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I’m back; Good, Bad and Ugly report required

Monday, June 15, 2015 by  
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Hello JSFers! The past couple of weeks have been… interesting. I wish I could say the worst is behind me, but unfortunately that’s probably not the reality of the situation. I’m not really going to get into all of that right now, and instead will focus this morning’s blog on my diet and training over the past couple of weeks.

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The Good
Despite some incredibly long and stressful work days, I was able to keep my daily riding streak alive (currently at 531 days). The week before last was an exceptionally busy one, and getting away for a ride was pretty tough on most days. One day in particular I had to sneak away for 30 minutes, and that was my shortest ride of the entire riding streak–just 10.4 miles (my self-imposed minimum standard is 10 miles). When I got back from that ride it was another 2 hours before I could even change out of my kit. My total distance for the week before last came to just 142.7 miles, which is by far the smallest riding week of 2015.

Last week the stress didn’t let up, but the long days did. I was able to get away for some longer rides, and managed to put in more than 300 miles on the bike. Some of those rides were pretty tough, too.

My diet was, for the most part (more on that below), fairly decent.

The Bad
My cortisol levels were high, I definitely engaged in some “stress eating” and I consumed alcohol after work on most evenings. Far from ideal, but I did what I had to do to get through a tough situation.

Sleep on many nights was not good. My mind tends to be very active in the middle of the night when I’m stressed out, and that leads to a lot of tossing and turning when I should be sleeping. The lack of sleep definitely affected me during the day. It’s a pretty vicious cycle, as most of you know.

The Ugly
My low activity level the week before last, the stress eating, the alcohol, the cortisol, the sleepless nights… that’s a pretty potent cocktail of fail. Needless to say, I put on a few pounds. My high activity level last week definitely help put the brakes on the weight gain, but it didn’t reverse it. I’m up 4 pounds over the past 2 weeks.

I’ll be applying Rule #5 to my diet starting today, and will regain my focus.

More tomorrow, I’ve got to get a ride in before work. It’s going to be a busy day.

John Stone Fitness Comments

4 Responses to “I’m back; Good, Bad and Ugly report required”
  1. Hello John,

    I wanted to mention what a pleasure it is to have you return to blogging. In addition to the fact that I find your writing easy, fun, and engaging to read, you are definitely an inspiration for me.

    I’ve been following you for probably over 10 years at this point.

    I’ve had my brushes with fitness, and even made it a part of my daily living for months at a stretch (Max OT baby, haha), but it has never really been a lifestyle.

    I’m 33 years old now, and probably in a very similar situation to the one you were in when you first started.

    Life, events, and most of all my own general laziness conspired to get me into very poor shape and a few weeks ago I just lost it and broke down and bought a hybrid bicycle. I’ve made a few lifestyle changes and while there have been already a couple of blips on the “get it done at all costs” graph, I’ve seen first-hand some of the benefits of adopting a just-do-it-even-if-you-really-don’t-feel-like-it-because-you-just-know-you-want-the-end-result attitude (i.e. the John Stone/Rule No. 5 attitude), and I think that my discipline is growing nicely. I am biking to-and-from work everyday and while it’s a short ride, just about 1.7mi each way, I no longer feel like I’m about to puke when I’m done, and at least twice a week I manage to get outside for a few more miles.

    I’m fortunate to live in a city with some streets parallel to major arteries that are designated as bike routes. And when I feel up to it there are lots of nice trails around. There are even some rideable mountains around that I’ve got my hopes set on.

    You are awesome, and I hope to keep visiting for another 10 years. Maybe I’ll have climbed a few mountains by then!

    – nc

    P.S. If you are not already aware, the Featured Videos box on the right hand side of the page displays an error message for me, “Could not open handle for fopen() to GET to http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/playlists/FD63089635F3D4FF?v=2&key=AI39si5uUzupiQW9bpzGqZRrhvqF3vBgRqL-I_28G1zWozmdNJlskzMDQEhpZ-l2RqGf_6CNWooL96oJZRrqKo-eJ9QO_QppMg&start-index=1&max-results=4&orderby=published&safeSearch=none&format=5“. I’m sure you’re busy enough already but just wanted to let you know in case you didn’t.

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    • Hey nc, thanks very much for the warm welcome back! Getting a bike and communing to work was a very smart choice. It sounds like you are already building your base level of fitness, and that will only continue. I think as you continue to ride you’ll find cycling to be fun, addictive, rewarding and healthy. Keep up the great work!

      P.S. Thanks for the heads-up about the video error. I’ll look into that this week.

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