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"Smedium Brad": An NSV Tale

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Thursday, September 26, 2013



How do we measure victory after we spill our blood, sweat, and tears for what we are doing here? The elephant in the room is always the scale and it is really hard to ignore. That number is constantly in our face and is easy to measure. Easy to track. Then there are the non scale victories (NSV's) which can be just as rewarding as the scale number, if not more!

Making that number on the scale go down is hard! Why isn't it as easy to make go down as it was to go up? I don't remember stressing about how I ate an entire bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and wondering how the scale only went up 0.7lbs! I don't remember trying to figure out what I was going to eat before bed to inch over 4,000 calories for the day! Nope, that stuff was sooo easy! Getting the scale to go down is the hard part and that is what we have signed up for here!

But as you all know, that scale doesn't always cooperate. There have been days where you want to punt it out of the front door in hopes that a truck would repeatedly run it over. Then you have those days where you are convinced that the batteries are bad and you would like to go hunt down the Energizer Bunny because you know that he was messing with your number!



So when the scale is being a jerk as it often can be, we can turn to those NSV's. You know, the measurements, the clothes fitting, the comments from people who haven't seen you since you have lost some weight. Those little ego boosting nuggets of gold that make every decision to turn down ice cream seem easy! Have you ever had an NSV like that and swear that they could fill a swimming pool with Moose Tracks and instead of grabbing a spoon that you would just say "Why did they fill a swimming pool with Moose Tracks?" Ok, so maybe you prefer vanilla or a nice cookies and cream, but you know that feeling that I am talking about! You are so pumped up about your NSV, you don't even think about ice cream!

How grateful are we that we can have those NSV's that propel us forward? I know I am extremely grateful!

I have had one recently that probably doesn't seem like as big a deal as clothes fitting for the first time since high school, but I know the feeling it gives me is priceless. I have a buddy named Scott and he along with the majority of the world that I know has at one time or another called me "Big Brad". It is easy. It is accurate (at 6'7" it will always be accurate but was even more so at 509lbs.). But at the same time, it got old. It especially got old as I was losing weight and getting smaller. So that brings me back to my buddy Scott who has taken to calling me "Smedium Brad".



Smedium usually refers to a shirt that someone wears that is too small for them. In my case, Scott said, "Well, you were Big Brad but now you aren't so I am going to call you Smedium Brad." That works for me! "Smedium Brad" it is!

It is easy to get stuck with the numbers on the scale but don't forget about those NSV's because the scale will never tell your entire story!

Embrace Your Possibilities

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CATNCAG 6/5/2014 5:23PM

    That was a great blog Brad! emoticon for being such a wonderful source of motivation!

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GRAMPIAN 11/20/2013 6:09AM

  Great! emoticon

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GWINNER1 11/1/2013 11:59PM

    great blog! thanks for sharing.

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AMBER461 10/26/2013 10:33PM

  Great story. Thanks for sharing.

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MISSLISA1973 10/14/2013 8:34PM

    Yay Scott! It is good to have friends who make us feel great about our accomplishments. May we all have Scotts in our lives who leave us beaming!

emoticon Congrats, Smedium Brad! emoticon
Lisa

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SEAJESS 10/14/2013 1:23AM

    There is nothing Smedium about your emoticon .

I loved the comment about not stressing about eating a bag of Doritos and only gaining 0.7 pounds. emoticon
emoticon way to put it into perspective.
emoticon for another funny, heartful and helpful blog.
You're the emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/10/2013 5:55PM

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WHITEANGEL4 10/8/2013 11:28PM

    Love the blog. Have a great journey

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/7/2013 5:04PM

    Haha - Great blog. And it sounds like you have a good friend there who is paying attention to your needs/feelings as well.

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GEORGE815 10/5/2013 10:45AM

    Have a good day Smedium Brad. Way to go. Keep it going!

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WICKEDMELISSA 10/4/2013 8:33AM

    Thanks for the reminder! Smedium Brad...... emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 10/3/2013 9:01PM

    Those little NSV's are what's keeping me going (as the scale just won't move). Small improvements in my everyday life help--like being able to cut my toenails with ease and going up and down stairs without being winded. Small NSV's, but a big leap forward in terms of my health & fitness. Thanks for sharing another wonderful blog with us! emoticon emoticon

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EBONYSOL 10/2/2013 4:21AM

    Keep up with the NSVs!

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IMAGINE46 10/1/2013 12:43PM

  Excellent reminder for me. Thanks!

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LINDAM.1 9/30/2013 7:38PM

  Those non Scale numbers are what I am working for Lipids , sugar.

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BENTOGYRL 9/30/2013 1:16AM

    Thanks for sharing today, it was a good reminder.

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JRICHART 9/29/2013 8:45PM

    My NSV today...putting on a size 8 pair of pants and not having them feel tight...even though the scales hasn't moved much to make that happen. :-D

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KATHIC2 9/29/2013 8:07PM

  Sweet!

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FRABBIT 9/29/2013 7:03PM

  Way to go Brad!

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TINAJANE76 9/29/2013 5:29PM

    Well done, Brad. Keep on rockin' with your bad smedium self!

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MARILYNROBERT 9/29/2013 3:45PM

    Great job Smedium Brad! You always motivate me with your posts. They are so true and you get right to the heart of the way I might have been thinking that day and encourage me to find a new way to see things. emoticon

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JOANNELYNN11 9/29/2013 2:36PM

    Great blog Brad! I don't even own a scale. I get weighed when I see the dr every 6 weeks or when I work out at Curves once a month. I go by the "NSV's"!! I can tell by the way my clothes fit how I'm doing or like you mentioned someone who hasn't seen you for a while. Sometimes those are better than weighing yourself! Enjoyed reading your blog!

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LSDALOIA 9/29/2013 11:09AM

    Smedium Brad, congrats!!! I want to be Smedium Liz one day.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/29/2013 8:01AM

    Great blog! Love it, Smedium!

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CMOMMYFLY 9/29/2013 12:11AM

    "Smedium Brad" Love it! That's awesome!

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AJB121299 9/28/2013 8:47PM

    nice

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BETHLOVESBIKING 9/28/2013 6:06PM

    I LOVE this! Way to go!! emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 9/28/2013 5:22PM

    Aint nuttin like humor to get a day started tight.

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BLINGQUEEN:O) 9/28/2013 1:05PM

    Beyond well stated! Thank you for a great message! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 9/28/2013 11:36AM

    emoticon "Smedium Brad" emoticon

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GEORGE815 9/28/2013 11:30AM

    I embrace the possibilities. One action seems to have an opposite reaction.

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JOANNHUNT 9/28/2013 11:23AM

    AWESOME.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 9/28/2013 8:39AM

    Way to go!! Great job! Thank you for the reminders about the NSV's!!

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ELINTY 9/28/2013 8:11AM

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SIMONEKP 9/28/2013 8:09AM

    Hey there Smedium, I like it.

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SUZIPAM1 9/28/2013 7:42AM

    what a lovely message

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FLASUN 9/28/2013 6:08AM

    Brad, I can see why you receive "Popular Blog Award" emoticon This was written so well and made me think......because seeing the numbers on my emoticon this morning always gets me thinking why won't I lose these lbs??? But I'll keep the "NSV" in mind now. emoticon you are an inspiration to me!!! And just love the new name Scott gave you!!!!!

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