I’m on vacation; Want to get in shape for 2013?
This will be my final blog until I return from my holiday, which starts today (December 21, 2012). My normal daily blog will resume on Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Normally when I’m on vacation I don’t resume my daily blog until the Monday following my holiday, but I’ll be back one day early this year. Why? Because January 6, 2013 is a very special date: it’s the 10-year anniversary of the first day of my transformation, and the genesis of the web page that became John Stone Fitness!
While I’m on vacation I’m going to work on a retrospective of the past 10 years, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to put together. If any of my blogs, photos, highlights or JSF events had a particular impact on you, please feel free to let me know in the comments section of this blog, or drop me line. I’d like to include as many of the highlights from the past 10 years as I can, and I’d hate to overlook something. Look for the 10-year JSF retrospective on January 6, 2013!
Many of you have just found JSF for the first time, probably because you want to lose fat and get in shape for the New Year.
So, where to start? I know a lot of you have the desire to make positive changes, but may feel overwhelmed by all the information out there. Put your mind at ease: I promise that it’s not as hard you may think. Let’s talk about what you need to do to get the ball rolling…
Having made a successful major transformation myself, I know what it takes to make it happen. Before I talk about some of the things you need to do, I want you to pause for a moment right now and picture yourself with your ideal body relaxed and 100% confident on a crowded beach. Don’t stop there: visualize yourself in all kinds of situations with your new body. There is no shame in doing this. Visualization is a powerful technique that really works. When I first started my transformation I visualized myself outside washing the car and mowing the lawn with no shirt on, ripped and with six-pack abs. Whenever I felt like skipping a workout or going off my diet, I replayed these powerful scenes in my mind. Six months after I started, I’d lost over 55 pounds of fat and I had a six-pack for the first time in my life. I can’t describe what it felt like the first time I lived out these visualizations in real life. All it took was six months of hard work and dedication. Check out my monthly, weekly or even daily pictures (near the bottom of the page) to see what I accomplished in a relatively short period of time. You can do it, too.
Picturing yourself in your new body is important, but it’s obviously not enough. You need knowledge and you need a plan. Without a plan your new body is just a fantasy. With a plan it’s an obtainable goal. Maybe you’ve already done your homework and know exactly what you need to do; if so, then great! If you do not have a plan, then you need to come up with one right away. Here are some things I think everyone who wants to make a transformation should do:
SET A GOAL OR GOALS. Figure out exactly what you want to accomplish and write it down. Short term goals and long term goals are both very important. Do not skip this step! One of the best places to express your goal is in “public”. Tell everyone you know what you are doing. I encourage you to create a free account on the forum and start a journal. Get involved with our friendly community. Make friends, learn, ask questions and get inspired!
HAVE A PLAN. You’ve got the desire and the goal, so now what you need to do is come up with a plan that will allow you to get there:
- Start educating yourself by reading the easy to follow beginner’s help guides on the forum.
- Also, be sure to check out the Articles section of this site–especially the “Fat Loss 101″ articles.
- Feel free to check out my own detailed food logs, my training routines, my photographs, and daily blog archives.
- Come up with your own meal plans and a training programs. Create a free account on JSF BodyShop™ and start tracking your measurements, food intake and workouts (as of May 3, 2010 all my stats and food logs are on BodyShop).
- Take “before” pictures. You don’t have to post them publically if you don’t want to, but take the pictures! You’ll regret it if you don’t.
- The JSF community can help you tweak your plans and answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to post on the JSF Forums if you are confused about something.
CONSIDER HIRING A PERSONAL TRAINER. If you want someone to create a diet and/or training plan customized just for you and your goals, look no further than Personal Training with Aram “Mastover” Hamparian. I’ve worked with Aram many times over the years, and I give him my highest recommendation. Best of all, Aram is running a 15% off sale all during December 2012 and January 2013!
EXECUTE THE PLAN. Ah, now this is the hard part. Are you ready to dig deep? What you are doing is not easy; your inner strength and character will be tested. Life throws things at us every day that separate those who are truly committed from those who are not. Those who refuse to make excuses and execute their plans with dedication and consistency will be successful–this is a fact. Take it one day at a time, and don’t let negative thoughts enter your mind. Keep picturing yourself in your new body and remain focused like a laser on your goals.
Finally, John Stone Fitness, the John Stone Fitness Forums and JSF BodyShop™ have always been (and will continue to be) 100% free of charge to everyone. The JSF family of web sites exist thanks to our advertisers and the generosity of the members who choose to support the site through voluntary membership upgrades. If you find the JSF family of web sites useful, please consider upgrading your membership and supporting our advertisers.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all!