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Not every health achievement is about numbers on the scale. Members of MyObesityTeam celebrate each other’s “non-scale victories” - and encourage fellow members to find happiness in every improvement. “If the scale isn’t moving but you notice moving is easier, take joy in those moments as well,” a member reminded her teammates.
Mobility or stamina improvements, even if they’re not reflected on the scale, can make a significant difference in members’ quality of life. “I took a nice shower and used my new loofah with a long handle to scrub my whole body. I was actually able to reach places I couldn't before all by myself. I no longer need help in the shower now,” celebrated one MyObesityTeam member.
“Nervous about my weigh-in tomorrow but regardless tonight was the first time I could do plank push-ups for 30 seconds,” one member shared. “I am getting stronger so I have a victory already no matter what the scale says.”
MyObesityTeam members also celebrate improved habits that will contribute to their well-being. One member shared her excitement after making a new friend at work: “We even walk around the building together! Two walks around is half a mile, and five times is over a mile. I'm working towards five, so far I've done four times around.”
Another member commended his efforts to eat healthier lunches. “I was a little anxious about returning to work after a staycation, but it wasn’t too bad. Felt even better about myself because I packed lunch to bring and actually ate said lunch,” he shared. “This is a big deal for me - taking small steps to include more fruit and veggies until they become the main part of my meal.”
Members sharing their successes take the time to support their teammates on MyObesityTeam. After sharing his lunchtime achievement, the member wrote, “I hope each of you that take the time to read this can celebrate a small victory today too!” In a different conversation, a member advised a discouraged member, “I also want to remind you it’s about all those small victories that make our huge successes.”
On MyObesityTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with obesity, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Non-scale victories are among the most discussed topics.
Here are some conversations about non-scale victories:
Can you relate? Share your non-scale victories in the comments below or on MyObesityTeam.