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Non Scale Victories

Thursday, November 05, 2009

You know what they are - those moments when you realize you can wear that pair of jeans - buckle that belt around you - look good in dangling earrings - hear a compliment. It's not something you were expecting but it fills you with triumph. And I had one this week - which is a good thing since I did NOT have a scale victory.

My triumph? Ahh well. I have a favorite jacket - it's orange corduroy, fitted, short, and it is my all time favorite piece of clothing. Because it's fitted and shaped I can toss it on over almost any garment and turn it into a serious, if casual business look. I can wear it to a department head meeting and feel professional in spite of the bright color and relaxed fabric. I am a library director - I'm supposed to be sort of arty. But because it's corduroy, I can wear it over jeans and still look sporty. And because it's cotton, I can wear it throughout our upper south fall and winter and spring as outerwear, yet keep it on indoors most of the time. It is the most versatile piece of clothing I own and sometimes I wear it every day of the week.

And sometimes I have to wear it unbuttoned because it is too small for me. It's fabulous cut means you can't tell if it's too small for me when I don't button it - but if it's chilly out and I can't button it, ahhh. Then I don't feel fabulous in it. Then I feel fat-ulous and somewhat miserable. And I know about what weight I am when I have gotten too big for this jacket - which is within a pound or two of where I am now. So, though I'd brought it out of summer storage a few weeks ago I hadn't yet put it on.

"It'll be too tight and I don't want to feel bad right at the beginning of my spark people journey" I told myself. "I'll wait till the scale puts me back in the 'fit' zone" I thought. "Not yet"

Only yesterday I really did need to look professional at the department head meeting. So I pulled it on over my skirt and blouse.

And then I buttoned it -easily.

And I let out a whoop of joy because this was a real victory. One month of working out, 3 weeks of fitting in weight training twice a week and 2.5 weeks of getting serious with the SP meal plan and nutrition tracker and look at me. That scale may have not moved a hair this week but this body is definitely taking up less space in the world and that favorite jacket fits me like it was made for me and buttons up with a little wiggle room to spare.

A True Non Scale Victory! Yippee!! emoticon
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    emoticon The REAL NSV was you keeping up every day with the program in order to make that jacket fit!! Good job!!

    Stay Strong!
    3031 days ago
    Fatulous to Fabulous, I could use a jacket like that!
    Here's some matching emoticon orange emoticon workout emoticon clothes emoticon
    3032 days ago
    LOVE those non=scale victories! You go girl!

    3032 days ago
    Way to go!! Sometimes those non-scale victories are even bigger than watching the scale! Keep up the great work!
    3032 days ago
    emoticon We all put too much emphasis on the scale! You had a wonderful victory story to share. emoticon
    3032 days ago
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