With so many threads about losing weight, I thought I might change things up and actually ask for some advice/tips/guidelines/support/etc.. about the problem that I have, which is GAINING weight.
Some things about me: I'm 6'0", 136 lbs and only somewhat active (I'd say 60% sedentary,40% active). In my freetime I'm using watching TV, playing video games, or reading a book but I also go out ballroom dancing (which is very active but strain me or tire me out very much) once or twice a week and I also am learning kung fu (which is VERY physically intense and leaves me sore for a couple of days) also once or twice a week. I also like to go for long walks everyday to think about stuff and sort things out.
I am both lactose and soy intolerant, which can work for and against me sometimes. It prevents me from eating or consuming things that are "bad" for you but it can sometimes prevent me from eating things that are good or helpful for me as well. Also, I don't like eating "junk" type foods as they always make me feel like shit.
During the day I am primarily in my office and the level of activity I have varies from day to do. I am a real estate property manager and the maintenance coordinator for my company so most of the time I'm at my desk working on my Macbook and but other times I am bouncing around the county doing inspections, showings, and getting supplies for vendors and such.
My target weight is between 150-160 lbs (so 15 to 20 lbs give or take). I like being lean, but I wouldn't adding some definition or tone to my body. Actually exercising and taking time out to do that is a motivational issue for me. The mornings work best for me as I feel fresh and ready to go then but working out after work in the late afternoon/evening can be a challenge but my job, while not very physically stressful, is very mentally stressful and by the end of the day....I'm just burnt out and want to destress.
Diet wise, I just eat whatever I feel like (provided it has no soy or dairy in it) whenever I'm hungry. I really hate trying to feed myself when I'm not hungry because it feels wasteful and stupid. I have a very fast metabolism (which is a blessing). Generally I like to eats lots of fruits and veggies and carbs but meat wise I prefer lean, well cooked meats. By well cooked I mean not fried or really greasy as greasy and really sugary foods make me feel like shit, the exception to this being Bar-B-Q. I'm born and bred in the south, I love me my BBQ
Exercise wise I'm starting small and working things into my routine slowly. I often feel one of the biggest reasons people fall out of exercise routines or plans is because they try to change too much too fast and they can't handle it. Right now I'm doing push ups, sit ups, and squats in the mornings with usually a set of 5-10 of each and as many reps as needed until my body says "NO MORE!". Cardio-wise I do walking and some bike riding every now and then, I don't like high impact stuff. I also practice my kung fu forms which, after a time, can become physically draining (which my Shifu told me is part of the idea, it trains my body to move the way I need too).
I have a *very* fast metabolism which I know is a huge blessing. I've *always* been the skinny guy my whole life and the only time I've cared about what I eat is because of how it makes me feel after the fact, not because it gave me any weight. The most I've ever weighed is 173 lbs and that was because I was on Seroquel and Effexor at the time. I dropped to my current weight as soon as I got off of those pills back in 2007 and have been around 135 lbs ever since.
What I need from you guys
1) Thoughts, perspectives, and experiences in trying to gain weight yourself. Being an Si-dom, I figure the sharing of experiences would be most beneficial for me
2) Motivation! I need someone to cheer me on and keep pushing me.
Thanks! Looking forward to responses