Thursday, January 15, 2009
Three years of spark and still I (internally) debate when and how often to jump on the scale. I feel that an "official" recorded weigh-in should be once a week and that in reality, the monthly mark is a more reliable score of one's progress since it records the results of your efforts over a longer period of time. I also believe it is perfectly fine to jump on the scale about mid-week to see if there has been a "slip" in one's progress, or a "correction" from a false low or false high at your previous weekly weigh-in. This mid-week weigh-in should not be considered as "official" - only a peek at what might be... and to provide an opportunity to react if required.
Now, that I have the "how often" figured out, here is my reasoning for "when".
I believe that the weekly weigh-in should be at the beginning of the week - Sunday or Monday. I am picking Sunday. I also think that it should be early in the morning, before I get dressed. I tend to wake up at the same time regardless of the day, so the time of day for my weigh-in will be consistent. I feel that a Sunday morning weigh-in will help keep me vigilant on those dangerous Friday and Saturday nights, when I feel most likely to celebrate - with food and drink. If for some reason I miss Sunday, I will allow myself to record Monday's weigh-in as the official weekly weight.