For so many weeks now I’ve hosted this linkup to celebrate all of our Non-Scale Victories. I really do think that it is important to take time to reflect on the positive changes we’ve made in our lives, regardless of what the scale is showing you at the moment.
With that said, I do think that weighing yourself is important. It is a good way to keep yourself in check and hold yourself accountable. However, it is only one factor in this journey.
I’ve recently started reading “The Female Body Breakthrough” by Rachel Cosgrove and so far I’m finding it very informative. The book was actually given to me as a gift and I’ve loved a lot of the quotes and visualizations used. In the beginning chapters she talks a little bit about determining what your weight loss goal should be:
“You have to figure out what your best body is, where you look and feel absolutely amazing. Don’t focus on a number, but on a feeling, one of confidence and empowerment. Most women are too focused on a magic number and forget to tune in to how they feel and how they look in their clothes.”
Because I have regularly exercised even when my weight has been fluctuating up and down, my clothing size is staying the same because I’ve lost inches, even when I may not have lost pounds. How my body adjusts to changes and how yours adjusts will be completely different.
Also, I think it is important to realize that once I hit that “magic number” on the scale all of my problems will not disappear. I’ve read a lot of articles and blogs by those who have lost a significant amount of weight and a common theme is how hard the struggle is to maintain and how losing the weight doesn’t magically solve all your issues. That is why I am taking the time to focus on the whole of the journey and take a minute to recognize other factors that show success.
By far the most challenging aspect of all of this is the mental aspect. I took a big step at the end of last week and took time to talk to a counselor. I found the visit helpful and informative. Even after one talk I realized that I could be looking at things in a different light and that I’m way too difficult on myself, aren’t we all our harshest critic?
I’ve dusted myself off, again, and I’m back to work. I recently invested in a fitbit with Audrey and we are tracking our steps. It has been a major wake up call to see how little steps I get during the work day if I don’t consciously make myself go for a walk. Many times I feel like I’m chained to my desk, but it is good for your mind to get moving and even taking a quick, short walk to refocus.
Here are my FitBit results for Tuesday and Wednesday:
Do you have an NSV this week? Linkup and share!