You’re too thin.

trying on outfits
 

Sometimes people say this to me. (Sometimes.)

I never know what to say to this. “What?!” comes to mind. Who knows why anyone comments on anyone’s size/body/etc. But they do. For someone who works out (and skips dessert) as often as I do, I think I should be thinner.

So, I started to wonder, what is a healthy weight? Also, should I even go by weight? Or body fat percent? Or BMI? Or dress size? Or nothing?

I’m pretty sure I’m not, nor have I ever been “too thin”.

For the record, I am currently 134 lbs. Sometimes I weigh more or less, but this is basically where I live. For someone 5′ 5″, that puts me right smack dab in the middle of healthy. If I ever get down to 110 or below (which will never happen) please let me know I’ve gone too far.

BMI-Chart-eng
 

Some people say you shouldn’t go by weight, but fat percentage. My scale also calculates body fat, (as well as water % ?) so I happen to know I’m around 24% body fat. I should mention that I don’t believe my scale is hi-tech enough to give an accurate reading. But let’s pretend that it is. At my age, that would place me between “lean” and “ideal”. I should feel good about that, but I don’t know if I agree. I don’t know who made this chart. For all I know it could be Dunkin Donuts.

Body Fat chart
 

I know how ridiculous all this sounds. Tell me I’m not alone. I keep trying to make healthy choices, and I keep getting on the scale and I always question if it’s telling me the truth.

Maybe I should get a better scale. Like the new fitbit scale. (hint, hint people looking for birthday gift ideas)

Or maybe someone needs to invent a totally different type of scale. One that measures other things: how much you smile, say nice things to people, pet your dog or make good self-care choices…

How do you measure your success? What are your fitness goals? How do you motivate yourself?

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