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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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JEANNETTE59 12/31/2012 1:20PM

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BLUE42DOWN 12/31/2012 1:17PM

    What a beautiful list of NSVs.

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

I think this is my DDa's favorite, even as she and my DS are still coming to terms with seeing their "skinny mom" - she just can't get over being able to completely wrap her arms around me.

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EBURGITE 12/31/2012 1:16PM

    love this! what a great idea to take stock of all the good things that have happened. 2013 will bring continued health and change. emoticon

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CRGEK1960 12/31/2012 12:51PM

    You are my hero! Mainly because you remind me to look at the small things instead of the big picture which is over whelming. Here's to another wonderful year!!!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 12/31/2012 12:30PM

    Awesome blog! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Here's to a new us in 2013!

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KJELLYBEAN15 12/31/2012 12:26PM

    Those are all such wonderful victories. Good for you. May you be blessed in the coming new year with many more wonderful ones.

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/31/2012 12:23PM

  That is more of the most moving blogs I ever read. I'm going to send a link to my sis.

She had someone bothering her at the holidays saying difficult things about

focus being excessive and eating whatever she wanted.

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TUTUNAN 12/31/2012 11:38AM

    Thanks for posting your NSVs. They remind me of where I was and where I don't want to go again. One I can add is how my back (!) used to go to sleep when laying on it! Onward to goal, one day at a time. emoticon

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CICELY360 12/31/2012 11:32AM

  Good for you

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LELERS 12/31/2012 11:14AM

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NILLAPEPSI 12/31/2012 10:18AM

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OAKBORN 12/31/2012 10:12AM

    Those are amazing victories! Congratulations!

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MOMMY445 12/31/2012 9:43AM

    amazing! woo hoo! have a fabulous day! happy new year's to you and your family!

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FATHINSN 12/31/2012 9:24AM

    I love the part where you show off skipping stairs while your husband is watching :D
And also the part when you feel better now compare to when you're younger, WooHoo!

For me, no matter what year is it, my best non-scale victories always related to walking up stairs with less huffing & puffing (especially those steep stairs!) AND of course, able to wear my favourite Levi's Curve jeans!

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TREYONE 12/31/2012 9:21AM

  Thank you so much for another positive and motivational blog!!! I am sure I am not the only one reading this that will be inspired to move into the New Year with conviction that we can work hard at our goals, be proud and feel good about any achievements (big or small), and face any obstacles we encounter by rebounding even stronger than before!! Thank you for the wonderful message and best wishes for a Happy, Healthy New
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SIMPLYABUNDANT 12/31/2012 8:54AM

    This is a great idea ~ to look back at all the NSV's you've accomplished this year. 2012 has been YOUR turn-around year, Pixie, and I just know that 2013 is going to be a continuation of your streak, your success, and your living your new life in a whole new way. Congratulations on all you've achieved!

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DJSHIP46 12/31/2012 8:36AM

    You've come SO far... I know you will always be a winner!!! Great attitude!

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FARIS71 12/31/2012 8:21AM

    Those are seriously some of the most amazing NSVs. You must be beaming just thinking about them. Way to go!!

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MIMIDOT 12/31/2012 8:14AM

    Great going! I'm sure you'll make your goal in 2013! You're an inspiration to us all.

Have a Happy and Healthy New year!

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COOKIE_AT_51 12/31/2012 8:06AM

    Keep on Sparkin' Pixie! emoticon

Happy New Year to you and yours! emoticon emoticon emoticon

2013 is going to be a GREAT year!! emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 12/31/2012 7:03AM

    Congratulations on another great, motivating and inspiring blog. I love the words of inspiration you include, you surely have a gift for including them in your blogs. I look forward to 2013 also, as I am sure it will be the year for me also. I am looking forward to your next blog and NSV's.


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OFGREENGABLES 12/31/2012 6:52AM

    such good reminders!

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SHINYZALATA 12/31/2012 6:45AM

    YAYYy Yoy :) thank you for sharing , keep on sparking emoticon

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BESSHAILE 12/31/2012 6:28AM

    Without a doubt I am taking you and your oh so inspiring blogs along with me in 2013.

I'm going to focus on making each day a healthy day. And I'm going to do it with streaks. Love love love your journey and I thank you for taking me with you. emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 12/31/2012 6:23AM

    great blog..... emoticon you are emoticon

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MICKEYH 12/31/2012 6:16AM

    Congrats Pixie !! You've won 2012. You have so many non scale victory. Good for you and I am very happy to cerebrate NSV with you. And looking forwards to 2013.
I will join you in working hard to make 2013 a healthy year. You can count on me !!

*** Happy New Year !! ***

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ADELE66 12/31/2012 6:16AM

    Isn't it wonderful when you look at that list and see the extent of your achievement?! What a great tool for the not-so-good days!

Best wishes and much success in 2013!

Adele x

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IMEMINE1 12/31/2012 5:56AM

    Gret blog. Full of inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BECKYANNE1 12/31/2012 5:55AM

    I had to laugh while reading your non scale victories because many of them were things I too went thru. I avoided a booth in a restaraunt because the table pushing on my stomach really hurt. Now I always want to sit in a booth. I won't ever buy a pair of pants with an elastic waist again. I think those are what helped me to put on weight. I've kept 1 pr of 2X in my closet as a reminder of where I've been. Periodically I take them out and try them on. Very hard to believe that at one time they fit! Keep pushing to get to your goal weight! It's an awesome feeling!

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LRSILVER 12/31/2012 5:43AM

    You are doing great. Keep it up.

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CHRISTINASP 12/31/2012 5:36AM

    Your entry makes my heart sing. It's so inspiring! I'm very proud of you!

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WITHALLMYHEART2 12/31/2012 3:24AM

    This is so awesome - YOU are so awesome, that I am almost in tears thinking about what you have allowed yourself to achieve.....Bless you, bless you! emoticon

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4RASCALS 12/31/2012 2:54AM

    What a list of accomplishments. You have made so much progress, & should be proud.
No doubt that you will reach your target this years.

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YESCURLYCAN 12/31/2012 2:03AM

  Fabulous list of NSV's you have there! Congrats on all of your hard work and dedication. I can't wait to see you acheive your goal size. emoticon Spark on Pixie; you've got this! emoticon emoticon

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WACFIT 12/31/2012 1:50AM

    Yay! You have come so far. 2013 will be a great year with even more victories and milestones for you! Go for it!

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SNOW_LEOPARD_74 12/31/2012 12:57AM

    Those are many things to be proud of. You have come a long way in 9 months, definitely to be proud of yourself!! I admire your positive attitude and can do spirit!!


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NADINEL 12/31/2012 12:39AM

    Pixie, those are such joyous NSVs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 12/31/2012 12:16AM

    Wonderful blog

I am so happy to have shared this past year with you.

Happy 2013 to you. Lots more continued success.

HUgs Mary

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NEWAT56 12/30/2012 10:52PM

    You posted the same list as the one I would like to post someday. I hate that I can't fit in a booth. And the shopping cart thing, etc. etc.
You keep writing these blogs. You inspire me, I know what to do, I just need to do it. I am 53 years old and I want a better 2013.
My husband is saying he will join and encourage me in 2013. I am thinking of putting away the scale too. I weigh myself constantly, only to get discouraged. I read all your blogs even though I don't always comment.
Have a Happy New Year!

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 12/30/2012 10:38PM

    You are such an inspiration. Congratulations on your weight loss,
Happy New Year!

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123ELAINE456 12/30/2012 10:36PM

  Awesome!!! You can be very Proud of Yourself. Very Impressive List of Non-Scale Victories of 2012. Keep Going and You will make it to Your Size 8 Goal. Congratulations!!! Well Done!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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CTMOM2KIDS 12/30/2012 10:31PM

    Now that is some impressive list, Pixie!!! Good for you! I am very proud of you! Thank you for the inspiration!

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MARITIMER3 12/30/2012 10:20PM

    Thanks for the inspiration! I like the way you are attacking the program, and plan to follow your blogs closely.

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