I’m a serial loser. Sure, I’ve lost 100lbs in the last year and a half. But over my life, I’ve probably lost hundreds of pounds after a cycle of regaining and losing. One thing that is different this time is how much more I’m enjoying my losses. Part of that is focusing on how far I’ve come instead of how far I have yet to go. Part of it is keeping track of NSVs, Non-Scale Victories.
At each stage of weight loss, I’ve been ditching my clothes as soon as I can. I didn’t want them in my life. I didn’t feel good looking frumpy. And I wasn’t going to go back. (I’ve admittedly blown a lot of money because I’ve had to go from XXLs to now S. I’m pretty sure I was single-handedly keeping my Old Navy open.)
When I first got rid of my biggest clothes, I made sure to keep a shirt and pair of pants that I wore the most. I knew that when I got down to my desired size, I’d want that glorious comparison picture. While I’m not yet done, I felt like it was time to do a trial run.
An NSV involving clothing fitting better is a common one. And it’s one that’s really more important than the scale because it reflects more practically how much fat loss has occurred. And it lies a lot less than the mirror…
At 5’3” you’d think I’d be pushing my driver’s seat as far forward just to reach the pedals. However, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have my car seat pushed all the way back. It was for two reasons: 1) I had enough fat pushing me forward on the seat, and 2) I HATED how close my belly was to the steering wheel. Many can probably relate.
Now, if I push my driver’s seat all the way back, my toes barely touch the pedals. I feel like my seat is ridiculously close to the steering wheel, but there’s still enough room. This is one of my favorite non-scale victories for sure.
I started wearing size 9 wide women’s shoes (sometimes 8.5). Now, I’m wearing size 8 regular women’s shoes. Who knew feet shrunk along with fat?
Hugs & Cuddles
This is one that I recently acknowledged. When people hug me or my husband wraps his arms around me, it goes ALL THE WAY AROUND. Being so big for as long as I’ve been, I never understood this world of being completely wrapped by arms. But me likey, me likey a lot.
One fear in crowded places or restaurants is trying to weave through a space that is obviously too tight for a big body to fit through. It’s not only embarrassing, but you still need to get from point A to point B, so figuring out a tactical advantage can be difficult and awkward.
In many ways, my brain hasn’t caught up with my weight loss. I often still feel like I’m as big as I was a year ago. If presented with a small space between chairs or people, my initial thought continues to be, “Oh no!” But I can fit. And it feels good to fit.
Heat & Sweat
I can probably attribute some of this NSV to my sauna use, but losing weight along with the anti-inflammatory nature of keto and fasting has given me a membership to the Always-Have-A-Sweater-On-Hand club that I’ve been watching for years among my friends.
It makes these southern summers extremely tolerable and downright enjoyable, and it saves me some cash on electric bills (our 68˚ AC increased to 73˚, but I’d easily take 75˚). Restaurants, theaters, and my house are cold, but I feel less gross in the summers now, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Now to see how I handle winter…
Losing Is Fun
When I lost weight before my wedding 11 years ago, I weighed a little more than I do now. But I could not stand where I was. I thought I looked terrible and was mean to myself. All I could see was where I wasn’t.
This time around, I knew I needed to ensure I enjoyed each step of my weight loss because it wasn’t going to happen overnight. NSVs are incredibly important to note as I progress to my goal. I try to keep my brain focused on my system, but there are always hormones, poor sleep, and bad mood to contend with from time to time. These are mini-tools, little treats, that keep my present and focused.
*Note: None of this is medical advice.