Background: In the last two years, I have lost over a 100 pounds. I reached goal close about 3 months ago, and my weight was been pretty stable since that time. I am on Weight Watchers so I watch it pretty closely. I am in the mid-range of normal for my height so I am definitely not too thin (I am currently wearing a size 8 or 10). I actually could probably stand to lose another ten pounds because I am very small boned, but I am comfortable with my current weight.
Lately, I keep getting people telling me that I need to stop losing weight. While some say it in a teasing way, "Girl, you better stop losing weight or you are going blow away," several have been very serious and seemingly concerned. I truly think they think I have an eating disorder (which I actually do because I wouldn't have been a 100 pounds overweight without having a dysfunctional relationship with food).
Truthfully, I am at a loss of how to respond. Sometimes I just say that I am on maintenance so I am not currently losing weight and other times I will laugh and say that it must be my new outfit that actually fits. I feel like that no matter how I respond, I get a look like, "Uh, huh, now she's making excuses." I don't feel like I owe them an explanation, but the other responses like silence or saying, "How kind of you to take an interest" don't seem to fit the situation either.
I would love some good responses. I actually had two comments like this today. I was wearing a great new outfit and received several compliments, but the two negative comments left me wondering if I looked awful or sickly.