Count it! I weigh everyday (it works for me), so I record a loss the morning I see it. If it shows up on the scale, it is real, it happened, and you should be proud of it.
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7/14/12 11:34 P
I'd count it as a loss. The 3 lbs you gained on vacation was most likely water retention and now a week later, you're back on track and have lost a lb. Like you said you fluctuate, so I don't think counting it is a big deal.
I weigh every day (first thing in the morning, before getting dressed) and it's fascinating to see the trends, how it goes up a pound, then down three, the next day it goes up one... It's just interesting! I mark it every day because I like to see the chart and look for trends. I don't stress about the details though.
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7/14/12 4:43 P
BELIEVE IT!!!! Me personally, I weigh myself almost every day...just is what I have always done no matter how big or small I am. But when I started with Spark I wouldn't record the weight loss until it registered the same for 3 days...then I believed it. Which is silly because it would be the same weight for those 3 days. If I have a bad week of going over my calories...I have found that I will lose more weight the following week and all still averages out over the month to be about 1 to 2 pounds a week. When I started maintenance I ended up losing and additional 5lbs after about 8 weeks of maintenance. I think bumping up your calories every once in a while is a good thing and benefits weight loss. Congrats!!!! Maybe you were on vacation but your body wasn't.
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403 7/14/12 4:41 P
Your post is the very reason I weighed in once a MONTH while losing.The 1st along with taking my measurements. Your slight vacation gain was most likely half water and the other half from a little overindulgence with no exercise. Now that your on your game again it's gone. Congratulations !! I would keep to my official weigh in day, just my opinion .
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9,692 7/14/12 4:15 P
Okay, this is an interesting (and good!) problem to have, so I figured I'd put this question to the cloud for your thoughts.
My normal weigh-in day is Monday or Tuesday, depending on whether or not I remember. However, thanks to a beach vacation trip, I put on a couple extra pounds (some of which was almost certainly sodium/water retention/bloating.
Before I went on vacation, I was 188.6. After, 190.6. I've been weighing out of curiosity every other day this week, and have seen a steady downward trend.
This morning, I weighed in at 187.6. This was a post-morning-constitutional, pre-dressing weight. I weighed several times (digital scale) and I double checked at the gym - there, it said 189, after dressing, so that's about right for the amount of clothes/shoes I was wearing. It's usually a couple tenths of a pound higher than my home scale, I use it for confirmation only and curiosity's sake, I always weigh in "officially" at home.
So, here's my question (and it's a silly one.) I don't really want to count a 3 lb, 1 week lost if it isn't "real". My brain is telling me that the gain was probably just water from the overeating I did (I didn't track at all, but I know I went over by a bit, and didn't exercise at all.)
But my pessimistic side doesn't want to trust this loss. So, here's the question I want to ask you guys: Should I? I normally don't weigh daily at all... don't care to, I fluctuate too much.
So, what would you do? Record it and start cheering? Wait until my official day? Shut up and quit whining because OMG 3 LBS? ;)
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