Thanks for the responses! I think I will follow both of your leads and not obsess about weight.I think I will take my measurements every second or third week and my weight monthly (if I can resist the urge to do it sooner) :)
Hey girl- welcome to Spark and to the team!!! We're so excited to have you on board!
Personally, I asked this same question when I got started on the program, and there is a thread with a lot of people's ideas, and what they'll be doing on the thread called "To weight or not to weigh..." in the general forum. So you can get a bunch of thoughts from there, too!
When I started the program three weeks ago, I kept weighing myself almost daily through the first week or two. I think I lost some water weight initially, but then when I started to see the scale CREEP UP (after some serious soreness- I'm sure water RETENTION!), I got all frustrated and irritated with myself, and I asked my hubby to hide the scale.
So I haven't weighed in a few weeks now, and might check in at the end of this week before beginning Phase 2, but I feel so much less obsessive compulsive with the NUMBER on the scale when I just have it out of sight.
It's totally up to you and what you can handle emotionally though-- the scale numbers tug at my mood too much to handle it through this challenge.
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I know that Jamie Eason has recommended to stay away from the scales during this programme and to use measurements as a better gauge of your progress. She also posted this picture on Facebook which is a visual representation of 5lbs of fat and 5lbs of muscle. 5lbs is 5 lbs but the muscles takes less space than the fat. So whilst you may not lose weight, you could be losing inches.
This being said, I think you should do what feels right for you.
I have resisted the urge to weigh myself (I normally weigh once a week), but I've decided that I will weigh myself and take my measurements at the end of each phase only. I don't trust the scales too much anymore since it told me I'd put on 3lbs when I came back from holiday but my tape measure told me I'd lost 2.5cm around my waist and 1cm around my hips in a month!!
Good luck for the challenge!
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I'm new to Sparkpeople AND new to the program - completed my Day 1 today!
I'm excited to start Phase 1 but noticed it's mostly focused on building muscle. Therefore, should I really be tracking my "success" as how much weight I lose, since inevitably I may gain weight from gaining muscle? Or should I be more focused on inches? Before this program, I was doing a TON of cardio with light weights, so it was pretty easy to track my weight and attribute it to fat loss.
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