If you are like most women, stepping on the scale is a horrible experience. I can be feeling really good about myself, working out 2-plus hours a day, toning up with yoga and wearing a solid size 4, and then I step on that scale and freak out.
“I gained three pounds? How did that happen?”
And I know I am not alone. My Sweat Life blogger Kelsey Wells knows our pain, and to respond to it, she posted her photo at three different weights:
The result is shocking.
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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
She struggled with wanting to achieve an unrealistic-goal weight. Until she just let it go. Or, as she said, “I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter — strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS.” Exactly. And the thing is, she looks the same in every photo. She actually probably looks tighter and more muscular 18 pounds heavier than she was at her goal weight.
For someone like me, someone who is naturally more muscular, this is a very welcome post. I wear small sizes and work out a ton, so I know I am not “fat,” but the number on the scale is always a little disappointing. I will never be that waify woman who weighs 110 pounds. But I know I am healthy. I know I am “thin.” People tell me all the time how great I look, and yet I still get hung up on that scale. That evil, evil scale. That scale that goes up or down five pounds, depending on how much salt I have had or how close to my period I am. It’s a liar, that scale.
And yet, I always have a number in mind, and the scale can ruin my day thanks to it. Well, no more. Because I can see what I look like. I see it in photos. I see it in the way my clothing fits. I see it in the way people respond to me. And besides how I look, I know how I feel. I feel healthy and happy and strong, and I feel those things regardless of what the scale reads. The scale lies.
Every woman needs to see this post and understand that her weight is only about 20 percent of the story of her health — and none of the story in terms of her happiness and passion for life.