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dhvaya
02-09-2007, 01:17 AM
With or without clothes, I mean?

My bathroom scales show me at 163 lbs each morning buck naked. When I've dressed up, it's upto a 165 lbs. Just before bed, it's 166. Yes, I'm probably weighing myself too much, but these fluctuations have been noticed over the past week.

So which is my correct weight - naked / with clothes / after dinner?

More importantly, have you noticed similar fluctuations and how do you weigh yourself?


Nikaia
02-09-2007, 01:40 AM
I weigh myself first thing in the morning (after peeing), nekkid. Before my shower. You're going to fluctuate a bit during the course of the day, considering food/water intake and stuff. I generally take my lowest weight out of a given week and call that my "current weight". You gotta learn to ignore the fluctuations, really; they're not that important. Don't get too sucked into the numbers game. I'd say weigh yourself no more than once a week.

Edited to add: When I saw the title of this thread, my first thought was "...with a scale, why?" ;)

Mel
02-09-2007, 07:11 AM
First thing in the am, after peeing, totally nekkid. And I have a favorite tile on which I place the scale ;) I weigh ONCE a day, and if I'm forced to step on a scale any other time (doctor's office), I close my eyes and ask them NOT to tell me because I know what I weight at home and seeing another number (higher or lower) will just make me crazy). They think I'm :crazy: but it works for me!

Pick a time and condition to weigh yourself- it doesn't matter as long as the conditions are conistent.

Mel


2frustrated
02-09-2007, 07:19 AM
Yup, first thing after peeing starkers ;)

I also place the scales in the same position every day! :lol: I sometimes even take a "best of three" readings :lol3:

I weigh every day, but only really compare weights every week. I've got a graph going on charting the day to day fluctuations. It's interesting if it doesn't make you crazy! :lol: I used to weigh once a month because I couldn't cope with it not going down. But I'm interested now! :)

cupcake84
02-09-2007, 07:31 AM
i pee naked in the morning too

and i thought i was the only one who had a favorite "tile"
its like after the first weigh in, somewhere in my head i think if the scale isnt placed in the exact same spot, it wont show that ive lost any weight.....oh how the human mind works:dizzy:

meowee
02-09-2007, 07:34 AM
Basically . . . what they all said.

Pick a time and a clothing condition and be consistent. It really does not matter what the number is. The only think that matters is the direction in which that number moves over time.

Keep things moving and shaking and over time you will be heading in the correct downward direction, Chickie . . . :carrot:

Mami
02-09-2007, 08:16 AM
In the past 2 weeks I've ranged from 150 to 146, and not necessarily in that order. Yesterday I hit a new low of 146, but today I'm right back up to 147. Yesterday I ate 1883 calories, which is not more than usual, and I did cardio and weights in the gym. No reason to go up, but I've noticed after hitting a new low the scale will go up again for a few days or a week, but will then get back to that low and then hit a new low shortly after that. I've found by tracking the fluctuations on a spreadsheet, I dont need to worry about the fluctuations.

Like Mel, I dont even pay attention to my weight at the doctor's office because I have on clothes and have been eating before getting there. My real weight is just me not me plus food and clothing. If I want to weigh food and clothing, I'll do that separately;)

I do agree that the number doesn't really matter, its more the direction of the scale. Which is why its also important to go by the same scale as they do tend to fluctuate.

aphil
02-09-2007, 08:33 AM
First thing in the am, after peeing, totally nekkid. And I have a favorite tile on which I place the scale ;) I weigh ONCE a day, and if I'm forced to step on a scale any other time (doctor's office), I close my eyes and ask them NOT to tell me because I know what I weight at home and seeing another number (higher or lower) will just make me crazy). They think I'm :crazy: but it works for me!

Pick a time and condition to weigh yourself- it doesn't matter as long as the conditions are conistent.

Mel

And here I thought I was the only one who gets down on the floor to make sure that the scale is on the same tile each day. :rofl:

Clydegirl
02-09-2007, 09:18 AM
I do all of the above plus I step on the scales slowly :D

rockinrobin
02-09-2007, 09:24 AM
Ummm, let's see, I actually have MARKED my tiles in the bathroom so that it is in the same position every time. Nuts. I know. And this is from a woman who prior to this weightloss journey avoided the scale for close to 15 years.

And of course it's after I've peed and done anything else that needs to be done and without clothing. :D

Nikaia
02-09-2007, 11:37 AM
I always put mine on the same tile, too...but that's more a function of it being the ONLY full tile that's accessible for the scale to go on in my teensy-weensy bathroom. ;) I hate getting weighed at the doctor's and stuff. It's like, no, I KNOW I'm not that weight. You're weighing me with clothes and shoes and sometimes my purse, too. Those are not me and not my weight. But that's the weight they note down. Why can't they just take my word for it?

LLV
02-09-2007, 11:50 AM
First thing in the am, after peeing, totally nekkid. And I have a favorite tile on which I place the scale ;) I weigh ONCE a day, and if I'm forced to step on a scale any other time (doctor's office), I close my eyes and ask them NOT to tell me because I know what I weight at home and seeing another number (higher or lower) will just make me crazy). They think I'm :crazy: but it works for me!

I do that too. Because one time I went to the doctor and weighed 7 pounds more than I did at home. I freaked. Yes, I took into consideration that not only was I fully dressed, but I had eaten and drank a bunch of water by then. So I expected at least a 3-4 pound difference. But 7????? Eeeeeeeeeek! :eek:

So I went home and dragged out my scale and turned it on. I took a 25-pound handweight and laid it on the scale. 25 pounds exactly.

So my scale is right and the doctor's is wrong! I say so! :p

As to the original question, I do the same as everyone else - in the morning, no clothes (except my underwear), after I've gone to the bathroom and before I eat or drink anything.

mousetater
02-09-2007, 11:57 AM
I do the same as all above - first thing after peeing, nekid, same time placement. I do want to know what the doctor's scale says, but I use my scale as my official number - mostly because it doesn't include clothes, shoes, etc. And, I agree, weight loss progress is a relative thing. Keep it going in the right direction, and you are doing fine.

I have to weigh more than once a week. I understand fluxuations, but I also don't want to spend a whole week going in the wrong direction and then find out about it. If more than one day in a row I gain, I make some sort of adjustment - increase exercise, increase water, etc.

:mouse:

athenac
02-09-2007, 12:08 PM
Wow, I thought I was nuts because I do the exact thing.

ChadsMate
02-09-2007, 12:11 PM
Well, it looks like we all pretty much do the same thing. I have my favorite "tile" and I weigh myself there, naked. BUT I now only weigh myself once a week, on Friday morning. I was addicted to the scale and it's taken me a long time to break the addiction and stop making myself crazy. Friday morning is a good time for me because it helps keep me from going nuts on the weekend.

ennay
02-09-2007, 12:28 PM
I weigh almost daily (nekkid, first thing in the morning) because I dont care about fluctuations. Actually I have gotten to the point where it is exciting to me to say...HEY the high has been below X for a whole week too! Although I only count lows.

I am amazed at how much difference just a couple hours makes. My normal wake up time when I run is 5 am. But if I can sleep in I will. The difference between weighing at 5 am and weighing at 8:30 am is almost always over a pound (less later)

My usual pattern over the course of a week is low on thursday-saturday adn then sunday or monday my weight climbs up and then it takes tuesday and wednesday to come back down to the previous weeks weight and then try for a new low. Related to hard workout days and light workout days.

sumisan
02-09-2007, 12:38 PM
I am with you all, morning nekked after peeing. If I have already have had coffee I know I can't weigh myself, it just wouldnt be accurate LOL My hubby caught me weighing my clothes yesterday, I couldnt believe that my clothes weighed 8 lbs LOL He happened to come in in freezing weather without a shirt on so I was able to head of his questioning with my own "why arent you dressed?" haha I guess he had gotten his shirt dirty at his job (its a gross job). I have a digital scale that reads to the 1/2 lb but I swear it reads lbs different each time I step on so I use the least one :) It has body fat too but I have yet to start measuring that daily :D

Reddalice
02-09-2007, 01:28 PM
I weigh myself once a day. Soon after I wake up. After I pee. Before I eat or drink. Naked. It has to be naked and my scale is placed on the XXL clothing sticker than got stuck to my wooden floor- and won't come off. If I carry my clothes and accessories onto the scale with me- instant extra 8 lbs (my boots weigh 4.5).

jcatron243
02-09-2007, 06:40 PM
I am the same as everyone. Pee first, turn on shower, take off clothes, weigh self, yell at the scale, weigh self again, then shower.

dhvaya
02-09-2007, 07:20 PM
It shows even in tenths of a pound and there's usually not much difference between 163.4 to 163.8, so I round them off to the higher weight just so I keep myself motivated.

I just got back from school and weighed myself -163.0 lbs. Had a big bowl of soup and it's 164.0. LOL :dizzy:

Ashley103
02-09-2007, 07:34 PM
This thread has me LOL. How comforting to know that I'm not the only one who has to weigh on the same tile each day. I weigh every day just before getting in the shower. Sometimes I weigh again at night. My scale broke recently and I had to buy a new one. It was quite tramatic!

Hello - my name is Ashley and I'm a scale addict:lol:

jcatron243
02-09-2007, 10:14 PM
Hello Ashley :)

BlueToBlue
02-10-2007, 02:36 AM
I am amazed at how much difference just a couple hours makes. My normal wake up time when I run is 5 am. But if I can sleep in I will. The difference between weighing at 5 am and weighing at 8:30 am is almost always over a pound (less later).

I've found this to be true as well. My normal wake up time is 8 or 9 AM but every once in a while I'll have to get up at around 4 or 5 AM. On those days, I have to mentally prepare myself for the fact that my weight is going to be higher than usual (sometimes even 2 lbs higher).

I weigh twice a day, just before I go to bed and just after I wake up. Always naked and after peeing. Sometimes if I work out in the morning, I'll weigh myself when I get back because I know my weight will be super low (I don't eat before I work out in the morning and I will have sweated out a lot of water).

riverbend
02-10-2007, 07:38 AM
??? I'm not a freak ya mean? I love this thread.

I actually don't trust the tile floor- mine has small tiles and isn't flat enough - I do it on the hardwood floor. Same plank of course. I leave my socks on because I live in the Antarctic.

I've seen my weight go up 5lbs overnight for no reason aside from maybe PMS. I used to weigh every day but couldn't stand the fluctuations and slow downward/nonexistent movement. That last 5lb gain sent me on a binge. I'd just hit my low during a very long plateau and then the next day up 5 again!??!! :mad:

These days I weigh Tues, Wed, Thrs and take an average. Had I only weighed once a week, say my weigh day was Tues - my loss would have been 4lbs This week. Same for Wednesday. Thrs it would have been 1.5lbs. My loss from last weeks average to this weeks was 3.3lbs. I'll take that!

Mami
02-10-2007, 08:25 AM
I gained 3 pounds since yesterday morning when I last weighed. I attribute that to the chinese food we ate around 10pm last night. I always have at least one really high day of more than 2100 calories, and the scale always goes up the next day. This just makes me want to do way better today.

NESunshine
02-10-2007, 08:28 AM
this is so funny.... I as well weigh every morning, pre-breakfast & coffee, post peeing and actually post shower (quite frankly before the shower wakes me up i'm too groggy most days to find the scale and move it out)...also nekkid I have no special tile since I don't have tile...its old crappy linoleum but I do line it up with the door frame so it is in the same place every day. Fluctuations generally don't bug me, as long as I don't end up on a continuously up trend which hasn't happened yet. I have not been to the doctors yet since I started but I'm due for the OBGYN in March so I think the first time I'll look at the scale, even if it doesn't match mine at home it'll be the first time I've been weighed by a doctor where my weight has gone down in about 10 years. Also... I know my starting weight on my charts will probably be more than what it was at home. I spent years at the doctors closing my eyes and ignoring my weight problem, and surprisingly no doctor ever told me I should lose weight either. For me I know I just can't ignore it.

Mami
02-10-2007, 10:01 AM
NESunshine, you've lost a lot so far! Are you the one who was drinking a lot and eating lots of fast food and changed everything overnight? If so, still at it I see..good for you!

dhvaya
02-11-2007, 01:33 AM
Thank God I aien't the only one weighing myself pre-morning, morning, afternoon, evening and nights! :) :carrot:

jellydisney
02-11-2007, 09:16 AM
Hehe, we're all crazy. I do the same thing as everybody here. And if I have one sip of water in the morning beforehand, I can't weigh myself. Because that one sip could make the number skyrocket :nose:

On another topic--how often is too often to weigh yourself? I used to read articles that said to only do it once a week to not make yourself crazy, but now they are coming out with studies that say that people who weigh themselves daily have a better chance of maintaining a lower weight. :dizzy:

Charles
02-12-2007, 03:51 PM
I weigh myself in my boxers just before bed. Usually that is when I weigh the most during the day so I get a kind of "worst case scenario" view.

I wear my boxers when I weigh in so I feel like a prizefighter getting weighed in before a boxing match.

Goodbye Chubby
02-12-2007, 04:06 PM
I weigh myself at the gym with my workout clothes and tennis shoes on. I always had this idea that people don't see me naked, so why would I weigh myself naked? It might be a weird way of looking at things, but it works for me and keeps me consistent. Plus it gives me a little wiggle room. I guess it's like setting my alarm clock to run 15 minutes slow so that I think I'm late when I'm not.

I wear my boxers when I weigh in so I feel like a prizefighter getting weighed in before a boxing match.

:boxing: I love that! :)

Bonoah
02-13-2007, 03:58 PM
Same deal - in the morning before I get in the shower. Weighing in at night depresses me because it is usually about 3 pounds higher!

Cats tongue
02-13-2007, 07:35 PM
Yeah, when I weighed myself I used to do it in the morning after peeing, when I was naked.

Although when i was at my healthiest, I weighed myself ever Sunday, after my run... which made it as low as it could be because I would always be a little dehydrated.

JukieF
02-14-2007, 11:02 AM
I've been weighing myself daily since I started the McDougall MWL program more than two weeks ago. But I realize that I need to break myself of that habit. I get very discouraged if my weight doesn't go down or goes up.

I realized something this morning. I got on the scale and saw that I was half a pound higher than yesterday morning. I've been following the program very strictly, so there's no way I can *gain* weight on it. Then I noticed my hands. My rings are really tight this morning (they're usually quite loose). I'm retaining a lot of water. So that's it. I'm going to start weighing myself on Mondays and not let these fluctuations get me down.

booskibabe
03-02-2007, 06:41 PM
I love this thread! I'm so glad I'm not the onlly OC weigher. :D I weigh myself every day before I pee in the AM, all nude, then again after - I told you I'm OC! - and at night before I go to bed. It's interests me to see how my "High" weight at night is lower than my "Low" a couple weeks ago. I'm thinking about starting a graph - glad to know I'm not the only one. Oh - I only count Thursday's weight - that's the weight I keep track of that determines if I'm losing or gaining.

NWGal
03-02-2007, 07:39 PM
I weigh myself in the morning and in my underwear, have never weighed myself fully clothed. :D I call that my "NET Weight".