100 lb. Club - The downside about weekly weighing....




Rosinante
07-17-2010, 04:23 AM
I'm just about to go and do it now. I've been sitting here for 10 minutes putting it off..... What if? What if not? I've tried very hard this week but.......

and yes, I am really embarrassed to admit this!


Rosinante
07-17-2010, 04:48 AM
Hm. Half a pound. While it could have been worse, I'm gritting my teeth a bit: I tried a lot harder than that!
Heyho, another week.

rockinrobin
07-17-2010, 07:22 AM
I'm just about to go and do it now. I've been sitting here for 10 minutes putting it off..... What if? What if not? I've tried very hard this week but.......



I can see that, I really can. I would think that since you are *only* weighing once a week, you put SO much importance into it. It becomes this big, dramatic thing. Hmmm, one more reason for daily weighing....

And yes, sometimes our results don't match our efforts.

But darling, a 1/2 pound IS a half pound. Two sticks of butter - gone. History. Finito.

Keep up the great work, just keep at it and there is no way that your body and the effort will not meet up. :smug:


Rosinante
07-17-2010, 07:44 AM
Thanks, Robin, I knew I could rely on you!

The trouble with daily weighing is that I get the same panic 7/7 days, rather than just the one!

I should also perhaps have checked farther back in my records: I've only lost a skinny, scrawny little pound this week but over 2 weeks it's 4 and a half! Well 4.4 but near enough. I'll pipe down now.

caryesings
07-17-2010, 11:45 AM
You just know I'm going to chime in on this one, don't you? Now that you know you have a plan that works for you, step away from the scale. Try weighing monthly. It's quite liberating. Really.

Ciao
07-17-2010, 11:58 AM
Hey, losing is better than gaining! :)

Eliana
07-17-2010, 01:39 PM
Oy! :rofl:

Here's my two cents...

I think that what you are doing is not working for you. Now, whether you choose to go Careysings way or Robin's way is up to you. Either are good choices.

Because I'm a daily weigher, I have to comment on the stress of doing it 7/7 days. At first it feels obsessive, then I swear it becomes liberating. You've had a good week? Great! Then you didn't see the two pounds you lost three days ago because you didn't weigh until today. That's what drives me batty about weekly weighing. With weekly weighing, the scale tells me if I've been "good" or "bad". With daily weighing, the scale becomes a tool. I dare say with monthly weighing the scale becomes a tool too. And that's what it's supposed to be...just another way to measure the GOOD you ARE doing.

I have learned that every month I lose for two weeks and then I stall for two weeks. I wouldn't know this if I didn't weigh daily. This week I have taken THREE 20 mile bike rides. I should be losing big, right? Nope...I'm stalling because I'm at that stall time of the month. No biggie...that just means a nice whoosh in about two more weeks. It doesn't mean I did anything wrong.

I remember weekly weighing...never again! ;)

Athenacapella
07-17-2010, 01:47 PM
I weighed weekly until I read Judy Beck's book, "Beck Diet for Life."

This week was a good example. Wednesday I was out at a different company location. I had a Subway salad for lunch, no croutons, no dressing. I had a Wendy's large chilli for dinner, no fries, but I did have a regular coke. I was SO PROUD of my choices.

I gained 3 lbs. overnight from that. If I had only weighed once a week, and I weighed that day, I would be SO upset. And if that wasn't my weigh-in day, I would have went along thinking that everything was fine instead of making a point of being really, really careful the next two days to lose those 3 pounds.

And if I HAD kept weighing daily last year, I would NOT have gained 80 lbs. back. But I stopped weighing myself.

Bottom line: There are good reasons to weigh daily, weekly or monthly. You have to find what works for you.

Mrs Rock Chick
07-17-2010, 01:54 PM
A loss is better than a gain Rosinante.

I tried weighing daily the other week and was really pleased all week as I seemed to be losing quite well until on day 9 I discovered I had put on a whopping 10lb overnight! My scales are new so I know it's not because they need a new battery. So I'm back to weighing in weekly again. Everybody has their own way of weighing though and like has been said before, there are pros and cons of each way.

dragonwoman64
07-17-2010, 02:01 PM
4 and a half over 2 weeks is GREAT! congrats! I experience that scale anxiety too.

VickieLou
07-17-2010, 02:13 PM
:bravo: Rosinante on the Weight Loss! When you see the total for the month it's a nice lose.

The thing I like about daily weighing is I can see my lowest weight for the month. Plus, I see how weight is effected by how much sodium and overeating I do. But I do count Friday as my official weigh in day, to see how I compare to the week before.

Rosinante
07-17-2010, 02:13 PM
Thankyou for all the input.

I've done daily, weekly and Lenten weighing (I once didn't weigh for the whole of Lent, lost 12lbs) and find there are pros and cons to all.

I might have a peek tomorrowTMI ALERT, I MEAN IT! I swear, I spent so long in the bathroom this afternoon I could have written War and Peace, never mind read it ~ I just have to be lighter tomorrow..... :) We'll see.

I've jiggled my WOE around, I'll jiggle my WOWeighing around too, until I find what works. It's good to have this space to post in though.

rockinrobin
07-17-2010, 02:52 PM
Exactly Rosinante. Nothing is written in stone. If you feel like one *method* is not working well for you - move it out and try another.

But, for the very reason you just stated as to why you will weigh tomorrow - that's why I like weighing daily. You miss a lot of info when you don't weigh as frequently.

Shmead
07-17-2010, 03:00 PM
Lately I have been recording daily but running a seven-day running average as my official weight. I LOVE this because even on days when I am up a little, my 7-day average still goes down, which shows my overall progress and keeps me from getting upset. Furthermore, when I say I am "170", I don't have any little doubts in the back of my mind that I was a little dehydrated or something--if my average weight for the last week was 170, then that IS my real weight.

Rosinante
07-18-2010, 05:08 AM
Felt I had to check again today. Still hardly a whoosh but 197.7, and an exact 18lbs off in 8 weeks.

I think the only pattern I can follow is: weigh daily until that drives me insane; then weigh monthly until that drives me insane; then either go back to weekly or move on to monthly.

Mrs Rock Chick
07-18-2010, 05:26 AM
That's great Rosinante. Well done.

rockinrobin
07-18-2010, 08:39 AM
Felt I had to check again today. Still hardly a whoosh but 197.7, and an exact 18lbs off in 8 weeks.


Excellent! Look how you've gotten back into this!! You are doing marvelously. Just keep at it. Keep on going, going, going....

I think the only pattern I can follow is: weigh daily until that drives me insane; then weigh monthly until that drives me insane; then either go back to weekly or move on to monthly.


Sounds like a plan. ;)

TXMary2
07-18-2010, 10:20 AM
I was afraid of daily weighing at first, but I love it now! I get to have victories almost everyday except TOM time, but when I was weighing once a week and lost less than a pound it did tick me off. Now I see the natural flucuations and I may have been the same or down .5 on weigh day, but the next I was down 1.5 and it stayed! Do what is best for you, but you might want to try daily weighing for a while.

Rosinante
07-19-2010, 05:09 AM
197.3 - after 3 bathroom visits, don't know what's wrong with me today! Although, my treat yesterday, was some hot roast pork - I wonder if it was too fatty? Yesterday was completely within calorie/carb/fibre/fat/protein limits but maybe it was just too much all in one go?

time2lose
07-19-2010, 09:52 AM
I understand the scale anxiety having suffered from it myself. Long term daily weighing has helped me because now I do it without thinking about it. I have a tendency to over think everything and I think that is where my anxiety comes from. I have learned my fluctuations. It is amazing how much difference a bm can make.

You got 18 lbs off in 8 weeks!! I think that is fantastic. I am thrilled to get 8 pounds off in 8 weeks. You are doing great! Maybe you need to adjust your expectations?? Give yourself the credit you deserve, my friend.

Rosinante
07-19-2010, 10:25 AM
I am very happy when I look at the big picture of this current weightloss. Somehow, though, the daily weighing I find upsetting. I KNOW it can't show a day by day slide - but I haven't yet been able to get over the negative feelings I get when it doesn't.
Trouble is, weekly weighing gives me a massive disappointment sometimes, too.
I daren't risk monthly yet!


And again - WELL DONE YOU!!!!!

ubergirl
07-19-2010, 11:05 AM
I am very happy when I look at the big picture of this current weightloss. Somehow, though, the daily weighing I find upsetting. I KNOW it can't show a day by day slide - but I haven't yet been able to get over the negative feelings I get when it doesn't.
Trouble is, weekly weighing gives me a massive disappointment sometimes, too.
I daren't risk monthly yet!


And again - WELL DONE YOU!!!!!

I agree with Cheryl that eventually with daily weighing the scale started to lose so much power, because I began to understand it more.

I don't know if you have or would consider a Tanita scale (they're unfortunately pricey) I think it was my Tanita that got me over the scale hump because it gives me body fat, water weight percentage AND weight....

After a while the pattern gets SUPER predictable... my water weight percentage goes UP and my weight goes UP.... back in April, I gained between four and five pounds and it stayed on for two weeks.... I knew I was OP and I "felt" bloaty, but in the past, I would have started obsessing about my food, wondering if I was lying to myself about what I was eating, or thinking that somehow I had "done something wrong" to gain the weight...

But this time, the Tanita gave it to me right there in a concrete number-- my water weight percentage was way out of whack... eventually, I lost the water weight and the pounds came right off, and then some... somehow SEEING the water weight percentage feels more reliable and cuts down on my obsessive second-guessing.

Something to consider as it has been a godsend for me.

Rosinante
07-20-2010, 04:22 AM
I hope it does lose power soon. A 1.5lb Gain overnight.
I know it's not fat.
I know that, in the teeth of an almost overwhelming urge to binge yesterday, I did not, I stayed 100% on plan.
I feel in a difficult place right now. If I weigh weekly, the losses I'm getting at the minute just make me want to stab myself.
When I weigh daily, I don't get 'daily victories', I get daily slaps in the face.
Basically, struggling at the moment.

rockinrobin
07-20-2010, 05:28 AM
I hope it does lose power soon. A 1.5lb Gain overnight.
I know it's not fat.
I know that, in the teeth of an almost overwhelming urge to binge yesterday, I did not, I stayed 100% on plan.
I feel in a difficult place right now. If I weigh weekly, the losses I'm getting at the minute just make me want to stab myself.
When I weigh daily, I don't get 'daily victories', I get daily slaps in the face.
Basically, struggling at the moment.

You have got to find the mature, reasonable, intelligent person in yourself.

When something like this happened to me I would tell myself over and over again that there is no way in H#$L that that weight could be anything else but a water based variance/fluctuation. KNOWING that I've stayed on plan there is no other explanation for it. There just isn't. That's where that reasonable, mature, intelligent woman must comes into play. I told myself this - and now I don't have to *convince* myself of it when it happens ever again, because I am certain of it.

Daily weighing taught me to get on that scale one time, note the number and move on with my day. If I've had a weight loss - great - all the more reason to keep on doing what I'm doing - if I've had a weight gain - all the more reason to keep doing what I'm doing - it's going to eventually work.

My plan is a good one, of this I am sure, so when I am positive that I've been 100% on plan - my food behaviors don't have to change, nor does my mood, because of iwhat the scale says.

Get on that scale and move on with your on plan day.

Rosinante
07-23-2010, 05:07 AM
196 today. This is good.

I'm going to really try hard and try to learn the daily patterns.