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calluna
11-08-2010, 12:51 PM
Someone brought up in another thread that tickers are often incorrect, and I wondered about it. Is your ticker correct? Do you adjust it up if up is where it should be? How often?

For me, I update the ticker when it goes down and that represents my new low. My low currently is 176; over the weekend it bounced around but I didn't change anything, because I still consider 176 to be my current weight. When I get to maintenance I'll leave it alone unless it gets to my redline on the high or the low side.

The only time it was really "off" was after my surgeries, when everything was wonky and there was no real way to tell what I weighed. My ticker during that time was off as much as 10 lbs on the high and the low side. I set it at 177 when it sort-of settled and then left it there until I was ready to go on losing again. I consider that a special case.

I haven't seriously fallen off the wagon and regained any weight in the last 11 months, though, so I guess it was easier to keep the ticker honest.


Eliana
11-08-2010, 12:55 PM
I update mine the same as you. 156.8 was my new low. Today it's actually 158.2. Eventually I get to and surpass that low again. Now if I ever go totally off plan or something, I'll adjust up, but that's never happened.

I figure once I'm in maintenance I'll ditch the beloved ticker and go with the side info. ;)

matt_H
11-08-2010, 12:58 PM
My signature weight thing has "clw" for "current low weight". As soon as I see the lowest weight into new territory I update that. If I've been up for more than 4 or 5 pounds for longer than a week or two, I'll adjust the signature to be more accurate. This morning my weight was 190 exactly so I'm often very close to it on a day to day basis. Sometimes though my "current low weight" is up for weeks (even a month) without being changed. I've just sort of hovered a pound or two above.


ShylahEQ
11-08-2010, 01:01 PM
I don't even keep a ticker anymore. I just keep my weight updated under my profile. I update it weekly, on Mondays. Up or down.

Beverlyjoy
11-08-2010, 01:03 PM
I update my ticker every Wednesday, usually.

When I gained some weight last summer - it was tough, but, I got honest. I updated it every other Wednesday then. I think I wasn't posting much except for daily gratitudes. It's always my anchor here. I

Harsdottir
11-08-2010, 01:05 PM
I am only going to update mine when I know I can hold my new current low for more than three weeks. I say that because as a woman who has bad PMS, I can gain 5 to 7 pounds in water weight. I also swell up after strength training. Truthfully speaking. I think its helps if you are really honest, it helps with accountability and motivation

Rosinante
11-08-2010, 01:12 PM
I change my ticker when my weight gets to XXX.4.
3fc tickers only show whole pounds.
I started at 215.6, so I reckon that if I get to XXX.4, that's more than the whole pound.

My weight tends to ricochet if I've had a big drop. If the ricochet up is only 1 day, and if I stayed on plan, I leave it as it is. If I'm on plan, I have not gained fat overnight.
If it's still up the 2nd day, I alter it.
If I have some bad choice days and really mangle my weight, I alter it.

I can't see any point in lying and I don't for a moment think that anyone does. :)

runningfromfat
11-08-2010, 01:17 PM
Like you mine represents my low. Right now is TOM so I'm about 2-3lbs heavier for a week and then I normally see a drop right afterwards.. I don't change it because it seems silly to change it just for a week every month!

I've seen pretty steady weight loss so I haven't had a reason to increase it yet (hopefully ever!!! :D). But like PPs said if I did go crazy and ate like mad for a week then I'd change it accordingly.

Robin41
11-08-2010, 01:22 PM
Mine's a big lie. I actually weighed 157 this morning. :)

I'm in maintenance so I don't worry about keeping it completely accurate, but when I was losing I would update it once weekly on my official weigh-in day. I felt like that way the trend was always down and I didn't have to pay any attention to daily fluctuations.

Rochester
11-08-2010, 01:27 PM
I update my tickers and sidebar every Sunday when I do my "official" weigh-in. Whether my weight is up :( or down :) it gets changed to my current weight.

lazylioness
11-08-2010, 01:30 PM
I update mine once a week. Up or down on Monday mornings. But I also keep two of them, one for my current mini-goal, and one for the big picture goal.

Sunshine73
11-08-2010, 01:35 PM
Mine is honest. I weigh everyday and I try to change it when my weight has changed. If I fluctuate up a bit for a day then I might not change it straight away (especially if I've been 100% on plan), but if I'm still up the following day I adjust it up accordingly.

Same thing with moving it down...although, as someone else said, since 3FC tickers don't do tenths of a pound, I will usually slide it down when I've reached xxx.4.

For me it's important to keep my ticker accurate and honest for myself. I could slide it down all the time but that's not going to keep me accountable and on-track. If I'm moving up I need to be aware of that so I can try to make changes accordingly.

popspry
11-08-2010, 01:45 PM
I weigh in on tuesdays and update it then with my current weight. I don't gain weight during my tom so that isn't really a concern. I always want it to be accurate - for myself. I need the reality of what my weight actually is, not what my low is. I feel accomplished being able to move it down.

Asherdoodles87
11-08-2010, 01:46 PM
Well, I try to keep mine honest too. I update it for losses if I see a new number on the scale. But, I keep in mind daily fluctuations if it goes back up. For example, yesterday and the day before I weighed in at 205. Today, the scale said 206. I didn't add the pound back on the ticker because it may be gone again tomorrow. ;)

Bac0s
11-08-2010, 01:50 PM
I weigh in every day and update my profile every few days.

kaplods
11-08-2010, 01:52 PM
My ticker usually reflects my lowest acheived weight so far (within the past month). I don't update it with fluctuation gains, because I can gain up to 10 lbs of water weight gain during TOM. I don't consider it "real" weight gain, unless it's not gone within a month (usually it's gone in a week). It may seem "unfair" that I record a loss as soon as I achieve it, but don't record a gain unless it's hung around for more than a month, but it's the system that is most motivating for me.

It's a mental game I play with myself, but I think it's an effective one. I see any loss as "permanent" and any gain as "temporary." I do feel a bit of discomfort (I wouldn't say it's strong enough to qualify as guilt, more a nagging feeling) when my ticker doesn't match my weight. It's just enough pressure to motivate me a little more to get down right back down to my ticker weight.

Except during tom, my ticker is within 5 lbs of my "actual" weight on my scale, but I realize that both numbers aren't "real" in the sense that I have no way of knowing how accurate my bathroom scale is. The "number" isn't nearly as important as the trend.

There's no way to know if someone else's ticker is accurate, and I really think it isn't anyone's business anyway. I have a friend, who in real life admitted that she couldn't admit her real weight, even on an online diet site, so she halved her "starting weight," her "goa weight," so that every pound she loses online, is actually two pounds in reality.

The tickers really have to be for us (because no one can tell who's being honest and who isn't, or who just has forgotten to update. So you have to use your ticker in the way that's best for you, and not for anyone else.

starbrite
11-08-2010, 01:54 PM
100% honest! I change it when I see a new low, but thankfully any increases don't normally push me into the next pound up. If it did I would change it. There's no benefit to anyone from being dishonest about their ticker.......!

totsandfries
11-08-2010, 01:57 PM
My ticker is my current low, for instance last week I weighed in mostly at 144 (TOM) and my ticker said 143. Today I weighed myself and I was 140.6 so I changed it to that weight.

caryesings
11-08-2010, 02:02 PM
The good news about only weighing in once a month is I never see any of those fluctuations that would show a higher weight. So mine is accurate at the point of last weigh in, no idea what I weigh on a day-to-day basis.

Slashnl
11-08-2010, 02:03 PM
Mine is honest. I change it every Monday for my official weight. I just want to make myself accountable, so I will change it up if I have to. It is way more fun to change it when it goes down... no kidding, huh?!

DixC Chix
11-08-2010, 02:04 PM
I just keep my weight updated under my profile. I update it weekly, on Mondays. Up or down.

^ditto^

mandalinn82
11-08-2010, 02:09 PM
There's no benefit to anyone from being dishonest about their ticker.......!

I strongly disagree with this statement. Some people find the "push" from having a ticker reflecting their lowest weight more beneficial, or find putting it up, particularly for temporary fluctuations, to be demoralizing. This was the case with me, and I recorded "new lows", and didn't go up unless my weight was up for a month or more (mostly because, like Kaplods, I can retain water in INCREDIBLE amounts, 10 lbs or so, and I'm not going to change a ticker based on a pattern I know is temporary).

What I find most interesting is the concept of a ticker being "honest" at all. They're just a motivational tool 3FC offers. How people choose to use them is an entirely personal decision. "Honest" is such a morally loaded word, to me...I don't think anyone is being deceptive by not updating a ticker with every weight change, they're just using the tool in a way that they think works best for them.

nelie
11-08-2010, 02:20 PM
I don't keep a ticker but do use the sidebar and no I don't weigh 202. I've seen 202 numerous times and I'll see it again. I'm about 10 lbs above that point. It is a personal thing to me because honestly, I think if I put my current number there then I'd stay there and call it good :)

If someone thinks losing 150 lbs is invalidated by a 10 lb fluctuation that I don't record, then so be it.

starbrite
11-08-2010, 02:23 PM
Think the word here is in the interpretation of Honesty actually Mandalinn. As you so rightly say, people use the ticker in a way that suits them best - I know I certainly do. However people change them or update them, should be in a way that benefits their particular need. I was responding to the "honesty" aspect, probably following on from the post a few weeks back where we were all accused of lying about our weights and changing factual information and even pictures inaccurately ! I am honest with myself about my weight loss. It is too important for me to mess with, and I change my information with pride. I think people should be encouraged to do whatever gets them through, what is after all, a very difficult and emotional journey.

socalfelicity
11-08-2010, 02:27 PM
i don't have a ticker- but i update my sidebar everytime i weigh... :-)

calluna
11-08-2010, 02:37 PM
Fascinating - I wasn't expecting such a strong response, especially on the word "honest" used in the title - in the post, the word "correct" is used, but by then I suppose the impression is already made.

mandalinn82
11-08-2010, 02:45 PM
I am perhaps oversensitive to this issue, because similar threads in the past resulted in some very hurt feelings (much like the threads about people misrepresenting/lying about weights and photos did). I just don't want anyone to visit this thread and feel like they are being accused of being dishonest to themselves and the entire 3FC population when they don't update their ticker for a 5 lb TOM bump...because my opinion is that tickers are, like many other things here, tools, which members can use as they see fit.

I'm not saying, BTW, that you said or even implied that, just that similar threads have taken that direction in the past (so I thought I'd put in a little pre-emptive statement to prevent hurt feelings).

gottadoit2010
11-08-2010, 02:46 PM
I think I'm like most...I move it down, but when it's up for only a day or so I keep it as is until it's down again. And...with the down...I generally wait a day or 2 and make sure that the nubmer is also pretty true to what's going on. Today I was 220.4...and I don't remember what my ticker says until I post this. Will be fun to see how close I am today. :)

gottadoit2010
11-08-2010, 02:46 PM
OK...so I get to change it now. :) HEHEHE FUN!

pamatga
11-08-2010, 02:57 PM
This is the most that I have ever lost in the past 25 years and I want to post it because it is a way of confirming it every time that I post a response. I like what someone down the line said: You can over exercise poor eating habits. I did that for years and I was so proud of the fact that I walked 15 miles a week at a steady weight of 234 lbs. Well, this time I doing the ugly which I never wanted to do. I'm counting calories, I am making better food choices and I do not count the calories I have burned during the day against my food plan. That stands alone as I now believe it always "should have!"

My two cents.....;)

Arctic Mama
11-08-2010, 03:01 PM
My ticker is honest! I forgot to update it this morning but I did indeed start out at 215-ish, though today I am 215.6. I don't find any benefit in tricking myself by not honestly displaying my current weight or hiding it, that just leads to me not honestly confront my problems with food. Blatant honesty with my weight, good or bad, is most of what is propelling me to improve my habits for life. No more ignoring a number just because I don't like it!

findingfawn
11-08-2010, 03:07 PM
Mine is updated on Wednesdays, good or bad it gets updated.

L R K
11-08-2010, 03:19 PM
I also update my ticker to represent new lows, however with that being said it is always within 2lbs of my actual weight.

catherinef
11-08-2010, 03:28 PM
I update with every new low, and I suppose, if I gained because I was slacking, and kept it on for any substantial amount of time, I would update it to reflect the higher weight. That hasn't happened so far, though, and I don't see the need to note every single fluctuation, when, after 2+ years at this, I know my pattern pretty well, and when I'm retaining water for hormonal reasons, or overindulgence in sodium, and when my weight's just bouncing around across a two or three pound range prior to stabilizing near the lowest weight, and then whooshing off a couple of pounds. That has happened SO consistently during this process that I feel confident in my ability to judge.

I plan on ditching the ticker when I'm satisfied I'm really in maintenance, and not just peeling off a few more pounds.

toobig
11-08-2010, 03:39 PM
I only change mine for new low weights. If I were to get way off plan and put on a few pounds I would move it up.

therex
11-08-2010, 03:49 PM
mine is probably off by around 5 lbs, but was my biggest low last month and it kind of helps with motivation. I try not to be too serious about keeping it accurate, because my weight is constantly fluctuating.

eclipse
11-08-2010, 03:57 PM
Mine was accurate as of yesterday. I'm up a bit today. I don't adjust upward because I'm never up long enough for it matter. If I stuck around up for awhile, I probably would.

ChrissyBean
11-08-2010, 04:34 PM
Mine is honest, but like others, if I go up a half lb. (or down 1/2 lb, for that matter) I don't change it.

TooManyDimples
11-08-2010, 04:55 PM
I only weigh once a week on Friday's so I change it every Friday. I haven't had to add instead of subtract yet, but I'll probably be honest if I do have a gain. =)

t0rn
11-08-2010, 04:59 PM
Mondays are my weigh-ins, and whatever happens to be on the scale that day is what is put in my ticker. Though it's just my short term goal of 30 pounds, it's still showing how much I've lost or gained so far. Up or down, it's going to be updated every Monday. :)

kaplods
11-08-2010, 05:08 PM
It really is a loaded question, because people sometimes tend to feel strongly that their way is the "clearly best way," (for everyone, not just for themselves).

"How often should I weigh myself," threads get the same kind of debates. Monthly weighers, against Weekly weighers against daily weighers, and while most people acknowledge that it really is a personal choice, there are also some who will argue that their way is the only way, and why the other way doesn't work (for anyone).

Even in calorie counting threads, people can become accusatory and judgemental about the "right way" to calorie count. Some people feel that unless you're using a food scale and weighing to the nearest gram, and calculating every calorie to the nearest whole calorie, you're not doing it right. If you're rounding to the nearest 5 or 10, you're "doing it wrong." If you don't count the lettuce leaf on your sandwich, you're doing it wrong.

I count calories using an exchange plan, which means that every "exchange" has approximately the same calories, but it's only an approximation. Each choice within an exchange group can vary by as much as 25 calories.

I can't tell you how many people have told me (online and in person) that I'm "not really" counting calories, because my 1800 calorie exchange plan, could "actually" be 1600 or 2000 calories - so I'm "not being honest" with myself. Or, at the very least I shouldn't call myself a calorie counter.

Bull poop. If I'm not losing, it's not because I'm estimating my calories instead of counting each calorie to the second decimal point. It's not because my ticker is off by a couple of pounds. It's usually because I'm not following my plan, not because my plan isn't strict enough.

I think one of the reasons weight loss studies are still finding "no best" diet, is because they're still trying to find "the single best" diet (for everyone), and I don't think one exists, mainly because people are fat for different reasons.

It's a bit like trying to find a universal headache cure, regardless of whether the headaches are being caused by migraines, flu, meningitis, head injury, brain tumor, allergies....

calluna
11-08-2010, 05:25 PM
Yes, indeed, Kaplods - I'm not a "my way or the highway" kind of person, but I see that tone in threads on a pretty regular basis.

I think perhaps a better title for the thread would be "How do you use your ticker?" - the question people are really answering and might argue about.

I do find it fascinating how different people use the ticker and what it means to them.

Enduring Infinity
11-08-2010, 05:28 PM
I update my ticker pretty randomly, but I weigh myself everyday. Typically, I try to remember to update it when my weight changes (either up or down) more than two pounds.

toastedsmoke
11-08-2010, 05:43 PM
Mine is pretty honest. I update it once a week on Saturdays (currently official weigh in day) whether the weight is up or down, and whether or not I've seen a lower weight at some random weigh in during the week. My ticker is always accurate for my last Saturday's weigh in.

KatMarie
11-08-2010, 06:18 PM
I change mine with every 5 pounds lost. I have one more pound to lose till I can change it.

fattymcfatty
11-08-2010, 06:48 PM
I keep it honest, too. When I hit a new low, I update my ticker. Gives me something fun to do to celebrate! However, it might vary be a pound or so. I don't update it if I had a lot of sodium and have a pound of retention. I give myself another couple of days, and then if it is still up, I would update the ticker. So far, I haven't had to do this because I am super motivated to eat on plan and get the weight off ASAP!!!

sept15lija
11-08-2010, 06:51 PM
I only adjust my ticker on Fridays, whether it be up or down (so far only down, thank goodness! :)) I fluctuate up and down a bit during the week, so my ticker might be a bit off. Right now I am 175.2.

Ciao
11-08-2010, 06:55 PM
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I'm currently 143.8. I still have mine
at 145. I'll probably adjust it when
I hit 139.
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spixiet
11-08-2010, 07:30 PM
I weigh myself most days, but not every day... if I hit a new low, I make myself wait till the next day to confirm the loss, and then I'll update my ticker. Same thing with any gains. If the number is still the same on the second day, then I'll adjust the ticker...even though it makes me very sad :cry:

susiemartin
11-08-2010, 07:32 PM
I update my ticker every morning.
It's my personal way of keeping me honest about what's happening with my weight & program.

ubergirl
11-08-2010, 07:40 PM
I update mine whenever I see a new low, although I usually try not to update if it's a .8 and I've only seen it for one day.

I've never updated it upwards before buts that's because I've never seen a gain that I thought was an actual gain, rather than just a water weighty bounce. But I've been hovering 2-3 pounds above my ticker weight and if I don't see a post-TOM whoosh, I'm going to bump it back up.

Lady from Joppa
11-08-2010, 09:46 PM
I update my ticker every Saturday morning after I weigh myself for the week. I adjust up (or down) so that I stay accurate. As I get closer to my goal (within 30 lbs or so) I may only change it once per month.

Oboegal
11-08-2010, 11:06 PM
I weigh daily, but my "official" weigh-in is Monday, and my ticker is accurate based on my Monday weigh-in. The only exception is as follows: my scale breaks down the weight to fifths of a pound, but I only record a whole number. If it ends in .2, I round down. If it ends in .6 or .8, I round up. If it ends in .4, I round up, but I make Tuesday's weigh-in "official" if it's lower. For example, I weighed 148.4 this morning. If I weigh in at 148.2 or less tomorrow, I'll change my ticker.

LindseyLou
11-08-2010, 11:17 PM
I update mine weekly, after my "official" WI for the week. Sometimes if I hit a new low during the week I might update it. But, for the most part, once per week.

elaine19
11-08-2010, 11:30 PM
I try to keep my tracker and weight signature true to my newest low, and if I wiggle around a bit before moving down past that weight, I am not worried about it. So many things can affect your weight in one week! Anyway, that's how I see it:)

saram
11-09-2010, 12:31 AM
I update my ticker on Monday mornings. That is my official weigh in day. Some days I want to update even if it isn't Monday...like on Saturday...I was down to 201 and I so badly wanted to change that darn ticker...But I didn't. Monday only. I always put the current wt I am on Monday, even if it goes up.

ValRock
11-09-2010, 03:50 AM
Mine is usually pretty accurate. I go by my lowest weight and don't discourage myself with TOM weight gain. I know it'll come back off anyway. So, I'd say accurate within 4 lbs.

katkitten
11-09-2010, 07:26 AM
my weight goes up and down so I do the "new low" thing too. However, I do round everything down haha 199.9 will still be 199 :p

Ruthxxx
11-09-2010, 07:37 AM
I killed mine off as it was lying a lot. I may resurrect it one of these days.

Shmead
11-09-2010, 08:30 AM
I quit updating my profile when I started maintaining/IVF. IVF meds caused a certain amount of bloat. Now I'm actually a pound or two below my profile, but, again, it seems silly to change it when I am starting some different meds in a week or so.

I think tickers are a tool to use, and that generally speaking accuracy matters only as much as it is useful to the person. Certainly I see the value of not recording every temporary upswing. That said, I also think that too much inaccuracy can by harmful to the community. A person might well find it motivational to record a 2-3 lbs loss every week, even if they haven't lost anything or have lost less. If a significant number of people did that, it could be discouraging to others who would start to see that kind of loss as "normal" and there own progress as somehow inadequate or flawed.

So while I think it's reasonable for a person to keep their ticker/profile "accurate enough", I don't think they ought to outright lie on it, or use it to create a false picture of themselves. Of course, there's no way to mandate this, let alone enforce it, and I wouldn't do that if I could. But I still think outright lying on your ticker is being a poor sport.

Trazey34
11-09-2010, 09:26 AM
I keep forgetting to change it, but i'm down about another 9 lbs wooot!!!

kuchick
11-09-2010, 09:45 AM
I have a complicated mind-game type thing I do before I update my ticker. :) Generally, when I hit a new low, I'll change my ticker, but if I don't believe my scale (or I've been sick like this week) I won't change my ticker until I rehydrate or correct whatever I think may have contributed to the loss. I also don't change my ticker up for water weight fluctuations (but don't change for non-permanent water weight fluctuations down either). I've never been more than a pound from my ticker weight.

For example: I weighed 153.5 before my shower this morning, which would be a new low, but I've been sick, so I may be dehydrated. So I didn't change my ticker. After my shower, I weighed again just because I wanted to see that 153.5 again before it disappeared - it said 152.5 - then I swore at my scale and don't believe anything it says anymore. We'll make up tomorrow if it apologizes.

I also don't lower my ticker for a new low if I'm close to a milestone and don't want my ticker to "claim" it before I have lost every last tenth of a pound. If I were to change my ticker to 152.5, my ticker would proclaim "60 pounds lost" even though I would have only lost 59.5 pounds. I won't change it until I get to 152.0 even for that reason.

nelie
11-09-2010, 10:53 AM
I think tickers are a tool to use, and that generally speaking accuracy matters only as much as it is useful to the person. Certainly I see the value of not recording every temporary upswing. That said, I also think that too much inaccuracy can by harmful to the community. A person might well find it motivational to record a 2-3 lbs loss every week, even if they haven't lost anything or have lost less. If a significant number of people did that, it could be discouraging to others who would start to see that kind of loss as "normal" and there own progress as somehow inadequate or flawed.

So while I think it's reasonable for a person to keep their ticker/profile "accurate enough", I don't think they ought to outright lie on it, or use it to create a false picture of themselves. Of course, there's no way to mandate this, let alone enforce it, and I wouldn't do that if I could. But I still think outright lying on your ticker is being a poor sport.

I could never imagine doing such a thing but there have been high profile instances of people lying about weight loss (kimikins anyone?). Obviously people may do such a thing for various reasons including financial gain, self esteem issues or what not. Saying you are losing 2-3 lbs/week when you haven't lost any obviously isn't beneficial to anyone.

Personally, I think tickers are for the people that have them and how you use your ticker is up to you. If someone is a few lbs above their ticker but their ticker weight was a weight they were at, then I don't think there is an issue. I don't know, I really don't look at tickers much myself.

rachael
11-09-2010, 11:24 AM
Ha, I'm interested in this story about high profile weight loss liars? How did they get busted? Seriously, if someone wants to lie on here and say they have lost a bunch of weight, more power to them. It doesn't affect my weight loss one little tiny bit and to me it just means that they must have a lot of baggage to be so invested in "fooling" a bunch of strangers on the internet. Did I tell you guys that I invented post its? Because I totally did.

Okay. That said, I change mine as I notice. I weigh every day, and if I notice my ticker is off (up or down) I will change it. I didn't bother changing it when I gained two pounds overnight one time, but it was clearly a water retention gain from a load of unintentional sodium. It was gone again in a day or two. So sometimes I don't notice for a while and I correct it, other times I notice right away. Obviously if it's a big milestone, I am more likely to notice.

Sea
11-09-2010, 11:26 AM
I have a complicated mind-game type thing I do before I update my ticker. :) Generally, when I hit a new low, I'll change my ticker, but if I don't believe my scale (or I've been sick like this week) I won't change my ticker until I rehydrate or correct whatever I think may have contributed to the loss. I also don't change my ticker up for water weight fluctuations (but don't change for non-permanent water weight fluctuations down either). I've never been more than a pound from my ticker weight.

For example: I weighed 153.5 before my shower this morning, which would be a new low, but I've been sick, so I may be dehydrated. So I didn't change my ticker. After my shower, I weighed again just because I wanted to see that 153.5 again before it disappeared - it said 152.5 - then I swore at my scale and don't believe anything it says anymore. We'll make up tomorrow if it apologizes.

I also don't lower my ticker for a new low if I'm close to a milestone and don't want my ticker to "claim" it before I have lost every last tenth of a pound. If I were to change my ticker to 152.5, my ticker would proclaim "60 pounds lost" even though I would have only lost 61.5 pounds. I won't change it until I get to 152.0 even for that reason.

LOL, I know what you mean. I keep mine within a lb., but like you, for example, I sometimes don't count it when I haven't dropped the whole pound. I suppose it would be more consistent if I only counted whole lbs.

Changing my ticker is sometimes my reward. I like to show my new low, so I keep it pretty up to date.

ShylahEQ
11-09-2010, 11:32 AM
I had to up mine today. boo! :p

Eliana
11-09-2010, 11:33 AM
I also don't lower my ticker for a new low if I'm close to a milestone and don't want my ticker to "claim" it before I have lost every last tenth of a pound. If I were to change my ticker to 152.5, my ticker would proclaim "60 pounds lost" even though I would have only lost 61.5 pounds. I won't change it until I get to 152.0 even for that reason.

Haha! I'm the opposite. I claim tenths of pounds most of the time, but if I'm near a mini goal or something like "60 pounds" lost, I'll drop the tenth of a pound. So when I reach 155.8, I will claim 155.zero on my ticker. :D It will just sit there until it is accurate.

yhahmd
11-09-2010, 11:34 AM
I weigh myself every day, but I only update my ticker when I reach a new low. I usually bounce around for 3-5 days, sometimes even a week, before reaching a new low, then I update. I wouldn't ever lie on my ticker, it would just make me feel terrible.

The last time I updated it was when I was 170. Then today I hit 168.4, so I updated it today. But if I went back to 170 tomorrow I wouldn't update it again, not until it read something under 168.

Lyn2007
11-09-2010, 12:35 PM
I weigh in daily and update the ticker for a new low.
I have only adjusted it UP when I gained more than 10 pounds and had to work my way back down. I do weigh 175 right now.

DixieAmazon
11-10-2010, 10:28 AM
I am a member of TOPS and weigh-in on Friday. I update with that number that day or Saturday whether it is up or down.

DixieAmazon
11-10-2010, 11:48 AM
Take Off Pounds Sensibly

kaplods
11-10-2010, 01:33 PM
TOPS is awesome. I rejoined after an 18 month absence. Hubby didn't like it, so I quit with him to "do it on our own." I didn't regain, and lost a little more, but I finally decided I needed to get back to a weight loss group.

TOPS is a not-for-profit weight loss group, and each group votes on how to run their group (within the national guidelines), so if you don't like one group, you might like another.

You can follow any diet plan you wish (some even follow the plan they learned in Weight Watcher's or other groups). And most groups run contests and other games and competitions.

Even if there's no group in your area, or you don't like the existing group(s) or can't meet during their meeting times, you only need 4 people to form a new chapter.

And it's WAY, WAY cheaper than Weight Watcher's. For an entire year, I spend less than I did in my first month of Weight Watcher's.

The downside is that there's less structure to your actual program. TOPS does offer a book you can buy (or can often borrow from the chapter or a member) that details an exchange-based program.

DixieAmazon
11-10-2010, 01:50 PM
Go to tops.org/FindAMeeting.aspx to find out what meeting are available in your area. :comp:

The groups can vary a lot since they are self governing so you may want to check out more than one.

famograham
11-10-2010, 03:27 PM
My ticker is dead on, even though I haven't been posting!! (Making a baby over here...:lol: )

I come and read, and update my ticker, but am really active on a pregnancy board at the moment :)

But I miss you and loooove my friends here so much!!

cfmama
11-16-2010, 08:41 PM
I change mine BOTH when I go down and go up... but I only change when I go up if I have been off plan and it's a REAL (aka not period weight) gain...

bargoo
11-16-2010, 08:59 PM
My signature weight thing has "clw" for "current low weight". As soon as I see the lowest weight into new territory I update that. If I've been up for more than 4 or 5 pounds for longer than a week or two, I'll adjust the signature to be more accurate. This morning my weight was 190 exactly so I'm often very close to it on a day to day basis. Sometimes though my "current low weight" is up for weeks (even a month) without being changed. I've just sort of hovered a pound or two above.
Matt, congratulations on a great loss!

fat chick 123
11-17-2010, 02:05 AM
i don't get a ticker yet :( since i'm new. But i update my S/C/G everytime i go down a pound :D