More often than not, we rely on a weight scale to tell us whether or not were healthy.
But for more reasons than one, using your weight as a reference point to how fit you are is wrong. And this woman shows us why.
Fitness blogger and interior designer Kelsey Wells posted three side-by-side photos showing her 300,000 followers that the number you weigh has nothing to do with how healthy you are.
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
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In an attempt to reclaim her body after gaining more than 50 pounds during a pregnancy, Wells picked up the cult-status Bikini Body Guide (BBG).
Yesterday, after 84 continuous weeks of BBG, Wells uploaded three side-by-side photos on Instagram showing her start weight (144 pounds), lowest weight two months after giving birth (122 pounds) and current weight (140 pounds).
The three photos illustrate Wells’ progress during BBG, and it’s clear she’s not only lost fat but built some noticeable muscles as well. What’s most surprising though is that Wells weight is almost the same as it was before she did before BBG – but she has the body of an entirely different person.
8 WKS POST BABY to 84 WKS BBG || You guys!! Seriously thank you SO MUCH for your kindness and love on my last post- sharing transformation photos is always a bit nerve wracking and your support blows me away.?? || Anyway, here is the back side!? ALSO, I am reading all your questions and messages and plan to answer as many as I can in my posts throughout this week! || HAPPY MONDAY FITFAM! WHO’S READY TO SLAY!????⚡️ . . . . . #bbgbabes #bbgmoms #bbgmums #bbglife #bbgfam #bbgcommunity #bbggirls #bbg #sweat #sweatwithkayla #mysweatlife #getoutandsweat #bbgprogress #motivationmonday #fitnesstransformation #beforeandafter #postbabybody #mombod #fit #fitness #fitchick #fitmom #fitspo #fitspiration #workout #girlswithmuscle #healthy #happy #fitfam
Wells wrote in her Instagram caption:
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…
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.
If you’re wondering why Wells weighs less in the middle, she said that during the first months of BBG, it felt like success, but as she became more toned, the weight came back, Elite Daily reports.
Basically, your weight effectively means nothing. And as we can see from Wells’ post, two exact scale readings looked completely different on her frame.
That’s a lesson a lot of men and women could use.