I'm not necessarily a beginner but I have always had this problem. I am 5'8" tall and my ideal weight is 140-145 with muscle. My problem is I am not bulky like a lot of tall women- I have a small frame and my appendages are really long. For example, I have a 36" inseam- hence I am almost all legs.
The advice I need is how to lift weights, eat healthy, and not get what I call "marathon runner skinny". I don't want to be one of those women that is cut but looks too skinny- I want muscle with a bit of curve.
Here is what I eat (I'm not sure how I can get more calories because I think I would have to eat all day long even though I would not necessarily say I have a high metabolism because I lost 60 pounds 5 years ago and it is possible for me to get fat.)
Oatmeal, high protein yogurt, banana
Turkey sandwich with cheese on whole wheat or TV dinner with 27 grams protein minimum with protein, carb and veggie
Protein shake with 30 grams of protein
protein, carb, veggie
Protein shake again and/or banana
I work out 5 days per week alternating between weight lifting and a little bit of cardio (too much cardio and I seem to lose way too much weight). So Mondays I do tris, bis, back; Tuesdays I do abs, glutes, hams, quads and calves and I alternate with about 10 minutes of cardio every other day and I do the weight lifting program on alternating days (so Wednesday I would be back to arms/back, etc.).
Should I be doing more reps with lower weight to get mass? Should I be doing less reps with more weight to get mass? Should I somehow (and how?) be taking in more calories per day?
Please help- I don't want to be skinny and I don't want to be fat, but I cannot find a happy medium.