Weighing frequency?

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worm2butterf...

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Posted: 16 Aug 2012, 21:35
Hi All,
In the past when I hit a plateau, I would get discouraged and go off my diet and gain weight. I want to prepare for my first plateau to avoid this problem. I get so discouraged when I don't see the scale decrease each time I get on it especially if I'm working really hard to lose the weight. I mentally say to myself "What's the point in following a diet and torturing myself when it doesn't work anymore." I know intellectually that it's only a plateau, but it doesn't seem to matter. I always need to have some reward. I used to reward myself with food, but I can't do that anymore. So, now I look to the scale for my reward, but the scale doesn't always give the reward it's supposed to especially during those plateau times. So, my question is this--How often should I weight myself and does anyone else have other things they do to keep their spirits up? I've heard that some people measure themselves periodically. Any other ideas????? I'm not at a plateau yet and feel very optimistic about things right now, but know there will be tough times ahead. I want to have a plan when those times come my way. Very Happy Julie
Julie

12/09/12-----------------7/22/13
Weight 317-----------------259.7 lbs
Bust 52.5 inches---------47 inches
Waist 55 inches-----------46 inches
Hip 62 inches-----------53 inches
yduj57

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Posted: 16 Aug 2012, 21:54
I have hit quite a few plateaus since I started this in earnest in March. One lasted six weeks! I was going nuts, but at the same time, I was determined not to go back to my unhealthy ways of eating. I decided even if I didn't lose the weight, or it came off painfully slow, I would hang in there. And I have.

But I have also made lots of little adjustments along the way...looking at what things are helping, and what things might be hindering my weight loss. And usually I can find something that will get things moving again. Another thing I did when my weight loss was stalling and bouncing up and down through July was to create a moving average of my weight....averaging together that day's weight, and the previous five days. It smoothed out the bumps, and showed I was at least not gaining...and when it did start to go up, I was on it right away. This let me weigh myself everyday, but still get a big picture perspective.

Pay attention. Don't give up. And make sure your motivation for losing weight is clearly in front of you. It will get harder. That is inevitable. The key to success though is to persist when it gets tough. Because even if you decide to have that surgery, it will be easier on your body if you are more successful at weight loss now.

Good luck!
A bad moment does not have to be a bad day, bad week, or a sign that you can't do this. It is a moment. Just that. Pause and go back to the person who really wants to be healthier and happier.
Hildi72

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Posted: 26 Aug 2012, 14:49
Don't give up. A plateau is just your body resting and resisting your weight loss. At times the plateau is caused by constipation, a slowing metabolism or dehydration. You need to remind yourself that its just a pause and not a full fledged stop. I weigh myself everyday and when i start to feel like giving up I just whip out a picture of the old me and that does the trick.

When you stall make sure that you drink plenty of water, go to the bathroom when nature calls don't wait, and be patient. I have hit plateaus but ultimately you overcome them. Stay positive and when in doubt whip out an old picture for motivation.
rumrunners1

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Posted: 26 Aug 2012, 15:14
I used to get really discouraged watching my weight fluctuate day after day too. So now, I only weigh myself once a month and I'm much happier. I almost always see the pounds move in the right direction and I'm helping increase my will power by not giving in to the temptation of the scale. I have to remind myself that this is a slow process and I have to be patient. In the end though, you have to find out what works best for you...try a few different methods and choose which one you like the best. Most importantly, don't get discouraged and keep at it.

Good Luck!!
fatoldlady

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Posted: 26 Aug 2012, 15:29
After being at a plateau for a while a went to weighing myself every two weeks, the constant ups and downs were annoying and discouraging. Once I quit obsessing over it I started to lose again. I also came to the realization that even if I never lose another pound I can't revert to eating the way that I use to. I never want to see that 80 pounds again.
lowridevbv20...

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Posted: 29 Aug 2012, 18:45
When I hit a plateau.... I usually try to change a routine of what i eat...invent healthy food etc.... I measure everyday without recording just to see whats working.......I also noticed stress plateaus me a lot but I get on treadmill let it go away......
NCNOLE

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Posted: 29 Aug 2012, 19:07
I agree w/ fatoldlady. Never give up - b/c you will surely gain all the weight back. If you never lose another pound at least you are X amount of pounds less than when you started. In order to keep X amount off, you have to keep at it, you can not revert back to your old ways and be able to maintain your weight. Look at a plateau as practice in maintenance. I have been at a plateau for the past several months - I keep gaining and losing the same 3 lbs. I've been diligent with my meals and exercise - have made some changes in both along the way to hopefully move thing along, but nothing has worked. I've had some extra stress that might be involved. Regardless, if I never lose another pound at least I can make an effort to not gain the weight back. Keep at it. Stay strong...
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 29 Aug 2012, 21:38
My advice is to set fitness goals. I've gone for MONTHS without losing an ounce, yet I was able to run longer & faster & lift more weight at the end of it compared to the beginning. Regular exercise is good for your health whether you're overweight or not. If I manage my intake & follow my exercise program & the scale doesn't move, I don't tell myself it was all for nothing. Whether I lost any weight or not, my body got healthier & stronger because of what I did, & that's good enough reason to do it again tomorrow.

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BlueWaterBot...

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 08:31
I totally relate to you on this. The scale has almost never been my friend.

I weigh in once a week because I don't have a high tolerance for the fluctuations I see when I weigh in daily.

My two saving graces have been this food tracker and an exercise tracker. As you, of course, know, with the food tracker I can see when I am eating within my limits. I find that proof of success to be encouraging.

The exercise tracker, however, is what really sustains me, especially when the scale doesn't behave like I want it to. With the exercise tracker I can see small increases that prove that I am getting fitter and suggest that I will get thinner.

At my current weight, it's going to take a long time to get to a healthy weight, so I need all the encouragement I can get.
BlueWaterBot...

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 08:38
kstubblefield wrote:
I've gone for MONTHS without losing an ounce, yet I was able to run longer & faster & lift more weight at the end of it compared to the beginning.


I really needed to read that. I've been feeling a little discouraged lately, but clearly you have already been down the road I'm on now. Knowing that your experience was similar to what I am going through now and there was success at the end of your experience is encouraging.

You may not have left those words for me, but they had an impact.
apatrick1

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 12:15
Sometimes I think of the other reasons that I wanted to lose weight besides the weight loss. I wanted to be heathier, I wanted to have more energy to play with my daughter, I wanted my husband and I to be more intimate, etc. Write these down or keep them in the back of your head. When you plateau and get discouraged, remember all the other reasons and focus on them. Just because the actual weight loss stalled, doesn't mean the others will.
If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.-George W Patton
ortizjourney

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 12:57
does that actually happen to everyone? because that scares me sometimes. why does that happen? yur body gets used to the same routine or something?
NCNOLE

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Posted: 30 Aug 2012, 13:17
Several reasons, one being as you lose weight you burn less calories and you typically need less calories to sustain life. As you age, your metabolism slows. Your body adjusts to the activity level - which is why you need to change up your exercise.
Often times it is b/c you become used to eyeballing things and don't measure and record as you did in the beginning.
Sometimes you become complacement or go back to your old ways - sitting on the couch more and burning less calories. Sometimes your body is just shifting stuff around and you are building more muscle. And sometimes hormones and stress play a role. I steadily lost 1 lb/week for about 15 months, but have only lost and gained 3 lbs in the past 3 months. I have changed my eating patterns, exercised differently, counted everything and I still seem to be stuck. This has been my first plateau though, so I'm just taking it in stride. I've adapted to my new lifestyle, so I'm not going to "go off the wagon" as they say. It still can be frustrating, but it is what it is and I can't control my body. One day I will break through and get to my goal which is only 18 lbs. away! (original goal is only 3 lbs away).
gingin49

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Posted: 03 Sep 2012, 10:17
I have been trying to lose 50 lbs since January, I have been fairly successful (40lbs so far) due to several factors. I will be 50 next year and I have never managed to get the fitness and diet to work together before but now I seem to have it together. I weigh in only once a week or less. When I am in plateau mode I weigh in less. I use my clothes as my weight loss guide. I ended up building muscle quicker than I lost fat so the scale was bringing me down! But my clothes were looser so I had to see the success in that. So I give the scale up whenever it does't move. There have been many times when it would take me 6 weeks to lose 5 lbs. Don't get discouraged, don't stop working. This is not forever. Go for a walk or do some ab work. The best workouts I have found are from self magazine. many of them you can do at home. You can do ab work every day! I changed out my chair at work for an exercise ball. People laff but it works. every now and again I need a chair for my back but I change back as quick as I can. btw, I love the quote from yduj57. Surround yourself with positive messages. Trust me, when people see your success many will be jealous. You need to find your inner strength and hold onto it tightly!!
marniesjourn...

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Posted: 03 Sep 2012, 10:33
I have to admit, I've been obsessed with the scale and it is driving me CRAZY!! I have finally come to the conclusion that instead of weighing every day, I'm only going to do it twice a week (I hope to eventually cut this down even further). In order to give myself the reward that I get out of seeing the # go down though (and avoid the craziness on those days that it goes the other way!) I have also decided to measure. "They" - you know the proverbial they - say that we are losing even when the scale doesn't show it. So, I plan to track lost inches along WITH weighing less. I have literally measured everything - so we'll see how that goes! Good luck on your journey. You CAN do this. Smile
mikes4215

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Posted: 03 Sep 2012, 17:13
You think your obsessed i hit the scale 3 times a day every day and have a whiteboard calendar charting everything.if i see the slightest uptick i find myself being even more careful of what im doing . IMHO some people don't know the difference between burnout and plateau they are not the same .
eKatherine

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Posted: 03 Sep 2012, 18:39
The scale lies.

I weigh myself often, but I know that there is no such thing as an accurate reading. The weight you see depends on factors that are out of your control, even if you try to do everything the same.

On the one hand, success can be measured in days you managed to stay on the diet, rather than a number on the scale. But if over a period of time you have stopped losing, you will have to consider that you will need to cut back on calories to reduce your intake some more. I'm not familiar with your diet, but if you aren't at least occasionally counting calories of everything you eat, things can creep out of control when you're not watching.



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