If you look at Kelsey Wells’ Instagram feed today, you’ll see a stunning, body-confident woman with an insanely ripped six-pack and perfectly toned arms, glutes, and legs.

But just like the rest of us on a fitness or weight loss journey, Wells had her ups and downs, frustrations, and struggles with what she was seeing on the scale. After giving birth to her first child, Wells weighed 145lbs and decided that she would set her goal weight at 122lbs so that she would be able to “fit into my skinniest jeans”.

The only problem? She wasn’t happy with the results she was seeing in the mirror, despite hitting her goal weight. Then one day she started ignoring the number on the scale altogether—and gained 18lbs of pure muscle tone.


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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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“According to my old self and flawed standards, I would be failing miserably,” Wells captioned her then-viral Instagram post. So instead of getting hung up on a number, she tells her followers to “screw the scale” and start focusing on measuring progress using things that matter like “strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS.”

Nowadays, Wells continues to share her contagious body positivity and quick-hit workout routines on her Instagram account (which has almost 1 million followers)—and always reminds her readers to “SCREW THE SCALE”.


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