I don’t know about you but weight loss is full of ups and downs. There are days where I feel like I can take on the world, and there are days where I feel like I’m just as heavy as always and I want to drown my sorrows in cupcake frosting. Both types of days are entirely normal and I am slowly learning to relish in the good, strong, powerful days and to look for small victories in the harder days.
The keep on keeping on nsv or “I can do this ” nsv
This type of non-scale victory relies on you noticing when you are rising above something that might have previously been an obstacle. You use your strength and determination to make a different choice from the one you might have made before. This could include not eating your fries, working out when you really don’t want to, avoiding the dangerous buffet, or even managing to eat the buffet in moderation. Anything that is a temptation for you is an opportunity for a NSV. And as I find, the more of these types of NSVs you have, the easier it is to make more good choices. Strength and willpower multiply exponentially. When you are staying strong on Monday it is easier to stay strong on Tuesday. If you make some not-great choices on Monday it might be harder to make good choices on Tuesday. This NSV has cumulative powers to keep you on track.
The “That’s New” NSV
These are victories that are new to you, or at least things you haven’t seen or been able to do for a while. Again these are dependent on you, but most of the time you suddenly become aware of them and it is a shock to you. Just when you think no progress is being made you might find a pair of jeans looser, or the blazer fitting better, or the car seat belt just being more comfortable. You might find your endurance has gone up at the gym, or you can run longer distances, or lift heavier weights. Or maybe it is realizing that the salad you had for lunch really hit the spot, or that you aren’t craving diet coke today. These NSV are glimmers of progress that also keep us going. They are tangible examples of our ability to make change in our life, even if we don’t always see it on the scale. You can seek these out by measuring yourself or trying on new clothes in different sizes, but most of the time these will sneak up on you and you will suddenly find yourself smiling with the knowledge of something accomplished.
Here are just a few others
Your clothes are fitting looser or you are not sturggling to snap that snap!
Your exercising is getting easier
Crossing your legs(I haven’t reached it but remember when I did before what a big nsv this was)
Seeing a slimmer face in the mirror
For me a big goal was getting on my horse without the step stool, well I still need one but it is only a one step.
Comment on your nsvs and how they impower you!
Next blog I’m going to tackle emotional eating because I battle this every day.