Am I doing this right ?

breannjhowson Posts: 1 Member
edited January 13 in Getting Started
So I recently came to conclusion that a big change needs to happen in my life which has led me wanting to start my fitness journey. I’ve never been happy with my weight or satisfied by how I look and feel. I’ve tried working out many of times and it never stuck. But I know it’s mind over matter and it’s time to change my life around. I’m 5’0 at 185lbs I’m looking to be around 130-135lbs in my end goal. I have a vacation on may 14, and I’d like to shed as much weight off as possible before then. With that, I’m currently on day 6 of eating healthier, tracking my calories, And trying to incorporate an exercise of some sort into my day. it’s hard to get my way to the gym so I started working out at home. I have a treadmill at home, I’ve been fast walking on it every day for an hour at 7.0 incline at 2.5-3.0 speed. I try to run on 5.5-6.0 speed for around 20-25 seconds here and there but I can only do so much because I’m a longtime smoker. After I’m done, I do 50 jumping jacks & 30 squats. After each day I felt amazing but I just want to know if this is effective in losing the weight I wanna lose by the time I want to lose it. Thanks for your help in advance


  • csplatt
    csplatt Posts: 1,002 Member
    Counting your calories will help you lose weight. Exercise has a much more minimal impact because it doesn’t burn as many calories as we might think. Now, you should still exercise for heart health and many other reasons — including the fact that it sheds SOME calories.

    Are you eating the number of calories MFP recommends, and how are you calculating that number?
  • roxielou2022
    roxielou2022 Posts: 1 Member
    Don't run just get in 10,000 steps a day and some free weights. You'll kill your knees. You got this but do it for a life time not for friends and family. If you do it for them you'll gain it all back. Do it for yourself!
  • yirara
    yirara Posts: 9,389 Member
    There's no reason to walk 10000 steps other than following the marketing campaign of a step counter manufacturer, and running is no problem provided ok shoes and TO listens to their body.

    But yeah, for weightloss it's a calorie deficit that TO needs. While exercise does burn calories it's often a lot less than we think. The easiest way to create a deficit is to eat less. And when I say eat less I don't mean as little as possible but at a sustainable level that prevents binging and feeling miserable and teaches new habits. If TO now tries to lose as much as possible until vacation then this might feel like a relieve and all the good work might become undone there and restarting thereafter might be difficult. Better go a bit slower, moderate a bit here and there, and continue trying to moderate a bit during vacation and continuing thereafter. It's not a race, but a marathon.