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Why I step on the scale everyday

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

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Yes, I know what the experts say. I know that the number on the scale is not always an accurate reflection of what's going on in my body, of the work I'm putting in to taking care of myself. I know that stepping on the scale everyday can lead to frustration and obsession.

Nonetheless, I find myself checking it every morning. Here's why:

It is an accurate reflection of my habits, if not my exact weight.

I'm learning that I'm very sensitive to even a moderate amount of sodium in my diet. Did I eat out yesterday, then I can expect to see the scale to go up even if I didn't go over my calorie range. Did I eat in yesterday but was at the upper limit of, or even over by a bit, my sodium allotment for the day? Then I will probably show no gain or loss. Even if I'm exercising. Even if I'm eating otherwise healthy foods.

Knowledge about how my body works is invaluable to me.

Stepping on the scale every morning reminds me of what I'm working for. Of how far I let my body go and how much work it will take to get it healthy.

Stepping on the scale every morning sometimes shows that my work is paying off.

Stepping on the scale every morning keeps me in check and helps me stay consistent.

Will I do this forever? I don't know, but right now it's working for me.

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    Glad to hear I'm not the only one! I check every day too, when I know I mess up and see the number go up slightly the next morning, it gives me motivation through that day to be better knowing how it felt to see a higher rather than lower weight. Thanks for sharing!
    1242 days ago
    I agree with you and am a daily weigher too. The most important piece for me is that it is a reminder to start my day with a laser focus on my goals. Thanks for posting!
    1347 days ago
    Dailey weighing is the right path for me. True, some days it is (unecessarily) depressing and some days it is ( unnecessarily) exhilarating -- but I agree that it lets me see both trends as well as feedback on my actions. I also know that when I am NOT weighing for a week it is because I know I'm sliding -- and want to ignore it!
    1357 days ago
    I've always been a daily weigh-er too.
    1357 days ago
    Yeah, my scale was always my friend - didn't tell me what I always wanted to hear, but when I did well it cheered me on, and when I didn't do well it gave me silent advice.
    1357 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    I do the exact same thing and for very similar reasons to you. It gets one very familiar with ones body. The odd time I won't as I know it is going to be up and don't want to depress myself. But I know that if I get back on track I will weigh myself the following day.

    I think if you get in tune with your body the scale is less likely to be a surprise to you. And I would far rather deal with a few pounds gain than leaving it for a month and it becoming a ten pound gain!

    It is something to keep me accountable and not all of the experts disagree!!

    Best of luck!
    1357 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/5/2013 5:43:35 PM
    I started stepping on the scale daily last March and I finally started to see a slow crawl downwards. I need the daily reminder and I too am sensitive to Na. I also take my blood pressure everyday and can see an increase if I eat too much Na. I think weekly is not often enough. A lot of damage can be done in a week.
    1357 days ago
    I weigh in every day too because I like to see trends. Sodium, TOM (mid cycle) and ST can all cause me to have slight/mod gains. By recognizing patterns it helps me actually be kinder to myself when I see a higher number on the scale when I'm being "good"... It's definitely not for everyone! As long as you don't become obsessed or start having negative emotional impact when you see a stall or increase, then keep on doing it!
    1358 days ago
    I do the same thing! Somedays (like today) ill ask myself why I'm torturing myself. But if the scale is up I find myself working harder that day. You gotta do what works for you....regardless of what "experts" say.
    1358 days ago
    It's all about doing what works... :)
    1358 days ago
  • KMM1123
    I too made the switch from once a week weigh-ins to daily. So far so good. As long as it continues to be a force for good and not evil - I'll keep it up.
    1358 days ago
    yes i can truely relate to too cant pass a single day without a weigh in...i hate water retention....especially happens when i am tired.....physically...nice blog...
    1358 days ago
    I do the same thing. I have the same things with my sodium. Awesome blog!!
    1358 days ago
    I really like this blog. I'm a daily weigher as well. I might not always record the results, but if I don't step on the scale, then it's too easy to let other better habits slide.
    1358 days ago
    Don't argue with success...
    1358 days ago
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