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Oh, the dreaded SCALE. How I hate thee.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

First, an admission: I'm an every day scale girl. I weigh every single morning. I know there are a lot of schools of thought on this and many people say you shouldn't do that and should only weigh once a week or less. But I've tried that and found that my accountability slipped when I wasn't weighing every day. It's motivating to me. I remember that scale when I get the munchies in the evening. When I tried in the past to only weigh once a week, I found I was not so good until the few days before the weigh in. When I tried to weigh once a month, I found I was gaining weight. I need the accountability of the number every day. Weighing every day isn't for everyone, but it works for me.


Now, I've been pretty much perfect these last few weeks with diet and exercise. Bootcamps in the morning, long walks in the evenings, eating very clean, getting sleep, drinking my water, etc. Then we went out for sushi on Sunday night as a Father's Day treat. The kids planned it for my husband (and PAID - wow!). I chose plain salmon and tuna rolls with brown rice and only a smidge of lower sodium soy, even though I desperately wanted the Vegas Roll or the Rock n Roll or any of the other cream-cheese-filled-delights the rest of my family was having. I stayed in my calorie range for the day overall. But despite my efforts to be good, Monday morning I was up two pounds. In fact, it took me until this morning to get back to the same weight I was on Sunday morning. Despite 354 fitness minutes so far this week and perfect clean eating. So frustrating, because I feel like right now I should be continuing to lose, and instead I'm fighting to just get back to square one.

Sorry, I feel silly posting all this, but I just needed to vent. I'm going to just keep plugging along with my clean eating and workouts and I know things will even back out. The scale is a dirty, mean, sodium and water-retention loving liar and I know my workouts and clean eating are making great changes to my body, even if my scale isn't showing it this week.

I guess this fluctuation is why they say to only weigh once a week. I recognize this :) But I'm stubborn as a mule.
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    I weigh myself almost everyday at home. In addition, on my weigh day, I weigh myself at the office gym (it has a better weighing scale!). If I do not weigh myself, I seem to forgot that I am overweight!!!

    I have had such weeks as well. But sometimes, I see the results of my hard work the next week - hope that happened for you
    2941 days ago
    I weigh often as well to keep myself on track! I know it's easier for me to tell you not to stress a couple of pounds then it is for ourselves. I've learned over this journey our body will hold on to weight for so many different reasons, but if you are on the right track it will even itself out!

    Are you drinking enough water? Are you really sore from boot camp? I know when I am really sore my body will not release weight, but sometimes go up before I drop a few pounds. Also, water is my biggest hurdle sometimes and will lead to a higher number on the scale!

    Keep doing what you are doing and it will all pay off!

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    2957 days ago
    So glad I'm not alone :) Thanks for the encouragement ladies! This has been one of those days when I need moral support because I can't seem to feel it myself! :)

    And I love the idea of only documenting the weight once a week, instead of every day, even if I keep weighing every day. Right now I enter my weight in my tracker every single day. I love seeing my graph line get closer to the goal (I'm such a nerd). But that would help me keep better track of how much I'm losing per week. thanks for the suggestions!
    2957 days ago

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    I like to weigh every day as well (although these past 10 days have been a hiccup). I find that no matter what I eat when I eat out, the scale never seems to agree. I usually tend to gain weight when I eat out. Blah.
    2957 days ago
    I'm an every morning weigher too for exactly the same reasons you are. I need to see that number, whatever it is, every morning for accountibility reasons. I know how frustrated you are, but like you said, even if the scale isn't showing it, you are still doing great things for your body and health. Hang in there!
    2957 days ago
    Weighing everyday is perfectly fine by me because what if you were only weighing on days where you fluctuated up? That would suck.
    Keep at it, your weight will go back down. It will.
    2957 days ago
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    Count me as an every day scale person too. I don't record it until Sunday though. I try not to do it then I find myself doing it in the afternoon so I might as well just do it!!!
    2957 days ago
  • JILLRY03
    I am a daily scale girl too for all of the same reasons you have said above!! I so understand your frustration!! I don't if you do this but it helps me..... I have a weekly weigh in day (mine is Friday) and that's the only day the # on the scale matters! I also measure weekly, so the weeks that I don't lose anything or I gain but I loose inches it makes me feel a lot better!! Hope this helps a bit!! It sounds like you are doing a GREAT job already so the pounds should fall off here before too long!! Good Luck!!
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    2957 days ago
    I also weight every day. I switched to it about 8 months ago, but I am still not sure if it is good or bad for me. It is extra motivating, but the constant fluctuations are frustrating! Try to not get too frustrated! It sounds like you have been super good at staying on track and you should start seeing progress very soon!
    2957 days ago
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