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I have a deep side. I worry about important things (they will come to me soon) but like my shadow, my “shallow” is always with me.. For most women a few pounds in either direction can make a difference, more of a difference than it should. I am convinced that these weight shifts are noted whether you’re in college or in Congress There’s the positive side of this, a few days of clean eating can result in feeling lighter and de-pooched, improved. The downside is that a couple extra pounds can do the opposite.
What five pounds means to me:
Top of the Range (or my range) the real danger zone.  As a slim, 5’3” person my top number may not be high but trust me I am not feeling good. I could find myself here in winter or when I’m hormonal or a little sloppy. I know the world will not come to an end (from this anyway) but at a “5” I’m thinking about what to wear a lot more, I’m not tucking in and may feel lovehandle-y. I think much more about my weight when feeling off my game than I do when all is good.
Three pound below, mid range, is where I spend most of my time. This is what is referred to as UBW or my usual body weight. This weight has not changed since I went through puberty. I am generally fine here but it all depends on the quality of workouts, hydration and how organized my diet is. I can be totally fine or just “fine”.
“1.5 “
I’m under my UBW for important events, when I cleanse or when I really go into the full court “weight”press. I know as well as anyone that I don’t always stay here; drastic doesn’t last.
Below this 5-pound range takes grief, a potent stomach bug or a bikini (and a bikini around other people not just my family). Here I feel I can conquer the world, which is so wrong but hey is a couple of pounds shed hurting anyone?
We all have our weight numbers and some have larger ranges than others but there’s still the danger zone, an “ok” place and bathing suit weight as evidence that a few pounds can make a big difference (at least for me). 
How much does your weight change or swing? Can you feel the difference in a couple of pounds? Does it bother you if it does (meaning does it bother you that a small shift affects you)? 


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