This is such a sensible article and expresses my feeling exactly. I weigh every morning. I never get upset by daily fluctuations. I expect them. But if the trend is up, up, up, I've got to reevaluate what I'm doing. Avoiding the scale is how I gained weight in the first place. Keeping an eye on it daily is how I've maintained for over 4 years.
8/20/2013 5:08:34 PM
New to spark. How do you weigh in and get a chart of your weight in?
I don't like the scale. I just like for my doctor to tell me where I am.
3/10/2013 7:56:29 AM
I can sympathize with you! I remember that my body isn't a machine and even if I'm doing all the right things it takes time to catch up some weeks, or I am just weighing in at a bad time. I weigh in on Monday mornings and if the # doesn't look right based on what I've been doing I weigh in again Tuesday morning and take that # instead. Sometimes I've eaten a large meal the night before (within my cal count) or had a salty meal, etc. Otherwise, if the # is going up I may need to change something and review my behaviors. Overall, if my intake is less than my output I know the scale will cooperate eventually. That # is feedback, telling us something about what our body is doing...it's not a verdict.
Great article and I especially appreciate the perspective that the number on the scale only means that is what you weigh at that moment. So often I've attached so many other things to that number when really, it is exactly as the article says: what my body weighs at that moment. Cool!
All this estimating portions is such non-sense, sorry to say that. Come on folks, if you are serious about your weight loss, stop estimating and do measure. A kitchen scale costs less than $20 and it tells the ultimate truth! Never seen a person who reached and maintained any significant weight loss with these "estimates". Exercise is a benefit, not a method to lose weight (unless you are a pro-athlete, you can't out-train your diet); being conservative and excluding it from the energy balance may be a good idea.
While the number on the scale may not be the whole picture, how my body actually looks can vary with even a couple of pounds, I am not even 5'1" and have very small bones. I have SO SO SO much stress in my life - a good body would be my only source of joy (or whatever seems like joy. I really don't remember it.)
This has been me. I always get so upset when the scale shows Ive gained. I rarely looked at a scale at all for a few years, but that just enabled me to gain weight. I need a healthy relationship with the scales. I need to get over my thinking that the scale is the end all source of success.
8/19/2011 2:52:08 AM
This is a good article. I have always weighed myself every day and written my weight on the calendar and so does my husband. I found that it was very upsetting to me when my weight didn't go down especially when his is going down so much faster. I've learned a lot now and this time around I'm dealing with it better. I still like to weigh myself most days but I don't always write them on the calendar next to his numbers. I now know that men lose weight easier then women, plus I have health issues that make it difficult to exercise. I enter my weight in my weight tracker and only note it on the calendar on Saturdays (my official weigh in day). I also know that I am doing something even if the scale doesn't move because I feel better!
5/8/2011 10:59:56 AM
I am like this to a degree, and when it got really bad, I put the scale in a really inconvenient place. That way, if I REALLY needed to weigh myself, I could go get it, but it was a hassle. So I ended up only weighing myself once a week. By not having it right in my bathroom, I couldn't just hop on all the time.
Good article! I have gotten over the weighing obsession... I realized after a month of so that I was no longer on a diet. I was on a healthy lifestyle journey. No more than I weighed in all the time when I was eating out of control to see how much I was gaining..!!!!! I do not keep checking the scale to see how much I am losing. I feel so much better with my new lifestyle that is ever changing and getting better that I am no longer doing this for weight loss.. that is just a happy side affect!
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