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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Although here it is the middle of winter, and rather bleak, I have decided to steal a march on my planned spring push to release weight. So I am looking for some NSVs to help with motivation.
Last round of weight reduction saw aches and pains disappear, bye bye to stiffness and hello to putting on my shoes more easily. I am more agile and flexible and fit in chairs with room to move. On the plane the other day I noticed that there was a lot more room on my seatbelt, and I am fitting into just my seat, not creeping into the space next door. No doubt to the relief of my travelling companion!
Sparkies can you think of other NSVs I can look out for to help me celebrate as I release the next ten kilos? It is SO motivating to feel the difference in my body, I find it gets me through the hard times as I restrict my eating and pay close attention to the types of food in my diet.
Your suggestions of what I might look out for would be gratefully received.
Sorry, MNAboy, NSV= non scale victories. I prefer mine to be things I notice about my body and what it can do, but they can be anything that makes you think, "yes!" about your success in releasing weight or any activities that you can now do or experiences you have had because of your pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.
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  • ANGELN325
    Do you use the weight tracker on SP? There are NSV's that you can track there like your stress levels, how much energy you have, quality of sleep, and self-esteem. When I first started tracking, I noticed my stress levels were always high, my energy levels were always low, and I just started adding the other 2 in the mix. My energy levels are better, but not where I want them to be. I think that will happen as quality of sleep improves.
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    Love all these NSV's I have had many of them. It is so wonderful, the scale doesn't tell us everything.

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    After I've lost X amount of weight, I need to buy new clothes. Each time I do, I also buy at least one thing the next size down. It hangs over the door to my closet as inspiration to keep moving forward.
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    You have an impressive list already... For me when I started out on my way to loose weight it has always been about my left shoulder . I can feel the difference in it ... so maybe pick a body part and track just that part . not something like your waist or hips but something that you will know but the rest of the world might not notice a shoulder or ankle or wrist or fingers. emoticon
    1728 days ago
    Clothes fitting better is always a big one.
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  • JIBBIE49
    Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.
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  • ANYVAR54
    My most recent NSV was pulling my drivers license out of my wallet when I was asked to show it, and looking at the picture which was taken two years ago and realizing how much the weight loss showed in my face. My husband had been telling me that, but this showed me right there, right in front of me!!! For the next two weeks I pulled my license out of my wallet to show others who have been encouraging me along my journey.

    And one of my friends mentioned that she has been waiting to finish her journey to get her work ID picture retaken, but when ever she looks at it she is aware of how much she has lost.
    1728 days ago
    I have recently regained weight and am here to lose it again... however, I remember loving the ability to go into nice thrift stores and be able to choose clothes from the medium and small section where the clothes were in better condition... maybe the owners gained weight before they could wear them out emoticon
    1728 days ago
    I had a great NSV today by getting into a pair of pants I haven't worn in a couple years !!
    1728 days ago
    Love those NSVs! Simple things like not huffing and puffing when taking the stairs. Noticing my strides are long and confidant. Feeling my muscle tone improving each day. Have fun finding new NSVs!
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    1729 days ago
    Not feeling like you want to hide in a swimsuit. (OK, I'm not yet ready to flaunt, either, but feeling "average" makes me feel like I don't need to hide!)
    1729 days ago
    Awesome blog, it makes us all think about why we're doing this -helps us all stay motivated, I appreciate it!

    My list is pretty much the same as everyone else's. I'd also add feeling way sexier -not just when trying on clothes, or underwear, but overall, all the time. It's not only about having your loved ones notice that you have lost weight, and look better, more fit -that's awesome, even more when people that aren't that close start noticing it as well. But for me, the very best is when I'm putting my clothes on after a workout session, and being able to tell the difference. It doesn't matter if it's because you can see your feet, your pubic bone, or if you're starting to show your abs -it's SOMETHING, something you can feel, sometimes you can see it but you can always feel it. And doesn't it feel awesome?

    That's why my all-time favorite NSV is realizing that I'm the one who is in control of what my body looks like.

    (and in the background you can hear that song... "I got the power!")
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    1729 days ago
    What Shire33 Said! That list was so good I had to copy and paste it for my own list! I will put it someplace that I can look at daily.
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  • LYNCHD05
    Going for your annual check up and all your numbers are in the very healthy category and the doctor tells you to keep doing everything you are doing and he wishes all his patients took their health so seriously!
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    When I stopped seeing x's on my clothes. Being able to climb my 2 full flights of stairs without huffing and puffing. Walking 3 miles easily and under an hour. Climbing trees (yes, I've had to do that while Geocaching, a worldwide game). The pictures I was taking monthly changing, I knew they were me, but at what point did I stop looking like 'me'?

    Those are a few of my nsv's.
    1729 days ago
    This is the first blog for which I even read every reply. I agree with everyone and that it is a great blog. For me just what I needed right now. Here are my favorites.

    As so many said, fitting into a smaller size
    Being able to wear non-stretch clothes and still feel comfortable in them
    Shoes that aren't too tight
    A big one for me is my stomach doesn't get in the way during yoga and weight training
    Spark streaks
    Easier to do cardio
    People ask me if I lost weight or how did I loose weight
    My husband comments on my waist
    I start to feel sexy in my underclothes

    You can do it. Find a SparkFriend to blog with daily for support and accountavility. My Sparkfriend and I amazingly have the same amount of weight to loose and the same goal date for a special event. We both just past our last mini goal and speial event which was the same for both also. We can't believe how our lives parallel each other.

    Thanks for the great blog. emoticon emoticon
    1729 days ago
    good for you! we all need NSV'S!
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    For me the best NSV to date since joining SP in March is not only the willingness to exercise but the DESIRE to exercise.
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    Wow! Sparkers have really identified the great ones!! My favorite is how my clothes fit and not so much of a muffin top! I also love your background picture!
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    If I drop something while sitting down, leaning over and being able to pick it up...

    Good luck to you.
    1730 days ago
    Using my Pilates machine and seeing the inward curvature of my thighs (i.e. I now have a gap).
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  • JACKIE542
    Being able to continue working in my garden, riding my bike without getting tired. I have so much energy now that is the best NSV! emoticon emoticon
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    I can go into my closet and put on anything I find without having to worry about "what size is it?" or "does this still fit?" or "will I ever fit back into this?" All the too-bigs have been given away, so now I can wear all my clothes! emoticon
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  • NWFL59
    Some of mine are being able to comfortable do interval walking and jogging; wearing a smaller size in clothing; able to do stairs without thinking if I can make it to the top without a pause; seeing my daily step count go over 10K before the morning is over; blood test results that are much improved over previous ones; feeling more energized throughout the entire day. emoticon
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    Being able to walk longer distances without getting really tired or out of breath, and especially when clothes start to get bigger.
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  • DR8561
    One of my personal favorites - being able to take off your jeans without un-buttoning and un-zipping them first. emoticon
    1731 days ago
    You can't loose all your excess weight gain in one day, So divide you aim in small part like if you want to 10kg divide it 3-4 parts like 3kg per week. This will definitely help you to stay motivated towards your goal.

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  • VIENNA61
    More confidence to attempt other dreams that feel daunting too.

    More focus and positive energy for our friends and family.

    BTW, I love your background photo. Love hens and gardens!
    1731 days ago
    How rings fit!! That's a big one for me!!!
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  • NEWME1027

    Able to cross legs
    Belly not touching steering wheel in car.
    When you lie down not having your chest and chin meet
    Able to reach things on a higher shelf because your belly doesnt put you farther away
    ease of movement
    better sleep
    more energy

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  • KIMH51
    the funniest, oddest nsv for me is when I approach automatic doors, I have to get closer to them then I did before - my belly isn't triggering the "open door" sensor as far back! - I noticed that a few weeks ago and still chuckle at it each time!

    Enjoy your journey -

    "we got this"... emoticon
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  • SHIRE33
    The towel fits around you after a shower.
    Feeling comfortable in higher heels again.
    No muffin top.
    You might catch someone catching a second glance at you.
    You walk up a small incline on the way to work with a friend and the friend is winded and you aren't.
    The friend takes the elevator and you take the stairs.
    Getting a glimpse of yourself unexpectedly in a store mirror and not realizing at first it's you.
    Buying and wearing belts of all kinds.
    Taking a big box of clothes to a local charity place.
    Realizing some old favorite foods just aren't that great anymore to you and you don't miss them.
    Saying, "Yes, I'm a runner." (insert your favorite activity)
    Not dreading various gatherings for fear of who you will see, who will see you, what you will wear, etc.
    Knowing you are in the minority of Americans who are not overweight.
    Knowing people are not judging you by your weight. Whatever it is, it's not about the weight.
    Not having your kids fear that they are doomed to your weight fate.
    Hopping on the back of a motorcycle when a friend offers you a ride.
    Less hip, back, foot, shoulder, etc. pain.
    Knowing your aging years can still be healthy and active.
    People asking, "What are you DOING?!" and you say, "Eating right and exercising," and they get a sad look. I don't know why this is an NSV, but it kind of is. Like you finally figured it out.
    Helping people who are ready to eat right and exercise.
    Not needing to wear panty hose in summer.
    Buying cute underwear.
    Being able to wear ANYTHING in your closet.
    Feeling good about yourself on a daily basis, instead of guilty or irritated or disappointed.

    This has been a fun way to focus my motivation. Thanks for the blog!

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  • ICEANGEL0531
    I agree w/ the others....fitting into clothes that didn't fit, inches lost in waist, hips, thighs, more energy, etc.....
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    I tried on my dress from last year and it fits!!! emoticon also laying on my back and seeing my feet emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 6/24/2013 3:21:40 PM
    I was being examined to locate the exact location for my new pacemaker and the cardio told me, "You are a thin, thin man." Haven't heard this for 60 years.
    1731 days ago
    Wearing smaller size jeans and not having to buy wide shoes, when I slipped in to the first pair of normal shoes it felt so goooood!!!!
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    For me changes in Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol are big victories.
    1732 days ago
    I began with how my skin looked. I have also had to throw away some undies and unfortunately (although it is a victory) I am going to have to go bra shopping real soon. Good Luck!
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  • KIMBERLY19732
    I really like to focus on beating my previous numbers-like miles walked, workout times and spark streaks.
    1732 days ago
    I look forward to looking down and seeing my pubic bone unobstructed by my belly lol. I lost some pounds years back and that is the one thing that was really apparent! Also having my old undies fall off hahahaha sorry to sound crude, but I hope these things happen to you! emoticon
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