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A Noisy NSV (Non-Scale Victory)

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Sunday, March 10, 2013




Today is day 19 of my current streak!

As of today, there are only 9 days until Spring! A few weeks ago, I set a goal for myself, to be able to fit into a certain tee shirt by the first day of Spring. Well, with only 9 days to go, I have to admit that I'm going to fall short. The shirt is still too tight for me, and I know it won't fit me by the first day of Spring.

I can honestly say that I've given it my best effort...I've stayed on track with my eating, and I have exercised every day. So I can be proud of myself for that! And instead of being discouraged because I won't reach my goal in time, I am just extending the deadline! Easter is 20 days away...so perhaps if I keep working hard, the shirt will fit me by then. (And if not, I'll extend the deadline again, lol. My birthday is only 49 days away, so surely I'll be able to wear the shirt by then!)

In the past, if I had set a goal for myself and not reached it, I would have considered myself to be a failure. But not anymore! The only failure would be to quit trying, and I'm certainly not going to do that. It may take me longer to fit into that shirt than I had hoped for, but it WILL fit me eventually, as long as I continue to stay on plan with my eating and exercising.



Another thing about the past...when I would try to lose weight, I would focus solely on the scale. And when the scale got stuck (which always happens from time to time when you're losing weight, no matter how well you've been doing at staying on track) I would get really discouraged and want to quit. I never took time to pay attention to non-scale victories. I never paid attention to the changes in my body...how it looked, felt and moved. I would just get on that scale, and then live or die by the number. A good number meant that I would feel good about myself that day (and it also usually meant that I'd reward myself with food.) A bad number meant that I would be depressed and down on myself, so I'd have to console myself with food. It was always about the number on the scale. Thats why last March I decided to stop weighing myself. I got a starting weight, and then stayed off the scale until September. (And I haven't weighed myself again since then.)



I know that staying off the scale isn't for everyone, and I'm not trying to tell you that you should never weigh yourself. I'm just telling you what works for me. Even if you feel that you need to weigh in every day, though, I do think its important to look for NSV's. Don't let that number on the scale be the ONLY thing that matters, because if you do then you might miss out on some pretty awesome signs of progress.



This afternoon, I had a very cool NSV. I went to the store with my son, and as usual I parked at the furthest end of the parking lot. We went into the store and did our shopping. On the way out, as I was pushing the shopping cart to my car, I remembered something I'd read in someone's blog a few weeks ago. I don't remember whose blog it was (sorry) but she said that she had gone shopping, and as she was walking back to her car with the cart, she started jogging just because she could. I thought that was so beautiful! And as that blog came to my mind, I decided to jog too...just because I could! I grinned at my son and said "Come on, lets run!"

My son has autism and doesn't talk, and his understanding is limited, but he knew what I meant, and he got a huge smile on his face. And then we ran to the car, and the shopping cart was making all kinds of jangly noise and people were looking at us...but I didn't give a darn! I was actually laughing, and so was my son. We ran that cart all the way to the car, and I wasn't even winded! After we loaded the groceries into the car, we ran the shopping cart all the way back to the store, and I still wasn't winded. So then we jogged back to the car, lol. It felt GREAT!



And then when I started the car, one of my favorite songs was on the radio (No Rain, by Blind Melon) and I was just singing along and feeling so positive. As I was singing the song, I started thinking back to this time last year. Back then, I would park as close to the store as possible, and there would definitely be no running with the cart. I would limp into the store, and after doing my shopping I would limp back out, and then leave the cart in the cart corral instead of taking it back to the store. And I would be exhausted and out of breath. I wouldn't have been able to sing along with the radio, unless I sat for a few minutes to catch my breath first!



I am so amazed by the progress I've made. Not just the weight loss. Thats actually the least of it. What amazes me most is how healthy I am and how good I feel. How wonderful it is to be able to run...and breathe...and move...and to have so much energy and stamina. To be able to do a workout, and even when it gets hard, to know that if I struggle through it, I will get stronger. To be able to do yoga and to really feel an appreciation for my body and how flexible it has become.

This is why I don't weigh myself. A scale can only give me a number. And that number just cannot even begin to mean as much to me as all the wonderful NSV's I've had since last year. I wake up some days and I am just amazed at how good it feels to be healthy and fit and strong. I pray that I will never take this feeling for granted.





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LAURAB_143 3/19/2013 9:55AM

    Pixie, I am just starting to read your blogs today! You are such a wise woman, I am glad I found your page. That was a blessing to me. emoticon
This writing had my eyes misty twice. I can so relate to giving up if I don't reach a goal on time. But I love how you just extend the date. I am going to follow your example and just keep trying to do what I know is right and good. Thank you for sharing yourself!!!
Keep running with your boy, what happiness that must have created for you and him.
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CAROLMAID 3/17/2013 8:38PM

    The image of you running in the parking lot with your son....shopping cart rattling and in general making a ruckus really made smile!
I while back...last summer I was on a vacation with my husband, three kids and my sons girlfriend. we stopped at the market on the way home for last minute dessert n dinner supplies. When I came out of the store they ALL hopped out of the car, doors open, music blaring and started dancing ridiculously. I bust out laughing, ran towards them and proceeded to dance with them. The other shoppers in lot thought we were NUTS. Their expression priceless. We then started laughing harder when we realized we would also be on the security camera video! Flash forward to next stop at gas station....blast music, hope out, dance ridiulously in a random public parking lot....AGAIN More funny stares from people! Incredibly fun! And it didn't matter what anybody weighed! lol
Thanks for the reminder of such a fun moment....and the stuff that matters most!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/15/2013 2:24PM

    I love your idea of not weighing yourself; I've too decided to cut down on it because of allllll the reasons you state. When I hit a new low weight -- I reward myself WITH FOOD! How crazy is that?

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SISSYB3 3/15/2013 9:55AM

    You've reminded me that I AM making progress! Yeah for me & good for you!

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GLUECIPHER 3/14/2013 12:57PM

    I love the positive attitude. I need some of that today.

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MANILUS 3/14/2013 1:01AM

    What a fun NSV, keep it up!!

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MSHEL7 3/14/2013 12:03AM

    Great blog, I love that you felt like running. I never feel like running, knowing I might some day gives me great hope. emoticon

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FISHER011 3/13/2013 11:56PM

    Great blog! I loved reading it & I laughed about the shirt & extending your deadline emoticon You're my Inspiration! Your son sounded like he had fun with his Mom- a great athletic Mom! Keep posting your triumphs, ups & downs & victories, I enjoy all of them! Debbie

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ALILAURA 3/13/2013 1:49PM

    Congratulations, you are doing a wonderful job! It is so important to stop and smell the roses every now and again. It is so easy to get caught up in the numbers game and lose sight of what is really important. I wish you much continued success emoticon

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TIGGERJEAN 3/13/2013 9:24AM

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Thank you so much for your post! I agree with you 100% - although weight loss is a nice perk - there is no substitute for feeling healthy and that rush you get when you realize you can do more now than you could a month ago.

At Thanksgiving, I was having trouble bending over to tie my shoes. I would have to hold my breath in order to reach them - now, I can put both hands completely on the floor while breathing normally. (Thank you Yoga!)

Two months ago, I could barely run for a minute - last jog I did about 3 minute intervals. Progress!

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KATHUGGS 3/13/2013 7:54AM

    Thank you for sharing! What a wonderful victory! No Rain is one of my favorite songs, too. I'm instantly in a better mood when I hear it!
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LIFETIMER54 3/13/2013 6:22AM

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FRANCES-AGAPE 3/12/2013 11:30PM

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EXCELLENT BLOG !

While reading about your running with your son, I had to GRIN. How Wonderful ! ( I have a nephew with Autism too)

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You've come SO FAR and you are ENJOYING the journey

And your final scales pic SAYS IT ALL !

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LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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CVRONEK 3/12/2013 8:44PM

    Beautiful Pixie, Congratulations.

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PRACTICINGPEACE 3/12/2013 6:05PM

    Love this story, Pixie! Joy as a non-scale victory. I am going to have to start counting that one! All these small moments where we can make choices that bring us joy! THanks for the inspiration!

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AKATHLEEN54 3/12/2013 1:27PM

    Hi Pixie,
I'm just catching up with friends and reading old blogs. I love this story. I could just see the two of you running with that jingling cart!! What a wonderful moment to share with your son and what an even better victory for you!!! You rock! emoticon emoticon

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JANESLOSS 3/12/2013 1:04PM

    Pixie,
I just loved the story of you and your son running across the parking lot. How great that must have felt!
I too love all the extra energy that exercising daily and eating better has given me!
I really need to make a list of my NSV's. I have an WOW moment at least once a week!

Spark On!

Hugs,
Jane

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BRITTLBRAN 3/12/2013 12:55PM

    I love your blog. I really needed this encouragement today. I am thinking abou tgiving up the scale. Not sure that it's the best thing for me to have it, but I'm trying to weigh out the pro's/con's because something has to give and, at this point, the plateau shows no signs of giving. ;)

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DEEDAWN2013 3/12/2013 10:53AM

    I love this and I needed this reminder today!

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BRENDA_G50 3/12/2013 10:31AM

    Loved this!!! Sounds like both you and your son had fun. emoticon emoticon

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WEGENERCS 3/12/2013 10:26AM

    What a mental picture! And a wonderful mom-son moment.

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FALLNTENN 3/12/2013 9:33AM

    Very motivating blog Pixie. I had to smile as I read about the jogging in the parking lot. That was fantastic!

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L1ZB3TH354 3/12/2013 8:27AM

    It's great to feel so positive. Keep up the great work!

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NYARAMULA 3/12/2013 8:09AM

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/12/2013 12:57AM

    So very true. What a wonderful blog--you really motivate me!

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SASSYTHING52 3/12/2013 12:16AM

    emoticon blog you always bring tears to my eyes

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DIANESAV3 3/11/2013 10:06PM

    What a great blog as usual. Hang in there. The shirt will fit you soon. Hang in there.

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GEORGE815 3/11/2013 8:28PM

    Keep up the good work.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/11/2013 7:53PM

    emoticon I love reading your blogs. By the time I get done reading, I am smiling. I didn't realize this until my BFF asked my what are you reading that has you smiling? Someone telling a dirty joke? You know how men are! You are very uplifting and inspiring. emoticon BTW The kettlebell workout is tough.

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JUNEAU2010 3/11/2013 4:41PM

    I love your running with the cart story! Thanks for sharing! One of my brothers was autistic, so I completely could visualize his smile and enjoyment!

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DONNA5281 3/11/2013 3:05PM

  emoticon for sharing.
Your blogs are so inspiring!

I think that you running with your sun is so sweet. It would have been a beautiful picture.
You will also have a memory of this. What a great mom!

HUGS, SP Friend

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KICKINGKILOS 3/11/2013 12:51PM

    wow i can picture you and your son running out of the store :)

Great blog dear...I still need to learn to ignire the scale.

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MANDELOVICH 3/11/2013 12:34PM

    How beautiful Pixie. I have the image of you and your son running and it brings tears of joy to my eyes!!

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MATTEROFHEART 3/11/2013 12:04PM

    Great job, Pixie! I love this! I am going to take time today to count my NSV's!!!
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AME4IT 3/11/2013 11:48AM

    emoticon I'm so happy for you accomplishing another NSV and, better yet, that you got to do that with your son. Way to go!!

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BMCKEOW1 3/11/2013 11:47AM

    I'm loving the non-scale victories. I have to admit seeing that number on the scale is sometimes just depressing. It's hard, it doesn't show me all the work I've done, and it usually just makes me think of all that is left. But it's hard cause I want to see if all the work is paying off to that stupid scale. So I do my best not to look, I like you idea just do it every so often. That could work.

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NERDLETTE 3/11/2013 11:37AM

    LOVE your NSV!! You are emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 3/11/2013 11:16AM

    I have never seen Yoga rabbit, but really do love it! And thanks emoticon

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TINADEE86 3/11/2013 10:58AM

    You really said it all in your blog! I never really thought of it like that ,but that is the way I should be thinking about it. There are so many things I have done that the scale can't read or see! Thanks! Keep it up!!!!


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SIMONEKP 3/11/2013 10:24AM

    I love the yoga rabbit by the way!

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COTTONTAIL62 3/11/2013 10:17AM

    Thanks Pixie for once again reminding me about NSV's. Positive Vibes for a great day.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/11/2013 10:05AM

    I came to your page looking to find my spark again. And you know what? I found it!

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HEALTHY4ME 3/11/2013 8:18AM

    Fantastic LOVE it, you are doing so great. HUGS

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BESSHAILE 3/11/2013 6:43AM

    Oh how beautiful that image was - of you and your son jogging up and down the parking lot - laughing together. this is a Non Scale Triumph!

That ready laughter and song - what a reward. May your days be filled with such treasures.

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ADELE66 3/11/2013 4:57AM

    I didn't realise that we had more than weight loss goals in common - our special boys!

Lovely blog - this is always such a page of positivity!

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FATHINSN 3/11/2013 4:46AM

    I copies the last picture, it will be on my Wall of Inspiration in my office cubicle so when I feel down (coz I always use the office scale every Friday), I can look at this picture :D

My best non-scale victories always related to jeans coz it's really hard for me to find jeans that fit me nicely so when I managed to squeeze into Curve Levi's, it felt awesome!

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SISSIE21 3/11/2013 4:11AM

    Love this blog! So empowering and makes me smile. I can just picture you and your son, running through the parking lot, laughing and having fun together! That moment is worth far, far more than any number on the scale. Thanks for sharing it and I will continue to look for my NSV's. You've inspired me! Have a great week! emoticon

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