Non Scale Victories (NSV) are lame
Monday, June 20, 2011
At least, I USED to think that.
I used to think that all that mattered was that number on the scale. I mean, can you blame me? When we watch weight loss shows, they don't show inches lost or body fat percentage lost. People are voted off shows if that number doesn't budge.
That scale was the honest and impartial judge of my efforts. It is all about calories in/calories out right? So, if the scale says NO, then I must not have worked hard enough been GOOD enough. I must be BAD.
I have quit my weight loss efforts COUNTLESS times because of that scale. I would track my food, drink my water, work out HARD. It was very important to have that victory.
So, when I started back here in May and joined a few active teams, the Non Scale Victory term was repeatedly mentioned. I initially cringed, thinking that a non scale victory wasn't going to get me thin.....or was it? Obviously, the way I have been approaching weight loss in the past hasn't worked...or I would already have reached my goals. MAYBE if I start taking notice and celebrating those "little victories", it would be the motivation I needed to keep going when the scale wasn't kind.
So, I started taking note. I started listing things I considered NSV's:
1. Tracking my food every day.
2. Drinking my water
3. Doing meaningful exercise of some type most days of the week.
4. Blogging/journalling my stressors.
5. Staying on plan
6. Trying a new type of exercise.
7. Pushing my limits with regard to exercise a little further (more pushups, etc)
8. Taking time for self care.
9. Saying no to that fattening cheesecake, that deep dish pizza.
10. Taking my vitamins.
When I made my list of things on "paper", a light came on for me. While none of those things individually will get me to my goals alone, the consistent mastery of those items WILL help my body change and morph into the healthy body it CAN be. These NSV's should be celebrated, as they are a key to moving me closer to my goal.
Today's NSV for me: Getting up early on a work day to take a 30 minute walk. It is a great way to set the tone for health, and it is calories burned. Awesome.