Fitness blogger shows why we should throw away the scales
Over and over, experts warn us away from scales as the sole measurement of health and, for too many women, happiness.
In a new post, one popular American fitness blogger shows why we should, as she puts it, “screw the scales”.
Before becoming pregnant, Kelsey Wells, of My Sweat Life, weighed 58 kilograms. Eight weeks after giving birth, she was 65 kilograms.
“So based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my ‘goal weight’ should be 122 [pounds or 55 kilograms] and to fit into my skinniest jeans,” the blogger says in a new Instagram post.
She achieved her goal several months later, as she shows in a series of photos, but it didn’t last. Since then, she has put on 8 kilograms and gone up two pant sizes.
“As a matter of fact I ripped those skinny jeans wide open just the other week trying to pull them up over my knees,” the 26-year-old Texan reveals with a laughing emoji.
She also happens to look and, apparently, feel incredible.
“According to my old self and flawed standards, I would be failing miserably,” Wells writes. “THANK GOODNESS I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter — strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS.”
She adds that although she is only 2 kilograms lighter than her heaviest weight after giving birth, her body composition has changed.
“I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now,” Wells says in the post, which has had more than 18,000 likes. “I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now.”
Wells, who has more than 300,000 followers, says she threw away her scales six months ago
“And if I didn’t say #screwthescale long ago, I would have gave up on my journey [sic]. 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, who has a two-year-old son, told Daily Mail Online: ‘I feel like it’s completely changed. It’s everything that’s made the change, not just that, but learning and accepting your weight doesn’t matter is very freeing.”
Despite admitting she initially “freaked out” when she saw the numbers on the scales going up, she said:
“I feel a lot more confident in myself because my mood doesn’t depend on a number I’m going to be seeing. I don’t allow my happiness to be affected by that anymore. It’s definitely had an impact on me mentally for sure.”
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