last night; New progress picture; Welcome new visitors!
Considering how lethargic I felt before I started, I had a very good workout (pecs/triceps) last night! I feel like my body is doing an excellent job of adjusting to my new low carb days. As I wrote in my media journal last night, at this point in my cutting diet it’s more of a mental challenge than a physical one. What I mean by that is all the energy I require to have a… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, April 4, 2007 by John Stone
Tough day; JSF sees record-breaking traffic; New Favorite Things item.
Yesterday was a tough day. It was the first day of my new “refeed” diet, and my only carb intake was grapefruit and broccoli. I sure missed my morning oats! At the end of the work day it was time for my workout (back and biceps), but I was feeling very tired and lethargic. I really didn’t feel like working out (a nap sounded much better!), but I knew it was important for me to… [Read more]
Added Tuesday, April 3, 2007 by John Stone
Easy part is over; “Why do you do it?”
If you missed yesterday’s update, you might want to check it out: I posted my end of month stats/analysis and monthly progress photos. The easy part of my cutting phase is officially over. This morning I’m hovering just above 10% body fat, and it’s time to get absolutely shredded to the bone! Today starts the “low-carb/refeed” section of my 2007 cutting diet (here’s the meal plan I’ll be following). This is where self-discipline and mental… [Read more]
Added Monday, April 2, 2007 by John Stone
March progress in summary; Weekly progress; Monthly photos; The future.
It’s been another textbook week of fat loss (down 2 pounds), and my fat loss progress in March was also excellent! I started off the month of March at 216.4 pounds and roughly 15% body fat. This morning I’m down to 207.2 pounds, and my body fat percentage (as measured using a 7-site pinch test with the FatTrack PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers from the JSF Amazon Mall) is 10.7%! 10.7% is the highest of… [Read more]