Sometimes when the scale seems to be slowing down as it has for me lately, I need to remind myself of changes that are not necessarily being represented by the numbers on the scale. These non-scale victories are what keeps me motivated and encouraged. Here are some that I have experienced as of lately:
1. I bought new underware….at Victoria’s Secret. They are not even the biggest size that they carry. That was huge for me, I used to not even be able to step into that place.
2. I shopped last week and bought some things from H&M, once again not the biggest size they carry, and they are cute, trendy things that I have been dying to buy.
3. I am out of plus sizes for just about everything now. I even fit into a size 14 jean jacket, which I bought of course 🙂
4. I used to be able to do 5 minutes on the stair treadmill (see stair “dread”mill post here). I can now do 20. I still hate it and I still want to die, but I can do it.
5. I have increased my weight in every single one of my weight lifting exercises. That makes me feel pretty damn badass, especially when I am doing weights that are as heavy as some of the men at the gym.
6. My endurance is definitely increasing. When I began I could hardly do 5 minutes on the elliptical (see elliptical issues here). My pace was under 3.5 mph. I can now do interval on level 6 at a pace between 5.5 and 6 mph.
7. I have learned how to push myself and I know now I won’t die doing it. That is a major difference from before. Last time I lost the weight, it took a lot longer, mostly because once my heart rate got higher, I stopped working as hard. Now, I am going….”balls to the wall”….every day. Sweat dripping down my face, down my shirt, on the floor….and I LOVE IT!
8. People tell me I am an inspiration. Wasn’t what I was going for, but it has definitely helped my motivation, so now spread the word. The more people I feel the need to be accountable to, the better.
9. Small thigh gap.
10. My BMI has gone from a 49 to a 35.1.
11. I am happier. All the time.
12. I am more confident. I no longer feel like that fat girl walking into a room and wondering what people think about me. I feel “normal”.
13. My kids and husband are proud of me.
14. I don’t sweat as much when I am just doing regular things (not working out) basically because my body isn’t having to work as hard to move it around.
15. Although the scale says I still have some more weight to lose, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am now starting to research maintenance. I have never felt that close to my goal before to even contemplate how to keep it off once I am done losing. My life has been either a period of gaining or losing. Never maintaining.
I am sure I could think of more, but this is a pretty good start. Remember, the scale does not tell you everything about your journey. While you are working on this new lifestyle, you are also getting stronger, healthier and learning to life in a way that will allow you to not just exist, but enjoy your life!