Welcome, Amber! SparkPeople is a good group.
You've got an ambitious program. Don't burn yourself out going to the gym five days a week, though. Three days is fine. If, for instance, you're doing strength training at the gym and working on all your muscle groups, three days per week, with one day of rest in between each workout day, is the maximum recommended. For three other days, do cardio. Something fun or just simple walking. Walking, by the way, is considered one of the best exercises we can do. Then on the seventh day of the week, don't do any exercise at all. Sleep late, laze around, feel good about all the work you did throughout the week. I think an article on the site said two to three days between workout sessions is OK. The first 38 lbs I lost was done without any exercise. I just kept my calories at 1,200 per day.
There are a lot of good articles on the site about exercise.
Again, welcome, and have fun.
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