Early on in my personal training career, I adopted the popular phrase "NSV", which stands for Non Scale Victory. I would use this quite often with clients in an attempt to bolster their faith and confidence in the process if they were experiencing positive changes that weren't weight related.
When I had my "epiphany" and spent all of 2012 healing my relationship with body image, exercise, and food, I decided I didn't much care for this term any more. I mean, think about it: why do we have to qualify the "victory" as "non scale"? It's almost like we are saying, "well, you didn't lose weight, which HAS to be the all time number one indicator of success, so we'll throw the old non scale moniker in there as a consolation prize". I don't like it. Why aren't things like improved sleep, increased strength, more confidence, empowerment, and gains in fitness more important? (because we live in a superficial, weight obsessed society, that's why)
What if we all decided to shift the paradigm? It starts with us be the change, you know. The next time you shave 15 seconds off of your 5K time, increase your bench by 5%, eat dessert without guilt, or nail a plank, call it what it is: VICTORY. Because that's EXACTLY what it is and it doesn't have to be related to body composition or weight changes to be awesome. #lybproject #peaceloveandfood #perspective #personaltrainer #eatingpsychologycoach #victories #theyallmatter #paradigmshift #bethechange #instrumentnotanornament #healthisnotsizedependent #haes #nondiet #intuitiveeating