I do use the scale a few times per week, but what I focus on is my body fat %. I use a body fat calculator (it looks like a video game controller, its made by Omron and can be found on amazon for about $40) I use it every sunday before eating or drinking anything. Taken weekly, you can get a pretty accurate picture of what is happening with your body and if your diet and workouts are effective.
I can never remember what my measurements are from the week prior, so I just take a picture on my cell phone to refer back to. After several weeks, looking back at where you started will be great motivation to keep going!
Fitness Minutes: (4,465) Posts: 50 11/30/12 11:31 A
I had to break myself from checking the scale everyday. Definitely focus on other ways to measure your goals like you said- how your clothes fit, how much time are you exercising...
I would say though that it is still ok to keep track of your weight. Just put the scale away and out of sight and start by only weighing in once a week. Remember, only one or two pounds should be coming off a week. Don't expect to drop lots of weight quickly, it's not healthy and it is very discouraging (something else that I had to get through). If your doctor is expecting you to be losing weigh at a much faster rate then I say it's time to find a new doctor.
Just keep making healthy decisions- track your calories, make healthy food choices, meet your exercise goals- and the weight will come off. This takes time, but you can do it!!!!!
current weight: 175.0
Fitness Minutes: (45,693) Posts: 5,218 11/29/12 12:10 P
I actually had the OPPOSITE problem. I used to be in really good shape and weighed about 115lbs. Then when I met my husband I got "comfortable" and shot up to 275. My doctor didn't seem to care AT ALL about my weight despite my continued concerns about it. So I switched to a new doctor that did help me. Since I was also still in high school at the time, I approached my home economics teacher about help with nutrition and that was really helpful to me as well. My cousin also has a problem with the scale but to an opposite effect. She's anorexic and anytime she sees the scale go up she FREAKS. 27 years old, 5'9", and just over 90lbs. She has to see a nutritionist and has to be weighed backwards. She HATES it. But at the same time, it might not be a bad idea for you. If you have a friend or family member that could look at the weight for you and not tell you what it is, you can both track your weight and ignore the scale at the same time. I guess the big thing is that you should just focus on doing what you can to eat healthy and exercise. If you focus on that more than the weight itself, it should eventually come off. Be sure to use the nutrition and fitness trackers to be sure you're staying on target. You can do this!!
My doctor is very insistent on me reaching what he considers to be a "healthy" weight. His guidance first motivated me to set my goal at 125 pounds, which I have since changed because of how overwhelming it feels. Setting a weight goal makes me obsess over the scale, weighing everyday. I know that weight varies everyday, and as a woman, at certain points of my cycle. Its discouraging to see very little progress on the scale, even weekly. I know I should just ditch the scale, and focus on measurements and how my clothes feel...but every time I see my doctor, that number comes back up and I get a lecture. I'm working very hard to make positive changes in my health habits (for example, my first step was giving up soda completely and drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day). It seems that no matter what I do, its never enough. I suppose I should find another doctor, but I'm very limited by insurance in who I can see. I'm also not a confrontational person, so standing up for myself is difficult. I guess I should set some self-advocacy goals. Has anyone else been in a similar position and worked through it successfully? I'd love some advice!
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