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JSF-logo-512x512This morning I’d like to provide a quick update to those who are interested.

I’ve been seeking employment, and will be scaling back my involvement with JSF indefinitely. I never do anything halfway, and so I want to devote a great deal of time above and beyond my official duties to ensure that I excel at my new position, whatever that winds up being.

As for JSF, I have no immediate plans to sell the site or take it down. That doesn’t mean I won’t do either of those things at some point, but for now JSF and the forums will remain live.

My daily blogs are probably done. It’s my hope that I can continue to blog when I have time, perhaps a couple times per week, but I can no longer commit to doing the blog every single day. Right now I have higher priorities than this blog, and so they must take precedent.

As much as I enjoy blogging, the attention I get as a result has always been very uncomfortable for me. I’m fairly introverted, and I’ve never liked being in the public spotlight. A large part of me feels relieved at the prospect of dialing my JSF visibility back a bit.

I’ll update again when things level out. In the meantime, please be well.

John Stone Fitness Comments

25 Responses to “Update…”
  1. …on a side note, from an optics perspective, that blog entry is probably a great idea in case the hiring company checks things out. At least you’re on record as calling out success in your next role as a priority.

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  2. Good luck John! Not to be overly dramatic, but it feels like the end of an era – I never thought I would see the end of the daily post. I’ve been reading your journal since 2008, back when you had a note that said the blog would be updated everyday by 9:00am. I feel like it’s been quite the journey and I’ve learned a ton. I reset all my knowledge around fitness, improved my own fitness, learned some personal lessons about devotion, and even got back into bikes and cycling, all thanks to your always-informative attitude. You’ve touched a lot of people. So, many thanks for everything and good luck in this next phase!

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  3. Heartfelt thanks from a long time lurker, and occasional poster.

    You, and the community you created taught me so much about good eating habits, effective exercise, and the importance of positive lifestyle changes.

    Have really enjoyed following your blog, and I think the thing that makes it unique is the fact that you aren’t in any way attention seeking, or showing off. Just telling it like it is.

    I wish you every success with the next chapter of your life, and if you find time for the odd blog update, all the better 🙂

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  4. Echo the above – thanks John, have been reading your daily blog since 2004 and will certainly miss it. Hope you do get chance for the occasional post! All the best for the future.

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  5. Thanks for all of your dedication to the blog and jsf over the past number of years. I have been following for a long time now and it has always been an inspiration and I will miss it. I would just like to wish you and your family all the best in the future. You will be a success in whatever you set your mind to. Take care. Brian (Ireland)

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  6. Hi John,

    I re-check the site every day hopeful for an update, but I will say very clearly that I don’t feel at all like you owe us one, and without having been in your position I can use my imagination and feel like yeah, for an introverted person it would be tough at best to keep putting your life up there for all to see and for search engines to index. That’d suck for sure.

    But I just wanted to say, even if you never post again: thanks, man. I probably started reading the site more than 10 years ago and now I’m 34, just like you were when you started the site. In large part because of you I clawed back at my propensity to sit on my ass and do nothing several times over the years. I have lifted weights following routines and come to read the site. I went through HIIT routines. I started just simple city biking and enjoyed the hell out of it for a summer (I may return to this). And lately I picked up the Couch to 5K and sometimes when I wanted to stop or skip a workout I thought about you and your every-damn-day dedication. On my last day which was in week 6 (of 9) I couldn’t ignore my leg injury but I broke 5K and ran my fastest and farthest yet without stopping. I still struggle with quitting cigarettes but I quit for three weeks earlier this summer and I know I will get it for good this time and it will be awesome – eating and tasting and smelling everything, breathing fresh clean breaths, saving money for frivolous nonsense, the whole works. (I am afraid to think too much about heart disease and cancer and the like.) And while I wait for my doctor’s referral to physio I replaced the running with the elliptical machine, back to interval training, and it feels good! And my heart gets stronger. This time I want to make it real, permanent lifestyle change: I’m not getting younger, and I have a real model for my fitness behavior to look to.

    We’ve been through it all with you, John, and it meant so much. From Turtle and Loki (it’s nice to have some variety thrown in) to Sonny and Buckley. One of my favorite things you said is how you’re not special, how determination and hard work and discipline is within everyone’s grasp. I don’t mean to take anything away from you when you say that, what I mean is I believe you are an example of the strength that is within us all and your statement is so empowering, to all of us. There was the time Lisa’s dad said you looked like a linebacker, and the transition to cycling, and when you said you’d never do anything except mountain biking, and ….

    If you never post again you’ve done us all a tremendous service, so I say again, thank you!!! And good luck!

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  7. Hey John… I never post on the forums, but I’ve followed you since about a year after you started, so quite a while now.

    I just wanted to say that I wish you the best if you decide to retreat a bit. Your food logs were the way I learned about calories etc. (I have no idea why they don’t teach any of that in school) as well as concepts such as HIIT.

    I know you’re an introvert and am pretty uncomfortable with attention (I can relate), but you helped a lot of people dude… much more than most get to help in their lifetime. You created something special, and I’m sure there’s many like me that logged in a lot to get inspiration over the years without posting anything.

    In short, thanks mate.

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  8. I’ve never posted a comment before, but I too just wanted to say a big thank you for your daily blogs over the years. I don’t even remember how I found this site, it must have been at least 6 years ago though. Although I haven’t been a daily reader, I’ve come back time and again, both for inspiration, practical advice and just to see how you were doing, I guess. I was 15 1/2 stone when I came to this site first, and I must have found it trying to figure out how to better myself physically, being in such bad shape!

    Much has happened since then, but over the last two years I’ve lost over four stone of weight. Although this wasn’t directly as a result of this website, it was always in the back of my mind and was a huge influence, and I did adopt some of the principles and ideas you wrote so well about along the way. I’m now considering becoming even more focused on fitness, and maybe looking to get down to 9-12% BF and bulk up a little. I have no doubt I’ll continue revisiting this site as I make that journey, and adopting even more closely your advice and ideas.

    I must have been maybe 26/27 when I first started visiting this site. I’m 33 now, and although no physical specimen, I’m undoubtedly in the best shape of my life and am hopefully going to improve further. It’s quite funny because I think I first came to this site when I was going through some big life changes and wanting to better myself, and this website was a source of positivity and focus. At 33, I’m again re-evaluating my life and focusing on making the next big steps and reaching the next major goals, physically, mentally and personally, which is perhaps subconsciously why I have been re-visiting more this last month or two.

    In a way, it’s poetically apt that I find you’re moving on with your own life and career, and stepping away a little from this website, at least in the public sense. There’s something poignant about those little beats in people’s lives when they find themselves on the next clear phase of their journey. As someone else said, this is the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, and I feel somewhat the same about my own life.

    It’s good to know that, even after all these years, you have a zest for personal betterment and for finding new, exciting paths to move down. Whatever we do or want to do in life, it’s always inspiring to find those who create goals and then achieve them. There was no doubt JohnStoneFitness was and will be a shining example of that.

    Good luck in the future, John. It’s been a privilege to come to this site, whenever I was down or in need of inspiration or just curious, and know there would be a new blog post to enjoy whatever day, whatever time of the year. I, like many others I’m sure, will miss that, but it’s also inspiring to know that you’re moving forward with all the enthusiasm you always had. Nothing lasts forever – but that’s because there’s always something else on the horizon to aim for. I wish you the best as you reach for it, and will look forward to your less frequent but no doubt as enjoyable and inspiring updates.

    All the best!

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