What Does NSV Stand For? – The NSV Meaning

Simply put, NSV stands for Non-Scale Victory. The NSV meaning relates to random, simple, or meaningful moments in life that bring about a positive feeling of “I did it!” It is health improvements and progress in everyday living that result from bariatric surgery.

Here, we will share the NSVs of our patients with you.

Non-Scale Victory - every accomplishment starts with the decision to try

What is a Non-Scale Victory? (In-Depth Overview)

We define a Non-Scale Victory (NSV) as a verb (or describing word) that conveys a result, object, goal, outcome, or feeling generally used revolving around a feel-good moment. Bariatric NSVs are non-weight-related successes that define certain occasions in life that are sentimental.

The NSV’s of weight loss surgery can basically be small wins relating to gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, duodenal switch, etc. off scale. It is minute things that matter…

Mexico Bariatric Center’s existence came about to give individuals who quarrel with obesity disease a better life. Period. What really makes it worth it is seeing our patient’s individual milestones that came from their new, healthy lives.

What are Real Life Non-Scale Victories of Weight Loss Surgery?

Non-scale victories, generally aren’t about the results of losing weight, but the life accomplishments that came from losing weight.

Climbing mountain after weight loss surgery


“Climbing mountains are a lot easier this year with 82 lbs gone. 18 lbs to goal. Surgery was 5/1/19”



“Going boating with my family and being able to go tubing!”

Going out with friends after weight loss surgery


“Going out with friends and enjoying myself after weight loss surgery.”



I can see my collar bone again =)!



“I can post a picture of myself in a swimsuit and feel comfortable wearing it…”



“I enjoy the outdoors again. Going hiking, camping, fishing, and loving every minute of it.”

Not giving up after weight loss surgery
Dating and going out after weight loss surgery

More NSV’s of Past Patients

One of the greatest Non-Scale Victories is seeing results through random, personal gains of losing weight. New NSV’s from our weight loss surgery patients from 2018-2023 include:

  1. Sitting in my doctor’s office and realizing that I have my legs crossed! It is so comfortable to finally be able to cross my legs.
  2. Whenever I am asked for my weight at an appointment, I am no longer embarrassed to say my weight!
  3. Throughout my entire life, I never was able to wear a sundress. Now I can and I love it! Thank you, Mexico Bariatric Center!
  4. My small body is able to wrap up in a normal-sized towel after taking a shower!!!
  5. My friends snuck a picture of me when I didn’t notice and I actually love the picture! I used to never take pictures but now my confidence is through the roof!
  6. I can spend time with my kids and jump on their trampoline with them! I don’t have to be scared to break it and I can just hang out with my kids more!
  7. Before weight loss surgery, every part of my body was in pain. My weight got more out of control because I found relief through eating. I just realized the other day that I no longer limp when I walk and my back isn’t constantly in pain. What a blessing this has been!!
  8. When I try on clothes at the mall, one of the sales associates said to me, “You are so little!” That made me feel so good! I didn’t realize all the progress I made until that moment. Now I am happy every time I look in the mirror. Plus I enjoy shopping again! Double NSV!!!!
  9. My pants are too loose and my energy levels are really high!! So much personal growth!
  10. Seeing friends that I haven’t seen in years and being called “skinny mini” or “slim girl”. So worth it!
  11. I never would’ve felt comfortable, nor would I have been allowed to go zip-lining at 332 pounds. Now I’m living my best life!
  12. This time last year, I would have never been the “cool” Aunt going down the slides and jumping in the bounce house at my nephew’s birthday party!
  13. My 7-year-old son sat in my lap the other day and I actually had enough space for him to be comfortable.
  14. Wearing high heels without my feet killing me.
  15. I  flew on 40 flights without needing a seatbelt extender.
  16. Putting on shorts that are too big
  17. My kids sitting next to me in the same chair.
  18. Distance walking without getting winded.
  19. Completing my first 5K
  20. Wore a two-piece swimsuit and walked around the water park!
  21. So now there’s this…a space between my legs which hasn’t been seen since I was 12!!!
  22. I can walk my dog for so long now that he actually gets tired.

Weight Loss Surgery Non-Scale Victory

What is Your Non-Scale Victory?

Non-scale victories create these defining points in life that make people aware of how far they have come and what they have indeed achieved! No matter how big or how small, every NSV is priceless.

We would love to hear below in the comments your greatest Non-Scale Victory in life, whether it’s related to weight loss, weight loss surgery, diet, nutrition, exercise, or any small adjustments you make!

NSV Facebook Post-Mexico Bariatric Center