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  • DebSozoDebSozo Member Posts: 2,592 Member Member Posts: 2,592 Member
    Caitwn wrote: »
    This is exactly why I like to weigh myself daily. It was upsetting at first, but I felt I really needed to get past the place where the number on the scale had an emotional charge, and reach a place where the number on the scale is just a data point that is also informed by things like how I feel and how my clothes fit (among others).

    That doesn't mean I'm not happy when I see sustained weight loss, but for me seeing a steady downward trend has become far more important than seeing what a given day's weight is.

    I think weighing regularly is important as long as you remember that you are going to bounce around a bit. One of the largest things I found is how certain foods affect my weight which helped make intelligent choices. I would usually look at 2 days prior when weighing myself and see what i consumed. This would show me trends of certain types of foods and how they affected my body. Again, this isn't for everyone but it has helped me. I am a techy though and love number crunching.

    Food choices affect my weight also. I can stall with one trip to a Chinese restaurant. Plus when I go on a trip I always seem to come back 3 pounds heavier and loose them 3 days later. I think traveling causes me a bit of stress. Plus restaurants seem to put a lot of salt in their foods. I'm sensitive to temporary sodium bloat.
    edited July 2016
  • YaGirlMaddiYaGirlMaddi Member Posts: 88 Member Member Posts: 88 Member
    I hate the scale. That's why I focus on body fat measurements and the size of my clothes
  • RoxieDawnRoxieDawn Member Posts: 15,503 Member Member Posts: 15,503 Member
    Lets keep this bumped..

    This to me is the single number 1 subject that gets discussed in the forums every single day. Such as "Why did I gain 3 pounds from yesterday or the weekend", or "Why am I exercising more, eating at a deficit and now gaining weight"?

    I still hate seeing the daily fluctuations, I no longer freak out, but nonetheless, it is a real part of your weight, it not just fat and muscle, organs and other tissue that make up your body!!

  • diannethegeekdiannethegeek Member Posts: 14,777 Member Member Posts: 14,777 Member
    Just a little bump.
  • Shadowmf023Shadowmf023 Member Posts: 815 Member Member Posts: 815 Member
    I can't take my scale seriously. I have to get on it 4-5 times just to make sure I get an "accurate" number. It will literally sometimes give me 3 different numbers everytime I get on. And I never even change it's position.

    It's a conspiracy!!!!
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 43,263 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 43,263 Member
    I can't take my scale seriously. I have to get on it 4-5 times just to make sure I get an "accurate" number. It will literally sometimes give me 3 different numbers everytime I get on. And I never even change it's position.

    It's a conspiracy!!!!
    I do it twice and take the bigger number. If there's a big gap between numbers, I weigh a 3rd and then just average it out.

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    edited August 2016
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Member Posts: 3,676 Member Member Posts: 3,676 Member
    "ninerbuff wrote: »
    I do it twice and take the bigger number. If there's a big gap between numbers, I weigh a 3rd and then just average it out

    I do something similar.

    I know my weight doesn't vary THAT much from day to day and, if I get a reading 1# or more up or down from the previous day, it's probably due to retained water or bowel weight. So, I just log 50% of the difference.

    This doesn't affect the trendline and helps make the chart look much less erratic.



    edited August 2016
  • Bxqtie116Bxqtie116 Member Posts: 552 Member Member Posts: 552 Member
    Great advice. Bump.
  • queenliz99queenliz99 Member Posts: 15,358 Member Member Posts: 15,358 Member
  • skyhowlskyhowl Member Posts: 206 Member Member Posts: 206 Member
    this post speaks to me. just posted a discussion about that today.
    will read member's posts. hopefully it will keep me focused
  • mwopm3mwopm3 Member Posts: 21 Member Member Posts: 21 Member
    I just started MFP 3 weeks ago and was afraid to step on scale. Someone here sent me this thread and it helped so much! I did the dirty deed and discovered I was 5 pounds heavier than I hoped in my mind. But it has turned into a motivator. I love the emphasis on long term trends, and how your clothes feel and Heath overall. It's hard to keep it in perspective sometimes but right now I have more motivation than I've had in a couple of years so I'm enjoying this moment!
  • RoxieDawnRoxieDawn Member Posts: 15,503 Member Member Posts: 15,503 Member
    Should be bumped everyday. This topic comes up many times every day! :)
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 43,263 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 43,263 Member
  • TacklewasherTacklewasher Member Posts: 7,131 Member Member Posts: 7,131 Member
    Seems a good place to ask a question. I weigh daily and it seems that it takes 2 days for a bad day to show up on the scale. So yesterday I was watching Hockey all day, eating pizza and drinking Crown. Still logged everything and didn't go over by much (~200 cals) but my weight is down today and I except it to be up tomorrow. Same happened last week after a Sushi night at the all you can eat place in town. Next morning weight was down a bit but up the following day.

    Is this my scale being a jerk or is it a result of too much sodium intake taking a day to gain water and then it gets flushed out?

    I like weighing daily, but I don't obsess over the number. It's been going down (~20lbs in 5 weeks but starting at ~325 so I know it will slow down) but it does bounce around a bit.
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 43,263 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 43,263 Member
    grmckenzie wrote: »
    Seems a good place to ask a question. I weigh daily and it seems that it takes 2 days for a bad day to show up on the scale. So yesterday I was watching Hockey all day, eating pizza and drinking Crown. Still logged everything and didn't go over by much (~200 cals) but my weight is down today and I except it to be up tomorrow. Same happened last week after a Sushi night at the all you can eat place in town. Next morning weight was down a bit but up the following day.

    Is this my scale being a jerk or is it a result of too much sodium intake taking a day to gain water and then it gets flushed out?

    I like weighing daily, but I don't obsess over the number. It's been going down (~20lbs in 5 weeks but starting at ~325 so I know it will slow down) but it does bounce around a bit.
    Normal fluctuations. People think it takes food only a couple of hours to digest, but after a meal it takes about 6 to 8 hours to digest through the intenstinal tract. Nothing to worry about if your weight is consistently going down.

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  • diannethegeekdiannethegeek Member Posts: 14,777 Member Member Posts: 14,777 Member
    Just bumping useful old threads. Nothing to see here.

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  • bscmcsebscmcse Member Posts: 55 Member Member Posts: 55 Member
    I'm working really hard and am up 2 straight weeks in a row for a total of 3.8lbs. I was distraught this morning after my 2lb gain this week. I have so much more to loose. It's just so damned hard, I am sore all the time from cardio & lifting, go to bed and wake up hungry almost every day and that kind of feedback feels like a punch to the gut. I'm glad I saw this thread. I'll keep at it.
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 43,263 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 43,263 Member
    bscmcse wrote: »
    I'm working really hard and am up 2 straight weeks in a row for a total of 3.8lbs. I was distraught this morning after my 2lb gain this week. I have so much more to loose. It's just so damned hard, I am sore all the time from cardio & lifting, go to bed and wake up hungry almost every day and that kind of feedback feels like a punch to the gut. I'm glad I saw this thread. I'll keep at it.
    Just remember that weight loss isn't linear. Exact execution in two consecutive weeks may not result the same.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
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  • bbell1985bbell1985 Member Posts: 4,582 Member Member Posts: 4,582 Member
    I haven't been stepping on the scale. It crushes me every time I see that number. I can't look anymore. I'm just going to try to be kind to myself, stick to a moderate deficit, and hopefully look good by May or something.
  • jagodfrey08jagodfrey08 Member Posts: 425 Member Member Posts: 425 Member
    I weigh daily. It's so frustrating to see the number not budge when you are doing everything right. Thankfully, I have come to accept it in these past 6 months hs of losing weight. After beginning a lifting program this past week, I am swollen and sore...and 2 lbs heavier on the scales. I know when I go to my dietician for a weigh-in on Thursday, I will have more of an idea as to what is going on - how much fat mass I lost, how much water weight I am holding, how much I actually lost or gained. So, I am trying not to let it get to me.
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