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Tracking Success: Non-Scale Victories!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SparkCoach suggested blogging about using non-weight measurements for success. I thought that was a good topic, because really the scale is just a number. Here's what I want to succeed!

1. Reduce total cholesterol number. I want to drop my cholesterol by 30 points by the end of the year WITHOUT using drugs. (My cholesterol total number is very high, but my doctor is not concerned, because my good cholesterol is extremely high and my ratios are good. But I want to get that total number DOWN)
2. Reduce blood sugar by 5%. (I have made major changes to my diet to reach goals 1 & 2!)
3. Increase hiking distance, elevation gain, and speed. (I made progress on this last year!) My goal is to keep up with my sisters when we go hiking in Yellowstone National Park in late September. I don't want to get left behind to be attacked by bears! Hiking season here starts in March, right now it is very icy and I'm doing a bit of hiking, but we have to use YakTrax or snowshoes.
4. Increase cross country skiing distance and skill level. I'm making some progress here! I feel more confident in going out on longer/harder skis.
5. Increase flexibility and strength. (I'm doing this by yoga and strength training. I have arthritis and both of these actions will help keep me mobile without joint replacement)
6. Stay positive and enthusiastic on my fitness journey. (It drives me nuts when my good friend Linda refers to herself as a "little piggy"; for myself I know I am much more successful if I give myself praise such as: "nice smile!" "You tried something new!" "You're on a streak!" "well that was a mistake, but you corrected it and moved on!")
7. Smaller clothing size. (I'm not one of those who will wait until I reach my final goal weight to buy clothes! I feel more confident when I am wearing flattering clothes that fit my current shape)
8. Each time I fly on an airline, I want the seat belt to be shorter and I want to take up less room in the seat! (I fit in the seat without overflowing into the next seat, and I don't need a seat belt extender, but I like seeing a little more left-over belt each time I fly) Those spaces in our little regional airport planes are narrow!
9. Very shallow of me of course -- but I want to reach a point where I am NOT the fattest person in group photos with my family, or group photos with my friends.

And guess what??? THESE GOALS MEAN MORE TO ME than some ideal weight. The scale really was a short-cut for measuring health and fitness -- I'd rather see success in my ACTUAL health and fitness.
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    I can relate to the seatbelt goal. From my former frequent flier for business days.
    1370 days ago
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    emoticon I love all of your goals! I buy clothes at every size too! I think part of it is because I don't ever think i'm really going to go down another size until I actually do! Then I go buy more. You should print those to help you remember your goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1371 days ago
    emoticon Alison. Non-Scale victories mean a lot more to me also. I can see my measurements change, my rings are loose, my pants are baggy, shirts are bigger, I can sit more comfortably in a booth, etc.. You are so determined and organized and active that I am sure that all of your goals will be met very soon.

    1372 days ago
  • LUVS2BIKE101
    You are an inspiration to all of us! I am so happy to read about your successes, especially the improvement in your cholesterol and sugar levels. Congratulations!
    Keep Sparking!!!
    1372 days ago
    Great goal, Alison. I believe you can achieve them.
    1372 days ago
  • 1958TMC
    Awesome and realistic goals!
    1372 days ago
    That's an impressive list. And you probably shouldn't worry about the cholesterol as long as the HDL is high and your doctor isn't concerned. Your brain needs cholesterol. Dr. David Perlmutter says "Cholesterol is vitally important to brain function."

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    1372 days ago
    Rock on! Weight is just a number, sometimes an ugly one. How you look and feel is more important, plus mussel ways more than fat. ;)
    1372 days ago
  • FUNNYFACE101002
    You are doing a great job. I agree that there are a lot of other means of measuring our success and you have done a great job outlining them for us. Keep up your great work. You are worth it.
    1372 days ago
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