Okay, TQC. From my previous post about the gym, my boyfriend and I joined tonight! We went ahead and worked out for a bit more than an hour, just going around seeing what all machines there were and trying some things out. I got on the elliptical but holy shit it kicked my ass and I could only do it for ~5 minutes. I'm out of shape! I got on a stationary bike and went 1.5 miles, then did some strength stuff for my arms (rowing machine, etc) and then another 2.5 miles on the treadmill. I think I burned approximately 350 calories.
My goal is to lose ~15 pounds by May. My boyfriend and I are also trying to eat better (no more fast food, lots of veggies, etc) so my eating habits will change as well. I'm currently 140 lbs and almost 5'8". I think we're going to try to go the gym at least 5 times a week. I can do whatever on the machines, and I also have access to zumba and aerobics classes on the weekdays.
Will you fitness-savvy people help me out? How many calories are "good" to burn while at the gym? I really don't know where to begin. :\ How do I do this?