We all know the feeling of staring at that stubborn number on the scale day in and day out, waiting for it to budge. And then it does. Only it creeps a little higher, budges the wrong way, leaving us to plunge into an all-time low.
This was something fitness blogger Kelsey Wells dealt with for a long time before she eventually decided to trade the scale for her happiness. Something that is certainly not easy to do, but is empowering and liberating, and as Wells explains, encourages “a more confident and free life.”
After the arrival of her baby boy, Wells sat at 145lbs on the scale and was desperate to shake off a good 20lbs more. She had it ingrained deep in her mind that her ideal weight was 122lbs. A very random number and in no way scientifically calculated, but one she believed would make her feel confident and successful.
She began her fitness journey on Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guides and had quickly dropped down to 122lbs and conquered her goal of fitting into her teeny tiny skinny jeans again. But as she continued to train, her weight started to increase again, leaving Wells feeling defeated and miserable.
She explains that she felt like a failure for having gained back weight, but her husband wiped her tears and told her to look in the mirror. The figure staring back at her was the pivotal point in her fitness career and completely changed her opinion about weight and appearance.
Despite the extra 18lbs she had gained and the tiny skinny jeans she ripped down the middle, Wells actually admired the change in her physique. She was more toned than she had ever been, and her body fat percentage was at an all-time low. More important than the change in her body composition was the change in her mindset after this revelation.
“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.”
Wells said she is happier now than she has ever been, and healthier than ever before. Her mood and self-worth no longer depend on an insignificant number on the scale. This is only proven to be true by the fact she now boasts more than 300,000 Instagram followers, who are now throwing out their scales and crash diets and changing up their lifestyles.
Kelsey, who used to weigh herself religiously each day, now preaches for throwing out the scale. She invites fellow aspiring young ladies to take progress photos instead to monitor the changes.
Another milestone she recommends to encourage healthy progress and self-confidence is to count the number of repetitions one can do, or the weight one can successfully lift, rather than the number of kilograms on the scale. Much more important factors to consider and certainly more empowering than that creeping number.
“Thank goodness I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter -strength, ability, endurance, health, and happiness.” – Kelsey Wells