For the first time in my life I was happy to hear, “You’re not skinny.” It was in no means an indication that I am what most people consider the opposite of skinny—”fat” but rather what my workout buddies and I consider the opposite of skinny—”fit.” In fact, the compliment was given after someone brought up a quote that “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” c2157e34bfd070d9564fd7c09546f9c4

I have also seen this quote before on Pinterest on top of a chick with chiseled abs, and others commented that they’ve seen it linked to Oprah. Then there is this hilarious image . . .

That sounds like something I might say, and even though Jennifer Lawrence is totally fit (hello, Katniss!) I have never heard her referred to as skinny. She is fit. Just like Mrs. Timberlake, a.k.a. Jessica Biel, who a few of us agreed was our ideal dream body. jb

The fact is that skinny is all a matter of opinion, just like other descriptive words: pretty, funny, wealthy. It’s all a part of perspective. People in third world countries think I’m rich, and my idea of rich would be to live in a paid-for house on the lake and have a family chef. As far as skinny goes, people who have been really overweight call wearing anything under plus sizes skinny, while I call the Olsen twins and Angelina Jolie skinny. (Well, I actually call AJ scary, but that’s another opinion.)9561f75198935109e9f5603a018c4a19

I admit that I have been called skinny by people all my life. But there was a time when I did have a problem and was too skinny. I thrived on being called skinny when at times I flirted with looking AJ scary. I ignorantly listened to a guy and the media to believe I could and should be smaller. The stupidest part is that I have never been anything near big (except for my kankles at 8 months pregnant.)4d8a2de52a1e994e256e1e69dacec087

Those who know my mother and sister know that I come from small genes, so naturally I wear small jeans. My sister lives off of French fries, and her idea of exercise is to walk her dog until it poops and then go back in the house. But she is still small. I would still be small if I didn’t workout or eat right, but I feel so much better when I do and have much less stress!

I originally started working out at 16 to better my cheerleading and gymnastic skills, and have sense been hooked on working out. At one point I was obsessed and literally diagnosed with a condition called anorexia athletica, which is a smart-sounding way to say that I felt the need to exercise every day and burn off all the calories I ate. Unfortunately, I was also obsessed with the scale, to the point that my sister once confessed to rigging the scale so that it read 5 pounds less. She was that worried about me when she was like 14. That broke my heart.

I got better from there, but have still had my struggles and ups and downs. Ironically, getting pregnant at age 29 worked wonders for my progress. I first found out I was pregnant by not knowing why I had gained 3 pounds in my gut despite all the Ab Ripper routines. Ruling out pregnancy seemed like something that needed done to assure my crunches were not in vain. Then after peeing on four “positive” sticks and a doctor’s visit later, I was terrified of becoming a parent but also a little vainly relieved I was not “getting fat.”dbfe7bf750f9e9ea8a8a4fa4b405d1f0

Once I convinced myself I might actually could be a decent mom, the nerd in me went out a bought What to Expect When You’re Expecting? I knew I did not want to use pregnancy as an excuse to eat anything and everything and fill my baby full of chocolate and Dorito’s (though it was tempting). I also wanted to make sure I gained enough weight to stay healthy, though. I began to read about how much more blood and liquids increase in a woman’s body when she is pregnant.

Then I read on about how much blood, bones, water, and all that other “stuff” we have to have to live really weighs even when there isn’t a baby inside. Something clicked that day to help me get over the scale saga of constant weight worry. It also was a “duh” moment of why I could gain 2 pounds from having nothing but water.

Another “ah ha” moment was getting my body fat taken at the gym. Although I weigh an average of 5-8 pounds more than before getting pregnant (and 3-5 pounds more than before discovering I was pregnant), I have less body fat. My legs are leaner, and my butt is no longer droopy. My waist is a little bigger, but just as toned as before, if not more so. I attribute the change and reason for needing a larger pants size now and then to my rib cage turning out from giving birth. Here is visual proof that muscle weighs more but looks less “puffy” than fat (and why not to totally rely on the scale):ae2ccf95898fa94381d22ffa43292e2c

So the morale of the story is whether you are known as skinny compared to a Sumo wrestler or most of the world’s population, a much healthier goal is to be fit. It does not offend me to still be called skinny, but neither do I hold it as a coveted compliment. If you want to tickle my ears, call me “fit” or “funny” (but not any other “f” words, please). After all, it feels a lot better to weigh 5 pounds more and wear a bigger size sometimes if it means my legs don’t jiggle as much.

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