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Monday, November 26, 2012



Today is day 271 of my "on track" streak!

I love the feeling of being on track. That doesn't mean that I am perfect! I certainly am not. There are days when I don't workout as hard as I should, and there are days where I eat something that is not very healthy, or I am very close to going over my calories. But although each day isn't perfect, there are good moments in every day!



As many of my Spark friends know, I'm not a big fan of getting on the scale. I weighed myself when I started my streak on March 1, 2012, in order to get my starting weight. (And it was a horrible shock to see that I weighed 286 lbs!) But after getting my starting weight, I said goodbye to the scale. I'm not trying to lose NUMBERS. I'm trying to lose SIZES. I'm not trying to get thin. I'm trying to get healthy. Thats what my streak has been all about. It was never about getting to a certain weight. Its always been about saving my life and being as healthy as I possibly can be.

So every day, I do as much as I can to benefit my health. Some days are better than others. I'm sure you've all heard that its important to take steps towards your goals every day, even if its just baby steps. Well, there have been days when I couldn't even take a baby step...I just crawled! But I never STOPPED, and I never took a step backwards. I'm proud of that! (But even if I had taken a step backwards, I know I would not give up. I would just start over.)



The funny thing is, once I started focusing on my health, the weight started coming off! At first I had no idea how much weight I was losing, because I wasn't weighing myself. But I sure did have a lot of NSV's (non scale victories) to celebrate! My clothes were getting looser...and I was able to wear smaller and smaller sizes. I remember the day I packed up my size 3X clothes for donation, because they just hung on me. I couldn't stop smiling all day long! And it was the same way when I "un grew" my size 2X clothes! I went from size 3x to XL without stepping on a scale, and it felt great.



When I did finally weigh myself for a team challenge, (on August 13) I was thrilled to see that I'd lost 65 lbs. At the end of the challenge (3 weeks later) I weighed in again and had lost 6 lbs more, for a total of 71 lbs. I was so happy about that, but you know what? It was just a number, and although I was proud of it, it didn't mean nearly as much to me as my NSV's have.

I've had so many NSV's since I started my streak last March. Prior to my streak, I must confess that I basically lived in nightgowns. I was so obese, I didn't feel comfortable in anything else. But now I get up in the morning and get dressed in my workout clothes right away. (I call it my Warrior Gear, lol.) Its an absolute thrill to be able to wear size Large t-shirts! They look so small to me, and when I put them on I still marvel that they fit me. And I feel so proud of myself because I know...I worked hard to be able to fit into them! My next goal is to move down to a size Medium t shirt.



And there are other NSV's. The fact that I have so much stamina and energy now is a HUGE non scale victory! I literally used to get out of breath just walking from the bed to the en suite bathroom...but not anymore! When I go to the grocery store, I used to park as close to the entrance as possible, but now I park as FAR AWAY from the entrance as I can! I don't get out of breath, and I don't limp from plantar fascia pain. I walk without pain, and with a bounce in my step!

But my favorite NSV is the closeness with my hubby. Before my streak, my stomach was so huge...when hubby would hug me, I'd try to suck in my gut, but there was still way too much of my belly in between us. I would always feel embarrassed, so I would avoid his hugs as much as possible. I didn't feel like a woman...I just felt like an enormous blob. But now, I love hugs! His arms can go all the way around me now, and I feel like a woman again.

I will probably weigh myself again on New Years day, and I know I will be happy with whatever number I get on the scale. But it won't matter to me as much as NSV's do!




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YULLABELLE 12/6/2012 8:58AM

    NSV are great and getting healthier is even better.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/5/2012 9:12AM

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ELSCO55 11/30/2012 9:49PM

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CROWLEY123 11/30/2012 7:55PM

    Oh what I wouldn't give for about 50% of your resolve!

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TRUNKJUNK 11/30/2012 5:06PM

    I'm with you like age is but a number so is the figure on the scale. What's more important is how you feel, how you look and what makes you happy.

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CHERRY666 11/30/2012 3:59PM

    What a wonderful post. Congratulations for all your success and thank you for sharing. I needed the reminding that the number on the scale is far from everything. . .

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GOCALGAL 11/30/2012 3:50PM

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Thanks for sharing your inspirational journey!

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IN102WIN 11/30/2012 11:16AM

    emoticon NSV!!!!

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EAGLES_WINGS 11/30/2012 7:03AM

    It sounds so exciting. I know that my pants are looser and that makes me feel really great. I have been struggling with sweets lately though and I am hoping that with a little effort and giving it to God that I will be able to curtail that and perhaps try going gluten free and sugar free. I have thought about this a lot and I think it will help me with both scale and non scale victories. I am learning a lot.

It is always great to see your energy and positivity. I know you are an overcomer. I have made a lot of changes but I need to keep on top of it.

Congratulations on your streak!

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MISSB8604 11/29/2012 3:51PM

    Fantastic!!!

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CAROLINAKIWI 11/29/2012 1:02PM

    Wow!!!You are sensational and I hope that I can follow in your footsteps.

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KSUITS 11/29/2012 11:00AM

  You are such an inspiration! Great job! Thank you so much for sharing your story. It really motivates me to read stories like yours! Continued success!

Katrina

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KJELLYBEAN15 11/29/2012 10:50AM

    I for one focus way too much on the stupid numbers. I guess it's from all the years that the medical field has been claiming that if we didn't measure up, or shall I say down, we would be outcasted from the "normal" people, who just so happened to be thin.
You have reminded me to enjoy the fact that I am less than an inch away from buttoning skinny jeans two sizes smaller than when I started. I opted for the next size up and am anxiously awaiting to pick them up from being altered - the joys of being short.
And because of your post - I am going to rock those jeans like nobody's business.
Happy Spark Day my friend. And keep getting those hugs!

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PUNKADOO 11/29/2012 9:57AM

    I love the idea of NSV's. I know that the first time I ended a long shift at work without feeling like a hundred year old woman, it was a huge moment for me. Congratulations!

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LIZAPO 11/29/2012 5:33AM

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FROMNDTOGA 11/28/2012 7:20PM

    You inspire me! I love the NSVs too! emoticon
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LASSKERR 11/28/2012 2:41PM

    Amazing job!!! I also loved the quotes you posted into this post. I need them :) Thanks for the inspirational blog!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/28/2012 9:30AM

    I like your term warrior gear. It is true. You are doing fantastic. I truly believe that the NSV's are more motivating than the scale. emoticon

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COOKIE_AT_51 11/28/2012 5:31AM

    Pixie, I am so happy for you! I love the warrior gear emoticon You are such an inspiration!! Love your attitude and outlook ... it keeps me hopeful. Rock on Girl emoticon

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BLUEJEAN99 11/28/2012 1:58AM

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PCASEY7 11/27/2012 11:53PM

    Wow what great NSV results! Best of luck along the way!

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KARRENLYNN 11/27/2012 11:40PM

    Losing weight over and over has been a life long issue for me. This time, is the first time I've given as much attention to NSV's as to the scale. Somedays, they are more important and fun than the scale. I'm proud of your accomplishments and all the NSV's you've gained. Keep going!


Have a great week,

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NEWCHINELO 11/27/2012 11:05PM

    Congratulations!

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SKYVALLEYGAL 11/27/2012 10:41PM

    SO AWESOME! Keep up the attitude, you have already won. emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 11/27/2012 10:23PM

    Good for you - keep pushing!!!

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REENIE131 11/27/2012 9:59PM

    Fantastic!

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SHOAPIE 11/27/2012 9:58PM

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CHARTHESTAR 11/27/2012 9:47PM

    'warrior gear' Can i use that too? I love it! It is so appropriate because we are our own warrior to get into the best health we can be in.
What exactly is the track you are on track with?
I love your blog and your positive attitude! Thank you for sharing.
emoticon until you get to that sweet spot that is yours alone!

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TONYTHETSANGEL 11/27/2012 9:18PM

    Love it and thanks for being honest! A lot of women feel that way when there significant other tries to embrace them. emoticon

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NEWTINK 11/27/2012 8:55PM

    I am so proud of you ... You have some awesome NVS"s .. thank you for sharing with us emoticon

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Great blog!! I especially like the perfection quote!!

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JIBBIE49 11/27/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon Glad to see you featured in the Spark Mail.

You can not weigh all you like, but for me, I weigh DAILY and will continue to do so. Otherwise, I'd be back up to that 214# where I started 5 yrs ago. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You have done terrific. Keep up the good work. So happy for you and those awesome hugs that were overdo. emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/27/2012 4:40PM

  I REALLY got a kick out of your NSV's so much, but it has got to make you do the happy dance to also see those numbers plummet.

So GREAT!!!

That's the wonderful part, all those benefits too.

My brother was kinda giving our sister a talking about ow it was no big deal, that she put on 5 lbs in a few weeks, before she hit goal. He though it was obsessive. She claimed she didn't want to have to get id of that, and whatever occurred during the holiday.

I think the light bulb finally went on, wen he was showing everyone his new camera. He kept exclaiming various funny remarks about how the size of her tush ( very loudly / in contrast to it's dimensions a year and a half ago.

Maybe you'd have to be there to get this. But one year, 3 of them got ew cameras at Christmas. Also, one relative was doing a video. The kids were making all these wisecracks, about the shots, of our mom, leaning over to pass out gifts, and the view from the couch.

Hopefully everyone isn't shuttering, or wanting to throw rocks at their computer; but going from size 24 to 6-8 is kinda conspicuous ( in particular spots ).

It's NOT that she an buy cute clothes; it's her energy level is TOTALLY different, and the LIFE regained. emoticon emoticon emoticon

She is of the opinion, that God assisted her in her efforts.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/27/2012 4:29PM

    Awesome! Love this, and congrats on the great NSVS!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/27/2012 2:48PM

    WONDERFUL blog!! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous attitude. :)

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WORLDSERIES11 11/27/2012 2:41PM

    NSV's are what keep us going!!! Love your positive attitude and motivational sayings!!!

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SMILEY3826 11/27/2012 1:50PM

    me,too! i also love nsv's!

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JANEMARIE77 11/27/2012 12:37PM

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DNRAE1 11/27/2012 12:21PM

    Fantastic, Pixie!!! Inspiring!

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SJKENT1 11/27/2012 11:58AM

    you are so right!!!

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REGILIEH 11/27/2012 11:39AM

    You are right on!!! You inspire and encourage, I would call that a NSV for you as I am sure you are helping so many others. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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