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CHER321 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/1/11 4:29 P

I weigh in once every week or two.

VTSKIER805 SparkPoints: (65)
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6/1/11 3:12 P

I weigh on Wii Fit Plus and I am just realizing that it's possible to work out without weighing in every day! I like to do it because then I get a stamp on that day and I can see the month at-a-glance how often I used my Wii. I think I'm going to start weighing in every week or two. Losing weight is only part of my journey. I really want to have a healthy lifestyle and be physically stronger and more fit. If I can get there at my current weight, that's fine!

If you're scale shopping, I bought an $8 analog scale at Walmart about four years ago that is very accurate and is still going strong. I prefer it to my digital Wii scale because it's more of a generalization and I don't have to obsess over every tenth of a pound.

BELLAMEMAW Posts: 8,049
6/1/11 2:30 P

I used to be addicted to the scale..........and the torture that went along with what it told me. When I started with SP I invested in a very good scale that has proven to be very accurate (it weighs all my free weights accurately) and weighs in 1/10th increments. Weighing myself, and obsessing about it, is one of the habits Spark People helped me break.

I found weighing myself every day or once a week didn't give me an accurate reading because my body may have been retaining water or didn't eliminate the day before (nicely put!) and if the scale read 1/10th of a pound more than the day before I'd mentally beat myself up. Now, I weigh myself once every-other-week - or longer time increments if I feel like it.

Eventually you're going to get a scale - I assume - but don't worry about it in the meanwhile.

NMAMUSIC SparkPoints: (0)
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6/1/11 1:29 P

I've actually been considering an approach that forces me to weigh myself less often. While I like to see my progress, I also feel like the changes I'm making in my daily diet and exercise need to be stand-alone awesome. If I'm judging the results of my efforts by the scale alone, and because it will take me several months to hit my goals anyway, I feel like I'm going to maybe lose my focus a little.

Also, part of the reason I want to lose weight is my appearance (ah yes, the vanity!) I really don't feel comfortable in my own body right now, and looking at my entire old wardrobe just makes me mad at myself.

Maybe taking the "scale factor" away will make you feel like you need to be more conservative with your approach to food, or give you an extra push to work hard at your exercising because you want that result that you only get once every week (or more) to blow you away.

My daily motivation = my appearance and comfort
My long-term (and larger) motivation = my health

oh look at that.. neither of my main motivating factors is my weight (even if it underlies both)

So -- I know that was a whole "life history" but really, it's my reason for explaining why I don't necessarily think that weighing yourself every single day is ALWAYS productive.

That being said -- EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT! I hope all of the comments on your post will help you decide whether you need to rush out to get a new scale pronto, or if you can take it easy and maybe this will give you a chance to focus on the things that can't be measured on a scale.

Whatever you decide, I for one am behind you 100%!!

- Mel

SANDERSON83 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/1/11 1:22 P

I weigh at the gym and I weigh every time I go....I like to see trends and differences between times of day etc. I found that the biggest difference is dependent on what I WEAR that day. I guess the benefit to weighing at home would be that you can do it naked and get a more accurate reading.

LADYJAY25 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/1/11 1:01 P

I over weigh I know... Helps keep me on track. I weigh almost everyday, but I look at my Tuesday weigh ins to gage my weeks loss!

Hope you get a new one soon! Good Luck!

BAUMANNSISTER SparkPoints: (0)
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6/1/11 12:39 P

My son accidentally broke my scale. I don't know if this will be a good thing or a bad thing. I think getting on it every now and then kept me on track, but maybe it will be better to wait awhile to weigh myself. How often does everyone else weigh-in? and does it help you to weigh more or less often?

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