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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!

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BANNERMAN 9/28/2013 2:13AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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BLUEJEAN99 9/28/2013 12:57AM

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MARYJEANSL 9/28/2013 12:05AM

  Great story! Gotta love the friends who have known you for a long time...

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ILOVEROSES 9/27/2013 11:56PM

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J2740LOU 9/27/2013 11:14PM

    Great Blog! I can relate to that. I love how you expressed your stepping stones, Mr. Smedium. You are an inspiration. emoticon My "S" would stand for short or it would be a "P" for petite!

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TINYTONI4 9/27/2013 7:27PM

    I am glad your friend made the distinction in your change of size. That must feel pretty good.

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LYNCHD05 9/27/2013 6:54PM

    Those NSV are what keep us going. Awesome weight lode by the way!!!!

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DIANNEMT 9/27/2013 6:21PM

    Congrats!!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/27/2013 5:36PM

  Great Blog SMEDIUM Brad!!!!! My DIL just joined SP and gets so discouraged when the numbers on the scale do not go down as quickly as she would like them to. I keep telling her about the NSVs and she had one the other day when she was able to fit into a size smaller shirt...........I think she knows what I am talking about now....
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JSEATTLE 9/27/2013 5:34PM

  Yes, everything you say is SO TRUE!!

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MYRMEN 9/27/2013 3:29PM

    Thanks for sharing! Very good blog. emoticon emoticon

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ROZZIEOZZIE 9/27/2013 2:23PM

    Well done, Smedium! Soon the smedium size will be too large for you as well! Very funny blog - couldn't keep myself from laughing in agreement with you! Scales are evil, NSV's are good! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/27/2013 2:14PM

  wow, I can see why you'd get a huge kick out of that! I never hard that term, but it is s thrill !!!!! You doing super! emoticon emoticon

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NONNAOF2 9/27/2013 2:01PM

  You have the right kind of positive attitude! I wonder who invented scales for people to weigh themselves on anyway? :-(

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SUSIEMT 9/27/2013 1:49PM

    Thank you for the NSV reminder! Smedium Brad it is so appreciated! I am so happy for you! Keep up the good job!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/27/2013 1:03PM

    emoticon smedium Brad.

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BARBARASDIET 9/27/2013 12:48PM

    Nice!

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LINDAK25 9/27/2013 12:12PM

    Love it! Good for you (literally). If this were a battle the scale would be my nemesis--the unexploded ordnance (UXB) in the closet. Something to avoid at all costs. So I'm trying to be more zen about it. Haven't gotten there yet.

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FRENCHIFAL 9/27/2013 11:54AM

    Way to go!!

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OWL_20 9/27/2013 11:52AM

    NSVs are too often overlooked, like they aren't as big a deal as the scale. Sheesh, I live for NSVs--despite my weight being just a few pound lower than when I started SP, I'm able to complete 10K. NSVs are what keeps me keepin' on. Good blog!

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BRENDA_G50 9/27/2013 11:46AM

    emoticon on your weight loss. emoticon

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GINA180847 9/27/2013 11:42AM

    Interesting blog and quite humorous. I will remember that term NSV.

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4KWALK 9/27/2013 11:19AM

    Well said.

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DAWNO64 9/27/2013 10:47AM

    Smedium it is! Rock those NSVs!!

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ALIHIKES 9/27/2013 10:43AM

    Great blog! Love your insights, loved your sense of humor, LOVED your achievement in becoming Smedium Brad! emoticon

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EMMACORY 9/27/2013 10:25AM

    NSV are important on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. emoticon

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_JODI404 9/27/2013 10:24AM

    Super AWESOME NSV Brad!!! I love it!!

Love the pictures in your blog. I hadn't heard of "smedium" and it's actual meaning.

I agree -- definitely take it -- it FITS! (and not too tightly!) emoticon

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NEWTINK 9/27/2013 10:14AM

    emoticon and emoticon to Scott for acknowledging the change in you

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DJSHIP46 9/27/2013 10:05AM

    Good day!

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GIRLINMOTION 9/27/2013 9:54AM

    Right on! Way to go Smedium Brad!

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CICELY360 9/27/2013 9:53AM

  Good blog

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LCRUMLEY81 9/27/2013 9:52AM

  great post

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/27/2013 9:44AM

    Hey that is a wonderful new nickname! And I know I need to be conscious and recognize NSV 's as well.


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KARRENLYNN 9/27/2013 9:34AM

    That was a good point about the nicknames we get called. Sometimes people don't realize how we feel when people call us by those names. I've also learned this time around to pay more attention to NSV's and not just the the scale. (although I will probably always be a slave to the scale!)

Congratulations on the successes you've have in your journey so far. You look great, probably feel awesome and you sound really happy too!

Karen

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