Weight Loss Support - Any former scale addicts been able to make the switch to weighing in once/week?

10-21-2009, 12:43 PM
It is making me crazy to weigh in every day and I'm obsessing over every .5 up and down. I want to go back to weighing in once a week like when I did Weight Watchers, but I know it will be so hard! Also, I know that I will expect to see at least a 1 lb loss per week, so it will be very hard if I don't see any loss after a week of busting my butt counting calories and working out.

Has anyone been able to do it, and are you glad you did?

Also thinking of getting a scale that goes to .1 increments - mine only goes to .5. It's been SO tough this time around that maybe being able to celebrate .1 lbs might help!

10-21-2009, 12:55 PM
My scale goes in .1 increments and I weigh in daily. I used to be OBSESSED with the scale, stepping on it every time I passed the bathroom! Now I weigh in 1x daily to be sure I am on track.

10-21-2009, 01:07 PM
Yes, I have. Every time I tried to lose weight in the past, I would become obsessed with the scale and my emotions would be completely ruled by if I was up or down on any given day. While there are certainly people who weigh every day and have no issue with it, I think it was unhealthy emotionally for me. This time, when I started my weight loss plan, I promised myself that I would only weigh once a week. Believe me, it is very tempting sometimes to get on the scale and just check how I am doing. But, I have resisted and it has worked so much better for me.

10-21-2009, 01:36 PM
I was attempting to go 7 days without getting on the scale this week, but the temptation was too much this morning and I hopped on.

I love the daily feedback, but I hate the letdown when things go counter to expectation.

10-21-2009, 01:45 PM
I know the feeling, Natamars. I used to weigh myself 2 or 3 times a day.
For me, the solution for all that scale "crazy" was to finally take it to the dump &...presto....problemo gone.....
Now, as long as I am counting calories, eating healthy, & keeping active, I know I'll be ok, so I don't need to see the numbers so much. Every 4 weeks I weigh-in at a friend's place just to make sure though, and so far(knock on wood) that's been fun.

10-21-2009, 02:28 PM
I didn't weigh myself for years and just went on how my clothes fit, and what I weighed when i was at the doctors.
Now, though, I follow the CAD suggestion, which is that you weigh daily but then only measure your weight loss by your weekly average. It takes that daily pressure off, because you can be up one day and still be down on your weekly average.
If you're not ready to toss your scales, yet, that might help. Once a day, same time, same place, all that jazz, and then track the average.

10-21-2009, 03:14 PM
I weigh daily with a scale that goes in .2 increments. I was obsessing for a while but I've finally calmed down and just use it as a guide. If it started creeping up, I need to be a little more strict on my plan, if it's going down, awesome. Saturday is my official weigh-in day, so that's the one that counts. If I'm up on the official weigh-in then I get pretty down about it. But I am kinda addicted to weighing almost any time I'm in the bathroom.

Anyhow, maybe you could put your scale away on the top shelf in your linen closet or something. If it is not convenient, perhaps you'll be less compelled to weigh-in daily.

10-21-2009, 04:12 PM
I am a multiple scale hopper.... I manage my emotions with a lot of positive self-talk...

I think weekly weighing would be hard for me.

I think I'd be more likely to drift off track thinking that I had more wiggle room than I did.

10-21-2009, 04:53 PM
I weigh myself 1x daily. It motivates me to work harder and watch what I eat. I know that my weight can go up or down by doing this daily but I don't let it get me down. What really matters is how much you've lost by the end of the week.

10-21-2009, 05:06 PM
I'm a scale hopper, as well. Any time I've seriously attempted to lose weight, or even half-attempted, I become that way, though. This time around is actually different emotionally. I used to obsess over every .1 up or down. (My scale does run in .1 increments.) For whatever reason, I don't get so worked up anymore. It's actually amusing for me to see how much I weigh at different times throughout the day. In will say that even if I wanted to, I wouldn't be able to commit to a once a week weigh-in. Without stepping on the scale daily, there's just too much room for me to lose the accountability that's vital for me to succeed.

10-21-2009, 05:13 PM
Anyhow, maybe you could put your scale away on the top shelf in your linen closet or something. If it is not convenient, perhaps you'll be less compelled to weigh-in daily.

I second that! I only weigh in officially once a week, but I usually end up weighing a total of 3 or 4 times a week.. I think putting the scale away might help keep your mind off it. For me, I need to see the scale as a reminder of my goals :)

When I see my weight fluctuate, I remind myself that water retention and food leftover in my tummy will cause a slight gain. Of course, when I see it down even .1, I give myself a big pat on the back ;).

Lori Bell
10-21-2009, 05:19 PM
Every weight loss program I have ever been on until now I have failed at. Every time I started losing weight I became emotionally attached to the damn scale. It dictated my mood, my eating and just about every other emotion for the entire day. This time I decided I wanted to succeed, and so everything I ever did prior to this time I ditched for a different approach. During my weight loss I weighed once a week on Friday. For the 16 months I was actively losing before hitting my orginal goal, I had a loss every single week except 2 times. Weigh day was exciting. It was a day of celebration. I'd recommend weekly weigh days to anyone with even an inkling of scale obsession. It has been so wonderful to just live without that constant, omg, omg what's it going to say today? If you follow your plan FAITHFULLY you will lose weight. The scale is only for bragging rights.

10-21-2009, 05:26 PM
I was an obsessive weigher. I had to change it or else I was going to go crazy. I now only weigh once a week and am VERY happy with it. I do however have to put the scale under the bathroom sink so it's just not out there in the open, tempting me to hop on.

10-21-2009, 06:14 PM
I've never been a slave to the scale. I was actually the opposite, never wanting to know how high the number was getting. I just ignored it which is why my weight creeped up so high.

During this weight loss journey, I only weigh myself once a week, on Tuesdays. It's worked great for me. I read somewhere that once every 2 weeks is even better because you'll see amazing results that way. I do it weekly, though.

10-21-2009, 11:09 PM
Some words of advice..what I done. I refuse to have a scale in my house..I knew if I did I would be on them everytime I ate something basically :( I know sad but true. My scales are at my mothers.. I go there and weigh myself.. *LOL* she lives a little bit out, so I dont plan to drive there everyday heheh So once a week I will go there and weigh in. Somd good advice..Sound like a plan?

10-22-2009, 10:52 AM
I'm a sucessful switcher! I used to weigh myself everytime I walked past the scale, several times a day. For awhile, it was working for me, then it started making me crazy! So I stopped, and just weigh once a week now.

I would recommend getting a scale that does .2 or .1 lbs instead of .5, it's more detailed, you see your successes (and failures) more easily.

10-22-2009, 12:07 PM
Whenever I would fall off the wagon, I would steer clear of the scale. But when I get my act together to lose weight, I hop on it several times a day. I want to try to only weigh once a week though. Unfortunatly I have spent the last 7 years in the cycle of gaining and losing a bunch of weight. I hope I can find that happy balance somewhere.

Thighs Be Gone
10-22-2009, 12:26 PM
I tried this for about a month--weighing just twice a week rather than daily. I learned it didn't work for me. I weigh daily once again. I may be ready to "scale back" so to speak in the future, but I am not ready for the transition yet.

april rain
10-22-2009, 12:38 PM
My scale is at my parents, so when I go home I weigh then. I find it more discouraging though because I weigh myself in the evening, with the day's food in me, and I usually fluctuate a few pounds. However, I find it much easier to weigh on sunday mornings, and i also measure. Measuring is such a blessing, especially during a plateu, because even if you do not see a pound loss, you can still see an inch loss.

I find that my weight fluctuates day to day, and with my scale measuring .1 increments, i really get depressed. But each week I have lost 1-7 pounds. Its whatever works. Its really hard to stick to my plan of weighing once a week, and I often break my personal rule lol!

10-22-2009, 04:40 PM
I was an obsessive scale hopper during previous weight loss attempts. The scale was an emotional roller coaster, if it was down, I was ecstatic and motivated, if it was up, I was depressed.

This time, I committed to once a week weighing, always the same. Sunday, get up, pee, strip, weigh. Record the weight on a spreadsheet. I had a little rule, if I didn't like what the scale said on Sunday, I would repeat the process on Monday. Usually, any weight bobble would have self-adjusted.

I did have several weeks without any weight loss. You aren't very far off from your goal weight, so it might also be your situation. Just remember, you do not control the scale. Focus on what YOU can control - healthy meals, portion control, exercise.

If you haven't started, I would also highly recommend taking your measurements. I did my measurements every 2 months and wow, that was a happy eye opener. I just wish I had started from day 1 (I waited several months before bothering to get the tape measure out).

10-23-2009, 06:44 PM
I use to be obsessed. What I did was chucked them out and just saw a dietician every week. That actually motivated me to work harder because I could only see the scales once a week and I wanted to see results, also having someone to talk to once a week helps me to keep motivated and she takes my measurements as well. Soon I will drop down to a fortnight and when I get to my goal weight I want to just go by the feel of my clothes.

10-26-2009, 09:31 AM
That's it, I have decided to move my scales completely out of the bathroom and only weigh once a week until...I think this will be my goal until Thanksgiving. I'll see how it works.

10-26-2009, 09:42 PM
..Me! I used to be an every day kind of person, but now I do it once a week.
Removing the scale from my bathroom and storing it in my room's closet is what helped me with that the most.

10-27-2009, 09:41 PM
I think there are two ways to look at the scale issue and a lot depends on your personality and how realistic you are about what the number on the scale means from day to day. I am a daily weigher and for me, if I only weighed once a week and that ended up being the high day of the week, I would get completely frustrated and may not be as committed the next week. I weigh daily but I am realistic about those daily numbers. I usually weigh the least toward the end of the week and the most after the weekend on Monday morning. So I try to compare my weekly weights from Friday to Friday to see my progress.

If you are weighing more than once a day, that is completely inappropriate. I can't even imagine what information you can ascertain by weighing yourself several times a day as the only thing that will be changing the weight is food intake and fluid retention. The best time to weigh is first thing in the morning.

10-27-2009, 10:11 PM
It sure is. But to do it, you might have to actually lose the scale completely for the time you aren't weighing in. My DH hides the scale and I weigh in only once a week, when he brings it out for me and then rehides it. You might want to do this, or give the scale to a friend for safekeeping and either go there once a week to weigh or find another public type scale to weigh in on once a week. If you are close to your MD's office, they might let you pop in and weigh in once a week without fuss. The key is getting the freaking scale out of your sight and out of your reach for the time you don't want to weigh in.

10-29-2009, 12:28 AM
my scale goes in .1 increments as well. I am also obsessed. I can weigh one thing in the morning and be 5 lbs heavier at night. If I weighed once a week, and I happened to weight at a point when I am the 5 lbs heavier, I'd be sooooooooo depressed. Weighing frequently gives me a good idea of where my weight is averaging and I do not stress about gains, because if I weigh again in a few hours, it will be down again. It also has taught me a lot about water weight! I know that if I eat 1 fast food meal, my weight will be up about 3-4 lbs for about 3 days and then drop back down. The sodium effects me greatly. These are things that are important for me to know! :) It makes me feel more in touch with myself.

10-29-2009, 10:41 AM
I am in transition from being a daily weigher (with all the emotional ups and downs related to that) to a once-a-weeker. This week is TOM so it's even more important for me to stay away from the scale for a few days.

I second what Glory87 said - I can't control the scale, but I can control exercise, portion control, etc. There are so many factors and I can be perfectly on plan and not see the scale move right away...OR lose a bit when I know that I don't really 'deserve' it because I haven't been doing everythign right. I don't take measurements but find clothes a good indicator of loss of inches which is motivating. Since I am lifting weights and spending a lot of time in the gym I expect that I am gaining muscle which also impacts that scale number.

I think everyone has to find what works for them - for me the daily scale hopping was just making me too crazy.