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TaraLee
07-03-2009, 09:46 PM
Its sad but true... I've been getting on the scale daily for the last two days, sometimes twice a day, in my absolute obsession to make sure the numbers are not going back up. This, I know is not only ridiculous but in no way beneficial to the weight loss nor an accurate measure of acomplishment.

I know that weight can vary daily given a whole host of variables, yet it doesn't stop me from stepping on that darn thing and wait with baited breath to see if the numbers have gone down or up.

So I am hereby announcing my abandonment of my scale except for my weekly weigh in on Sunday in the morning. My scale will be taking up a new residency on the top shelf of my closet where, thanks to the cruelty of genetics, my 5'3" height can not reach without a step stool.

Hasta la vista, scale!


Alana in Canada
07-03-2009, 11:50 PM
Good for you!

I weighed myself daily for several days in a row for a couple of weeks. I found that I would be fluctuating all over the place--My official weigh-in is Monday. On Tuesday or Thursday, I'd have dropped another 2 or 3 pounds. On Wednesday or Thursday I'd have gained those three pounds--plus three more. I'd get scared and NOT get on the scale Saturday or Sunday--and by Monday I'd be close to the original 3 lb drop that had showed up mid-week.

So, long story short: once a week is quite enough, thank you.

chickiegirl
07-04-2009, 09:01 AM
Good idea. It's just such a buzzkill to be stepping on that thing everyday (for some). I officially weigh-in once a week and unless I'm off plan a lot (like now) I hope on maybe once or twice more, but I try not to get to invested in the numbers.


Madison
07-04-2009, 09:08 AM
lol I go through phases where I dont ever weigh and then when I am in VFT (virgin fat territory) I recall doing the hop on hop off a lot because I had never seen numbers that low in my adult life . . . :D

Pita09
07-04-2009, 09:24 AM
I admit to having a bit of an obsession with the scale. Now the logical part of me totally understands that my weight will fluctuate from hour to hour, day to day. I know that going by a once a week weigh-in, keeping track of measurements, and feeling better in my clothes is what matters. However, it's so hard not to step on the scales. I've been doing so well the last three weeks, with exercise and calorie counting, and yet all I've lost is 3.5 lbs. I know that is great, but dang if you consider what I was consuming before I re-started the weight should be melting off. It's making me crazy!! :dizzy:

dragonwoman64
07-04-2009, 10:11 AM
oh, boy, I do it too. I do with with clothes on and off, so I know what many of my outfits weigh. I wonder if that knowledge will ever come in handy...

it can effect my mood, so I know I shouldn't do it. then I love to see the numbers get lower (and the virgin fat territory thing too). I do an "official" weigh in on Fridays, this week I make the pledge to stick to that.

kiramira
07-04-2009, 10:25 AM
I can TOTALLY relate to this -- my DH called me a "FISH girl" because I was on and off and on and off and on and off and rezeroing and on and off and move the scale because maybe it is on a humpie thing in the floor and on and off and shift my weight to the right then the left and OMG that can't be right stupid scale I hate you you have to be wrong and on and off and rezero and move to a different room with the scale and on and off and off to the fridge in a grumpy mood...:D

DH finally hig the scale. I weigh in once a week at my WW meeting, and life is....BETTER....:)

Kira

CLCSC145
07-04-2009, 12:40 PM
I'm a daily weigher and I've made peace with it somehow. I used to weigh multiple times in a day, but I gave that up (nothing past the first-thing-in-the-morning-empty is very helpful). I tend to lose a chunk over two days, creep up a little, then drop, then creep, etc. Personally, I've looked at my pattern and seen that if I weighed only once a week I would be missing out on some fun loss days and in the process have been discouraged since my weigh in days inevitably fall on my "creep up" days. I find now I am just fascinated by movements of the scale day to day. It's taught me not to care so much, if that's possible to understand.

I've also read that people who are successful long term at keeping it off weight daily. I know that when I have fallen off the wagon, one of the first things I stop is weighing daily. Not weighing daily is denial mode for me.

The great thing is, everyone is different. But if someday you can, I encourage you to make peace with your scale. I refuse to use it as a reason to beat myself up. If I'm sticking to my plan and it goes up, I know it's not a reason to feel bad. All it tells me is that tomorrow or the next day will be a good one for the scale.

better health3
07-04-2009, 01:02 PM
I used to have an obsession with the scale, it is an awful tool to measure yourself, instead of clothes falling off, more energy, being able to walk farther...etc. I heard someone say letting a scale rule your life is the same as a toaster or another kitchen appliance rule your life. After hearing that, something clicked. I am proud of you for giving it up.

Pamela
07-04-2009, 01:12 PM
A big part of this journey for me is re-learning discipline about, oh, any number of things! ;) So once per week only for this chick!

cfmama
07-04-2009, 01:14 PM
I'm a daily weigher but I don't get hung up on the numbers. I get on once. Record. Move on.

You have to know whats best for YOU though so if it's driving you nuts then put it away!!!

CamiToo
07-04-2009, 01:22 PM
I weigh daily, it helps keep me in line. Today the scale was up 1.4 pounds from yesterday. I know that's not a real weight gain when I ate about 1200 calories yesterday, most of which was veggies and fruits. So I'm annoyed but life goes on.

Windchime
07-04-2009, 01:29 PM
I weigh daily, it helps keep me in line. Today the scale was up 1.4 pounds from yesterday. I know that's not a real weight gain when I ate about 1200 calories yesterday, most of which was veggies and fruits. So I'm annoyed but life goes on.

Yep, that's how I feel about it, too. I step on after my morning visit to the potty, wearing nothing but my undies. I do confess to stepping on and off several times because my scale is flakey, but I just take the lowest number, record it, and forget it. If it's up by a lot, then I know it's because of something salty that I ate the date before; no big deal. If I just weighed once a week, there is a good chance that I would be seeing an "up" day so I'd be bummed out, thinking that my plan wasn't working. By weighing every day, I can plot it on a graph and see that the ups and downs are normal, but I'm definitely trending DOWN.

I have, in the past, been in that place where the scale ruled my life and an up day on the scale meant that I felt like crap all day long, beat myself up, etc. So I can totally understand why sometimes people don't find it helpful to weigh daily!

Pita09
07-04-2009, 01:32 PM
I hadn't thought about recording my weight everyday as a way to chart how my body loses. I think I will give that a try, since I know I'm not about to give up my obsessive, daily (and middle of the night) weighing.:D

TaraLee
07-04-2009, 05:02 PM
For those daily weighers out there: Do you notice an actual predictable pattern that has emerged?
Cause if so, I'm rethinking about the daily weighing then, cause I think stepping on during a "up" day for the offical weigh in would bum me and really make it hard to stay motivated.

Michelle1210
07-04-2009, 05:07 PM
I weigh every morning, after my morning elimination, I have a graph that I chart, daily, I can drink 2 cups of coffee and the scale be up 2 lbs., so now its only once or twice just to check the numbers and if they are the same then I record. then no more scale till the next morning.

CLCSC145
07-04-2009, 05:53 PM
For those daily weighers out there: Do you notice an actual predictable pattern that has emerged?
Cause if so, I'm rethinking about the daily weighing then, cause I think stepping on during a "up" day for the offical weigh in would bum me and really make it hard to stay motivated.

It's not exact by any means, but I definitely have a pattern. I'll drop on one or two days, creep up, stabilize back down and stay there for several days, then another drop for a few days, then up, back down, stay there for a while, etc... The overall trend is down, but there really is a discernible pattern. And my "up" days aren't normally more than a pound, but my down days can be a few pounds. It's worth it to me to catch a glimpse of those down days!

Couch
07-05-2009, 07:42 AM
I weigh daily. I am deal with a lot of data in my profession, so I am don't generally have a problem with the daily fluctuations. I MUCH prefer knowing what's happening daily than waiting all week just to be disappointed. WW drove me insane - I would try all week, lose only 0.1kg because I had a second cup of coffee for morning tea, then be annoyed with myself for the whole of the next week before finding out whether it was a fluctuation or whether I was doing something wrong.

General patterns: I stall a few days before TOM, and a few days into it, and then I can lose a kilo in a day. I can gain a couple of kgs the morning after a salty dinner, which can take about four days to start shifting and then it'll whoosh off. Too much alcohol causes me to stall for almost a week before it comes off. And if I don't drink enough water I stall too, and that can take a couple of days to come off. Not enough fibre does the same thing. But sometimes, it just fluctuates for no apparent reason.

Pooh63
07-05-2009, 03:21 PM
I agree with C.C. I weigh every morning after bathroom trip. Some mornings I may be down 3 lbs. and it is definitely worth it to see those numbers because my WW weigh in is on Thursday night, so it's always higher. But I don't get bummed out anymore (most of the time) when the numbers are up, because I've seen how much my body flunctuates from day to day and based on what I'm eating, i.e, salt, fiber, etc. A curious thing I have discovered is that 30-45 minutes later in the morning, I'm down even more than that 1st weight. That's before I eat or drink anything.Nothing in, nothing out, so where did it go?? Bodies can be really strange.
Anyway, it seems to be taking me forever to lose this time, but I'm hanging in & sticking to my plan because the alternative is not acceptable. The scale eventually goes down (that downward trend) and someday I'll get to where I want to be. In the meantime, I'll learn a lot on the journey!

Rhonda
(Pooh)

babyfattimes3
07-05-2009, 03:28 PM
I used to do that too. It drove me crazy I was obsessed with it. Then one day I was so sick of it cuz the ups and downs and I felt it should be going down faster I threw it out the door and broke it! My hubby come home from work and saw it in peices on the deck he was a little shocked, thought I had gone off the deep end lol

Couch
07-06-2009, 12:05 AM
Just popping back in to give today as an example. I ate ok yesterday, about 1200 cal (low), but didn't have enough water or fibre, then had a fairly salty dinner. This morning, I'm up 0.7kg (1.5lb).

Why yes, I am currently drinking massive amounts of water, why do you ask?:)

momof5k
07-06-2009, 01:51 AM
I agree with C.C. I weigh every morning after bathroom trip. But I don't get bummed out anymore (most of the time) when the numbers are up, because I've seen how much my body flunctuates from day to day and based on what I'm eating, i.e, salt, fiber, etc. A curious thing I have discovered is that 30-45 minutes later in the morning, I'm down even more than that 1st weight. That's before I eat or drink anything.Nothing in, nothing out, so where did it go?? Bodies can be really strange.
Rhonda
(Pooh)

I am the same way! I weigh myself first thing in the morning after a potty break and sort of use this as a "baseline" and then (sadly) I weigh myself pretty much every other time I use the bathroom and notice what happens throughout the day.
It may seem sort of obsessive but seeing those ups and downs throughout a day helps me not become totally freaked out when I see higher numbers than I would like at my "official weigh in" because I know in a few hours, it could be different.

As long as my general baseline is moving down, I am pleased :)

Samantha100
07-06-2009, 07:00 AM
Stepping on the scale is only a snapshot piece of data. Remember, your weight is TREND DATA and looking at only the snapshot doesn't tell the story. Try keeping a weight log and look at the "trend" of your data. Is your weight changing in the right direction?

TJFitnessDiva
07-06-2009, 07:26 AM
I get on the scale every morning....if I record daily you'll see fluctuations but an overall downward trend. I no longer really write it down now but it did help open my eyes. I can see why some people can't do it but I'm a science geek. Our bodies are such awesome machines! So many things factor in with that number you see on the scale and not just fat.....you have to take it as another person's advice. ;) Nod your head, think about it and move on!

scarletmeshell
07-06-2009, 11:18 AM
I have a scale at home that doesn't work well. One morning I had a 50lbs gain, I knew this was wrong but still the number almost made me faint. Then I got off, and back on again, I only weighed 8lbs! Now I just get on it every day, and sometimes more when I'm home just for the fun of it, to see what it comes up with next. I work in a Dr. office so we have a good scale there. I dffinately have a partern and loose over the weekend. This is why my official day to weigh in is Sunday.