Hi Jen, welcome to our forum
After six weeks, you can surely expect some first results.
Can you give us some more details on your routine, like: what exercises, how many sets/repetitions, how exhausting the training is for you etc. Do you do the same routine 3-4 times per week?
Details on diet?
I don't think that including more cardio would be the best way to lose fat faster, though it certainly is a way. I'd rather increase the intensity of the cardio sessions.
Hey Daywalker!! Hiya _raVen_!! Thanks for replying to my post! I really appreciate the help.
My usual excercise schedule begins with 30 minutes of cardio (almost always the elliptical trainer) with 5 minutes of cool-down; I wear a heart monitor, and I usually keep an average heartrate of about 160-170 (I have a high resting heartrate). When you say "increasing the intensity" do you mean making my sessions longer or just mixing it up a bit?
My strength training is as follows; usually in this order, unless someone is hogging the machine, then I have to change things about a bit:
I do 2 sets of 12-15 repetitions, most of the time I can only do up to 15; if I can do more I either wait until the next time I train to see if I should move up 5lbs or I move up 5lbs at the second set. Most of the time it's a bit exhausting for me. I am new to it all, so I'm trying not to hurt myself early on (my right shoulder acts up sometimes, so I pay attention to what it feels like each time), but maybe I should be more exhausted at the end of my sessions. I have been moving the weight on each machine up, so something good is happening. I do go to the gym in the evening, but I don't know if that would make any huge difference, and a lot of times I eat some kind of dinner after the gym, which usually ends up being after 9pm (I'm guessing that might be working against me).
My diet is difficult to pinpoint; I hate counting calories, so I rarely write down what I'm eating every day (I'm sure I should be doing that, but it drives me crazy sometimes). I try to stick to fruits and veggies during the day, but sometimes I have a sandwich when I'm feeling especially hungry. Dinner is usually something I make from a book I have, or just whip together (tomorrow night will be salad with mushroom risotto and steamed cauliflower). I'm not a huge sweets fan, and I don't eat a whole lot of pasta or pizza (although I do make a mean broccoli pizza), however, I am a victim of caffeine (I know, bad bad bad, I'm trying to get myself off of it but it helps when I have really late nights).
I apologize for being vague and possibly indecisive, especially when it comes to what I eat, but I really do dislike calorie counting and writing down what I eat all the time. I've been dabbling in the Raw Food world, trying to make the majority of my daytime meals raw and whole (usually salads, fruit, etc.; I borrowed a juicer, so I might start trying to use that too).
If any other information is needed please let me know. I'm eager to start seeing all the good things that have been happening under my layer of bodyfat.
Thanks so much!!