100 lb. Club - What Works Best For You ?

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02-02-2010, 08:20 AM
I need your input here....Once a day ? Once a week ? Once a month ? How often do you weigh yourself, and why do you do it that way ?

02-02-2010, 09:33 AM
I think I've said so in your weigh-in post, but I weigh daily. If I don't, I start to get lazy about my diet, and then when I get on the scale, oops, I've gained a pound. So daily works for me. It drove me crazy for a little while, but eventually I learned to roll with the fluctuations. (Mostly.)

02-02-2010, 09:40 AM
I weigh once a week, same time, same birthday suit lol, but I do get on the scale sometimes during the week too, but I only care about that same day once a week. I have a calendar above the scale and on every thursday morning I write down the number the scale says. That is where I decide if I lost or gained. I have been doing weight watchers meetings and weighing in there too, but I'm not getting enough out of them, so I may go back to weighing at home, and maybe going to the rec center once a week instead. I understand the program pretty well, and I get more support from here than I do in the meetings so I may give them up and use this as my main support.

02-02-2010, 09:48 AM
Hi thistoo and moveforward. Thank you both for your ideas.

02-02-2010, 09:55 AM
I weigh daily to remind myself to watch everything I put in my mouth. If I don't, I forget to, then gain. It depends on whether you're the kind of person that can cope with the ups and downs that are inevitable! It's hard, but I won't lose weight if I don't keep doing it! :)

Maybe try different ways to see which you prefer?

02-02-2010, 10:17 AM
Hello Bees & thanks. I have run into some major plateaus in the past, when I was weighing in alot...even several times a day. Now that I am planning to start weighing more frequently I am looking for a sensible technique and coping skills.

02-02-2010, 10:25 AM
I weigh once a week. In 2006 I lost a lot of weight (only to find it again) and then I weighed every day and I found myself obsessing about that #. So this time around, I decided I needed to do this without the obsessions and thus the choice to weigh once a week. I was hopping on mid week to check where I was, but that just pissed me off too, so I am sticking to the once a week weigh in and seems to be working for me.

02-02-2010, 10:50 AM
I have a very very negative attitude, so if I weighed everyday I would get so discouraged and quit all together. The once a week is good for me. But I do get on the scale other times, just as a checker. But I try to do same time once a week, same clothes or lack their of. You have to do what is best for you. If you are motivated and driven every day could work for you, but if you get easily discouraged once a week may be better. You could get upset that day and recoop and say okay, need to change what I've done in the last week because it may not be working. I track track track. It's a PAIN, but I do it and it does help. This way when things quit working, I will look back at what I did that past week and see where I can improve.

02-02-2010, 10:54 AM
I like your calendar Idea, moveforward.

02-02-2010, 11:03 AM
No more than once a month, and waited 72 days after starting so that I wouldn't be discouraged by slow pace. However, I do track my calorie deficit daily so that I know I'm doing what needs to be done.

02-02-2010, 11:15 AM
I avoided the scale for 15 years and I will never, ever allow that to happen again. It was a way of denial and escapism. Facing the scale now, every morning is just part of my routine. It's just what I do. It's part of my health-minded way of life. Some days it makes no sense to me, but I have learned to live with and deal with the "quirkiness" shall we say, of it. When we're doing the "right" thing there is nothing to fear about it. And ya know what, when we're doing the "wrong" thing, nothing to fear either. Perhaps that will shake us up and make us do - the "right" thing. The scale is just one of my tools in the box that I use now to help me be aware of what I do - and don't do. And that each of those choices has consequences. This is my body we're talking about and I want to know what's going on with it. No more ducking from it. Is the scale perfect? Nope. So be it. Neither am I. We're a match made in heaven.

02-02-2010, 11:17 AM
I weigh every morning after absolution, but I know I have a range.
My weight fluctuates in about a 3 pound range, when I am being lazy but not bad, and that range creeps up when I am being lazy and bad.
Of course when I am being really really good, the scale is quite a ego boost when the numbers go down.... as they have been lately. :goodscale

In short I don't stress, but I do keeps tabs. :D

02-02-2010, 11:21 AM
...I weigh daily. If I don't, I start to get lazy about my diet...

I weigh-in daily as well... for this same reason. It keeps me in line every day and I've learned to look at the overall trend.

02-02-2010, 11:26 AM
Is the scale perfect? Nope. So be it. Neither am I. We're a match made in heaven. -rockinrobin

LOVE THIS!!! What a true, yet positive way of looking at the scale! I've always HATED the scale. I get on it every morning as a way to keep myself "honest". For some reason if I start the day with getting on the scale it helps keep me on the plan. I see the numbers, I log them down, I look at how far I've come (not far enough but it's definately going the right way), then when I don't feel like exercising I remember that tomorrow I'm going to have to face the scale and I want to keep going forward not fall backwards.

02-02-2010, 11:26 AM
Ok so that means stay vigilant w/calories( Thanks Carey)
No Ducking (Thanks Robin)
Know your range (knobhdy,Thanks)

This is starting to shape Up !

02-02-2010, 12:07 PM
I also weigh every day. I tend to know when I have done poorly and want to avoid getting on the scale, and once I miss one weigh-in, it's easy to keep pushing it off. Knowing immediately if my mistake was bigger or smaller than I think helps me a lot. It keeps me accountable to myself. I know if the gain is from me or something out of my control (like my period). Often, though, I think I did worse than I did and I'm pleasantly surprised to see a loss. If I hadn't stepped on that scale, I would have likely assumed I had gained and thrown in the towel.

As long as the trend is downward, i don't freak out about a blip upward. My weight tends to be six steps forward, one to two steps (days) back, but the upward movement is always corrected because I get on the scale.

I find it's the same way with my calories. I used to try and just avoid tracking if I went over. I finally realized this time, though, that if I track honestly on off days, I can account for it on other days that week and my average for the week can still be good.

02-02-2010, 12:07 PM
I weigh in daily because if I don't make it part of my daily routine then I will forget about the scale for weeks on end and then I may miss something going wrong. However, only Tuesday really counts since that is the day I update my weight in my body bugg program.

02-02-2010, 12:11 PM
I used to try to force myself to only weigh once a week because I heard that was supposed to be best when you were actively losing (and then daily weigh in when you were maintaining, to nip any gains right away)

But I wanted to weigh more than that, so I was glad to find out that many successful losers here on 3FC are/were daily weighers. I try to focus on the overall trend, and not get too hung up on the daily shifts, but so far, weighing more seems to be helping my motivation to stay on plan. If that changes, then I'll reassess.

Generally speaking, I only count the loss on my official weigh in day of Monday but with flexibility to allow for occasional exceptions to that.

02-02-2010, 12:52 PM
I weigh every day that I exercise, so around 3 - 4 days a week. It's enough to keep me on track during the week, but not enough that I'm obsessing about it. It still fluctuates a lot, so I chart my weight and look at the general trend... and it is downward!

02-02-2010, 01:14 PM
I weigh every day that I am home. I stay at my bf's quite a bit and he doesn't have a scale. I have been religiously tracking what I eat when I don't' have a scale handy. I call Monday my official "weigh in" and only count that as my official weight.

So mostly every day check in and an official 1x a week weigh in.

02-02-2010, 03:03 PM
Thanks everybody I think I can take it from here... I have decided based on what most of you are saying... to track daily... first just to see how much it can fluctuate at a fixed level of calories. and then to get a sense of the trending. I think taking a more scientific, detached approach might work. ...with an official weigh-in on the first of each month.

02-02-2010, 03:39 PM
I'm another daily weigher. It helps me keep aware of trends, and keeps me from being dissapointed if I have a high fluctuation on a weigh in day. I generally weigh first thing in the morning after using the bathroom but before getting dressed or eating. I also frequently weigh before bed, because I think it's interesting to see the morning to evening fluctuations. I always know I'm going to have a good number on the scale in the morning if I weigh at night just about the same as (or even less than) I did in the morning.

02-02-2010, 03:49 PM
I weigh every day to keep it in the forefront of my thoughts. If I don't, I get lenient in my calories and slowly go off track, until I start weighing regularly again.


02-02-2010, 03:57 PM
I weigh once a week. Sometimes I will look another day too. I've tried it everyday and it just doesn't work for me.

Over 40 years ago I was bulimic. Happily, I have been totally free of this for thirty years. Daily weighing was part of my disordered thinking. So, that is why I weigh once or twice a week.

I think everyone finds there own comfort zone.

Try it every day and see if it works for you. I hope it does!

02-02-2010, 05:00 PM
I'm a once-a-week kinda gal. I used to be an every-day'er but it made me mental; any boost it gave me in accountability was far outweighed (heh) by the craziness it caused LOL One day I'd be down 2lbs., for no earthly reason, and i'd have to celebrate of course! with a treat! lol but then I'd be UP 2 pounds, again for no good reason, so I'd eat becasue what's the point of it all????

Now I do it once a week, breathe, do it a few times to be sure it's the same number each time, and deal with that.

02-02-2010, 08:04 PM
Thanks Beverly and Trazy. It could well be, that when I hit a plateau, or have a Whoosh, I will start to get scale crazy again, but I want to stay clear of the highs and lows this time. If I can't do that, I probably will go back to weighing very seldom.

02-02-2010, 08:14 PM
Pretty much once a week for me but I do sneak in extra weighs if I want to just see where I am at yanno?

02-02-2010, 08:33 PM
I am in a weight loss challenge with roughly 15 women at work. We weigh in on Monday's...so technically once a week. However, I always weigh myself on Friday's to see how much I've lost during the week to determine just how hard I want/need to work that weekend in order to maintain or lose more before the next Monday weigh in.
Having a digital scale really works. Every point counts...last monday I was at like 286.8 and on that Friday I was at 286.1...that's .7 pounds. Seeing that is a good motivation, to know that it wasn't even a full pound...but still down!

02-02-2010, 08:37 PM
Just a side note:

This may sound strange...but in the past I've weighed myself everyday. I've technically gained 1lb in a days time...and then I beat myself up about it. I've had a BM (yes, *that* BM) and lost a pound. So, when you weight weekly...it really makes you see a bigger difference.

02-03-2010, 06:36 AM
This is probably a dumb question, Journey, but what is a "BM" ?

02-03-2010, 04:05 PM
bm=bowel movement. or poop.

02-03-2010, 04:18 PM
I weigh daily and have since the start of my journey... I've take a few "scale breaks" of a week when I've been plateauing etc but for the most part... every day. I track through fitday and now through Google as well.

Arctic Mama
02-03-2010, 05:38 PM
I track my weight trends, so I weigh daily. I can tell a lot about my health by what my weight is doing, so I will continue my daily weighing throughout this pregnancy.