Ladies and gentlemen, step right up to the scale of awesomeness! No, it's not the scale you're used to seeing at the doctor's office, but the scale of non scale victories. Yes, that's right, victories that have nothing to do with the number on the scale.
Are you ready to feel like a weight loss superhero? Keep reading to find out how!
We've all been there. You step on the scale, hoping to see a number with a little 'minus' sign in front of it. But instead, you're met with the same old weight as last week, or even worse, a slight increase. It can be disheartening, to say the least.
But fear not, I bring good news: The scale is NOT the ONLY measure of success. NOR is it the ULTIMATE measure of success. Non scale victories are here to save the day.
Non scale victories, or NSVs as they are affectionately known, are all the amazing accomplishments that have nothing to do with the scale.
NSVs keep you motivated when the scale isn't budging.
It's easy to get discouraged (and maybe even give up) when the numbers on the scale aren't moving as fast as you'd like. By focusing on non scale victories, you can remind yourself that you're still making progress in other areas of your wellness journey.
Seeing and feeling the positive changes in your body and health can be incredibly rewarding and can give you the boost you need to keep going.
Provide a more accurate and meaningful measure of your progress.
Losing weight isn't just about the number on the scale. You are so much more than a silly number! The number on the scale can be influenced by many factors, including water weight, muscle mass, and even the time of day.
On the other hand, non-scale victories are tangible, observable changes that you can see and feel for yourself. These changes are often more indicative of the consistent healthy lifestyle changes you're making, rather than just a temporary fluctuation on the scale.
So get in the habit of acknowledging, remembering, and celebrating ALL your non scale victories.
It's important to take the time to recognize and celebrate your non-scale victories, just as you would a weight loss milestone. Here are a few ideas for how to do that:
1. Sticky Notes!
“Stick” with me on this one ;) Because this is one of my favorite strategies to suggest. It's so fun!
Write Each Non Scale Victory on a Sticky Note
Every time you experience something positive related to your weight loss journey, write it on a sticky note (post it note):
Etc, etc, etc.!
Hang it on Bathroom Mirror
Why the bathroom mirror you ask? Because you’re likely to look in, or pass by, your bathroom mirror multiple times in a day.
As you experience more and more non scale victories and post
them where you can see them, you have a constant visual reminder that you're enjoying
LOTS of great weight loss outcomes…
…that have NOTHING to do with the scale.
Write down your non scale victories in a journal designated just for that. You can even keep it with you at all times so you have an instant motivation booster should you have a weak moment.
Share your NSVs with someone. Sharing your non-scale victories with a friend, family member, or support group can be a great way to get validation and encouragement from others.
4. Treat Yo Self
Ehem...In a nonfood way of course....A little bit of self-care can be a great way to celebrate NSVs. Show yourself some love:
Losing weight can be a challenging and frustrating process, and it's easy to get caught up in the numbers on the scale as the sole measure of success. However, it's important to remember that weight loss is about SO much more than just the number on the scale.
In fact, non-scale victories (NSVs) can be just as, if not more, important to your overall weight loss journey.
So next time you're feeling down because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like, take a moment to think about all the other amazing things you've accomplished on your journey. Recognize and celebrate your NSVs regularly.
Don't let the scale dictate your self worth. Keep up the amazing work!