A few years ago, I used to hit the gym every single day after work for an hour. It gave me a boost of energy, even if I had initially felt drained after work.
Then I stopped going and haven’t returned since.
Now, I’ve decided to start lifting weights to exercise my muscles and to bulk up a little bit.
Do you exercise on a regular basis? Do you have any suggestions for specific weight-lifting techniques that I can use to gain bigger muscle mass? Any nutritional tips are also appreciated!
Lately I’ve been losing weight unintentionally, which is really alarming because I’m already extremely skinny due to my high metabolism. (I’ve always been very skinny and have had a healthy appetite that rivals people who are bigger than me. And I’ve never tried to lose weight because…heck, that would mean that I’d be 6 feet under…)
So, you can see why I’m really concerned that I’ve been losing weight recently without changing anything in my lifestyle.
Some friends have suggested that maybe the unexpected passing of my father back in 2010 is now having physical effects on me. And I’ve seen the doctor to run a myriad of tests, but as of right now, I’m still undiagnosed.
It’s pretty scary and frustrating because the doctor seems to think that just because the tests come back negative, I’m perfectly fine and healthy. But…I don’t think losing weight unintentionally is healthy, and clearly something is wrong.
The doctor just said to come back in 2 months and redo all the tests again! I hated that answer because what if I have something that they’re not testing for? Then the results will always come back negative, but my symptoms could worsen significantly in 2 months.
And because I recently switched to a new family physician and went into the office several times already, I’m getting tired of doing the ‘back and forth’.
I’ve stopped visiting medical websites and essentially scaring myself with the stuff I’ve read. For now, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands…literally.
I bought a scale and two 5-pound weights. My goal is to gain weight in the form of muscles, since muscle weighs more than fat.
In addition to lifting weights, I also plan to eat more food (with lean protein) than usual. I’ve also already started taking multivitamins with iron, calcium, vitamin D, and all that good stuff in addition to a separate protein supplement to feed my muscles.
I’ll be weighing myself every morning and keeping track of it on paper. Plus I’ll also include all the food I ate that day and how much weight lifting I did.
Argh…I really hate to have to record all the food I ate, and I’ve never done it before because I just eat whatever I want whenever I want. But for me to see if I’m successfully bulking up or still losing weight, I have to force myself to do all this.
In a month, if I still find myself losing weight despite my efforts, at least I’ll have documentation to show the doctor. Maybe then I’ll be taken more seriously.
Do you have any specific weight-lifting techniques or nutritional advice you can suggest for me to put on weight and muscle mass?
(Because I’m so skinny – size 00 to give you an idea, I don’t want long and lean muscle mass…I need to actually bulk up a little so my arms look bigger. Haha, don’t worry – I don’t plan on getting huge like a body builder!)
I appreciate any and all suggestions! Haha, but just don’t say, “Eat junk food!” I enjoy junk food, but I need to get healthy muscle and not just pack on fat since fat weighs less than muscle.