We all know what a victory on the scale entails–you gain or lose as you wish to do. Plain and simple. Ultimately, it’s the one that will lead you to the other kind of victory, the non-scale. When losing weight, we can develop something similar to tunnel vision wherein we only focus on the numbers on the scale. And while those numbers do count, they shouldn’t be the only ones that are celebrated and desired. These non-scale victories (NSV) can range from conquering temptation, to dropping inches off your waistline, to having more energy. Anything that is a positive change due to your new lifestyle counts. How great is that? Keep reading to find out what I’m celebrating this week…
Here they are in no particular order:
- In an earlier post, I talked about not telling anyone about my return to a healthy lifestyle other than my sister. Well yesterday I received my first non-scale victory since starting back up. My mother told me that I have lost some weight–bear in mind, she hasn’t been told anything. This was completely unprovoked. Woot!
- A couple days ago I baked over 200 cookies for neighbors, co-workers, and family. It was a cookie lover’s paradise and I managed to only eat two. That’s it! In my old reality, I would have eaten several without thinking twice. I’m proud of myself for holding back.
- My pants are a little looser, so I’m really happy about that. Of course, this isn’t exactly fun when shoveling snow, but the alternative is a lot worse. No complaints.
That’s it for this week so far. The concept of NSV is not mine, but I loved it so much that I had to use it. NSV allow you to appreciate the small things and appreciate your own effort on a different level. Remember, just because your scale says you haven’t lost weight, does not mean that your body hasn’t changed. You could be gaining muscle and that’s always a good thing.
Until next time,