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“Screw the scales”: fitness blogger pens uplifting essay about weight

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Great news: an inspiring fitness blogger has (finally) confirmed that, when it comes to our health and wellbeing, weight isn't the most important factor to consider.

Kelsey Wells, who runs a US-based fitness blog called My Sweat Life, took to Instagram to tell her 302,000 followers to "screw the scales" and "stop letting your weight have any affect whatsoever on your self esteem".

The blogger shared a trio of images of herself weighing 145 pounds, 122 pounds and 140 pounds alongside the message, confirming that she feels happier and healthier at 140 pounds than 122 pounds.

 

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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Discussing how she had started a new fitness regime in an effort to lose the weight she had gained while pregnant with her second child, Wells confirmed she had reached her "goal weight" of 122 pounds - before deciding to put the weight back on.

"I have gone up two pant sizes and as a matter of fact I ripped [my] skinny jeans wide open just the other week trying to pull them up over my knees," she wrote. "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."

The blogger also disclosed how her fitness journey had left her with a body that weighed 140 pounds but had "more muscle and less body fat" than ever before.

And best of all? "I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now," Wells confirmed.

Wells is now hoping to inspire others to ditch their scales in favour for a healthier approach to fitness.

"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."

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