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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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  • SUNNYCALIGIRL
    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
  • JEANKNEE
    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
  • DLDDLD
    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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