Why Do Non-Scale Victories Matter?

You know that losing weight is more of a mindset, right? Well, I hope after reading my blog for a while, that you know I think it is. You can’t lose weight and get fit without changing your mindset. I don’t want you to diet. I want you to change your lifestyle. Make an eating plan that works for your life.

There is no such thing as good food or bad food. It’s all just food. As I’ve gone through this incredible journey, I’ve learned that the hard way. I’d like to spare you that process if I can. Of course, I know you have to find your own way and I’ll let you.

When I work with someone on losing weight or getting fit, I leave the heavy lifting up to you. However, I want you to think about something that’s as important as (well, personally I think it’s more so) the number on the scale. Truthfully, society has set it up so that the higher the number on the scale, the lower our self-esteem goes.

If you begin measuring your Non-Scale Victories (NSVs), you’ll begin to see how unimportant that number is. It’s really just a data point, a piece of information that helps you see if you’re progressing. It is nothing more than that.

The scale is not the end all and be all of health and wellness. Some people weigh more than others but are more fit. Muscle takes up less space than fat and you can have more muscle in your body and weigh more than someone who has less muscle but has more fat.

Does that make sense? I hope so. While a pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat, a cubic inch of muscle weighs about 8 times more than a cubic inch of fat. Impressive, huh?

I thought so.

Now, when I talk of non-scale victories, I am referring to those wins that you have because you are fitter than before. Some of my non-scale victories include, but, are not limited to:

  • Going from a 3x on the top to a large,
  • Wearing a size 36 pant to a size 16 (and still going down),
  • Fitting in a restroom stall that’s not handicapped in a public place,
  • Fitting into a restaurant booth,
  • Being able to walk by people in a crowded place without having to turn sideways,
  • Dropping a shoe size and a half from a size 10 to an 8.5,
  • Not needing a seat belt extender on an airplane,
  • Fitting in an airplane seat without encroaching on the people beside me
  • And much more.

So, I’m wondering what your non-scale victories are. Please feel free to share them with me at dcgoodson@gmail.com. If you feel I can help you achieve them, I’d love the opportunity to help you.

I’m running my first 21-Day Challenge beginning on May 6th. If you’d like to sign up, please contact me. I’ll send you more information. The price is affordable ($89) and the content is amazing. It’s truly life-changing. I look forward to working with you.