100 lb. Club - Wll someone please come & hide my scale on me!?




BlueEyedWitch
10-12-2010, 07:53 AM
Why do I feel the need to get on the scale EVERYDAY! :?: I know im not going to get a 10lb loss over night or in a week for that matter, so why do I keep jumping on that dang thing? Hubby doesnt, LOL. And I tell him, dont weigh yourself everyday.....but then I do it. LOL I guess if I "see" that im NOT gaining it will keep me motivated. I dont know but its really annoying me.:tantrum:

Sorry had to vent!


MaryOjo
10-12-2010, 08:20 AM
I do that too and it's so annoying! Can't just stay off the scale

Terre
10-12-2010, 08:32 AM
I am a daily scale junkie! I weigh daily to show me how what foods affect me. I weight during the day too to see if I am retaining water.


Rosinante
10-12-2010, 08:41 AM
Daily weighing (but only once a day) keeps me sane and focussed! I've weighed every day for 141 days and it is really helping me understand body fluctuations. Of course I'm happy on loss days and less pleased on maintain or gain days but it is becoming "Hey" rather than omg on the bad days, and that means I just note the number and stay on plan the rest of the day.

time2lose
10-12-2010, 09:14 AM
Like Rosinante, daily weighing helps me helps me stay focused. I am used to the fluctuations and they don't bother me. I have a tendency to procrastinate and it was not uncommon for me to avoid the scales for months or even years. That made it easy for me to ignore the consequences of overeating. It made it easier to think "I will start a diet tomorrow." I needed to make weighing myself a habit.

We say it often here, but we all have to find what works for us. If daily weighing does not drive you crazy there is nothing wrong with it!

AZ Sunrises
10-12-2010, 09:46 AM
I weigh myself more frequently than I should, but It keeps me on plan. I was thinking about a greasy fast-food meal last night. (Yay hormones!!!) I stepped on the scales and saw that I was holding 4 lbs in water weight. I know it's just water...but I didn't want the salt that comes from the drive-thru to cause it to stay there even longer, so I passed.

BlueEyedWitch
10-12-2010, 09:55 AM
Thanks everyone! It's nice to know that im not the only one! :)

rockinrobin
10-12-2010, 10:07 AM
Daily weighing is a good thing if you ask me. Knowing that I have to face that scale every morning keeps me on my toes. There's nothing wrong with it and everything right with it, IMO.

Just make sure your food choices don't change because of what it does or does not tell you. Weigh, note the number and move on. Think of it as just part of your daily health care routine. It's your body and you should be aware of what's going on with it.

Eliana
10-12-2010, 10:32 AM
Weighing daily is what gives me confidence that I will be successful with maintenance. I can not bury my head in the sand if I must face the scale every day. I only wish I'd known that sooner!

For some, weekly weighing is great advice! Some work best with monthly weighing. But I learned right here in this forum that some people have great success with daily weighing.

And I obsess LESS when I allow myself to weigh whenever I want. There's no wondering...I hop on and I know.

saef
10-12-2010, 10:53 AM
I'm going to take a contrary position from most of the others on this thread.

Personally, I just can't do daily weigh ins. If you ever read a post in which I say I've taken up this practice, then please intervene, because it was a symptom of my former eating disorder from 11 years back.

In those days, I weighed myself three times daily, as my old office had a scale in the airless windowless little room where the filing cabinets were kept. I hopped on the scale compulsively at a certain time -- woe to someone who detained me during my usual weighing time -- and wrote down the number in my food journal, even though any upward trend in the numbers devastated me emotionally. Paradoxically, a higher number could make me binge. Or go off & exercise for three hours straight. Or become miserable if I'd already exercised & knew my schedule left no time to get to aerobics class in the evening as well as in the morning.

I'm not in that mental place now. But I associate daily weighing with being not quite sane or healthy. And so I won't do it. Ever again.

Once a week is enough, with an occasional changeup -- like when I return from a trip & trying to figure out the effects of a radical disruption in routine & food choices.

That was part of my bargain with myself, when I set about losing the weight in a more healthy, non-obsessive manner -- that I would try not to think about numbers or do a lot of calculating. Which meant limiting myself to weekly weigh-ins, and if something happened to prevent the weigh-in, to just skip it till the following week.

I am a person who naturally puts a lot of pressure on herself, so my plan meant removing some of that pressure. I tend to become too exact & perfectionistic & routine-bound. (Definitely OCD tendencies there.) For someone whose nature is the opposite -- someone who has trouble sticking with a plan or following things through -- daily accountability is probably great. For me, it makes me a slave to the scale in the worst way.

caryesings
10-12-2010, 11:30 AM
I don't own a scale for mental health reasons. I track my calorie deficit on a daily basis so I know I'm staying on track but only get on actual scale once a month.

BlueEyedWitch
10-12-2010, 11:31 AM
I don't own a scale for mental health reasons. I track my calorie deficit on a daily basis so I know I'm staying on track but only get on actual scale once a month.

I would love to ba able to do that!

WTG on your loss so far!:)

BlueEyedWitch
10-12-2010, 11:39 AM
For someone whose nature is the opposite -- someone who has trouble sticking with a plan or following things through -- daily accountability is probably great. For me, it makes me a slave to the scale in the worst way.


And this would be me! :) I think once I start losing & seeing changes then I can got to once a week, maybe even longer.

shannonmb
10-12-2010, 12:08 PM
I am a monthly weigher, and I think the main reason this is working for me right now is that I have devised a very doable plan for myself and I'm sticking to it very well. That being the case, I know myself well enough to know that I will be sad if I get on the scale and don't see a loss (which would for sure happen if I weighed daily, and even occasionally with a weekly weigh-in). Every time I have stepped on the scale since I started this, I am rewarded with what seems like a pretty substantial loss to me, and I am renewed in my energy to continue. I would be on an emotional roller coaster constantly if I were to see the daily fluctuations right now, this I KNOW about myself. And now, rather than finding out what I weigh and THEN looking to my body to see if I "see/feel" it, I am seeing/feeling the changes in my body FIRST and then looking to the scale to see what that translates to in pounds.

A couple things I had to promise myself before I started this weigh-in method.

1) If I start to veer even slightly off my plan, I automatically lose the privilege of weighing monthly and MUST go back to once a week.

2) When my weight loss starts to stall or slow a bit (I have a LOT to lose), I MUST re-evaluate my weigh-in strategy so my plan can be very specifically tweaked to get the losses going again.

Everyone has a different scale strategy that works for them. Just throwing mine out there! ;)

thewronggirl
10-12-2010, 12:31 PM
I feel some bizarre sort of empowerment weighing daily. I went through a stall for two weeks that had me slightly agitated (especially since I'm not far into my weight loss time line). It wasn't until then that I started recording my daily numbers (I always weighed daily, but didn't record them except once per week). Once I studied the numbers I realized I wasn't truly stalling. I was having fluctuations throughout the week, then I'd suddenly drop, then move slightly up, and go back down. This knowledge and the ability to look through my journal at my weights and SEE on paper how my weight is changing (when I can't see it on myself) is priceless for me on this journey. It really helps keep things in perspective. 14 pounds on my body doesn't look like a difference, but 14 pounds on paper looks amazing.

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Liliann
10-12-2010, 01:03 PM
I used to be a daily weigher, twice a day and it made me nuts..so now I don't use my home scale anymore..I only weigh in when I visit my medical doctor, they have a digital..am down 6 Lbs and am planning on getting a new scale and will only weigh in monthly. I like the surprise on a monthly/weekly weigh in.

Good luck!

keepINon
10-12-2010, 01:07 PM
I am the same way, and HATE it!!! I am thinking of giving my scale away and then just going over to weigh myself every week. It gets discouraging and its definitely been the downfall of a few of my past dieting adventures. I get discouraged and then eat cause I'm down on myself...lol. Vicious cycles!

Matilda08
10-12-2010, 01:09 PM
Daily weighing (but only once a day) keeps me sane and focussed! I've weighed every day for 141 days and it is really helping me understand body fluctuations. Of course I'm happy on loss days and less pleased on maintain or gain days but it is becoming "Hey" rather than omg on the bad days, and that means I just note the number and stay on plan the rest of the day.


This is how I feel as well! Besides when I dont wi I gain weight lol

LitChick
10-12-2010, 10:01 PM
Another daily weigher here! Although I only count Fridays when I weigh in at my WW meeting as my 'official' weight for the week. I'm thinking that when I finally get to my goal weight, I will try weighing just once a week and see how it goes, but for now, weighing daily helps me stay on plan and focused.

krampus
10-12-2010, 10:50 PM
I weigh myself every morning after I pee. It's just habit. Sometimes it's fun to weigh myself after a particularly grueling run or after a big poo.

I have an analog scale that is probably 20 years old and it's in kilograms so it's hard to read between the lines. I hate the crisp precision of digital scales and I don't feel I need that kind of rock-solid confirmation. All I need to know is that I'm not gaining.

graciegoose13
10-12-2010, 11:22 PM
I would define myself as a "mostly daily weigher". I'm in the habit of jumping on the scale right before a shower in the morning (less clothing less weight! :D ), but there are some days that I just don't. I've found that by weighing myself fairly often, I'm more likely to stay on track.

I think it's also important to note, as other frequent weighers have before me, that I take my daily number with a grain of salt. I understand that bodies are funny, and if I have a greasy, salty meal the day before, the number's probably going to be higher the next day. It's not all fat, but it's just a little reminder that if I don't get back on plan, it could be!

LindseyLou
10-12-2010, 11:30 PM
You're not the only one! I weigh myself daily. I think it keeps me in check. If I get on and I gain then I know I need to work harder. I also do it because once per week I do my "official" weigh in and my measurements for the week...I find that if I weigh myself daily that number isn't a big surprise on my weekly weigh in. Say I didn't weigh in daily and do my weekly weigh in and I gained, if I would have weighed myself days ago I could have turned that around possibly. Ate less, worked out more. That's just my thinking I guess. I can also see how my body fluctuates from day to day and compare. I think it keeps me sticking to my plan and focused!

PaulaM
10-12-2010, 11:42 PM
I rarely weigh myself, I just take my waist measurement occasionally. I can tell by my clothes that I am losing and tightening up, I refuse to get obsessed by the scale. I think you can definitely do it too often. I felt the same way all the years I was not overweight too.

spixiet
10-12-2010, 11:51 PM
Here's how my scale neurosis presents :)

I only count morning weights as "real" weights...right after waking up and nekkid :D

However, I hate starting the day with a bad weigh-in, so..... I weigh myself at nights to determine if I should step on the scale in the morning. In general, I only weigh myself in the morning if my nighttime weight makes me confident in a good morning weight. For some reason, it's much easier for me to deal with disappointment at night when I don't really have the time or inclination to stuff food in my mouth when the scale isn't doing what I'd like :o

milmin2043
10-12-2010, 11:57 PM
I also weigh every day. It is part of my plan, first thing in the morning after getting out of bed to step on the scale. I chart it and do a weekly weigh in on Sundays. I purposely chose Sunday so that I would need to behave myself on the weekends and not overeat.

I don't consider weighing daily to be obsessive (for me anyway). Everything I have done on this wonderful journey toward my ultimate goal is part of my plan and keeps me from doing things mindlessly.

goal4agirl
10-13-2010, 02:39 AM
I always weigh daily it keeps me on my toes! If I weighed weekly I am liable to think I am doing well and it may make me splurge too much. This keeps me more accountable to myself.


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