Message board topics
Reply Create A New Topic Subscribe to this Discussion
Community Leader community leader photo Community Leader
ANARIE is the moderator for this forum.
GENIE118's Photo GENIE118 Posts: 736
12/10/18 12:52 A

Send Private Message
I want my scale to move every day. Even a fraction is positive.

Inch by inch, anything's a cinch!

 current weight: 137.0 
BERRY4's Photo BERRY4 SparkPoints: (295,224)
Fitness Minutes: (116,394)
Posts: 16,414
12/9/18 11:39 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
It has a mind of its own... emoticon

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)

 Pounds lost: 31.0 
SHOAPIE's Photo SHOAPIE Posts: 25,218
12/8/18 2:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
When it wants. But really all bodies are different and lose differently. Expect ups and downs on your journey. Never is it a straight line down! Be patient and carry on.

 Pounds lost: 7.3 
NIRERIN Posts: 14,448
12/8/18 2:30 P

Send Private Message
You're actually better off comparing your weight this week to your weight four weeks ago at the same point in your cycle. The overall trend of where your weight is going is far more important than a week or two of numbers and two days are two grains of sand on the beach.

Since you are starting off with only about forty pounds or so to lose, you're looking at maxing out at about a pound a week in loss and pretty quickly switching down to the half pound and quarter pound weekly losses since you are starting off with so little to lose. Yes, forty pounds is a lot to you, but it's also kind of not. Someone who has 100 plus pounds to lose probably has quite a few tweaks they can make to improve what they are doing. But forty pounds, particularly if it was a creeping up sort of forty pounds, can come from an extra 140,000 calories. Which seems like a lot. But space that out over five years and that's averaging 77 calories a day more than you should be eating. If you gained forty pounds in two and a half years you are still looking at only 154 calories a day more than you needed on average. With only forty pounds to lose you're in the section where you have to figure out the fiddly little bits because there aren't three or four easy things that you can do to lose weight, which means a lot of trial and error to figure out what works best for you.

The other thing about those last forty pounds are how you do it. Someone who goes slowly, minimizes muscle loss and works out a great deal is going to lose fewer pounds overall, but can have a smaller and more sculpted shape than someone else just looking at a number on the scale. Running a marathon isn't necessarily going to help you lose weight, but finding an activity that you like and can keep up with can keep you fitter and smaller at a higher weight. Again, those last forty pounds or so are where losing an inch around your weight might mean gaining ten pounds through working out. What you have in front of you right now is all the last fiddly little bits.

-google first. ask questions later.

SLIMMERKIWI's Photo SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (275,880)
Fitness Minutes: (42,608)
Posts: 28,545
12/8/18 2:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
I don't actually recommend weighing yourself everyday because often a non-movement, or a 'wrong way' movement tends to stress a lot of people out. Altho' I have scales in my house, I seldom use them. Instead I only weigh myself at my Medical Centre, AT the same time of day, prior to lunch and immediately after going to the loo. (That last one can make a HUGE difference LOL!) I also wear the same clothes, or use the difference in weight between what I usually wear and what I actually wore that weigh-in day. It may not seem much but even with summer clothes it can make a difference of up to 1/2 kg. Also what you ate a couple days before can make a big difference, especially if you ate a higher than normal sodium-containing meal, or it hasn't passed through the digestive tract yet.

I suggest that you be guided more by how your clothes fit; the quality of your sleep; your energy levels; your fitness levels and the quality of your hair/skin.

@LADYSTARWIND "PS the answer to your original question of how often the scale should move: once a week, when you sweep the bathroom"

LOVE it! emoticon emoticon


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 12/8/2018 (02:56)
Co-Moderator Dealing with Depression

Team Leader Essential Tremors :-) (Benign and Familial)

Co-Leader Crohn's Can't Stop Me

I am not a Dr - please check with your qualified Health Professional for a diagnosis and treatment plan

 current weight: 154.0 
12/7/18 3:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
I strongly suggest you actually record your weight every day if you want to....but then only focus on the weekly average!! It takes time for your body to average out the fluctuations seen every day: water retention, salt, new exercise, a bit of constipation, a big meal one day, small ones the next. As others have said: this is NOT a linear Journey!! Never will be....and the sooner you get over the misconception--perspective-- that you need to see changes in the scale to keep your motivation, the more at peace you will be.

Instead of watching your weight...a far better perspective is to focus on improving your health: which foods you eat, your fitness, your sleep...and the weight will take care of itself. Your Health is what this whole Journey is about!!

PS the answer to your original question of how often the scale should move: once a week, when you sweep the bathroom emoticon

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 12/7/2018 (15:56)
"The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
Gandalf: Lord of the Rings

 current weight: 140.0 
LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 28,244
12/7/18 3:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
" it would be nice to see the scale continuously move a little."
Weight loss is not linear.
There will be weeks where you stay the same.
There will be weeks when you gain.
There will be weeks when you lose.
All normal.
Sounds like daily weighing is not for you...

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
~ 7 Years in T
12/7/18 3:07 P

My SparkPage
Your weight can fluctuate everyday. So don't be upset if the scale reads higher or stays the same.

One can generally expect to lose half a pound to two pounds per week. Two pounds is generally pretty generous.

It doesn't always show in the daily weighing.

If you feel you're becoming obsessed with a number. It may not be a bad idea to step back from daily weighing.

ORDNER03's Photo ORDNER03 Posts: 65
12/7/18 1:55 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
So, I do check my weight every morning when I get up. For the last 2 days, I haven't even lost a ounce. I'm stuck! I exercise everyday in some fashion, whether it be walking, cardio dvd, or weights, I stay moving. I've completely change my diet and feel better for it but it would be nice to see the scale continuously move a little. It would help keep me motivated better.

Is this a normal thing or should I do something different?

Thanks, Wendy

Believe, Walk, & Grow everyday in spirit and mind. God Bless.

 current weight: 173.0 
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Inappropriate Post

Other SparkPeople Cafe Topics:

Last Post:
12/13/2018 11:50:14 AM
2/24/2018 4:38:27 PM

Thread URL:

Review our Community Guidelines