A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Early morning run & other NSVs

on April 8, 2014

One of my goals for the week was to get up and run at least one morning before work. It’s just a lot easier to get runs in when work is busy if I do it in the morning. I was a good girl and set my alarm to go off 30 minutes earlier than normal. I wasn’t planning a long run but I was thinking about getting my speed work for the week done since that is normally a short workout. The alarm went off, I groaned and turned it off and laid there rationalizing all the reasons I shouldn’t get out of bed. I was tired, it was chilly, I could do speed work Wednesday afternoon on the treadmill which would be better anyway for actually pushing my pace, etc. My non-scale victory (NSV) for today is getting myself out of bed 2 minutes later and hitting the road anyway! I didn’t do my speed work because in that sense, my early morning rationalizing was right: I’m a slow runner in the morning so speed work wouldn’t be very high quality or effective if I tried to get it done before I was even awake! I did head for an easy couple of miles and now I feel very accomplished for the day already!

NSV: Early morning run

Other NSVs I’ve noticed lately:

– Last week, I was looking for something in my Amazon “Idea list”, which is where I store things I might want to buy one day. The list had grown to several pages, so I flipped through quickly to delete the things that were no longer relevant and noticed there were lots of plus size clothing items in that list. It felt nice to delete those.

– That cookie I mentioned yesterday that was so hard to resist? I did resist it. There is something about having no witnesses around and it being just half a cookie (the calories fall out when it is broken, right?) that makes it harder to say no, but I reminded myself that it probably looked better than it tasted.

Speaking of hard, leaving the last bit of cookie alone when there are no witnesses around to see you take it is hard!

Speaking of hard, leaving the last bit of cookie alone when there are no witnesses around to see you take it is hard!

– I got these boots for Christmas in 2012, when I’d lost between 80-90 pounds. I was so excited to be able to wear them because pre-weight loss, I couldn’t even wear wide calf boots. These were wide calf and even in December 2012, were really tight to get zipped on but they would go on! I was so excited and wear them all the time. I’ve noticed in the last few months that they’re starting to get a little loose around the tops! Not enough to wear regular boots yet, but still progress. Wearing tall boots was on my original list of reasons I wanted to lose weight, so this one is big for me. šŸ™‚


– My dad bought this necklace for me years and years ago and I’d never worn it because my neck was so fat it looked like a choke collar on me. It’s nice to be able to get some use out of my jewelry now in ways I couldn’t before, especially necklaces since I don’t do many rings or bracelets because of my job.

Ignore the oh-so-lovely blue lanyard with my name badge :)

Ignore the oh-so-lovely blue lanyard with my name badge šŸ™‚ This is really a horrible picture!

– At Weight Watchers this weekend, when the leader was handing out the little activity charms earned as part of the latest challenge, when she got to me she said “Of course you met your activity goal and get one.” (I didn’t actually have my hand up for one since I hadn’t been to meetings all 4 weeks to check in). That’s not something someone would have said about me a year ago.

What are your non-scale victories for the week? Be sure to celebrate them!

11 responses to “Early morning run & other NSVs

  1. Those are some AMAZING NSV’s!! I am so excited for you!! :0) I have trouble running in the mornings as well. Speedwork + mornings = very difficult!

  2. Kristin says:

    Yay, great job on your run this morning!! It’s interesting how all of these rationalizations go through your head when your alarm goes off. I do the same thing, too, but you’re awesome that you were up a few minutes later hitting the road!! WOOHOO!! Have a great speed workout tomorrow!! I’m doing my speed workout tomorrow, too!! šŸ™‚

  3. leannenalani says:

    Great NSV’s! I survived my first day of spring break alone without secretly eating large amounts of junk food. That’s a big NSV for me. šŸ™‚

  4. ckaufman89 says:

    Great NSV’s! Warning: you may never get beyond wide calf boots as a runner. My calves stopped getting smaller about 50-60 lbs ago.

    • I’ve accepted that, sadly. šŸ˜¦ It won’t keep me from trying on “normal” boots occasionally in DSW, but it keeps me from getting too down on myself when they still won’t zip up. I’ll be glad when skinny pants phase back out of fashion too. There are some pants I can’t wear because the size that fits my waist and hips won’t fit my calves!

  5. Gede Prama says:

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  6. […] good to have my workout done for the day before everyone else was up and around! Definitely a good NSV for the week. I also got a mile walk in on campus. When the weather is this gorgeous, I enjoy […]

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