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jademarlene
01-11-2009, 07:11 PM
How often do you weigh yourself? Everyday or once a week? I just started on the road and I have to say I dread getting on the scale. It's like getting ready for a big final exam and it's either pass or fail.


wfonseca3017
01-11-2009, 07:20 PM
Hi i usu to weight every day , but this week i going to satar doing it two times a week, At the begining it was help, but now is geting me craizy.

kelly315
01-11-2009, 07:25 PM
I weigh everyday. While it can be frustrating at times, it's also enlightening- you learn a lot about the way your body works.

Also, it can be a lot less frustrating than weighing every week or month. You never know when you choose your weigh date whether you're going to be holding water, extra food, anything that could up your weight. If you weigh yourself on the wrong day, it might look like you didn't lose any weight that week, or less weight that month (while if you weigh yourself daily, you see the patterns and know you're losing, even if you're holding water some days).


HadEnough
01-11-2009, 07:29 PM
In 2006, I lost about 80 pounds. I have since located it. In 2006, I weighed every day and drove myself crazy. I would obsess about everything. This time around (this will be the last time), I am trying to go about it in a much calmer manner. I am trying to only weigh once a week. I have been successful so far. You have to do what works for you, and you have to figure that out by trial and error.

Beemer
01-11-2009, 09:51 PM
I try to weigh every day just so I know what is going on. It can be a pain when the scale doesn't move for several days but it sure is nice to see it go down when it does. I skip days here and there but for the most part do it daily.

LivingInEgypt
01-12-2009, 05:14 AM
At least once a day - sadly - and sometimes more - eg after I've been to the toilet - esp if I was expecting a weight loss and didn't see one, I will weigh again if I go to the toilet after to see if it makes a difference (which it often does).
You'd think by my age I'd be less obsessed wouldn't you ????? :-)

Pinkie
01-12-2009, 07:09 AM
Some people weigh every day, then average over the week. Like Kelly said, this makes sense to find out how our bodies work (whether certain foods make us retain water, etc.), but it's easy to get obsessed (been there, done that!).

I usually weigh on Wednesday morning after using the bathroom, right before breakfast. I figure, that's as close to my "normal" routine I'll get (sometimes weekends get off-schedule), so it's pretty accurate. If the weight varies more than I expect, it's usually balanced out the week after.

mytmom
01-12-2009, 09:39 AM
my "officall change my ticker" weigh in is Friday, but I usually weigh every other day or so just to see if things are going the way I want. I just started BistroMD so I'm eager to see if that is working.

kahlua
01-12-2009, 01:31 PM
I'm trying every day...but do recognize the mental trap that's out there...so maybe I'll just try for Wednesdays. :dizzy:
K

Janny O
01-12-2009, 01:49 PM
I weigh in if I feel that my rings are loose and can come off easily. If they cannot come off-no weighing. Less of a shock if you don't lose.

wchs2007
01-12-2009, 03:19 PM
I hop on the scale each morning.. Sometimes at night also. I guess I am driven by the # on the scale..If its bad it pushes me and if its good it pushes me.
Too bad when I lost 100lbs in 2006/2007 I did not keep doing that! I am going to win this battle this time..lol

Shannon
01-12-2009, 05:39 PM
I am required to weigh in twice weekly at my program center. I do not weigh myself any other time, I actually threw away my scales. I feel I am required to be good all the time if I don't know what my weight is doing. I only change my ticker on my Saturday weigh in though. The Wednesday weigh in is just a little perk if I am doing good and a kick in the pants if I am straying. Everyone has their own technique, so try it several ways and pick the one that works best for you! Good luck and huggers!!!:hug:

jademarlene
01-12-2009, 07:20 PM
I have done everyday for a week, okay 260 for the first 5 days no problem, it's not going to drop off just like that and then...........today GAINED 2 LBS. What the heck is that? Where's my pepsi? I am easily discouraged. But, to give myself credit (and why not) I did not pop open a pepsi, I drank my water and ate my salad. So maybe I will try weighing in twice a week.

Bigmid
01-21-2009, 12:27 AM
I only weigh in once a week and on Sunday mornings. This is usually my day off so I weigh in after I wake up (not with the alarm) and that way my body is relaxed. This seems to be good for me I would be to obsessed the other way and very *****y if the scale said I gained every day.:)

losingitandlosingitwell
01-21-2009, 01:13 AM
i weigh every morning, clothes off, right after i wake up / use the bathroom. on another thread, someone posted a link to the site, physicsdiet.com. it's cool because you can log your weight each day, and, as the site owner says, "see through all the noise to your actual progress." (i'm paraphrasing a bit...) it helps to see the average instead of the spikes here and there.

i didn't step on a scale or put on my jeans in 9 months and managed to put on 75 pounds. i honestly believe this has a little bit to do with not getting that reality check (omg, my jeans won't zip!) and as long as you treat it like brushing your teeth and don't obsess over it, a scale can be a helpful tool.

elfinsnow
01-24-2009, 01:46 PM
I weigh in every day on my WII, but my official weigh in is biweekly at the gym.
Terry

Okpik
02-01-2009, 08:58 AM
I have done the daily weigh-in thing but it can make me crazy, especially if the scale is up, which often is just period bloat or too much salt the day before or not enough water. So I'm trying just the once a week weigh-in now, which is on Thursdays.

I'm trying not to have an unhealthy obsession with the scale.....!

zinkemomx2
02-01-2009, 10:20 AM
I weigh in daily and created a spreadsheet with tons of my info on it. I have it calculated to do a running 10 day average. As long as that average is going down I am good with daily fluctuations. I am sorta weird that my period doesn't seem to mess with the scale. It is ovulation that throws me off. I have very irregular cycles but I can look at my weights and see that a gain very possibly has to do with ovulation or sodium.

theloula
02-01-2009, 12:03 PM
I weigh in every morning after I wake up; it is one of the tools I use to stay on track with what I am eating. If it seems to be going too high, I rein myself in and watch what I eat more so.

Daily tracking sounds like a good idea, and I am going to incorporate that into daily food tracking over at fitday.com. It will be interesting to see if any patterns start to emerge.

Okpik
02-01-2009, 12:06 PM
Wow, that's ambitious, zinkemomx2! I wish I had the patience to do that. But you're right, the daily weigh-in does give you more insight into your body's natural fluctuations.

Sarah C0nn0r
02-01-2009, 08:36 PM
I try to weigh myself only on Mondays and Fridays - hoping for a big change on those days... but if I don't see a lower number, I tend to step on it every day of the week yelling "Move, you darn needle!" {sigh}

epiphany4z
02-05-2009, 12:49 PM
Once a month. I lost 70lbs before and was a scale junkie...I decided this time..I am just going to get on enjoying life ,,eat and try to get some kind of fun exercise and not worry about it so much. I just got burned out last time.

So far so good weighed yesterday at nutritionist office....13lbs gone this month.

fitredchick
02-08-2009, 07:33 PM
I find that weighin in too often can put undue stress on me....so I will do it once per week or every 2 weeks. I try and go by how my clothes feel...not the stretchy ones though!! :)

luvmyboys
02-09-2009, 06:04 AM
i weigh myself daily but do feel a little down when the scale hops up or stays the same. it creates a lot of anxiety for me. i'm thinking the Wednesday thing sounds pretty good. :)

luvmyboys
02-12-2009, 06:09 AM
morning, ladies!
I do think the constant weighing can be harmful!! Yesterday, I weighed myself when I got home from work and freaked out because the scale was 3 pounds heavier. Well, that's just self-torture because it was 1. the end of the day 2. that time of month!! This morning, I'm down again. I'm a smart lady and should know better than this!!! So today, I resolve to NEVER weigh more than once daily and I'll even try to do it every other day -- not worth the distress:


:)

ICUwishing
02-12-2009, 01:34 PM
I'm a daily weigher - same time, same conditions. I made my "official" count day on Monday, though, to help me be mindful during the weekend. :)

kaplods
02-12-2009, 01:49 PM
I've learned pretty much to not let the scale or a size define me. Since I'm not a "bad person" even if my weight goes up, the scale has lost it's evil power over me. It's just a tool, and if I use it only as a tool, I have power over it. It's sometimes hard to remember that it has no power over me that I don't give it.

I do have to be careful not to use it improperly. It's easy when the scale goes down more than I expected to be tempted to be less vigilant with my food and exercise. It's easy when the scale goes up more than I expected to not to get discouraged. But those feelings are because I'm misusing the tool, not because of the tool itself.

Daily works best for me, because I've incorporated it into my daily routine. It's like brushing my teeth. And I can say that weighing daily does seem to help keep me from backsliding. If I'm not weighing daily, I also tend to be not using my food journal and exchange plan. They tie together for me.

I think it is essential to find what works best for you, but sometimes you've got to experiment to find out what is best. You might have a gut feeling, but you might also learn something about yourself by trying it a different way. There were times in my life when getting on the scale at all was a very bad idea, because the scale was more a torture device than a tool, but I had to learn that it wasn't the scale it was me. I was torturing myself, and I had to learn to stop.

dreaminstacy67
02-19-2009, 09:31 PM
im a scale junkie... there ive said it! lol... i weigh every mornin after i go to the bathroom.... go about my day... and before i go to bed, i go to the bathroom and weigh again... i chart it in my journal, and i can tell when im gonna lose or gain the night b4. i got down to 2-3 lbs within my goal weight a few years ago, and i did this religiously. it works for me. i couldnt handle the once a week thing, i need to know if ive messed up or if ive done good. i know how my body works now, i know that after supper im gonna be 3 lbs heavier than i was in the morning, but i also know that everything i ate and drank all day does weigh something so i dont get freaked out by it. soome people can live with the once a week... i cant lol...

stacy xx

ChefsGirl
02-19-2009, 10:37 PM
i weigh every morning, clothes off, right after i wake up / use the bathroom. on another thread, someone posted a link to the site, physicsdiet.com. it's cool because you can log your weight each day, and, as the site owner says, "see through all the noise to your actual progress." (i'm paraphrasing a bit...) it helps to see the average instead of the spikes here and there.

i didn't step on a scale or put on my jeans in 9 months and managed to put on 75 pounds. i honestly believe this has a little bit to do with not getting that reality check (omg, my jeans won't zip!) and as long as you treat it like brushing your teeth and don't obsess over it, a scale can be a helpful tool.


Exactamundo..........that's is my morning routine also. I think it also helps to just get it out of the way & deal w/ whatever the results are.

I remember when I used to WI weekly at a center. I was so psycho about it, even if I couldn't get to a meeting until 6 pm. I would not eat or drink anything in hopes of having a big loss. How unhealthy.

I've had much better success w/ my daily WI at home. The scale is a very important tool for me. It shows me when I need to lay off the salt, pay more attention to nutrition, drink more water, eat more fiber or whole foods etc. I fluctuate like crazy during the week but I have learned that certain foods or meals usually result in a good WI the next day. I also want to nip any “mistakes” in the bud before they become real issues w/ my weight loss. It’s all been very enlightening.

I will admit, it’s no fun getting on the scale the morning after a “bad” food day, but I do it anyway, own it & move on. It all evens out

juls64
02-22-2009, 01:14 PM
I weigh pretty much every day. My "official" weigh-in day for myself is on Mondays, but the scale is right there and I can't help but check it before getting into the shower each morning.

newleaf123
02-22-2009, 09:59 PM
im a scale junkie... there ive said it! lol... i weigh every mornin after i go to the bathroom.... go about my day... and before i go to bed, i go to the bathroom and weigh again... i chart it in my journal, and i can tell when im gonna lose or gain the night b4. i got down to 2-3 lbs within my goal weight a few years ago, and i did this religiously. it works for me. i couldnt handle the once a week thing, i need to know if ive messed up or if ive done good. i know how my body works now, i know that after supper im gonna be 3 lbs heavier than i was in the morning, but i also know that everything i ate and drank all day does weigh something so i dont get freaked out by it. soome people can live with the once a week... i cant lol...

stacy xx
I think I could have written this post exactly! I feel exactly the same way and have exactly the same habits (except for the journaling). But I like to go to bed knowing that the scale will hold a pleasant surprise for me in the morning, or that I'll need to up my commitment the next day.

inspired by you
02-22-2009, 10:32 PM
I weigh every morning. I still can't believe this is all real. I know any day I'm going to get on that scale and its going to say 225 again. So I have to check every day just to make sure it isn't THAT day...

lala229
03-02-2009, 08:39 PM
Hello, my name is Lauren and I am a scale addict. I weigh myself at least once a day, sometimes twice a day. And yes, I'll admit it sometimes three times a day. I find it really motivating. A while back, I had my husband hide the scale because I thought I should only weigh once a week. That didn't last. I feel like I stay on track better with close monitoring!