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07-14-2010, 10:59 AM
I'm aiming to weigh myself every Monday, but I just can't resist stepping on the scales nearly every morning... ;)

Does anyone else do this??

07-14-2010, 11:02 AM
Yup, always have. :-p Still debating which day of the week I want to be my weigh-in since I eased myself into things on a Thursday and really started keeping track on a Monday. And my weight hasn't changed since Monday so I'm guessing that's when I stopped losing the water weight.

07-14-2010, 11:02 AM
oh yes. That is my own special form of torture. The only way to avoid it would be to get rid of my scale, but then it would be too easy for me to forget that I'm overweight.

07-14-2010, 11:09 AM
Weighing each day is part of my routine. I have found that it helps me stay on track. And the scales are in the kitchen, very near the refrigerator. :)

07-14-2010, 11:14 AM
No. Yes. Sometimes. When I start a diet I weigh every day. I always say it keeps me focussed. After I hit the first stall, it just keeps me frantic.

I haven't weighed since Saturday, and won't until next Saturday. If the scale's gone down, I'll hang on another week. If it's stayed the same or gone up, I'll go back to daily weighing until I'm sure it's moving again.

Oh, and my weighing routine is
up, large glass of water with meds, feed dogs, feed me, bathroom, take everything off, get weighed, subtract the weight of my breakfast, react.

Obsessed, moi?

07-14-2010, 11:45 AM
Oh I hop on and off the scale all day. It demystifies it.

Now, I can almost always guess exactly what it is going to say within about two tenths of an ounce at any given time of day, in any outfit.

07-14-2010, 11:52 AM
I weigh all the time. I record every morning as soon as I wake up, and I use a seven day rolling average as my "weight"--so even though I was up 400 grams this morning, my average still went down and I feel ok about it.

There really is no "right" was to do this--you have to figure out what motivates you the best. The only "wrong" thing I ever do/see about weighing is when people avoid scale because they've been "bad" and don't want to face it. That guilt avoidance is a huge red flag. But pretty much any other pattern--daily, weekly, monthly, or whimsically--can be healthy, if it works for you.

07-14-2010, 12:00 PM
I have been weighing myself every day. If it starts to creep up, I know I need to refocus. If it is creeping down, I get to do a little happy dance!

07-14-2010, 12:50 PM
I weigh myself every day -- as do many others :) I posted this on another thread (ignore the "devil's advocate part" :) ) when someone was getting freaked out about daily fluctuations and believed the answer was to only weigh once a week. Since we ALL know we're going to fluctuate, I PERSONALLY think it's a better idea to weigh every day and then you KNOW what your body is doing. YMMV, of course :D but for me, daily weighing works much better :D

I'm a daily weigher, and I'm just going to play devils advocate here for a second. You've already realized that your weight can fluctuate for no *real* reason other than water. This fluctuation can be up to a couple of pounds. You can also fluctuate DOWN a pound or so. We've all seen it -- waiting to get to Onderland and seeing that 199 number, but then not seeing it again for another week!

Now, if you weigh every day and look at the TREND, you'll see it decreasing. I personally use a 10 day running average. No matter what my daily weight does, as long as my running average is decreasing I'm okay.

Now, if all you're doing is weighing once a week, there is a chance that one specific day of the week will be abnormally low and then the next specific day will be abnormally high. You could have lost 2 pounds that week but think that you've gained 1 pound.

So MANY people don't weight every day, but many people DO, and I wanted to just put a good word in for weighing every day but keeping a running average :)

07-14-2010, 12:53 PM
I did it just this morning while my hubby was saying that I shouldn't. :p It was right after a shower and he was convinced I'd weigh more due to the "water absorbing into your skin and maybe making you bloated". he may be right, he may be wrong... either way I didn't care and hopped on. :D

the number was down so I was happy either way. If I don't weigh every day, I go up. Every time.

07-14-2010, 12:54 PM
I weigh every day..i probably shouldn't but I just can't stand it :) I just feel like it helps me in a way.

07-14-2010, 01:03 PM
Not me since I rarely weigh anymore :D

Losing It 2010
07-14-2010, 01:11 PM
Yeah I started out with that in mind , epic fail, I weigh everyday also BUT I only log my weight on Monday's.

I'm aiming to weigh myself every Monday, but I just can't resist stepping on the scales nearly every morning... ;)

Does anyone else do this??

07-14-2010, 01:45 PM
yes... my weigh day is saturday... and every other day of the week ;)

Petite Powerhouse
07-14-2010, 02:21 PM
Weighing every day has been a big part of my success this time around. I lost 16 pounds about three years ago and then went on vacation and promptly put on nine pounds in one week. I didn't understand about water weight, though, or the fact that you typically weigh more at the end of the day than at the beginning, etc. So I didn't realize I had really only gained five pounds and that almost all of that was water weight. So, what happened? I got discouraged, stopped paying attention, and gained the weight back.

After that, though, I started weighing myself daily. I learned how my body weight fluctuates—how sodium works, how hydration/dehydration works, how TOM works, how exercise works, etc.—and how I can gain five pounds in one day and lose that two days later. I took this knowledge with me when I went on vacation weighing 108. And when I came back weighing 113 I didn't panic. I just ate on plan, exercised, and it was off in two days. This time I didn't sabotage myself—and that is due in no small part to weighing every day.

These days I can look at myself naked and guess exactly how much I weigh. I don't even really need the scale anymore, but I still step on it. It's a game now where it used to be a complete mystery.

07-14-2010, 02:24 PM
I also weight every day, usually several a day. I know there are fluctuations, and I think it helps me keep track of my body. My offical weigh in is Monday, so I adjust my official weight on Mondays

When I don't weigh every day is when I start to slip, and I gain. Weighing keeps my interest and reminds me why I'm doing this. It's the same thing with measurements. I can't wait to take my measurements every Sunday

07-14-2010, 02:33 PM
oh yes. That is my own special form of torture.
Ha! Me, too!

07-14-2010, 02:33 PM
I'm a total numbers person, and I love weighing. I weigh probably 2-3 times a day. A little obsessive but the fluctuations don't bother me so I figure there's no harm in it. I only change my ticker on Fridays, and I record my morning weight on fitday everyday.

Petite Powerhouse
07-14-2010, 02:39 PM
I'm a total numbers person, and I love weighing. I weigh probably 2-3 times a day. A little obsessive but the fluctuations don't bother me so I figure there's no harm in it.

I weigh first thing in the morning, then after my bath (I can lose 2 pounds of water weight while in the bathtub for an hour), then when I get home, and finally right before bed. Sometimes I weigh more than that. It's taught me a lot. It doesn't worry me, doesn't make me stop eating for the day if my weight is up or throw in an extra workout during the week. In fact, it's actually done wonders for my state of mind.

07-14-2010, 02:55 PM
I'm 44 and I've been dieting since age 5. For as longa s I can remember, it's been ingrained in me that weighing daily is "bad," and it was just one more thing to feel guilty about.

Every dieter, every wegiht loss program, and everything I've ever read, heard, or seen about weight loss stressed the need to weigh no more than once a week (or less), because weighing more often would be too discouraging.

And it was discouraging.... only because I expected it to be, and because I hoped/expected to see a loss every time I weighed. I avoided the scale when I knew I'd gained, because I "knew" that it would be discouraging.

Only a few years ago, I started breaking a whole lot of the rules of diet dogma, and one of those rules was scale phobia. I decided not to let the scale hurt me. The "normal" assumption that the scale is a torture device, is what made the scale the enemy. I decided to make the scale my friend, regardless of what it was telling me.

I didn't just weigh daily. I weighed up to 10 times a day - not out of an obsessive hope that the scale would somehow magically register a three pound loss an hour after the last weigh-in, but to learn and really understand all of the factors that affected my weight.

I didn't just weigh myself either, I wrote the number down in my journal. I even jotted down the weights, so I could learn to see and understand the patterns. I always knew that I gained a lot of weight with TOM (an average of 8 to 10 lbs, and sometimes even a bit higher), but I didn't really know how much was water retention, and how much was weight gain from eating/drinking more - and I didn't know when the weight began arriving and when it began leaving. Now I know that I can begin to see the weight gain about 3 or 4 days before my period starts, and it will start to dissipate about 3 to 4 days after. A lot of the weight is due to a craving for salt and liquids. Since I only drink noncaloricd beverages, that means water retention. I do have to be extra vigilant about my diet during the time around my period (up to two weeks, depending on timing of things - the 3-4 days before and after and the 6- 8 days of the period itself). The scale actually helps me recognize the start of my werwolf phase.

Hubby calls me werewolf, because of my mood swings and sudden and severe cravings for beef (red meat, in general - which I like but never crave during the rest of the month), and carbohydrates. Indulging in the beef is fine, but the carbohydrates are a recipe for moodswing and weight gain disaster. Birth control also helps tame the werewolf.

But back to the scale - the scale is what YOU make of it. Your reaction to the scale is entirely in your control, you can choose to see and use it any way you want to. You can teach yourself to do it. It can be a valuable tool, or it can be a torture device - what do YOU want it to be?

Latchkey Princess
07-15-2010, 12:54 AM
Yeah, I aim to weigh once a week. But my aim sucks because I step on the scale every morning. :)

I don't record it in my journal or update my ticker but once a week tho.

07-15-2010, 01:01 AM
Now, I can almost always guess exactly what it is going to say within about two tenths of an ounce at any given time of day, in any outfit.

lol! this made me smile for some reason. :D

i weigh every day. it helps me to know where i am and to see how i am processing from the previous day, was there too much sodium, not enough water or exercise, etc. also, when the scale moves down it helps to motivate me. of course, when it doesn't then that can be a distraction, but not as distracting as it would be to not know where i am along my path.

07-15-2010, 01:13 AM
I weigh every day of the week. I have to do this to keep myself accountable.