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A Season full of Non-Scale-Miracles

The other night I disappeared under the Christmas tree and picked up all the non-breakable, dog-proof ornaments, that had somehow fallen off the tree. Still laying under the tree, I straightened out the tree skirt, which the puppy had messed up -again- and a few minutes later, I sat in my chair and tears were running down my cheeks. 

Happy tears of course. No matter how hard I try, I cannot find the right words to describe these moments. Many here like to call them NSV (Non-Scale-Victories) and while I like it, it does not even come close to what I feel.

I fit under the Christmas tree, not just that, I can lay on my belly and can get up again.  

Being able to do things I thought I could never do in my lifetime again, these are not just victories, these are small miracles, and I have lived through quite a few of them since last Christmas. 

This year I helped, and I carried some of the boxes full with Christmas decoration upstairs myself. They were heavy and I could feel the extra weight in my knees and back instantly. It reminded me at a time when the pain was normal. Carrying around so much weight comes with a hefty price and you feel it every day -everywhere. The pain I felt in my knees and my back is long gone. I didn't even remember until I carried the heavy storage bin. 

For many years I had to use a grabber because bending down was just too hard on me, even the tree skirt was put underneath the tree with the help of this tool. Over the years I had become an expert operating this device, now I don't even know where it is. 

Just a few days ago, I sat on the floor and rubbed the puppy's tummy while trying to get something out of its mouth, it wasn't supposed to have. The other dogs got involved, and it quickly turned into a group-tummy-rub and I felt so much joy.  I can sit on the floor! I can kneel on the floor! I can crouch and I can sit down cross-legged. I didn't think I could ever do this again. Come to find out I am not too old, I was just too fat! Go figure!

I stopped at a nail place and got a pedicure. The lady who always greeted me so nicely didn't recognize me. She seemed surprised when she looked up my name. She hadn't seen me in a while. For many years I had to get my feet done because I couldn't do it on my own. This time I just stopped because I wanted to pamper myself. I have the prettiest Christmas toes one can ask for, and soon the nail polish will be replaced by me, with another one of my goofy nail colors -just because I can!

Every morning, when I open my side of the bathroom cabinet, I look at a bottle full with 5 mg steroids. They are there, to assure I can manage a strong RA flare but they haven't been used in over a year. I have had some flares, but nothing dramatic. My RA, the chronic disease doctors can't find a cure for, is in remission. Eating healthier and giving up dairy and replacing it with vegan non-dairy products instead, has done the trick. I don't need the steroids and the DMARDs which are like chemotherapy.  I don't even take the recommended dose of Ibuprophen. I am mostly pain-free. 

The spots were my prescription blood pressure and cholesterol medications had been stored for years, are now filled with over-the-counter supplements and vitamins I want to take. 

I don't huff and puff anymore. I can breeze easily, and recuperate at lightning speed when I am getting winded during a workout. Getting the air I need, whenever I need it, feels unbelievable. Perhaps the greatest miracle of all! 

Getting up in the morning and feeling good is something that I will never take for granted. I often sit on my bed and enjoy the feeling of not feeling any pain or discomfort. This is perhaps the greatest gift I have given myself! The daily smile first thing in the morning.

I didn't know how bad I felt until I started to feel good - I didn't know how heavy I was until I started to be lighter. 

Just because it's the season and if feels right, may I call all of these triumphs and achievements Non-Scale-Miracles (NSM) because, for me, that's what they are.

Christmas came fast this year! My toes are ready, I am not! 

122 lbs lost - Only 18 to go!

Merry Christmas -May you all enjoy your little miracles with the same joy I do!

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28 commentaires:

affirmationguy a écrit il y a 5 mois:
NSM is perfect! :)
ArleneMatches a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Wonderful, wonderful post. Your blessings were hard fought for...enjoy them...
musicsax a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Merry Christmas! Keep enjoying those "miracles" !!
joanthemom8 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Wow, I want to cry...for joy for you! Merry Christmas dear friend! You've given yourself the best gift ever!
Tenacity149 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Merry Christmas! YOU are a miracle to many of us out here who share in your struggles and victories! May you have a blessed,happy, and miraculous New Year!!!
SassyCookieMe a écrit il y a 5 mois:
I can so feel your joy, you should be proud of your progress you have come a long way. Reading your blog I could relate in so many ways, having rediscovered my old self once again. The joy of doing the simple things without the need to take frequent breaks, or the simple act of bending down to piece something up off the floor is so awesome. I don't know about you but for me it seems the past 20 years of bad habits have been kicked to the curb and I'm enjoying a return to my forties.
I've found the fountain of youth
ruffneckred a écrit il y a 5 mois:
You are incredible, and inspriring. Thanks for sharing, you have such a flare for writing. Have a great day.
sleepymom5 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
I think NSM is perfect. It must be so wonderful to be where you are today. Hugs! And good luck getting your to do list done for Christmas!
salleewins a écrit il y a 5 mois:
There are not words for these victories. Best I can do is say what you have wrote and how you feel is priceless! What an inspiration to all of us!
b3achy a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Congrats on your NSM!! Merry CHRISTmas!!

Also sounds like you need to change your blog tag line from "Just a morbidly obese woman trying to get to a healthy weight" to "A formerly morbidly obese woman who is now a healthy weight"!! Well done on the 122lbs already lost!
angies_getting_healthy a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Merry Christmas!!!
deadenddiva a écrit il y a 5 mois:
When you have reached your goal you ought to gather up all these posts and write a book. You have such an amazing gift with words. And you are always so spot on! I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that the new year brings even more NSM's. <3
MVElf a écrit il y a 5 mois:
How very wonderful. Enjoy your moments, you have earned every one. And, you have been blessed. The wonderful thing is, you know it. Congratulations and a long and happy life to you.
ggeise14 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
How terrific for you! And what a great reminder for the rest of us. Wishing you truly Happy Holidays!
Gardengal1222 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Merry Christmas, I am happy that you have come so far. You truly deserve to be happy and feel healthy as well.
tammydave2 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Wonderful! It's so great that you have and continue to work hard toward your goal. Not taking it for granted and giving yourself that gift everyday is just such a great bonus in your life. You give us a glimpse of that life with your writing. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!
FarmerCarla a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Merry Christmas! You've given yourself a wonderful gift! I've been heavy enough to identify with having difficulty getting up off the floor or out of a bathtub. Shedding pounds is liberating! I'll have to share this post with a friend who suffers from RA. I keep a copy of your "Walk Through the Swamp" blog in the front of my keto info/recipe book to remind me not to slack off. I've shared that blog with a number of friends. The Lord has given you the gift of sharing words of encouragement. Thank you for using that talent. God bless you.
HildieMe a écrit il y a 5 mois:
So well written, Bridget - and wonderful comments! Happy Holidays to all of you. Enjoy!
AustinRuadhain a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Lovely post! Happy holidays!
I had a moment today when this new, smaller body surprised me with what it could do. I wanted to give a grocery cart to a man at the store that was collecting them in the parking lot. I was able to *run* and catch up to him. It was such fun! I felt like a little kid. I was and am just so happy at being able to move in new ways!
BexB42 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Nice job recognizing the NSM's! I was stretching and tying up my shoes yesterday to take my Nana home when I realized, and said aloud, this time last year, I could NOT lace up my own sneakers. I was asking my husband to help. I felt great, a little mortified that it was a real thing, but great that I no longer need assistance in that manner. My weight has plateaued, but my mobility is awesome! Ty for blogging, I am always inspired.
chocogirl3 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
You nailed it!! Although I don't have as much to lose as you have already, I can feel a difference since gaining 17 pounds of my lost weight back. Aches are beginning again and clothes are getting snug again. Restarted logging on MFP this morning. Will also be restarting my walking routine today. Can't wait to feel that extra energy again. You've inspired me. Fantastic job. Took a lot of commitment.
texteach66 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
I love this so much!! There are so many things that people who have never struggled with being morbidly obese can never really understand. I remember participating in a retreat at my church as a team member - I needed to wear a costume and I was sure there was no way they had one to fit me. Even though the other team members constantly reassured me that they had one, I cried tears of joy when it was actually big enough. Today, I wouldn't give such a thing another thought. Thank you for sharing your victories. I've given myself permission to let go a bit over the holidays, while still stepping on the scale each day to keep it real. So far, I'm OK with how it's going. I need you and my other MFP friends so much - you are so much encouragement to me.
runningforthetrain a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Fabulous writing! Thanks for sharing & Merry Christmas to you and yours...
PAnn1 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
mkg070457 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
I am so happy to read this-it's so beautifully written and speaks for all of us who have been able to shed some unwanted pounds. It's not easy, but the results are worth the effort to reclaim your health. I'm blatently swiping the "NSM" because that is far more accurate than NSV for me, too. Much success with everything you do, but you know you've already got this! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and Happy Everything to Everyone. 2019 is gonna be the best year ever...
djembeist a écrit il y a 5 mois:
This is cool!! I love it! Thank you!
FitAndLean_5738 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
It's amazing all the little things people like myself (those at a clinically healthy weight that is looking to slim down) take for granted such as sitting on the floor, getting up and down, and even playing with our pets! Thanks for sharing!
Karenkempter a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Happy New Year!

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