Thank you so much for the feedback and tips. I really appreciate your insight, because fine-tuning my results has been very frustrating because I feel like I work really hard at it, but with very little progress.
My "cheat meals" range from anything from a slice of cake to a dinner out with cocktails and maybe dessert. It's nothing like fast food/pizza/loaves of bread. I'm pretty disciplined the rest of the time and probably net 800-1200 calories on most days. I wear a HR monitor to track calories burned during a workout and use Livestrong to track my caloric intake.
My biggest issue is that in 6 weeks, there has been almost no progress. Here is what changes I have made to my typical workouts from 6 weeks ago:
Typical old workout:
45 minutes of cardio + 3 sets of 20 reps of 5-8 lbs weights
45 minutes of cardo + 3-5 sets of 5-10 reps of 20 lb weights (can't get heavier at the moment without pain). 1/2 Finibar before every workout and 1/4 scoop of Surge after every workout. Carbs (in the form of fruit, brown rice, brown rice bread, or brown rice pasta -I'm gluten intolerant- right around my workout).
Typical old diet:
30-35% carbs (mainly in the form of fruits and carbs just around my workout)
Are there other things I should be keeping in mind besides the obvious? I have a hard time accepting that with as hard and disciplined as I am with 30 of my weekly meals, that 4-5 imperfect meals or a couple of drinks a week could completely prevent progress.
Thank you again.