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MischaKitty 11-26-2010 07:38 PM

I *just* bought a scale on Sunday that's supposed to be accurate to 0.1lbs. I've been hoping on it every morning, always at the same time too, and I immediately noticed the fluctuations that I can probably attribute to water retention or something along those lines.

I'm trying to not place too much importance on it but this Wednesday I weighed in at 173.0 lbs. Awesome! That's officially -3.5lbs from when I started. But yesterdeay and today I got 173.1 and 173.2 respectively. Ouch. I really want to go at a -0.1 rate not +0.1!

So I think I won't worry too much about it and chalk it down to body fluctuations. I'm considering taking my recording official only on one day a week and that will be the day that matters.

However, I am really glad that I got a scale! I had no idea I had gained so much! I gained 65 lbs in four years and just had no idea what the number would be like. I underestimated by 10lbs.

Additionally, since starting to use FitDay (a month ago), my boyfriend suggested that I go by how I look (that's how he does it), but it's really hard to notice a -3.5 lbs change on a 176.5 body. I don't regret buying it because I got to see my progress -3.5 lbs (woohoo!) that otherwise I wouldn't have known was there and would probably get discouraged.

Now I want to pick up the pace by including daily exercise and I'm excited to see the numbers on my scale decrease!

Tamber1969 12-10-2010 05:59 PM

I think it's ok to weigh yourself whenever (daily, monthly) but I think it matters whether or not you are incorporating any weight training into your new lifestyle. As the old saying goes "muscle weighs more than fat", and if you are working out you will be gaining muscle (hopefully as you lose the fat) and so body measurements will be more important and a better way to tell if all your hard work is paying off.

Good luck!!!!

PS-I weigh myself every day...lol!!!:p

SailorDoom 12-10-2010 07:43 PM

Why the scale lies
 
I just came across this article yesterday. It may be repeat information for a lot of folks on FD, but kind of a nice quick read that puts things into perspective all the same. The article discusses why otherwise rational people let the scale rule their day and why (and I quote) "its a springy, beady-eyed lying menace".

Why the Scale Lies (by Renee Cloe)

Bubbs21 01-08-2011 10:10 PM

Weigh-In's
 
How often do you weigh and chart your weight and why?

I personally, weigh myself everyday...most days this is motivating. Some days it is not.

mecompco 01-08-2011 10:19 PM

Jacqueline, it is all I can do to only weight once a week (sometimes I do take an extra peek if I'm feeling "light") on Saturday mornings. I like to be pretty sure I'm going to see a loss, though even then once in a while I stay the same or even up a bit, then it goes right back down (fluid retention, I guess?).

It is really up to you, though. If you like once a day, go for it. Just make sure that you can deal with the occasional uptick of the scale (especially being female).

Regards,
Michael

rainbow24 01-08-2011 11:44 PM

I have chosen Friday as weigh-in/record day. I will stand on the scale whenever I feel like it, or if I see the scale, but some lovely person in my household stuck it in the far corner of the coldest room, so I have to really go out of my way to find it.

nottango 01-09-2011 04:30 AM

I can't avoid the scale every morning, but I only record on Mondays and Fridays (so it's "official"). I do have big fluctuations every day. My weight goal graph looks like a roller coaster, but the trend is in the right direction!

DetroitBreakdown 01-09-2011 12:58 PM

I really try to stick to only getting on the scale once a week. There was a short period where I was looking every day and I found it frustrating because of the fluctuations. They weren't motivating to me but at times caused me minor concern.

Everyone is different, though, and whatever works for you is best. It's certainly possible that looking at it every day could reveal something that you find important when you look back on what you've done.

travbrad 01-10-2011 05:25 PM

I used to weight myself almost every day but I found that too discouraging whenever I'd gain weight (which is guaranteed to happen).

Now I try to weight myself about once a week, and it's a lot easier to stay motivated (because I almost never gain weight over a week). I don't "schedule" my weigh-ins though. I may weigh-in on Tues. one week, then Mon. the next.

nottango 01-10-2011 11:28 PM

women are different from men. If I weighed once a week, there'd be a big gain every month or so, and that would annoy me. As it is, there's still the weight gain, but by weighing daily I can see it coming - and going!


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