Forget It


People that start hitting the gym or jump on a diet are often consumed with a number – their weight. Yes, losing weight might be a goal, but it doesn’t define us. Society tells us that based on our sex and height, we need to weigh a certain number. Well, I think that’s crazy!

You’ve probably heard it a million times, muscle weighs more than fat. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not true. A pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle. A pound is a pound. The good news is that muscle is more dense, meaning it takes up less space than fat. For that reason, it’s possible for someone to weigh the same, or more than, someone with the same height and frame yet appear slimmer because of the difference in your body composition.

Why are you getting technical, Faith? Well, if I was solely focused on my weight, I’d be pretty disappointed in what I’ve achieved. I have recently begun reverse dieting in hopes of gaining muscle. I’m almost back up to my original starting weight. Even though my weight is similar to when I started, I don’t look or feel the same. My body has undergone serious reconstruction, and I’m happy with my results thus far. Now instead of jumping on a scale, I look in the mirror and at how my clothes fit me.


The photo on the left was my starting photo; I weighed in at 124.

The one on the right was yesterday – a 4 pound difference at 120!

Every girl wants to feel pretty, so don’t let a number determine how you feel about yourself. When we remember that everyone carries their weight differently, we can accept ourselves and be happy with the progress we’re making. So let’s burn fat and sculpt muscle. Put on that old dress and own it! You’ve worked too hard to let the scale hold you back.


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    • fbarbare says:

      haha Thanks Chelsea! It’s been a combination of working out and diet. It also helps that I have a personal trainer directing me along the way. 🙂 The best part is I workout from home!


  1. Ajay says:

    Thats so true. Only you can know your own body and no one else. No bmi charts or fitness regime can be same for different body types. I firmly belive in understanding and crafting ones own fitness gyidelines and program by understanding strength and weakness of your own body.

  2. Amy says:

    You’re right I feel the same with dress size…its just a number at the end of the day as look as you feel good what difference is the number!

  3. Sally says:

    Such a great reminder – that number doesn’t mean anything, let’s celebrate how much better we feel 🙂 You look amazing, great work!

    • fbarbare says:

      Thank you so much. If it helps I gained over 50 lbs with my first child. It’s amazing what your bodies can go through after a child, but equally amazing what our bodies can do with the help of diet and exercise 🙂


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