Lets Talk About Non-Scale Victories

Hey Everyone!

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!

l598594376In 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 l873135401think 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!


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Author: Ruzele

I am a twenty-six year old lifestyle & health blogger / YouTuber living in Orange County California. From documenting my weight loss of 150 pounds to everyday life/healthy living, my content covers a range of topics and issues! Want to chat? Send me an email!

4 thoughts

  1. This makes sense to me. As I feel I am number person and get quite annoyed if I don’t like the numbers. I’ve lost 10 stone 5 pounds.
    I truly annoyed that I had put 4 pounds on last week especially as I had 20 k run to do. Had a massive effect on whole weekend and made me really question why I thought I could even done this run. Manage to find some strength to go and I RAN 10k non stop and love every minute. I just kept thinking of how far I have come. The feeling Getting over the finish line and finding out I done it in 55 mins! Words can’t describe.
    I did 10k I’m June last year in 1hr 29 min and was last! So yes I put weight on but I cut 33 mins off my 2nd 10k run! This is my NSV!
    Keep going!
    Lots of Love Alison xxx


  2. what a wonderful post! and so true 🙂
    I managed to NOT weigh myself at all for quite a while but to judge my progress by HOW I FEEL
    how i feel in my body, how I feel in my clothes or when I look in the mirror
    and I like that!

    my NSVs victories are huge! (for me)

    -body acceptance, finally true and real, I stopped hating and punishing myself for not being EXACTELY the weight/size/shape I want and accepted my body as it is NOW 🙂

    -my creativity just went bananas, I’m writing songs, writing book, making a choice for my poetry book I intend to selfpublish, it’s amazing!

    -I’m in a process of completly reworking my wordrobe, wearing dressess a lot, learning make up, even tiny bit of heel (I live in flats 😉 ), it’s fun and it makes me appreciate what I have 😀

    -I’m making an effort to walk every day, even when the weather is shite, I do it for my dog but also for myself 🙂

    -I’m working to change my relationship with food, food is NOT the enemy, I eat things I like, things that taste great and give me joy and satisfaction 🙂 and because I know I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want and as much as I want I’m eating much much healthier 😀

    I also have NSVs goal :D: to excercise more and get more flexible
    I have a zumba tutorial dvd and going to do that (love dancing and zumba is like dancing) and maybe try Davina superbody workout (she is adorable)

    good luck on your journey love
    you’re doing great!!!


  3. Really like this blog. Your attitude is great and you need to hang in there. A one pound a week weight loss is perfect, even now as the extreme weight loss slows down, don’t get discouraged. The slower it comes off, the regaining nightmare won’t win. I’ve been there. The scale may be a necessary item in your particular program, but don’t let it rule you. The way your clothes fit, etc shows you progress. It’s slow, therefore the better result in the end. Kick that box!😄👍🏻👏🏻

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