Tracking your weight by stepping on the scale regularly can help you track progress on how you’re crushing your fitness goals. But while the scale doesn’t lie, it doesn’t always tell the whole story behind a rising number either. Case in point? Major muscle development that occurs when you’re becoming stronger and toning your bod. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not that’s true, you NEED to check out one of our fave fitness journeys motivators, Kelsey Wells of My Sweat Life.

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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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Kelsey’s most recent post is dedicated to the idea of #screwthescale, showing her incredible progress over the course of her year-and-a-half-long fitness journey. In a simple three-pic collage with her weight listed above each photo, she proves that numbers can totally mess with your mind. We’re blown away by how gorgeous and strong this lady is.

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LAST WORKOUT OF MY 7th 'ROUND' OF BBG DONE!! 😅👊🏼😆 || So now that we have the (amazing) #sweatwithkayla app, "rounds" of BBG aren't really a thing anymore- we now can just go by weeks without having to repeat any! (You beginners don't even know how amazing you have it!👊🏼) BUT, back when I first started (or attempted starting😂) there was just one Bikini Body Guide and it was a 12 week program. Hence, even though I now use the app I am still in the habit of tracking my progress (and taking my transformation pics) every 12 weeks. Well today I completed my 84th solid week of #bbg, which I realized would mean my seventh round. As a girl who bought the first guide without being able to finish one push-up let alone ONE full 12 week round, I am feeling pretty stoked.😊☺️ || I have all the feels rn because looking back on my journey since finding BBG brings tears to my eyes every time. As always, so much love and gratitude for my amazing friends @kayla_itsines and @tobi_pearce for creating a platform and program like no other.💗 || YOU GUYS!! YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. If you want to. You can be what you want to be, do what you want to do. Set your goals and WORK for your dreams. || Wake up, kick ass, repeat.👊🏼⚡️🤗 . . . . . . #bbgbabes #bbgmums #bbgmoms #bbggirls #bbgfam #bbgcommunity #fit #fitness #fitchick #gymlife #workout #sweat #fitmom #healthy #happy #mysweatlife #getoutandsweat

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Kelsey, who started using Kayla Itsine’s crazy popular BBG training program two months ago after having a baby with hopes of “fitting into her skinny pants,” now says, “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.”

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So I just pulled into the gym and Anderson is of course dead asleep in the car because he of course refused to nap today.😂 Hence I get to chill and mentally prepare to smash some #BBG #arms when he awakes.😈👊🏼💁🏻 || It's no secret I hate arm day.. (thanks @kayla_itsines for calling me out at the NYC #sweattour2016 😳😬) but ya know what? I DO IT ANYWAY. Because even though I hate training arms, I love seeing progress. When I began BBG my arms and shoulders were by far my weakest, and though I still don't enjoy my arms circuits, at least I can do them! Sure, my progress has been slow and steady but for me this has never been about getting quickly "shredded" or "making gains". (Nothing wrong with that of course!🤗) But my point is I needed a program that fit my busy lifestyle and didn't consume it. I needed something flexible and do-able year round. Something I could stick to that brought maintainable results. That is what BBG is and that is how these baby muscles have been grown. And THAT is what I love. I love the feeling I get at the end of my workout knowing that I DID IT. Little by little, one circuit, one workout at a time. THAT'S HOW WE DO IT. 👊🏼💪🏼 . . . . . #bbgbabes #bbgcommunity #bbggirls #bbgfam #bbgmoms #bbgmums #bbgsisters #bbglife #fitmom #fitness #fitfam #fit #workout #fitspo #fitchick #mysweatlife #sweat #girlswithmuscles #girlgains

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We totally love Kelsey’s healthy take on measuring progress by tracking things that matter, like “strength, ability, endurance, health and happiness.” Work out to become the most healthy and fit version of yourself, and you’ll reap the rewards in ALL aspects of your life. Yas, girl!

What do you think about #screwthescale? How do you measure your own fitness progress? Sound off with us on Twitter @BritandCo!

(Photos via mysweatlife)