I just had a woman (acquaintance) say to me "I wish I could transform my body to be cute & skinny like you."
I thanked her for her sweet compliment.
Reality is, I'm fairly average-sized. I wear size 8 jeans, medium (sometimes small) shirts. I'm 5' 4" (not tall) and weigh 143 pounds. Based on health standards, I'm borderline over weight.
I am about 10 pounds heavier than I was in college. About 20 pounds heavier than when I was very sick with mono, the lightest point in my life (that includes when I was at the top of my athletic career).
Oddly, that was the second time today someone commented on my "skinny" body.
I admit that I've been working very hard over the past 3 months. I've worked out a fair amount and (mostly) been eating healthy. I have lost about 8 pounds. I'm fit-looking and I think I'm in decent shape. So, why is it that other people think I'm skinny/healthy looking yet my BMI says I'm borderline over weight?
Do the numbers lie? Can we be healthy even though our weight is higher than recommended by health standards? Am I lying to myself? Or, am I actually at a healthy body weight for my body type/build, like I think I am?