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The Daily Weigh-In

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

When I was in Weight Watchers, my weigh--n day was Thursday. It was an after work meeting, and that fact made me watch what I ate all day. I would avoid eating heavy foods, like burgers and fries for lunch, and be vigilant and conscious all day. I had a new job, and I remember once going out to lunch with my coworkers to a Chinese restaurant and being very particular about what I ate because I had to weigh in that evening. This caused a lot of consternation from my coworkers who were overweight and were either food pushers or felt threatened by my success - you know the type - but I didn't care and just ignored their comments and kept on my path.

I've kept Thursday as my weigh in day for years - whenever I do challenges on Spark, I always choose Thursday as my weigh-in day. When I was younger, it worked because I had bad eating habits, and having my weigh-in day on Thursday caused me to keep my eating habits over the weekend, and then be focused all week long until Thursday after work. Back then, I was probably practicing a 70/30 ratio of 70% being on the plan, and 30% being off of it. Back then, I had such bad habits to correct that being on the plan 70% of the time worked. Back then, I was 10 years younger. Now, I can't get away with being "bad" 30% of the time. It just doesn't work any more. Now, I need to find the balance where I don't have to be good or bad, I can just be.

My fiance and I have started our wedding weight loss plan, as of Labor Day, and we are doing really well. Our plan is simple - less calories, more movement. I know it sounds too easy, but amazingly, it's working! We did this in January, and were very successful and one of our weight loss tools was a journal. My fiance does not Spark, and does not track. I know the value of tracking, so last year I bought him a weight loss journal as a Christmas gift. It's a 16-week journal for couples, and we did it together. Every day there's a page for each of us to log our food and exercise, plus an area for how much sleep you got, how much water you drank, that kind of thing. There's also stickers! Who doesn't love a smiley face sticker for those great days? emoticon Anyway, I bought the journal for us again. It also has a spot to record your weight every day. Every day.

I know that people have a love/hate relationship with the scale. I also know that many people say you shouldn't weigh yourself every day. But here is what I have found - knowing I have to face the scale every day makes me accountable. It creates in me my previous Wednesday night/Thursday day mentality that I had while I was in WW. I never allow myself to be really really "bad" because I don't have to weigh in for a week. Weighing in every day makes me think about my food choices every day, all day, and I don't think that is a bad thing.

Besides, the scale is going down, and that is a very very good thing.


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    My weigh in day is Sunday but I always ponder throughout the week if I should hop on the scales in between. How is the daily weigh in working for you? I'm wondering if they could be helpful to me as well. I do worry about those days though when the scale won't be my friend - will it motivate me to do better, or will I sulk?
    3159 days ago
    a group journal for the two of you sounds great
    3165 days ago
    I too weigh most every day, and yes it is a love/hate thing, but I agree you can use it as a tool.
    Cool that you are working together, the journal is a wonderful idea.
    WTG on all your good work and effort.
    3165 days ago
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  • BOVEY63
    It is so great that the two of you are doing this together! Good luck to both of you!
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    3166 days ago
    Yay for you two! emoticon

    When I'm working on it seriously, daily weigh-ins serve me well too. Maybe I will join you! I could watch the changes in bodyfat, since I'm currently trying to focus on ST.

    3167 days ago
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