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Take the Stress Out of Weighing In

Regain Your Power Over the Scale


  • The numbers on a scale go up or down for a reason, and most of the time we know what that reason is--that's what stresses us out--knowing that we did this to ourselves, and that's why we track everything that goes into our mouths--to make sure we are being honest with ourselves, and to make sure something else isn't going on with our weight issues. - 10/5/2015 12:36:12 PM
  • Research has shown that those who weigh often, even daily, have more success than those who weigh less frequently. I chalk this up to the improvements in digital scale technology which allow very precise measurements with a high degree of accuracy. Weighing daily allows one to plot far more points on the trend line, and see progress even where weekly weigh-ins might miss it.
    I feel my daily weigh-ins have been a huge part of my success, keeping me accountable. It's much easier to maintain a good habit for 24 hours than for 7 to 14 days. Each day that I weigh in I reaffirm my commitment to succeed. - 2/4/2015 9:41:48 PM
  • I've found that weighing myself before I drink anything first thing in the morning in the same "outfit" shows me where I'm trending.

    If my weight goes up, I feel a little disappointed at first. I can see that I'm retaining water - maybe I had more salt than usual or was dehydrated.

    I feel a bit of a rush when the scale shows a drop in weight. But then once I record it, it becomes like the higher weigh-ins. A data point.

    Some may find daily weigh-ins too much. We each have to be mindful of our own responses. What works for me, might not work for others. I find that I feel overwhelmed the first week of daily weigh ins. Then I notice I'm less overwhelmed by it. It becomes a data point, like my pants feeling loose or my bra feeling tight.

    My childhood best friend would get so angry weighing in that she broke every scale she ever purchased. She finally stopped buying them. Other measures worked better for her.

    The scale doesn't tell me who I am. I'm more than my weight. - 2/4/2015 2:18:01 PM
  • I would love to have a weight-loss spreadsheet, as mentioned, but I hate the idea of setting one up. Gonna find it. Gonna find it. - 7/20/2014 8:28:51 PM
  • This is such a sensible article and expresses my feeling exactly. I weigh every morning. I never get upset by daily fluctuations. I expect them. But if the trend is up, up, up, I've got to reevaluate what I'm doing.
    Avoiding the scale is how I gained weight in the first place.
    Keeping an eye on it daily is how I've maintained for over 4 years.
    - 2/8/2014 7:32:08 PM

    New to spark. How do you weigh in and get a chart of your weight in?


    jr - 8/20/2013 5:08:34 PM
  • I don't like the scale. I just like for my doctor to tell me where I am. - 6/28/2013 4:50:22 PM
    I can sympathize with you! I remember that my body isn't a machine and even if I'm doing all the right things it takes time to catch up some weeks, or I am just weighing in at a bad time. I weigh in on Monday mornings and if the # doesn't look right based on what I've been doing I weigh in again Tuesday morning and take that # instead. Sometimes I've eaten a large meal the night before (within my cal count) or had a salty meal, etc. Otherwise, if the # is going up I may need to change something and review my behaviors. Overall, if my intake is less than my output I know the scale will cooperate eventually. That # is feedback, telling us something about what our body is's not a verdict.

    Be patient but persistent! - 3/10/2013 7:56:29 AM
  • Great article and I especially appreciate the perspective that the number on the scale only means that is what you weigh at that moment. So often I've attached so many other things to that number when really, it is exactly as the article says: what my body weighs at that moment. Cool! - 12/31/2012 8:07:29 AM
  • All this estimating portions is such non-sense, sorry to say that. Come on folks, if you are serious about your weight loss, stop estimating and do measure. A kitchen scale costs less than $20 and it tells the ultimate truth! Never seen a person who reached and maintained any significant weight loss with these "estimates".
    Exercise is a benefit, not a method to lose weight (unless you are a pro-athlete, you can't out-train your diet); being conservative and excluding it from the energy balance may be a good idea. - 12/3/2012 6:42:54 PM
  • a great inspiratonal and helpful tool,to help you along this journey, - 9/19/2012 8:44:06 PM
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    True - 9/19/2012 6:59:56 PM
  • So true. Scale is not the final judge of whether the healthier eating is working.
    - 8/19/2012 11:27:45 PM
  • While the number on the scale may not be the whole picture, how my body actually looks can vary with even a couple of pounds, I am not even 5'1" and have very small bones. I have SO SO SO much stress in my life - a good body would be my only source of joy (or whatever seems like joy. I really don't remember it.) - 5/6/2012 12:51:45 PM
  • This has been me. I always get so upset when the scale shows Ive gained. I rarely looked at a scale at all for a few years, but that just enabled me to gain weight. I need a healthy relationship with the scales. I need to get over my thinking that the scale is the end all source of success. - 4/24/2012 5:33:55 AM

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