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!