It sure feels good to be off from work for an entire week. In addition to my usual day-to-day duties as Network Administrator, for the past few months I’ve been working on several other major projects for work. One of the reasons I’m pretty good at what I do for a living is the same reason I’ve had success with my ongoing transformation: I tend to be very single-minded, focused and determined when I have… [Read more]
Added Saturday, January 31, 2009 by John Stone
A bit more about the new Transformation Spotlight of the Month feature.
It’s the Friday before my week off from everything (work, training and updating this site), and I feel great! I am so ready for a nice break… I’m very excited about Sunday’s big update: I’ll have my end of bulk photographs (and certainly a few comparison shots), the February “100 Challenge” will kick off (it’s not too late to enter – see the details immediately below today’s update!), and the February 2009 TSM (Transformation Spotlight… [Read more]
Added Friday, January 30, 2009 by John Stone
How have you done so far this year?
January is coming to an end, and now is a great time to take a good, honest look at your progress so far this year. Have you been working hard, sticking to your plan and doing everything you said you would do to reach your goals? If the answer to that question is “no”, then I’d like you to think about a few things… Summer may seem a long way off right now, but it… [Read more]
Added Thursday, January 29, 2009 by John Stone
Big update on Sunday, then time off.
I’ve got a very busy day ahead because my vacation from work actually starts tomorrow! I normally don’t update JSF while I’m on holiday, but I’ve decided to continue with the daily updates through February 1st. The reason for this is because there are a number of things happening here at JSF on the first of the month: the February 100 Challenge starts, the February Transformation Spotlight of the Month will be posted and, of… [Read more]
Added Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by John Stone
The “all or nothing” approach – right for you?
Aside from Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners I have not had a “cheat” meal in four months. Even my Christmas and Thanksgiving meals were not horrible – mostly meats, potatoes and vegetables. So last night I was thinking, “Well, my bulk is over I suppose I could have pizza or something if I want to.” The funny thing is, I honestly didn’t want pizza, barbecue or Chinese food (which are my usual “go to” cheat meals)…. [Read more]
Added Tuesday, January 27, 2009 by John Stone
If you missed yesterday’s update, it was a big one! I finished my 17 week bulk, and yesterday’s update contained all kind of stats, facts and figures along with a new video showing some of my extended 2008 bulking progress. You can check it all out here. I want to sincerely thank everyone for their emails, PMs and posts congratulating me on the successful completion of my bulk. It feels fantastic to be back in… [Read more]
Added Monday, January 26, 2009 by John Stone
BULK IS OVER! Final end of bulk statistics.
My extended 2008 bulk is finally over, and I feel that it was my most sucessful bulk to date – but maybe not for the reasons you think… While adding muscle was my primary goal, I also knew this bulk represented a critical juncture in my fitness journey. I desperately needed to get back on track after the year prior, during which I was uncharacteristically inconsistent with my training and diet. I won’t prattle on… [Read more]
Added Sunday, January 25, 2009 by John Stone
3 more personal records set yesterday; New photo; Steroids.
Yesterday I completed the final workout of my bulk, and it was a great one! This past week has been difficult (I’m pretty tired and beat up after 17 weeks of bulking), but I felt a surge of adrenaline with the finish line finally just ahead. I broke my all-time best OHP (overhead press), standing DB lateral and bent over DB lateral personal records. Breaking those records was a very satisfying way to end what… [Read more]
Added Saturday, January 24, 2009 by John Stone
More personal records fall; New photos; Last bulking workout today.
Yesterday I was really in the mood to deadlift heavy, so I changed my workout around. I moved the deadlifts from the end of my workout to the beginning of the workout and did 3 sets of 6-8 using very heavy weight. I went for my all-time best personal record, but didn’t quite hit it. I came very close, though, and that felt great – especially because I’ve not done heavy deads in over a… [Read more]
Added Friday, January 23, 2009 by John Stone
First real test of the new servers.
We finally had the first real test of the powerful new JSF servers yesterday! On January 21, 2009 JSF and the JSF forums received just over 10,000,000 (ten million) hits, over 60,000 unique visitors and served up just shy of a half million pages. While this was not record-breaking traffic for this site, it would have brought the old servers to their knees in a hurry. I’m pleased to report that the new servers easily… [Read more]