Post # 1
I almost hate to ask this, but is anyone here trying to get bigger instead of smaller for your wedding?
I’m 5’3″ and maybe 100 pounds. I’ve always been kinda small and I feel self-conscious about looking scrawny.
I put on my dress a couple of days ago (ivory lace sheath with a super-low back) and was not happy with what I saw. My back and arms are so thin and bony.
I’ve been trying to eat more calories than I need per day, and I’ve been looking into how to work out to get bigger and create some shape from muscles.
I’m planning to join a rock climbing gym for the next three months, because that’s the only kind of workout I enjoy… and rock climbers have amazing arms and backs.
Anyone else in the same boat? Does anyone have advice — particularly nutrition advice? Protein shakes that aren’t awful? I’ve never been a workout girl, so I need help!
Post # 3
I’m not scrawny at all, but I would like to be packing some serious guns on my wedding day! Rock climbing is a great idea!
I don’t think you need to go the protein-shake route, but I would recommend making sure you’re eating lots of protein, several times a day.
Post # 4
I’m 5’3″, but I’m working on coming down in weight while toning up like you’d like to do. I’m not overweight by any means, but not in the shape I used to be in when I cheered. I think adding the muscle definition will really help you, like you mentioned. Maybe see if you can make one appointment at a gym with their personal trainer and/or nutritionist. They can make a plan for you that doesn’t reduce weight without adding muscle (and even adding weight where you want it!) that’s safe and healthy. Going on a snickers diet won’t be beneficial, but learning the right way to workout and eat to give yourself some muscle will be a lifelong gift to yourself 🙂
Post # 5
If you like smoothies, try adding a quarter or a half of an avocado to any smoothie you make. The taste is negligable, and avocados are one of the best foods for putting on weight, chock full of healthy fats.
For protein, its always better to get it from a natural source. If you can’t stomach red meat often, try tofu, chicken, chickpeas, and nuts. Aim for 40g of protein a day and that will be plenty for you to build muscle. For actually building that muscle, i recommend the 100 push up challenge, Jillian Michaels 30-day shred, and jumping rope.
Good luck! If i could i’d send you some of my chub so we could both be a bit happier 🙂
Post # 6
@ScarletBegonia: Agree with the protein advice. I love to make hard boiled eggs, so then I can just grab one on the run for breakfast, and eat one before bed (I’ve heard eating protein and night is good for you). Healthy fats and oils are good to consume as well. And I’m glad you recommended 30 day shred..mine’s in the mail on the way to my house right now! 🙂
Post # 7
I can sympathize. My problem is, my Fiance has threatned to feed me red meats and lots of stuff with protein and carbs to make me gain weight if he sees my collar bones! Which happens off-and-on even though I don’t TRY to loose weight!
The worst part? I can’t make myself GAIN weight.
Hope these suggestions help you! I’m hoping I stay at my same size (or maybe loose a little of my pouch from my two c-section babies, lol).
Post # 8
Yes, I absolutely feel your pain. I am the same size and weight.
Post # 9
@ScarletBegonia: Ooh, thanks for the avocado idea. I’ll try that.
@SoontobeMrsA: I hate complaining about it, because so few people have any sympathy for being “too thin.”
Post # 10
@Zinzerena: I can’t make myself gain weight, either. It’s weird, but I guess I lost some after coming home from living in Thailand — there, I was eating rice two to three times a day. A few months after coming home, I started noticing that my work trousers were getting looser. Maybe I should go back to a rice-saturated diet…
Post # 11
@laurenthesmall: Maybe try some sort of boot-camp style workout routine? Something with lots of muscle building exercises. Also I think the protein filled shakes are a great plan since it seams like you are not a huge eater to begin with and this will up your protein without making you eat till you feel ill.
Post # 12
My husband has this same problem. He is fairly thin (not too thin, just on the low side of “normal weight”) but he cant gain weight. Also, when he travels he looses weight.I am a bigger gal and what lead me to gain weight was eating large amounts of dessert. lol. But, for health reasons I do not suggest you put on weight by eating large amounts of dessert.
Maybe try increasing your carb and protein intake and I second the avocado suggestion. Also, try nuts or trail mix for example. it is healthy but high in fat and calories. Also, items like casseroles are a good high calorie meal that you can keep healthy (chicken and cheesy rice).
Please stay healthy! try to still get your heart rate up and do some exericse. maybe try something like P90X but dont do the cardio as much so you dont loose weight. also, make sure to increase your calorie and fat intake with good and healthy fats and foods. 🙂
Post # 13
You could drink those “fatty shakes” (aka weight gain shakes). They have more calories, proteins, vitamins, etc. Healthy fats, oils, white carbs, etc. Seeing a nutritionist might help you figure out what to eat to gain healthfully. Knowing myself, I’d probably eat ice cream every single day 🙂
Post # 14
I feel the pain about no one having any sympathy. Finding clothes in my size is next to impossible. even size “small” or “extra small” will end up too big or too loose!!! It SUCKS!!!
If eating fast food and junk food (especially chocolate) and having an almost-constant “desk job” doesn’t pack on the weight, I’m “doomed”. lol
I’d say your best bet is what you’re planning on doing: working out and building muscle. Muscle is actually better than “fat” and will make you look even sexier.
Fortunately, for me, I’m petite and pretty proportional (except for that damned pouch I’ve got from the 2 c-sections…. which I’d probably get rid of if I went to a gym. Maybe, though it’s mostly loose skin than anything else. Like if you loose A LOT of weight TOO fast, you end up with that icky loose skin.)
Post # 15
Hey hey! I’m glad you are aiming to get bigger and still be healthy. Sounds like a good fitness plan actually. Just focus on toning your muscles, that she make them more toned. You don’t want to look like you starved yourself for your wedding day. BUT if you do end up still being thin, that’s ok too.
I used to be extremely thin as well. The only thing big on me was my butt… which was huge and still is huge. So yea, fitting into clothes was an adventure. But within the past three years I gained weight. I am probably need to lose 5 pounds or so, but I’m just excercising to feel good and be healthy! Good luck girl 🙂
Post # 16
I certainly don’t have this problem anymore but I did when I was 21 – I was 5’7 107 pounds and I looked like an anorexic. It was so gross. I drank a lot of Ensure for extra calories!!!!