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I love NSV's!

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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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HEALTHY-SPARK 11/27/2012 11:09AM

    I love that 'warrior gear'! Congrats to you on an awesome journey thus far, and thanks for putting the scale into perspective.

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MOMMY445 11/27/2012 10:55AM

    way to go! woo hoo for NSV's!

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4RASCALS 11/27/2012 10:48AM

    Pixie you are amazing and have accomplished so much.
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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/27/2012 10:37AM

    Great blog! Way to be positive!

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BARB5970 11/27/2012 10:14AM

    What a very inspiring blog. I really need to take your words to heart. I've lived by the numbers on the scale for 39 yrs. and recently have started a streak to not weight myself daily. I'm tempted at times to "check-in" on the numbers, but I'm trying to learn, what you already seem to know... the numbers don't matter as much as how I feel. Since my last weigh-in, I've noticed I'm in a better mood, simply because I haven't let the numbers dictate how I feel about myself. I guess that's my first NSV. Thanks for sharing.

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DJSHIP46 11/27/2012 9:42AM

    Thank you .... very practical... very grounded emoticon

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PENOWOK 11/27/2012 9:10AM

    You are really doing an awesome job and so inspiring!!

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FARIS71 11/27/2012 9:07AM

    Amazingly awesomely wonderful! LOVE the quotes!

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NEWMOM20121 11/27/2012 9:00AM

    Good for you. Great blog I really did enjoy reading about all your NSV's. You have done a fabulous job.

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BESSHAILE 11/27/2012 8:02AM

    Oh girlfriend - you posted exACTly what I needed to read today.

I want to make that mind shift with you. Congratulations. Hooray. What fun! I'm grinning as if I had gone down 4 sizes!! so thanks for sharing THAT too!

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TRYINGHARD54 11/27/2012 7:47AM

    way to goooooooooooooooo

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MIMIDOT 11/27/2012 7:38AM

    Your blogs are so inspiring. You have the right mind set. I'm trying to think of my journey the same way. Thank you for sharing. Have a nice day!

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SCOUTMOM715 11/27/2012 7:18AM

    emoticon emoticon on all your NSV's!!! Love the "Warrior Gear" term. emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 11/27/2012 7:11AM

 
You go girl!!!! emoticon

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KATHIC2 11/27/2012 6:21AM

  Love your outlook and focus!

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GRAMPIAN 11/27/2012 6:14AM

  Well done! emoticon

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KITT52 11/27/2012 6:01AM

    and you are right, we should not let the scale tell us how we feel about our selves...

great job

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SHERYLDS 11/27/2012 5:29AM

    thanks for sharing this great blog
It made me feel inspired and empowered.
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NCSUE0514 11/27/2012 5:08AM

    Thanks for letting us know.

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NADINEL 11/27/2012 1:51AM

    Awwww! The hugs from hubby really touched my heart. I have felt that way before.
Pixie, I am so happy for you.
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COCK-ROBIN 11/26/2012 10:29PM

    I'm proud of you, Pixie!

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LUVTOBOWL 11/26/2012 9:46PM

    Pixie you are inspiring to me. I make sure I read your messages to me daily if you send one or look at your Spark page.

Wow! Large t-shirt now......you go girl! Keep up the hard work and dedication (oh yeah & the NSV's). I can't wait to see you next picture of yourself.

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TREYONE 11/26/2012 9:37PM

  Yet again, thank you for a great blog!!! It is always progress not perfection we should be looking at and your blog is a great reminder!!!

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MICKEYH 11/26/2012 6:11PM

    PIXIE, Thank you so much for sharing another beautiful blog. I loved it and I can certainly understand what you've said in here. and understand how you feels about NSV. You are so right about what you've said in here too. I always adore your never give up spirits. And with your hard work about being healthy has paid you off big time. You are definitely deserve your husband's love of big hug. I am glad that you can now feels like woman again. It is very important for all of us women to feel like women. ( and sometime act like women too.. LOL)) and i like what you've said you are wearing "Warrior Gear" as soon as you get out of bed. That is so cool !! I will adapt your worrier gear and will strive my everyday challenge of fighting to be healthy. ( I hope you don't mind me adapting your warrier gear. :) "Much Love" and take care for now.

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MINDYJ1 11/26/2012 4:33PM

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BECKYLIZ 11/26/2012 3:18PM

    Excellent, very informative and delightful emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 11/26/2012 3:12PM

    Warrior gear, I love that!!

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JANE1216 11/26/2012 2:49PM

    another home run Miss Pixie --- love your blogs and your very helpful pics!

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ALLENJOSEPH 11/26/2012 2:42PM

    I enjoyed reading this blog so very much. It gave me the big picture of your journey, PIXIE. I was getting ready to ask you what NSV meant. I don't know how but in the blogs I saw since I started reading them, I never saw what those letters stood for, until now. As you said, it's not getting thin. It is getting healthy and feeling good about ourselves.
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GAILSMAILS 11/26/2012 1:38PM

    Another awesome blog by Pixie!! Great for you!!!!

I've had a rough month but when I need inspiration I come to your blogs. Very, very well written and so much inspiration!

Thank you!!!

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KATHYJO56 11/26/2012 1:37PM

    When you look at the whole pictures, it is the NSVs that are the ones that count. emoticon

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ANNASGOALS 11/26/2012 1:31PM

    I'm loving the NSV!!! You truly ROCK Pixie and I'm very happy for you that your hugging your husband. I love to hug family and friends :)

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ASHLEYVRONEK 11/26/2012 1:29PM

    Great blog! You're doing SO great and are such an inspiration. You've helped me with a lot of things just by posting all that you do on here. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 11/26/2012 1:23PM

    You're doing awesome, Pixie!! I love NSV's too. Love the pictures and quotes.

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AUNTJAM 11/26/2012 1:21PM

    Your husband hugs brought a tear, that one was best of all! emoticon

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ADELE66 11/26/2012 1:11PM

    Warrior Gear may just be my favourite new term!!

Adele

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FREETOWANDER 11/26/2012 12:08PM

    Thanks to you, I'm learning to appreciate NSV's :) It's been quite a relief to not be so focused on the scale :) LOVE all of the pics you posted in this one!

Keep being emoticon !!

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GARDENSFORLIFE 11/26/2012 11:33AM

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Great Blog! Enjoy your day!
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JURASSICSUE 11/26/2012 10:54AM

    Thanks for posting this - you are such an inspiration!
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JMARIES51 11/26/2012 10:49AM

    emoticon for NSV's

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/26/2012 9:54AM

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My NSV today was looking in the mirror and not seeing a double chin emoticon

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MIMOSA88 11/26/2012 9:44AM

    I love NSV's too! Today a friend of mine said "You have lost so much weight!" She sees me nearly every day so I really hadn't lost that much weight it just that she paid attention today but that really made me smile :)

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GLORYB2014 11/26/2012 9:43AM

    Way to go PIxie, I LOVE your attitude and your determination and YOU!
Numbers on the scale can be over-rated, it's how our clothes fit, how we feel, so very many other benefits of healthy living!
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SPIRALDOWN 11/26/2012 9:26AM

    You are an inspiration... That is exactly what i needed to here today! Thank you so much! Cant wait to hear more of your NSV'S

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