Non-scale Victories

It’s not all about the scale. There are a lot of NSV!

By Shani Petroff

The scale doesn’t always do what we want. Sometimes it’s because we didn’t follow the Weight Watchers plan and sometimes it happens when we did everything to the letter of the law.

Those weeks can be discouraging. When we’re trying to lose weight, we want to see the numbers go down. But it’s not all about the scale. There are a lot of NSV—non-scale victories!

Food choices. I was running low on my daily (and weekly) SmartPoints®, but I was in the mood for some serious comfort food. I considered ordering French fries, I stood at the ice cream section of the grocery store and held a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and I walked by the bakery section and contemplated a giant slice of cheesecake. I didn’t get any of them. Instead, I bought a microwavable mashed cauliflower dish. The whole container was 6 SP. I had it with some chicken, which on the WW Freestyle™ program is a zero Points® food. I didn’t go over my budget, I felt full and satisfied, and I didn’t give in to temptation. A major win for me!

Measurements. What isn’t always noticeable on the scale is sometimes noticeable in our clothes. It’s a great feeling when pants are looser, coats zip right up, and the tape measure shows a smaller number than before.

Exercise and Movement. Going to the gym, walking to work instead of cabbing it, and doing something active are all habits to be proud of. I’m trying to do more activities that get me moving. So, when I was visiting my niece and nephew, instead of going to the movies, we went to a place that had bounce houses, balloon and ball pits, and lots of things to climb. I didn’t just sit and watch, I went just about everywhere they did. I climbed more than I had in ages. It wound up not only being fun, but also a great workout!

Positive Thoughts. Sometimes, I’m mean to myself—in ways I’d NEVER be to anyone else. I insult my body, my appearance, my worth. I’m working on that, I’m working on loving myself no matter what. And when I let my confidence shine, when I’m kind to myself, and when I don’t take what I have for granted, I definitely look at that as a NSV.

Self-Care. It’s flu season, and it seems everywhere I go people are coughing and sneezing. The other day, I got invited out. I was tired and feeling run-down, but felt bad saying no. I almost went, but then I reminded myself that I have to make my needs a priority, too. I thanked the person for the invitation, but said I couldn’t make it. I had some tea, wound up going to bed early and getting a great night’s sleep. When I woke up, I felt so much better. I was so happy I listened to my body and didn’t push myself to do something I really didn’t want to do.

In general, I’m learning to make new habits, among them really being aware of the NSV. Seeing results on the scale are great, but so are seeing them in other aspects of my life—because being on this program is about more than losing weight. It’s about being healthy, being comfortable in my own skin, and every victory, scale or otherwise, helps me get there.

What are some of your NSV? You can find me on Connect @shani!

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