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Elladorine
07-11-2009, 03:10 AM
. . . that is the question!

Ok, I couldn't resist a silly quote, but seriously . . .

I've been thinking about buying a scale to track my weight on. Probably seems like a no-brainer to have one, but it's something I discussed with my boyfriend a while back. He was against the idea for fear that I might become a little . . . obsessed? That I might let the mood of my entire day be swayed by that simple little number.

And I'm wondering if he's right.

To be fair, it was a conversation we held before I was ready to make a commitment to myself again, but I'm almost afraid to bring up the subject again.

I'm thinking that maybe I should give the whole diet and exercise thing a go for a few weeks before considering a scale, or maybe it would be a great way to reward myself after I start to see results in other ways.

So I was wondering, would you all feel "blind" if you didn't have a scale to check on every day (or every week or whatever, depending on when you choose to weigh). Do you feel more comfortable keeping close track or is it freeing to not worry about the numbers so much, especially in the beginning of a new plan?

Any thoughts would be appreciated. :)


goinskinny
07-11-2009, 03:24 AM
My husband and I had the exact same conversation... And I thought, "no, I realize weight fluctuates throughout the day. I'll be fine." And like your boyfriend, he was worried I would get obsessed and upset over a "little" number. Got one anyway. And yep, I'm thoroughly obsessed with it. Every time I go into the bathroom I step on it.

I was happier without it. But at the same time, it helps motivate me to keep going.

Good luck with whatever you choose!

Rosinante
07-11-2009, 03:33 AM
For me, it takes so long for me to notice any physical changes, that without the scales I would have given up long since.
For me, if I weigh daily it affects my whole mood, usually negatively! so I try to weigh weekly.

That's just for me though, everyone's different.


JayEll
07-11-2009, 07:02 AM
I would say, find a store that has a scale and use that instead. Or, if you belong to a gym, use the one at the gym. It doesn't matter which, as long as you weigh at the same time of day wearing about the same thing. Weekly or twice weekly should be enough. You're looking for differences, not absolute values.

I am not badly scale obsessed, but I used to not have a scale, and so I would do what I suggested above. And I was happier, I think, not seeing the daily fluctuations. It's hard not to get on the scale every morning just because it is there, even if I've decided not to weigh!

Jay

nineoceansaway
07-11-2009, 07:45 AM
I need my scale! I weigh every morning so it helps me regulate my eating every day. Example, last night I met some friends for dinner and afterward they wanted to get ice cream, I was able to say no to the ice cream because I knew I was weighing the next morning and did not want to see bad news!

Traveljack
07-11-2009, 07:53 AM
When I started WW, initially I didnt have a scale. However since the program is so completely focused on weekly losses(and gains, unfortunately) it is very difficult to be "on program" without one of the major tools...a scale.

The first couple of weeks, yes I was obsessed and stepped on it everytime I entered the room where it was. I moved it to my office so that I am not in there everyday and now that I have been in the program for about 10 weeks I dont think of it nearly as much. I think it is a good idea to keep you on target...sometimes I think I am doing a great job and the scale tells the real tale!

rockinrobin
07-11-2009, 07:55 AM
Do you feel more comfortable keeping close track or is it freeing to not worry about the numbers so much, especially in the beginning of a new plan?

To me, it was freeing KNOWING what the numbers were. If I didn't have a scale THAT would make me anxious, uptight and worrisome. At my starting weight, it took a loooong time to "see" results without the use of a scale. If I'm working hard, I want to know if it's working, so that I can make adjustments accordingly.

The scale is nothing to fear. NOTHING. It's a tool. A quick, convenient DEVICE. We've got to keep in mind and LEARN that it (our bodies that is) will fluctuate depending on a host of factors. But hey, I'm a (fairly) intelligent woman. I can deal with it. No more ducking. It helps to keep me in line knowing that I have to face the scale every morning. Knowledge is power. We're talking about our health here. Our weight, that is. It's available to us - why not use it? You hop on in the morning. Take a glance. Get off and go about your business.

caryesings
07-11-2009, 09:33 AM
Personally, I can't stick to plan if I use a scale regularly. Tend to slack off if number is better than expected or give up if worse than expected. I track my energy balance to make sure I stay on track and plan on weighing in every few months to check actual progress. So I weighed in the first time 11 weeks after I started and plan on checking again in 8 weeks.

Late to the game
07-11-2009, 10:02 AM
I weigh every morning, and if I have lost, I feel great and feel more motivated to stay OP. However, last week I gained three days. It bummed me out, but part of that may be PMS, so I am thinking about a weekly weigh in. I would at least get a starting weight before you start. If you don't weigh often, you will be able to tell if you are losing fat by the way your clothes fit. Good luck! :)

quiffy
07-11-2009, 10:50 AM
I weigh daily with the understanding that on any given day I can swing up to 3 lbs in either day. I have a weekly weighin day, which is the day I record my weight. I take the day before, the day of, and the day after that date and record the average as my weekly weight.

Just like nineoceansaway, it helps me considerably the night before, knowing that I am going to step on the scales and I don't want to blow it by eatting some late night snack.

I also own one of the omron body composition scales. It has memory to store several readings. It checks weight, bmi, body fat, muscle percentage, visceral fat, RM Cals, and body age. I check this information only on my designated day and usually only everyother week. This also lets me see changes that the weight might not show. Again I understand it is more to see changes rather than exact numbers. The weight on this guy does seem to be pretty accurate with my doctor's office - so that makes me happy.

dragonwoman64
07-11-2009, 11:02 AM
if you've gotten down from 360 to 285 without a scale, I'd say keep doing it that way. Why? because yes, I'm obsessed with the scale! ha!

I'd actually would love to be able to be doing this without weighing myself so often and identifying myself so much with the number on the scale, and letting it affect my mood. bf knows when he fluctuates within 5 lbs without weighing himself (he is not overweight). that to me seems like a more balanced and calm way to approach things. Just my take on it.

Windchime
07-11-2009, 11:39 AM
For me, it takes so long for me to notice any physical changes, that without the scales I would have given up long since.
For me, if I weigh daily it affects my whole mood, usually negatively! so I try to weigh weekly.

That's just for me though, everyone's different.

It takes a long time for me to notice physical differences, too, which is why I like my scale. In the beginning, I needed to see every tiny little reduction on the scale in order to keep going. I do weigh daily, but it's like Robin said--I hop on, note the weight, record it, and move on. If it's up, it's up--I didn't gain 3 pounds of fat; I must have eaten something with sodium.

I don't weigh throughout the day; just the once in the morning and then I don't step on it again. I understand why some people do the weekly weigh-in, but since my weigh fluctuates so much it's entirely possible that my weekly weigh-in would make it look like I had lost NOTHING when I am in reality just having a momentary scale blip.

TJFitnessDiva
07-11-2009, 11:54 AM
I think if I didn't have a scale at least at the beginning I could have easily slipped into being comfortable. It makes me more aware than just taking measurements. The only time I freaked out over the number was when I stepped on the scale before I started but it was more of a freak out because I had let myself go.....I haven't freaked out over the numbers since! Dip down? Awesome :) Dip up? Keep at it because in the big picture it will go down.

Jennelle
07-11-2009, 12:00 PM
I used to have an out-of-control scale obsession. I didn't own a scale for a long time, but then I realized that was just helping my complete denial over my continued weight gain. I bit the bullet, got a scale, and vowed to use it ONLY once a week. It's been about seven months. So far, so good.

I've learned that obsessions only have power if I give it to them.

MBSC
07-11-2009, 06:27 PM
When I am on track I weigh myself a lot- I'll jump on after meals and see the difference it makes. I'll get on in the morning, at night, after I go to the pool or ahem, the bathroom...
It doesn't bother me to see the number. I only record it once a week (when I'm recording it) The thing with the scale is that it is only a tool for progress and to keep me on track. I don't live by or die by a number on it. I know I have a much bigger problem on my hands when I can't remember the last time I used it!
If you feel comfortable with your process but aren't seeing the results as obviously and want an up or down reference point- get one. If you will be upset with the numbers you see- don't get one!
It is definitely all about what makes YOU feel good.

Pita09
07-11-2009, 07:38 PM
I use my home scale daily to track my weight. I just started doing this and the main purpose is to be able to see how my weight fluctuates from day to day. I keep it logged into Fitday, which has a memo section that I'm using.

I also weigh-in once a week at a TOPS meeting. This is the weight I'm calling my "official" weight and the one you see in my ticker.

Like Robin, I use the scale as a tool. I also do monthly measurements and will do quarterly measurements at TOPS. Knowledge is power and I can't afford to let myself get complacent, so I would rather be a little obsessed.;)

Windchime
07-11-2009, 07:59 PM
Yep. When I know I am doing badly, I avoid the scale because I don't want to know what it says. It's always a bad, bad sign for me when I stop wanting to weigh because I know the news is not going to be good.

I do understand the viewpoint of people who only weigh weekly, though, or who choose not to weigh at all. I have gone through phases where my mood for the whole day was directly the result of what the scale said. If it was lower, I was a good person and successful; if it was higher, I was bad. A loser. A failure. Not true, of course, but I totally have been in that place where I felt like that.

As we've said many times here before, everyone is different and we should all do what works best for us! :)

uclr0028
07-11-2009, 08:33 PM
I do weigh myself every day from the beginning of my weight loss journey. I would be excited for the lossed then a little bummed when my weight stayed the same for a couple of days. I decided to have my parents keep my scale at their house for a month that way I would not be tempted to weigh every day.

kiramira
07-11-2009, 08:36 PM
I absolutely lived and died by the scale numbers. If I was UP or the SAME I would be on and off and on and off all day. If I was DOWN, I figured I'd earned a bit of "relaxation time" on my plan. For me, daily/multiple weigh ins was counter-productive. And, as my mood depended on the numbers, DH wasn't happy, either.

I ditched my home scale. I weigh in once a week at the same time in the same clothes at my WW meeting. I deal with the number then. And I feel much, much freer.

As I am in the weight-loss phase of my diet, I can't address how I will weigh in when I am maintaining. So for now, once a week is plenty.

After all, I want this to be a lifestyle change and to focus on being on my eating plan and following through with my exercise. And NOT just about the numbers. So I define success as being as close as possible to 100% on target with my eating and exercise goals. Which is why, for me, frequent (as in more than once a week) weighing seems to be, well, a contradiction. Weekly info is more than enough info for me to see trends and adjust my plan accordingly. After all, I'm not prepared to tinker with my plan based on daily blips. I WILL based on weekly blips. So that is why I weigh weekly.

Kira

canadianangel
07-11-2009, 08:51 PM
I didnt think that i was obbsessed with the scale until my sons friend broke it. now i am freaking out with out..i cant wait till wensday, when i can go and buy a new one... i also took my measurments every monday.and marked them on the same measuring tape so i could see the inches melt away..until my 4 year old cut it up...so now i have nothing...

kiramira
07-11-2009, 08:53 PM
Mayvbe your son and his friend are trying to tell you something...:lol:

Kira

Elladorine
07-12-2009, 01:47 AM
Thanks for all the input, everyone! :hug: I've taken everything in and have given it a lot of thought.

I told my boyfriend that I am picking up a scale the next time we go to Fry's (an electronics store), and that he wasn't telling me no. :p They have half an aisle full to select from and I'm sure I'll find one I like.

Heh, he'd forgotten all about telling me that I didn't "need" one back when we moved in together a couple of years ago. I reminded him of the reasons and he laughed. I think he's agreed that I'll be able to handle it alright now (I was admittedly stressed out about a ton of different things back then and probably didn't need anything that might set me off).

At this point, I have no easy access to a scale at all. The current weight I've got in my mind (285) is only an assumption based on the last time I had an exam, since my clothes still fit me the same since then.

I'm planning on putting it in one of the rooms we never use and checking my progress once a week. :)

SunshineCA
07-12-2009, 03:56 AM
Oooooh....Frys!!! :drool: I LOVE that place!! ;)

I weigh daily but will not lose it if I miss a day or 2. I'm okay with the numbers fluctuating. My scale and I have a great understanding. :lol:

Enjoy your new scale and the trip to Frys. ;)

rockinrobin
07-12-2009, 07:43 AM
Thanks for all the input, everyone! :hug: I've taken everything in and have given it a lot of thought.

I told my boyfriend that I am picking up a scale the next time we go to Fry's (an electronics store), and that he wasn't telling me no. :p They have half an aisle full to select from and I'm sure I'll find one I like.

Heh, he'd forgotten all about telling me that I didn't "need" one back when we moved in together a couple of years ago. I reminded him of the reasons and he laughed. I think he's agreed that I'll be able to handle it alright now (I was admittedly stressed out about a ton of different things back then and probably didn't need anything that might set me off).

At this point, I have no easy access to a scale at all. The current weight I've got in my mind (285) is only an assumption based on the last time I had an exam, since my clothes still fit me the same since then.

I'm planning on putting it in one of the rooms we never use and checking my progress once a week. :)

Sounds like a great plan!

I think weighing oneself on a regular basis is just one more thing that a healthy person does. Part of their overall health "routine". It's just another way of staying in tune with ones body. And that's what it's all about.

By the way, if you're looking for a good scale I have a Tanita scale. Extremely accurate. And yes, sometimes it reads higher then I would like it to. And no, it's not always from a "normal" fluctuation. It's from me over indulging too much. There is no avoiding it when you see that number staring you back in the face. It tells me, it's time to "catch" any minor lapse before it turns into a "major" lapse or worse - a relapse. I am thankful that we've got such an easy and quick reminder. As a 5 foot woman who once weighed 287 lbs, I know how quickly a minor lapse can turn into a total and complete collapse. I avoided the scale for almost 15 years. Now granted, I knew I was morbidly obese, but I can't help but think had I just weighed myself on a regular basis, faced that number, I would have snapped out of it earlier.