Supplement to “Biggest Winners”
They’re the kind of signposts people sometimes call NSV—non-scale victories. Moments that don’t necessarily have a number attached, but show the accomplishments of a health transformation with a vividness and emotional power that tells you how far you’ve come.
Over the four months, members of the Kentucky Living Health Club Facebook group shared quite a few NSVs, usually with multiple exclamation points attached. Here are a few!
Beth Hans Payton (long-time member of Owen Energy Cooperative who recently moved)
I spotted a really beautiful dress that I thought would be awesome for Valentine’s Day. I grabbed it without looking at the size. Most of the dresses on the rack were size 16. I just assumed this one would be too.
I noticed it was a 14 in the dressing room. I slipped it over my head in fear. Once I got my arms in, I thought to myself, “This is going to fit.” Once I pulled it down, I thought to myself, “This has extra room.” Tears of joy and a mini flash dance ensued.
I’ve gone from a size 22 dress to a 14, possibly 12. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see a 10 in the next few months. I haven’t been below size 12 jeans since I was 9 years old!
Jennifer Reeder (member of South Kentucky RECC)
A year ago I couldn’t fit in rides at Dollywood to ride with my family. It was embarrassing and heartbreaking. Today, after losing 60 pounds, I am at Universal Studios riding everything! I cried on the first ride because I was so happy! Everybody thought I was scared! Stay the course, folks, it will be so worth it!
Marsha Wilkerson (member of Salt River Electric)
Yesterday I was pulling into my neighborhood and I saw a woman who was jogging and I got butterflies in my tummy, did you hear me, I GOT BUTTERFLIES IN MY TUMMY! I mean, seriously?! Four months ago I would have thought that woman was crazy, but more power to her! Now I am becoming that woman!!! PTL!!!
Judy B. Guy (member of Warren RECC)
If you just look at the weight loss, I haven’t done so well. But if you look at the fact that I am eating more fruits and veggies and learning to control myself around the sweets and the fact that I am walking more days than not and am feeling much younger, YES! I’d say it’s been a success! And I plan to continue being successful!
Christene Makin (member of Blue Grass Energy)
I have not lost the amount of weight that I had hoped for but I now have more energy, I am taking my asthma medicine less, and for the first time I did not get the flu when my husband and daughter got sick. Yea for healthy eating and exercise!!!!
To read the Kentucky Living June 2012 feature that goes along with this supplement, go to Biggest Winners.