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6/3/14 7:20 A

Since it's not gone completely, try it for a month or so and see how you do. I think it could be great. Take your mind off the minor fluctuations and keep your eye on the goal.

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6/3/14 6:35 A

The scale does not measure your self worth. We all know what we are doing with food choices and activity.

There are sooooo many ways to "measure" your progress other than the scale.

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6/3/14 12:55 A

I would lose my mind if someone hid my scale. So would my mother.

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6/4/13 5:55 P

Not being consistent - have not had any weight loss or gain in the last month - wondering if I should get he scale back out

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3/22/13 9:56 A

I am crying while reading your post ...I need to get honest with myself...why am I doing this

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
3/22/13 9:51 A

One of those scales was not accurate, probably. This is why you should use other measurements besides weight. Have you been tracking inches? What about energy levels? How have you been feeling, just generally speaking?

It can take 6 to 8 weeks somethings to notice change, I know that was true for me- I went 2 months without any scale loss but I was losing inches and my clothes were fitting better. Then one day I hopped on the scale and - BING- 4 lbs down.

I have been on the journey so many times, and each time before if I didn't lose weight fast enough, or if I gained, or if I plateaued, I would ALWAYS ALWAYS give up. But I need to be healthier for me. I want to feel good about myself and my choices. So this time, I am going sans the scale. I do weight in, but my true measurements are the inches lost, how much energy I have, and the way my clothes fit.

If your entire goal is the number on a scale, you may keep going through this. You will set you goals, ones you want to set and feel are reasonable. What is your true reason for doing this? A number on the scale? Or your life and you? Don't obsess with the scale. It is not even the BEST measurement on fat loss (weight can't tell you if you've actually lost fat!!!). Think of how free you felt when you didn't worry about the scale... Nice, wasn't it?

Edited by: WHOLENEWME79 at: 3/22/2013 (09:55)
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3/22/13 9:25 A

I found myself in the bathroom at work trying not to cry...what am I doing is this going to work...

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3/22/13 9:24 A

I felt like a junkie - saw a scale in my friends office and I had to get on it, even though I knew it was not a good idea and guess what I have lost one pound in 1 month according to this scale and two weeks ago I was 16 pounds down on another scale

what the .... is going on

Edited by: MYBODYNEEDSTHIS at: 3/22/2013 (09:24)
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3/19/13 9:46 P

If you don't obsess about what the scale says, it's okay to keep it out. But I tend to weigh every time I see the scale and that can be discouraging and demoralizing. As some here may have already stated, it can be misleading! Meaning that fat doesn't weigh as much as muscle and the scale cannot differentiate between fat and muscle (most of them), so it might say you weigh more. A better judge is to see how your clothes are fitting, are they looser? Also, your measurements will decrease. I try to use those two things more than the scale.

Edited by: GZELLEFRO at: 3/19/2013 (21:50)
MARTYJOE Posts: 428
3/19/13 2:33 P

I'm sure he's just trying to help.Maybe you are a little too excessive

CSCHUBE Posts: 7
3/19/13 11:43 A

I think it's a great Idea. I only have one at my gym, but I don't let myself get on it, no matter how much I want to. I've been so number obsessed and the scale isn't helping. X_x

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3/19/13 10:03 A

All so true...I have been measuring my success based on the fact I was consistent for the last month and not on what the scale says

I have felt freer and it seems that my weight reduction has been more successful the less obsessed I am with the scale

go figure

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
2/27/13 5:55 P

If obsessing about the number on the scale all the time is causing you emotional problems then I think you are absolutely doing the right thing by weighing every two weeks. Just be consistent with your eating and exercise and you should be perfectly fine.

You may need to focus on other forms of healthy progress other than just numbers.
Eating more fruits or vegetables might be progress for you. Noticing that you are stronger during your workout might be progress for you. Fitting into clothing better might be progress.
Numbers can be helpful tools but they are not the whole picture of a healthy lifestyle.

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2/27/13 5:38 P

kinda concerned - I will not weigh in for two more weeks - what if I see no results - will it be because I did not weigh and I did not know that I was not moving in the right direction so all my hard work will show good results on the inside buy nothing regarding fat reduction - hopes this makes sense

Edited by: MYBODYNEEDSTHIS at: 2/27/2013 (17:47)
NIKKIKERN12 Posts: 766
2/23/13 1:15 P

wow - I think it's a great idea!!! I weigh myself too much and then get frustrated when I have been really good yet the scale doesn't show it. I might try this :)

DOUGLYE Posts: 1,541
2/23/13 1:00 P

I weigh-in every other day.
I weigh-in first thing in the am, and not at all for the rest of the day.
I ONLY use my scheduled day for tracking though.

I am not obsessed with the scale but I use it as a great feedback tool.

To each his own

Edited by: DOUGLYE at: 2/23/2013 (13:01)
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2/23/13 12:55 P

I have not weighed myself in two weeks and will miss my weigh in next week - so it will be one month when I see the scale again - I feel free -

Edited by: MYBODYNEEDSTHIS at: 2/23/2013 (12:59)
2/22/13 11:08 P

I like to see the differences from day to day. As people have pointed out. It's extremely easy to get frustrated! If I hit a plateau, I usually don't weigh in for a while. I can see for most people, it's better to not weigh in more than once a week.

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2/22/13 10:54 A

I try this sometimes when I'm really frustrated, and make my husband hide it, which really means I just don't go looking for it (our apartment is tiny, I know where to look). It lasts a few days, then I need my scale back and tell him to give it back to me. It doesn't REALLY help, for me, having it or NOT having it around.

If I'm so upset I need the scale hidden, it's because I'm gaining weight and it's all my fault and I'm just making myself more upset instead of doing something about it.

MIRANDAFRM2 Posts: 291
2/22/13 10:11 A

I think it is a good idea. You can get obsesed with it and frustrated too. Out of sight will help you focus on what you eat and feel and not the number on the scale.

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2/21/13 4:44 P

Depends on you and how you react to it. For me it's a positive. When I first changed the way I was eating I was so incredibly strongly motivated that I knew 100% I was living the way I wanted to live and doing all the right things and not fooling myself on anything. And I had the mindset that weight loss (while necessary) was secondary to what I really wanted to accomplish. So hopping on the scale multiple times a day was never a stress for me. I learned the way the scale and my weight fluctuates, including the way my weight inevitably goes up once per month, and I learned that given time if I keep doing the right things it will come down again. If I were weighing only once a week I might have been more discouraged on weeks when the scale went the wrong way; if I were weighing not at all I would be depriving myself of the sense of accomplishment at every new low.

(And I do expect it will help keep me honest in the long term.)

On the other hand if new lows don't encourage as much as unexpected highs discourage -- by all means get rid of it. Ultimately we need to focus on what we are doing, not what the scale says.

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2/21/13 8:14 A

For me I will only weigh myself after a couple of weeks.I perfer to measure myself instead.The scale always brought me down,so to over come that,I decided to measure inches only.

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2/20/13 10:08 A

WHOLENEWME79: "and the idea there is that people focus on the numbers and become frustrated when they do not go down as quickly as desired, which caused some people to lose their motivation."

Yes - so true!!!

Edited by: MYBODYNEEDSTHIS at: 2/20/2013 (10:09)
IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
2/18/13 10:12 A

I think it kind of depends on how much it motivates you. I do not weigh very often because if I don't see what I want on the scale I get very discouraged. But if it motivates you then I think it's ok to weigh every day. Just a personal preference! If it was me, I think hiding the scale is a great idea because that works for me.

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2/18/13 9:59 A

The National Weight Control Registry notes that people weight frequently (not every day, but at least 1 time per week) are better able to maintain their weight loss long term.

It also says that people who use other methods to track their success (e.i. measurements) were also more successful.

The theory is that at the maintenance stage, weight can serve as an early warning system for people to detect back sliding and to put into place strategies to prevent weight gain. Using the scale to determine weight loss was less successful, and the idea there is that people focus on the numbers and become frustrated when they do not go down as quickly as desired, which caused some people to lose their motivation.

Just passing on information that I found to be helpful. I will admit, I do weigh in about 1 time per week, but my primary goal is to be a certain pants size. My goal weight (150) if what I expect to weight when I reach that size, but I might weigh more or less. So when I hit 8/10, I will reassess my goals and move from there.

I do not own a scale, though. I use the one at the gym I go to.

Edited by: WHOLENEWME79 at: 2/18/2013 (10:00)
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2/18/13 9:13 A

I agree that a scale could keep one on track once one is at goal. And I may, indeed, get one at that point. Because then I will not be constantly looking for it to go down and getting discouraged if it doesn't.

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2/18/13 8:48 A

I weigh each week. This summer I moved the scale to my husband's office. This way I don't walk by it all the time. I get so depressed when it does not move downward. I should destroy the thing. Good idea.

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2/18/13 6:38 A

I weigh every day and think it's very important to me in staying on track. It's a personal decision. At least in the weight loss phase, it doesn't seem to matter - do what works for you.

However, studies have shown that people who have lost weight and are maintaining their weight loss do better if they weigh every day. So once you reach your goal, you might want to change your pattern. I weigh daily all the time so that it's just a habit. I don't want to have to re-learn that for maintenance.

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2/18/13 5:14 A

Quote: "No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object."─Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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2/18/13 12:12 A

you did the right thing. Good luck in this......You are more than a # on the scales.

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2/17/13 5:50 P

Sorry for the double post...I don't see the delete button?

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2/17/13 5:49 P

I like to weigh myself constantly, I see the scale, climb on top. I get discouraged far too often because I am not seeing the number decrease. I've been toning a LOT lately and we all know muscle weighs more than fat - to say the least, the number hasn't been decreasing lately. What HAS been decreasing: my body fat %. That's what I track more so and am newly becoming obsessed with.

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2/17/13 5:48 P

I like to weigh myself constantly, I see the scale, climb on top. I get discouraged far too often because I am not seeing the number decrease. I've been toning a LOT lately and we all know muscle weighs more than fat - to say the least, the number hasn't been decreasing lately. What HAS been decreasing: my body fat %. That's what I track more so and am newly becoming obsessed with.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/17/13 3:24 P

Fabulous idea! Focus on the process and the results will come.

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2/17/13 11:02 A

I don't own a scale, and even though I have access to one at the gym where I work, I am not interested in stepping on it.

I gauge by 2 things only:

1) can I wear the clothes that I want and look good in them?
2) can I do everything that I want physically?

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2/17/13 10:45 A

I had to totally get rid of my scale. Such a better way to live. I get weighed once a month at Curves. Enough to keep me on track. But does not allow me to obsess over daily fluctuations.

Edited by: CHESAPEAKE60 at: 2/17/2013 (10:46)
LLUNED Posts: 17
2/17/13 9:47 A

great idea. you definitely shouldn't weigh yourself more than once a week, so if you can't resist peeking it's easy to get discouraged. Every two weeks will be much better because you will see results every time. I only bought a scale about 2 weeks ago, so I really have no idea what my starting weight was. Now I'm thrilled to see the weekly progress.

Edited by: LLUNED at: 2/17/2013 (09:49)
2/17/13 9:41 A

I think it's a great idea. I actually threw mine away completely, and now that I only weigh once a week, I'm not nearly as number-obsessed.

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2/17/13 9:30 A

hey did I make the right move - I told my husband to hide the scale now I can not weigh myself except when I meet with my nutritionist every two weeks - is this a good idea? I am having second thoughts...


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