How Often Do you weigh yourself?

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Chickturu

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Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 04:20
Hi all... I'm new around here and glad to read so many suggestions. Personally, I prefer to not weigh myself at all; because from past experiences, I get very desperate after a few days when I don't see any immediate result.

What I prefer, is to just feel it in my clothes. After 2-3 weeks of diet and or exercise, I feel my jeans and trousers can close better Smilewhich is what makes me keep going.

Do you think it is a good way to go?
Hygienebabe

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Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 14:54
Sure. Why not? If you know you are eating properly and exercising and watch your calories then logic is that you should lose weight whether you weigh yourself or not. I love trying on a pair of jeans that used to be tight and one day they either fit well or are loose. I actually had a pair of "goal jeans" that I laid over a rocking chair in my bedroom to remind me that I wanted to wear those someday. As I lost weight, this was years ago, I would periodically try them on. One magical day after months and months of working out and eating right they fit. Since then I readjusted my goal weight and size many times as I got smaller than I ever expected to. clothes are a HUGE motivator. I went from an 18 to a 6. I'm 5 feet 10.5 inches tall and weigh right now 154. 45 pounds down from the very, very beginning. Now it's the maintenance slip ups I'm watching. And yes I use my skinny jeans as a guide when the scale says something that's IMPOSSIBLE.. : )
zebdavison

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Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 22:46
Using clothes as your guide and motivation as well is a great idea!
kmyles0522

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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 09:27
Hello,
I dont weigh myself everyday simply because I am new to the whole idea of weight loss and eating healthy. The scale may only discourage me. I am one who could go months without drinking any water, only soda and juice. I have just recently started drinking at least 64oz of water a day, giving up soda and working out at least 5 times a week.I can tell a major difference in the way my clothes fit and the way my body feels. I have made the decision to only step on the scale once a month!
onetonedmom

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Posted: 25 Jan 2014, 12:49
Axevus Star wrote:
You said it Spot-on Zebdavison!

congrats on meeting and exceeding your goal! Surprised Are you going for more weight loss or now just wanting to maintain?
GLAMMER

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Posted: 25 Jan 2014, 13:12
I heartily applaud you all for your great comments & suggestions. I've had the habit for years when dieting of weighing once a week, on Sunday mornings. This works well for me. As others have said weighing more often makes me either paranoid so I don't eat enough & feel weak & sick, or over-confident so I splurge to congratulate myself, which seems quite "acceptable" at the time, even though I know I will regret it later. That sounds really dumb as I think about it, but that's actually one of the "symptoms" of binge eating, or I guess any over eating, is making excuses. Just another of those things we have to learn about ourselves & try to correct. I wish you all great success in your lives & your food choices.
Halesowenmum

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Posted: 26 Jan 2014, 04:10
Chickturu wrote:
Hi all... I'm new around here and glad to read so many suggestions. Personally, I prefer to not weigh myself at all; because from past experiences, I get very desperate after a few days when I don't see any immediate result.

What I prefer, is to just feel it in my clothes. After 2-3 weeks of diet and or exercise, I feel my jeans and trousers can close better Smilewhich is what makes me keep going.

Do you think it is a good way to go?


Yes, I jolly well do think it's a good way to go! I am with you on this 100%. After all, what's a better indicator of weight loss than 'I can't zip this dress up' to three weeks later 'I can get that dress on now'! Seems quite simple to me. Everyone must do what they feel is right of course but all I can say is:

Oh. My. God.

Weighing yourself twice a day! Seriously?

I can't even begin to get my head round that - I have NEVER owned a set of weighing scales (I'm 47 yrs old) until about four weeks ago and I've only taken them out of the cupboard ONCE so far! And, shockingly, despite this lack of weighing myself even weekly or monthly, for 47 yrs, I've never become v badly overweight because of this lack of regularly weighing myself.

I too go by whether my clothes fit or not and if they don't well heck, it's time to reign in the eating a bit.

I will NOT be a slave to a pair of flippin' scales. No, I just would never EVER let that happen.

And I have an 11 year old daughter. Do I really want her to think that being an adult female is all about stressing over every 0.25 lbs you have lost or gained? No, I don't want to send that message - she gets bombarded with enough images of 'perfection' already to not need another angst to add to the list - how much does she weigh.
TantalizingP

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Posted: 29 Jan 2014, 00:47
I understand how over whelming weighing yourself on the scale can be. I joined a challenge which requires me to do so. I have to start some where. I hope I can stay on track . You seem to have it under control. Great job!
zebdavison

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Posted: 29 Jan 2014, 08:55
Not being a slave to the scale has EVERYTHING to do with your attitude toward your numbers, and almost nothing to do with how many times you weigh yourself. If weighing yourself puts you in a spin, use another method to track your progress. This thread has lots of ideas.

For me, weighing less frequently would probably not work. I would be so mad if I got a bad weigh-in, and it would be a long time before I could see the results of any corrective action. Also, since I don't have the fancy fat percentage scale, fluid fluctuations are not as easy to identify, and daily weigh-ins help figure that out. Also, I am fascinated by the numbers. It's kind of fun for me to track them. But that's me. You're probably different.

The true value of this thread is to give others some positive ideas for tracking their journey. Pick and choose what works for you. And don't be judgmental of others here.
Woman Alive

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Posted: 29 Jan 2014, 13:31
Very well said zebdavison. I could not agree more. I am not a slave to, or stressed over, daily (or near daily) weigh ins. They just guide me and I get to see numbers over time. And your point about not being judgmental of others choice of how they track progress is spot-on. I know someone who tracks solely by periodic and regular measurements of what they, their nutritionist and work out coach identified as good, key areas to measure. They very, very rarely get on a scale. That works for them and they like their version of being in tune with how their diet and exercise program is going. So, yeah. Right on.
Enthalpyfunc...

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Posted: 29 Jan 2014, 20:44
Once every morning.
AmandaR20

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Posted: 30 Jan 2014, 13:53
ONCE A WEEK Usually On FRIDAY - that way I keep my goal in mind!
Things usually come up during the Weekend (Eating Out, Parties, Ect.) I think it helps to maintain focus or at least Limits me to a certain degree. It works that Way for me! Smile
HJM89

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Posted: 30 Jan 2014, 23:28
Does it make a difference if you weigh yourself in the morning or at night?
buttercup30

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Posted: 31 Jan 2014, 00:29
I recommend weighing in the morning after a potty run, but before eating anything. This gives you an accurate weight. Always wear the same exact clothes, weigh at the same exact time each time. Your body can fluctuate with water weight, and other things. Don't fret over 3 lbs. or less. It's more than likely water weight. I weigh a couple times a week. Most people say 1 time a week.
Philippians 4:13 (RSVCE) I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.
zebdavison

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Posted: 31 Jan 2014, 11:40
HJM89 wrote:
Does it make a difference if you weigh yourself in the morning or at night?


Like buttercup30, I weigh in before breakfast - but any time works okay if you are consistent. You generally get a lower weight in the morning.
APotthast

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Posted: 02 Feb 2014, 10:41
I weigh in when I wake up in the morning about every other day.
Piank

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Posted: 02 Feb 2014, 10:57
First thing in the morning. Then at night to see what my intake of food and the amount of activity I did that day.
Piank
jm1111

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Posted: 02 Feb 2014, 14:21
I weigh myself each day and find that the Wednesday and Friday weights are the once I am using for progress. These are far enough from the weekend and allow some time for my diet recovery. I may weigh myself after a good workout to get a gauge on my level of hydration.
Nyds09

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Posted: 03 Feb 2014, 12:48
Hi everyone...I've just started here and I must say your comments are helpful. I have a really long way to go. I recently lost my dad and gained a lot of weight because I am an emotional eater. In fact I didn't even want to see my starting weight for fear that I would get depressed and eat more Smile But I decided it was important for me to see where I am starting to I know where I want to be. My first weigh in is tomorrow and I'm nervous but I have decided that once a week if fine for me. I agree that you have to do what is best for you. If 5x a weeks workds for you then go ahead, if 1x for the month then hey why not. The most important thing is to support those who need it, I mean isn't that part of why we have these forums Smile
zebdavison

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Posted: 04 Feb 2014, 10:49
So sorry to hear about your loss, Nyds - I lost my father a little over a year ago, so I feel you. You may have a long way to go, but you don't have to go it alone - you've come to the right place to help you on your journey!

Get that first weigh-in out of the way - log it to FatSecret and mentally flush it - if it's bad, then your total weight loss will be even more impressive! Maybe take a few embarrassing pics that highlight what you're trying to lose. In a few months you'll look at those, and you will see a huge difference!

Good luck!



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