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FatToFitWife
12-16-2011, 08:01 AM
Ok, I've been noticing I feel a lot of anxiety during the week over my Sunday weigh in. I feel like the anxiety is making me more apt to binge ... And I focus so much on that number, its crazy. It's just a darn number! So ... Thoughts, please :) I'm putting $10 in a jar for every pound lost, so obviously I'm not doing that everyday but only Sunday. I'm thinking of still tracking my weight everyday just so I mentally know where I am and to protect myself from bingeing or overeating. Thoughts? I'd still only count Sundays weigh in towards my goal money though. And, I'm going to take measurements this Sunday to use that monthly too :)


sontaikle
12-16-2011, 08:42 AM
If you're going to weigh daily then you need to make sure you don't get stressed over every little fluctuation. Your weight might be up one day and down the next! If you find yourself getting stressed about that then you might not want to weigh daily.

I weigh every day, but it's more a curiosity thing (and a data thing. I record each weigh in and track it on a chart). I know my body's patterns and most of the time I can successfully predict what I'll see on the scale.

Esofia
12-16-2011, 08:57 AM
I've noticed that people discuss daily vs weekly weighing as if it's a lifetime commitment. It isn't. You can try daily weighing for a fortnight, and if it doesn't suit you, change to something else. Don't fret about it!


mammasita
12-16-2011, 09:02 AM
The only downside of weighing daily or even before your "weigh in day" is the fluctuations. You might be down 2 lbs mid week, then come weigh in day, there is no loss.

I say that to say there are pros and cons of each. I agree with Above post. Try it out.....there are no rules dictating that you have to stick with one way or the other.

JoJoJo2
12-16-2011, 09:58 AM
Since I am "maintaining" a weight loss I weigh myself daily, and have for years. This helps keep me on track.

But weighing daily messes with the minds of some individuals. Find a pattern that you are comfortable with, and do that. You certainly don't want the scale to rule your life. :wave:

ArtyKay
12-16-2011, 10:06 AM
I'm not to weigh myself every day anymore...it just stresses me out too much. I think that from now on I'm going to focus on my calorie counting and how I feel during most of the week, and not think about how much I'm losing or not losing, and just weigh in once weekly.

Of course, I obsess about every fluctuation too, so its ideal for me not to weigh daily.

stimkovs
12-16-2011, 10:15 AM
i try to weigh as little as possible, my goal is once a week, but i find twice a week is what's actually been happening.

i have noticed that going down- makes me want to binge, it's like im "cheating" my body out of something it SHOULD have had and i get HUUUNGRRRAAAY.

when i gain (read as:fluctuate) i starve myself all day. terrible cycle.

i like your 10 dollars in the jar idea though!

FatToFitWife
12-16-2011, 10:55 AM
Thanks guys :) For some reason, the comment about being able to weigh in daily if I want and that its not a lifetime commitment really hit me ... DUH! LOL!! I mean, you're so right ... Here I'm acting like I have to do it forever, god forbids I just go with the flow haha. So, thank you!!! I'll try it as a way to keep my on track, but if I notice I become obsessed or it messes with my mind and attitude too much, ill stop! Lightbulb moment haha :)

berryblondeboys
12-16-2011, 11:02 AM
I weight myself twice a day. Once first thing in e morning while naked and after peeing and once naked just before going to bed. Basically, I can pick what the scale will say in the morning pretty much by what the scale says at night. Typically I lose 1.6-2.0 pounds while sleeping. So, I will k ow of a loss coming the night before....same with gains. This helps me be less anxious about the morning weigh in so I can sleep better.

And I don't get stressed by the daily fluctuations. I'm used to seeing them and count it as normal. There is rarely two days in a row that read the same weight - up or down and that makes sense.

FatToFitWife
12-16-2011, 12:22 PM
Thanks!! Seeing your success ... Amazing! And ill take your advice :) Naked weigh in tomorrow a.m. coming up!

Beach Patrol
12-16-2011, 12:30 PM
Different strokes for different folks, yes?

I weigh every day. It started out as an experiment of sorts. I simply wanted to get to know MY BODY better. I wanted to see the fluctuations, up-down, everything. I wanted to know how MY BODY reacted to a dinner with too much sodium, how MY BODY reacted to 1350 calories on one day & then 1475 on another, etc.

Weighing every day helped me understand that the body DOES go thru constant daily changes. Sometimes I couldn't understand why the scale wouldn't move (or worse yet, went up a little bit!) when I knew I'd "eaten properly" and so forth. But it helped me understand that the human body is so intricate and magnificant! -and weight loss is NOT an "exact science" - but that overall, creating a calorie deficit DOES equal weight loss.

Now I don't freak out if the scale registers a pound or two up, or only .5 down, or no move at all. My weight loss isn't super speedy, but it has been regular. :D

djs06
12-16-2011, 02:23 PM
I think if you can train yourself to understand that weight fluctuates, and sometimes even seems drastic, on a day-to-day basic, you'll be okay with daily WI. I weigh in most days (once in awhile, I forget). For a few weeks I recorded my weigh in every day and it was really interesting to see the patterns and I think I learned a lot. I don't log it all the time anymore, but I do weigh in most days. More often than not, it keeps me on track. Sometimes I get discouraged and find it triggering, but for the most part, I'm happy with daily weighing. Hasn't always been the case, though!

Mimzzy
12-16-2011, 03:08 PM
I weigh every day to. It keeps me accountable for the day to come and gives me a good idea if I am doing something wrong or better right. It did take time to get used to the fluctuations though, I am not going to lie there were many days of frustration and scale abuse before I got used to the normal ups and downs.

Like said above, you can try it out and if it starts to get you upset or cause a loss of motivation then maybe cut back to weighing 3 times a week simply to relieve your anxiety. Its all about trial and error :)

baker23
12-16-2011, 03:59 PM
I think daily weighins are benificial only to understand your bodys patterns...I have a hard time weighing everyday because I see a small gain and I freak out...Like three days ago, my weight was at 194, yesterday at 194.8, and this morning at 196.2. I've been adding more running into my excerise, and my muscles are keeping hold of water to repair themselves. Then last night I had a ****ton of chips(mini binge) which were very salty and its helping me retain that water. Even though I know this, I still freak out. So I don't weigh myself regulary.

If you can handle the emotions that come with daily weighing, then go for it :) It really will help you understand your body better. Good luck

gagalu
12-16-2011, 05:13 PM
i'm a daily weigher. it keeps me sane! i don't see anything wrong with it. it's helped me to realize how much sodium + carbs affects the amount of water retained. it's funny how much weight can fluctuate, and really fascinating to witness!

Esofia
12-17-2011, 05:33 AM
I seem to be the only person here who doesn't get sodium-related water retention, despite having varying amounts of salt, and sometimes quite a bit of it for medical reasons. Painkillers, on the other hand, can make me retain a good pound or so without anything else happening.

I find daily weighing far less stressful than weekly weighing would be. It's just a matter of routine, you know the individual numbers don't mean much, it's not something you build up to all week.

ChickieChicks
12-17-2011, 10:35 AM
I weigh-in about every other day. I don't have any set pattern. If I feel like getting naked ASAP in the morning and weighing, I will. But if I trek downstairs to get the kids breakfast and start eating/drinkinkg, I won't weigh-in, since my numbers would be "off". It doesn't bother me to skip days, b/c I am always on-plan, so I know my weight is going to be okay.

I find the fluctuations very fascinating. It's like a science experiment! My controlled element, is that I am always, always within a reasonable calorie limit, so fluctuations are always based on excercising, water retention, hormones, time of day, etc. It has been cool to learn those patterns and predict what the number will be. I always know when I've lost weight. I just know when the scale will give a lower number.

Snoofie
12-17-2011, 12:28 PM
I'm going to echo all the others who have cautioned that if you weigh daily, you need to make sure that the fluctuations you're going to see won't stress you out even *more* than your weekly weigh-in.

I started to weigh myself daily just because I was curious, but I had to stop because the anxiety I felt over the daily fluctuations was driving me batty. I knew logically that, you know, there's no way I gained three pounds of fat in twelve hours, but still...that number was there, and it stuck in my brain.

So if you think you can make peace with the normal fluctuations you *will* see from day to day, go ahead! I wish I could be a daily weigher, but...it's not in the cards for me at all. :) Good luck!

kaplods
12-17-2011, 01:37 PM
I also weigh morning and night. And I went through about a month where I weighed before and after I ate, drank, or went to the bathroom - with and without clothes... just to teach myself about fluctuations and their causes.

I was hoping that I could learn about my fluctuations and unlearn the number-phobia.

It worked on both accounts.

Esofia
12-17-2011, 05:16 PM
I knew logically that, you know, there's no way I gained three pounds of fat in twelve hours, but still...that number was there, and it stuck in my brain.

Daily weighing traditionally involves weighing in at the same time every day, usually first thing in the morning, after going to the toilet but before eating. If you were weighing yourself at 12-hourly intervals, then of course you would have seen an erratic pattern, due to food consumption and so forth. Did you ever try weighing yourself first thing in the morning only?

shcirerf
12-18-2011, 12:22 AM
Another weigh daily person. I weigh 1st thing, in the buff, after bathroom break. I log it on a calendar above the scale. I'm also another one who started doing it to learn about my body's fluctuations.

I look at the difference from the 1st of the month to the end of the month. When I was losing as long it was trending down I was happy. Now that I'm maintaining, I keep a 2 pound range. As long as I'm within that, I'm happy.

As a Weight Watcher member, I track all my food, exercise and a few notes about my day. So checking daily weights against food, exercise and mood, really gives me a good solid knowledge of how my body reacts.

leaningonthelord
12-19-2011, 08:05 PM
Hi all! I usually check the scale every morning just to keep me going in the right direction, but my actual weigh-in is once every two weeks. That's the only time I record my weight. I also take a weight-loss progression picture at the same time as my weigh-in.
When I first started, I wasn't losing any weight according to the scale, but according to my photos, I could see that I was losing inches!
Good luck to everyone with their weight-loss!

Beck
12-19-2011, 09:03 PM
I try to weigh in every day but Saturday, and it's helped me to see the fluctuations in my weigh in relationship to my monthly cycle. I've been able to see the pattern of weight loss, and if I go up a few pounds mid-cycle, I know that it's going to whoosh off soon after. I don't stress about the numbers each day, but it sure is good to see the ending weight at the close of each month.

There are daily weigh in threads in the 100lb club and everyone is very supportive there. It's good to look at the daily weigh ins of others to get a feel how different it is for each person.

ennay
12-20-2011, 04:02 PM
I weigh every day** and I DONT have a set "official weigh in day" For me the biggest problem with weekly weighing is the fluctuations matter MORE. I usually lose <1 lb per week but water weight can make a 5+ lb difference. If I have a low weight one week and a high the next I can get frustrated. But if I am weighing daily I can see fluctuation as normal and I only focus on new lows. (I have a slightly different method for maintaining or off plan times). This means one week I might have 4 "official days" and next week I might have none. Last week I had 4 in a row.

Transitioning to daily weighing can be a challenge if you are prone to anxiety. For me it reduced anxiety in the long run, but initially it takes some time to adjust.

** I do NOT weigh on days that I expect a bad number such as the night after a party or a really sodium filled day or if I wake up feeling bloated.

Snoofie
12-20-2011, 04:55 PM
Daily weighing traditionally involves weighing in at the same time every day, usually first thing in the morning, after going to the toilet but before eating. If you were weighing yourself at 12-hourly intervals, then of course you would have seen an erratic pattern, due to food consumption and so forth. Did you ever try weighing yourself first thing in the morning only?

I was weighing myself at the same time every day, under the same conditions. "12 hours" was just...I don't know, a figure of speech? In any case, the daily weighing did not work for me mentally.

Lyla
12-20-2011, 05:06 PM
I weight myself twice a day. Once first thing in e morning while naked and after peeing and once naked just before going to bed. Basically, I can pick what the scale will say in the morning pretty much by what the scale says at night. Typically I lose 1.6-2.0 pounds while sleeping. So, I will k ow of a loss coming the night before....same with gains. This helps me be less anxious about the morning weigh in so I can sleep better.

And I don't get stressed by the daily fluctuations. I'm used to seeing them and count it as normal. There is rarely two days in a row that read the same weight - up or down and that makes sense.
This exactly what i do, i weight myself twice a day just to rate the overall day and diet situation. And now that i'm on a cyclical diet, i can actually tell how much water retention i could get after some type of carbs.