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6 non-scale victories and how to celebrate them

As a health and weight-loss coach, I believe in providing my clients with more than just the scale or a measuring tape to track their progress. In fact, if the scale is driving you crazy, just put it in the closet and forget about it. Instead, focus on non-scale victories!

Non-scale victories, or NSV, is a topic that came up in our Start TODAY Facebook Group (join here for daily inspiration!) and we’re sharing some of our favorites below.

1. Feeling happy to put on jeans
I tell my clients to track their progress one day a week by putting on the same pair of jeans to see if they’re getting looser around the midsection, easier to button or zip and and feeling less tight in the thighs.

One caveat: Do not start with the jeans you haven’t fit into since who knows when.

Choose a pair of jeans that are just a tad snug. You’ll feel fantastic when they fit you comfortably again!

2. Not reaching for tums — or your usual medications
One Start TODAY member Rebecca said that since she stopped eating sweets and processed foods for the past few weeks, she’s noticed a few positive changes.

“I am sleeping much better, no longer needing to reach for the tums, and I just feel happier!” she wrote.

Similarly, over the course of the past seven months, another member, Vicki said she’s gone off her blood pressure medication, dropped her total cholesterol from 217 to 190, and even though the scale isn’t really moving, she has “better sleep, more energy, and a newfound confidence in myself!”

Go Rebecca and Vicki!

3. Increasing weights and improved stamina during workouts
One StartTODAY member Jen said she’s been able to increase the weight she is lifting and has noticed definition in her quads and triceps.

Another member, Jessica, said she recently pushed herself up to 17.5-pound dumbbells for bicep curls, up from 15 pounds.

Who cares about the scale when you’re seeing those kinds of results!

4. Unexpected (and positive) comments from those close to you
Start TODAY member Katherine said that she wears a vest at work, and the best feeling was that someone told her that her current vest was too big (a size 4X). She just went down to a size XL! Similarly, Kathleen from our group said that last week her son asked, “Mom, where did your tummy go?” Even he noticed the results of her working out for 4 hours a week since December!

5. Going up a flight of stairs without feeling winded
Even just walking up the stairs can be tiring if you feel out of shape!

However, Kristina from the group said running up a flights of stairs and not feeling winded after everyday tasks is her measure of success.

She’s not alone. Pamela, who is also a StartTODAY member, wrote, “I couldn’t breathe or climb a flight of stairs. Now, I no longer have to use inhalers to help me breathe. I am a liberated woman.”

How’s that for a victory!


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