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I am on vacation! Do you want to get in shape for 2014? Happy New Year!

This will be my final blog until I return from my holiday, which starts today (December 20, 2013). My normal daily blog will resume on Monday, January 6, 2014. Don’t forget, I’ll be cutting weight when I return from my vacation. My goal for this cut is 160 pounds, which means I’ll be cutting about 20 pounds (give or take, depending on how sloppy I get over my vacation!) My planned start date is Monday,… [Read more]

Added Friday, December 20, 2013 by

Some of the recipes I will be making during my cutting program. Asian Stir Fry

Yesterday’s potential crisis at work was narrowly averted, but it was a long day at the keyboard. For a couple hours or so it was looking like I was going to have to fly north, and that would have been a major stick in my spokes. Speaking of spokes, I’ve not been on my bike since last Friday. It’s been that kind of week. There were a couple of times when I could have broke… [Read more]

Added Thursday, December 19, 2013 by

No time to write, work issues. Problem? /trollface

I woke up to a major issue at work, and I don’t have time to write this morning. Things were looking very grim at first, but within the past 30 minutes I’ve made some major progress. With a little luck I should have this resolved within the hour. This would be wonderful, because an hour ago I thought I was going to have no choice but to take a plane trip this morning… Need more… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by

SRAM XO front trigger shifter issue; Great service from SRAM! SRAM XO Front Trigger Shifter

It’s been almost two years since I upgraded all of the components on my Fuel EX 8 mountain bike. I’ve maintained this bike with great care, and it’s proven to be an extremely reliable performer. In fact, apart from replacing normal wear items (chain, cables, tires and so on), I’ve not had any issues whatsoever–with one exception. At the Black Bear Rampage my front shifter () started experiencing a weird issue. Sometimes when I’d shift… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by

JSF BodyShop to close, no longer accepting new members.

A few days ago I wrote about my disappointment with JSF BodyShop (see “Considering alternatives to JSF BodyShop for my cut“), and that I was looking at alternative sites to track my diet and my stats. Originally I stated that I was probably going to close JSF BodyShop down, but I was contacted by several members who were worried about losing their data. After hearing from these members, I decided to keep the site running…. [Read more]

Added Monday, December 16, 2013 by

FINAL 2013 maintenance weekly progress report: week #49 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #49 of my 2013 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. This will be my final maintenance progress report of 2013! My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 174.4 pounds. That’s a -0.2 pound change since last week’s weight of 174.6 pounds, and a 0.0 pound change from my initial 2013 weight of 174.4 pounds. My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by… [Read more]

Added Sunday, December 15, 2013 by

Weight training program for 2014 cut decided; Planning for success. The squat and deadlift area of my home gym.

Yesterday’s blog sparked a really interesting conversation on Facebook. Some excellent points and valuable comments were made by those who cycle and lift (or cycle and used to lift). I knew there were no cookie-cutter answers to the questions I posed, so I guess I was mostly just looking for individual opinions and real-world results. I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond and comment. I’ve decided that for my 2014 cut… [Read more]

Added Saturday, December 14, 2013 by

Weight training for cyclists who are cutting body fat. My dumbbell rack

Yesterday I didn’t have a great deal of time, so I decided to get a fairly brief, but intense, weight training workout in. I used moderate weights, took 60 second rest between sets and 2 minutes rest between exercises. I performed 3-4 sets of 12-15 reps for each of the following exercises: incline bench press, clean and presses, Bulgarian split squats and body weight wide grip pull-ups. Great workout! This actually segues nicely with today’s… [Read more]

Added Friday, December 13, 2013 by

Considering alternatives to JSF BodyShop for my cut.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think JSF BodyShop™, frankly, sucks. When this project was in development I was extremely excited about the possibilities, but things did not turn out as I’d hoped. Not even close. The site does contain a lot of functionality, and perhaps that is the root of its problems. In retrospect it would have been far better to do much less extremely well instead of trying to put… [Read more]

Added Thursday, December 12, 2013 by

My 2014 cutting diet – detailed raw foods list Freezer is fully stocked with most of my 2014 cut proteins.

Before starting a cut or a bulk I have several rituals that I always follow. Proper diet is the most critical component of any successful fat loss program, and so it’s vitally important to spend some time planning out that aspect of your program. If you skip the crucial planning step you are setting yourself up to fail before you even begin. What I always do is rough out my cutting menus, then stock up… [Read more]

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