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Shouka
08-05-2009, 12:34 AM
I'm sure that this has already been addressed and if so please point me in the right direction.

So, to weigh or not to weigh. Should one get on the scale everyday and chart their progress or should one only get to the scale once a week?

I see so little progress during a week that I'm wondering if I weigh everyday I would be slightly more incouraged.

I guess I'm just wondering what everyone else does and why.

Thanks,
Shouka


ValRock
08-05-2009, 01:01 AM
I used to weigh multiple times a day. But... I started to notice that seeing a number I didn't like on the scale in the morning set me up for a super crappy day. Your weight can fluctuate so much in a day, water, sodium, weight of food, etc... I hid my scale and told DH to let me have it on Mondays now. We'll see how that works.

You just have to do what works for you personally!

AbbySinthe
08-05-2009, 07:18 AM
I weigh first thing every morning, after the bathroom, nekkid.

For me, I think seeing the peaks and valleys of my weight loss helps me to not freak out when I'm up for a day. Because I can look at my graph and know that my overall trend is down.


femmecreole
08-05-2009, 07:27 AM
I don't weigh myself at all. I hate scales. During my journey I let my clothes tell me how I was doing.

I read recently in a book that weight comes off in "spurts" with plateus that are perfectly normal. Weighing constantly MAY put you in a bad place mentally telling you that your new healthy lifestyle is not working even though it is.

Everyone is different, but I find scales to be evil and discouraging.

Here is an interesting article I bookmarked on the subject. (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/weighty-conversations-dont-measure-your-self-worth.html)

seagirl
08-05-2009, 07:32 AM
I weigh every day but only track my weight on Fridays.

Windchime
08-05-2009, 08:39 AM
I'm like seagirl. I weigh daily (and graph it) but my "official" weight is what I record on Friday. I record either Friday's weight or my average weight for the week, whichever is lower. Yeah, it's a little nutty but it's my graph so I can record what I want! :) Way back when, I would be upset by every little blip but now I realize it's perfectly normal for little ups and downs to happen.

I know I'm in trouble when I don't want to get on the scale. That means, for me, that I KNOW I have gained and I don't want to face it. So weighing daily is a must for me. But only if I have access to my own scale; if I'm visiting friends for a few days, I don't weigh. I stay on plan as close as possible, but I don't weigh.

Get n healthy
08-05-2009, 09:06 AM
If i dont weigh, i dont see my slip-ups, so i continue to slip up...if i weigh it keeps me accountable. I always know when i stop weighing that i am in dangerous waters, avoiding the scale gets me in trouble.

kellygram
08-05-2009, 09:38 AM
Once a week for me. Lately I got in the habit of weighing every morning, but like some other posters here, it could make or break my day. I still sneak a peak a few times during the week, but the only # that counts for me is Sunday a.m.

And YES, definitely chart your progress! ;) ;)

HardCandy
08-05-2009, 09:48 AM
i used to weigh everyday and i did so well with that method. i kept on track.

now i weigh once, and then don't look at the scale for awhile. haaaa that explains why i'm not losing anything! i'm more comfortable *cheating* when i have nothing to hold myself responsible with (the scale). because in my mind i'm like 'oh i'll have this and then tomorrow be really good'......except it's an endless battle and i end up getting to the point where i am terrified to get on the scale at all. =/

this morning i made the decision to start weighing again everyday. whether that's good or bad, it's the only way i stay on track.

Pita09
08-05-2009, 09:48 AM
I have an "official" weigh-in once a week at TOPS. I also weigh on my scale every morning under the same conditions. I record my daily weight in Fitday, which has a nice looking graph. I've been doing this for a month now and it's interesting to see how my weight goes up and down and why. I've also seen this last month that my plan is in desperately need of tweaking.

goodday
08-05-2009, 09:55 AM
i have an official weigh in once a week, sometimes ill check my weight at one other point in the week just to see where im at, but never more than twice a week, always in the morning. the fluctuations drive me crazy otherwise.

shasha17a
08-05-2009, 10:36 AM
Personally for me, I need to weigh in everyday. Unfortunatly if I don't then I can slowly start getting off track and then the weight piles on. If I ate crappy the night before and then I weigh in a few lbs heavier the next day, I'm right back on track. But my official weigh in day is still Friday morning.

kaplods
08-05-2009, 11:02 AM
I weigh daily, and document the weight every day, but try to remember that the scale isn't always my best gauge of progress, but it's the easiest to use. To do that, I have to remind myself that it's not the precise number that's important, it's the progress towards feeling better, being healthier (and yes, even looking better and being more a more socially acceptable person, which the nonconformist in me resents a bit).

I try to keep this about more than the weight. In my journals I write down things I couldn't do at the beginning, that I can do now. Those things sort of creep up on you, though. I was putting dishes away on high shelves for weeks before I realized that I was able to lift them over my head and put them away without pain. When I started, I had to have my husband put away anything heavier than a few ounces, if it was over my head, otherwise it hurt to do it and I risked dropping it.

When I weighed only weekly, and even when I weigh daily, the weigh-in represents the start-over point for me (after a binge, I'd feel I'd blown it, and I would vow to start fresh on Monday, my traditional start-over point or to my next weigh-in). To learn to start over immediately, I began using the scale. Literally if I eat off-plan and start to think that I've blown it and should just keep eating until the next start-over point, I get on the scale. Whatever I see (even if it shocks me) becomes my new start point (and I don't allow myself to beat myself up for the number).

I also have a chart (looks a bit like a bingo card) that I put a sticker in a box for every pound lost. If I regain, I don't tear off the stickers, but I can't put in a new sticker intil I lose the next pound (not one I already lost). To keep track, I write the pound lost, and my weight at that pound. For example, since I started at 394, my first box would have read 393 in one corner, and 1 lb in another, the second 392 and 2. After each row, I'd write down a small reward (usually something cheap or free), and I couldn't get it until I completed the row. The rewards for the last row on the page (20 lbs per page), is usually a bit bigger.

I have stopped using the sticker charts, and I think it's played a partial role in my current struggles, so I'm reviving it. My next reward is a book (Couture Crochet, I'll buy it used online) at 314 lbs (it will be 80 lbs lost).

I have similar bingo charts for exercise and working on my novel (though the stickers are the only rewards for those).


You have to decide whether your behavior is helping you reach your goals or not. If weighing daily helps than do it. If weighing makes you crazy, you can try to change your interpretation of weighing, and I do suggest trying that before deciding you can't weigh daily or at all. If you can make the scale (and the number you see) no more important than a tooth brush and brushing your teeth, I think you can master the scale and not let the scale be your master. You're not an evil person if you forget or choose not to brush your teeth, you just will just have to face the consequences of having dirty teeth, and probably will want to brush them soon.

Being overweight is the same. It isn't that you have to hate yourself for the number, in fact if you do, you may find it harder to stay in control than if you look at the scale as you would a toothbrush, a tool to assist you in meeting a goal.

Ija
08-05-2009, 11:03 AM
I weigh every few weeks out of curiosity, but otherwise I let the scale be. I used to weigh every day, but then I realized two things: 1) Fat loss and weight loss aren't the same thing, and 2) What I really want is to have a fit, healthy, and lean body rather than merely weigh a certain number of pounds. So, the scale has been down-graded in favor of keeping tabs on my body composition.

Rebound
08-05-2009, 11:16 AM
Some people can weigh every day and not get freaked out. Some people can't. I weight every morning (naked, before eating or drinking anything, after peeing, before exercising so that I don't count evaporated sweat as a loss) but my "official" weight is whatever I weight on Friday morning. I try to be smart Thursday night and not eat a lot of sodium or eat a big meal really late or anything.

Anyway, my daily weight goes up and down like crazy, but it keeps trending down, so my "official" weight keeps going down. I'll attach my two graphs. One shows the daily variation, and one shows my weekly "official" losses. (The horizontal lines in the daily graph are weeks where for some reason I don't have any daily data.)

Onederchic
08-05-2009, 11:21 AM
I think it is more personal preference. Some people can handle weighing once a day. Others weighing once a week. Some do once a month or bi-weekly. And even others multiple times a day with no stress. I use to be an obsessive daily weigher, I would weigh up to 15 times a day and literally drove myself nuts doing so. Now, I weigh when the urge hits me and I am okay with that :)

Bombe
08-05-2009, 12:21 PM
I sometimes weigh every day but sometimes I skip it too (especially if the day before I had a poor day of eating and I know I'm retaining some water and I just don't want to get myself down by seeing a spike in the numbers). My "official" day to weigh is Saturday morning but I usually do end up on the scale 2 or 3 more times during the week.

Shouka
08-05-2009, 02:16 PM
I think that I'm leaning toward weighing everyday with charting and a once a week "official" weigh in. I think it would be good to track progress like this so one could see if yestedays choices we good or bad. i.e. high sodium (my scale can track water comp.) Thank for the good ideas.

Bravelilchicken
08-05-2009, 04:42 PM
I weigh every day, once a week is official weight.

Narnia99
08-05-2009, 05:27 PM
I weigh myself everyday as it helps me to see the ups/downs and realize that that is normal. I found when I weighed myself once a week, if I didn't see a loss I would get discouraged. I only update my ticker with Monday's weigh-in though.

lottie63
08-05-2009, 05:29 PM
I weigh thursdays to satisfy my curiosity (scale addict! ;) ) and I weigh Sundays as my 'official' day to record my weight.

ruby2sday
08-05-2009, 05:33 PM
I usually just weigh and record on Monday morning, although there are a few times here and there during the week that I may sneak a little peek.

getlost
08-05-2009, 10:27 PM
i think one needs to do whatever works for him/her. me personally, i like to hop on my scale the first thing in the morning (after bathroom of course) and then after work, just for fun. because, you know, i'm 1-1.5lb heavier at the end of the day and it actually encourages me to see early in the morning, that i'm so much lighter than i was yesterday ^^ it's not that i'm a scale-obsessed freak, it just works for me this way.
you just need to see what works for you, i guess! good luck on your weight loss. stay strong, stay alert, stay positive.

Echo
08-13-2009, 12:32 PM
I used to weigh multiple times a day. But... I started to notice that seeing a number I didn't like on the scale in the morning set me up for a super crappy day. Your weight can fluctuate so much in a day, water, sodium, weight of food, etc... I hid my scale and told DH to let me have it on Mondays now. We'll see how that works.

You just have to do what works for you personally!

you are sooooooooo right! depending on the number it can either motivate me to keep eating healthy or depress me, and give me the attitude, oh whats the point, let me just pig out makes no difference!

so i've decided NOT to weigh myself everyday, but once a week. and then maybe will start to weigh myself every 2 weeks or once a month.

and also use my tape measure to measure my waist, and/or see how clothes fit me. or see how fit i feel. i am really addicted to weighing myself everyday, so its gonna be hard!! according to the gabriel method you're meant to throw away your scales for 6 months. i can kinda understand where he is coming from now. before i was like noway am i gonna do that. but i will definately stop weighing myself everyday. i havent read the gabriel method book yet. waiting for it in the post !

Echo
08-13-2009, 12:36 PM
I don't weigh myself at all. I hate scales. During my journey I let my clothes tell me how I was doing.

I read recently in a book that weight comes off in "spurts" with plateus that are perfectly normal. Weighing constantly MAY put you in a bad place mentally telling you that your new healthy lifestyle is not working even though it is.

Everyone is different, but I find scales to be evil and discouraging.

Here is an interesting article I bookmarked on the subject. (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/weighty-conversations-dont-measure-your-self-worth.html)

that is really interesing!!! and thanks for that!!i find that really encouraging :) and i agree with you!

AbbySinthe
08-13-2009, 12:59 PM
I weigh every day so I'm going to attach my neurotic graph. In 66 days, I've lost 19.2 lbs.

You can see the crazy ups & downs I have but my trend for the past 60+ days is down. If I didn't weigh every day, I don't think I would have gotten this great picture of how things are really going.

paris81
08-13-2009, 01:05 PM
I weigh myself throughout the day, but only record once a week, and I consider that my official weight.

I know a lot of people say that weighing so much is bad, but for me, it's okay. I know that my weight will be higher after I've eaten. I know that I'll lose at least 2 lbs overnight, usually more. I know that if I drink a glass of water, I'll weigh more, and I think it's really interesting to see how what I eat or drink affects what I see on the scale. It doesn't freak me out at all, and as long as I see that downward trend in my weekly weigh-ins, I'm okay. It's actually helpful for me to stay accountable. It's easy to eat a ton food one night and then not weigh myself the next day, but it's better to think about how it will affect that number (even if it's just salt, it's a kick in the pants to stay on track!)

Echo
08-13-2009, 01:06 PM
I weigh every day so I'm going to attach my neurotic graph.


You can see the crazy ups & downs I have but my trend for the past 60+ days is down. If I didn't weigh every day, I don't think I would have gotten this great picture of how things are really going.

wow i love your graph! its very cool!!!! :broc: well done on your loss!! its so interesting to see!!!!!!!!!!

hmm i might make one hehehe i'm a weighing scale junkie lol. but its so interesting to see the plateue, the jump ups and then the sudden decrease

i just made myself a graph!! hehe okay im gonna weigh myself everyday, but this time not let the number bring me down but just to monitor and record my overall progress.

thanks Abby!!! i will look at your graph for inspiration and comfort! you rock!! :cheer3:

Tomato
08-13-2009, 01:17 PM
I weigh myself maybe 2x a month, really how the mood strikes me. What is far more important for me is how I am doing in terms of BF% and LBM.

SunshineCA
08-13-2009, 03:39 PM
I try to weigh daily. It keeps me accountable and on track. I know the scale fluctuates but I'm never discouraged if the numbers get funny as I see that I'm losing in other ways.

This is definitely a personal choice. What works for one may not work for another.

angieaang
08-13-2009, 03:54 PM
I'm a recovering scale junky LOL! I allowed the scale to send me through emotional ups and downs from the daily fluctuations. Even though in my head I KNOW why the scale fluctuates, it still hurts me to see it! So I haven't weighed myself in a while and I won't until I feel comfortable with getting on the scale again. It doesn't bother me now that I don't weigh. I know that I'm eating healthy, exercising, and doing the things I need to do to be healthy. I'm going by how I look in the mirror at this point. When I get to goal, however, I will weigh daily and record it on a graph/chart for maintenance purposes. :)

MissBliss
08-13-2009, 04:08 PM
I literally threw my scale away. I guage my loss by how I feel and how things fit. I can get my wedding rings on for the first time in years! I will weigh in at the doctors office and get an official weigh in there. I was going to weekly meetings that required weighing in and I would live or die by the scale. It was too much of an emotional roller coaster. I am happy and have stayed on plan for longer than any other time,....and I am looking forward to seeing what the scale says next time I see my doctor!

Sunnigummi
08-13-2009, 05:11 PM
When I moved to NC a few months ago, I was scale-less and I missed my buddy. I weigh myself daily and I find that it keeps me on track. Sure, I feel elated by even a 0.5 lb decrease, and I get slightly pouty when I see a 0.5 lb increase, but I'm just starting to teach myself that those up and down blips mean nothing in the big picture. I used to be so influenced by the numbers that I'd base my daily menu off my scale reading in the morning, successfully undoing any good I had previously done. Now it's calorie counting/cycling and exercising with a peek at the scale (daily) to see the downward trend. :D I find that I need the daily reminder.

juliastl27
08-13-2009, 06:56 PM
once a week, or every other week, the daily fluctuations will drive you mad!