As I move forward in this life-long maintenance journey, I anticipate that remaining motivated and committed will always be a challenge. In an effort to continually jumpstart my motivation, I am focusing more on the positive and on the many victories that I experience – victories that are no longer reflected on the scale as lost pounds, but victories nonetheless.
My first introduction to NSVs was on the MyFitnessPal website, where I record my food, exercise, and daily thoughts. I had no idea what an NSV was! It didn’t take long to discover its meaning and to understand how important these non-scale victories are to both weight loss and weight maintenance. I found that recognizing one’s personal NSVs was the first step to celebrating them and using them as ongoing, intrinsic motivators. NSVs do not need to be monumental accomplishments – in fact, they seldom are. Besides, sometimes our personal NSVs can be pretty funny.