I stopped T25

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.)

T25 update

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?


  1. Ive been wanting to do the color run for forever but missed the deadline 🙁 Not sure if you like this but I love grilled shrimp with broccoli..it fills me up and its a lot healthier than my normal meals

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    • That’s a new combo to try. I just started eating shrimp recently too. 🙂 Thank ya!

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  2. Faith says:

    5 weeks is awesome and nothing to turn your nose up at! I love that you saw that your knees wasn’t handling it well and took action and stopped. Lord knows that it could have turned out really bad if you hadn’t.

    I’m not a big runner but I do it here and there.

    My favorite vegetable recipe that I can eat so much of is baked broccoli with EVOO, sea salt and pepper. Seriously so, so good!

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    • It was a hard decision… since my brain is telling me that if I want to “be skinny” I need to move it…but it had to be done. 🙂

      That recipe is SO simple. I will definitely give that a go. The only way I have started eating broccoli is lightly sauteed in soy sauce and garlic… I could use a new “go-to”.

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  3. Awww I feel your pain girlie (not literally but figuratively). That totally stinks but you did the right thing. It is way worse to damage your knees than stop the program. I’ve never really stuck with a program longer than two months mostly because I get bored of the same thing everyday. I usually will stick with a program for awhile and then start adding in some different routines. I wonder if you might be able to do T25 once a week or something in combination with other workouts?

    I love kale chips!!! Nom. Nom. Oh and I made the chickpea burgers from Cook n’ Go last night and they didn’t turn out as good! #fail

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    • Oh no! Really? I hate when a recipe goes sour at home. lol

      That’s a good idea about doing it once a week… I am such an all or nothing girl, but when it comes to fitness I know something is better than nothing.

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  4. Wow. This really does sound exactly like me. I’ve tried it all, and it isn’t that it doesn’t work; I don’t work. Still trying to get the eating down.

    I also have bad knees (actually broke my left kneecap [the good one] about eight weeks ago). I’ve been in the pool, and it makes a huge difference in how much pain I’m in in the following hours after exercise.

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    • I’ve heard so many things about the pool… but I am against putting a bathing suit on in public (so stupid, I know). I may have to force myself and give it a go during off peak times. I hear the pool does wonders for rehabilitation. So sorry about your knee! I know that has got to be painful.

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  5. Deb Roby says:

    In reading those diets, I’m willing to say that you’ve probably not been eating food to lose weight. Twelve to fourteen hundred calories a day is not a failure on your part -it’s your body saying: Girl! If we’re starving, I’m holding on to every ounce of fat I can!

    Might I suggest that you go to the health-calc site and put in your numbers. http://www.health-calc.com/diet/energy-expenditure-advanced

    Note that the Basal Metabolic Rate is the calories you would burn if you were in coma. It is not safe or advisable to ever to under that number. (we got the old 1200 calories number because of a calculated assumption that was the average woman’s BMR).

    Find your Total Energy Expenditure, and keep your calories 250-300 calories below that number. Get 7-8 hours sleep a night.

    I bet you find healing easier, and the weight will begin to come off again.

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    • Thanks for the tip, Deb! I have never seen that site before. My BMR is 1874 and my TEE is 2680… I’ve read a bit about this, and I hear that it has worked for some people. I will definitely look into it some more…but at this time, I doubt I’ll need to eat 2300 calories…not unless I was training to be in a figure competition. That’s just so much food! Healthy or not.

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  6. Okay 1) I am totally #TeamBadKnees and I doubt I’d last through 5 MINUTES of T25 much less 5 weeks so you are AWESOME!!!! and 2) Don’t see everything you’ve tried as failures- it’s just learning what doesn’t work for you. You are doing a great job and the whole point of a journey is that it takes time and is a learning process- keep up the great work!!! xoxo

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    • Thanks, friend. xo I love the hastag btw… #teambadknees. 🙂 I may have to steal that one.

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  7. Cassandre says:

    hi girlie, sorry about your knees.. kudos to getting to week 5 and kudos for listening to your body and stopping. the last thing you want is for your knees to get worse. I don’t like running but i did train two years ago and ran and walked LOL the more/fitness magazine half-marathon. if you decide to do the 5k i would definitely do it with you. I have been wanting to do an run/obstacle course but need company 🙂

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    • That sounds like a plan!…. once my knees are in order. I would definitely need a buddy too in order to run a 5k. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be ready for FitBloggin?!?

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  8. Carla says:

    Congrats to you! I think 5 weeks is awesome. Because, no, I’ve never committed to one of those fitness programs before. But I’m about to on the first Monday of May I will start Baladea and it is 11 weeks. My goal is to finish! It is not as intense as T25 or some of the other ones so I’m thinking it’s doable.

    I sooo, sooo get you with the food. I wrote a post about it today. I can’t stop eating junk food. For realz. I’m just eating it. All. The. Time.

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    • We are obviously soul sisters cause our posts are SO similar today. It’s a struggle, but we can do this.

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  9. Two years ago I cut out gluten because my body had suddenly become sensitive to it. Best decision ever! I can’t believe how much more energy I have. Earlier this year I decided to cut out meat completely – including chicken and fish. I love vegetables and being vegetarian forces you to get creative. One of our favourite meals is “Butternut Pizza.” It’s basically a whole butternut (or I think you might call it squash?) cut in half – seeds scooped out. Roast in the oven for about 25 minutes on high until soft. Then stuff / pile on top veggies of choice as you would a pizza. I like tomatoes, peppers, chillies, feta, etc. Bake for another +/- 5 to 10 minutes, season with herbs, spices and balsamic vinegar/glaze and enjoy! 🙂 I’ve just started running and find it’s a little hard on my knees too – and suffer with mild shin splints. I think I’m pushing myself too hard. The key they say is to take a day or two of rest in between and to walk more than run in the beginning. Running is the best thing I’ve done this year so far – even though I struggle to run/walk 5km, it’s still an amazing feeling! I enjoyed reading your post today, will be back again 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Melanie! That recipe sounds pretty good. Butternut squash is so versitile, but I never would have imagined making a pizza with it.

      And kudos to you for making running work for you too. Run/Walking is the way to go when you have any joint/shin splints, ect. Keep it up, girlie!

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