Fitness blogger proves number on the scale isn't everything

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Photo via Kelsey Wells / Instagram Remix by Max Fleishman

She aimed for 122 pounds postpartum, but is happier at 140.

A lot of people make the mistake of correlating thinness with health. A skinny person could eat three cheeseburgers a day, but as long as their metabolism allows them to stay skinny, no one would ever accuse them of being unhealthy. 

Yesterday, one woman on Instagram reminded us that the number on the scale doesn’t tell the whole story of health.

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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Kelsey Wells, a fitness blogger, posted on Instagram about trying to lose weight postpartum. She decided her goal was to hit 122 pounds, but said that she’s now healthier at 140 pounds. “Thank goodness I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter—strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS,” she writes.

Anyone who has looked even a little bit into nutrition and fitness knows that muscle weighs more than fat by volume, so it’s no surprise that if you start replacing fat with muscle, the number on the scale might go up.

More and more people are looking to move the conversation about body image to one of strength and happiness rather than one based on scale numbers, which is certainly encouraging. However, it could also be that our unattainable beauty goals are just shifting. Obsession with scale numbers can easily be replaced by obsession with muscle mass. 

What “happiness” and “health” look like is different for everyone. Certainly, plenty of people will build muscle and endurance and never look anything like Wells’ size 0.

H/T Scary Mommy

Did Instagram remove this woman's butt selfie because of her weight?
The butt selfie—or belfie, as the cool kids call it—is something of a time-honored Instagram tradition. (See: any photo on Kim Kardashian’s Instagram account, or the career of “butt selfie” queen Jen Selter.)
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