Petite, underweight, and flabby. (sorta long)

What type of workout routine should I do to look/feel better?

I have always been very short, petite and skinny---the heaviest I have ever weighed was 130 lbs during my one pregnancy.

I am now 41......I also suffer from depression and I lose weight during stressful periods. This past fall 2011 has seen the most weight loss I've experienced in a long time--I'd gotten down to 96 pounds. I hadn't been that light since the early 1990s. I'm usually around 107-110 lbs in recent years.

I have gained a few pounds back during the past 2 months....I don't regularly weigh myself but several of my pants are fitting normally again, without me having to safety-pin them. Most of my clothes are still hanging off my body but not quite as bad as before. My appetite is slowly improving, too.

My physical activity is pretty much zero. I work at a sit-down job all day....right now I'm struggling to find the energy to walk the dog long enough to consider it exercise. I also have mild RA and the winter weather makes me an indoor hermit.

I take an antidepressant which helps, but I'm just not "there" yet.

When I gain weight, it hits my waistline first. My pants will get tighter and tighter around the waistline but nothing else gets bigger.

I want to gain weight--but I don't want to be out of shape and untoned. I also HATE sports and "working out".

I plan on joining a gym within the next couple of weeks. I am sure that the staff there will help me, but in the meantime what do you guys suggest?


  • midgimidgi Posts: 2,409Registered Users
    I have a similar issue. I'm not petite, I'm average height, and I'm skinny but not athletic in the least.

    Because I am embarrassed about my flabby azz, I have started a toning routine so that I will at least be a bit firmer by the summer.

    My routine is primarily for my butt and thighs (squats, leg lifts, mountain climbers, lunges, etc), but I also work out my arms with 5lb weights and I do the so-called "girlie" pushups.

    Since I've been doing the routine every day, I am starting to see results, especially on my outer thighs. There is visible muscle tone where there wasn't any before.

    I do between 15 to 25 reps of each exercise and I do 2 or 3 sets of each depending on how much time I have and if I feel like pushing myself harder.

    I do everything in my room or in the movie room if I'm doing an exercise video, because there's no free gym close to my house.

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