100 lb. Club - How often do you weigh?
06-18-2003, 03:21 AM
When I am following my nutrition and exercise plan, I don't obsess about the scales... but when I am rationalizing, cheating and generally slacking off, I tend to weigh, weigh, weigh... and then beat myself up.
I'd love to hear from long timers and big "losers:" how often do you weigh? How did you decide that was the right frequency for you? What is your self-talk? Does it vary according to whether your weight went up or down?
06-18-2003, 09:01 AM
I admit, I'm a masochist... I weigh myself every day, even though I know I shouldn't!
06-18-2003, 10:58 AM
Um day and night... Ack. I shouldn't - but I do. But I only officially "record" it once a week.
06-18-2003, 11:05 AM
i am VERY good about only weighing once a week, on wednesday. occasionally, i will double check the numbers on thursday, too. but i try not to.
06-18-2003, 11:21 AM
I'm not a successful long-time loser (yet), but I HATE the scale. :mad: I let it determine how I feel about myself. When I am OP and doing everything right and the scale doesn't show it, I go berserk, binge, trash myself and various other self destructive behaviors. On the other hand, if I've been doing everything wrong and it shows a loss, then I think "why the heck do I even bother trying, if I do everything wrong & lose". When I went to weight watchers, they let me get on the scale backwards and never told me my weight. I would look at it once a month, and that's about how ofter I get weighed now. I would do it even less, but that's probably not enough accountablility.
06-18-2003, 01:24 PM
I weigh once a week.
06-18-2003, 02:12 PM
I'm still weighing myself once a day, first thing in the morning. I know I shouldn't, but I still do.
Just like Beth Anne, it is only "official" on Sunday mornings. Since I know that weight can fluctuate dramatically from day to day (just by changes in water weight and other factors) I don't get excited about big losses in a day or stressed out about large gains in a day.
Soon, I will try to weigh myself every other day, and then every 3rd day etc. Maybe I can work my way up to doing it just a week at a time. I'm still rationalizing that the scale is relatively new and I like the motivation that seeing frequent losses has for keeping me on track. Weighing myself certainly is a quicker measure than waiting till I can fit into a smaller pants size!
06-18-2003, 02:24 PM
Up until I started lifting weights, I weighed once a week. But then I discovered the scale at the gym, and if there's nobody around, I do sneak a peek on the days I lift. I'm trying to break myself of that habit, but it's difficult.
06-18-2003, 02:33 PM
I also have a bad habit of weighing myself daily. But when I got weighed last night at Weight Watchers it was different than my scale said yesterday morning....almost 9 pounds more. So I am going to try my hardest to wait until next Tuesday and hopefully be pleassantly surprised at Weight Watchers.
06-18-2003, 03:12 PM
I weigh one or twice a week. Monday is weigh-in "officially" and then I sneak a peek Thursday or Friday to motivate me to do good on the weekend. My scale is downstairs, so that's how I manage to keep from it. If it were upstairs, i'd weigh every day, I'm sure.
When I am not doing good, I have no problem staying away from the scale all together.
06-18-2003, 04:39 PM
I am obsessive...the better I do with my eating and exercise, the worse I am about stepping on that scale. Ladies, no lie, I step on the scale anywhere from 5 to 7 times a day and that is with me working a full 8 hour dayhttp://www.geocities.com/bat3193/smiley2/eek4.gif
When I do poorly with my routine, I don't weigh, I don't want to see what I am doing to myself.
I think it all stems from my anorexic past...I still carry the tendancies. When I diet, I find that I stop eating all together. I force myself to eat many days because I know how dangerous that way of thinking could be to myself...now that I am a mommy, I cannot take that risk again.
I threw out my scale a few years ago, but there are two here at work and I weigh myself (if I'm having a good week) about half way through the week to see what's up/down. Then on weigh-in day, I'm a complete screwball and weigh myself about 10 times--5 times each on the 2 different scales. Maybe not healthy, but I really like to have rituals--must be all of those years in Catholic school!
06-18-2003, 07:25 PM
I weigh daily and weekly and record both on graphs so I can visually see the weight going down (or up:^: ).
06-19-2003, 11:03 PM
Like some of the others, I weigh at least once a day if not more. I think it's a bad habit but I cannot stop doing it. If it shows a loss, Im in a great mood..if it is up at all, I am either discouraged, disappointed or MAD! And all this no matter how I've done eating and exercise wise. I keep telling myself that the scale is not my judge, that if Ive done well the way I know I should have, then it doesnt matter what the scale says. BUT those emotions still show up depending on what the scale tells me.:dizzy:
06-20-2003, 02:11 AM
I had a shock when I weighed this morning. (I weigh daily, once only, and take an average from tuesday to tuesday).... It's a doctor's office kind of scale, and I realized I was moving the little balance thingy WAY to the left. I was really excited until I realized that the cleaning lady had dusted it and moved it WAY to the right. I was down, but only a teeny fraction. The joy I felt when I thought I'd lost 5 pounds over night makes me realize how MUCH this means to me.:lol: :lol: :lol:
06-24-2003, 02:01 PM
After I weighed today at the gym and was down 3 pounds over the last time I weighed at the gym, I though, okay, this is enough of weighing more than one time a week. Since my DH is now going to the gym with me, he said if he saw me going toward the bathroom (where the scale is), he'd come in and get me! So, I have some support regarding not weighing.
I'm trying not to think of those three pounds I may be down because that would mean I would have met my July 4 goal. But a lot can happen between now and my official weigh-in day on Friday. The scale could be off, I could have a water weight gain, I could eat too much salt, etc., etc. One thing Iwon't do is go off program so at least I know I'm eating right.
I WILL NOT weigh at the gym, I WILL NOT weigh at the gym. . .
06-24-2003, 02:39 PM
Shelia, you make me laugh!
You're right though, weigh one place and one place only. I'd even reduce it to once a week.
I do weigh at the gym because if I want to know how much I weigh, I have to go to the gym! :)
06-24-2003, 02:56 PM
I weigh in once a week, if that.
You have to understand, I've been on one diet or another on & off since I was 9 or 10. The question, "How much do you weigh" is still not one that is answered nicely by me, never has been.
I get weighed every time I go to the dr's, which w/my polycystic kidneys & HBP is quite often. The scale I use for weigh-ins belongs to my best friend, and I weigh @ her house, mostly around or after dinner, when we are just hanging out. No matter what, the scale @ the doctor's office is always a good 10 pounds more than what I weighed the night before. But what can you do? I go by the one I'm on most often.
We also have one here @ work in the bathroom, I've only been on it once or twice. It is fifteen pounds heavier than the one @ my friend's house. I won't get on that one again for awhile.
I tend to stay away from the scale when I've had a bad week, too. But my jeans always let me know what kind of week I am having when I put them on for Casual Friday.