I weigh daily but only the Friday weigh in counts - so even if I'm up or the same on like Wednesday it's just a guide for the rest of the week... I only really care about Fridays.
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14 3/3/12 3:24 P
IT's easier said than done but don't let the scale derail you! I weigh myself Wednesday mornings when I wake up ( midweek) and sometimes the end of the week. I try not to let the scale rule my life but instead go by how my clothes feel and my eating habits that week. I found keeping measurements have helped me more.
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80 3/1/12 3:14 P
Thanks for your comments! I've gotten completely derailed multiple times because of the scale. I think weekly or even less frequent will be best for me. All of your thoughts are very helpful!
Many people will disagree with me on this, but I actually like to weigh myself every day. You just have to have realistic expectations (i.e. if you weigh yourself first thing in the morning after eating a heavier dinner late at night you're probably going to be up). Seeing even a 0.1 or 0.2 change helps me keep going through the next day. Just remember that it's normal for weight to fluctuate and don't panic if you're up a little bit for two or three or four days in a row. If it keeps trending upward, maybe it's time to reevaluate what you've been doing, but otherwise, keep plugging away. I finally accepted that I can only control the decisions I make -- how much I eat, exercise, etc. I can't control how fast my body wants to lose weight. Ironically, after coming to this realization I've been losing faster than ever! Keep going!
I have lost more than half of my body weight. Knowing how the scale messes with my head, I turned over my weigh-ins to my exercise physiologist who weighed me every Friday and kept the results to himself.
My rewards came daily. When I could complete a set with a bigger weight, when I could hit the calorie and nutrition numbers I was supposed to, I was successful.
When I got to where I should be, I asked what I weighed, how much I had lost, the difference in my measurements. And then I started jumping on the scale. Everyday. I nervously would ask the physiologist what I weighed every Friday.
When I was up a pound I would do drastic things to my diet or my workout. Finally, I recognized the number on the scale had become my personal tyrant. I once again turned everything over to the physiologist and let him worry about it. I must be doing well because he has suggested no change in my nutrition.
Is there someone whom you can trust you can turn your weigh in over to? If you have a good friend or associate who would be smart enough to weigh you and keep it to himself, you would do well.
Not knowing the scale numbers keeps me focused on my nutrition program and very happy. That number is not KING!
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80 3/1/12 10:58 A
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21,524 3/1/12 10:25 A
Hi, Abby !
Remember, this isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of weekly dramatic losses are just not typical. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks when you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong.
There is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. You're making changes to your body that you can't see on a scale. Example, if you can do more push ups today than you could a month ago, that's a success ! Also, if your blood pressure were to drop, but not your weight, that too would be a success ! Even if the scale didn't budge, your doctor would still be thrilled if your blood pressure dropped.
Try not to tie your emotions to the scale. You are NOT defined by a number on a scale !
I go between I'm OK weighing every day to it drives me batty. Last year when it was driving me batty, I decided to weigh myself every Friday and then after a month of once a week weighing, I'd get myself a reward. It worked. I didn't step on the scale except for when I said I was going to and got a nice green running shirt as my reward.
Maybe something like this will help you, too.
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46,222 3/1/12 8:58 A
What if I told you that your weight will and can fluctuate from day to day, even in the course of a single day would that change your outlook?
Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.
Just remember the scale is only one tool to measure our progress by, but know that when you make healthy living a way of life, you will reap so many more benefits.
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80 3/1/12 8:35 A
I just successfully finished day 3 and I made the mistake of weighing myself. I'm trying only to weigh myself every two weeks because I get easily discouraged. I know that after 3 days I don't expect to see a change, but it messes with my head when I don't lose!
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