Friday, 13 July 2012

Non Scale Victories

The scale has been seriously frustrating me lately and the worst part is that I can't stop weighing in daily. 

That being said, I think I know why the scale isn't budging. Carbs. Too many carbs and white, processed carbs at that. Carbs are not my friend, but I definitely can't live without them (been there, done that, no thanks!). However, I've been lazy with my meal planning and my breakfasts have been including bagels and eggos far too often and my lunches have been sandwiches almost every day. I've been keeping within my calorie allotment, but I know what my body is like and it just doesn't react well to that much processed food. 

When I got down to my lowest weight in college (214lbs), my carb intake was pretty low. I didn't even realize that I was cutting out carbs (I was loosely following a rough meal plan provided by the gym I was attending). A typical day would include a fruit smoothie with soy milk and protein powder, Ryveta crackers with a topping such as tuna, cottage cheese, eggs, etc., turkey chili for dinner and snacks would be fruit and veggies. I certainly wasn't eliminating carbs completely, but I definitely wasn't eating bread, bagels, cereal etc., very often and I felt so good and the weight came off pretty easily. 

I need to get back to this. I don't want to eliminate carbs completely, I need them to feel satisfied, but I don't want carbs to be my main focus of my meals. I went to the grocery store last night and stocked up on meal ideas for next week. This weekend I'm going camping and I'm going to do my best and try not to give in to all the treats (s'mores, chips, etc). I picked up some "light" coolers at the liquor store last night and I'm going to limit drinking to one night. I'm determined to see a loss on Monday, even if it's a small one. 


Even though the scale has been frustrating, I've had a handful of NSV's (non scale victories) this week. 


  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday I did Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I went running. 
  • While out running on Tuesday, I passed two ladies that were clearly walking for exercise. They both politely moved out of way for me and the one girl gave me a thumbs up and a "way to go!" ... made me feel good about running in this heat. 


  • On Tuesday I was digging through my closet to find my go-to black dress pants and couldn't find them anywhere. So I pulled out an older pair that I haven't worn in almost 2 years and they went on with ease! I have no idea how tight they were at 279lbs, because I never even attempted to put them on, but it still made me feel good that they fit :)


  •  On Wednesday, an older gentleman (think grandpa-old) that works in our office stopped me in the parking lot and told me that I always look so pretty. That was nice.
  • Yesterday I wore a cute dress to work and got a bunch of compliments and another coworker asked me if I lost weight, yay!
  •  On my lunch break yesterday I walked over to the grocery store. On my way back, a Cab pulled over to ask for directions. After I gave him directions he said "thank you, thank you, you look so pretty". It was random, but very sweet. 

So overall, it was a good week for my self-esteem lol. It's just another reminder that the scale isn't the only measure for our success. 

I'm off camping for the weekend and it's another scorcher!! Mind you, it hasn't actually cooled off at all and apparently we're on for another week of over 103 degree temperatures (that's 40 degrees in Canada ;) )!! We've had like one day of rain in the past month and there's fire bans everywhere, but luckily, the campground we're going to is still allowing fire.. thank god! Camping without a fire is just not cool!

Have a great weekend everyone!!


  1. I love your NSV's! You did awesome on all the exercise! yay! I hope you have a great weekend!!

  2. ohhhhhh carbssss are so good. i can't go without them either!!!

    love your NSVs! those are so important! keep you head up and have a great time camping! you can do this!! <3

  3. Have fun camping. Congrats on all those Non-scale Victories. they are so important on this journey!

  4. Thank you so much for linkin up to the blog hop today girl your the best! Have a great weekend back!

  5. HI Bailey, I love the new look of the blog! I'm going through a blog identity crisis and have changed the look 2 times this week alone!! I just can't decide what I want it to look like lol

    Secondly, you're doing great! I love that you're figuring out what works best for you and your body. I think one of the keys to losing weight is really understanding our bodies. That's something I've been working on this week as well. I think you're on the right trak though, great job!!


  6. Thanks for the lovely comments ladies! :)


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