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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bottom line: It keeps me on track.

My son turned 2 last week, which means I have gotten on that scale nearly every single day for 2 years. I understand that a number doesn't define us and the scale is only one way to measure progress and Spark doesn't recommend it and yadda yadda yadda.

But we all have our own stories to tell. And different things work for different people. Here's my weight loss journey in a nutshell:

Basically I've been around 150 as long as I can remember. And even writing that is a lie. I've been around 155 as long as I can remember; 150 just sounds better. 5 or 6 years ago I knew I gained and needed help. I joined LA weight loss at 170, basically a weight watchers type place. I weighed in weekly. I feared that weigh-in. I would restrict calories for the few days before it. I would wear as little clothing as possible. I would skip the meal before I weighed in. And then I'd see a number I liked and lie to myself and say I lost weight. Then I'd go back to normal habits for a few days. Then the fear of the weekly weigh-in would creep back in and I'd start restricting again. Sound familiar? Sound healthy?

Somewhere around this time I found sparkpeople. And like so many of you, something clicked. I bought my own scale, I quit paying that awful place and I made some steps to become healthier. I read all the articles and followed the advice. Once a week weigh-ins on Fridays. But that probably wasn't the best choice for me because this was at a time in my life when I was going out a lot and weekends were full of food and drinks. I'd eat and drink, then every Monday get myself back on track. Sound familiar??!


Through all of this I got from 170 to 155.

Then I got pregnant and after my daughter was born I abandoned sparkpeople. (bad idea!) I braved the scale once and surprisingly liked the number I saw. I knew it wasn't accurate because my clothes didn't fit right and I didn't feel good. But I let the number lie to me and went on my merry way right into another pregnancy.

By 7 or 8 months pregnant I felt awful. I looked awful. I was embarrassed and ashamed. I never thought I'd become "that mom." I knew I had to make changes. I knew it'd be hard and I knew it was time to be honest with myself. I also knew I could do it.

I'm a number girl. I like data and I like tracking progress. So I stepped on the scale. After having my son I stepped on the scale again. And then I wrote it down. And then I did that again and again and again. Obviously the numbers were going down because I had just had a baby. But I was also being accountable and honest.

At 6 weeks postpartum, I went directly back to the gym. I've always liked working out. Now I had to figure out how to make it a priority with having 2 young children at home.

When the numbers weren't changing as much as I wanted them to, I learned more about nutrition. Then things really started to change. I stopped counting calories and stressing about a range. I gave up processed food and listened to my body. (But that's for another blog...)

When my son was 6 months old, I reached my 155 goal weight. I reassessed and kept going. I hit 150 and decided I wanted 145.

And I've been bouncing around those 5 pounds since July 2011. That's around the time that I started running longer distances (6+ miles). My goals changed from weight loss to endurance training. I dove head first into HMs, a full 26.2 and some triathlons.

Throughout my training I continued to weigh-in everyday. I knew my history. I knew how easy it was to put on a few. I learned how hard it is to maintain weight while running long distances. It's counter intuitive, but if you want to lose weight, running half-marathons may not be the best way to do it.

I have a calendar where I chart my workouts. I give myself different, cute stickers for different types of workouts. It makes me happy! I also write down my weight every single day. It's my way of being honest with myself. It's also a way to see patterns. After a long run, I am up. Wed-Fri I am usually lower. I compare week to week. I don't kid myself by thinking I lost a whole pound overnight. And I don't get upset when I am up 2 in one day. I do remind myself of what type of day I need to have to make sure I'm not "up" another 2 the next day.

The scale does not dictate my mood. Sure, it has gotten to me at times. But I remind myself that it is one tool. And one that I like. If I'm unhappy with a number, it's almost always because of choices that I made. And I have the power to make different choices.

Lately I have not been as "on" my nutrition game as usual. And I've skipped a few weigh-ins. On purpose. I didn't want to see the number. Uh oh. That alone should be a red flag to me. I know that I need to own it. The scale is a concrete alarm when I see 150.0. Time to get serious! And after 3 days back on track, making my go-to meals, I am back to 147.

Now, what I really want is to see that 147 again next Thursday. That is what tells me it's real. I don't trust one day lows. Doesn't count as a real loss for me.

Maintenance is hard work. This lifestyle is a serious commitment. It's so easy to backslide. But it so so worth it. It's rewarding and satisfying to get back on track. Instead of embarrassed, I feel strong. Instead of ashamed, I feel proud.

Isn't it funny how a blog can take on a life of its own? I didn't set out to give this whole story. And I certainly am not saying that this is what everyone should do. It works for me. I needed that reminder.

The scale reminds me to stop a backslide in its tracks.




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PEZMOM1 12/11/2012 10:24PM

    emoticon with daily weigh ins.

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GREENGENES 12/11/2012 10:16PM

    Well said. I weigh myself every day I go to the fitness center but only record my Monday weigh in. The almost daily weigh in is more for perspective - being aware of the types of fluctuation you mention. I also don't accept a new low until it lasts for a couple of weeks.

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KAYOTIC 12/11/2012 9:32PM

    Daily weigher, and track on Weight tracker to see the averages, it keeps me accountable, and knowledge is power in weight loss and maintenance. I have set the scale away for a period when it was making me crazy, but when I got back on a month later I was one pound different from when I stopped...so I know I don't "need" to weigh daily, but I still do!

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RUNJEWELRUN 11/26/2012 3:05PM

    Love it! Can I join the daily weigh in support group too?

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SWEDE_SU 11/25/2012 8:55AM

    fantastic to see all these daily weigh-ers here;-) me too. not just once, either - i weigh myself when i wake up, after exercise, and before bed. i know the range i should be in, and if any of these should deviate it's a wake up call to add miles, or modify calories, or both. some may shake their heads and call it obsessive; for me it works. on my yoyo adventures (which also have their source in my three pregnancies, and my baby is about to turn 27!), any time i *stopped* weighing myself was a sign that i *knew* i was gaining, and didn't *want* to know it. denial, as someone said above. and then it would just keep on going. thank you for putting in words what obviously so many of us are thinking and doing!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/21/2012 1:05PM

    I'm not a daily weigher, but I definetly see how it helped you. And that's the important thing. Your journey is about you and what it took for you to be your most awesome self. Go you!

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CRYSBROWN1 11/20/2012 11:17AM

    Love this blog! I am a daily weigher too and so guilty of some of the behaviors that you mentioned above. Some people think that that is obssessive but I think that that just keeps me on track personally. If I start seeing the number go up, I get upset about it and get back to better eating. I also kinda know exactly what meals translate into better weigh in results and try to stick with that.

P.S. how tall are you? You look mighty slim at your current goal weight!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/19/2012 2:55PM

    Nice blog! Your comment about how skipping the daily weigh is a red flag hit a nerve.

I can def relate to other comments that we never skip weighing when we're LOSING...so that means if we're skipping, we're GAINING (denial!!). I'm also a numbers-grrl so I use the Hacker's Diet web tool to record my readings. Looking at that emphasizes the reality of gradual loss...on a daily basis my scale goes up/down by 1 or 2# but my actual weight changes only 0.1# at a time, and ONLY if I stay consistent to my purpose!

Thanks for starting an underground "daily weigh" support group! emoticon
Naomi


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KANOE10 11/19/2012 8:39AM

    I weigh everyday as well in maintenance. It keeps me on track so I can work on getting any up pounds down again immediately.

I liked your blog and am pleased there are others who posted saying they are doing the same thing!

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GODIVADSG 11/17/2012 7:30AM

    I loved this blog and your story. I like your positive attitude and the way you don't give up. If I had to describe you in one word I would choose endurance! Way to rock it sista! And thanks for sharing. You make a difference to me! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 11/16/2012 11:31AM

    I'm another weigh-in everyday girl. It really does keep me aware and accountable. I have also learned like you to not get too bent out of shape when it's up 1-2 lbs overnight. I don't take a loss as a loss until I see it for at least 2 days, sometimes 3. After reading some of the comments, it's nice knowing there are so many others that weigh-in daily even though it seems like everything you read says it's a no-no.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 11/16/2012 7:58AM

    Thanks for sharing:) I completely agree that weighing everyday is very important. LOVE the reward stickers for different workouts! great idea. Hugs M

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VICLAF 11/16/2012 7:05AM

    I weigh in almost every day!!! Like you, it keeps me on track. And like you, I avoid the scale when I don't want to see the number. But again, it is a number, because I feel great and fit into sizes I never thought I would see :)

Yet again, don,t forget with all the exercise you do, your body is slim and trim...no matter the number!

Great blog :)

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GRANDMAPATTYV 11/15/2012 11:00PM

    It's as if you were writing about me.... I to weigh in EVERY day, and since SP - I know that if I don't like the number I see in the morning, then I darn well had better do something about it, run alittle farther, eat alittle less,.... I'm in control, even if I do on my scale everyday, I NEED to know that number - thanks for the insight! Patty emoticon

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/15/2012 8:47PM

    Great blog. While I only weighed weekly while losing weight, I am now weighing daily in maintenance. It is important feedback and a useful tool, I find.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/15/2012 7:59PM

    Another vote for daily weigh-in. Good for you! If those numbers are headed in the wrong direction, it's good to know early on.

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TINAJANE76 11/15/2012 7:51PM

    I'm totally with you on this! When I'm not stepping on the scale, it's usually because I'm not facing reality and it's almost never when I'm losing weight. I've been down the loss/regain road far too many times to let things start sliding again and weighing in almost daily helps me to keep things in check.

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GINGERHAWK 11/15/2012 4:17PM

    I think it's important for everyone to adapt a plan that's right for them, which is exactly what you have. This journey is not one size fits all and when you listen to your body and adjust to what you know is right for you, things come together much more easily. I hope to be transitioning into maintenance mode soon, too. I'll keep some of your experiences in mind as I do so.

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PINKBEANBOO 11/15/2012 3:48PM

    I know Spark says weighing every day is a no-no but I disagree for exactly the reason you pointed out. Because weight can fluctuate from day to day...if you have an unusually low weigh in one week & an usually high weigh in the next, you would never know what is normal. That's why I like checking everyday.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/15/2012 3:47PM

    You're so like me about not trusting those "one day lows". My daily weigh-ins show that pattern VERY clearly - I'll bounce around a range for day, then drop, then spring back up but just a little lower range. Repeating over a long period of time, it's a relatively steady downward progression, but if I worried over the exact number each day I'd go bonkers.

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WORTHEYMOM 11/15/2012 3:38PM

    the extra reminder does make a difference. I'm the same way, just have been slacking off lately and I can tell. =( hoping to make a difference soon! keep up the great work!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 11/15/2012 3:37PM

    Awesome! I tend to weigh almost everyday as well. I don't get upset anymore with daily changes due to the basic info of 3,500 equals 1 lbs. I know if the scale is up, I didn't happen to eat an extra 3,500+, it is a sodium/water thing or like you said always up after a long run.

I like the accountabilty of the scale! emoticon emoticon

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LAINYC 11/15/2012 3:28PM

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TXTOAD9970 11/15/2012 3:20PM

    I weigh in every day too. It helps me keep track of where I am and keeps me from backsliding too much from day to day. Glad to know I am not alone!
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