100 lb. Club - weighing yourself - how often?
08-05-2006, 10:55 AM
I was watching Oprah recently and her trainer suggested not weighing yourself for 2 months when you first start out, because it takes your body a while to get used to all the changes (fluid I think) your body's experiencing.
I thought this might be a good idea that way I would commit more to exercising than the numbers on the scale, but I don't want to lose too much or gain weight either - after all, 2 months is a long time! So if I'm just starting out, the scale might be a good way of helping me along to gauge if I'm eating and exercising enough rather than too little or too much. but I have trouble enough as it is not weighing myself more than once a week (hehe) so 2 months would be a huge thing!
how often do you generally weigh yourselves? is once per week a good idea?
08-05-2006, 11:01 AM
I started out only weighing once a month. Then I moved to once a week and tracked the numbers. Pretty much now I weigh daily because I can face the variences. Part of the reason people say to weigh less often is because you are most likely to see a change at each weighin that way. I know that sometimes when I see a huge jump it can be discouraging but now I know that I can gain up to 12lbs at TOM and that salty foods or bowel habits can make my weight jump also.
How often someone weighs depends on how they are able to cope with the numbers.
Misti in Seattle
08-05-2006, 12:17 PM
How often to weigh yourself is a never-ending debate. :) Personally I think it depends on the person; I would go nuts not weighing myself for a month or two when I am trying to lose weight. OTOH I have a niece who has been working at it for several months, keeps having to buy smaller pants, and has never weighed herself. That would drive me up a wall LOL. I weigh every day... I want to KNOW! Others are different; so I guess it is whateve works for you persoally.
08-05-2006, 04:05 PM
I confess to being an everyday, multiple time a day weigher! IN fact, pretty much every time im near the scale i hop on! I know how much my shoes weight, my jeans.. and all sorts of stuff.. of course, i dont freak out much with the ebs and tides.. cause i know that especially being bigger, my weight can flucate a LOT in a short amount of time..
The only time i ever went months without weighing was when i was at my heaviest and i truly truly did NOT want to know.. :)
08-05-2006, 04:11 PM
Well I try to weigh myself everyday. I use to weigh myself once a week but sometimes, it I saw now change... or even a slight gain.. I would get depressed that I a weeks worth of working out for nothing.
If I weigh myself every day I can see the slight changes, if I'm gaining, I can try something different.
08-05-2006, 04:15 PM
I would at least initially weigh (maybe even for 2-3 days) to have an initial weight to compare if you go that way. I personally have no problem with weighing daily (someitmes twice) and can pinpoint many of my flunctuations. I take my lowest for the week and move on.
BTW: There are numerous of "reputable" studies for both sides of the arguement. Some of them are posted in 3FC. I would go by how YOU feel about the scale (after you take an initial measurement).
08-05-2006, 05:21 PM
I step on the scale once a week, that's my "official" weigh-in...but I do check once in-between weigh-ins, it helps me keep on track, but my weekly ones are the ones I go by...it's far enough apart to see changes, yet not too far to end of snowballing if there was to be a gain or something.
08-05-2006, 05:32 PM
My official weigh-in is Tuesday mornings, but I weigh myself every morning. I did have to cut myself off from the scale in the very beginning because I was getting on it nearly every time I wandered near the bathroom and driving myself a little insane. But after my forced break I got the compulsion under control, and now I roll with the fluctuations.
Now I just have to figure out how to cut down on the measurement compulsion.
08-05-2006, 08:06 PM
im also a multiple-times-a-day-weigher! at min. i jump on 6 times a day - it helps keep me reminded of my goals.
08-05-2006, 08:18 PM
I sometimes go weeks without weighing myself and other times I weigh myself everymorning before I eat, after I pee, and without any clothes on. Sometimes I check myself at night before to see what the diff in morning is. I haven't been weighing in lately because I haven't been doing anything to make it go down. But I need to start being healthy again. I think I will try to weigh myself most mornings for about a week to get a baseline and then do a once a week thing. It's hard for me to remember though to do it when I'm sleepy first thing on a certain day. So maybe it's better for me to try to do it everymorning and not worry about the days I forget to/don't have time to think about it.
08-05-2006, 10:58 PM
Well I just started, but I've been weighing myself a lot. It doesn't bother me if I'm up a bit one day or down a bit the next, but I like to keep track of what's going on. I also like to weigh myself at night, it's amazing how much more I weigh!! It makes me look forward to the morning weigh in all that much more! :)
08-05-2006, 11:56 PM
I weigh every morning, and sometimes in the evenings. When I first started dieting, I didn't weigh for the first month and a half because I didn't have scales that would weigh high enough.
08-06-2006, 08:55 AM
I weigh everyday. But I don't count anything offical except for on Sunday!
08-06-2006, 10:41 AM
I weigh once or twice a week.
08-06-2006, 05:44 PM
I call it finding out your scale personality. I don't like weighing in. So I do it very rarely. About once a month, but sometimes less often! I don't keep scales in the house! I hate them...... But a lot of people have great success weighing every day, or once a week, or whatever, and I started out being a once a week weigher. It's just a matter of finding out what works for you.
08-06-2006, 07:47 PM
I weigh daily....I have to do it in order to keep myself motivated....works for me!:D
08-06-2006, 08:33 PM
I tried weighing myself only once a week, but that just made me TOO anxious!!! Morning weigh-in's and before I go to bed work really well, for now, anyway (smile)!
08-06-2006, 11:39 PM
thanks kykaree, I think that's a great way to put it - our own scale personality.
I've weighed myself frequently before and like you, I think I would prefer to not weight myself frequently - but with that, how do you know if you're losing at all or enough or not too much? For instance, not above two pounds a week or 10 a month? do you gauge how you do based on your eating and exercise, and then as you lose weight you can tell by clothes?
08-06-2006, 11:44 PM
thanks everyone :) - I like how Kykaree put it, finding our scale personalities. I'm going to experiment and try the once a week, hopefully I'll be able to resist weighing myself at all other opportunities (I don't have a scale at home, and the one at the gym is at the front of the lockers which can be SOOOO hard to avoid!) Maybe once I get going a little and settle into a routine I'll try the once a month. I feel like I'll be tempted to get on the scale at every opportunity although I know that would drive me crazy!! hehe... I wonder if whoever invented the scale (or human scale) ever knew what it would one day become!
cheers and peace to all!
08-07-2006, 12:20 AM
I HATE weighing in. One thing is I need a newer/better scale. I make myself weigh in every Wednesday though.
08-08-2006, 02:11 PM
I have weighed once a week for the past four years, whether I was actively trying to lose or not. Sunday a.m., first thing out of bed, use the restroom and no clothes.
I agree with all who said you need to find what's comfortable for you.
08-08-2006, 05:25 PM
I weigh everyday. My problem is I take it to heart and feel like a failure if there is a gain or no change. I have been struggling with losing for months now. I have decided to let it go and weigh when I want but I think I will start a chart for it here on my computer.
08-11-2006, 12:49 AM
I have been doing this since Jan. 2, 06 and have weighed 2 times both at the doctor. I have lost 67lbs. Just went to the doctor today. For me, I need to stay focused on the goal of eating healthy and excerising. I hate to weigh because it keeps me from focusing on the my real goal, to be healthy long term. It upsets me too much to see the up and downs. But it is all what motivates you and what you are comfortable. If you eat right and excercise, the weigh WILL come off.
08-14-2006, 10:08 AM
I sneak a peek once every couple days but don't officially "record" anything until Sunday-- I weigh in once a week. I have to get up, go to the bathroom, move around for at least 30 minutes THEN weigh. If I weigh right out of bed, I weigh more! Isn't that CRAZY! I look forward to weigh in day. It's kind of exciting you know?
08-14-2006, 10:53 AM
I used to weigh myself every morning but then I got off my diet. Now that I'm back on I'm going to try and weigh myself every monday.
08-14-2006, 11:10 AM
I have one weekly official weigh in day on Wednesdays that I use to post for accountability/history. However, I weigh every day before breakfast and post this in my journal. By keeping a food/exercise journal, I even expect the gains and losses each week. By seeing the fluctuations daily I learn more about my body and how it reacts to TOM, salt intake, certain water retainment due to exercise or my daily water intake. I use to weigh more than once a day, but as I get closer to goal I'm not as obsessed with the number, but by my healthy living. Once at maintenance I will probably still weigh in for my own accountability with a "high ceiling" number not to go over before regaining control again.
You do have to somehow move yourself beyond the obsession of the scale to allowing the scale to be more a tool to educate about yourself.
08-14-2006, 11:51 AM
when I first started out I didnt weight myself very often. I started then about 1 time every 2 weeks, then every week, then once a day. I weight myself everyday at the same time in my underwear just to make sure something insane didnt happen. The number of the scale doesnt mean so much to me.
Here's a thought. Weigh yourself in a different measurement than you use in your country (like pounds if you use metric, or kg if you use pounds). You'll be less paranoid about the number because I think it won't mean the same to your brain.
08-15-2006, 09:38 PM
oh Lewelaine, that's such a great idea - I've never even heard it before! I use the scale at the gym, so it's the same type of scale that doctor's have in their offices (they seem old but truly reliable). I'll see if I can avoid checking the pounds though I think the lb vs. kg markers are right next to each other so I might not be able to.
As for obsessive weighing, the scale in the female locker room is located in a very public place so it's hard to get privacy, and I don't want to step on the scale while five people are changing into and out of their knickers. Because of that I can't always weigh myself, though I really wanted to today! (and every time I see it! - and I have to pass it by to get anywhere in the lockerroom: lockers, bathroom, shower, benches, you name it!!) Haha.. probably a blessing in disguise!
11-13-2006, 04:40 PM
In trying to figure out the mistakes I made and come up with a better overall weight loss plan, I discovered that for me my biggest mistake was NOT weighing myself regularly. I started actually AVOIDING the scale. By doing that, 100 pounds just slipped onto my body over a 30 year period. Funny how that just happened...
Now, I weigh myself every morning. I need to do that to keep myself honest and NOT to go back to where I once was. I am down 50 lbs. and have 52 more to go to get to my goal. Right now, though, my mini-goal is to reach 199. Just having a one in the front of the number will really motivate me to reach my ultimate goal of 160.
Good luck to you on YOUR journey!
11-13-2006, 05:32 PM
I get on the scale every morning, but only count my weigh in once a week on Saturday mornings.:p
11-14-2006, 08:52 PM
I weigh daily, each morning..it keeps me on on track..when I am up on the scale, I know I ate to much calories and work on choosing wisely with my food choices.
11-15-2006, 01:17 AM
While trying to lose weight, I weighed once a week. Now that I'm at goal, I weigh every Tuesday and Saturday morning.