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If You’re Reading This, I’d Like To Hear Your Answers!

It’s weigh-in day which leads me to some questions that I have for you….

How often do you weigh yourself?  And when you step on the scale, are you often surprised?  Or do you typically know what to expect?  


Such a skinny scale.....

I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far, and while this is a busy week, I can’t wait to read your answers!   And in case you don’t know my answers, I weigh-in once a week, and I usually know what to expect though I still find myself anxious and excited to step on the scale.

 

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    Karen
    October 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Tonight is my weekly WW weigh-in. I never know what to expect. Some weeks where I thought I’d gained, I’ve lost a couple of lbs and other weeks where I thought I did great, I either lost a tiny amount or gained. Go figure!

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      Kenlie
      October 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

      Sometimes I think I know, and I don’t…so I totally understand!

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    Marion
    October 27, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I do have big ups and downs, depending upon whether of ate a lot of salt (high day) or virtually no salt (low day). Other than that, I pretty much know when I’m eating to gain weight (random eating) or lose weight (very careful eating).

    🙂 Marion

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      Kenlie
      October 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

      For me, salt can hang on for a couple of days as opposed to just one…sigh…

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    Upinthecosmos
    October 27, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Its once a week for me & I’m often surprised cause I really don’t know what to expect other than a loss of some sort:-)

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    Beth@WeightMaven
    October 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

    My weight loss is being monitored by a physician, so I go every 2 or 3 weeks to her office to be weighed in. Since my weight loss is slow (about a pound and a half a week), this winds up looking better with infrequent weigh-ins!

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    Momma Hunt
    October 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I used to be an every day weigh in person…I know that this is bad but for me it helps me to see and understnad the fluctuations in my body. Now that I have two kids and have what I loving refer to as a crazytown morning I usually weight myself a few times a week. Sometimes I need the wake up call of looking at that number and realizing I am clearly not doing what I need to do and it gets me back on track. Also, I know myself now that if I am starting to get worked up about that number I just tuck the scale away and take a break from it

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    Barb
    October 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I weigh once a week at Weight Watchers. I usually can guess what is going to happen but once in a while I am pleasantly surprised at what the scale says!

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    The Orange Kitteh
    October 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I USUALLY weigh in every day. Sometimes twice a day. Here lately I have only been weighing in once every one/two weeks. I have found that I obsess too much over what the scale says. Did I drink too much water today? Eat too much salt? I start questioning my eating habits, and when I don’t see results on the scale, I feel discouraged and tend to go and eat large amounts of bad things. So I have stepped away from the scale. I have noticed that over a one/two week period, my weight has gone down, and I don’t obsess so much about what I did or didn’t do right. It’s a total mind game for me, and it’s exhausting. I am enjoying just living my healthy lifestyle and not doing the scale dance everyday.

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    Tigerlilly
    October 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I used to weigh myself every morning. It was my way of staying on track… knowing that the scale was waiting for me in the morning. BUT… now that I am weightlifting and focusing more on toning then weightloss I have hidden my scale and found a pair of ‘skinny’ jeans that are now my GOAL JEANS!! I hope to fit in them in 90 Days.. (89 days now!)

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    Missy
    October 27, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I weigh in every week at my WW meeting. I’ve skipped the last 2 weeks as I have fallen off the wagon and eaten badly. I’m getting myself back on track though and will be going to my meetings again. I do like to weigh myself on my scale at home but here recently it has been giving me a different number that what I get when I go to weigh in. I’m ready to throw that scale out!

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    NewMe
    October 27, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I go through phases: sometimes once a day, sometimes nothing for weeks on end. It really doesn’t make a difference, except to my head.

    I am not sure that losing weight is in the cards for me without engaging in what I consider to be disordered eating behaviours. So really, what counts for me is maintaining a stable weight. And that has been the case for the past two years or so. I do have a range of 5 pounds up or down, but I stay within this range quite steadily.

    I admit, I like seeing the scale on the lower side of what is normal for me and I do feel sort of down when it’s on the higher side, but it’s about time that I just got used to being at the weight range where I am. I feel that, given various factors in my life, I’m doing just fine and the scale–by staying in that range–seems to concur.

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    kjpugs
    October 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I tried just to weigh myself weekly at my WW meeting but I caved last night and weighed myself on my home scale. I was DOWN- like, 4-5 lbs down- but I think that scale is like 3 lbs less than my WW one. So I always wish I didn’t!!!!!!!!!!

    And I’d say it’s sometimes easy to know I did well… other times I have no idea. Bodies are weird!

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    Alana
    October 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I weigh at least once a week. I have no expectations of losses cause every time I think I should have a loss… I seem to gain! 🙁 But then sometimes when I am sure I have gained I lose… our bodies are so weird.

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    BrookeNotOnADiet
    October 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I’m a daily weigher. It helps with keeping me in check. I only count Monday’s weight as the ‘real’ one though.

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    Fat in Suburbia
    October 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I weigh in once a week and am often surprised. After 14 weeks of this you’d think I’d be able to gauge it better.

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    Jen
    October 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I weigh once a week on Thursdays – officially!! But I usually step on the scale on Tuesday morning just so I have some idea of what to expect. Doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it gets me through!

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    Noodle
    October 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Daily, if I am home. We travel quite a lot, and I don’t take the scale with me. Same time, same type of clothing. I’ve been weighing daily for almost a year now, and it does far more to keep me in check than I thought it would. I do usually know what to expect now that I have grown accustomed to the fluctuations caused by my body rhythms. For my chart, I use Wednesday as my official weigh-in day.

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    Jenn
    October 27, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I weigh once everyday, first thing in the morning. It helps me stay focused. I usually know what to expect.

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    Lisa
    October 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I weigh in every Thursday at WW. I always expect the worst, that way I can be pleasantly surprised when there’s a loss!

    Tonight – however I am expecting really bad. I haven’t been able to go grocery shopping, so my choices have been limited. And TOM is lurking. Bad / Bad.

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    auntiekim
    October 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I weigh myself every morning, but only log the results on Wednesdays. I don’t freak out over fluctuations…it’s just that after decades of not weighing myself at all (or even owning a scale!) I like to keep tabs on what’s going on so there are no surprises.

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    Kris
    October 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I weigh myself daily, but only count either Friday or Saturday as my “weigh in” day (depends on my schedule, I work rotating shifts).

    I find weighing daily keeps me on track; I’m not usually too surprised by the results!

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    Lisa
    October 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I weight every day and then use Saturday as my official weigh in. I have read a studies and books that state that people who weigh themselves everyday lose more weight, keep their weight off, and they begin to understand that the fluctuations are natural. In the Beck Diet Solution she actually states that you should graph your weight daily. Weigh in once in the morning and graph it… that way you see how natural it is to go up and down, but you will notice if your weight goes up, up, and up…. and then you can pull yourself back into focusing. Plus I notice I don’t weigh everyday when I start to be nervous that I am gaining… When I stay away from the scale I begin to fail (i totally made that little rhyme up just now hahaha)

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    Rachael
    October 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I weigh myself once a month…if that.

    I remember the days when I use to weigh myself everyday and I absolutely obsessed over it. I hated it.

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    Melissa
    October 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I weigh myself every Friday morning. Sometimes I’m surprised, sometimes not. Usually when I know I’ve done really well during the week, the numbers reflect that; but sometimes when I think I’ve done well, the numbers go up, and when I think I’ve done poorly, the number is down. I have yet to figure out my body!

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    Tim
    October 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I weigh myself every Monday at usually the same time, placing the scales on the exact same tile in the bathroom. I usually don’t know what to expect but I make sure that I feel as light as possible before stepping on the scale. I’ll probably go into way too much detail now but I strip down completely and then weigh myself. If I find that I’m on the verge of going down a pound, I then have the infamous ‘pee of hope’ which is usually my last hope of recording a loss.

    I used to fear weigh days but then realised that the number on the scale doesn’t always represent how much effort i’ve actually put in during the week. If i’ve eaten poorly, not exercised and gain weight then I can be annoyed at myself however if I feel i’ve eaten well, done my exercise yet still gain or remain the same then i’ve got no reason to complain and it just motivates me to continue to do my best.

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    Jane
    October 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    For almost 8 years, from 385 lbs down to 168, I have weighted almost daily, in the morning as soon as I get up, unless I got less than 5 hours sleep. I tried an experiement this year with weighing monthly but my weight did not continue to go down and I want to loose these last few pounds so I went back to daily a month ago.

    I am only surprised (read shocked) at the weight in if I do not get enough sleep, hence the reason I skip weigh in on the occasional restless sleep night.

    Jane~
    Keepingthepoundsoff.com

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    Nancy
    October 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    We are compulsive beings and weighing everyday once we start this seems to be a compulsion and will influence how we feel for the day. Just read an article that says we should not take the scale weight as the only measurement of our reaching for healthy living. It is important to look at and take daily stock of your energy level, stress level, sleep quality and self-esteem. It will help you notice trends and patterns (you eat more on high stress days or sleep better when you exercise in the morning) so you can tweak your plan for optimal results. Putting emphasis on more than just the scale. Even dropping a small amount of weight on your way to total goal, makes a difference in how you move and feel plus other aspects that make your life better. I know I’d find myself wishing I hadn’t weighed on those days when I expected a lower number and didn’t get it. I would think of that darn number on and off all day long. Concentrating on these other aspects should make a difference for me. Don’t have enough experience since reading the article, to be able to report my take on it, but it sounds like a plan.

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    Sarah Williams
    October 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I weigh in daily every morning before getting dressed just to see my progress and know if something I ate the day before might affect my weight. I normally go after using the bathroom in the morning. Now I do occasionally weigh in in the evenings after a work out, which I know now to always subtract roughly 2-3 lbs from that number because of all the water I drink through out the day and eating.
    Pre-journey and surgery I always vowed I wouldn’t be a once a day weigher, in fact I went probably 6 months of only stepping on the scale once a week. And then something changed and I felt the need to weigh in daily.
    I only record my weight every Sunday, that’s official weigh in day.

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    Flabby McGee
    October 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I love this question. Because if I know I’ve been eating right – I step on that scale a few times a day, just to see the numbers go down. I move it around the house, to see if it changes just because I’m on different flooring, or just to “make sure” it’s working right. But if I’m eating badly – I avoid the thing like it’s poison. It hides under my kitchen cabinets, or under my bathroom sink. It grows dust and I treat it like a sworn enemy.

    This question made me laugh, because I didn’t realize I did that until I read this post!!! Time to start being real with myself and pick a day to weigh in!!

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    Ann
    October 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    We usually weigh in after spinning on Sat morning. I always figure I’ve sweated a lot out, but at our health fair at work, they told us you weigh more after exercise. I usually don’t try to expect anything so I’m not disappointed…but then it’s always a nice surprise if I lose.

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    Sarah
    October 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Hey! I weigh in every other week. If I follow my meal plans and workouts I know what to expect. I’m pretty consistent so I don’t typically panic. I do always hope for a bigger drop than I know I’m going to see though! I guess that’s just the wishful thinking!

    Sarah
    notaneffingdiet.blogspot.com

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    Sarah
    October 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Hi there! My weight watchers weigh in day is Sunday which I do 1st thing in the morning. However, I normally weigh myself on Saturday morning just to make sure I stay on track on Saturday – as that seems to be the hardest day for me. I typically know to expect a loss but you never know what the scale will say!

    P.S. I can’t remember how I stumbled across your blog – I am just glad I did! Have a super day!

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    Dawn
    October 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I started this diet New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2010 and I haven’t weighed once, not ever. I’m judging my weight loss purely by how my clothes feel and what size clothes I am wearing. While I KNOW different stores clothes fit different sizes I don’t care because I started this a UK size 28 and I’m a UK Size 14 today and this no weigh way is working so so well for me and where I am at. I know I’m the odd one out here and weighing helps most people keep on track but not weighing helps me most
    Dawn

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    Katie J
    October 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I weigh almost daily. It really does help me keep myself in line. For years, I never tracked how much I weighed and only knew when I went in to the doctors office. Now I know at any given time how much within a lb or 2. I am not usually surprised unless I consumed too much sodium

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    Nina
    October 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I weigh myself daily … I don’t really expect a certain number.

    I sort of believe in the “layer theory” when it comes to weight – meaning that I think my body has set points in a way. (And that it CAN be reset.) So I give myself usually an 8 pound range in whatever direction, as long as it is under my new set point – Meaning a weight that I have maintained under for a few months.

    Right now it’s 350 … I’ve been as low as 345 in the past few weeks but I have not been back over 350 … before that it seemed that I was set at 362 all summer.

    Since I had surgery three weeks ago … I have not been able to work out, but I have kept my eating in check, (really eating the same as when I was working out) so my weight has pretty consistently been either 348.9 or 350.1 each morning …

    I hope to get cleared by the doctor and start working out again Wednesday!

    I weigh myself each day to train my brain to realize that weight naturally fluctuates (not to beat myself up!) and to also keep myself in check … if I really am getting out of my “set-zone.”

    The best thing about doing everything healthy/slow and eat for life this time is how when “bad” things happen you can maintain easily. I almost think you have to trick your body a little … because I was even reading in the NYT today that researchers are finding that if a person crashes off the weight one’s body/hormones will fight to get it back: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/health/biological-changes-thwart-weight-loss-efforts-study-finds.html?_r=1&ref=health

    So … my own wacko (no research but me) theory is that slow works better because your body doesn’t notice that the weight is leaving, because it’s in these tiny little bits … and thus thinks your new “set point” is the “new normal” and it’s just trying to maintain that and thinks everything is cool.

    XOXO,
    Nina

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    Ty
    October 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    How often do you weigh yourself?
    Once every 2-5 weeks.

    And when you step on the scale, are you often surprised? Or do you typically know what to expect?
    A bit of both. Usually because I wait so long I am pleasantly surprised and lose more than I think I’m going to. However when I am not really “following” the plan and eating more than I should I am usually right on the money about how much weight I’ve gained!

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    Margi Hansen
    October 28, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Every Friday morning. My scale is in my walk in closet-I pull it out before I get in the shower. I’m happy when I lose and only once have I been truly shocked with a gain. The other gains-I’ve expected because of the week I’ve had.

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    Tori
    October 28, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I weigh myself like once a week. The frustrating part is that I feel like I never know what to expect, well I need to qualify that. If I’m binge eating or just eating way more sweets/crap than I should, I know it will go up, but I feel like i never know when it will go down. Even when I feel like I’ve genuinely had really good weeks, I’ve watched it stay the same or creep slightly up, it’s really frustrating.

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    Lyndsay @ Thinspiration
    October 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I try to only weigh-in once a week…but I usually end up weighing in every other day. I just can’t help it…I get excited & want to see where I’m at for the week.

    I usually know about the number to expect, but sometimes it’s lower than what I’m expecting which is ALWAYS exciting!! But it’s always pretty close to what I thought it would be.

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    suzanne
    October 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I weigh myself every morning! Sometimes it’s surprising but most of the time I can pretty much guess which way it’s going to go 🙂

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    Lisa Q
    October 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    When I switched to calorie counting and realized that this is a life time thing, I began to weigh daily. It helps keep me accountable. When I finish loosing, I will calorie count to maintain. 98 lbs down!!!

    Lisa

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