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2014 cutting goal reached!

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by  
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March
6
2014

When I started my 2014 cutting program 53 days ago, my scale weight was 185.4 pounds and my body fat percentage was 12.3%.

Yesterday I posted that I only had one pound to go before I reached my 2014 cut goal of 160 pounds. I knew with almost all certainty that I’d reach my goal by Sunday, but I didn’t expect to reach it the very next day. This is what I saw when I stepped on the scale this morning (click to enlarge):

2014 cut: goal reached!

2014 cut: goal reached!

 

26 pounds, gone. I just went into my gym, picked up a 25-pound dumbbell and smiled. I won’t be carrying that up any more hills. 🙂

My body fat is somewhere in the 6% range, but I’m going to wait until my usual day (Sunday) to take a body fat reading. In fact, even though I’ve reached my goal I’ve decided to continue my cut until Sunday. This Sunday I’ll take “final” soft tape measurements, a body fat reading and my scale weight. Of course even after my cut ends I will still do a comprehensive set of stats every Sunday as I maintain throughout the year.

Well before my 2014 cut started I set the plan, and from the word “Go!” I have refused to waiver from it. 100% dedication and commitment, no excuses. My “all or nothing” approach guarantees maximum results in the shortest time. When I see something I want, I don’t stop until it is mine.

The hard work was worth it. I feel amazing, and I am lighter and faster on the bike than ever before. Now that my scale weight is where I want it, I can slowly resume eating at maintenance level. I believe my continued hard training combined with my lighter weight are going to make me the strongest and fastest I’ve ever been on a bike by a wide margin.

Instead of a post-cut celebratory cheat meal (I have no desire for one), I am going to do something far more productive: this morning I’m going to make a doctor’s appointment. I want to have a complete physical and blood work done. I’ll report the data here once I have it.

Even though I’ve reached my goal, I think I’m going to raise my calories back to maintenance very slowly. Despite being in a caloric deficit for nearly two months, my energy levels continue to be outstanding. Yesterday I did a 110 kilometer hilly (~3,000 feet elevation) group ride with some very strong riders; I felt like a machine, setting eight new personal records. This morning my legs feel perfectly normal. I can’t even tell that I rode yesterday.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that I’m unofficially shooting for 155 pounds. Five less pounds is five less pounds to lug up the hills. 🙂

John Stone Fitness Comments

43 Responses to “2014 cutting goal reached!”
  1. Bob, when people talk about “healthy” weight range, they refer to BMI (Body Mass Index). That’s not a very good system for people with any appreciable muscle, because BMI doesn’t take into account lean muscle, only body weight. In other words, I think BMI is okay for very general stats of the overall populace (most of whom don’t train with weights or even exercise). To answer your question, 5′ 10″ @ 175 (according to BMI) is not “too light”, it’s considered overweight. Here’s a BMI calculator: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

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  2. Fantastic work John! Totally agree that the BMI is not a “for everyone” system. In fact, my wife’s work uses it for determining insurance, and I raised that very question. I do think however is they take a look at the other factors should ones BMI be “off”

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  3. Yeah, the problem with a system like BMI is that a 6′ tall, 200-pound bodybuilder @ 5% body fat is considered overweight; from the standpoint of BMI, that bodybuilder is exactly the same as a 6′ tall, 200 pound guy @ 25% body fat.

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  4. How have your lifts progressed? I know it’s only once a week and not a goal, but just curious if you’ve noticed a loss/gain/status quo in strength in your compound movements?

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  5. Amazing! Can’t wait to see what your next goals are going to be and see how you do in some upcoming races. You gotta do something about those tanlines on your hands though. Ha Ha.

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    • Thanks.

      155 is an “unofficial” goal, so I’m not going to get real formal about it. I think what I’ll probably do is continue to eat at the same caloric level on most days, but eat a little more on days before bigger rides. This won’t start until next week, though, as I’m still on-plan through Sunday.

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