Why Your Weight Doesn't Matter (with Before + After Photos)

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I have been on my new fitness journey for the last five months, and boy has it been a ride! Corey Nielsen, a personal trainer in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I began working together back in February. I hadn't worked out in close to a year, and when I had, it was sporadic at best ever since my foot surgeries (last one in 2013). Needless to say, I was out of shape, uncomfortable, and unhealthy.

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Now, after twenty weeks in weight training, I feel strong, healthy, and more confident than I have since my sophomore year in college! My workouts consist of going to the personal trainer gym in Sugar House, Utah to see Corey three times a week. He does one-on-one sessions, but I prefer to go to his group training where there is a maximum of four other clients on different programs working out at the same time as me. Corey will multi-task between helping set up weights for us, correcting our form, and spotting all four of us. I like not having the pressure of someone watching me every second, as I tend to underperform under the stress!

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Now, the first time I went in, before we even started working out, I weighed myself. Just yesterday (and all along the journey) I weighed myself as well. The craziest part? I haven't lost an ounce of weight. I could contribute this to not sticking to a strict diet, or low-carbs. I however, attribute it to two things: muscle gain and set body weight. Would you believe me if I told you I had lost over 7 1/2 inches all over my body? That doesn't even include inches that I lost on my ankles, calves, and forearms. The weight stayed the same, but the inches came off!

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Don't believe me? Here are the measurements from February and July!
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I love seeing those side by side to compare the difference! My favorite part is that my lower and upper belly (trouble area) had the most inches lost! I know that my arm inches have gone up, but I notice huge muscle gains when I look at them, and even better, I have more strength (like when we just moved to our new apartment)! One of my favorite things about weight training is that I have learned how to isolate muscles. Now, even when I am just doing day to day tasks, I know what muscle or muscle groups I am activating. Just the other day I was lifting a ton of hung clothes above my head and noticed my core activated. Before training, I would not have known that required my abs to work!

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See how weight means so little when you're working hard towards a goal?! Stop using the scale as your main form of tracking your fitness level. It just isn't fair to yourself. I believe in the Set Body Weight Theory, as I have witnessed it many times myself. The idea is that your body has a weight point that it gets comfortable with, and it will do anything it can to stay at that weight. This weight point can change with age, diet, exercise, but it is a tough one to knock down! I know that if I workout hard for two weeks, my body will feel and look different but the weight will stay the same. Alternatively, if I pig out for two weeks, I may feel and look a bit different, but my body weight won't change either. It all has to do with our body regulation system, body composition, and metabolism!

Okay, now that we have talked about why you weight doesn't matter, are you ready for some before and after photos?!

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Phew, showing that much to you felt vulnerable, but I want others to feel inspired to get their health and confidence back! If you have any questions, feel free to email me! If you are in the Salt Lake City area and you are looking for a trainer, I highly recommend Corey Nielsen Fitness! Not in the area? No problem! He also has a personal training app that he can create personalized workouts on for you!

What is holding you back from your fitness goals? Tell me in the comments below!



  1. Such an inspiring post! Love the encouragement of hard work and diligence with amazing results. Even though you didn't lose pounds...the change in inches is super rewarding! Feeling healthy is worth the investment! Way to go!

  2. Hell yeah babe! You look so good! Killin' it!

  3. you look awesome babe! so proud of you!!

  4. Girl you are amazing!! So proud of you! I love the message you are sending in this post! You are right and it is not the # on the scale.


  5. You look great! The changes in your body is awesome, inspires me to start work out. Thank you for sharing!


  6. Love this post Lauryn! Thank you for sharing and being so real!!!

  7. You look great!! It's definitely true that weight isn't what's important when you are measuring your personal improvement. Love that you shared the before and afters!
    xo, Laura

  8. I love it. I banned scales out of my house, the right mindset is what it's all about!

  9. You look awesome! Reading your story is totally energizing me to get back at it too!

    xo, Amanda

  10. Omg that print. I'm in love with that set and need it STAT. thanks for sharing babe :)


  11. You look awesome nice job! And that workout outfit is probably the cutest I've seen in a long time!

  12. You look awesome girl!!! Congrats on your journey! PS- your workout gear is super cute too!

  13. love this two piece set! I loved reading about your progress! So amazing

  14. You look great! I love your outfit, too!

  15. You go girl! Such great progress in a short amount of time!

  16. you look amazing! I love that workout gear, too!! xo

  17. You look incredible!! I'm so happy that you're happy with your body. Keep it up!

  18. You look fabulous! Way to Go - Keep it up!

  19. So glad that you're feeling healthy and confident- those are two of the best things to feel! <3

    xoxo A

  20. You look so fit & strong - love this!

  21. You look AMAZING!! Get it girl!!! Congrats on such an amazing transformation! And i'm loving your workout wear!

  22. Looking good lady! Giving me all the fitspo!


  23. Girl, you look amazing! I love your outfit and this post altogether

    - xo, Azanique | www.lotsofsass.com

  24. you look amazing!! such a great post!

  25. You look amazing! Congrats on your progress!

  26. you look amazing! congratulations on all of your inspiring progress. loving your workout gear too.

    Elena Michelle

  27. Major inspo! And I love that you are so right about not worrying about weight as much as the right workout and health! xo, Jessica

  28. You look great girl! I need to do this

  29. Love this!! Super inspiring! You look amazing btw!

  30. You look amazing! I am going to have to get back in shape post bebe W birth!
    xo Jessica

  31. Girl, you are looking absolutely fantastic!! You are my inspiration to stick with my routine!!

  32. You are such an inspiration! You look amazing!! Keep it up- and thanks for sharing!!! You are right- totally does not matter what the scale says!

  33. Wow you are such an inspiration!!! I need to get on a routine for sure!


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