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A brief background - I'm a 36 yr old female, and I've been vegan since September '09. Vegetarian (eggs and dairy) since I was 17. I've trained in Krav Maga for 6 years, and hope to recieve my black belt by this time next year. So this journal does have an 'end' in that my training reflects my goal, though at the same time the journey won't stop there.


Some changes I've made in the new year thus far - cutting my portion sizes and increasing the # of meals per day. Cutting down on the coffee consumption and increasing my water. This is a tough one for me, for awhile I'm afraid to say that I'd been drinking nothing but coffee....not good. I'm feeling good already with those tweaks to my diet.


Training is 6 days a week, time permitting (I'm also a single mom working full-time). 2-3 days per week of Krav Maga, 2 per week of weights (upper and lower body), 1 day of cardio and 1 of pilates and stretching.


This week thus far;


Monday - nada


Tues - Pilates 30 min


Wed - Weights for upper body


Thurs - KM training 60 min


Friday - will be weights for lower body, perhaps some cardio (30 min)


Sat - KM training 60 min


Sun - rest day

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Didn't feel like driving to the gym today (my day off), so my WO was at home.



Step ups (using stairs) w 20 lbs - 10/8/6 reps


One legged rear DL w 20 lbs - 10/8/7


Squats w 20 lbs - 10/8/8


Calf raises on step w 10 lbs - 10/8/6



Food so far today;


1/3 c oats w 1 tbsp salba, some sliced banana, pumpkin seeds and rice milk



small apple and water


1 1/2 c bean salad and water


2 c quinoa and indian coconut curried veg, water


coffee and small piece of panetone (was craving a cookie something fierce!)


Dinner tonight will be Indian takeout (yum)

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Some 'before' pics.


Sorry, I know they are a bit blurry..


And my least favourite pic.


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Yes, even by Canadian standards I am pretty fair...



Food so far today;


(pre WO) bowl of oatmeal, 1/2 pear and 1/2 banana

water , glass of juice


(post WO) soy latte and a biscotti


1 1/2 c bean salad and water


1 samosa and half a piece of naan bread, small handfull of pistachios and water


banana-chocolate smoothie and a small apple


Mixed nuts and dried fruit


Fruit and nut bar



Workout - Krav Maga, 1 hour of combo's, various plyo drills, pushups, lunges, etc. Pretty gassed by the end.

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Thanks Are you planning to visit or stay?



Sunday Jan 17


WO - nope, pretty sore all over after the previous week.


Food - Mixed fruit salad, homemade Waffles! coffee and water


1 c (homemade) baked beans, water


1 c chana masala, naan bread, water and a coffee misto made with soy milk


Vanilla tea soy misto


A vegetarian burrito with rice, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, salsa and guacamole, small glass of wine, water



Monday Jan 18


Food - mixed fruit salad and 1 leftover waffle, water and coffee


small handful of almonds


Strawberry-banana smoothie


Blueberry bar and a tall soy latte, water


tall vanilla tea latte, 1 cup baked beans and water


Piece of banana bread...water


1/3 c oats w 1 tbsp salba, 1/2 a banana, some pecans and rice milk (yum)


WO - 30 min of pilates

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Tues Jan 19


Food - 1/3 c oats, 1 tbsp salba, pumpkin seeds, 1/2 banana and some 'egg nog' soy milk I found hiding in the cupboard



grande soy americano misto


tall vanilla tea latte + a scone....


banana smoothie


*Even with the smoothie, I'm starting to feel like crap - like I haven't had enough to eat today (by 2:30 pm). So home to eat a pb & banana sandwich on whole wheat. And some water.


barley vegetable soup (canned) and a piece of whole wheat toast


tall soy chai latte


water and small 'turkey' (Tofurkey) sandwich on cranberry-flax bread w mustard (delish!)


*No WO today; I think in fact I may have been fighting a bug of some sort (?). Off to bed now, hope to feel better in the am.

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Wed. Jan 20


Still not feeling 100%, which is frustrating. Not feeling terribly energetic, but the intention is to hit the gym today before work.




1/3 c oats/salba/rice milk/blueberries, green tea

Tofurkey sandwich on cranberry-flax bread, water

Peanut butter-banana sandwich (half pre/post WO), water

Small apple and handful of pistachios, water

Tofurkey sandwich

1/3 c red quinoa w salba, walnuts and rice milk

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Looks like I won't have much to post here for a bit My doctor referred me out for some blood work and an abdominal ultrasound; she felt that my spleen was a bit enlarged. Could be due to 2 infections (flu) within the past month, or could be due to something like mono. If that's the case, no heavy lifting or high impact sports for me. SIGH. I guess there's still cardio or Pilates, or yoga. At any rate, it's Friday, I'll take the weekend to rest and recuperate.

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Thank you


There's no giving up here! I just need to be careful. Apparently an enlarged spleen is fragile, and considered so when it extends beyond the ribcage, which protects it. It can rupture quite easily, causing one to bleed to death internally. And I know myself well enough to know that I really do need to take it easy. I'm bad for pushing myself past my limits at times. So, better to avoid temptation and potentially injuring myself - which means no heavy lifting or any shots to my midsection.


I go in Wednesday for the tests, hopefully I get the results soon.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I'm still waiting for my blood work results; my ultrasound showed that everything (spleen, liver and gallbladder) is 'normal.' Too bad I *still* don't feel normal


Haven't been training at all, just working and trying to rest. The good news? It has been over a week since my last coffee I've also cut sugar and flour out, barring the occasional minor indiscretion. Alcohol too.


Thought I'd post some of my previous lifts - no laughing.



Squats - began with 40 lbs on an olympic bar, 2 sets of 15. Progressed to...3 sets of 12 w 40 lbs.


Deadlifts - 2 sets of 15 (60 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (70 lbs).


Rear DL (hams) - 3 sets of 15 (40 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (60 lbs).


Rows - 2 sets of 15 (40 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (50 lbs).


Lats - 2 sets of 15 (50 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (50 lbs).


Shoulder (military) press - 2 sets of 15 (10 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (12.5 lbs).



I plan to return to the gym and change things up a bit. Hopefully soon!

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