Since you were all so generous in your comments a while back in response to my utter frustration of inactivity, I thought it only appropriate to give a little update...
Two months past boot camp, and I'm still plugging away at the "30" Day Shred. Catch the irony there. Um... yeeeaaah. Well, I started off really strong. Then, after chatting with a trainer, I decided to tackle it a bit differently. I'm as goal-oriented as the next girl [prepping to slip into that bikini- in a mere 3 1/2 weeks], and of course I want to get results pronto. But, I've played the "lose 10 lbs game" before... And this time, I'm considering long and short term. I'm not really looking for a quick fix- start/stop approach. I want to be active, and stay active. I'm all for a healthy, well-balanced diet- but I'm just not willing to cut all carbs... to forgo that glass of red.
So, I started doing the 'Shred' every other day, and alternating it with long power walks and Wii workouts. Early on, I found that my workouts are most effective if I'm not working the same muscles on consecutive days, doing the exact same routine. I'm able to 'dig deeper' into the exercise, maintain better form, and push myself further. This was a huge takeaway from boot camp. The sessions were every other day, and as grueling and intense as they were, each workout was unique. Entirely different. Muscles had time to heal, motivation remained intact. Yet, there's definitely something to be said about mastering a routine... getting your rhythm down... gaining strength after each consecutive workout- which is why I can definitely see myself sticking with a 30-day dvd, or any routine for that matter. As long as I mix it up a little.
With this 'alternating approach,' and a brief fall-off-the-wagon during my endless birthday celebration & spring break- I'm still shreddin' away, strong & steady. Although I'm seeing results on all levels, I'd never claim this to be the ONE correct path. For me, it appears that the key is a mixture of routine & variety, indoor & outdoor, structure & surprise... Long term targets of weight loss and muscle tone, but also short term goals of increased resistance or higher speed- even just on a particular exercise. It's still early on, and time will continue to tell. There's a couple classes (spin, core conditioning) that I plan on signing up for. Other dvd's to tackle. But one thing I've learned for sure: It's all about momentum, and after months of dormancy, I've finally got it goin' on.