The gym I go do is pretty low tech (old school lifting machines and primarily free weights) but seems to have what I need. After I run on the treadmill I went down the line of lifting machines to get a feel for what each one is like. Eventually I plan to focus on a different group of muscles each day but im not sure how to go about that or what the best combination would be per day.
I plan to go 5-6 days a week, as being a freelance designer offers plenty of free time. I found myself to be very sore after the first day, which I assume if from my lack of exercise and I guess will improve as I move forward. I rarely touch the free weights for fear of hurting myself, as I said I am not very strong. So the machines seem to be the best outfit for me until I gain some strength and confidence. The free weights I do use are dumbells for curling and today I tried dumbells in combination with squats but it felt very awkward so I'm not sure If I will continue.
The gym doesnt appear to have a working leg press so I'm wondering what I could use in its stead.
Old school machines and free weights? Sounds like a pretty good gym
Starting with machines to begin with is fine. That's what I did my first few weeks in a gym, as I completely lacked the confidence to even try benching with free weights. This was made worse (or so it seemed to me) in that the free weights were in a room slightly recessed from the main floor, and I was too intimidated to go back there for quite some time
But you should try to move on to mostly free weights once you feel confident, as generally speaking you'll see better results overall from free weight exercises.
Don't worry about there not being a leg press. Squats are a much better lower body, and overall body, exercise. They can be a bit tricky to learn at first - this site (http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displayarticle.php?aid=52
) does a really good job of explaining the basics, both of squatting without weight and with added weight. Stumptuous, the website with the squat articles, is oriented towards female lifters - but it is legitimately the best site I know of for online weight training instruction, male or female. The articles on the site were invaluable to me when I first started lifting.
You can squat with just your bodyweight, which is good practice for eventually doing squats with a barbell, to get started, or jump right into barbell squats.
I agree with Zach about your diet. Definitely try to eat more food; I'd say you'll need to at least double what you ate today, possibly more. If that seems like too much, just try to gradually increase the amount you eat every day. Your food selection looks solid, though. Maybe a bit more veggies for general purposes, but as far as gaining weight it's not going to make much difference. The main thing to worry about is taking in a decent quantity of carbs and protein, like you said, such as fake meat, spaghetti, protein shakes, etc.