Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Numberless Triumphs

I thought I better write something and actually post it before anyone sends a search and rescue out for me. (Note: If I do appear to be missing, I will be hiding in the closet inhaling a bag of double stuff oreos or Keebler Soft Batch cookies although they are harder to find. Giant, I am looking at you.) I am happy to say that I do not remember the last time I had an Oreo. Not to say I do not want one. But this change in thinking and attitude towards food that I am going through has really helped me see that Oreos are not something I can bring in my house without eating the whole bag in 3 or less days. By myself.

That brings me to the point of this post. Or maybe it doesn't. Either way here is it:

When losing weight it is really, really, REALLY easy to get caught up in numbers. The numbers on the scale. The numbers of your measurements. The numbers of points you can have - or go over- every day. The number of RPMS/watts/calories/distance/time when spinning, or exercising in general. And I like numbers. Especially even ones. It could be OCD if I let it.

Back to the subject at hand.

I decided to make a list of good things that I have noticed about losing weight that do not have anything to do with numbers. I believe the healthy living/diet world like to call these Non-Scale Victories. But  I am going to call them Numberless Triumphs. Original, I know. Good ole Thesaurus for you.

I like that:
1. my arms do not rub my love handles/muffin top when I walk.
2. my thighs to not hit my gut when I spin any more.
3. my bar does not graze my FUPA in Body Pump.
4. I do not snore like a man anymore. So does The Husband.
5. I can wear button up shirts again. And button them. And not use a safety pin at my boobs.
6. I can wrap my bath towel all the way around myself.
7. my skin as cleared up because I am eating a lot better and drinking gallons of water every day.
8. when I run, I can run every single interval for the time without stopping or slowing down.
9. I can cross my legs again. I am sure other people appreciate this as well.
10. my rings are slide easily on and off my fingers.
11. clothes I have not worn since before we got married fit better now then when I first got them.
12. I am stronger. When I first started Body Pump, I could barely do 1 push up. Now I can do all 3 sets.
13. the husband started going to the gym too. He sees what I am doing and it is motivating him to get his butt in shape.
14. I sleep better and have more energy during the day.
15. when I put clothes on, I feel good instead of wanting to jump out the window.

I am sure there are many more I am forgetting but I am trying to get this written and posted during my lunch.

And because I know some people just want to see the numbers - hey remember I work in corporate America, I know how that goes - I'll give you some of those.

July 26 - lost 1.5lbs
August 2 - lost 1lb but lost inches too (thank you body pump) 5.5 inches to be exact. So I guess I should be a little details about that:
Hips: -1"
Arms: -1.5"
Waist: -1.5"
Bust: -0.5" I just cant get rid of these knockers
Thighs: -1"

That is about it for now. Still killing it at the gym. I have been racking up the Activity points like a mofo.  I am considering getting certified to be a spin instructor. There are some sucky instructors at my gym so I know if they can do, I can definitely do it. And getting paid to work out? Uh, yes. We will see, just keep praying about it.



MSDeyle said...

Awesome, awesome, AWESOME.

Those little things mean so much more in the long run! Glad you are focusing on them. It's healthier and of course very rewarding. :)

(I on the other hand will continue to tightly grip my scale in the corner...for now)

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

It's so funny I totally keep thinking I CAN DO THAT with teaching classes. Then I remember I have to talk through it and I'm not sure I could. HA. And I take classes that require mostly coordination and memory and I barely have those. :) I am proud of you. I loved your list because losing weight is SO MUCH MORE than numbers.

Jess @ Wrangling Chaos said...

YES! This. I'm in the same place right now. My numbers aren't changing, but all the other stuff? Lots of small differences that add up to an overall life change.