As a woman who has used kettlebells for several years, I would recommend you might start with an 8-pound or 10-pound bell. You only need one at a time. Most regular workouts are done with ONE kbell.
The best thing is to physically go into a sports store where you can lift and lightly swing a few bells and see what weights you can handle. You do NOT want a 12-lb or 15-lb kettlebell if you can't handle that much weight (much less swing it SAFELY and effectively), and end up dropping it on the floor in your home, or something worse!
You're not trying to "impress" anyone, but trying to start a new type of fitness programme, and start it in the way that will best support you to continue swinging kettlebells for a long, long time.
I love my kettlebells. Best of luck!
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