I do best when I weigh once a day 1st thing in the morning, but I don’t obsess about fluctuations. Big unexpected drops on the scale make me cockey. No progress when I hit a plateau disappoint me but I can usually understand a reason for the stall...and it’s usually not watching the portions or giving into cravings instead of staying strong
I try to answer with complete sentences when in the SP Cafe. LOL. I shall try again.
I guess just because someone wears a small size and weighs little doesn't mean they are healthy. Thus, said, just because someone carries a little extra weight doesn't necessarily mean they are unhealthy and plagues by ailments.
Honestly, I haven't weighed myself since mid March. I know I have gained some more weight because clothes aren't fitting properly. I am not necessarily tracking calories but trying to eat whole foods and stay away from the junk. We'll see what happens.
I am 5' 2" as well. If I weighed 135 to 140, that is a good weight for me. I am definitely heavier than that right now. Oh well. LOL.
JUSTEATREALFOOD brings up a very good point. It's something that I've tried to preach to members and need to learn to practice myself. The scale is only ONE way to measure a person's health and it isn't the best.
Don't get me wrong. We are all well aware that there is a serious obesity issue in the US. telling people they need to lose weight is real.
The issue is that too many of us do tie our emotional state to what the scale says instead of just taking the number as a metric or one piece of the puzzle, not the whole puzzle.
Good health is comprised of many pieces. What we weigh is just one. There is also, how much we can lift, how fast can we walk, run, swim or bike, can we walk up stairs without getting winded, how many bags of groceries can we carry without getting tired, how is our cholesterol or blood pressure, etc.
There are so many different ways to measure how healthy we are or how healthy we are becoming that do not involve a scale.
However, many years ago, someone said a woman should weigh X if she wants to be considered attractive. Ever since then, women have been striving for an impossible number on a scale.
Rhetorical question, what does a woman have to weigh to wear a size 0 ?
JERF, I was scale-less from moving out of my mother’s house until a few months ago. It’s odd, but I wanted a scale that I wanted to keep calibrated, which the gym scale isn’t. (As in step on, get one number, off, six pounds different, off, three pounds different and then it stops working altogether. It’s a comedy bit, for sure. I have a scale for curiosity, not judgement.
Arch, my mom cried on the scale. I relate to the meme.
Luann, I really hope people can actually answer and not just chase points. (I don’t really understand how points motivate. I’m sure they do for some people, but I can’t grasp it. Gold stars?) I will shame people answering with N or Y. Laaaaazzzzzyyyyyyy! But, if I weigh more, I’m weightlifting when I walk, right? Right? (Kidding)
To the folks who commented on weight and emotions, I can see how it would be a roller coaster of emotions. I’d like to keep it more a single metric, not the measure of my value. If I start on that road, it’s gone. I’m more likely to fixate on a less toned area.
Wake up every day knowing you make the decision to begin your journey anew.
This choice in this moment defines now. What is your now?
I am a fan of weekly or even less. There are just too many variables as Arch described that can affect my weight daily. Those variables really aren't good indicators of weight gain or loss and would mess with my emotions.
Numbers on the scale never tied emotions up for me...probably because professionally they were such a part of my Life (hospital lab tech...). Its not a reflection on *me* if there are identifiable outside factors causing the shifts. I need to account for those factors, and change if I think it will help. Example: went biking 20 miles last week...for 2 days, the scale was up due to some muscle soreness/water retention... then it dropped 0.5lbs lower than it had been. Im not going to quit biking because of it! Second example: we enjoyed (too much) ice cream this week... yes, the scale went up, and yes, I have already cut back on the ice cream. Fruit/yogurt is a better choice for me!
We have to evaluate what is going on...but we don't need to flog ourselves when we've made a less-than-best choice. We just need to take steps to get on track again! ANd celebrate that we are willing to do so!
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
current weight: 145.0
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8/3/20 2:51 P
I spent years trying to break my addiction to the scale. Like many people, I let it rule my emotions. You know how the cycle goes, one pound down, great day. one pound up, bad day.
After a while, I learned that if I weigh daily, my weight does fluctuate based on water retention, the physical weight of the foods I ate the day before, trips to the bathroom, stress, hormones and what not. I was at a point where I was weighing myself only once a week or less, just because I didn't want to tie my emotions to what the scale said.
Where am I now ? trying to break the daily habit again (I blame the shutdown) and get back to weighing only once a week or once every two weeks.
These two memes probably sum up my love-hate relationship with the scale.
As I tell members and some days need to tell myself,"am I more than a number that stares at me from between my toes in the morning." I don't want my self worth or value tied to a scale reading.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/3/2020 (15:06)
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30,087 8/3/20 12:25 P
I have been doing daily for years and recently tried to switch to weekly. I couldn't take the suspense and switched back to daily. My weight fluctuates a lot throughout the week so a daily visit to the scale can create emotional roller coasters and sometimes a sense of defeat. I use my Friday weight from each week to track my overall progress and that has eliminated those daily emotions. In other words, I weight daily but only compare Friday to the previous Fridays' weights. I also look at non-scale victories like how my clothes are fitting, my measurements, how I feel, etc.
I weigh in two or three times a month, if that. Weight does not matter as much to me as health does.
So many people live and die by the scale... sad really. I am more than my gravitational pull...
PS... you are going to get a lot of one-word answers, starting soon!
Edited by: LUANN_IN_PA at: 8/3/2020 (12:09)
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