Weight is something that is just a number. However, it is a number that people can become very obsessed with. People become addicted to achieving a particular goal weight. They are often so concerned with seeing that number on the scale that they forget about the key things that make up a healthy person like love, strength, being active, and happiness.
Fitness blogger Kelsey Wells recently wrote an empowering Instagram post that reminds us of this. The My Sweat Life blogger posted three photos of herself at different weights. However, the photos weren't to highlight her progress at achieving her goal weight.
The photos demonstrated that you should forget about the number on the scale and focus on other more important aspects of being healthy.
Wells wrote an empowering letter to accompany the photo. She discusses shattering ideas regarding goal weights and taking a more body positive approach to health and fitness.
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 [STUPID] SCALE! PLEASE STOP THINKING YOUR WEIGHT EQUALS YOUR PROGRESS AND FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING PLEASE STOP LETTING YOR WEIGHT HAVE ANY [EFFECT] 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.
Wells posted her message on Instagram one day ago, and it has already received more than 23,800 likes. People are also commenting about her body positive "screw the scales" message. One Instagram user wrote, "This post wins the internet tonight. Weight means nothing!"
Wells' post is a reminder that the numbers on the scale are simply nothing more than numbers. When it comes to your health, the most important thing is about how you feel. If you feel strong, happy, and self-confident, that is what it is all about.
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(H/T: Marie Claire UK)