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Friday, February 15, 2013

Down 5lbs and Still Lifting Heavy!!!

Happy Friday everyone!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog:)
So I have previously mentioned the importance of building lean muscle, eating whole foods and focusing more on your energy levels and how you LOOK versus the numbers on the scale...
I have been focusing on eating cleaner by the week, incorporating more,  new nutritious food items to my meal plan and drinking a LOT of water... This seems to be working because I'm still able to lift REALLY heavy, my energy levels are high, bodyfat % is dropping and the scale is barely shifting... Since January 7th till now I have lost a total 5lbs on the scale, but my clothes are fitting much looser and I'm able to do a lot more chinups.. This means my back is stronger and more muscular and my lower body is a lot leaner, exactly what I was hoping to achieve! I've gone from 160lbs to 155lbs and from doing 10-12 assisted gravitron chinups with 30-40lbs of assistance to 5 chinups ZERO asssitance !!! This was a long time goal of mine, something I wasn't even able to do during my contest prep for Ontario Naturals in 2010!
I even took a pic of the scale today... I know I look a lot lighter (according to anyone who tries to guess my weight) .. but, NO! I am not 130-135! Im a solid 155lbs :)
My diet consists of a lot of lean protein, dietary fats and clean carbs!! Still having a lot of dairy and I won't be cutting that out anytime soon. Sodium is still very high aswell.
I will be posting some workout vids soon, just waiting on my high resolution camera! :)

Have an awesome weekend and stay tuned for more updates ;)

xo,

-Alex L. :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

February 2013 Journal Entry and Update!!

Hello to all my readers and thank you for stopping by my blog !!!
I hope you are all having an amazing start to 2013 and sticking to all those New Years Resolutions! I know it's been a WHILE since i've posted anything on here. I have been really busy, travelling and handling personal stuff, but I have managed to stick to my healthy and active lifestyle. I took some time off during the holidays and ate TONS of great food, but still remained active and I am now back in the gym, lifting as heavy as possible, incorporating at-home workouts when i don't have time to get to the gym and doing lots of small cardio workouts, outdoors in the snow lol :)

So far so good... I am really happy with the way things are going for me this year and I am looking forward to putting some new nutrition experiments into effect this spring and seeing how lean i can get... I am thinking of hitting the stage again this year; of course for a figure competition just to see how well my body responds to my meal plans and workouts!!!
 
One thing i would like to point out to everyone that's reading this is: STAY AWAY FROM THE SCALE WHEN COMMENCING ANY HEAVY WEIGHT TRAINING AND CLEAN EATING JOURNEY!!!! Those numbers fluctuate more than women's emotions right before their period lol... I have tracked my weight at anything between 145 during my Christmas binge to 160 when i started hitting the weights and leaning out... and now anywhere between 147-155 depending on the day! I am 5 foot 6 inches... According to a lot of silly guides and templates out there, my weight is "too high" for my height.. hahahaha... well guess what? I can see cuts/abs and symmetry and new muscle starting to surface..... so, F&CK the scale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If i can pull off a full, ultra-lean 140-145lbs look this summer I will be extremely happy!!! In the meantime I am travelling with hope, enjoying every step of the way, lifting heavy and always smiling! Anything you do in life, you must do passionately and with love for the journey, otherwise its an auto-fail and so not worth it!
And remember, a bag of potatoes full of dumbells is a LOT heavier than a bag of potatoes full of feathers; MUSCLE IS DENSER AND WEIGHS A LOT MORE THAN FAT AND DON'T FORGET, IF YOU ARE EATING SOUND, NUTRITIOUS FOODS, YOUR BONES WILL BE STRONGER AND DENSER THAN A PERSON EATING CEREAL AND SKIMMED MILK ALL DAY :)
And take into consideration aswell, that when consuming 'sucralose' (splenda products), large amounts of vegetables (especially greens), sodium and workout supplements (whey/pre workout supps.) YOUR WEIGHT WILL BE AT LEAST 5-7 LBS MORE DUE TO WATER RETENTION so be aware of this fact!
 
Well, that's it for now; stay tuned for more updates from me as this year unfolds! I do plan on making some cool youtube workout flicks aswell, so make sure to check out my channel www.youtube.com/bikinialex and for those of you interested in your own personalized meal plans and workout programs, to help you reach your physique and health goals more effectively and faster, please send me an e-mail alex@alexliska.com for more info!
 
Lift heavy and Smile!!!

xo

Alex L. :)