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A simple thinking trick that has helped millions of people successfully lose weight is celebrating non-scale accomplishments.
Having non-scalable triumphs is just as vital (if not more!) than having scalable victories while beginning a journey in health and fitness, whether the goal is to reduce weight, build muscle, or everything in between. Non-scale successes are crucial because they give us a chance to evaluate our accomplishments emotionally rather than quantitatively. Metrics have their place and time.
Non-scale wins enable us to simply be. Envision admiring yourself in the mirror and adoring your physical appearance. Imagine putting on clothes that are a perfect fit, and envision running without ever wanting to stop? Imagine that after doing and experiencing all of that, you got on a scale and discovered that you were 7-10 pounds ABOVE the number that you had anticipated seeing. The ridiculous, dumb number on the scale—which, by the way, signifies nothing—will undoubtedly linger in your head for the rest of the day, if not the whole week —regardless of how terrific you felt at the time.
We may celebrate our weight reduction successes without using the scale by focusing on non-scale accomplishments like confidence.
Non-Scale Victories (NSV): What Are They?
If you've ever wondered what NSV stands for after reading a glossy magazine article or seeing an Instagram post about it, you're not alone. Positive outcomes in terms of fitness, wellness, and health that have nothing to do with a weight on the scale are referred to as "non-scale victories," or NSVs.
They "track" factors like energy, confidence, energy level, and mood. Have you ever noticed that tracking most of those things would be difficult, if not downright impossible? These are but a few of instances of non-scale successes.
Weight Loss Successes You MUST Celebrate!
To Summarise - About Non-Scale Victories
Overall, own scale is the only one that counts when it comes to victories in weight loss. If feeling comfortable in those baby blue jeans that you have had since you were 14 years old and can’t bare to throw them away, counts as a victory for you, then own it.
Aim for whatever it is that makes you feel like the most amazing, best version of yourself. You can control your own mind and body by identifying what makes you shine. Hence, the next time you are dreading a number that is staring back at you—on the scale, on your garment tag, or anywhere else—check in with yourself, your genuine self.
Mamuna Arshad, The Busy Girl’s Guide to Aesthetics– Educator, Counsellor and Lifestyle Specialist