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New progress photos; Honest thoughts on my smaller size.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by  
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April
14
2011
March 13, 2011 - 173 pounds (no pump)

March 13, 2011 - 173 pounds (no pump)

I had another excellent workout yesterday! For PWO meal #2 I had one of my usual cutting PWO meals, but with a nice twist: a grilled 6-ounce 93% lean ground beef patty and roasted red potatoes–only now that I’m done cutting I ate the patty on a hamburger bun. I really enjoyed that. 🙂

Yesterday before my workout I took several new progress photos and posted them in my 2011 photo gallery. Excluding my posed daily/weekly/monthly progress photos, most of my other progress photos over the years were taken post-workout when I had a pretty decent pump going. By contrast, all of the photos I took yesterday were shot while I was “flat” with no pump at all. I’m one of those guys who really blows up when I’ve got a good post-workout pump, and so in these photos–at just 173 pounds and with no pump–I look (and am) smaller than I’ve been in many years.

Back in the day - December 18, 2006 and around 235 pounds

Back in the day - December 18, 2006 and around 235 pounds

As I mentioned in my photo journal yesterday, I have to admit that it’s a bit of an ego hit to see myself this small. I mean, I spent years trying to get as big as my genetics would allow. At one point I weighed more than 235 pounds and was starting to resemble a linebacker. It’s amazing when I think that over the course of my transformation I’ve been as light as 160 pounds and as heavy as 236 pounds–almost 80 pounds difference!

So, despite the fact that I do feel a somewhat primal desire to be the biggest dog on the block (and let’s be honest: even at 236 pounds I was never even close), I’m very happy with where I am today: lean, athletic and in great shape. I think that I look better now at almost 43 years old than I did back when I was 18–and I’m definitely in better shape now.

So, like I said above, there is definitely a part of me that still wants to be big. Can’t deny it. That said, I’m very happy with the choice I made to focus more on overall athleticism and less on aesthetics and (much less) on mass.

John Stone Fitness Comments

8 Responses to “New progress photos; Honest thoughts on my smaller size.”
  1. Great honesty there, John. There really is something psychological to being big, that somehow that can trump true fitness and athleticism. Good to see you didn’t let that mentality get in the way of your progress or of your enjoyment of your success.

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  2. Great post, John! Having observed the last four years of your process it’s been insightful to see the choices you’ve made. I’ve fallen off the wagon hard due to knee and feet problems and it’s really inspiring to see what hard work and dedication can realize. I’m getting my feet and knee issues in order and plan on getting back on my feet and getting back to work. Thanks for being such a great role model.

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  3. John, I personally think you look amazing. I too am shooting for a much leaner look and am the same height as you so I love seeing your pictures at different weights to try and visualize how I might look at those weights… Anyway, you set a goal and you stuck to it. Not many people actually do that. Great job!

    Brandon

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  4. Most importantly – what does your wife think? Most wives don’t like it when we get too big and muscular. Quite frankly, I think the physique you are at now is healthier in the long run and more sustainable. It also gives you the greatest flexibility in terms of nutrition and physical activities. In the long run, this physique will add years to your life – IMHO.

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    • Even when I was at my most muscular Lisa said I “looked great”, and I felt that she meant it (Lisa has never been one to mince words); now when she looks at the old pictures she is shocked at how big I was. I don’t think I’ve asked her straight up, but I definitely sense that she likes this version of me best.

      I agree with all your points.

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