Thursday, June 27, 2013
That is my question. I have read both sides of the coin when it comes to daily weigh ins. I've been stepping on that scale every day for as long as I can remember. It's almost ritualistic. I tell myself that if I do this I can regulate what I'm doing right and wrong from day to day. BUT what is killing me is the totally negative effect it can have on my mood right off the bat each morning. My daughter looked at me yesterday and said, "you have to stop doing that every day... get in a poopy mood if you don't lose weight." I know she is right. It happened before during one of my previous journeys down the weight loss path. My family actually took my scale and hid it from me and only allowed to come out once a week because of the mental "game" it played with me. I didn't like that at all and soon with all my begging they brought it back to me after about a month. Daily weigh ins means I get to feel great and celebrate little daily victories. But it also means that I need to learn to not let the little increases kill me. (although when you see it go up over a pound it's not so very wonderful.) When I did another weight loss program and went to meetings where we had weekly weigh ins what I noticed was a distinct pattern that my body had for loosing weight. I would start off with a big loss week one, less week two, less week three, then darn near nothing week four, the BANG week five would be the start of the cycle again. You don't see that when you weigh in daily unless you purposefully track it. Soooo... to weigh or not to weigh.... that STILL is the question.