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9 Apr

screw the scale.

hi, my name is sarah tripp! i’m a fashion blogger and i weigh 170 pounds.

now, does that make you think differently of me? if so, maybe we should part ways. if not, stick around and let’s chat about the scale. i’m here today to say one thing: screw the scale and its stereotypes.

full disclosure, i do own a scale. it sits in the bathroom and collects dust, and probably a couple times a year i weigh myself just to see how things are going. but i’ve come to a freeing realization lately. i’ve realized i don’t need a scale. in fact, i’ve become so in tune with my body i can tell you if i’ve gained or lost a few pounds simply by how my clothes fit, how i look in photos, and even how i’m feeling. i don’t need a scale and neither do YOU.

i get that some women really like to track their weight. but more often than not, i think most women dread getting on a scale and don’t feel great when they get off it. i don’t think many will disagree with me when i say that for most women, weighing themselves on a scale is an endless game of chasing an imaginary number that they think will make them feel good about themselves. but it never really does.

is this enough real talk for you so far? well, i’m not done yet. in 2012, as a college student, i hit my heaviest weight of 211 pounds. which as you can imagine, is heavy for my 5′ 5″ frame. yes, you read that correctly.

i remember getting off the scale and feeling completely hopeless & like someone had punched me in the gut. my weight had fluctuated since high school but never did i expect to see a number in the 200’s ever.  i didn’t feel good before i got on that scale, and i sure as hell didn’t feel good after i got off.

looking back on that now, the only regret i have about that time might surprise you: why did i even do that to myself? i already knew i needed to kick my fitness routine into gear. i already knew i was eating out constantly and not being conscious of what i put in my body. i already knew my soft parts were getting softer. i knew all this prior to getting on… so why did i think a stupid number would help me feel any better?

we put enough pressure on ourselves to look good and feel good, why define ourselves by an arbitrary number that means nothing to anyone but you?! and not in a good way. i’ve said this a million times, but it’s so important to feel good {workout, eat healthy, get enough sleep, etc.} and that will automatically make you feel that you look good. and a number on a scale doesn’t need to be the only thing in the world that can make you feel happy, healthy, and beautiful.

you may have seen my post recently on Aerie’s instagram. i always have to prepare myself for people looking to bring me down when i’m reposted on a large account {especially when i’m in a bathing suit… hi, trolls}. i hesitated to share this story and give any time or attention to negative comments, but i think it’s important: one woman outright called me fat, a few others said i don’t look like the size i stated {a size 10}, etc. so here’s what i have to say on this topic. size does not matter. what matters is how you feel.

yes, i wear a size 30 in jeans, i’m generally a size 10, take a large in tops, usually snag a size 12 in dresses to accommodate my chest and booty, etc. yes, i am 5’5. yes, i am 170 pounds. and guess what?! it doesn’t matter to me. every women carries weight differently, no matter her size, shape, frame, etc. i’m proud of my strong thighs, even though they touch. i’m proud of my big booty and large chest, because they give me my curvy figure. i’m proud to be an active, curvy woman {#curvyfit}.

related: Sarah Tripp tells Women’s Health that “beauty comes in many different shapes and sizes”

i’m here to tell you that at 170 pounds, i feel great. i’m happy to report that i’ve never been in a better place with my body image. not only do i feel great, but i know i look great too. i’m not ashamed to say it because i’ve embraced my body type, instead of thinking that the only way to feel beautiful is by hitting a certain number on a stupid scale.

so my message here is this: screw that scale! throw it out the window! i promise, it’ll make your life a lot happier. xx   pink one piece swimsuit {also love this, this, and this}
chiffon beach sarong {black version here}
straw hat
round sunglasses
pink nouveau lipstick

photos by Dre Lowry

  • Nicole

    Bravo!!! I love everything you said here! Such an inspiration! I am currently at my heaviest and while I am working on getting back to a normal workout routine, I have never been in a healthier space mentally & emotionally. I love reading such a positive outlook.

    April 9, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Sofia

    Love this so much!!! I threw out my scale this past fall because it was causing so much heartache and I couldn’t use it in a healthy way (I was getting obsessive). It was anxiety inducing, but now, I’m in the same boat: screw the scale! On a completely random note, you look so much taller than 5’5″! Anyway, I really love these raw and honest posts. It takes so much bravery, but it’s so refreshing to see all this put into light. There’s always a piece of me that goes “me, too” with these posts.

    xo, Sofia

    April 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    I will have you know I haven’t weighed myself in nearly five years (besides pregnancy visits)! Great message sis!!!!! You are amazing ?

    April 9, 2017 at 10:14 pm Reply
  • Elissa Bruce

    You are amazing and gorgeous Sarah, and always have been!! This post spoke to me, thank you :)

    April 9, 2017 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • Tamryn Miller

    I just love you so much!

    April 9, 2017 at 10:23 pm Reply
  • Cassie Dowling

    You go girl. Nothing is more attractive than a woman that exudes confidence. That’s seriously your best accessory, no matter what cute clothes you’re wearing. Love you girl!

    April 9, 2017 at 10:25 pm Reply
  • Bella

    Love this! I have a very similar build to you, and love seeing your confidence! I have always been pretty confident, but have worried about my size in the back of my mind. I am so close to being over this, and now loving myself for the perfectly imperfect person I am.Thanks for being an awesome example and willing to share your story!

    * also you do seem way taller than 5’5″ haha teach me your ways ;)

    April 9, 2017 at 11:18 pm Reply
  • Emily The JetSetting Fashionista

    Amazing post. I’m impressed by your brave, fearless, honest attitude. You are such an inspiration and you’re so beautiful and stunning!! You inspire me to embrace a no scale attitude and enjoy my body just the way it is!! Kudos Sarah, xoxo

    April 9, 2017 at 11:22 pm Reply
  • Kristen

    You look incredible! The scale does not matter! You are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for this post. I hope everyone can view their body in that way.

    April 9, 2017 at 11:27 pm Reply
  • Amanda | Glitter & Spice

    Absolutely loved this post babe! You’re so beautiful – inside and out – and your posts constantly inspire me to embrace my figure and love my body as it is. Can’t wait to see you and catch up in Dallas so soon! XO Amanda

    April 9, 2017 at 11:48 pm Reply
  • Shruti Kapadia

    You’re such an inspiration and a wonderful one. I have come across so many people blogging about curvy figures but the way you touch all our lives is something incredible. I weigh 190lbs and i am only 5’2″ I do want to get fit and healthy but i love my curves and embrace it and my husband supports me too and appeciates and praises my beauty and body. It feels good to see we all have someone to look upto. Congratulations on coming so far and building that confidence. You’re a rockstar and will always be ??❤️

    April 10, 2017 at 12:20 am Reply
  • JoLyn Glascock

    Thank you for this! Thank your for being the example that you are! I love following your instagram and reading your blog! I too am on a journey of self discovery and being comfortable in the skin I’m in! In 2 weeks I’ll hit the stage for the Mrs. idaho US pageant. I’m a size 14 and i can’t wait to proudly display my curves on stage in my swimming suit! Thank you for help spreading message of positive body image and for simply being you’ don’t ever

    April 10, 2017 at 2:15 am Reply
  • Kelli Crisler

    What a great post. You’re absolutely beautiful and such an inspiration.

    April 10, 2017 at 4:52 am Reply
  • Stephanie mcclure

    I absolutely LOVE this post! And these photos are beautiful! I like to complain to my bestie that, I love my body but I hate the number on the scale… so yes – SCREW THE SCALE! You are an inspiration!


    April 10, 2017 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Madison Bertrand

    Sarah, I love the message you are sharing and hope to have the same acceptance for my own body one day! You can tell in your photos that you aren’t just preaching to gain followers… you’re actually practicing what you preach. You truly seem happy and confident and that is what is the most inspiring. Like I said, I hope to get there someday myself!

    April 10, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Breana

    Thank you so much Sarah for being vulnerable, for showing me that at 170 (We’re the same weight) I am still beautiful.

    April 10, 2017 at 8:05 am Reply
  • Blakely Ricco

    I recently ditched the scale after weighing myself almost every day for as long as I can remember. The battery died and I felt it was a sign to move on. It’s has been liberating. The highs and lows I felt were awful. Happy, sad, mad, happy, sad. I agree that you know your body better than a scale, better than a number. I love following your blog and Instagram posts. I wish I had your confidence but I’m getting there. I have two supportive little girls who think I’m perfect and I’m working to get my mindset to think like theirs. After all, I am their example of loving themselves. It’s hard but I’m getting there!

    April 10, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Courtney

    Girl, bravo to you!! Firstly for writing this very brave post and secondly for speaking A LOT of truth! You are gorgeous and so brave. You look stunning in everything you wear and you feel healthy which is the main thing. Haters gonna hate everywhere you go in life but its a reflection of them not you. They only wish they could be as confident as you. Keep doing you and thank you for sharing your story and empowering us all to follow the same motto xoxo

    April 10, 2017 at 9:03 am Reply
  • Chrissy Penn

    I love this post. You are a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to many. I threw out my scale many years ago because I knew it had the power to ruin my day. You are absolutely stunning with a heart of gold. Hugs, Chrissy

    April 10, 2017 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Caity Petersen

    I love this post! I’m on my own journey to #selflove and your blog helps me to realign my priorities when i feel like i’m failing at being the “perfect woman.” It’s not about being skinny, having abs, or the perfect butt, but about being healthy and loving the only body I have. I love that your real and honest about your struggles and triumphs! Thank you for always being honest and helping girls like me realize our bodies are perfect just the way they are (rolls and all) :)

    April 10, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Samantha Looney

    You are seriously the coolest Sarah! I haven’t owned a scale (or weighed myself) in two years, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my health! I couldn’t agree with you more when you say you can tell whether or not you’ve gained weight by the way you look in pictures/how your clothes fit. That’s good enough for me! It’s all about the way we feel, and I feel wayyy better waking up every day with clothes that fit than I ever would if I read the number on the scale. (Especially, because it would probably change every day!!) You’re incredible! Thanks for being so honest and confident. You seriously inspire me.

    April 10, 2017 at 10:28 am Reply
  • Michon Carrasco

    I’ve been following you for a few months and they’ve been some of the hardest months of my life. I lost my job (that I had turned my life to…I was basically a workaholic) lost my apartment and had to move in with my parents and also ended a relationship. I wanted so bad not to let this knock me down…but it has. I’m 5’1 and 196 lbs now and I just find myself crying when I log my weight in every day. What you said really hit me when you said “I didn’t feel good before I got on the scale” and I dont! I want to get to a point that I’m happy with myself regardless of weight but just that I feel good and am in a good place in my life. Reading your posts and seeing how positive you are is really helping me…thank you. Thank you for being honest and also finding pretty things

    April 10, 2017 at 11:08 am Reply
  • Alli Beauchamp

    Love this!

    April 10, 2017 at 11:41 am Reply
  • Alana Augusto

    Finally, someone that understands being REAL. I am also generally the same size as you and have also struggled with this pretty much my ENTIRE life. It feels great to hear that all of these feelings are normal, and other people out there also go through the same thing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, its appreciated!

    April 10, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply
  • Amanda Pamblanco

    I think you are THE most honest and genuine blogger I’ve virtually met. This post speaks to thousands and you’ve inspired many.

    LOVE reading all your posts!

    xx, amanda

    April 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply
  • Kaily Sieck

    You do you girl! This was an amazing post and so inspiring!

    April 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply
  • Jordan McCroskey

    I needed this today. Thank you for your bold character and saying what many won’t. <3

    April 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm Reply
  • Heather

    such inspiring words. Thank you so much for your fearless, amazing, positive outlook on body size. You are such a role model for curvy women and a fierce advocate for body positivity.

    I love your posts and the way you take a trend and rock it on a curvy frame. We need voices like yours because it’s never about size or the scale number but about confidence and accepting, and loving, who you are.

    BTW love the photo of you and Ashley working it and looking drop dead gorgeous in those bathing suits.

    April 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • Kate

    Hi Sarah,
    I’ve been following you for a while on social media and I have to tell you what’s on my mind. This post was a BREATH OF FRESH AIR. I’m the same body type as you except I’m a little taller. I was heavier in my teens and as I reached my early 20’s I began eating well and exercising. Now it’s a part of who I am and I work out because I enjoy it not because I am being forced to. Keep up the body positivity. Own who you are. Not every body is the same. There’s nothing wrong with being curvy. Thanks again for keeping it real.

    April 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm Reply
  • Melynn Layton

    I absolutely agree! I haven’t owned a scale in years and I refuse to let a number define me.
    Thanks for keeping it real and helping others see the light.

    April 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm Reply
  • Whitney

    You are so great! I think your confidence is beautiful (among other things).!Thanks for this.
    I learned a few years ago that it doesn’t matter how you look, but how you feel. It’s an easy lesson to forget so thanks for reminding me.

    April 10, 2017 at 10:44 pm Reply
  • Janelle Reeves

    You are THE BEST. I really feel like stepping on the scale is an addiction… I sometimes beat myself up when I’ve gained 1 pound and that’s ridiculous. Time to throw that thing away! Thanks for always being so inspiring, girl!!

    April 12, 2017 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Natasha

    Amen!! Thanks so much for sharing this! You look amazing! Seriously, you are killin’ it in that one piece. This is something that everyone needs to read.


    April 12, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Rachel Spross

    Thanks for the inspiration today! I couldn’t agree more. There are a lot of things a scale doesn’t reflect. And, this serves as a good reminder that the things that really count are on the inside; not the numbers on a scale. For what it’s worth, I think you are killin’ it in that one piece! You rock.


    April 12, 2017 at 8:35 am Reply
  • Bela

    You look stunning, everybody has a different body type!!! Your suit is super cute. you look so good in that suit.

    April 12, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Shelby Back

    sarah, this is amazing! body image is such a sensitive topic and I commend you for having such a positive mindset and for sharing it! You look amazing! YOU GO GIRL!


    April 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply
  • Nina

    You look beautiful! I haven’t had a scale in years, because the numbers don’t matter, its all how you feel about yourself!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    April 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply
  • Ashley DTKAustin

    Girl, you are killing it. I seriously love this post and the courage it took to post it. Keep up the amazing work!

    April 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • Alicia

    Thanks so much for writing this post. People always hide the struggle they put themselves through so thanks for being honest about yours. You also look amazing!

    April 13, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply
  • Greta

    You killed it in the aerie campaign! You look STUNNING!

    Greta |

    April 13, 2017 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • Amanda

    You go girl! Love you in that bathing suit. The color is amazing!

    xo, Amanda |

    April 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Lindsay

    Girl you are freaking amazing!!! As a fellow curvy girl myself in the blogging world, it can definitely be a struggle. it’s hard not to compare or wish we were different. You are seriously #goals!

    April 13, 2017 at 9:42 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    Sarah, you are truly amazing! I love this and all our posts on body positivity. Plus that one piece and white sarong are so cute!!!

    xo Rachel – To Hell in a Handbag

    April 17, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply
  • Sarah Jones

    Thank you Ms. Sarah…
    This was an attitude adjustment for me. Five kids, little sleep, and a whole lotta stress changed my body. It has been tough to accept. But very worth it. Confidence and Healthy are sexier than skinny…

    Side note…. we have the same measurements, weight and name.. it’s a good day be a Sarah!!

    April 22, 2017 at 9:12 am Reply
  • Charlotte

    I’m always happy to come across a range of bodies and I’m so glad to find people championing body positivity on the Internet! I threw away my scales back in January after years of a love hate relationship with my body!

    Charlotte |

    April 24, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Jenna

    You are AMAZING. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration for body positivity! xxoo

    May 19, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply
  • Lili Sulastri Zainal Abidin

    Honest to goodness post. Love it and you are really teaching us to love our body the way it is. At the very least I had been Twiggy thin before and looking back at those photos, ouch! I like myself better now even though I do maintain it with regular stretching exercises to keep my body supple and healthier.

    May 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Tabitha

    You are so inspirational! Keep it up for all of us girls out there who eat healthy and workout but will never be a size 4. Thanks girl!

    June 21, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Kelly Madison Herson

    Hi my name is Kelly, I am almost 23 and – we are the exact same size! Wow. I’m 5’5, 170 (fluctuate between 168 and 175), wear 36DD, size 10-12, 30 in jeans. Lol. It feels so good to read your positive words as I’ve been hard on myself about my weight. I gained 20 pounds over 2015-2016 which were difficult years for me and was really hard on myself about it. I’m learning to be more self accepting and really appreciate your blog. Your fashion is spot on and I just love how real you are. (If I could italicize the word real, I would).

    Thank you again! You rock.

    August 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      How do i delete a comment lol didn’t mean to put my full name for the world to see

      August 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

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