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NSVs (Non-scale Victories)-You're doing better than you think! Yep, YOU!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lots to lose? Doing the work, but the scale isnít budging much? Good news! You probably made more progress than you think! I know I did!

If you are honestly making healthier choices on a consistent basis-food, exercise, water, then you ARE making progress. The scale is not our only barometer of health. There are a slew of NSVs (non-scale victories) that can indicate your improved health. Here are some examples. How many of these can you relate to?

My personal October NSVs:
Exceeded my personal fitness goal of 1,000 minutes
Drank water every day (working my way up to 8 per day consistently)
Stayed as close to nutrition targets as possible
Increased my protein to meet target range
Dropped one top size (yay!)
Reduced my BMI
Lost 1 more inch in measurements
Averaging more steps per day
More energy (Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Just checking to see whoís paying attention!)
Improved the quality of my foods and snacks
Decreased portion sizes at mealtime
Pre-planned restaurant meals to stay within targets
Skipped dessert at a party (Wow, did I do that?)
Began strength training for my arms (Can actually feel some muscles now!)
Read nutrition info while grocery shopping and made better choices
Replaced unhealthy snacks while reading with an apple or sugarless gum
Was able to stop after eating only 1 cookie (i.e practiced self-control)
Ok-you get the idea

If you only look at the scale to measure your success, you will eventually be disappointed or frustrated. Think about how far you have come on your journey to better health. What are some of your own NSVs?

I know the scale moves as a result of the many changes in my life, small and large. I will continue to make better choices because quitting is not an option.

Thank you for your support in my journey-it makes a difference!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KNEWMETODAY 11/15/2012 9:47AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My scales have not been moving much, and it is very frustrating. How sad that I've come to rely so heavily on those numbers! Sometimes it's frustrating to not have the weight loss noticed, yet I know my size has changed and I know I'm more active. My wavy parts get wavier...guess that's good, right?

Anyway, thanks for the encouragement and the invitation to look a bit closer at the map of my journey.

Kathy

Comment edited on: 11/15/2012 9:48:41 AM

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MCSWIGAN 11/14/2012 6:39AM

    So many other ways to measure success! Keep up the great work!

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HEYITSAPOSSUM 11/13/2012 7:27PM

    Yay for reducing your BMI and dropping a top size!

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SUTERSPACE 11/13/2012 5:03PM

    I keep thinking, man, I have 40 more lbs to go and the scale is barely moving BUT my husband notices a difference. It seems my pants are getting baggier (yay) and when I get weighed and measured at Curves my BMI is lowering and I AM losing inches. I keep telling myself because Rome wasn't built in a day my new body can't be built that fast either. I am DOING so much more now than I did a couple of years ago. Quitting IS not an option and I am right there with you girl!!

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