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Non-scale Victories of 2012

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Sunday, December 30, 2012



Today is day two of my on track streak!

The year is coming to an end, and I am looking forward to 2013 with so much hope, positivity and anticipation! 2013 is going to be the year I reach my goal size, thanks in part to all the hard work I've done in 2012!

The first two months of 2012 were a wash, to be honest. I didn't do anything to help myself get healthy. I was at the highest weight of my entire life, 286 pounds. I was hoarding food and binge eating while hubby slept. (Yes, its very embarrassing to admit that! But I want to be honest and let you see how far down in the pit of obesity that I really was.) I was so depressed, so unhealthy and so out of shape. And I often thought "I should just give up. I have so much weight to lose, it will take me FOREVER to lose it so why even try?"




Thank God, I didn't give up. Finally, on March first, I started streaking...doing my best to see how many HEALTHY days in a row I could have. I forgot about the scale and about weight. I knew that if thought too much about how much weight I needed to lose, it would only discourage and overwhelm me. But I knew that if I just did my best to make each day as healthy as possible, the weight would come off!



I have had many "less than perfect" days during the past year, but thats okay. I've had to start my streak over twice, but I've had more good days than bad ones, and thats what matters most. And I have seen so much progress! I have had a LOT of non-scale victories this year, and I just wanted to list as many of them as I can remember!


My wedding and engagement rings fit me again.

I have gone from size 3X t shirts to size L.

When my husband hugs me, his arms can go all the way around me quite easily.

I have energy, stamina, strength and flexibility.

I feel so much younger than my age. I'm 51 but I feel better now than I did in my 40's.

My stomach doesn't touch the steering wheel anymore when I drive.

The bed doesn't creak when I get into it.

I can do yoga! I can even do crane pose, although I still don't have the strength to hold it for very long.



I rarely have plantar fascia pain anymore.

I can wear jeans with a button and a zipper! As a matter of fact, I no longer wear elastic waist pants unless I'm working out.

When I clean the kitchen, I can walk between the chair and the wall without having to turn sideways to fit.

My sides don't touch the side of the bathtub when I take my bubble baths.

My hips, back and knees don't hurt all the time anymore.

When I go to a restaurant (which is rare), I can sit in a booth without my stomach being pressed against the table.

I can ride a bicycle!

My glasses fit me better. Back in March, they sat on my cheeks and squeezed the side of my head on both sides. Now they fit loosely! They don't squeeze my face anymore, and I'm saving up now so that I can get new ones, perhaps this summer.

I can walk up and down the porch stairs without having to hang on to the railing. (I like to show off and skip up or down them when hubby is watching, lol.)

I can reach into the bottom of the shopping cart without having to stand on my tippy toes just to get my belly over it. (I probably didn't explain that right, but maybe you get what I'm trying to say.)

My blood pressure is no longer in the danger zone. I don't have to take medication anymore.

I've only had one GERD attack since March. (I used to have attacks several times a month.)



So those are my major NSV's, at least the ones that come to mind right now. I've had so many more little ones along the way, and I look forward to having more in 2013. I also really look forward to reaching my goal size. I'm not aiming for a certain weight, I'm aiming for a size 8. And its so exciting to know that I am so close, and that I WILL reach my goal in the new year!

I hope you will join me in working hard to make 2013 a healthy year! We are really worth the best effort we can put forth!





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CATNCAG 8/21/2013 12:12PM

    Love the blog! Way to go on your NSV's! We can do this!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMONEKP 1/30/2013 9:22AM

    I'm joining you.

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WHITEANGEL4 1/20/2013 11:39PM

    GREAT you qill mKW IR

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FARFROMASAINT 1/8/2013 11:03PM

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FERFEY02 1/7/2013 11:09AM

    Congrats!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/4/2013 5:53PM

    WOOHOO! Congrats!

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NEWCHINELO 1/4/2013 12:15PM

    So touching!

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ESCHLETZ 1/4/2013 9:30AM

    Reading success stories like yours is what makes me keep dusting myself off and making myself keep trying, each and every time I stumble.

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TRAVELTEACHER10 1/4/2013 8:19AM

    Thanks for the reminder about "Healthy Days". It's more about keeping healthy with good habits of eating healthy foods and regular exercise. I liked your idea about "streak" days. I have re-started my food log recently and have been pretty good about regular exercise (gym for resistance/weight machines and stationary bike at home in front of the TV with a good DVD to keep me from getting bored). As a retired teacher I'll reward myself and keep track of my healthy days with stars on my calendar. With a trip to sunny, warm, sunny emoticon Florida coming up I will have no excuse for not taking daily walks. Thanks for your inspiring ideas and have a great 2013!

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PANDASPLACE 1/3/2013 9:30PM

  thank you for being willing to share. It helps to know there are others out there in similar situations. great read!

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LISAN0415 1/3/2013 9:05PM

    Woohoo! This totally inspired me, thanks for sharing and most of all congratulations on all your progress!!

Lisa

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TERRIJ7 1/3/2013 3:42PM

    Great blog--very inspiring!

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VALERIEBARBER 1/3/2013 3:02PM

    WOW!
CONGRATS!...
MY GOAL IS ANOTHER 40 LB FOR 2013!

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EENLIGHTENING 1/3/2013 2:47PM

    I love you for your honesty and courage to be vulnerable about your self. WOW, look at all the success. Way to count your blessings! Everyone can be inspired by your blog!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 1/3/2013 12:55PM

    Awesome NSVs! Way to go! Continual success to you in 2013!

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KNYAGENYA 1/3/2013 11:39AM

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MELISSAKAY78 1/3/2013 10:36AM

    I really enjoyed your blog, it is nice to hear someone not focused just on the scale, I myself have not lost anything since October I gain and lose a pound or two all the time, but I have become stronger, I can run a mile now, I used to only be able to run for 2mins. This year is the year i am going to try harder, I will not cheat myself no more, I have had a taste of what feeling good about myself is like, and I want to feel that way some more. Thank you for your blog it helped me appreciate my accomplishment outside of my weight loss.

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JERICHO1991 1/3/2013 10:23AM

    It is time for my best. Thanks for the reminder.

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PDSLIM 1/3/2013 9:39AM

    congrats

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SUBTEACH55 1/3/2013 8:52AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! I AM NEW TO "SPARK," AND HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO THE "WW" DIET ON MY OWN AS I CAN'T AFFORD THE MEETINGS. STARTED ON MOTHERS DAY 2012 AND AM DOWN 38 LBS, BUT MY WEIGHTS NOT MOVING FAST ENOUGH FOR ME AND I'M FRUSTRATATED. I RIDE AN INDOOR BIKE (WINTER IN NEW ENGLAND), USE A GAZELLE GLIDER AND A HEALTHRIDER, AND AT TIMES, "WALK THE MILE" DVD WHICH I HAD TO STOP BECAUSE I PULLED A DISK OUT. I'M DOWN 4 SIZES IN JEANS, BUT I DON'T SEE MUCH HAPPENING AT THIS POINT, AS MY WEIGHT HASN'T CHANGED SINCE NOV. I DO 'CHEAT" A LITTLE.. BEING ITALIAN AND THE HOLIDAYS, HARD NOT TO. YOUR BLOG IS INSPIRING AND I'M GLAD I SIGNED ONTO "SP." I HOPE I CAN GET SOME UPLIFTING IDEAS AS TO HOW I CAN IMPROVE MY PROGRESS AND MYSELF. THANKS MUCH,
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ARW715 1/3/2013 7:39AM

    Love this list! Thanks for sharing!

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MILLEDGE2 1/3/2013 6:59AM

    Thank you for reminding me of the things I need to be celebrating. I really smiled over the statement about your belly not touching the steering wheel! My seat belt is easier to hook and unhook and I need to rejoice about that, every single time I get into or out of the car!

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KAREN91 1/3/2013 12:49AM

    You motivate me! I can relate to a lot of your befores example constant back and knee and plantar fashiitis pain. Also sneaking food and not having my rings fit. You have motivated me to try for more nonscale victories of my own. Thanks for telling your story! emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/2/2013 8:08PM

    Wonderful. No, WONDERFUL POST!!

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MA_KING69 1/2/2013 3:33PM

    Way to go ! thanks for sharing the sucess

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PUNKADOO 1/2/2013 8:53AM

    I'm overjoyed for you! Congrats!

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PENOWOK 1/2/2013 8:35AM

    Excellent!! Great NSV's!!

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RUBYEAGLE134 1/1/2013 11:33PM

    Way to go on your 2012 NSVs! I like 2 of your posters up there ~ one that says "I am a strong, healthy & fit woman" & the other one that says "This is not a New Year's Resolution; it's a Lifetime Revolution."

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JEN9ERV 1/1/2013 11:22PM

    I love this!! Great attitude and AWESOME graphics!

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GRIMLOCK1 1/1/2013 10:51PM

    Great post. Love your attitude.

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CFULLINGTONEGLI 1/1/2013 9:19PM

    I just love this! Way to go! emoticon

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LUCKYNUMBER23 1/1/2013 9:16PM

  Great Blog. Congratulations.

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MWILS91 1/1/2013 9:02PM

    Thank you for sharing...so inspiring...gives me hope that I too can do this.....

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GUITARWOMAN 1/1/2013 5:15PM

    this is so inspirational!

I'm with you right there with the secret eating, been there, done that...

Thank you for this blog!

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SPARKFRAN514 1/1/2013 4:34PM

    Thank you for helping me get my spark relight and my hiking boots on for this journey we are starting this New Years Day. thanks for being so honest I know that is a hard thing to do it much easier to write down what we should eat not what we put in our mouth.here is to a good hike together on the healthy life style trail. emoticon emoticon

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NOMORENOMORE 1/1/2013 4:17PM

    So inspirational!!

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LILAC_LANE 1/1/2013 4:14PM

    Wishing you continued success for 2013!
Congrats on all your hard work and progress!

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AJB121299 1/1/2013 3:48PM

    Nice and Happy 2013

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 1/1/2013 3:28PM

    Fabulous post today! Thank you so much!

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JANETTEB553 1/1/2013 3:14PM

    Oh you explained it fine.. I known what you mean.You have done so well. enjoy skipping down the stairs. emoticon

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GODSBEST 1/1/2013 2:58PM

    Big congrats on your 2012 success. Looking forward to even more in 2013.

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KELLIEBEAN 1/1/2013 2:58PM

    Standing ovation! I like how you started, not worrying about the scale and trying to accumulate as many health days you could.

Amazing! Continued success!

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