When I first reached goal (140 lb. ---then lost about another 5 while trying to figure out maintenance), I looked REALLY thin. I mean thin
as in people were telling me I really needed to stop losing and that they could not believe I was the weight I said I was. Even my face looked too thin (to me and others).
I've now been maintaining about 1 1/2 years. At last weigh-in, I was 138.2, which is about 3 lbs. above what I would like to be, but still within my range. However, now, even though I wear the same size (just bought two size four skirts yesterday!), to me, I look heavier. I mean , my breasts look bigger, as do my arms. My face has filled out (I'm glad about that).
In the past, I've anecdotally observed that people's bodies seem to eventually "catch up" with their weight after a major weight loss. However, even though I observed this in others, I've never experienced it myself.
Any thoughts on why this happens? Do you think this actually something physically real or is it just changed perception, i.e., the person gets used to his/her lower weight so that after a while, he/she seems larger than when he/she first lost weight? (And this might apply to how others perceive us as well).
What do you think?
ETA: In the last month or so, I've been lifting weights more than usual (going to a morning CrossFit class 3-5 days a week), so I've know I've built muscle---not sure if this would make a difference.