It’s said that you learn something new every day, and that’s no less true about yourself as it is about the world around you.
Some days, however, you forget something you’ve learned, and you need some reminders of why you’re doing it, why it’s worth it, and why answering the siren-call of a slice of pizza totally isn’t.
I keep a running list of my NSV’s (Non-Scale Victories); they keep me motivated, they keep me on track, and they are all things I’ve learned on my journey.
Just a few of the things I’ve discovered:
I have willpower.
I am strong.
I can bend over and tie my shoes without having to hold my breath, and I like that.
I’m not necessarily a better person with chocolate- but it doesn’t hurt.
I like to challenge myself.
I enjoy jogging.
Good shoes are REALLY important.
Success cannot be defined by a number on the scale.
My body rejects grains with a vehemence that is not to be taken lightly.
Cauliflower is a damn good substitute for a lot of things.
I don’t like brussel sprouts.
I SERIOUSLY don’t like brussel sprouts.
Green beans still make me gag (sorry Mom…but I do keep trying!).
Jumping jacks suck.
Loose skin is a pain in the ass.
Healthy food can be delicious.
I’m no longer embarrassed of the foods in my cart at the grocery store.
Putting time limits on goal weights is harmful to your physical and mental health.
Cooking paleo/primal is fun.
Broccoli slaw is awesome.
I pay more attention to my appearance- I care more.
Caring more about myself translates to caring more about my personal belongings, my home, the people in my life and the world around me.
I can run a 16 minute mile (It’s not a great time, but it’s getting better!)
When you do squats right, your thighs and buns hurt.
I want to take Martial Arts.
I have amazingly supportive friends around me who were just waiting for me to make them proud.
Plateaus make my head explode.
I can look in the mirror and see changes, but still not SEE them.
I enjoy physical activity.
Sex is so much better when you lose weight!
I can accept compliments now.
It’s possible to lose weight in your feet.
I think I look better than I do sometimes.
I. Can. Crossfit.
I feel amazing.
I want to Warrior Dash.
Being a thinner mom- a healthier mom- makes me a better mom.
Eating too much beef jerky is not good for the tummy.
Buying new clothes is fun.
I can do more than I ever thought I could.
more than anything…
I discovered that I believe in myself.
That, my friends, is huge.
But I’m not. :)
I still have a long way to go. I’m just barely over halfway to my (roughly guesstimated) goal weight. It may take me twice as long to lose the remaining 140lbs as it did the first, but I’m okay with that…
Seeing those numbers drop is exhilarating, and empowering. Trying on new clothes gives you a high. Looking in the mirror and realizing just how far you’ve come is a feeling like no other.
It’s not always easy. People don’t always understand- no matter what path you take to find a fitter, healthier you. There are nay-sayers, there are criticisms, there are twinkies lurking in the bushes waiting to ambush you. Holidays and birthdays and get-togethers can be a challenge. Busy schedules and the stress of life will threaten to derail you- and they might succeed.
But you can’t stop. You have to keep going.
What motivates YOU to keep going? What are your NSV’s?