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    Almost Underweight, Almost Overweight - According to a Calculator


    I was a typical tomboy and active kid, playing outside from the moment I got up until dark. Before those horrible teenage hormones caught up with me, I didn't weigh 100 pounds soaking wet. Maybe I never obsessed about weight like other girls because I looked like a bean pole. However, I truly contribute my healthy self esteem to that of my mother and all the other wonderful women that raised me.

    Nobody ever told me to go eat an apple because a cupcake would make me fat. Whether it was a ton of fresh vegetables from the garden or a plate full of Nanny's blueberry pancakes, I was usually the first in line, ready to eat at a moment's notice. I've always associated eating with good times…a holiday get together and family reunions aren't complete without items like turkey, ham, fried chicken, and DOZENS of desserts.


    It breaks my heart to see young girls get nagged at by loved ones about every calorie they consume. Children are supposed to grow, and it IS possible to reinforce healthy eating habits and exercise routines without making hurtful comments. I guarantee they will definitely remember those words and it can damage them for the rest of their lives.

    I have managed to hold on to my confidence all these years, regardless of all the different changes my body has made along the way. But recently I checked out the Body Mass Index Calculator online and decided to see how I rate. Thankfully, my current weight is healthy and normal but according to it, I could still lose 32 pounds and be considered 'normal' for my height.


    The pictures above are me at both of those extremes. The one on the left is when I was at the bottom spectrum of what doctors consider a 'normal' weight for my height. I only reached that due to illness, not from trying to diet. The picture on the right is me today.

    If I gain ten pounds I will be considered overweight according to the BMI calculator. At the same time, I'll still be happy and feel phenomenal. I hope all you women out there look in the mirror every day and feel the exact same way!

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