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Thursday, May 07, 2015

My endocrinologist instructed me to weigh myself at least once a week. Being slightly OCD, I weigh myself nearly every morning. I know it's not necessary to do this so frequently, but I can't seem to help myself.

The first couple of months on PSMF, my weight dropped pretty steadily - my scale gave me good news several times a week. Then the rate slowed down, and my scale responded less frequently - but still any change was a drop and very rarely a rise.

Once I hit my target and started re-feeding/maintenance, my weight started wobbling. I have a net slight loss for the last six weeks, but about a third of the mornings the scale shows an increase. My weight seems very responsive to my consumption - if I indulge and take in more than usual, two mornings later it will show on the scale. If I stick to my plan for a couple of days, my weight will drop back down to my target.

Since I avoided the scale for years, I don't know if my body always responded this closely to what I ate. But the daily reckoning has been illuminating, and compelling motivation most of the time to get back on track when I have treated myself a little too generously.
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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    A lot of people advise that the scale should be avoided, but I'm like Pam in that avoidance leads to steady weight gain. It's really better to know the truth, no matter how irritating the truth might be. I've been beating around the bush for much too long here, gaining, losing, gaining the same few pounds over and over, and I've been doing this for a whole year now. I'm really tired of my own behavior.

    I can, however, think of a good reason to weigh only once a week. If you're doing a good job and staying on your program, it's like getting a little gift when you see the number go down. On the other hand, it would be very discouraging not to see results if you've done everything right for a whole week.

    Oh my goodness, I'm rambling. Sorry, Bemused. I have a little brain fog this morning from being fatigued, I guess. But don't worry--you are apparently still quite under control and I think the scale is gonna keep being nice to you!
    2168 days ago
  • PJDANIELS
    I like that, you're staying right on top of things. Avoiding the scale contributed to my weight re-gains, I could pretend it was not happening if I did not weigh. I'm 5'8" with a large frame, and I can wear the same clothes with a 25# spread, so it was easy to ignore the gradual increase. I'm OCD about the scale, too. Would like to be able to weigh only once a week, but so far that just causes more anxiety not weighing in as opposed to accepting the fact that my weight bobbles between a couple of pounds most days, does not mean a gain, I know that, I'm doing what I need to be doing. It's great you are paying attention, and figuring out what works for you. Good job. ---Pam
    2169 days ago
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