I wanted to talk about something I have found very important through my journey. That would be the NSV…or the non scale victory.
Recently, over the past few weeks, my weight loss has slowed down. Only by a little, but instead of losing around 2 pounds a week I have lost 1 for the past few weeks, following the week where I only lost about 3 ounces. I have found my self getting so wrapped up in the number and I think this is the case for most people who loose weight. We are overwhelemed with images in the media of these unrealistic shapes and bodies, and we are told the number that define those unrealistic standards!
In the mainstream media health is portrayed as a number, not as a condition and the ideal body is created with computer programs and lies, not hard work and dedication. This is something that I have noticed so much on this journey and even before I started losing weight. I used to struggle really heavily with bullimia, not something I am proud of but it is part of my journey. I became so obsessed with that number that it got to the point I was weighing before and after purging to make sure I lost weight. It was an absolutle misserable place to be and I wouldn’t wish that hell on my worst enemy.
I think there is such a pressure on “the number” that you can get lost in it and I know for the past few weeks I definitely have. I hate going back to that spot because I feel so much closer to mental space I was in when I was in the depths of my eating disorders. Which is why I think it is imporant to focus on those non scale victories. What is a non scale victory? A non-scale victory is an accomplishment or milestone that you have reached, that has noting to do with the number on the scale!
I think I have probably had more non scale victories than on the scale victories, but it is so easy to not acknowledge them! I feel like NSVs can have bigger impacts than losing a pound or two and where the weight can be so unpredictable, NSVs are consistant and reliable
I found my self getting so wrapped up in the number that I even had a full blown panic attack this week, caused mostly by focusing on the past and future instead of enjoying the present. I just found this quote on google and I encourage all of you to save in your phone and look at it when the scale may not be reflecting what you are feeling:
I love this and it is now my new computer wallpaper. I have let that number dictate how I feel about my self and how I judge my progress. While it is a good tool to keep track, its not the most reliable and not the only way to measure progress!
What are some of you non scale victories? I would love to hear them, let me know below or post it to Instagram and tag me! I hope you all are doing amazing and I wills ee you on Wednesday!