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how often do you weigh yourself?

this is a fresh thread on the subject, please say how often you do weigh and how it has helped/not helped and where you are in relation to your goal.

-Jackie


Thu. May 28, 11:33am

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Everyday but I am OK with seeing fluctuations and don't get upset by them. It helps keep me in line and know where I am each day.

rachspen

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 11:42 AM

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btw, here is a link to a short article on this:

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Thursday, May 28, 2009, 11:43 AM

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I totally agree with the article. As someone with 10 pounds to lose, I need to step on the scale everyday. If not, I lose the accountability factor and my numbers go up. Last summer, I gained 15 pounds and I guarantee you I was,maybe subconsciously, but actively avoiding that scale. It makes sense that if you have more weight to lose, daily WI's would be frustrating but weekly WI's don't hold enough accountability when a person is down to the last few pounds.

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 11:52 AM

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Personally, as a larger woman with a lot to lose (started at 295, currently at 241.5), weighing every day would only upset me. I know that your weight fluctuates every day (sodium, bm, water intake, clothing, menstruating, etc) and that is why weighing in only ONCE a week is what really works for me. I find the reading to be more accurate....

samshan19

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 12:13 PM

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Well yes, then you are agreeing with the article.

If you have over 15 pounds to lose, weighing in once a week works. Under 15 or maintaining, you weigh every day.

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 12:21 PM

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I agree with most. Once a week is often enough for someone with substantial weight to lose (like me). Once a day if you need to lose ten pounds or less. The day to day flucuations would make me crazy. One thing for sure, weighing is really important as a part of accountability. Have you ever stepped on a scale only to realize you weight 20 or more pounds more than you thought you did?

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 12:33 PM

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I agreed with the article. With 10 pounds to go until goal, I need to see the daily progresses and maintains.

When I had more weight to lose, I weighed in every few days.

I have learned this time around that it is easier to nip a 2-3 pound gain versus 20-30 pound gain.

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 12:38 PM

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I weigh myself 2-3 times a day or more. When I wake up, after I pee, after I poop, before I sleep, etc. My scale is near the bathroom so I just weigh myself everytime I'm around that area.

I have 44 pounds or more to lose, and I've already lost 15. I could have lost more by now, but I had to study for exams, so I just kept my weight constant for 3 months without exercise by eating less. I even lost 2 pounds during that period, but I've gained some back since starting my exercise regime again. I'm not too bothered though, because I assume it's muscle + water.

I think when I weigh myself it isn't so much about the number on the scale, but a reminder that I have to watch what I eat so I don't put on the pounds! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 12:48 PM

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I've lost 30 and have 40 left to lose before I can determine how much more should come off. But when I was weighing once a week I would play games - I can eat this now because I have four more days to make up for it - instead of seeing steady results. So for now, I act like I am just losing ten pounds, and I weigh every day. I find I am more forgiving if I am up a little while at the same time reenforcing my need to stay focused, and I can celebrate a little loss while not 'celebrating' with food because I know I will be weighing the next day too. This seems to be working much better for me, and I am finding the scale a much better friend than in the past. Also, I only post a new weight when it is lower ;)

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 1:06 PM

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If I weigh myself every day I find that I end up on and off the scales several times a morning - which doesn't seem all that healthy to me. I become very disheartened if the scale has gone up a couple of hundred grams - so I reckon, for me, once a week is OK. If the scale goes up I tend to overeat... I have about 8 lbs left to lose. I am breastfeeding so can't be too obsessive about it as my baby still needs to feed and if I muck around too much he gets all grumpy and cross - it's not worth it. The extra 20lbs has so far come off without too much effort apart from exercise and some monitoring - but I'm still eating well.

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 5:33 PM

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Not enough! I'm within 10 pounds of my goal and I find that I weigh myself the most when I'm 'on track' with eating and exercise. As soon as I fall off the wagon - no more weigh ins for me. Weighing in daily would definitely keep me more accountable and on track.

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 6:56 PM

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I weigh every time I am at the fitness center which is every other day. Gotta keep on top of it!

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 11:44 PM

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I have maybe thirty pounds to lose, but once a week is not enough for me. I need to understand the monthly fluctuations, and the salt fluctuations first. My weight just varies too much. (but my husband is constant on the same scale.)

Friday, May 29, 2009, 9:42 AM

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My scale is in the bathroom, so every morning after I go potty, I take off my PJ's and stand on the scale (since every set of PJ's I own probably weighs something different, and I want as much reliability as possible). It has just become a habit for me. I think, though, that this is not something you should do unless you can forgive the occasional 2 or 3 pound increase instead of letting it haunt you. There are a lot of different variables involved with weight loss/gain, and they tend to be more visible from day-to-day than week-to-week. Personally, I just can't stand the idea of not being aware of what's happening so that I can alter my plan of attack accordingly.

Friday, May 29, 2009, 10:01 AM

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As of today I will be weighing in daily till I get to my goal weight.. I have 14lbs to go.. for me it what worked for me in the past. I can handle the ups and downs and find the daily accountability to myself the key!

Friday, May 29, 2009, 10:07 AM

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