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07-08-2009, 06:19 PM
Hi all!

I have to weigh in tonight, and I know that one of the first things I'll do when I get home is log my weight in on fridgegraph and change my signature and ticker to reflect my weight. I feel that putting the results visibly and publically make me, well, more accountable. It sucks when I have to move the ticker UP, but it serves as a "kick in the pants", so to speak, at least, for me.

I notice that, although I've been on this site for several months, there are tickers that just don't change, even though the posters are discussing their weight loss successes/failures and giving tips. And it has been MONTHS...I was wondering why this is.

SO, does your ticker reflect your actual, as of today, weight? If it doesn't, why not? How often DO you change your ticker?

And if you get weight loss advice (not the emotional support kind, but the "do this because it works for me" kind) from someone whose ticker hasn't budged for MONTHS, do you seriously consider the advice?



07-08-2009, 06:22 PM
I do change my ticker whenever I get weighed. It is usually twice a week. if it goes up or down,I reflect the changes.I did notice that too,that alot of tickers don't move either way.

Pas de Chaton
07-08-2009, 06:26 PM
Me too. I love changing my ticker then posting so I can see it. It's very motivating for me. I also have a chart on my fridge to track my weigh-ins, and that is very motivating as well.

I haven't noticed trackers on here that haven't moved. I look at the trackers but I guess it's difficult for me to remember whether the numbers I'm looking at are the same or have changed. :)

07-08-2009, 06:42 PM
I change my ticker if it goes down every weekly weigh in....if by chance I gain I give myself two weeks and that no matter what will be recorded on my ticker. Lately I've been losing half a pound a week and I don't do put it on there until I've reached a full pound. ;)

I keep my advice options open...just because a certain thing works or had worked for someone doesn't mean it'll work for me and vice versa. Plus you don't know if they are maintaining for a little while for different reasons or whatever.

07-08-2009, 06:47 PM
I couldn't wait to get my ticker! I'm very goal oriented, so I think they're awesome - a visual boost that I really am making progress. Of course, I'm just tall enough, and have nice even weight distribution, so I have to lose 15 pounds before anyone notices.

But, as soon as the scales move, I run to log it on FitDay, and then move my ticker.

07-08-2009, 06:50 PM
To be honest, I have decided to not weigh myself. I mean, I am sure I will one day but I was obsessing and worrying so much with the scale that I finally decided it wasn't worth it. So until I feel more comfortable and ready to weigh, I am leaving my ticker as is.

07-08-2009, 07:14 PM
My ticker hasn't changed because that is the weight I have been maintaining. I have found that I have my favorite posters on here that I love most of what they have to say. There are also people's whose opinions are reflective of a diet that never worked for me. So I think you just have to take into consideration maybe if you have anything in common with the posters.

Thighs Be Gone
07-08-2009, 07:18 PM
I weigh daily. I am either 1/2 pound or 1 pound less than ticker shows. When I was losing at a faster pace, I changed it more frequently.

07-08-2009, 07:31 PM
When I was losing weight, if it blipped up, I'd give it two days to come back down before adjusting up. Every day weighing with an update didn't make sense to me...too much fluctuation!

Usually, I maintain within a range, so as long as I'm going to be staying in that range, my stats stay the same. Right now I'm maintaining a bit higher than that, but not moving much, so it stays in the same place.

I really consider everyone's advice and decide whether it applies to me...everyone, whether just starting, sitting at a bit of a plateau, or losing consistently, might have something useful to offer. I do the same I do with all advice - listen, consider whether it makes scientific sense and whether it seems to make sense given my previous experience, and consider whether it would work for me in my plan.

07-08-2009, 07:31 PM
if my weight fluctuates up by a pound I usually dont change it because I find it depresses me, if it's any more than a pound in either direction I update.

07-08-2009, 07:36 PM
I usually change my ticker about once a week. I've sort of made Friday mornings my official weigh in day. I do weigh myself through out the week sometimes, just to see how I'm doing, but I normally only actually go by what I weigh Friday mornings :)

07-08-2009, 07:39 PM
OK, here are my ticker rules. I weigh-in "officially" on Tuesdays at my TOPS meeting and have decided to go by their scales. Of course, if I went by my scales the ticker would move a lot more, but that is another gripe for another time. :rolleyes: Now, if on Tuesday's I've had a loss then I'm rushing home to change my ticker ASAP. Unfortunately, I had a gain of one pound last week, so I decided to give myself one week to lose the weight, or I would adjust my ticker accordingly. Yay for me for losing 1.8 last night and getting to move my ticker in the right direction. :cool:

As for taking advice from people whose tickers haven't moved, I really don't let that affect me whatsoever. I do admit to having my own issues with myself giving others advice when my own ticker wasn't moving and you can clearly see by the date I've joined that I've been here long enough to reach goal. But, I've had to come terms with my failures and begin again. I do have lots of good advice and I do know how to lose weight. I just got to do it...right? ;)

07-08-2009, 07:44 PM
At first, when I was losing, I would change it each Monday's weight (even though I was weighing daily), up or down.

Then I stopped changing it for ups, because they were only water (there was no time while I was losing that I could possibly have gained fat - well, except maybe on vacation, but I turned out to have gone down when I got back :)).

Then I started posting any new low weight (not just weekly).

Then (now) I'm in kind of some phase, a bit off track. Haven't changed the ticker (I'm closer to 140) because I'm not really so focused on the weight anymore, more on my habits, and because I'll get there again ... and because I don't wanna :). Changing it isn't going fix anything. I don't respond well to trying to make myself feel bad.

Mrs Snark
07-08-2009, 07:49 PM
At this point I change my number when I've been at the new weight (or slightly lower) for 5 days in a row. I weigh once every day.

07-08-2009, 07:51 PM
I don't use a ticker because I would never remember to update it, but I do change my sidebar thingy once a week. Although maybe I'll start putting in new lows.

07-08-2009, 08:00 PM
mine is one that has stayed the same. i change it but i've been 142-145lbs for like a year. i go ahead and change it but it's not much of a difference. i change the inches in my signature too which have gone down a little more than my weight but still very very slow.

07-08-2009, 08:03 PM
I do tend to change my ticker immediately after a loss (I'm so excited, I want instant gratification), but I give myself a little more leeway on gains. If it's a huge overnight gain that is probably water weight, I drink tons of water and tea and watch the scale, as long as it's dropping daily, I don't consider it a "real" gain, so I don't change my ticker. With my period, I can easily gain 10 to 12 lbs overnight, just in water weight. I also don't adjust my ticker up as long as I'm within a couple pounds of my ticker weight.

I do my ticker for me, and for no one else. The way I update it is based on what encourages me most in my weight loss. I don't watch people's tickers, because I don't consider the information relevent, and even if I did, I have no way to verify that their tickers are accurate. I'm not accusing anyone of lying - but it's unverifiable information. As is virtually all the information and advice found in a web forum like this. Someone can claim false credentials, or actually have the credentials, but it doesn't necessarily mean the advice is sound. I often mention that I have a bachelors and masters degree in psychology, but I wouldn't ever expect anyone to take my advice more seriously because of credentials that can't be verified.

I've met physicians with crackpot theories (that I know contradict their medical training), so even with professional credentials there's no guarantee of sound advice.

Theory and practice are sometimes very different skills. I feel I have the equivalent of a PhD in weight loss and nutrition, because I've put alot more effort into the field than I did in obtaining my degrees. But, there are a lot of great teachers who are lousy practitioners - it's where we get the phrase "those that can do, those that can't teach." Not all writing professors are published authors.

When credentials or experience is important to me, I make sure that I'm able to verify the information. I wouldn't trust a door-to-door surgeon, for example. Or if someone told me a plant was edible, I wouldn't take their word for it, if I hadn't verified the information or their credentials in recommending it. However, if someone who says they're a professional chef gives me a recipe, I don't need to verify their credentials to try the recipe.

Most of the weight loss process (and advice we're likely to get here) is at the recipe level, not the surgery level - so there's no reason not to try technques that sound like they might be helpful.

There is some surgery-level stuff here. Weight loss surgery, vlcd's, prescription and otc weight loss drugs... and those are topics that I do believe credentials are important. While I may find the information and advice I find here on those subjects interesting, I'm not going to make any decisions on those subjects based on the comments and advice I read here. I'm going to do further research and consult credentialed professionals, and will verify credentials.

So, I think you've got to evaluate the advice based on what your needs are.
If you need credentials (even if it's the credential of having acheived maintenance or significant progression in weight loss) then you need to look in an arena in which you can verify the credentials. There's no guarantee that a person who is steadily updating their ticker downward is truly losing, or if they're just saying they are. Even photos can be altered or misattributed (everyone here remembers the Kim/Atkins fiasco).

I think that dishonesty is relatively rare (or maybe I'm just an optimist), but because there's no way to recognize dishonesty when it occurs, you have to take every piece of advice with a grain of salt.

Lori Bell
07-08-2009, 08:06 PM
I change my ticker every Friday, loss or gain. Though I did stay at 161 for several weeks awhile back so I was bummin I couldn't move it down...but thrilled I didn't have to move it up! ;)

I think there are some people who are perfectly happy losing weight v...e...r...y...s...l...o...w...y... And that's great if it works for them. I however wanted to be at a normal weight while I was still young, (43 ;)) and while my skin had a glimmer of elasticity left. LOL

07-08-2009, 08:12 PM
I weigh daily and change my ticker and my profile weekly - usually every weekend.

Though, for the last 8 months it hasn't moved :D

07-08-2009, 08:14 PM
I have never had a ticker but do note stats on the sidebar. I was maintaining for a while and then gained. finally changed my 'current' stat after a while. Then I gained some more and just recently changed it again.

It never occurred to me that someone might note that I'm talking about my gains and struggles and not see my sidebar move and make that the reason not to listen to things I have to say!! Though, I can think of lots of OTHER reasons they might not listen to me!!! :)

07-08-2009, 08:19 PM
I don't feel like this is a very positive topic. I don't know why I even answered. I guess I felt obligated to answer since I am one who's ticker hasn't moved. Of course no one has to listen to me. The only advice I really ever give on weight loss is "weights are fantastic!!" and many other women who do much better than I can attest to that fact.

07-08-2009, 08:21 PM
I used to weigh every day.....I was obsessed with the scale and it actually was discouraging in a way when I would gain/lose from day to day but also motivating at the same time..... but for the past month I have only been weighing myself on Fridays....and I change my ticker if I lost. If I gain, I wait till the next week and usually I have lost the gain plus something.

Having said that, after the holiday weekend I was jonesin' to know if I had gained since I was off plan a bit. I did get right back OP Sunday night and I waited till yesterday to weigh myself and was pleasantly surprised that I had actually lost a pound.

07-08-2009, 08:21 PM
I just got mine but you can bet your bottom i'll be changing it as soon as possible! lol!!! With a lower number too! ;) :carrot:

07-08-2009, 08:26 PM
I never had a ticker. But always kept my stats on the side bar.

The year I was losing, though I weighed every day, Monday was my "recording day" and I changed it every Monday. I never had to think about changing it to a higher weight, because I lost every week with the exception of 2, where I stayed the same.

The second I hit maintenance. That was another story. I've barely been the same weight 2 weeks in a row. So it was after a couple of months' that I just put up the 120's, not an exact number. I have had a couple of ventures into the very low 130's. They were after a rough weekend and I knew that it was elevated water weight and didn't bother to change it.

As far as listening to advice. If it's good advice, I"m all for it. Doesn't matter what that person weighs or how much they've lost or not lost.Good advice could be from someone who's ticker states that they haven't lost even a single pound. Just like *ill* advice can come from someone who's lost many pounds.

07-08-2009, 08:29 PM
I never had a ticker. But always kept my stats on the side bar.

Just curious...since you don't have a ticker, and your info is in the side bar, how come you don't put what your current weight?

07-08-2009, 08:31 PM
Just curious...since you don't have a ticker, and your info is in the side bar, how come you don't put what your current weight?

Her current weight is in the 120's. :D

07-08-2009, 08:36 PM
I don't really have anything new to say about tickers but ... once in a while I come across a poster who's posts are head scratchers. I have, in that case, gone to read more about them ... older posts, profiles, intro's ... Sometimes a little history helps me understand a poster's point or opinion better.

07-08-2009, 08:38 PM
Now, this may be something that everyone already knows, and so I apologize for stating the obvious... :o

Every time you change your ticker, it changes globally in every post you've ever made. So, if you find a post I made in, say, 2005, the ticker will say the exact same thing it does here...

So, Kiramira, I'm just curious--do you write down what people's tickers say, and is that how you know when someone's hasn't changed in months?

This is why I have dates along with my ticker. As you can see, from May 15 to now (July 8) I am down 4 pounds. It has come back up a pound, and I haven't changed my ticker. If it becomes too much of a lie, I'll correct it.


07-08-2009, 08:47 PM
Hi there!

I was just wondering, that's all. I know that there are a bunch of posters whom I follow regularly and, having the somewhat OCD-ish personality that I have, I recognize when the tickers go up and down. Usually not a pound or two's difference, but I will notice. For example, Ms TeawithSunshine has had a heck of a time in the 170s, so when she posts, I am SO rooting for that ticker to change!!! And it finally has! She's in the 160s now and I pm'd her my congratulations because I was SO rooting for her and could relate to her struggles. And Ms Velveteen is rockin' the scales since she started and deserves the recognition.

And NO I don't write down people's weights :lol: as there IS a difference between INTEREST and STALKING :rofl:!!!

Just like the post about Ms LoriBell meeting her goal -- she hadn't posted it, but Ms RockinRobin had noticed that her ticker had changed and she had made her goal. And she let us all know so that we could recognize her for her achievements and her effect here. I don't think Ms RockinRobin was writing down the stats, but WAS keeping an eye out. Because she, like ALL of us, were rooting for her.

So, there are some posters whom I follow with interest, just to see how the journey is going. I think we all check out others' tickers, no? And there are some who seem to be doing really well and give great advice, but their tickers haven't changed. So I was just wondering about why this is, as just for ME it is a priority. Just trying to get another point of view about IF it is important for others to post, and IF I put too much personal importance on it, and how others feel about it.



07-08-2009, 08:56 PM
It's so funny, because I hardly ever look at other poster's tickers, except when they ask for advice on something and it might be useful (like, for example, their loss slows down...well, if they're getting close to goal, that's natural, or if someone is showing a ticker weight of 300 lbs and eating 1200 and starving). Really, other than that, other peoples stats don't have a ton of meaning for me, personally.

Which doesn't mean I'm not proud of people when they accomplish things, or that I don't care about those accomplishments...not at all! Just means that I wait for those people to announce them and then :bravo: away.

07-08-2009, 08:56 PM
I have no rules. When I first hit a low weight, that's my new official weight. I have no official weigh-in day. I generally get on the scale between 1-3 times a week. I feel like, if I hit it, I own it. :) That's what kept me sane through my 3-month stall. I'd hit 272-ish then my scale jumped around the 270s and 280s for 3 months, but I never changed my ticker. EVENTUALLY the stall broke...but I refused to give up my 272 because the weightloss gods were against me.

07-08-2009, 09:00 PM
Her current weight is in the 120's. :D

My bad...guess I read the post wrong and I didn't even see that at the bottom in her signature...

07-08-2009, 09:13 PM
I change my ticker every time I weigh in and its less. lol. It was pretty often but I have been majorly slacking in the willpower dept. lately so theres been little variation in the past few weeks =(

07-08-2009, 09:14 PM
Just curious...since you don't have a ticker, and your info is in the side bar, how come you don't put what your current weight?

Ummm - it is - the 120's. Like I explained, it fluctuates and for the sake of being as accurate as possible without having to bother to change it every week - I leave it in the range of where I stay - the 120's.

I'm with Amanda. The only time I really check a sidebar, is when I'm giving advice. I think it does help to know where the OP is on their journey. How much they started out and where they currently are - and even their height is a factor.

Kiramira, yes LoriBells' ticker is one that I happened to notice. And she wasn't even the OP. But even is she was, I usually don't glance at Lori's, since I do remember (appox) where she started out, but for some reason I happened to notice it - and I'm glad I did. I couldn't wait to congratulate her and give her the recognition that she so rightly deserves.

07-08-2009, 09:15 PM
Yep, I change mine weekly. If I'm up a pound or so I might not change it because it could be to water flux but if it continues for more then a week or so I'll up the ticker. I find it very satisfying to change the ticker down each Monday though!

07-08-2009, 09:16 PM
I move my ticker, but i lose weight so slow it may look like it never moves.

07-08-2009, 09:16 PM
Jacque, I know it doesn't look like we posted at the same time, but we did! I had the reply to you typed out, walked away from the computer, got back to the computer sometime later, didn't look for any new responses - and just hit the reply button.

Thread can resume now. :)

07-08-2009, 10:12 PM
The more I think on this, the more I am convinced that this thread doesn't fit with what we do in Weight Loss Support...support people...so I am going to close it. The fear that having had less success than some other members makes one's advice on the board less accepted or considered has led to a lot of hurt feelings in the past, causing members to leave for good, or to leave and come back under new usernames to escape their "lack of success".

The bottom line is that everyone here, even a person on day 1 of their journey, has something to offer, and that no change of weight, or lack thereof, makes that something any less worthy of being listened to.