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Scale Games – My Laughable Behaviors

Sunday, July 28, 2013

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 --

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.


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    Even a car gets slightly different mileage from every gallon. How much is the car carrying that day, up or down hills, how many times stopped and started, wind resistance and so on.

    And I GAIN after a shower. My skin absorbs water, which is why I try to lock it in with lotion.
    1179 days ago
    Your blog made me smile!
    I fully understand, being quite O-C myself. Sometimes that immediate feedback is what you need to keep going.

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    1179 days ago
    Cute blog. So True. LOL emoticon
    1182 days ago
    I am happy if the numbers on the scale are not blocked by my body parts, so only weigh occasionally.

    1183 days ago
    I don't obsess with the scale. My goal for now is to feel well.
    1183 days ago
    You are too funny!

    I'd probably wait until after the shower and hair-drying - just to get the final and lowest weight!
    1183 days ago
    I definitely go through phases of repeated daily weighing with many variations including standing on one foot!!-- and phases of not weighing for weeks . . . so I totally get it. Whatever works!
    1183 days ago
    I used to weigh every morning, but now more like once a week and lately it is going for once a month. I have found do not weight in the afternoon or evening, because I am always 5 pounds heavier than the morning. You have to do what you are comfortable with.
    1184 days ago
    I weigh myself several times a day. The one I count as official is right after I get up and use the restroom, wearing my sleeping underwear. The reason that one is official is it's the closest I can get to a consistent weight from day to day. I originally picked it years ago in the belief that it would be my lowest weight of the day and I couldn't cheat and show a weight loss by changing when I weighed.

    I now know that I can show a lower weight from water loss after a substantial exercise session; but I don't really care about that. I'm in maintenance, and I'm looking for a consistent weight to show trends rather than a bragging rights weight.
    1184 days ago
    I also weigh daily (only once, though, lol.) When I was losing, I wanted the immediate feedback, but there wasn't a direct correlation between what I ate and exercised one day and what the scale said the next. Now that I'm in maintenance, I find that the correlation is much closer. Do what makes you happier to continue with your plan.
    1184 days ago
    Lol! You are SO NOT ALONE. Here's another one for you, the low gravity area in your bathroom! Every bathroom has a magic spot where gravity is not the same as it is in the rest of the house...
    1184 days ago
  • SLACHETKA103145
    You wouldn't believe the regime that I go through! And I only weigh once a week!

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    1184 days ago
    emoticon emoticon This is SOOOOO funny! I try for weekly weigh-ins but do find myself on the scale other days! When the scale goes UP...LOL...I tend to stop for a few days!! LOL
    If it goes down...I tend to get on the next day! emoticon

    What ARE? we LIKE? eh?
    1184 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I have weighed myself at 4 in the morning and then continue to do so until 6. We can all be a little crazy with the scale. I like the to keep an average.
    I say whatever makes you happy! You are staying accountable and on track by weighing.

    1184 days ago
    Oh Boy, I know where you're coming from! emoticon I used to weigh several times in the morning, but the after walk and after shower weights were always higher so I stopped them. Now I weigh first thing in the morning after a potty break and go with that. My concern with weekly weighing is what if I lose during the week but I have a temporary gain on weigh in day? Then I would never know I lost! emoticon
    1184 days ago
    Interesting ritual - if you have time, who cares?
    1184 days ago
    1184 days ago
    I weigh in every morning after I take off my pajamas and before I put on my fitness clothes.
    For some reason it doesn't bother me if I am out of town.
    1184 days ago
    Losing weight while you walk, I do understand. After that, really, I don't get it. Don't understand why showering would drop weight. As far as hair, you must have a lot of it if it holds that much I guess that makes some sense. I know you have tested this fairly carefully, but it really does seem weird. .....unless there are towels being held or potty breaks or a beverage or something. I am wondering about that scale! Agree....pick a time and just do it once.

    1184 days ago
    The scale can be so fickle...I've played similar games with the scale in the past. Now, I do weigh myself each day but only once and that will be my guideline until the next morning. My daily weigh-ins are a gauge to see how I'm progressing and if I need to make any changes. I try not to let the results affect my day otherwise. emoticon
    1184 days ago
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    1184 days ago
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