Why I weigh myself every morning
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
What a controversy this concept can be at times for different people. Only weight weekly, or even monthly some folks decry. "Be not obsessed with the scale, focus on long trends."
I get it, I really do.
I certainly understand the scale is just one measurement tool of over all progress in the almost universal quest to become healthier and fitter, lose fat, build muscle, etc.
I've seen the scale move only 2 pounds, but have experienced a full drop in clothing size with "just" a difference of a 2 pound overall loss in the past. Believe me, I well understand the power of the tape measurer over the scale.
All that said, I do weigh myself every morning.
(after a trip to the loo & before trip to coffee maker of course)
I see my weight fluctuate on a daily basis, it's rare it's the same weight more than 2 days in a row, sometimes just 0.2 variations, after refined carb days I've seen it jump 4 pounds overnight. I go up, I go down, I go up, I go down. Being a woman, I've also seen crazy things occur near/ during my monthly cycle as well.
However, by tracking everyday, I can see all this. I know that my weight varies each day. I can see the effect of water retention when I consume bread. I can see when I drink a glass or two of wine. I can also better see my overall progress.
If I only weighed on Mondays, I would have seen this occur over the past 6 weeks:
Are you kidding me?!?
6 weeks of mindful eating and 3-4 days at the gym only resulted in 2.6 pound overall weight loss?
Now yes, I still would have noticed that my clothing was fitting better, see some changes in my physical body as well, I am actually increasing my muscle mass as well, as I can see that, but I bet my motivation to continue would have been diminished.
However, since I do weigh daily, I've also seen the mid week losses, last Saturday's entry of 177.6, or this morning of 177.8.
So that 180.8 that was Monday's weigh in, was because I had bread and wine over the weekend, that caused extra water retention, I can literally "see" that on the scale, and I saw that disappear 2 days later.
Now, of course 2.6 pounds in 6 weeks isn't horrible, it's certainly better than no weight loss or worse, going up. But the reality is that my real loss is closer to 6 pounds, which is a lot more motivating than 2.6.
When we start new things, it's really hard to stay motivated if we don't see results fast. My daily weigh tracking gives me more knowledge about how my weight flexs each day and in this case knowledge is power.