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Poor night of sleep, time change grump; Vacation starts Saturday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 by  
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I started to write yet another a rant about the time change, but I just deleted it. Cliffs: I really hate the spring time change, and I’m grumpy this morning. Also, I threw out a bunch of old computers yesterday and I had to open each one to remove the drives. There was so much dust in those computers that I couldn’t believe it. Sure enough, even though I took an allergy pill I had trouble sleeping last night and my sinuses are fried this morning.

OK, that’s more than enough whining for one morning! 🙂

My weekly 2011 cutting progress report from this past Sunday showed an unusual amount of scale weight loss, a considerable amount of which was lean mass. I speculated that the lean mass loss was mostly water, and that it was caused by temporary dehydration from all the mountain biking I’d done on Saturday. Looks like that was indeed the case, as over the past couple of days my weight has bounced back a couple of pounds. It will be interesting to see if my body fat percentage and tape measurements go down this week while my scale weight remains more or less the same (or even higher) than it was this past Sunday.

So this Saturday I start a week-long vacation. Originally my mom was coming down for a visit, but that trip was postponed until early June. Lisa will also be off next week, and we’re planning to get outside and enjoy this incredible weather as much as possible. We’ll be doing lots of biking, hiking, kayaking and gardening, among other things. I’ve got an interesting choice to make here. I’m around 8.5% body fat right now, and that means I’ve only got around 3-4 pounds of fat left to lose to reach my goal of 7% body fat. It’s only mid-march, and so I’m WAY ahead of schedule (I thought I’d be cutting until late April or even into May). I’m sort of torn between relaxing my diet for the week I’m on vacation and remaining remaining ultra-strict. If I remain strict I’ll probably finish the cut a week, or perhaps two, from this coming Sunday. If I relax my diet a bit I doubt I’ll gain any fat, but I also won’t lose any fat. That would probably only push things back one week. The challenge (for me) would be to come back and get strict again after losing the momentum I’ve built over the past 11 weeks.

I’m also undecided on whether or not I want to continue with my daily blogs while I’m off. I’m feeling like I could use a break from everything about now. We’ll see…

John Stone Fitness Comments

5 Responses to “Poor night of sleep, time change grump; Vacation starts Saturday.”
  1. You’ve come this far, I would stick to my diet. But if you did relax your diet I’m sure you would be able to jump right back in where you left off, you are kind of freaky-superhuman that way.

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  2. If I were that close to my goal, I’d probably keep going strict (or my version of strict anyway 🙂 ), especially if you plan to continue working out with the same intensity.

    I hope you do continue the blog updates. Reading your blog daily is one of the things that keeps me from slacking off.

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  3. I agree with the others… no sense in relaxing and then cutting again if indeed the goal is 7%. Not so much about the BF% change but the mindset. How’s the cardio endurance going? Isn’t that the MAIN goal? I’d stay on the diet, reach it in a short time then maintain it along with your cardio goals. You’re right there! Go get it.

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  4. Keep the momentum bro, you’re having an active vacation week anyways with lots of outdoor activities. After you finish you can relax a bit and maybe have some popcorn with movies or I don’t know. But you’re almost there! Go for it!

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