I found this on Jill's blog yesterday, and think it's cool. I don't know what kind of formula they use or how scientific it is, but it confirms my intuitive belief that I would be happiest at around 140 pounds, which is what the Happy Weight Calculator says I should be after inputing my variables.
140 puts me well in the Normal category on the BMI table. It's also 5 pounds less than I weighed when I met my husband at age 23, when I thought I should lose a few pounds.
I would love to weigh 125 pounds, that "gold standard" old-fashioned weight formula for a girl of 5 feet 5 inches, where the first 5 feet is 100 pounds and every inch thereafter should only add 5 more pounds. But I don't ever remember weighing that--ever--and I'm sure that even if I could starve myself to that weight, I'd never be able to maintain it.
With all that said, I am at a happy weight now. I am in single digit clothing in almost all the styles I try on. I can pick a Medium off the rack in most clothes and know they will fit. My husband thinks I'm sexy again, and I feel confident enough to wear shorts and sleeveless tops and even a bathing suit (albeit a suit with shorts/skort and a tankini, but still, it's a bathing suit). And, perhaps most impressive of all (to me, at least), I can run a mile in 9:18.
Would 140 be my happiest weight? I'm guessing even if I make it to that mythical number, I'll still be unhappy with parts of my body. I'm always going to have saddle bags. My inner thighs will never be slender and not rub together (I've had chub rub since I was 6, why would it stop now?). I'll never have 6-pack abs.
That is, unless I visit Dr. 42420 (our local plastic surgery guru) and have him work his magic on me. However, since I don't happen to have an extra $30 grand lying around for an Extreme Makeover, I'm just going to have to learn to be happy being me.
Whatever the scale says.