100 lb. Club - Did daily weighing help stop the obsessing?




Eliana
01-11-2010, 02:48 PM
I obsess about the stupid scale and dream about stepping on it. Seriously, I'm not sleeping well at night. :D It's ALL I think about. I try really hard to weigh in only weekly.

So for those of you who weigh in daily, do you find it helped you to obsess less? I've read positive things from daily weighers so I'm considering it. It's the opposite of what makes sense.


JayEll
01-11-2010, 02:53 PM
You'll get used to weighing weekly. Lots of people do. If you want to weigh every day, that's OK too, but the danger there is that you'll see numbers going up and down from day to day and become discouraged because it looks like nothing good is happening.

Sounds to me like the less you weigh the better, if you get this obsessed over it... ;) The important thing is to stay on your program.

Good luck!
Jay

CLCSC145
01-11-2010, 02:54 PM
I think we all obsess differently. Weighing daily removes the possibility for disappointment for me. There are no bad surprises, I pretty much already know what the scale is going to say on my official weigh in day (I record my weight daily, but consider Monday my official weigh-in day to help me see the bigger picture).


Symmetry
01-11-2010, 03:01 PM
I weigh weekly so I don't get discouraged. It's all too easy to just give up for the day because the scale is up anyway! :lol:

jay41
01-11-2010, 03:03 PM
I weigh daily and record weekly. If I get away from the scale too long I have a tendency to drift away with my weight. Putting myself on that scale everyday is my reminder of what I have to do that day -- healthy eating and healthy moving and drinking. I call it my exclamation point to start the day.

Eliana
01-11-2010, 03:12 PM
A lot of daily weighers have said two things. 1. It helps keep them in check. I don't need that. I'm in check regardless. 2. It helps to see a general trend and helps you to see that daily fluctuations are normal. This I could use.

Amber1011
01-11-2010, 03:27 PM
I generally weigh daily, but only record my weight once a week.
If I weigh myself every morning it really DOES help to keep me in check. It helps because I see where I am and I see from that number that I still have a lot of work to do. Its my daily reminder to stay on track.
I don't make a big deal of daily fluctuations- which is why I only record my weight once a week.

matt_H
01-11-2010, 03:34 PM
I like to weigh daily. I've accepted the fact that there will be day to day fluctuations. If I see a gain, I say "hey, its a fluctuation and normal and I'll see a loss in a couple of days". If I see a loss, I say "BOOOOYA!". So, its a win-win situation :)

I'd try daily weighing for 1 week and see how it goes. If seeing a gain totally depresses you and ruins your day, you should go back to weekly weighing. I even know some people who think weekly weighing is too much and just weigh in once a month.

As is most things dealing with weight loss, there is no single right answer.

LizR
01-11-2010, 03:41 PM
I am having trouble with the scale part of losing weight too. I weigh once a week in the morning and I get super nervous the night before. Even if I have stayed on plan all week I feel like I did before the CPA exam. I have been considering not weighing at all. I know that most people say it is much better to weigh daily in order to keep yourself honest but I just hate the stress it causes me. :?:

xMeaganx
01-11-2010, 03:42 PM
I'm addicted to weighing daily! It helps me monitor my progress. If I weigh in at the end of the week, I don't really know how I've been doing on a day by day basis. Seeing the scale go down (even if it's a small amount) is the reward I need to know I am doing something right. If I gain I know I need to work harder!

TJFitnessDiva
01-11-2010, 03:42 PM
I weigh daily too....your weight fluctuates and it's normal for it to do it. If I would record daily you'd see how it goes up and down with an overall downward trend. :)

Eliana
01-11-2010, 04:01 PM
I think I do need to see the daily fluctuations. When I weigh in, I sometimes second guess myself and think that maybe that weight was just a fluke day and how would I know if it was? Higher or lower, maybe it was a fluke.

Ok...I'm encouraged. I get to weigh tomorrow...and every day. :D But I draw the line at hourly weighing! :dizzy: LOL!

Beverlyjoy
01-11-2010, 04:02 PM
I weigh once a week - once in a while - twice a week. My eating gets disordered when I weigh more than that. I think there isn't one right way to approach weighing. It needs to be what works for YOU.

I too get nervous the day before I weigh - I think it's the anticipation and hoping.€€

Eliana
01-11-2010, 04:02 PM
I weigh once a week in the morning and I get super nervous the night before. Even if I have stayed on plan all week I feel like I did before the CPA exam.

:rofl: Me too! And I try to drink tons of water the day before. Silly! If I'm accountable every day and not just the day before, probably that's better.

kaplods
01-11-2010, 04:03 PM
One one hand, I think weighing at least once a day, has helped me be less obsessive.

All my life, I've been told that anything other than "once a week" was obsessive, but I don't think it's the frequency of using the scale that matters at all (you could weight 50 times a day and have your head on straight, and you could weigh once a year and be messed up over it).

It's what the scale means to you, that matters. If you imagine the scale as a person (for me, it would be a she, so I'll use that) - would she be your friend, a frenemy, your arch nemesis or your stalker or stalking victim. Would she be a positive, neutral, or negative influence on your life? Who has the power in the relationship? Is it you or she?

I went through an "I'm going to weigh myself whenever the urge strikes," and I was weighing up to a dozen times a day (after meals, after potty breaks, after drinking lots of water, first thing in the morning, last thing at night, after restaurant meals, during PMS and TOM).... and I started tracking the weight (recording only the morning weight, generally).

On one hand, I think the overkill of the experience did make me fear the scale less, much like immersion therapy for phobias - if you're afraid of rodents - go buy a pet rat and take him wherever you go (or more intensely, if you're afraid of spiders go sit in a room full of spiders until you're not afraid anymore).

But I think the bigger part of the equation comes from what you say to yourself and how you feel before and after you step on the scale. Is the scale determining whether to be happy or miserable for the rest of the day/week... Do you let the scale tell you if you're a valuable person or not. Do you punish or reward yourself primarily according to the scale.....

or is the scale just a tool that helps you monitor your progress (if it's only a tool to you, it doesn't matter whether you weight once a year or six times a day. Use it in the way that it helps you the most).

TJFitnessDiva
01-11-2010, 04:03 PM
lol no hourly weighing here....I weigh once in the morning nekkid right before my shower ;)

PeanutsMom704
01-11-2010, 04:10 PM
I feel like my brain knows weighing once a week is better because then I am not dealing with the daily flucuations and I'll have a better chance of seeing a significant change week to week.

But that still doesn't stop me from weighing daily, even more than once a day sometimes. I only "officially" weigh once a week though, meaning one designated date that I count as far as tracking goes.

ToriLeigh
01-11-2010, 04:43 PM
I weigh every day on my wii fit balance board thingy. It keeps it in a graph so you can see an overall trend, so I don't get discouraged with the flucuations. I can see back to when I started and it shows a downward progress. I like this because I get obsessed and nervous if I only weigh weekly. I also started weighing naked, so i didn't have to guess how much my clothes weighed. It makes for a great "no excuses" policy.

time2lose
01-11-2010, 04:49 PM
jay41 originally posted
I weigh daily and record weekly. If I get away from the scale too long I have a tendency to drift away with my weight. Putting myself on that scale everyday is my reminder of what I have to do that day -- healthy eating and healthy moving and drinking.


Exactly! I need that daily weigh in. The fluctuations do not bother me but if I am visibly swollen, I will skip weighing.

SNMomof1
01-11-2010, 05:08 PM
I'm a daily weigher. I think it is beneficial to see the trends, although I'll admit I get disappointed by not seeing a drastic difference. I'd like to be able to hop the scale and it read -2lbs as opposed to the day-to-day fluctuations. But at the same time, I'm a bit obsessed and feel I HAVE to be on the scale every day to keep an eye on things.

I think daily weighing kinda draws things out, too.

Eliana
01-15-2010, 11:50 AM
Just to update you all, I started weighing daily after this thread. I LOVE it! It has stopped the obsessions! And I finally figured out the problem.

Before I would weigh in on Friday. Let's say my weight was 206. By Sunday I was thinking, gosh, I wonder how much I've lost now. Two pounds? It's all I thought about Monday, Tuesday. By Wednesday I'd mentally lost four pounds. By Friday morning, gosh I'd lost a mental six pounds. So when I hopped on the scale and saw two pounds, I was disappointed. :dizzy: LOL!

Weighing in daily stops those thoughts. For the whole day I weigh 206. For all of today I weigh 204.8. Period. I don't have to think about it. That's what I weigh. Tomorrow will be different, up or down, I don't have to dream about it. I'll already know.

So if you are obsessing, give daily weighing a try.

lovemyboy
01-15-2010, 12:01 PM
I obsess about the stupid scale and dream about stepping on it. Seriously, I'm not sleeping well at night. :D It's ALL I think about. I try really hard to weigh in only weekly.

So for those of you who weigh in daily, do you find it helped you to obsess less? I've read positive things from daily weighers so I'm considering it. It's the opposite of what makes sense.

Yes it helps me. It helps me to see patterns in how my weight fluctuates so I don't get too freaked out at a stall or holding pattern or even an increase. That said, if you are the type that might be really upset at seeing a brief uptick then it is probably best to stick with weekly weigh in.

Lyn2007
01-16-2010, 10:42 PM
Yes, absolutely. I used to obsess about weighing too, and then when I'd weigh, I'd let the number determine my mood for the day. If it was a "good" number I'd feel happy and eat healthy. If it was a "bad" number I'd feel horrible and binge.

I have tried NOT weighing, weighing monthly, weekly, and all manner of combinations. I can say I am truly at peace with the scale now that I weigh once a day, every day, and enter the number on my chart at sparkpeople. It is now JUST a number, I see the daily fluctuations and the overall downward trend and I just use it as data to see where I have been.

ubergirl
01-16-2010, 11:11 PM
I like to weigh daily. I've accepted the fact that there will be day to day fluctuations. If I see a gain, I say "hey, its a fluctuation and normal and I'll see a loss in a couple of days". If I see a loss, I say "BOOOOYA!". So, its a win-win situation :)


I love this! Me exactly. :)

Here's the thing. If I weighed weekly, I would spend the week obsessing about whether or not my weigh in day would happen to be a fluctuating up day.

I usually weigh before bed and then my official weigh-in is in the morning. I can usually tell from the night-time weigh in whether I'm likely to see a loss the next day.

I've developed a high tolerance for seeing the bounces.

Symmetry
01-16-2010, 11:55 PM
I now weigh daily as well, it keeps me accountable everyday and not just at weekends. :lol:

JustBeckyV
01-17-2010, 12:33 AM
I try to only weigh weekly or I think I would go crazy lol I know that weight can change day to day and would rather just go by the week. If though I think I am having a rough week and need to just recertify things or figure out that I need to cut back or step it up I might weigh over the weekend. Wednesday is my weigh in day.