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Oh, Tanita, you kidder you!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I lost five pounds!

As I've said in my blog before, I weigh myself daily. I do so to stay accountable. If I weighed myself weekly, I'd "cheat" and starve myself the day before a weigh-in, or purposely dehydrate myself just to get a lower number. Dumb and counter-productive, but that's the way I am.

I don't ever get too excited about one day's number because it's just that: a snapshot of my body composition on that one day. Usually when it swings up or down radically, my body fat percentage also swings, but in the opposite direction. So my weight may have gone up, but if my body fat percentage is lower, that generally means I'm very well hydrated. If my weight goes down but my body fat percentage goes up, I'm dehydrated.

I watch my weight, but I view it more like a 15-day rolling average. If it goes up days in a row, I have a problem. But bouncing up and down by up to three pounds isn't unusual.

So this morning, I weighed myself after a short run. I was down five pounds, but my body fat percentage was up a full percent. According to my Tanita scale, that five pounds was 90% water (my lean body mass went down by 4.6 pounds). I'm glad my body fat mass didn't increase - I'm kind of surprised it went down, too.

So, while it may look fantastic to lose five pounds overnight, I'm not doing handstands. (I can't do one, anyway.) I did put a little extra cheese in my grits this morning. That's as much celebrating as I'm going to do. Tomorrow, I'll probably be back up three pounds. And I won't sweat those three pounds any more than I celebrated the five I lost.
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    This is a much more reasoned approach than mine. I use hysteria, panic and outrage to calculate all of these things. I think your way is better.
    829 days ago
  • v HILLSLUG98239
    Alicia - I always weigh myself after getting out bed and before eating or drinking anything. And if I can get in a run first, all the better. emoticon I figure that way I'm only weighing my body.

    You should tell your friends you lost weight after eating the stuff they brought for the potluck. They'd be impressed (keep 'em guessing!).
    829 days ago
  • v ALICIA363
    This is exactly the blog I needed to read.
    This morning, I rolled out of bed to "weigh myself at the same time daily" so I could get an idea of where I was at. I lost 2.2 pounds. After a potluck last night. Yeah, right.
    I hadn't had my morning ride, my morning coffee, or my morning 4 cups of water. The data was essentially meaningless. Aaaarg. Tomorrow I shall begin again ....
    830 days ago
    Oh, that trickster Tanita, keeping you on your toes!

    I like the 15 day rolling average approach. I do so much better when I remember that the trend is the thing to monitor, not the day to day variation. I have gotten myself into trouble before by "celebrating" weight loss by eating treats. Yeah, it took me a while to realize there was something wrong with that picture... emoticon
    830 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    Good for you...I know I tend to get WAY too lax after a loss...which can quickly VANISH if I'm not careful!

    831 days ago
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