BIGFATGEOFF- If you want to know how accurate your scale is, weigh something you know the weight of, like dumbbells or a 5 lb. bag of sugar. If it tells you the right weight for those, then its telling you the right weight for you. If not, you know its time to get a new scale.
current weight: 123.0
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I weigh myself a few times a week. Once a week is my official weigh-in (to me) and the other times are mainly for curiosity's sake. Like everyone else, I do it just to keep an eye and learn my body's trends (like staying up late or having air popped popcorn with salt at night certainly affect my AM weight), which helps give me the necessary confidence to know that I can keep on keepin' on!
I didn't get a scale for quite a while. I was using WW to weigh in once a week. I finally got one and weigh every morning. I am like the rest. I just like to know where I am and to stay on top of it. I also fluctuate 3-4 pounds in different times of the month. Just knowing when and having that knowledge of it seems pretty powerful to me. I just am amazed at how different I am from a year ago.
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I weigh at home almost every day, for the reasons Irish-Angel stated. It's supposed to help us stay on track and if an upward trend develops, nip it in the bud!
In maintenance, I've noticed that my weight varies by about 3 lbs during the month and I've learned that it's not a big deal. I get up to around 126 during TOM then down to 122-123. It's amazing what hormones and fluid retention can do!
So for me, I've now figured out that if that 126 doesn't start to go down after TOM, I might need to do something about it. But as long as my pattern stays pretty consistent in this range, I'm happy. I guess I actually fear doing just a weekly weigh-in because going from 122 one week to 126 the next, even though I know it's water weight, would freak me out more than knowing each day where I am!
7/10/2006: 162 lbs, joined WW. 3/19/2007: 130 lbs, switched to SP.
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Fitness Minutes: (5,071) Posts: 414 8/17/07 6:02 P
Congratulations soon to be Lifetime... As for opinions on scales...I have been hanging around my goal weight for a little while but continue to weigh daily. I note any changes, however small, in the weighin spot here on the Spark but don't get worried by a pound or so fluctuation...part if it is a reminder to myself that I've lost 20 lbs plus and am maintaining that loss. WOOHOO, I say, every day. Whatever works for you, tho. If you're comfy with a once a week weigh, by all means do so, whether at home or at WW meetings. You know you best.... ~Tika
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Hi, I've started weighing myself every day since the begining of July. Only because I've historicly gained a lot of weight over the Summer months. I don't know if it's all the BBQ's, pot luck dinners, and alcoholic fruity drinks....but the numbers on the scales climb. So this Summer I've kept my weight in check with daily weigh ins, and I'm pleased with the results. So far only a 1 pound gain. I could live with that!!!! I do have an official weigh day, which is Thursday. So that's the weight that I report.
Just my thoughts on this topic:)
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I'm not WW, but here's my 2C - I weighed every day while losing, taking every gain (even tenths of pounds on my digital scale) as a sign that I was not following the plan, and motivation to exercise more and/or eat better. Now that I have been maintaining since March, I am noticing in the last few weeks I have been forgetting to weigh myself every day; also that I am staying in the upper end of my 'acceptable' weight range. I also have not been using the food tracker every day.So, for me, I think those two tools are going to be important in maintaining.
I agree with the poster who said "do what works for you!" It may take some experimenting to find out just what that is...
I HAVE A SCALE IN MY DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM AND EVERY MORNING I STEP ON IT. I NEED TO BE REMINDED EVERYDAY WHAT I GOOD JOB I AM DOING AT MAINTAINING. IF I START GOING UNDER MY WEIGHT I PICK UP THE EATING A BIT AND IF I GO OVER I START WATCHING WHAT I EAT.
Well I'm not a WW person, but I say do what works for you. Personally, I weigh myself every day. Its helps me stay on track. I don't get bothered with 1-2 lb. fluctuation from day to day b/c I know that's normal, but if I see its consistently sneaking up, then I can immediately re-evaluate my behaviors. I've read articles that say its a good idea to weigh every day when maintaining, that in the long run it helps you keep off the weight for the reason I stated above. You could always try weighing once a day and if you start to get obsessed about it, then just go back to the once a week thing. Everyone's different, those studies are based on averages, just find what works for you.
current weight: 123.0
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I am entering my last week of maintence before becoming lifetime next week. (Yahooo!!!) My plan is to continue to go to my Weight Watcher meetings and get weighed once a week even though I don't have to. It was suggested to me by another Weight Watcher friend that I should have my own scale at home. Now I am wondering if that would be a good thing or not. I have never weighed myself in between weighs because I know I am the kind of person that would be on and off the scale all week long so I just do it once every week. I have consistently done that for the past 3 1/2 years however I have not been a "Lifer" in a very long time. Just wondered what everyone else does who are at their Lifetime status.
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