@honeybee1999: Ugh, same here. I’ve always been small (petite frame/fast metabolism) until recently. I’m still small, but definitely gaining weight–I outgrew almost all of my pants. : I am also not a gym person–I bought a membership to one, but I hated going there.
We ordered my dress according to the designer measurements vs. mine (sidenote: fuck you, dress designers), which was two sizes larger than I normally wear. Okay, whatever. It came in and I went to try it on, expecting it to be, like the measurements stated, too big in the bust and perfect in the waist (the hip measurement doesn’t really matter in my dress)…and it ended up being a little tight (though she said that without the longline bra, it would be perfect, and because of the way the bodice is constructed, I don’t need the bra anyway). I was a little horrified, I’ll be honest.
I try to eat pretty good already–eat breakfast every morning (cereal and a banana), drink a big cup of green tea with honey, eat a morning snack (Lara bar–be careful with these stupid bars, most of them are FULL of crap! Lara bars have simple ingredients; the one I have today has cashews, dates, and chocolate chips), bring my lunch every day (soup or a sandwich, usually, with apple slices and a Chobani), and then eat a usually pretty good dinner. I try to focus on protein, especially from non-meat sources (I don’t eat a lot of meat). I do eat bad stuff (um. more than I should.), but you can’t deprive yourself of everything. Another biggie is learning how to listen to your body, especially in regards to eating. We like to eat until we’re full, rather than eating until we’re no longer hungry and then stopping, even if it means leaving food on your plate. My eyes are still bigger than my stomach (especially when it comes to pasta), and it usually leads to me taking big portions and then eating half of it, much to the chagrin of usually my FI and his mama, who wonder if I got enough to eat. Long story short, eat when you’re hungry and stop eating when you’re no longer hungry.
I really like the videos on FitSugar, tbh (ever since Netflix lost their streaming license for fitness videos). They’re 10 minutes, you can do them at home, and they’re actually pretty good. I bought a set of 5lb dumbbells for arms for about $12. I do at least one video 5x a week (alternating between three of them), and have started to double up and change up some of the moves. For instance, there’s a move for triceps that she does that really doesn’t do very much, so FI had me change it up to something that actually works (it’s awful lmao). She does this other isometric hold (weight in each hand, arms straight out to your sides for 1 min) that is mostly worthless, so FI had me change it to flys (weight in each hand, arms down at your sides, lift the weight to shoulder height with your arms straight out, bring them back down). I also wrote out the days of the week on our bathroom mirror (with a dry erase marker) and put a mark next to each day that I work out. I have two off days (randomly, Thursday and Friday), and then I make sure to get in at least ten minutes the other five days. I’m on week three, which is a pretty big accomplishment for me.