Saturday, April 25, 2009

Non-Scale Victories

I thought it might be worth talking about some NSVs since I've had my ups and downs on the other kind. My Pilates Reformer instructor (not the one who made the weird comment, my usual instructor) said she noticed that my face and waist looked thinner. I told her that I had only lost a couple of pounds and she said that it still showed. I appreciated that. We have to wear form-fitting clothes for that class so the instructor can check our form, so it would make sense that she would notice a change before other people do.

I've also noticed a small difference in how my clothes fit and how my body looks. I definitely have lost inches in my waist and maybe a couple in my thighs. My arms seem a little firmer.

Maybe the change is real or maybe it's just a little more confidence and better posture. Either way, I'll take it.


  1. Improvement is improvement, and it's all good - congrats!

  2. You're focusing on improving health, strength and flexibility and it's paying off. Your instructor had no reason to say anything if she hadn't noticed - I can't imagine wearing form fitting clothes on purpose for anything, so give you lots of props just for that alone!

    Yayyy for noticing and celebrating those NSV's!

  3. It feels so great when someone else notices your hard work, doesn't it?! Good for you! :)

  4. I agree with Anne, there's no reason for her to say something unless she really did notice -- so enjoy the compliments. And it's good that you celebrate those NSVs--it will keep you going!

  5. I was at a conference recently where a doctor, who was doing a presentation on the health benefits of exercise and weight loss, said that if you are having trouble losing weight but are losing inches, that's a really good thing. It's more important health-wise to lose inches than reduce your BMI, though doing both is the best.

    Congratulations to you!


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