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About Me (Historical)
Posted By John Stone On January 18, 2011 @ 5:46 pm In | No Comments
As you read this, please keep in mind that I wrote it back on April 16, 2003. Many things such as my training methods and my diet have changed a lot since then, but the reasons I started are still relevant. Check out my FAQ, my training page and my food logs for an up-to-date look at my exercise routines, strength training program and my diet.
Why I got started…
I started my program because I was tired of being fat, unhealthy and out of shape. In high school I was an athlete, I was in great shape and I was healthy & confident. I stayed that way until I was in my mid-twenties, but over the last 10 years I let it all go. I became lazy, fat, unhealthy, antisocial, and I lost all my self-confidence. Late last year, I decided it was time to make some major changes. I decided that I was not going to continue to live my life feeling miserable and disgusted with myself. I did a lot of soul-searching and made a list of all the things I wanted to change. At the top of the list was my health and personal appearance. So, without wasting any more time, I began to educate myself, I set some goals and I made a plan. On January 6th, 2003 I put everything in motion. I have not looked back and my whole life and the way I live it has changed in just 3 short months.
I should mention that just because 3 months have passed (at the time of this writing) and I’ve made good progress, it does not mean I’m “done”. My new goal is 9% body fat. Once I reach that goal, I’m going to focus on building lean mass. One thing I’ve learned over the past few months is to never stop setting goals, and never stop improving.
How I Did It…
Many factors have contributed to my success:
LUNCH: (2) Tuna sandwiches with tons of mayo, (4) slices of white American cheese, (2) hamburger buns, a family size bag of kettle chips.
DINNER: Huge (and I mean HUGE) plate of lasagna, 4 or 5 slices of garlic bread loaded with butter, no vegetable, 3-4 glasses of red wine or 3-4 beers.
In addition to all that, I’d drink 6-8 non-diet sodas every single day (sometimes more), I never drank water, I’d snack on all kinds of junk food like popcorn loaded with oils (sometimes coconut oil!), I’d eat chocolates and cookies and ice cream all the time. I did this for years and years. My daily exercise consisted of getting up to get more food.
Now I eat 5-6 times a day, and I eat clean foods only. Cheat days and cheat meals? Nothing wrong with them for some people, but I’m an “all or nothing” kind of guy. No cheat days or cheat meals for me. Alcohol? I’ve had 4 beers since January 6, 2003 and have since given alcohol up completely. Soda? Not a single soda since January 6th, 2003. Except for 2 cups of black coffee, I drink nothing but water all day (well over a gallon a day).
NOTE: For detailed information on my food and supplement intake, past and present, check out my food logs.
When I’m on the bike or stair-climber and sweat is pouring off my body, my heart is beating 189 BPM (remember, I’m doing HIIT-I don’t maintain that level!) and I feel like I can’t take another step, I just grit my teeth and think about my future body. I tell myself that I’m either going to finish this workout with a 110% effort, or I’m going to pass out. So far I’ve finished all my workouts.
NOTE: Please see my training page for my cardio and weight training routines, past and present.
Advice To Others…
Educate yourself, set goals and make a plan. Once you commit to your plan, don’t give up no matter what. If you experience a setback, don’t allow it to become an excuse to quit–use it as fuel to bounce back with more determination than ever. Ultimately only you can do it, but there is a lot of help and information out there-use it! Good luck and good health!
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