The Bathroom Scale Is A Liar – I Hit Goal Dress Size!

Happy Tuesday!

Last week Friday for the Friday Fitness Check In I talked about 5 ways you can stay mentally engaged in your journey. I have been feeling so mentally out of it, and I have been going through the motions of working out but not really believing in myself to get to my goals.

What I mentioned briefly was that I hadn’t been losing any weight over the past four weeks–anyone who has every been on a weight loss journey knows that not seeing the scale move is probably one of THE most frustrating things ever. Seeing the bathroom scale move lower and lower over the past four months is like an intoxicating high. The lower it moved the more motivated I was to keep going, to never stop until I reached my goal.

Over the past month, those highs stopped completely–no more losses, no more good vibes…my pants were getting looser and looser yet, that  number refused to move. I was highly confused and putting my hopes and dreams in that number on the scale.

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Saturday evening as I was preparing my outfit for church on Sunday, I found a dress that I wore when I was my smallest prior to having baby #2. December 2010 to be exact (the glory days as I call them in my head). I tried it on for kicks really, like I do with all of the clothes from that time period–usually I try them on to see how far I have to go…and how far I’ve come.

It fit. Perfectly. Like a glove. My size 8 dress fit.

No struggle.

Easy Zip.

To say I was elated was an understatement…I ran downstairs and my hubby greeted me with a “Hey Hottie” I asked him if he remembered the dress…if he understood the significance of the moment. He didn’t. But that was ok. I was wearing my size 8 dress!


On Sunday I decided to test the waters a little more. In my house I have a closet FULL of clothes from the glory days. Pants, tops, dresses, shorts–you name it. I decided to venture into this closet because I was feeling incredibly confident after the perfect fit the night before.

I tried on 5 more size 8 dresses and they ALL fit. All designers, all cuts, ALL zipped up and fit perfectly.

I was on top of the world. As a matter of fact, I did a dance that was disturbingly close to this one.


This entire time I have been putting my whole heart (and mind) behind this scale and my body has continued to change.

I am at my goal dress size–YET I am exactly 8 pounds heavier than I was when I purchased them years ago!

So there you have it, proof that the bathroom scale is a liar. I didn’t want to believe it–but now I do. The scale simply does not tell the whole story. Pregnancy changed my body with both kids, seems as if the last time around my hips have become curvier–which I really don’t mind.

I will still continue pushing towards goal weight because I am not at my desired pant size yet–hello hips!–but I am really excited to be able to wear my new (old) wardrobe! You know, once Spring arrives :).

Do you put all of your hopes and dreams into the scale? Do you shop yours closet for old clothes?




Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Congrats on that! It feels great doesn’t it? I have yet to try anything because I still have a long way to go. You are doing great! I am very happy for you!
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  2. Hooray!!!! I’m doing a little dance for you over here!! That is very exciting news and I can’t imagine how you feel. Way to go!! Wear those dresses like a boss my friend :-)
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  3. Love this and seriously huge congrats. I know how hard you work at getting your body back into shape and now you totally can see it is paying off. So proud of you and now you have every reason to be proud of yourself, too!! :)
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  4. I don’t own a scale. How horrible is that? I can tell when I fluctuate by how clothes fit. I’m doing a dance for you too – who needs the scale?!
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  5. WooHoo!!! Clothes are a much better way to judge!!! So excited for you fitting into your size 8 dress!!!
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  6. Ahhh!! So excited for you Nellie! You work so hard and look utterly fabulous. And yes, the bathroom scale is a lie, is a lie, is a lie. I am dealing with winter weight gain (darn you polar vortex for snowing me in with cookies LOL) but somehow my stomach (which is my problem area) is smaller and flatter than before I packed on the poundage. I keep telling myself not to let the scale be the be-all, end-all! I am not eating better and doing the darn thang at the gym.

    I am so proud of you Nellie, you inspire me to keep going on this crazy/beautiful healthier living journey!
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  7. Congratulations! It really is the best feeling in the world to put on something from the glory days and have it fit like a glove. I’ve done it in the past, but not since having a baby. I know I’ll get there though!
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  8. Congrats, Nellie! I’m so happy for you! I go by the scale, measuring inches, and clothes. If there is not a loss in one place, it may be in another.
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  9. Alright now you go girl. I weighed myself the other day and I feel myself losing more weight than what the scale said. You work so hard and you should be proud
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  10. I love the Elaine dance! Congrats on fitting into your size 8 dress! That is a huge accomplishment and I am so happy for you!!! You work so hard and totally deserve to get everything you want!
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  11. I’m doing an Elaine dance for you! You’re right – the scale doesn’t tell the whole story.
    And what a great time of year to rock out your size 8 dresses!
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  12. This post has me with the biggest grin! I’m so happy for you, congrats! You’ve worked so, so hard!

    It is crazy how much we (I) put into the scale. Not seeing that number move is just so frustrating! But clothes really do all the talking! The scale is a big liar! When will I kick him to the curb?!

  13. Yay! What a great accomplishment! Obviously your hard work is paying off. Just imagine what can happen just by keeping up with it all!
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  14. Wooooo Hoooo! So excited for you Nellie, that is fantastic. Congrats!

    And I LOVE that you’ve realized the scale is not the be-all and end-all. I use it for assessments on my clients only to measure fat loss versus muscle gain. Sometimes I even skip it altogether because it’s such a misleading measurement.
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  15. Hmmm not sure how active you were back then but maybe the weight is muscle? That’s a great thing! I’m glad you wrote this post though because it’s not always about the scale and this is definitely one of the reasons why for sure. You look great anyway, Nellie. You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself. xoxo
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  16. Woo hoo! I know that was exciting. I’ve had a moment like that when I tried on some of my pre-baby clothes after two babies and discovered that I could actually fit them. Yes, the scale can be misleading at times. I try to measure myself to help to determine what size I am when it comes to clothes. My weight is pretty close to my pre-baby weight but my body is so different in terms of how much muscle and fat I had before and after kids.
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  17. Yay! I’m so happy for you! I love using my old clothes as a judge to see where I am in the weight loss journey! i have a few jeans that I’m trying to get back into and I’ll be super excited when I can! Congrats to you and your goals! The bathroom scale is a liar! :-)
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  18. This is so true, the scale sometimes won’t budge when the dress sizes are going down. So frustrating. I am excited that your old outfits actually fit, woop woop. Go Nellie, it’s your birthday :)
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  19. Congrats! I feel ya on the scale vs. dress size front – I never weigh myself and only go by how my clothes fit. On a sidenote that GIF will SO be me post-pregnancy next summer when I can fit into my clothes again!
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  20. that’s awesome.. girl, i just stopped weighing myself like literally a few weeks ago. I would weigh myself 1-2x a week and it was stressing the heck out of me so i decided to just stop because i was putting far to much energy and allowing a piece of equipment have such an effect on my emotions.. so this post further proves that to me.. kudos girl!
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    • Thanks so much girl, I am so through and since my victory I have stepped away. I need to have faith in myself that I am doing what I need to do and stop worry about that number. Its much easier said than done!

  21. yahhhh!!! no i don’t really follow the scale but there are a couple of dresses i have been holding on to!!!
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  22. That’s so awesome! Nothing tastes as good as how good it feels to be wearing your goal size.
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  23. The scale is definitely a lying liar pants! Congratulations on hitting your size goal!! That is wonderful!!

    I gave up on the scale a while back, I have a pair of jeans that are my absolute favorite. As long as they comfortably fit, I’m good.. when they start feeling a little too snug, I know it’s time to lay off the chocolate and wine for a bit!

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