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makinthechange
11-17-2007, 09:21 PM
Is it a hinderance do you think? I was weighing once a week, but the last few months Ive found myself stepping on the scale everyday. Im thinking about telling someone to hide the scale until my weigh day, I think its making me discouraged, because everytime I see a pound go up...I get sad.


JayEll
11-17-2007, 09:35 PM
Hey makinthechange, :wel3fc:

Some folks do OK with weighing every day--others do get too tossed around by the scale fluctuations. If it's too discouraging, then put the scale away and only weigh once a week. :) It's completely what works for you!

Jay

SunshineRunner
11-17-2007, 11:12 PM
I actually weigh myself 2-3 times a day - I enjoy watching the fluctuations - good & bad....a lot of people don't agree with my method, but it really makes me strive to eat healthier & exercise daily. I personally rarely have a "down day" from weighing myself daily as much as I do.

However, like JayEll stated, it doesn't work for everyone...some people it depresses and if that is you, I would tell you to lock up your scale. We are all in this weightloss thing together, but we are all very different people!

Good Luck!


LeedaRenee
11-17-2007, 11:24 PM
I weigh everyday and probably always will. It helps me see that weight fluctuates throughout the month and I can see a higher number and not freak out around certain times of the month. It also holds me accountable for those cheat meals that cause the salty or water weight gain the next day.

I agree, if it makes you edgy or depressed, stop doing it. If you find that it helps you on your weight loss journey, then by all means continue.

jordan
11-18-2007, 01:03 AM
I, too, weigh everyday. And I will continue to do so forever because as soon as I don't hold myself accountable to the scale, I know I will regress. I am not overly concerned by the exact number that the scale reads each day, but I know the range that it needs to stay in and am determined to keep it in that everchanging range. Also, for me, I find it far less dissappointing to see little fluctuations each day than to wait a week and not see the loss I expected. The let down between not losing between Monday and Tuesday is almost nonexistant, but to go a whole week and not lose would be harder. Just my opinion, of course, find what works for you and do that.

Rowdin
11-25-2007, 06:02 PM
Another daily weigher here. I find that when I can actually see my weight trending up over several days it's much easier to adjust my behavior .

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Rafaella
11-25-2007, 06:48 PM
I used to weigh everyday but it really made me sad when te numbers went up so now Im trying to weigh only once a week... its working so far 4 me!

rockinrobin
11-25-2007, 09:35 PM
You've got to know yourself and find what works best for you.

I had avoided the scale for close to 15 years prior to my lifestyle change. That didn't work out very well for me. Sure, I knew I was morbidly obese, but I can't help but think had I just been more aware of the actual NUMBERS maybe that would have woken me up sooner and I would have taken action sooner.

I now weigh myself everyday. For me, it's a reality check first thing in the morning. It makes me aware and intune to my body. It reminds me that what I put in my mouth affects my weight, and therefore my health.. If I do go up a pound (or more) and I haven't strayed from healthy eating, then I don't let it get to me. If I go up a pound and I know that I've eaten something "off", well then there you have it - reality check. No burying my head in the sand.

CountingDown
11-25-2007, 10:10 PM
Another daily scalehopper here. Like Robin, I avoided the scale for eons. I do log my weight into Fitday, and also into Excel. In Excel, I track weekly averages, and "one week ago" and "one month ago" numbers. It helps me put everything into perspective. I may jump up a lb. from yesterday, but a month ago I was 8 lbs. heavier - I can live with the fluctuations when I look at the bigger picture.

freiamaya
11-26-2007, 12:03 AM
I HATE the scales. I get obsessed with the number. I hate the fact that a normal daily fluctuation will set me back emotionally. I find that a big loss = excuse to cheat. A small loss = discouragement. NO loss = frustration and tears. SO not worth it to me.
For ME, my ONLY goal is to stick with my weight loss plan 100%, and let the pounds take care of themselves, and to weigh myself NO EARLIER than once a week.
HOWEVER, I have found that I need to weigh daily in order to maintain my loss! I have maintained 50lbs off since 2004, and that was through daily weighing, so I could catch the small pounds before they grow into large numbers.
SO, for my final push to the finish, ONCE a week on the scales is more than adequate for me!
Maya
:)

kaplods
11-26-2007, 01:06 AM
I weigh daily, and record the weight. I consider Monday weigh-in's to be my "official" weight for the week. Personally, though, I don't think how often you weigh is all that important at all, or at least it doesn't have to be.

Whether you weigh hourly, daily, weekly or monthy, you can be doing so in a healthy or unhealthy manner. I think how you view the scale (and your "numbers") and how much importance and control you give it over your life matters much more than how often you use it. The scale is only a tool, it isn't measure of your self-worth, and you shouldn't let it control your life and emotions.

If weighing daily is stressing you out, you can try weighing less often, and that's a legitimate choice. However, if you still stress out about it and let it control how you feel about yourself, you've only reduced the problem, you haven't eliminated it.

Obviously it's easier said than done, but I believe almost anyone can learn to take the shame and self-recriminations and unrealistic goals and expectations and negative emotions out of the process of weight loss. You can change your behavior to accomodate a set of skewed beliefs and emotions, and sometimes you may have to, but I think the first choice should be attempting to bring rationality to your weight loss process. Seeing the scale go up a pound whether at a daily or weekly weigh-in doesn't have to ruin your whole day. You can be smarter and stronger than that.

When you "talk" to yourself, practice doing so as if you weren't you, but someone you love and respect very much. What would you say to a friend in your situation, what would you tell them? If your best friend got on that scale and it was up a pound, would you ever say or even think "How can you be so stupid, you fat, lazy, ugly cow? You disgust me. You're always going to be fat! No one will ever love you!"

So if you wouldn't treat a friend or even a stranger that way, then don't treat yourself that way. You might think "I can't help it," but would you accept that excuse from someone who was being mean to other people? Wouldn't we say to them that they do have a choice and they don't have to be cruel to others? I think the same applies to ourselves. It might be difficult to be kinder to ourselves, but it is within our power to do so, and mostly it's a matter of practice.

My theory anyway.

Heather
11-26-2007, 01:29 AM
When I was morbidly obese I did know what I weighed. Knowledge didn't help me... :(

Nowadays I weigh several times a week. Mondays are "official" but I weigh other times to see how things are going. I usually can handle the fluctuations, but will admit sometimes the scale gets to me.

tamaralynn
11-26-2007, 09:10 AM
I weigh daily. And I now understand that your body will fluctuate over the week. I just note my saturday morning weigh in though.

settie
11-26-2007, 10:19 AM
I weigh twice a day every day - once in the morning and once before bed. I only record my weight on Fridays. I think what works for you is what you should do. ;)

Hermit Girl
11-26-2007, 10:27 AM
I have a calendar in my bathroom and on it I record my weight (as I drag myself out of bed to pee) , and also my exercise everyday. I can then see correlations, if I even bother to scrutinize ;)

It doesn't matter if the weight goes up or down, one's mind can trick them in a positive or negative direction either way : (Oooh, I lost a pound, I can pig out and it won't be noticed... or... oh sh_t I gained a pound, I am going to put my head under the sand and pig out. Or, either way one can become more diligent, it's not the scale, but our abiltiy to OWN UP to the moment -- NOW" -- and take control > not easy for me, I admit.

justaloozer
11-27-2007, 03:41 PM
When I first started trying to lose weight a couple of months ago I weighed myself several times a day. It was honestly to the point of obsession. I would go to the bathroom JUST to weigh myself. Eventually I quit my diet and quit hopping on the scale. I quickly gained back the 15 lbs that took me 3 MONTHS to lose and ended up gaining even MORE. I just started my FINAL lifestyle change yesterday and Ive decided to force myself to weigh in just once a week. The constant fluctuations mess with my head and get me depressed if I see a gain when I know I was following my health plan.

Liliann
11-27-2007, 04:30 PM
I am a daily weigher, but now am doing my best on a monthly basis to get a best weigh in results for me.

Glory87
11-27-2007, 04:33 PM
Is it a hinderance do you think? I was weighing once a week, but the last few months Ive found myself stepping on the scale everyday. Im thinking about telling someone to hide the scale until my weigh day, I think its making me discouraged, because everytime I see a pound go up...I get sad.

I think it depends on the individual. From personal experience, I could not handle the daily ups and downs. I used to weigh myself 2-3 times a day (sometimes more!) and it was a complete emotional roller coaster. When the scale was down, I was euphoric, motivated, happy with myself. When the scale was up, I was devastated, felt like all my hard work was useless, felt like giving up.

When I changed my life in July 2004, I very firmly made myself get off the roller coaster. I limited my weigh-ins to Sunday morning - get up, pee, strip, weigh, record weight in an excel spread sheet (and my special secret - if I didn't like the weight on Sunday, I allowed myself to weigh myself on Monday, I usually saw some positive change on one of those days).

Graphing my weight loss was really helpful to me, because although I had a few weeks where I didn't lose any weight, or "only" a pound, I really loved looking at the overall downward progression of the chart over months. I could really SEE progress and that I was really losing weight.

Other weight-loss goals are also good. Definitely get your measurements (I waited 2 months to measure, I so wish I had done it on day 1). Make some exercise goals, even if you don't lose any weight that month and the tape measure won't budge, at least you can give yourself a shiny silver star sticker for making your exercise goals for the week. Keep a pair of big pants, try them on and watch them slide down!

And definitely definitely remember all of the factors that can affect the scale that have nothing to do with the weight on your body you want to lose. A glass of water is heavy, dinner is heavy, your period might make you gain 3-4 pounds, salt can make you retain water. Try to wrap your feelings of success around non-scale related factors so you can stay positive and motivated!

Kimber07
11-27-2007, 04:48 PM
I weigh myself weekly......and sometimes bi weekly........this is a must, cuz I remember back in the day when I didn't weigh myself for months on end
and all of a sudden I realized that I gained alot of weight. Now I focus on
eating a lil less and exercising more.....and weighing is a must, weekly.
I think if i did this daily, i would get discouraged especially if the #'s don't go
down.

Ookpik
11-28-2007, 01:21 AM
I am one of the ones who weigh myself every day. I find that it makes me "accountable" to what I eat...for instance, if I know I have six days until next weigh-in to work off something I ate, I am more likely to indulge. I am much less likely to, if I know I am going to weigh myself the next day. It iis interesting to see how much weight fluctuates in a course of a day...I used to weigh myself around 3:30 a.m. some days, after getting up to go to work. After doing a short four-hour shift, I'd be so exhausted from getting up so early for other shift that I'd take a nap, sometimes for 6 hours or so. Waking up, I'd feel thinner, so I'd hop on the scale to find my weight had gone down by a few pounds since just that morning.

If weighing yoiurself daily does nothing more than cause stress, I would stick to weighing in once a week or so. Do what works best for you.

rfc84
11-28-2007, 10:03 AM
I've been weighing weekly, on a Wednesday, since I started this in January. I like that I can see a (downward) change most times I step on the scale and I'm focusing on a slightly wider frame so it saves me the stress of the daily ups and downs. On the other hand, I can see that being less sensitive to the fluctuations of the scale would be helpful in the long run. There's no harm in trying either - go with what works for you :).

fiberlover
11-28-2007, 11:25 AM
If you can handle the daily fluctuations of weight gain/loss - then daily weighing isn't going to be a problem. It seems that a lot of people weigh daily, but can't deal with it LOL!

Keep in mind that it takes a deficit of 3500 calories to lose a pound (and the reverse to gain) - so if the scale is up a pound the next day, did you really eat 3500 extra calories?? It's weight loss over the log haul that matters.

Erika79
11-28-2007, 02:07 PM
I think IF it's causing you to be discouraged.. then YES, it's not a healthy habit for YOU. Our bodies will naturally go up and down and up and down in weight.. even if we have a perfectly healthy day with exercise, we can gain weight the next day- we don't just go down, and down, and down every day. So if you are able to accept that and SEE small gains, I think it's ok to weigh everyday.

I DO weigh everyday.. because it doesn't hurt me, and I know my weight will fluctuate. IF I had a good day, I don't care if I gain.. because I know I had a good day, and that's all that matters to me, kwim? I even get on after a bad day, because I don't believe in "hiding" when I did "wrong".. and seeing a gain because of a BAD day will always snap me back in place :)

I can't weigh more once a day though (i.e. morning, AND night) because for ME it's too obsessive... but, again, some people CAN and not have issues.. really depends on the person!

rocket pop
11-28-2007, 08:14 PM
I find weighing myself all the time really, really interesting. I know that because I have just excercise or I've just had dinner or it's my period I'm not going to see consistent figures. I just like seeing what the difference is after I have done a certain thing.

Sometimes I weigh myself before and after I pee, just to see how much I peed. >_<

*ahem*

Some people might call that obsessive, haha.
I only count the weight officially on Monday mornings though. Otherwise I think I would get confused and discouraged from not really seeing much of a trend.

lipidful
11-29-2007, 08:43 AM
I'm maintaining and I weigh myself daily. But I see it as a tool and not as a means of punishment. I guess it all depends on how you handle it.

Ready4aChange
11-29-2007, 08:01 PM
Even though I'm losing weight, I don't want it to become the focal point in my life (and I can be really ridiculously obsessive about things -- things can turn badly quickly for me!) so I've decided on a weekly weigh in. I think it depends on the person, though :)

Ready2ShedLBS
12-01-2007, 12:42 PM
i am a daily weigher. Honestly it keeps me in check. Sometimes I can go on a hiatus, come back and be up 5 -10lbs on the scale. But since I have decided to weigh everyday, it actually keeps me from going on these hiatuses (sp?) :lol: