I lost 40 lbs in 3 months. I did 1 hard hour of cardiovascular day unless I had an overnight less than 10 or 11 hours, depending on the show time. I would run until I couldn't do it anymore. First time was 1/3 of a mile and I threw up, and then I did bike or the elliptical for the remaining time. After a few weeks I was up to 3 miles. Running will burn more calories than about any other pure cardio because you can't slack off like the elliptical and bike. After I lost my weight I did Insanity for 2 months until I hurt my back and had to stop. To drop my wrought I cut my calories to about 1500 a day. That's not as much as it seems but it's better than starving yourself and it's healthier. After my work out I was minus 1,400 calories a day. 1 lb of fat is 3,500 calories. It'll come off. I still splurged about once a week on a meal as long as it wasn't crazy like a bitter Buffett. I still splurge but now I run a lot because I actually enjoy it. I enjoy my overnights so much more. A lot of great suggestions. I have the above mentioned bag and I love the thing. I am always taking fresh fruit and food from home.