I weigh myself every day….
…in the morning.
I could probably write this entire blog about all the reasons why it is not a good idea to weigh myself daily.
A weekly weigh-in would more than suffice to indicate any progress made toward my weight loss goals.
A weekly weigh-in would work -- if I were at all rational about the subject.
I admit that I am not.
This summer I am working on changing a lot of old bad eating habits, and each morning, I want immediate feedback for the previous day’s efforts.
In an obsessive-compulsive sort of way, I weigh myself every morning.
And I don’t weigh myself just once; I do it four different times.
And here’s the rub: each time I weigh myself, I get a different result.
The first weighing takes place after I have removed my pajamas and just before I put on the clothing I will wear on my morning walk.
The second weighing takes place after my morning walk just before I hop in the shower. I am usually down at least half a pound from that earlier first weigh in.
(I attribute this to lost water weight from the walk.)
The third weighing takes place after I have showered. I kid you not; the scale consistently goes down another half a pound to a pound after that shower.
(Could it be from ridding myself of all that perspiration on my skin?)
The fourth and final weighing also results in at least another half pound down.
That one is done – believe it or not – after I have blown dried my hair after the shower!
I know, I know -- a reasonable person might ask how did I even discover this difference?
To be honest, I conducted a little experiment one morning after I saw the scale went down after my shower but while my hair was still filled with water.
Would it go down again once the water was out of my hair?
The answer has consistently been yes.
To be fair about it– before I record any new weight on the SP tracker – I make sure that the loss takes place on all four of those weigh-ins.
But really, I ask you -- How crazy am I?
I am thinking now that another behavior I will change this summer will be to limit the morning scale games.
I will pick just one of those times to weigh myself each day– and then --
WALK AWAY FROM THE SCALE!
Maybe next summer I’ll work on doing just a weekly weigh-in.
I don’t know, that might be asking too much of my O-C self.