I haven't posted in a while. I gave up on the 30 Day shred with three days to go before I hit 30. I was in constant pain and although I felt like I had better muscle tone, I wasn't seeing any improvement on the scale or the tape measure. I switched to Jillian's Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism workout. The workout is 55 minutes long instead of 30, and uses kickboxing and calisthenics rather than weight training. There are 7 circuits instead of 3, but the circuits are shorter; each exercise is only done for 30 seconds. So by the time a particular exercise really starts to hurt, it's done with. I've done this workout for a week.
I also bought a heart rate watch, so that I can see exactly how many calories I'm burning. I don't think it's accurate, though. SP says that I'm burning about 500 some-odd calories, and the watch tells me that I'm burning about 750. I know that my heart rate goes from a resting rate of around 82 to a max of 170 while I'm doing the workout. I get really sweaty too, which I'm assuming is a good thing. A less attractive side effect of that is that I discovered that I break out in prickly heat when I sweat too much. I get itchy and sting-y. It's not that my workout clothes are too restrictive, it's that my fat is rubbing up against other bits of fat. Wonderful.
I'm also hungrier. It's gotten difficult this week to stay in my calorie range. However, it's also that magical time during the month when I gain weight and get weepy and weird. So I don't know if I'm craving things from raging PMS or if my body wants more calories because I'm burning up a few. I did this workout everyday this week except for Wednesday, and this morning I had gained half a pound. (Damn Klondike bars....)
So it's getting toward the end of January. Two months from now I will be at the deadline for my goal, and I have not made much progress at all. I know my muscles are more in shape, and my endurance has increased (I'm impressed with myself that I can do an hour-long workout and still move around afterwards). I'm just not sure what to adjust or how to improve:
60 minutes of exercise daily, around a 500 calorie burn
200-260 calories at breakfast
2 100-calorie snacks
300-400 calorie lunch
400-450 calorie dinner
Maybe a 150 calorie snack later in the evening
8+ glasses of water a day
7-8 hours of sleep a night (never continuous, though; I wake up a lot)
For the most part, whole foods, very little processed. Lots of fruits and veggies and lean protein
According to all the reports, I should be losing about a pound/pound and a half a week. What I'm actually losing is about a pound a month. Any advice????