Valerie Bertinelli Reveals the Refreshing Reason She No Longer Steps on a Scale

The actress reminded her Instagram followers that ‘you are enough. Just the way you are.’
Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli.

Actress and television personality Valerie Bertinelli shared an inspiring message of body positivity with her 1.5 million Instagram followers this afternoon. Alongside two throwback photos of herself floating around a pool in a purple bikini, the One Day at a Time star shared exactly why she doesn’t bother to step on a scale these days.

“This is a 150lb body on a 5' 4" frame,” she noted of the photographs, which were captured in 2014. “I don’t weigh myself anymore because this is considered overweight by whose standards I don’t know. It’s stupid and I believed them for far too long. I now, finally, know that I am a kind, considerate, funny, thoughtful woman. So please remember, who you are and what your character is, should never be overshadowed by what size you are or how much you weigh. You are enough. Just the way you are.”

Many fans and followers clearly connected with her message, as Bertinelli’s comments section was quickly flooded with praise.

“I am 56 years old 5'6 and 195… the biggest I’ve ever been,” one person shared, before adding, “I wear a bikini proudly! Because I am alive and my body has given me 3 children! She’s good!”

“My grandchild is more important than my waistline,” someone else stated.

“You look fabulous and your attitude is off the charts! Good for you!💗,” one person applauded.

“I love everything about this post,” another user cheered. “Thank you for the reminder. 🙌.”

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Cara O’Bleness


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