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MJEFFERSON23 SparkPoints: (32,691)
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2/5/14 9:18 A

weigh in

The only "diet" that works is consistency!


MIZKAREN Posts: 37,236
2/5/14 8:56 A


"All you can possibly need or desire is already yours. Call your desires into being by imaging and feeling your wish fulfilled." Neville Goddard
2/5/14 7:41 A

Weigh in every day and tape once a month.

Like Gold to Aery Thinness Beat. ~John Donne
PAULIE91952 Posts: 6,183
2/5/14 7:09 A

Weigh in

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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2/5/14 6:59 A

Tape once a week and scale every 3 months.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (126,943)
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2/4/14 5:19 P

Scale at least once a week and tape once a month

LEONAMINIKA SparkPoints: (8,170)
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2/4/14 5:12 P

usually scale

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ANDILH Posts: 1,444
2/4/14 4:29 P

I prefer measuring with a tape. My weight numbers haven't changed that much, but since starting doing Pilates I've gone down 3 pants sizes, 2 shirt sizes, and 3 bra band sizes. Numbers on the scale can vary so much based on the scale, the time of day, etc. that it's much better for my motivation and mental health if I focus more on getting healthy and rehabbing my back (why I started the Pilates) which aids in weight loss, than weight loss specifically.

XHUNTERX Posts: 930
2/4/14 1:52 P

I prefer the scale

PLUGINALONG SparkPoints: (27,523)
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2/4/14 12:19 P

I weigh in as I don't show sufficient inches lost for a long time after I lose.

SPARKLEYSHINE SparkPoints: (29,640)
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2/4/14 12:17 P

Both. They each motivate me for different reasons.

CARTER4414 SparkPoints: (22,261)
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2/4/14 12:06 P

I find it very difficult to get consistent measurements with the tape so I don't trust any progress I see.

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VWMOMMY SparkPoints: (9,888)
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2/4/14 12:03 P

I do both. Like someone else mentioned, there are times when the scale seems "stuck" and during those times the measuring tape reminds me that I am doing a lot of things right. I think that if you are doing any significant strength training that the tape measure is probably more important.

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2/4/14 11:50 A

Depends on the day. Sometimes I wake up feeling so heavy that I rather use the tape to remind myself of my progress. Other days I wake up feeling so light that I have to step on to the scale and reaffirm my motivated feeling.

I am reaching my goal TODAY; EVERYDAY!
2/4/14 11:40 A

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WINDANCER99 Posts: 6,783
2/4/14 9:28 A

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MEXGAL1 SparkPoints: (337,389)
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2/4/14 9:19 A


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2/4/14 8:02 A


I have lost 6 pounds. Though I am not trying as hard as I feel I should I am very happy about the weight loss. Good luck to all of you.
TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,007
2/4/14 7:41 A

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YESICANYESIWILL SparkPoints: (26,018)
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2/4/14 7:09 A

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 Posts: 71,080
2/4/14 6:56 A

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NISSANGIRL Posts: 21,988
2/4/14 6:50 A

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KKKAREN Posts: 12,152
2/4/14 6:23 A

I prefer weighing in, I haven't used a tape in over a year. I need to though because I've noticed my clothes are getting too big, I'm sure I lost some inches.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 7,567
2/4/14 12:33 A


ALLYALLYT Posts: 9,170
2/3/14 11:38 P

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2/3/14 11:20 P


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MEXGAL1 SparkPoints: (337,389)
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2/1/14 9:36 A

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ASHLEYAMBER0710 Posts: 244
2/1/14 9:36 A

I would love to do both but I find I am not very proficient in taping. So mostly I just weigh in.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
2/1/14 9:14 A

I use both the scale and my adorable digital tape measure to generate data in my fitness and weight management quest.

Both are useful in their own way, but the scale (for me) is the most reliable measurement of my progress.

Body measurements (and relying on how clothes feel, which I also do) are more subjective and too easy to "game" (sometimes pulling the tape slightly tighter or measuring in a teeny fraction of a different location can skew the result). A good scale that gives an accurate reading gives a solid number to go by, even if it is influenced by a lot of other factors (water weight, weight of food in the system, exercise, time of day, stress, etc.).

So over time, I feel the scale is my best source of data for weight.

Measuring can indicate how well I'm doing fitness wise.

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HOLLYM48 SparkPoints: (182,983)
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2/1/14 9:13 A

I prefer to weigh.

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SHERYLDS Posts: 13,711
2/1/14 8:57 A

emoticon with MIFITNOW
a weekly weigh in is immediate feedback...the tape helps you track your exercise progress. Relying just on the tape would make me feel like I wasn't getting anywhere.

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MIFITNOW Posts: 2,656
2/1/14 6:38 A

I weigh once a week and measure once a month.

THROOPER62 Posts: 21,857
2/1/14 6:11 A

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 Posts: 71,080
2/1/14 6:01 A

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GDANE3 SparkPoints: (128,135)
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2/1/14 5:06 A


ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (61,280)
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2/1/14 4:03 A

Weigh in, but use both methods

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1/31/14 11:54 P

I do both!!!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 Posts: 18,943
1/31/14 7:12 P

Definitely weigh-in, but I can also tell by how my clothes fit.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 SparkPoints: (99,456)
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1/31/14 6:47 P

I weigh.....I get feedback on results with how my clothes fit

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SHKIRK Posts: 1,168
1/31/14 4:56 P

I prefer to wt in I do not trust I am measuring right yet. I do it every now and then around every 20 pounds lost. emoticon

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (85,522)
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1/31/14 1:16 P

Do both on occasion.

~ Do what good you can, and go in peace ~

1/31/14 1:08 P

I'd take a tape measure over a scale any day. Infact just the other day I measured and weighed and guess what, my measurements went down a bit and my scale went up a bit!

I also go by how my clothes fit, how I look (I take pictures) and how I feel.

Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 1/31/2014 (13:10)
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I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.

I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free. And it's changed my life!

Goal weight 125lbs
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2 kids

Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels low eating 60-70% fat /15-20% carb / 15-20% protein.
RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
1/31/14 12:16 P

I don't own a tape, so I just go with a weekly weigh-in

BOB5148 SparkPoints: (175,202)
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1/31/14 10:52 A

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AMANDA660 Posts: 881
1/31/14 10:28 A

Tape! That is best for me.

EMELADE SparkPoints: (1,173)
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1/31/14 10:14 A

I usually look at the scale, but in reality I know the # on the scale isn't that big of a difference. I go by how I feel, look in the mirror, and how my pants fit.

LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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1/31/14 10:11 A

Usually tape and clothing and then once in awhile peek on the scale.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/31/14 10:11 A

Neither, hate both!!

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,126)
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1/31/14 10:07 A

I'm for the measuring tape all the way. The number on the scale, IMO, tells you absolutely nothing about how you look or your body composition which are what people most want to change when they try to become healthier.

TANITHSEH1011 Posts: 200
1/31/14 10:01 A

Persoanlly I prefer to tape over looking at the scale. I think we have been programed to believe that lower number on the scale equal good health when that is just not always true. This is not to say I'm in support of people cartrying a excess of weight because that isn't healthy either however there is a medium.

What do you all think?

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