I'm 18 years old, 5'7 and weigh about 7st 11lbs
I've always been skinny, I eat like a normal person would eat, it's just very hard for me to gain weight. I also want to stress that I do not have an eating disorder, just because I'm skinny does not mean I'm anorexic, that is a very series disease that I think that it's unfair to be given that label just because someone is skinnier than the average person. Since getting a personal trainer, I've found out that the body type I have is known as an 'ectomorphe', which just basically means you are tall with little body fat and a fast metabolism which makes it hard to bulk up as my body type is naturally skinny.
One thing that really drives me mad (skinny people out there may also agree) is when people make comments like 'you're so skinny!' or 'you need to eat more'. You wouldn't tell an overweight person that they were 'so fat' and needed to 'stop eating' because it's just not acceptable! I always find myself in a really awkward conversation when someone says 'you're so skinny' because all I can say 'Yeh...I know' - what else is there to say!?
As I've been skinny pretty much my whole life, I have quite thick skin when it comes to people making comments and I can usually just shrug it off and get on with stuff. But saying that, I am extremely insecure about my body (like I'm sure everyone is). For example, I've only just started becoming more comfortable wearing dresses on nights out and things like that. I also used to insist on my ankles being covered because I thought they were really boney and looked odd! People have this idea that being skinny is ideal but it really isn't and we have as much body and confidence issues as an overweight person.
I've spent about 5 years hating my size but recently I'm done with feeling sorry for myself as I've realised that only I can change the way I feel about my body by getting some meat onto my bones! That's why I've been doing much more muscle exercises (with weights) to bulk up, but alongside this I'm also eating more than I usually would and I have actually gained about 2lbs so far. It's not much but it's a start!
My goal is to be a healthy weight by the end of the year by gaining about a stone, so that I feel more confident, but also so that my body is in better health and shape.
I'm considering doing weekly or monthly updates on my progress, maybe including some of the workout routines if anyone is interested in some really great exercises that will help you tone up and get into shape. If you're wanting posts like that in the future please let me know in the comments. I would also love if anyone who is going through or went through the same thing as me to let me know in the comments below about your experience.
On a final note, if anyone has any questions then please comment and I'll respond, or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org if it's more of a private question you don't want everyone to see.