Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Travel NSVs

Throughout my 12 days in Africa I experienced a number of "non sleeve victories" (NSVs) that I thought I'd share. They remind me how impactful my weight was on just about every facet of my life!
  • Being stuck in a middle or aisle seat on a small plane flying between cities didn't cause complete panic and wasn't entirely uncomfortable
  • I didn't sweat through my pants while sleeping/sitting on the 15-hour flight over, thus rendering them completely gross and unwearable for the rest of the trip
  • When I forgot to pack clothes that were warm enough I could walk into a regular store and by a North Face fleece, sweatshirt, and long sleeve shirt - this is a serious one for me as it's nearly impossible to find fat clothes overseas
  • When getting a massage, I could wear the normal-person robe and actually tie it around myself, thus avoiding the embarrassing step of asking for a bigger one, or having to wear clothes underneath so I don't flash anyone
  • When it got crowded in the jeep on safari, not only did I not feel cramped and like I was invading the space of others, I actually crossed my legs!
  • While I'm not excited to wear a bathing suit, I was comfortable wearing just a one piece without some big "swim skirt"
  • I wasn't worried about working my day around food. I had my protein shakes, bars, and would simply pick a protein option when the day called for having a meal
  • I saved money by doing a safari where the food was average (I didn't care since my trip wasn't about the food) and alcohol wasn't included (since I don't drink much anymore)
  • Lugging a heavy backpack and suitcase through eight airport trips in 12 days was a non-event
  • I felt more confident in my work meetings since I didn't feel like I was, by far, the largest person in the room (aka the fat american)
Thanks, sleeve. Couldn't have done it without 'ya.


  1. These are awesome NSVs! Congrats and welcome back!!

  2. Thanks for sharing. What awesome experiences!

  3. Congrats! What a great list of NSVs!