If you don't have any handweights at home and still want to strength train, I would encourage you to buy a set of resistance bands. Resistance bands are a great way to strength train and they're affordable too. If you're not sure where to start, join SERGEANTMAJORs resistance band team. he's got a bunch of beginner to expert workouts posted that you could do at home.
If you do decide to buy some handweights, I'd suggest buying some 8s, 10s and 12s. That might seem like a lot, but it's not. Some muscles are stronger than others. So, you might find five pound weights challenging for some shoulder exercises, but they will not be challenging if you were to try a chest press.
Women are stronger than they think. I can assure you that you will not look like a body builder if you pick up a weight that's heavier than 10 pounds. Don't be afraid to challenge your body.
Also, I would recommend getting this book from the library. Bill Philips Body for Life is an excellent beginner strength training book. You could probably find it at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. it's been around for years.
Zorbs has given you some good advice. Also, I'd recommend starting with a full-body strength routine 2-3 days per week. You really don't need to do split routines unless you're a body builder or really focusing on building muscle. (It's also more time-consuming to do it that way.) Here's a link to SP's workout generator if you're interested:
I sort of want to follow what my husband does at the gym, except I'm home so I have to modify my routine, plus I don't really have weights. SOMEWHERE I have 1 and 5 pd. weights but I can't find them, been searching. Mondays he and work mates work out their chest muscles. Any suggestions on which exercises to do since I don't really have any weights to work out with? Once he gets a good check I will be buying some hand weights to start out with if I don't find mine.
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