The past 3 weekends I have been out of town....Atlanta, Oklahoma, and then Asheville last weekend. Travel is definitely my biggest challenge with healthy living and weight loss. During times like these when I don't see a lot of progress on the scale, I really have to focus on "Non Scale Victories." It's this stuff that keeps me focused and motivated. Here are some of my non scale victories:
My Wedding Ring
This ring used to be so tight that it would barely fit on my finger some days. Sometimes I couldn't get it off when my hands would swell. Now I can almost shake the ring off my ringer. This is an everyday reminder of my progress and I love having that with me.
Size 12 PantsI know it doesn't sound like a very small size, but it is for me. I have NEVER worn a size 12. Well....not since elementary school (if even then). I want to be smaller than a size 12, but I really have to stop and savor the moments along the way on this journey. This means that I can go in almost any clothing store and find clothes that fit. That's a great feeling! When I wore my 12 jeans last weekend out hiking, they were actually a little baggy....WHAT?! It's definitely motivating.
Shopping at Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe
A few weeks ago when we were in Atlanta, we stopped by Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe to see if we could find some hard-to-find vegan products. They also had some cute vegan shirts in the store. When the woman working was helping me find a shirt, she said, "I am not sure if we have a medium and I guess that's probably the size you would wear." Once again, WHAT?! A medium! It was so funny to hear her say that. I am starting to wear mediums in unisex t-shirts but it was such a good feeling to hear someone who doesn't know me say that.
This picture was taken out on my 13 mile birthday hike. It felt so good to do this hike for my birthday. My fitness ability has definitely increased over the past year and 4 months. I can do things now that I wouldn't have been able to do 2 years ago. I can handle intense hiking and I can even handle running! Running has always been something I hated....especially after the half marathon. I swore I would never run again! But now that I am not carrying around so much extra weight, I can handle it a lot better. I have been doing a lot of walk/jogging lately and I actually enjoy it!
These non scale victories keep me going. They keep me focused when I feel like the scale isn't moving. I know I am healthier, I know I am stronger and I know I am more confident. Those are the things that are most important to me.