In June I visited my doctor for my annual check up and realized that I was underweight. As I mentioned in my skinny black girl post, I have always been a small woman and struggled with it for years. I am finally at the point in my life where I am (mostly) happy with my body, but I want to be at a healthy weight. My doctor and I decided that my plan of action to reach my healthy weight goals would include weight training. Thus my fitness journey began.
The past five months of my journey have been great. I initially thought that it would be difficult to stick to a gym routine given my busy schedule; however, I've been consistently working out three times a week. On the days that I can't make it to the gym, I workout at home. I do take a week off to rest every two months. Although I've tweaked my routine at various points over the past couple of months this is what my current routine looks like:
Day 1 - Lower body workout
4 X 8 barbell squat
4 X 8 dead lifts
3 X 10 lounges per leg
4 x 10 calf raises
3 x 8 hamstring curl
3 x 8 leg curls
Day 2 Upper body (plus light lower body)
3 X 10 bench press
3 X 8 bicep curls
3 X 8 shoulder press
3 X 10 triceps exercise
3 X 10 pushups
3X10 jump squats with light weight
3X10 full leg contraction per leg
Day 3 - full body workout
Do day 1 & 2
Since I started weight training, I've increased my caloric intake by eating healthy snacks between meals such as almonds, yogurt and protein bars. I also drink Designer Whey protein shakes before or after my workouts.
Progress so far
The beginning (week 3 on left and week 6 on right), I gained muscle mass the fastest in the beginning of my journey.
Most recent progress pics, month 5
Thank you for sharing in my journey. I will be checking in periodically to talk about my progress. Let me know if you have any questions and stay tuned for a video post about things I've learned since starting my fitness journey.