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I am pleased to again introduce my friend Robin as a guest writer for the Food Tracking Momma blog. She is going to teach us today a new way to measure weight loss success. Non-scale victories (NSVs) are a way to focus our weight loss process onto more than weighing ourselves and having the scale dictate our response and mood.
Robin and I first met each other when we attended the same church. She is a great friend and has always known me as someone who logs my calories in a food diary. I do believe that the first time she saw my “fat” picture, her response was, “Oh my word!”
If you missed her previous guest post, please take a little bit of time and read, New Year’s Focus Word: Identity.
Before I turn this post over to Robin, let me tell you that she is a part of my weight loss support system. We need friends on our side to cheer us on (and hold us accountable). We need accountability friends who will lovingly push us to do better.
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Non-Scale Victories (NSVs)
Okay, I get it, I really do. I like to see the numbers on the scale go down as much as the next person, but truthfully, counting calories and food tracking is so much more than weight loss. It is about healthy choices, increased activity and accountability. So, let me introduce to you today a new acronym: “NSV.”
NSVs are measurements of success. Yes, you read that correctly, we can measure success by tracking our NSVs. So, what are they? NSVs are “Non-Scale Victories” and we can and should track them, celebrate them and share them frequently with our friends on this journey. Non-Scale Victories are a vital part of any weight loss program and can keep us going when the movement on the scale slows down.
In case you need some assistance getting started with Non-Scale Victories, I have a sample list below:
- Trying on a smaller pants size than you normally wear and having them fit!
- Turning down an extra cookie.
- Taking a selfie and seeing increased definition in your cheekbones.
- Running around the house with your children when you were unable to do so previously.
- Crossing your legs (when you were previously unable to).
Do you get the picture? So, while the numbers are important, let’s recognize that our victories are not always about numbers. The true success may come through NSVs as we play and wrestle with our little ones or walk around the block without getting out of breath. Be sure to celebrate your success in whatever form it may come. I would love to hear more about your NSVs, please comment below.