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.
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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"
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!! patti
PS the answer to your original question of how often the scale should move: once a week, when you sweep the bathroom
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 12/7/2018 (15:56)
Patti "The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Gandalf: Lord of the Rings
" 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...
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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?
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