As of last week, I decided to stop T25. Not because I didn’t like the program, but because my knees were getting worse and worse. After consulting with my trainer, my plan is to work more on my nutrition to lose some more weight and then I can resume T25 or other high impact exercises.
I’m a bit crushed that I made it all the way to week 5 and have to stop, but I can’t continue to have achy, swollen knees. I am literally coming home everyday looking forward to an ice pack to numb some of the pain. (Please note: there is a warning at the beginning of the T25 video, but I didn’t think that it would affect me since there were amazing modifications…. apparently my knees are worse than I thought.)
I will give myself a pat on the back for staying with the program for this long though. I doubted that I would have the mojo to stick to an organized program like T25….I don’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to fitness plans. But I did it until I literally couldn’t do it anymore.
So what’s next?
My eating. Womp. Womp. I feel like I complain about this every week in my journey to wellness series! Eating right is the SOLE reason why I have not reached my fitness goals. Period. I haven’t found a way to re-program myself to eat clean and healthy foods consistently. Let’s break it down. Since 2011 I have tried the following:
- Weight Watchers online
- MyFitnessPal at 1,200 calories per day
- Weight Watchers in person
- MyFitnessPal at 1,400 calories per day
- Eating less than 100g of carbs per day
- Personalized Nutrition plans (at least 3)
- Gluten, Dairy, and Soy free plans
- MyFitnessPal at 1,600 calories per day
- Intuitive Eating
- The GM Diet (7 day detox)
- Juicing (2 juiced meals, 1 regular meal)
- Atkins Diet
And I am probably missing a few. My philosophy is that every plan can work, if you stick to it with no substitutions, abbreviations or excuses. I can honestly say that I don’t commit 100%. Especially when it comes to eating more veggies. I’ve got to snap out of this funk and do-what-it-do. Plus, I just saw a Facebook status saying that summer is 75 days away. But the bottom line is….
If I want to reach my goals, I have to change my eating habits.
I have no idea what my plan is right now accept just “doing better”. For the past 2 weeks, I have cut out gluten and dairy since my stomach automatically ceases to bloat and I have extra energy when I significantly limit these foods. I have also been implementing several of the tips from the Happy Belly Book (the book that inspired this letter to my body last week)… but I’ll be working on that review for next week…back to my goals… I’m going to do my best to stay motivated and eat well. This means you will probably see some more recipes appear on the blog too!
Another one of my goals is also being able to run. I know this is possible, but it would be a helluva lot easier if I dropped some excess weight. Coincidentally, the PR team at Dirty Girl Mud Runs reached out to me about running a race…but obviously, my knees aren’t ready to be pounding the pavement just yet. BUT, maybe your knees are better than mine.
If you go to the Dirty Girl Mud Runs website and register for a race, you can use the code: BLOGFRIEND to receive $10 off of any race. If my knees were better, I would definitely want to run a race with DGMR since they are the largest women-only 5K mud and obstacle run series. They also say that it is not about who finishes first (cause Lord knows I would have been stumbling to the finish line!). All obstacles are optional and all fitness levels are invited to participate. Go here to find a race near you! (If you are in the tri-state area, there is one on June 7th, 2014.)
Do you run? Have you ever done a fun race?
Have you ever completed a 10 week plus exercise program?
What’s your favorite recipe for a vegetable that you think I should try?