I have a similar problem. If I have any kind of emotionally draining situation, it is very tempting for me to skip working out and also eat unhealthy food. However, I started off with True Beginner three weeks ago, and in the second week I got bad news about the health of a family member. This caused my usual slump - a few days eating bad food and not exercising. By the time I returned to the program, if had moved up to level 2 of that series of workouts, and everything was harder - and harder even still because I'd spend 4 days not working out.
So I will say one thing that has motivated me since then with DailyBurn is knowing that things are going to change, and I need to keep exercising in order to keep up with the changes. It helps that even though I know I can always go back and do the easier videos, I really want to keep moving forward.
According to a fitness podcast I listen to (Get Fit Guy - which is actually where I heard about Daily Burn) a daily exercise program is ideal if you want to lose weight/tone/etc.
However, pretty much anyone would tell you that exercising some of the time is better than never exercising at all. More exercise will equal faster results, but 3-4 times a week plus healthy diet is better than healthy diet only.
I want to add to that, be sure that you don't under-eat. If you are eating less than your body needs to sufficiently sustain you, you won't lose weight. I attend weight loss group meetings, and inevitably if someone just isn't losing pounds, it's because they actually need to eat more.
Keep it up anarchyfaith! I felt a little put out that I was started off with True Beginner - I'm not in great shape but I had done a lot of exercise over the past year on my own. Soon after starting, I changed my tune. It was challenging and depending on the exercise, I often have to go somewhat slower than the instructor. But my balance and stability are MUCH better after just a few weeks. I can feel added strength already, especially in my legs. It made me realize that the exercise I was doing on my own just wasn't enough, and I really did need a guided program. So don't get discouraged! It's not about being perfect!
Acidique - I'm not on Ignite but I do Weight Watchers and use Daily Burn for my exercise. I can tell you from tons of Weight Watchers meetings - under eating will PREVENT you from losing weight. I think the science of it is that your body goes into emergency mode and attempts to store as much as possible when you under eat. Don't hold me to that, but at any rate I can tell you that when someone in a meeting says they just can't lose despite how hard they are working, more often than not they are under-eating. Weight Watchers actually REQUIRES members to always eat their daily allowance and not go under it. If you do go under, they do not guarantee results.
People need a different amount of calories daily depending on their size and activity level. I don't know your gender based on the information available, but I'm guessing you are female just because us ladies get drilled into us that the secret to losing weight is 1200 calories a day. It's just not true. If you find that you need to count something in order to control what you eat, try to find a program that will give you a daily allowance based on your height, weight, and activity level. That will provide you with a truer sense of how much you need to eat, and it will probably re-activate your weight loss.
I don't think this was mentioned in True Beginner until I got to the second level - but it's better to do a few repetitions of an exercise correctly than it is to do a whole bunch of them badly but fast. Don't be ashamed to take your time. Just do the exercises to the best of your ability.
In True Beginner modifications are often shown for various exercises, and you should use those if you need to. I also had to google a modification - because of my weight the Child Pose (which is done during the cool down on one of the videos) was painful and uncomfortable to me. I literally googled "child pose modification for fat people". Now that I have a modified version I can use, it's not uncomfortable and I can actually feel the benefit of the stretch.
Yep, the squats burn. The program I'm on right now is actually really heavy on lunges, and I'm feeling pretty hateful towards lunges right now.
But as noted by someone else, squats are a functional movement and it is beneficial to you to be strong enough to pull off a lot of squats. And of course the burn means it is working. If you have joint problems or an injury, then find a modification, but otherwise keep on squatting. They do you a lot of good.
For me it depends: If I weigh at home every day, I will get annoyed. Daily fluctuation is pretty normal, but even though I know that it will frustrate me a lot. However, I'm doing Weight Watchers for my diet and using Daily Burn for my exercise program. I go to the weekly meetings and everyone weighs in, and you can share your weight loss successes. That feels great, when a room full of people applaud because you lost another five pounds.
The biggest down side to the scale is that if you are doing a lot of weight lifting in order to tone, you will build muscle and you may actually gain pounds while losing inches. So I think it's important to keep in mind that less body fat and more muscle is healthier, regardless of what the scale is telling you.
This one always seems to be hotly debated. I always look at this one based on comparison to other eating habits you may have - if you eat a lot of candy and you switch to grapes to fulfill that craving, the grapes are always a better choice than candy, even though grapes are a very sugary fruit.
I used to live with a diabetic, and learned through her that when counting carbs, you get to subtract fiber. So a piece of fruit with 30 grams of carbs and 10 grams of fiber counts as 20 grams of carbs. So if you are concerned about blood sugar spikes, higher fiber fruits are a better choice than low fiber. This is why whole fruit is better than juice - juice makes you lose the benefits of fiber, while also taking far more pieces of fruit to produce a glass of juice.
If you aren't concerned about blood sugar, and don't eat so much fruit that it would be considered a little insane, I say eat what you like. I personally have a major sweet tooth and eating fruit throughout the day can very affectively stop me from snacking on candy.
Yeah. While I'm tossing the Get Fit Guy's name around, I should probably note that his daily plan involves one day that is recovery - yoga, stretching, etc. But that it is about doing SOMETHING physical daily.