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15th anniversary of the start of my initial transformation

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Happy New year! I know it’s late in the day, but I’ve been really busy (more on that further down).

Today is the 15th anniversary of the start of my initial transformation, and there’s no way I’m letting this day end without a blog. πŸ™‚

Most of you know my story, but if you don’t, or want to read it again, here it is.

So over the past year I’ve not cycled too much, and I’ve not lifted weights at all. I’ve been really focused on my career, and that’s resulted in a lot of hours at the computer. I’m cool with that, as I love my job.

The main reason I’ve not been on the bike too much is because it’s damn scary out there these days. I used to cycle 12,000+ miles per year, but in 2017 I rode less than 3,000 miles.

I dunno, maybe it’s always been this bad, but it seems like every time I ride now I have a close call, or several close calls. I love road cycling so much, but Central Florida is the absolute worst.

I’m probably going to get back into mountain biking, and/or perhaps get a gravel bike. I love being outside on the bike, but I don’t want to die because some moron’s text message couldn’t wait 10 minutes. Maybe once we move somewhere that has better cycling infrastructure and isn’t such a redneck shithole I’ll feel safe enough to ride on the road again, but for now most of my “road” riding will be on the indoor trainer.

Dietarily speaking I’ve mostly eaten healthy stuff over the past year, but my caloric intake has been higher than the amount of energy I’ve been burning. I’ve also been drinking more than I usually do, and that’s a fair number of extra calories, too. I was already over my ideal weight when I started my new job in November 2016, and my weight has slowly been creeping up since.

Everything above is not an excuse! I know what I’m doing, and all those choices above are mine.

Things are about to change.

In early November I decided that I was going to start a cut in January, and so I threw all caution to the wind over the holidays. I’ve gained more than 10 pounds since then, but I figured that would happen. I don’t really care, most of you know I like to get a little stupid right before a cut. It helps motivate me.

So that brings me to today. I’m starting a hardcore cut (you know the drill: no processed foods, no cheat meals, no alcohol, nothing off my planned diet, no missed workouts) on Monday. I’m not going to go crazy logging everything like I’ve done in the past. I don’t need to do that, nor do I have the time. I will post some updates here as I progress, however.

The difference this time is I’m going to use cycling only as a means to burn calories, and I’m going to be hitting the weights HARD once again. While I’m not going to be able to add much, if any, muscle while in a caloric deficit (although muscle memory may help me out here), once I’m below 10% body fat again I’m going to focus on gaining some of my lost mass back. Nothing too crazy like my 235 pound bulking days, but certainly a little bigger than my 157 pound cycling body. πŸ™‚

I’ve spent all day today getting my new Bodyforce X9 up and running. I’ll talk more about some of the issues I encountered at a later date, but the bottom line is everything is good to go now, and this machine is insane. I took this picture today:

Bodyforce X9 ready to rock!

Bodyforce X9 ready to rock!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading some of my old blogs, checking out my old pictures, viewing my old workout logs, watching inspiring movies like Rocky. I’m fired up!

I’m taking next week off from work so that I can focus on my initial week. I’ll be doing one of my old school bodybuilding splits for this cut. Yes, a true split:

Monday: Legs
Tuesday: Cardio
Wednesday: Chest, Delts and Triceps
Thursday: Cardio
Friday: Back, Biceps and Abs
Saturday: Cardio
Sunday: Off or light cardio

I’ll probably update again next week.

Thanks for reading, and an extra special thanks to all of you who have been here since the old 2003-2004 days. Love y’all.

John Stone Fitness Comments

25 Responses to “15th anniversary of the start of my initial transformation”
  1. I would which you luck but you are the master at cutting so there is no doubt that you will reach your goals. I will be following so please keep us informed on your progress

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  2. Hey John good to hear from you – I think this is like the 14th year I have been checking out your blog… time flies! This last (ahem) year has been a bit of a bulk after a very successful 2016 fat loss wise. Also starting back on a cut on Monday – let’s go!!

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  3. Can’t believe it’s been 15 years since I stumbled upon your site (back in the Two Wires Thin days — other long time visitors will know what I’m talking about!) and it changed my perspective on fat loss forever.

    Enjoy the cut! I knew those photos appearing on your Facebook over the past few days meant something! πŸ˜€

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  4. Wow John! 15 years! Congrats and thanks for all of the effort and doing such a great job on JSF!
    Sometimes I am amazed at how we parallel. I am starting a healthier approach to my diet Monday as well. Not a cut. I am at 167 due to the chemo drug. I know you have seen my posts and now alcohol is out completely as my pancreatitis has become more frequent. I also just renewed my Trainer Road account because I don’t want to die on the road! Indiana is no better in my opinion. Maybe when I get to Colorado. We’ll see. My old 1996 GT Zaskar is going to get some serious use in 2018!
    Anyway, I love this blog and all of the JSFers! Best wishes to you all in the 2018!

    P.S. I just watched Rocky last night!

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    • Hey Kelly! It’s a shame that it’s become so bad out there that many of us don’t feel it’s safe to do what we love anymore. I know lots of other people who have moved off the road for that reason. I’ve heard good things about Colorado, so hopefully you’ll find it a little more cyclist-friendly.

      Cheers and Happy New Year!

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