NSV = Non Scale Victories.
Let’s face it – we can do everything right all week. Track our food. Stay in our points. Exercise. And the scale doesn’t cooperate. It’s especially important to have other victories to celebrate that have absolutely nothing to do with the scale.
I admit the NSVs have been pretty few and far between lately. I’m not losing quickly enough to jet down into a new clothes size. I’ve been hard at Power 90 for a good 30 days now, but I haven’t seen any huge changes in measurements. (In the last round, I saw the most changes in the 60-90 day range.)
I’ve been playing the up and down game since RT in April, with very little consistently downward trends. Today, I’m up a total of 3 pounds. I’m not sure why. It could be because I missed a few days of exercise last week. I hurt my foot a little, so I was scared to work out too hard for fear plantar fasciitis would come back. (It didn’t.) We had lots of errands this weekend preparing for school to start, so we ate out more than usual. Plus I was under the gun at the Evil Day Job on a late project, while I’ve got a business trip next week AND a release.
When I’m stressed out, I don’t typically see good numbers on the scale, even if I’m within my points.
Plus I’m having a problem sticking to my new daily points. I typically eat 4-6 points over each day. I have weeklies and activity points to use, so I’m still technically “within my points”, but I don’t always lose well when I eat over, especially when I’m missing a few days of exercise.
But in the end, the whys don’t really matter. It is what it is. I’m in this for the long haul, and I can’t lose every week. I can’t concentrate on the number. It’s just a number, after all.
Instead, I’m going to celebrate a victory that I’m still pretty pumped up about. Many years ago when I was on Atkins for the first time (about 8 years ago I’m guessing), I was working out fairly regularly (for me) at a local fitness place. I got tired of the treadmill, so I tried an elliptical machine. Imagine my shame when I could only make it 5 minutes.
Yep. 5 minutes. I thought, wow, how sad that I’m THAT out of shape!
Because it was so physically hard, I only rarely did it. Much better to plod on that hateful treadmill than face my inability daily. Then of course I quit going all together.
A few weeks ago, That Man started a workout routine at our local community center. The kids swim, while he works out. Now usually I’d leap at the chance to stay home and get some writing done, but I need to keep working out and I was curious. I wanted to see if my fitness level was any better now that I’ve been doing Power 90, not to mention that I’m down 80+ pounds.
The ellipticals were all taken, so I tried a cross trainer machine that was more like a stair climber. I was shocked at how hard it was. My legs were burning in 5 minutes. The intensity was much harder than I anticipated, and I was like, uh oh. No good. I haven’t improved at all. Sigh. Pretty bummed, it took me a few more days to decide to go back.
This time, an elliptical was free. Filled with trepidation, I hopped on. I took it easy the first 5 minutes, afraid the intensity would get too much too quickly, but hey, I made it. Then I made it 10. 15. I was sweating and definitely feeling the workout, but it wasn’t the same killer thigh intensity that the other machine had been. That first time, I made it 25 minutes. I was pretty proud of that!
Yesterday, we went again and I jumped on that elliptical. I’m getting the hang of it, trusting my body and the rhythm. I pushed a little harder this time. And I realized I LOVED IT.
It feels like I’m running like I always wished I could, but couldn’t. I’ve never been a runner, even in high school at much lower weights. I tried. But the pounding was too hard on my knees even then. I hated that sick feeling I’d get from pushing too hard. (I once threatened to throw up on the coach’s shoes.)
The elliptical gives me that flying freedom of a fast run that my body can’t really physically pull off. It cushions my knees wonderfully. My calves and achilles do begin to tighten up, but even after two times, the tightness is much better/bearable (plus I concentrated on arching my foot more, stretching that area out when it starts to ache).
Last night, I made it 40 minutes. AFTER I’d already done Power 90 strength over my lunch. I was dripping sweat but the closest to “pumped up” I’ve ever been from exercising. Now THAT is a NSV! Me, Queen Couch Potato, pumped up from exercise!
Starting next month, I’m participating in an exercise competition at the Evil Day Job, where my team gets points for exercising. I figured I’d need the help to stay on track with the business trip next week. Now I have no excuse whatsoever not to take my Power 90 cd. I just hope the hotel also has an elliptical!
Who knows. I might even look at buying one for the house. I liked it that much.