I used to be a non scale chick...the fluctuations made me crazy... Now I weigh daily, and use the average for the week as my "real" number...this seems to be working, so I thought I would share. Does anyone else do that ?
If so, how is it working for you ?
I don't average - too much math! lol! I weigh daily so I can see the trend, and then have one day a week that I count as my official weigh in day, and that's what I go by for my ticker. I will sometimes change in between - if I hit a milestone or if I'm doing a challenge that is on a different schedule.
I just changed my weigh in day from Monday to Saturday because I was seeing that every week, I had an increase on Mondays. I realized that it was because I exercise a lot more on weekends (since I have more time!) and have a little bit of swelling/water weight from that. It was getting pretty discouraging and annoying to see one number on Friday or Saturday, but then a higher number on Mondays. So now I'm going to try Saturdays and see how that works (tomorrow will be the first week). I expect to temporarily go back up from my Sat. weight but that extra is generally gone by Wed., so I think Sat. will be a good reflection of my actual loss each week.
Probably, if I took the time to do the math, all of that might end up coming close to an average too.
I now way daily, thanks to this site. I can't believe how much it has changed me. It seems like such a small thing.
I no longer obsess about the scale wondering what I weigh today, dreaming about what I might way at the next weigh in, wondering if the new weight is a fluke and or disappointed when it isn't what I dreamed it would be.
And I figure weighing daily will keep me from ever going on a three year hiatus again. I can't bury my head in the sand if my routine is to weigh every day.
I plot my Friday's weights on a chart on My Daily Plate. So I guess my Fridays are for real, but I change my ticker the minute I see a new good weight, even though that often means getting back to it again.
Today, however, it is accurate at 199.
Long term goal: To still be calorie counting 11/9/2010
mini goals: ~211-10% lost;12/24/09 ~203 class I obesity 1/28/10; ~199 Onederland/15% 2/19/10; ~188-20%; ~185 half way 5/14/10; 179-bye 180's 6/12/10; ~174 overweight 7/3/2010;169-bye 170's 8/13/10;~164-30% 10/23/2010159-bye 160's~11/1/10; 153-35%~12/23/10; 149-bye 150's~2/11/11; 145 normal~2/14/2011; ~141-40%; 139-bye 140's ~135 GOAL! (129-45%; 117.5-50%)
I don't mind not changing my ticker all the time - by the time I change it, it's usually a weight I've seen for a day or two, so I feel more secure in "owning" it, so to speak. On another thread (with people who mostly have less weight to lose so their loss is slower), someone said that she waits until she sees the same number 3 days running before claiming it - I might eventually switch to something like that down the road.
This whole issue is actually the biggest potential drawback for me in changing my WI date. Since my Monday weight is a little bit inflated, other than TOM where there is a noticeable difference but I know it will come back off, and some weirdness this week where I had 4 lbs water gain over a couple of days (but then 3.5 lb loss over one night!), I have pretty much always been at my ticker weight or below. I hate the idea of any loss I have not counting because I need to get back down to my ticker weight before I get to count it.
I weigh every day, but I only truly count Tuesdays. There have been some weeks when I know Tuesday is inaccurate due to extra exercise on Monday, sodium, etc. and then I use Wednesday as my official weight. I also keep an eye on my moving average, like Matt does, though I have discovered I prefer weighchart.com to the google one. It lets me track my blood glucose too and so I can easily see it compared to my weight loss on my little chart. It also let me fill in all my weights back to the beginning of my journey and it has a photo timeline.
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