Why you shouldn't worry too much about scale numbers
Interior designer and fitness blogger Kelsey Wells advises people to “screw the scale” and to stop letting that “stupid number” dictate how you feel about yourself.
Kelsey, who runs fitness blog My Sweet Life, posted a powerful reminder earlier this week that weight is not a full reflection of someone’s overall health and fitness.
The 5'7” mother shared three side-by-side pictures of her body transformation, adding her weigth at the time of each photograph was taken.
The first images shows her two months post-partum (145lbs), the second when she achieved her ‘goal weight’ (122lbs) a few months later. In the last and more recent picture she appears much leaner and toned, despite putting 18lbs back on and going up two pant sizes.
“There is only a 5lb difference between my starting and current weight, but my body composition has changed COMPLETELY,” Kelsey explains.
“I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now.”
She explains she used to let her weight affect her self-esteem, and after putting on weight during pregnancy she was desperate to reach her “goal weight”.
“I weighed 130lbs before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my ‘goal weight’ should be 122lbs,” she explains.
Five months post-partum and two months into her Bikini Body Guide (BBG) workout programme, she was able to fit into her size 0 jeans.
But, by continuing with the fitness programme, she started to build muscle and gain strength. Today, she weighs 18lbs over her goal weight and has gone up two dress sizes.
“I have gone up two pant sizes and as a matter of fact I ripped those skinny jeans wide open.
“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,” she writes.
Kelsey urges people to take progress photos and videos or record the number of repetitions they do on an exercise but to avoid obsessing over weight.
In her own words: #screwthescale