• mtaratoot
    mtaratoot Posts: 13,332 Member
    msapplek wrote: »
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    Heaviest weight: 175.4 in early 2013.
    Original MFP starting weight (January 2018) - 168.2
    June 30 starting weight - 148.0 (ten-day rolling average weight 148.8)
    August goal - 145
    Ultimate goal - Range between 142 - 148

    I report scale weight and (ten day average weight), and I post on Saturdays.

    July 31: 146.2 (10-day average 145.3)
    August 8: 145.8 (10-day average 144.8)
    August 15: 144.6 (10-day average 145.3)
    2August 22: 145.0 (10-day average 145.1)
    August 29: 145.8 (10-day average 145.3)
    August 31: 145.8 (10-day average 145.5)

    Total loss for August: I ended the month with my weight up two tenths of a pound from the end of July. I've been pretty steady, and I am near the midpoint of what I say is my maintenance range. In my mind, I'm trying to stay closer to the lower end of the range, and not being able to knock those last three pounds off is always frustrating. Will September bring success? We shall see! But the truth is, I should just be fine if I stay exactly where I am.

    @msapplek --

    Maintenance is definitely still work. The main difference is you get a few more calories than when losing (not many if you were trying to lose slowly at the end). You don't get the rush that comes with seeing that number change week after week, hopefully in the right direction. You will inevitably gain and lose and gain and lose, and you have to learn that this is how it's supposed to work. You'll succeed!

    @mtaratoot --
    Thanks for sharing! Definitely experienced everything you wrote in August: the rush of seeing 152 on my scale this month, but the UGH of seeing 157 this morning. I guess I can't be all boo-hoo because I did get "crazy" on vacation and a few other days here and there, but really thought if I was disciplined all the other days, I would still see a net loss.

    How long have you been in maintenance? Do you not get discouraged weighing every week (or daily) to see all those fluctuations?

    I have been maintaining since July 2018, so about two years. I try not to get discouraged at the number on the scale, but I'm human. I weigh every day. It's only been the last few months that I really can step back and NOT get discouraged because I've been watching that number fluctuate up and down so long. The worst was probably when we started the response to the pandemic, and I gained several pounds over two months, then leveled off for a month, then slowly lost over two months and now am back to being pretty steady.

    I do weigh every day because it gives me lots of data. I try to ignore the number and instead look at the TREND. For the best data over the long term, I weigh under similar conditions every time. For me that's each morning when I get up after I pee and before I eat anything. This is about as similar condition as I can expect; however, there's still a LOT of daily fluctuation. I've seen two and three pound jumps up and down in a day rather regularly.

    That's a lot of noise in the data. If you only weigh yourself once a week, you might assume you gained or lost a few pounds depending where you are the day you weigh. So some people who weigh weekly also pick a day that can be as similar to other weeks as possible. It's still probably ideal to weigh first thing in the morning.

    Another thing I do is use a weight TREND to help eliminate some of the noise. I actually use several. One is a ten-day rolling average that automatically calculates in the spreadsheet where I keep my daily weights. Another is TrendWeight. It uses a different algorithm and gives some graphics I like. You can zoom in or out to one week, two weeks, four weeks, three months.... It also gives you an estimate of your loss/gain rate. If you look at a graph up to three months, your prediction is also displayed.

    Here's an example of the output from a couple months ago when I was dealing with the COVID related gain (and eventual loss):

    You can't enter your data there directly. If you have a Fitbit account that syncs to a device or scale, it will update automatically. I have to log in to a Fitbit account and enter my weight manually. It also gives some graphics, but I don't like them as well. I also use WeightGrapher. It uses a slightly different algorithm than TrendWeight, but it also has the option to show what your weight trend was a month ago.

    For a good look into why using weight trends is important, see The Hacker's Diet, especially the section on Signal to Noise.

    Many people also use body measurements in addition to weight scale. Sometimes you can see differences over time with a tape measure that the scale masks. Those measurements can change more slowly, but it's just another way you can assess your progress or maintenance.

    Here's what it looked like the last few months of my loss and the two years that followed:

    Something I wrote a while ago from my observations:

    The last 20 pounds is tough
    The last ten pounds is difficult
    The last five pounds is HARD
    The last two or three pounds sometimes feels IMPOSSIBLE.

    And then there's maintenance where you have to get used to gaining and losing that same two or three pounds over and over and over. It can get in your head! Look at the crazy roller coaster ride I've been on for two years!
  • msapplek
    msapplek Posts: 95 Member
    @mtaratoot --

    Wow, your data collection is super impressive. While I am usually adverse to tracking and collecting data (ex. I'm loathe to wear my Fitbit regularly because I don't want it to track just basic steps), I can really see the benefit of backing up what you are doing with actual data. And it comes with fun graphics too! It's fascinating people who are oriented in that way with data collection and analysis!

    I do agree with your observation: The last 20 pounds is tough. I am currently 20-25lbs from ultimate goal weight I think. And just going through this one month has given me a glimpse as to how hard I really have to keep going.

    But congratulations on maintaining for 2+ years! What I am going to take away from your story is that fluctuations will happen and keep focused/stay the course.
  • mireyajazmin77
    mireyajazmin77 Posts: 30 Member

    Initial Start Weight (March 2020): 134.4
    August Start Weight: 117.0 pounds
    August Goal Weight: 112 pounds
    Ultimate Goal Weight: Between 107-110 pounds

    Friday Weigh-ins

    Aug 1st: 117.0
    Aug 7th: 115.2
    Aug 14th: 114.8
    Aug 21st: 115.4 (up .6 pounds)
    Aug 28th: 114.4
    Aug 31st: 113.8

    Total amount lost for August: 3.2 pounds

    Didn’t meet my initial August goal, but happy about the progress I made. I’m so close to my goal weight, so I’m mainly focusing on being as healthy as possible and working out consistently. Can’t wait for September, ready to keep it moving!
  • cpanus
    cpanus Posts: 19,332 Member
    My name is Chris. I'm 70. I've gained a bunch in the last few months...must get rid of it.

    Initial Start Weight: 192.2
    August Start Weight: 152.6
    August Goal Weight: 150.0
    Ultimate Goal Weight: 140

    I weigh in on Mondays.

    Aug 01 - 152.6 at 6:00 a.m.
    Aug 03 - 152.0 at 7:30 a.m.
    Aug 10 - 152.6 at 7:30 a.m.
    Aug 17 - 153.4 at 4:00 a.m.
    Aug 24 - 152.0 at 5:30 a.m.
    Aug 31 - 153.4 at 5:30 a.m.

    Good luck everyone
  • thatladykiller
    thatladykiller Posts: 11 Member
    August Start Weight: 217.6
    August Goal Weight: 210-212
    Ultimate Goal Weight: Depends on how lean I look at 205. Maybe 190-200.

    Aug 1: 217.6
    Aug 8: 217
    Aug 15: 216.0
    Aug 22: 212.4
    Aug 25: 211.4
    Aug 29: 209.4

    Next month I want to be more consistent with logging my weekly results on this app! Regardless I didn't have any diet mistakes during this month and I walked every single day. I'll say this has been a good challenge for me!
  • Dorgle690
    Dorgle690 Posts: 230 Member

    Initial Start Weight: 179
    August Start Weight: 140.8
    August Goal Weight: 137
    Ultimate Goal Weight: 125

    Aug 1: 140.8
    Aug 8: 138.6
    Aug 15: 138.4
    Aug 22: 139.4
    Aug 29: 137
    Aug 31: 140

    Obviously gained some bloat weight at the end there but I hit my goal! My next non weight goal is to be able to fit into a size 4!
  • rikwaynik
    rikwaynik Posts: 724 Member
    Initial Start Weight: 261
    August Start Weight: 238
    August Goal Weight: 233
    Ultimate Goal Weight:

    Aug 1 : 238
    Aug 8: 237.8
    Aug 15: 238
    Aug 22: 236.9 (evacuation and birthday happened)
    Aug 29: 237.9
    Aug 31: 238.7
  • Leezy55
    Leezy55 Posts: 339 Member
    2019 high 192

    2020 high 174

    July loss 3 lbs

    August start 161

    8/1 161
    2 161
    3 160.8

    8 160.4 Such a slow painful loss!
    10 160.2
    15 158.9 3 more lbs and I will be 50% there!!

    24 158.5 One more week striving for 1.5!

    9/1 158 aug loss 3 lbs

    total loss 34 lbs
  • deepwoodslady
    deepwoodslady Posts: 10,970 Member
    My name is Donna and I am 60 years old. I am from the Midwest USA. 5’ 5
    I will also be weighing on the 1st and last day of each month for a full tally.

    August start Weight: 209.4 (Weight on July 31, 2020)
    August Goal Weight: 203.4 (6 lb loss)
    Ultimate Goal Weight: 145-155 (I’ll know when I get there).

    Aug 01 : 209.4
    Aug 08: 209.8 Going the wrong direction with the help of Thai food with rice. Sodium……
    Aug 15: 209.6
    Aug 22: 209.3 A little bit better.
    Aug 29: 211.4 Some after travel weight. Getting a grip today.
    Aug 31: 211.1
    Total Weight Loss for August: 1.7 pound GAIN. Not good!

    Final Challenge Thoughts: Off the rails with wrong foods and quantities.
    KKHKISHZKH Posts: 187 Member
    August goal weight: 143 lb
    Ultimate goal: 138 lb

    I prefer to weigh in on wednesdays.

    August 1: 146 lb
    August 5: 145.25 lb <3
    Anniversary: 145.25 lb :| so close!
    August 12: 145.5 lb :/ oops
    August 19: didn't weigh
    August 26: didn't weigh
    Sept 1: 147 lb :(

    Ok, this month was a bit of a failure. Back on it in Sept!
  • Kaitie9399
    Kaitie9399 Posts: 1,297 Member
    edited September 2020
    August Start Weight: 124.4
    August Goal Weight: 123.0
    Ultimate Goal Weight: 120

    Aug 01: 124.4
    Aug 08: 124.0
    Aug 15: 125.2 Vacation!
    Aug 22: 124.6
    Aug 31: 125

    Ok, I'm trying not to freak out, I've started working on building muscle (toning up my abs), which weighs more than fat (I'm trying to chant in my head). My clothes are fitting well, I wore my new size 4 jeans all day without them being tight and my workout pants feel a bit loose, so hopefully, even though I feel betrayed by the scale, I'm making progress.