Several other WLS bloggers that I follow talk about NSVs or non-scale victories. These are victories, or milestones that have been achieved due to weight loss that have are not measured on a scale. I guess I kind of have as well, I just have not labeled them NSVs.
My NSVs mean a lot to me because my lifestyle has really changed since my surgery in October of last year. I think I have made great progress, even though my weight loss has kind of plateaued. I am bummed about that, but I still feel good about what I have achieved so far.
- I dropped 112 pounds.
- I’m only 61 pounds from my goal weight.
- I went down from a size 32 to a size 14-16.
- I can walk.
- I can breathe.
- I can walk and breathe at the same time.
- I can walk a long, long time before I have to take a break and rest.
- I feel more confident.
- I feel healthier.
- My blood pressure is normal without medications.
- My cholesterol is normal.
- My triglycerides are normal.
- My back hurts a lot less.
- My feet hurt a lot less and do not swell quite as much or as often.
- I’ve noticed guys checking me out.
- I suddenly do not feel invisible.
- I can stand on the metro without severe back pain.
- I can run to catch a metro train if I am running late.
- I sometimes run across the street.
- I walk through my neighborhood on an almost daily basis.
Before the surgery, I was very sick and had great difficulty walking and breathing. I was pretty heavily medicated for my blood pressure. I had managed to get my cholesterol under control, but my triglycerides were off the charts high. I feared that my poor little heart would give out on me. And I felt just awful all of the time.
I may not have hit my goal weight yet, and maybe I never will. But I am so happy with the progress that I have made and I feel great!
OH! And I colored my hair using the professional stuff my sister used a few months ago. I think I did a pretty good job.