@mu_t: LOL your post made me smile. Since you asked, here’s a pretty total breakdown of my efforts:
January – May : I focused mainly on cardio in this period. I HATED the extra weight that had packed on, and I hustled to get it GONE. My calorie intake was around 1400-1600 per day, with the occasional splurge (hello, wedding menu tasting day!) Once I had about 30 pounds off, and I could start to fit into some of my clothes again, I really wanted to incorporate strength for toning.
May-June: I began the 30 Day Shred. I had done it in the past, but never made it further than 3 or 4 days at Level 1. This time I was commited. But, I didn’t go out intending to do all 3 levels in 30 days. I knew it would take me longer, and that mindset helped me a lot. I do the Shred about 4 or 5 times a week, and I do cardio (running or Spinning) 3 or 4 times a week. I do have 1 total rest day, so a few of my Shred/Cardio days overlap. In these cases, I do the cardio first, then come home and Shred.
As I said earlier, I am terrible at keeping track of how many times I’ve done each level – I even have a chart, but I always forget to check the boxes when I complete a workout. So its possible I’ve done the workout more times than I think, but overall I think I’m about at day 8 or 9 of Level 2. I am SO READY to move on – the plank moves in Level 2 kill me because I get so sweaty that my hands slide all over the place on my hardwood floor :).
As far as diet – I am all about getting the most bang for my caloric buck. As a result, I don’t eat a lot of “junk”. I try to eat filling foods – protein, salads, vegetables, fruits, whole grain cereals, etc. I try to stay away from added sugars, only because when I eat a lot of sugar, my cravings are HIGH. When I limit added sugar, my cravings all but go away.
I highly, highly recommend the Shred. It’s motivating to feel, and see, yourself getting stronger. I also use MyFitnessPal for tracking and I love it. Best of luck to you – trust me, if I can do it, YOU can do it! We are worth it.