Non-Scale Victories

I woke up this morning and felt great (could have been the after effects of drinking my favorite rose last night). I felt energized and strong and fit.


Then I stepped on the scale. No change. Still where I have been the last year. And yet I’ve been working out consistently for the last 67 days (although this week I slacked a bit). But still! Shouldn’t that count for something?! My mind kept racing. Maybe I wasn’t working out hard enough. Maybe I was eating too much out or too many desserts. Maybe I was having too much fun (aka drinking too much alcohol).

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There are pros and cons to weighing yourself. It shouldn’t be the only measurement without looking at other areas of your life and taking into account non-scale victories as BeachBody encourages. So here I am to walk you through my morning and how I turned my thinking around.


4:20 - Wake up and put on my workout clothes. Check myself out in the mirror thinking I look pretty darn good.


4:25 - Step on the scale and think how is that possible? Maybe it’s water weight from the wine...


4:30 - 5:00 - Do 30/60 minutes of Booty day. I was DRIPPING in sweat from the heat and knew I had to stop early to get ready for my trip. Feel lazy and defeated about not finishing my workout when I skipped Monday for a softball game and skipped Thursday to get my nails done (considered Thursday my day off). Life happens, Megan. Life happens.

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5:00 - 5:30 - Get ready for my trip. Shower, eat overnight oatmeal, and finish packing. Feel frustrated when I can’t download episodes of Shameless to my phone for the bus ride. 


6:00 - Call (why do we say that?!) a Lyft to go to the bus station.


6:15 - Feel SO strong carrying all my bags and choosing to take the stairs as I make my way to the bus terminal.



Stepping on the scale twisted my mood for the worst. When I talk to patients I encourage them to use the scale if it works for them. If you can step on it and be unphased by it and simply use it as a measurement and a means of accountability then go for it. If you’re like me and that tiny number can dictate how you feel that day then skip it and focus on non-scale victories. Those can include:


  • Feeling more energized. 
  • Enjoying your workouts and getting them done most of the time. Nobody is perfect.
  • Carrying/lifting heavy things.
  • Feeling your muscles burn and enjoying it (but they shouldn’t hurt).
  • Flexing your muscles and seeing progress.
  • Feeling confident.
  • Choosing nutritious foods more often because you treasure your body.

And please know that some weeks you can crush all of your workouts no problem and other weeks your body needs some slack. Go with the flow. Don’t try tthe be perfect but try your best to reach your goals.

A Few of my Favorite Things

Some of my favorite bloggers have written about their favorite things and it’s inspired me.  Plus, it’s a fun way to find out new fun things to do and get! So here we go. 

 

 

The BeBrand headbands. They get kind of sweaty during a workout, but they’re so comfy and super duper cute

 

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My CSA!!! Cannot shout it from the rooftop enough. It definitely matters which farm you get yours from, but in general you’re supporting agriculture and local farms and that I L O V E!! CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Basically you “buy into” a farm to support its growth and whatever they grow they split between the “shareholders.” Obviously the bounty depends on the prosperity of the farm and the weather that season. But I’ve never been disappointed.

 

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Overnight oatmeal. I always love overnight oatmeal, but lately I have adjusted my recipe and just can’t get enough of it. I’ve been mixing ½ cup oatmeal, ¾ cup milk, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 banana, and 1-2 tsp of maple syrup. The banana sits overnight and makes the oatmeal a bit sweeter and we all know how delicious maple syrup and peanut butter is! Excuse me while I salivate...and I apologize for no picture of it but here’s some oatmeal!

 

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Comfy bathing suits! Out are the days of skimpy bathing suits and in are the days of sporty yet cute bathing suits. I’m all about keeping those girls in place and being comfy. After all, I’m usually in my bathing suit in Maine with my parents and I just want to enjoy myself, not worry about being “too revealing.” I also love how it makes me feel so strong, but maybe that’s just my chiseled arms 😂

 

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Jumpsuits! I mean, duh. Look at how cute they are despite my body type (short and top heavy) being a bit challenging given the style. This one is a bit long in the legs but I still rock it. I’m so modest...

 

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Dogs!!! I miss them terribly. 

 

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 Spontaneous nights out. Friday after work I planned to workout (if I could muster the energy) and crash HARD. Instead I said yes to a meeting some coworkers at Brewers Fork for a drink to celebrate one coworker’s next adventure. I almost didn’t go because I was so tired but I knew I’d just be alone at my apartment. And so I went and I have ZERO regrets. We drank (a lot) and ate delicious pizza and never stopped laughing. Of course the headache the next day and pizza eaten at 11 wasn’t my finest moment, but I still don’t regret it. 

 

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Brunching

Julia and I made brunch plans this past Saturday. The best part about brunching with Julia is that we are both early risers do brunch is really a big breakfast. We made reservations at Cafe Luna for 9am when they opened. It was a beautiful day and I waited in line in the sun for them to open. This was my debut of my jumpsuit as well!

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Julia arrived and we were seated. The restaurant was PACKED. We sat in the sunshine/shade and started chatting and never stopped.  

I ordered Nitro cold brew because I am officially obsessed. It was served in a cocktail glass, I loved it. For an appetizer we went with the grilled buttermilk biscuits served with honey butter. I will dream about these biscuits.  

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For my main meal I chose the roasted vegetable hash as an omelet...but I was slightly disappointed. I thought the omelet would have more vegetables...I should have gotten it as the hash... 

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I do want to go back and try their sweeter breakfast options, but after having sweet wine and ice cream the night before I just wasn’t feeling it.  

We ate and talked some more. It is always so nice catching up with Julia. We can talk about everything.  I was sad when we had to leave but I walked through Central Square to pick up a few things at Target before heading home to work on the blog and do laundry. Exciting day! Any day that starts with brunch is a good day! I wish my budget allowed for it more (but who am I kidding, I always go over my budget).