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Why daily weight is absurd

Thursday, December 13, 2018

I've read repeatedly that weighing in daily is a poor weight control technique, and feeling how clothes fit or how many belt notches you're using are more reliable. I agree.

Yet I weigh in daily. As weight goes up and down, I take small rises in weight as a warning that some part of yesterday was too generous with calories or too stinting of exercise. If there's a small drop I figure I'm doing stuff about right.

So yesterday, in an unusual moment of internal healthy guidance, I decided to walk to a social meeting five miles away. Got there with only the beginning of a blister under my left great toe. And I carried a water bottle; drank from it about three times. At the meeting I drank some tea. Afterward I ate and drank normally at dinner. Never felt thirsty or hungry. Maybe used the toilet less, but not noticably so. In other words I don't think I was dehydrated.

Yet this morning my weight is three pounds (or so) below yesterday's. Not possible. I did not do that much work. I was not on calorie restriction. So this is the loss of water weight. And tomorrow, when I weigh myself again, I will be up, likely to where I was two or three days ago.

Though I understand this, I find it annoying. Still, I find the weigh in practice helpful in maintaining what little motivation I have.

My weight is somewhere between 150 and 155 pounds. The primary things holding my weight there are 1) not snacking. Period. When I crave a snack I simply say that I am not the sort of person who snacks. And I make myself a cup of tea. 2) is greatly diminished drinking of alcohol. I've never drunk a lot, but certainly my routine has been to drink one glass of wine a day, maybe two (one before dinner, another with dinner). Sometimes three (add an after dinner glass). Or, maybe an after dinner a nightcap of bourbon. I now substitute each of these drinks with sparkling water, except at parties on weekends when I will certainly have one or maybe two drinks per occasion. That's moving my drinking from at least 10 drinks a week to maybe four. I think that's part of my current weight maintenance strategy, and I suspect my liver is happy with the change as well.

The last few pounds are definitely the hardest for me.
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    I didn't used to weigh myself every week until I joined this group and did challenges. I used to not even own a scale! I lost weight steadily and took my weight measurement from doctor's visits (about 1-3 a month) and how my clothes fit--I dropped 3 sizes and was very happy with myself. Weighing myself so frequently made me unhappy with myself, I bought a scale to do the challenges. I now do need to lose some weight. but I quit Weight Watchers (obsession with the scale made me join). I also joined another challenge though!

    But I think my perspective has adjusted and I like myself now, so I will be able to lose weight AND use the scale at the same time.
    338 days ago
    Keep up the good work. Sounds like you've established habits that are supporting your process. emoticon emoticon

    I began weighing daily as I transitioned to maintenance simply because I wanted to be aware of what routine weight (essentially fluid variations) fluctuations looked like for me. I have found the practice instructive.

    Like you, I do not snack.
    338 days ago
    Like you I weigh in daily and also like you there are times that I can't believe that what I see reflects what I did in the last 24 hours. I take it with a grain of salt (which by the way can cause weight gain - LOL) but I do so so that nothing gets too far away from me. But I've come to accept that there are a lot of factors involved in those numbers, hydration, calories (in and out), salt, alcohol, and lastly but probably most importantly bodily elimination. I never see that mentioned here but think about it - what comes out (whether liquid or solid) can easily weigh a pound or more. Stay the course and keep doing what's right for you.
    338 days ago
  • JEANY51
    I have a friend who lost 80 pounds to get to her goal and she weighs everyday now. If shes up...even .5 she cuts back thay day. MAYBE I WILL DO THIS IN ANOTHER 55 POUNDS!!
    338 days ago
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