You work your ass off at the gym and in the kitchen, but when you step on the scale, sometimes all you can think is seriously?!
Well, fitness blogger Kelsey Wells posted a picture to Instagram yesterday that basically gives fit women everywhere yet another reason to flip the bird to the scale. The mashup of three photos is in chronological order: one of her at 145 pounds after having her son, one when she reached 122 pounds, and a current photo of her at 140 pounds.
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SCREW THE SCALE || I figured it was time for a friendly, yet firm reminder. YOU GUYS. PLEASEEEEEE STOP GETTING HUNG UP ON THE NUMBER ON THE STUPUD SCALE! PLEASE STOP THINKING YOUR WEIGHT EQUALS YOUR PROGRESS AND FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING PLEASE STOP LETTING YOR WEIGHT HAVE ANY AFFECT WHATSOEVER ON YOUR SELF ESTEEM, like I used to. To any of you who are where I once was, please listen to me. I am 5' 7" and weigh 140 lbs. When I first started #bbg I was 8 weeks post partum and 145 lbs. I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my "goal weight" should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN. Also, I have gone up two pant sizes and as a matter of fact I ripped those skinny jeans wide open just the other week trying to pull them up over my knees. My point?? According to my old self and flawed standards, I would be failing miserably. THANK GOODNESS I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter -- strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS. Take progress photos and videos. Record how many push-ups you can do, ect. And if you can, your BFP -- there is only a 5 lb difference between my starting and current weight, but my body composition has changed COMPLETELY. I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now. And if I didn't say #screwthescale long ago, I would have gave up on my journey. So to the little teeny tiny voice in the back of my head that still said "wtf is this- not 140!?; last week when I stepped on the scale, I say SCREW. YOU. And I think you should probably say the same to your scale too. #byefelicia #bbgprogress #transformationtuesday #fit #fitness #workout #fitmom #fitchick #fitfam #fitnesstransformation #beforeandafter #sweat #mysweatlife #girlswithmuscle #girlgains #strongnotskinny
As anyone can see, she looks amaaaazing in that third photo. And she feels as great as she looks. In the Insta post, she writes, “I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now.” (For more tips on how to build sexy muscle, pick up Women's Health's Lift to Get Lean by Holly Perkins!)
Her point? She wants to show other women out there that the scale means nothing when you’re working toward a healthier and fitter body and lifestyle.
Two months after giving birth to her son, Kelsey started Kayla Itsines’ fitness program with a goal of weighing 122 pounds to fit into her smallest pair of skinny jeans. But after reaching that weight, she went on to gain 18 pounds—of muscle.
Try one of Kayla's workouts to see what all the hype is about:
She explains in the caption: “I have gone up two pant sizes and as a matter of fact I ripped those skinny jeans wide open just the other week trying to pull them up over my knees. My point?? According to my old self and flawed standards, I would be failing miserably. THANK GOODNESS I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter -- strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS.”
And isn’t that what fitness is all about, anyway? Kelsey’s not the only one inspired by Kayla’s workouts—more feel-good stories, here and here!