Adrienne Osuna is proof that the number on the scale doesn't hold a lot of clout.
Osuna, 31, lost just 2lbs on her weight-loss journey, but totally transformed her body.
The newly-fit mom says a regime of power-lifting changed her life, but the extra muscle she gained meant the number on the scale didn't move a whole lot.
“After baby number four I lost 62 of the 80 lbs. I had gained and reached 182 lbs., at which point my body was done,” Osuna says. “I was not eating enough. My metabolism was shot. My hormones were out of balance, and I was often sick.”
Her struggle with the scale turned unhealthy pretty quickly.
“If I messed up one day on my diet or the scale wouldn’t move I’d binge. After about six months of the scale not moving, I decided enough — enough beating myself up and enough running for hours and barely eating.”
But the mom of four knew she couldn't keep up like this forever.
“I finally decided I was going to focus on what my body could do and what it’s capable of instead of what it weighed,” she says. “After a few months, friends and family kept telling me I was shrinking and losing weight but I kept saying, ‘I wish! The scale hasn’t moved!’”
Then she looked at her before and after pictures.
Well holla at your girl for losing another pound 😂 im so happy my legs are growinggggg 🎉 I THANK GOD I didn't let the scale stop me...I could care less what I weigh👊🏼 for reals powerlifting built this body 👌🏼my goals are to *build muscle & lose fat* I didn't diet to get here...I lifted a lot of heavy things and I do intermittent fasting 🙌🏼👌🏼and I'm not done yet!!! 👉🏼girls be like "ugh I want my legs to grow! I want my booty to grow! I want "toned" biceps! But Ugh the scale won't go down it must not be working!!" 😒Yeah well alllll that requires GAINING muscle! I hope you see the scale go down but if it doesn't it's ok! put it in perspective and STOP letting the scale throw you off... just do your squats baby girl 😘😘😘 💋your regularly scheduled reminder to keep going girl 😇😇 *and yesss really 2 pounds difference... size 16 to a size 10 it's body recomposition👉🏼 losing fat & gaining muscle👌🏼* I lift 5 days a week and do 3 days cardio, and I intermittent fast usually 15 hours over night👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼 . . . . . #weightlossjourney #momsthatlift #powerlifting #eattoperform #iifym #allthefood #bodybuilding #strongmom #flexibledieting #squats #fitnessjourney #strongwoman #girlswithmuscle #girlswhopowerlift #dietingsucks #fitbit #fitfam #bodypositivity #powerliftingbuiltthisbody #deadlifts #liftheavythings #intuitiveeating #bodybuildinglife #gymislife #progressnotperfection #beforeandafterweightloss #powerlifter #beyondthescale #nsv #heavylifting
“I really want women to know that the scale should not be the only factor they consider,” Osuna said. “They should take measurements and pictures and go based on how they feel and look. Freedom from the scale is so liberating!”
Osuna's diet and exercise regime is fairly structured. She lifts weight four days a week, only doing carrdio once or twice a week. She doesn't diet, but rather intermittently fasts from 7pm to 11am six days a week.
But Adrienne Osuna says she is finally happy with her body.
“I compared pictures and couldn’t believe my eyes. I was almost the same weight but looked dramatically different! I realized what was happening and it fueled me," she says. "It also made me want to share with other ladies that the scale is not the ultimate factor in your success.”