I am doing it! I know this may sound very cliche to some but what better time to do it. I have recently started a workout journey. Now I know it’s the start of the new year and this is a time many like to start resolutions and working out is a top resolution for many. I am not particularly making this a New Year’s resolution. I am really embarking on this journey because of how perfect timing this opportunity is.
Why I Want To Do This
There are many reasons why one would like to embark on a workout journey. For me personally, I am working out to gain weight. My ideal weight will be 15-20 pounds more than what I weigh now. I am content with my current weight, however, I would like to get fit and toned while gaining a few extra pounds.
How Am I Gaining Weight
Depending on the person, gaining weight could be seen as easier than losing weight. There are really 2 main components to follow to gain weight whereas losing weight has many factors. These 2 components are Eating more & Working out. It is important for anyone who wants to gain weight or lose weight to do proper research for their body type. In addition to my research, I also find it helpful to watch youtube videos with people who are similar to my body type. This helped me to get ideas on foods I should be eating while also looking at exercises that were good for my body type.
I would say that I am average when it comes to how much I eat. There are times where I can eat a lot and other times where I can miss a few meals. Since I want to gain weight it is essential that I do not miss any meals but also increase the amount I eat. From doing my research I have found that the schedule below is what I should be doing to increase my calorie intake:
Breakfast > Snack > Lunch > Snack > Dinner > Snack
However, being in college I have found that this schedule is really difficult to keep up with. I have adjusted my schedule into the new schedule below:
Breakfast > Snack > Lunch > Dinner > Snack
I have found this schedule to a better fit for me. I am getting my 3 meals a day in plus 2 additional sources of snacks. Good foods that help increase calorie intake and are high in protein are avocados, diary (eggs, cheese, milk), nuts & seeds, bananas, fried foods, mangos, and broccoli.
As I mentioned before, it can be very hard to get my calorie intake in everyday while being in college. I knew that if I wanted to gain at a steadily increasing weight, it was essential that I increase my calories. To help me do this, I will also drink protein shakes. Essentially protein shakes have high amounts of protein and calories in them (protein being the main ingredient to gain weight). I get more protein and calories from one protein shake then I get in any meal. Protein shakes are not for everyone. If you are taking in the amount of calories needed, then there’s no point in drinking protein shakes. Although protein shakes are a good, healthy source of protein, it is not recommend to drink a lot. If you are getting these high amounts of protein at a fast amount, then it is crucial to incorporate exercise in there. If you are not exercising in addition to these shakes, then you have a large increase of protein and calorie just siting there. Another component of increasing weight includes exercising.
How everyone gets in there exercise is different. The gym works for some, while doing workouts at home is beneficial for others. At the college I attend, we have a Recreational Center a.k.a a gym. I was a little hesitant at first to go to the gym because I was really unfamiliar with the equipment. I had thoughts that people would look at me crazy because I would have a hard time figuring out the equipment. However, I set aside my fears and knew if I really wanted to go through this journey, I would have to face my fears of the gym. I will say this was one of the best decisions I made.
I have become obsessed with going to the gym. I get excited to go and I do not have any fears of going. I found that no one is looking at you, everyone is doing their own thing and we are all there for a reason. I am so lucky that my boyfriend is an athlete and he works out everyday. He has become my own little personal trainer and he assists me when I go to the gym. Luckily he has been able to go with me everyday, so I haven’t been to the gym by myself yet. While at the gym, I do not spend an exact amount of time there. I am there usually between 30-45 mins sometimes an hour. I alternate between doing a legs day and an arms day. I have found leg exercises to be more easier for me while doing arm exercises is a bit of a challenge. So I have leg strength but not some much arm strength.
What’s To Come With My Workout Journey
I am so excited about sharing my journey! I am excited in the gym and I want to share my passion with others to help encourage or for others to help me and give me tips. This was just a short post to give some background on the start of my journey. I am no where near where I want to be, so I will be sharing every step of the way.
I have some ideas of post I want to do including: my workout gear, what I eat, how I exercise, exercises to do at home, and many other post. Stay tuned for some exciting posts!