‘I don’t need to be a certain number on the scale to be the person I want to be’

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The former Olympic swimming champion has reminded us exactly why we need to stop obsessing over the scales and start show our bodies the appreciation it deserves.

In a period in our lives where we’ve never been more self-conscious about our body image and weight thanks to those iso-kilos we may have put on over the last couple of months, Libby Trickett has put things back into perspective.

The former Olympic swimming champion took to Instagram to post a very different type of transformation picture.

“8.5 months in vs 8.5 months out vs 8 years out (of the water”, the mother-of-three captioned alongside three images of her at different stages of her life.

“I’ve been 102kg at the end of my last pregnancy and 62kg when I qualified for my final Olympics. I’m now 82kg and what I’ve realised is that it doesn’t matter. I don’t need to be a certain number on the scale to be the person I want to be and those numbers certainly don’t define my worth.”

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Trickett explained why the scales or mirror don’t tell the whole story.

“I know I’m a better person now then I was 8 years ago and that has nothing to do with the size and shape of my body but the size and shape of my experiences.”

As a gentle reminder to her body, she concluded: “My body has carried me to three Olympic Games and through three pregnancies. It’s been through an enormous amount in the last 8 years. The very least I can do, is give it my love.”

The self-appreciation post has received a wealth of comments from fans thanking Trickett for sharing this important message.

“I love this so much. it’s so easy to be hard on ourselves and our bodies. But they truly are amazing and I wouldn’t change having my babies for anything,” one person commented.

Another added: “Just WOW @libby_trickett , I think you’re an absolutely great chick and thank you for your honesty, humility and brilliantly uplifting posts . You are SO right and im grateful that you have this platform to share your thoughts with us.”

A third person wrote: “Perfect. I threw away our scale and my self worth sky rocketed… So much nicer to love oneself than to constantly hate!”

Tbh, we couldn’t agree more. Thank you, Libby.

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