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RENATARUNS
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5/31/13 12:05 P

I weigh every day. I don't count calories and don't trust my ability to do measurements accurately, so it's the best and most practical way for me to keep track of where I actually am. I'm used to the daily/weekly/monthly fluctuations now, and mostly they don't stress me at all. I'm at the point where seeing a sudden drop of 2-3 pounds freaks me out more than a sudden gain.



SHERYLDS
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5/31/13 11:46 A

I think it depends on the person.
I need to weigh in every day or I get cocky.....
but I don't obsess about a 2 lb difference day to day. I average 3 days in a row.
I need reinforcement.
Someone else may look at a half pound from one day to the next and go nuts.



ONTHEPATH2
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5/31/13 10:38 A

I weight once a month - well wait, actually twice a month. My official spark people weigh in is on the 24th - and I do weight myself the last day of the month. I am sooooooo obsessed with the scale and sometimes I use it to defeat myself. If the numer is smaller than I thought it would be, I will tell myself it is ok to have a few extra calories today...

I got a fitbit. I focus on the getting bigger numbers on my fitbit instead of smaller numbers on the scale. This I actually have control over. Works much better for me. Still have something to obsess about, but it is a more positive obsession.



8MOREB4
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5/31/13 10:26 A

Interesting, and good for me. I see it both ways and at my age, I do what I do, and have a hard time changing. The important thing is to change the things that make a difference to your health.



KNUCKLES145
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5/31/13 9:29 A

the scale is just a tool, just like your food scale is a tool and your measuring cups and......

I know I can become obsessive about my weight, but I do find that is I weigh myself once a day it does help me stay focused for the day. everybody has to find what works for them.



AMARANTHA120S
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5/31/13 8:58 A

I didn't read the articles as have heard the debate over and over for years as to how many times people should weigh and personally just think it is what works for the individual. There is no, in my opinion despite studies and articles, etc., definitive answer as to what is best for any given individual.

I weigh-in officially once a week and measure once a week. This is almost a sacred thing to me as I love the data I collect from this exercise and the scale for me is just one piece of data in my weight maintenance/former weight loss journey. The tape measure also, but boy that is really valuable info to have logged.

Sometimes I change my weigh-in day to accommodate my schedule or for various reasons but mostly it is once a week.

I sometimes hop on for an unofficial look at the scale during the data week but I don't log that. Occasionally I've changed my modus operandi to make that unofficial look the official one for the week for various reasons of morale, etc., but for the most part, my rule is once a week.

I am not obsessed by the scale at all but it does make me happy to have a nice weigh-in as I've worked dang hard to get here, sometimes the scale tale is NOT so happy but that doesn't bother me, just gives me the data and push I need to work hard again if slacking.



NAUSIKAA
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5/31/13 7:07 A

I weigh myself every day. I also exercise every day, eat healthy every day, weigh my food every day, track my food every day, drink water every day. It makes sense to me.



BLUENOSE63
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5/31/13 6:39 A

Yes quite funny. I weigh in once a month but measure twice a week....you can get obsessed with your scale and for a lot of people their personal satisfaction is affected with the number they see.



WENDIBUGG
Posts: 655
5/31/13 5:43 A

I saw those Ladystarwind and I lol. I kinda think it's a personality issue as to which you should do. My bestfriend has eating disorders and a addictive personality so she had to turn her scale over to her counselor. She was weighing herself at least 20 times a day to see if she had gained or lost any which fed her eating disorders.



JANIEWWJD
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5/31/13 2:03 A

I don't even own a scale anymore. I measure inches!!!


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LADYSTARWIND
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5/31/13 1:24 A

So today's featured article was "5 Steps to Stop Your Scale Obsession"....I read it, and at the bottom are other suggested articles: one is "Prevent Weight Gain with Daily Weigh-Ins" ! Huh??!! Which Is It??? So I had my laugh for the day.....
It seems while we are losing, one Spark expert suggests NOT looking at our scale....but once we are "there" another suggests to Weigh every day.... No wonder there's a lot of confused folks out here!!

I do understand the point of each article--just thought the total contrast was sort of funny!

Personally, I weigh almost every day---been doin it for a long time. Long enough to see the Up/Down variations; learn that its the weekly average that matters; and I'm one who can get motivated no matter which way it goes: Up--oops, better be more mindful!! Down--Yea--getting it right--keep on goin'!

Happy Sparking!!
patti



 
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