20-Somethings - a little bit obsessed

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04-12-2008, 10:28 PM
I admit that I am obsessed with my scale. I weigh every morning and night and I record my numbers on a graph. It always flucuates day to day and it can be so depressing. I count calories and I eat 1450-1500 a day. Do the day to day numbers really count or should I just keep track of a weekly number, like weigh every Monday morning? How often should I be weighing myself?

04-12-2008, 10:42 PM
Ugh. I completely hear you. I'm obsessed too. I weigh in every time I go to the gym (and sometimes I go twice a day). There are daily fluctuations in your body which is why most experts suggest once a week. You're supposed to weigh yourself at the same time of day every week and count that difference. I'm working on that now. Hahaha. It's really hard. My goal this coming week is to go four days without weighing myself. Here's hoping I do it this time.

04-12-2008, 11:03 PM
I go through cycles where for a couple of weeks, I weigh myself every day, and for a couple of weeks, I weigh in just once a week, and sometimes even once a month. Although I only really "count" the once a week weigh-ins, I find I am more accountable when I weigh myself more often. Perhaps you should try weighing yourself once a week, but if you find you are going of your plan because you don't have to "check in" with the scale for a week, you may want to try something else. There is no objective right or wrong: only what works for you!

04-12-2008, 11:06 PM
Once a week until you you have reached your goal wait.

And remember, this is a journey and a life-style and it not going to happen over night.

And don't be too hard on yourself - remember you are just human.

04-13-2008, 01:40 AM
I weigh in every day or close to every day. Any less, and I slip off track.

04-13-2008, 01:57 AM
I know experts say to weigh yourself once a week, but I'm too impatient for that. I weigh myself first thing in the morning every day. I also step on the scale several times throughout the day and the number is usually higher than that morning's number, but in my mind only the number from each morning "counts." So if the number the from morning to morning is somewhat consistent or even better, decreasing, then I know I'm doing ok for myself. I guess if you are graphing your numbers and your graph is showing an overall "downward trend" then you're doing ok.

04-13-2008, 08:07 AM
Only you can answer that!
Some people weigh daily, some people weigh weekly, some even do once a month. Last time I lost weight, I was a daily(actually- twice a day) weigher. I did morning, and before bed. It's 110% normal for weight to bounce ALL over the place, but it was hard for me to watch. And I obsessed. It wasn't a healthy thing for me. So, this time around I'm doing once a week- period. I get on every Monday morning, and that's the number I use. It's liberating :D I much prefer it this way. And, it's a bit more exciting to approach Monday to see how I've done!

04-13-2008, 09:12 AM
If it is depressing you, I personally would not get on every morning AND evening. Can you adjust it to just every morning? would that help you?

Obviously people do what they want/ feel they need to do, but scale hopping can be a slippery slope for some people... if I am feeling a bit weak/down/disappointed, then I just won't go on the scale for a bit. I find too that I forget about going on the scale if I haven't done it for a few days. At the moment I'm trying to just weigh once a week, but that certainly didn't happen this week.

04-13-2008, 12:22 PM
I agree with Renee, it's about what works for you, and what you're doing seems to be making you feel obsessed and maybe depressed. I found that daily weighing was overwhelming with the scale dependence, and realized that the number it showed me meant very little. This hit home after a week of horrible eating and no exercise, and I had a loss. Always nice to see a loss! But, my behavior was off. So I have recently begun focusing on behavior, not numbers. After all, it is my behavior that I want to change, and I hope that my body changes in response. But the numbers on the scale? They really don't matter! So meaningless!
Good luck! And if you want, there is a non-scale challenge in the challenge thread.


04-13-2008, 01:06 PM
:yes: just like they said, what works for you...if you can deal with the weight fluctuation then go ahead and do the same, if no...then just do it once a week...
i weight myself twice a day, from the day one, i find it hard to deal with it sometimes :o but i avoided the scale to much...

so really what works for you!
keep it going...

04-13-2008, 07:16 PM
I weight every day like you. At first I recorded every day, but now I only record it if I have gone down (even if it's just half a pound) on thedailyplate. I love looking at that graph! lol.

I found it best to weigh as soon as I get up, in the same type of clothes (or none at all), and right after I pee. The fiance thinks it's a little excessive and I tried only weighing once a week, but I just couldn't do it.

Fat Chick B Gone
04-13-2008, 07:39 PM
Girl I'm obsessed too! I find it keeps me motivated as long as I can understand that normal small movements up and down are NORMAL and not a reason to fall off the wagon. This is just for me personally but I know when I'm not eating healthy and exercising that I avoide the scale like a 30 foot snake so it's a check for me too. Like the others say do what feels right for you. If it stresses you to weigh as much as you are then yeah you need to back off, but if you're okay with it then don't worry about it.
I do only change my recorded weight when I've weighed the same for two days - not sure how accurate this is but it's my check before changing.

breathe me
04-13-2008, 08:19 PM
your not alone..I'm also obsessed with my scale..I would weigh myself when i wake up, after i eat every meal, before and after working out and before going to bed..After watching an episode of the Tyra show I do it less..But I'm still a bit obsessed.

04-13-2008, 09:31 PM
I used to be like you and obsessed with my scale. When it goes down, I'm all great and happy but then when it goes up, I get all depressed and my self-esteem would hit the rock bottom. So I stopped doing it. At Curves, they weigh monthly...However, I think I may weigh and measure weekly so I can see the progress better. I am also doing TransFirmation DVD set at home and I get to weigh/measure after the first 10 workouts and I'm at 7 right now.
When I did WW, they do measure weekly...

If weighing daily is getting you depressed, it will be very hard on you, especially in a long run. . .

04-14-2008, 11:38 AM
Go ahead and weigh as often as you like, just realize that it would be incredibly bizarre if you didn't fluctuate. You're constantly either taking in nutrients or excreting waste, and different hormones will make your body react differently, which will cause your weight to go up and down. So obsessing because you went up a pound from 6 hours ago is really a waste of time, just pee and weigh again! :D Seriously, if you want to keep track of your progress using the scale and you want to look everyday keep track of your weight RANGE. If you find this week you're between 183 and 178, note that, and when you stop seeing 183 and start seeing 177, you know you've lost a pound (Except TOM, when if you're like me you'll have an extra few pounds show up for a week and a half or so.).

04-14-2008, 06:43 PM
I am obsessed wiht my scale too! but one thing that helps me is that first thing in the morning i wake up (go pee of coarse) then get on the scale. I always heard that weighing yourself in the morning is your "true" weight. No water no food no toxins or anything like that. So far so good, i get way less angry if i just do it in the morning rather then 2 times a day and see that i gained 2 lbs over the day

04-15-2008, 11:57 AM
When I first started I was weighing myself every time I saw the scale. The constant fluctuations almost drove me bonkers! Now I only weigh Saturday evenings, and I record it on my calender. I also take my bust/waist/hip measurements at that time as well. It is so encouraging to look back over the month and see the changes!

04-16-2008, 04:38 PM
I agree with the majority, do what makes you feel happy with yourself. No matter how scary the scale has been before, it should be used as a positive reinforcement of all the energy and work that you're putting into being healthy now. As you see the numbers generally keep on going down it doesn't matter if there's a pound or two that suddenly pop up out of nowhere one morning because you know you're doing everything right and they will drop off as easy as they appeared.
On that note, I weigh and record myself every day but I plan on changing that to once a week when I'm closer to my goal because I know they weight won't be coming off as quickly anyway.

04-17-2008, 06:25 AM
I've had many moments this week where I wanted to check the scale... this normally happens when things are going well food/exercise-wise. Problem is, if the scale does NOT tell me what I really want to know, there is a chance it will trigger me to go off plan. So I made a little challenge for myself for just this week to only w/i on Sunday (my w/i day). I have it in my signature line... and I don't want to have to put a :no: there, so I just keep resisting.

When the week is over I will probably start again, just to make it a habit. Eventually I think I will forget about going on the scale every day :) That's what I'm hoping for anyway :)

04-17-2008, 03:48 PM
It's hard, but don't weigh yourself every day. Most women fluctuate 1-3 lbs during the day. You'll drive yourself nuts. I go to LA Weight Loss and only weigh myself 2 times a week. I find it gives me incentive to be just a little lighter every time I get weighed. So far this week I'm down 3 lbs :)