New Mom Wants to Lose Weight After Baby—Her Before & After Photos Will FLOOR You

Kelsey Wells is a fitness blogger, interior designer, and mom to a toddler son who has amassed a HUGE Instagram following over the last year or so as she’s journeyed to get fit in her postpartum days. Yesterday one of her Instagram post detailed how she set out to LOSE weight after having a baby—and also how that maybe wasn’t necessarily healthy.

“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,” she wrote.

Wells then revealed in a very powerful photo that losing weight doesn’t actually mean getting healthy—and that  her fitness quest actually led her to GAIN weight.

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Photo: MySweatLife on Instagram

She continues, “Well after a few months of BBG [Bikini Body Guide workout] 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. ”

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Photo: MySweatLife on Instagram

Kelsey encourages moms to, as she says, “#ScrewtheScale” and realize that your weight is just a number that does NOT determine your health or fitness.

I’ll be honest, I don’t work out…but I LOVE this anyway! That scale IS just a number, and we don’t need to be fixated on it! We need to be focused on being healthy so we can take good care of our kids, and teach them healthy habits, too. We’re made in the image of God and our bodies do AMAZING things for us EVERY DAY. If we truly believe that our identity is in Christ, we can put health and happiness over “goal weight” every darn day.

I kind of love Wells’ before-and-afters – what do you think?

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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.