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Thursdays Matter Too

I’ve been doing things differently over the last couple of weeks, and I’ve been feeling healthy and strong as a result!   Earlier this week I shared my decision to eat with more regularity on Thursdays, and I did.  I also decided to workout before attending my meeting, another thing that I have never been comfortable doing before stepping on the scale.  And I was down 0.6 pounds.

Since I started my weight-loss journey, I’ve heard all kinds of advice from folks who have similar goals and interests.  My first trainer told me not to workout just before stepping on the scale because I’d weigh a few pounds more.  Several fellow weight-loss friends shared that they don’t drink as much or eat as much before the step on the scale….Some don’t eat foods that are high in sodium the day before weigh-in, etc.  You get the idea, and I’ve done all of these things too.

But I threw all of that out of the window yesterday, and I’m glad I did.  I am no longer afraid to be active or to fuel my body because it’s Thursday.  It was ridiculous to ever feel that way, but hey…I can admit it when I need to change.  And I’ve admitted it.

So instead of spending the majority of my day being sedentary (which is really unnatural and uncomfortable) I opted to hit the gym to do another 10 miles on the elliptical before I headed to my meeting.  Next time I’ll try to allow enough time to shower, dry my hair and change into my weigh-in outfit because I’d rather not show up drenched in sweat again.  (Sorry WW friends….Thanks for understanding!)  Seriously, I was soaked from head to toe when I arrived, but I felt good about doing what I needed to do for myself.

When the machine made me start over I did what I did last time. During the last mile, I did as much as I could going backwards...It's slower, but it works different muscles.

So…..I wish I had shown a bigger loss this week. (Don’t we always wish for that?)  But I’m satisfied with the loss and with my efforts.  I really can’t tell you how hard it has been to change these habits knowing that the scale wouldn’t reflect the work I’ve done all week.  But now it’s done, and I’m proud of myself which is really the most important part anyway.  I probably won’t drink a gallon of water or do 10 miles before every weigh-in, but I won’t be afraid to anymore either because if I’m eating well and exercising the scale will reflect that eventually.

Cooling off, but my hair was soaked, and my clothes were too...

What are your thoughts on exercising right before weighing in?  Do you do it, or do you believe it’s smarter to wait?  And if waiting is your answer, then how long do you wait?



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  • Reply
    Kaycie Christine
    February 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

    My weigh-in’s are online every Friday (we take a picture of our feet on the scale and have to submit it by midnight each Friday) so I usually take mine as soon as I wake up in the morning, before I have breakfast and get ready for my internship. However, when I don’t have to be anywhere on a Friday, I tend to “put off” weighing in, because I find that if I wait to weigh-in a couple extra hours, it can literally take off pounds. I don’t know if it’s just because my body is still digesting from the previous day or what, but I always prefer to wait until 10 or 11 on Fridays I don’t have anywhere to be (and wait to eat breakfast and drink water until after). And as for Thursdays, lately my routine has been to eat light but healthy and within my calorie range and then do a yoga class in the evening. The gallons of sweat I lose, I’ve found, really help with Friday morning weigh-ins.

    Wow, that was probably more info than you ever meant to ask for! ha.

    I love your gym picture! There are always so many people around me, it seems, that I feel too silly to take a picture. I am in awe of you for going so long on the elliptical! I know people say it’s easier on your joints because it’s low-impact, but I can’t seem to get the hang of it and feel like I have to be doing something wrong for it to be so hard for me. Any tips or do I just need to fight through it?

    • Reply
      February 17, 2012 at 6:44 am

      I’ve only done a bikram yoga class…and needless to say, sweat poured off of me. I loved it….

      And the elliptical isn’t low impact…It’s easier on the joints, but it’s a fuller body workout, you know? And I don’t think you need to do it 10 miles at a time…ha I just do it because I really enjoy it, and I think that’s what exercise should be all about.

  • Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 12:58 am

    The first time I lost weight, I used to do all those little things on the day of weigh-in. Eat a really light lunch, cut off the water around 2 pm. Go to the washroom right before the meeting etc. Then I realized that weigh-in day was just miserable and I wasn’t doing myself any favors by not working out or not drinking water just to see a loss or bigger loss that week. And I figured out that if you do the same thing on your weigh-in day then that is the new normal. The first time I changed it up, I showed a much smaller loss and then the weeks after fell in line with the losses I was showing before because it was consistent. So it’s really just the first week that you make the change that you’ll see the difference. You’re doing so great! And in the long run, the workout will always win.

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      February 17, 2012 at 6:46 am

      That’s what I was trying to articulate…yes. Of course, it does affect the whole number too which is why it was hard even though it was better for the big picture. I’m glad I changed it up.

  • Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 2:41 am


    A couple posts back, you were talking about cortisol and its potential harmful effects.

    One thing I want to mention is that prolonged exercising (especially prolonged cardio exercise) is another type of stress on the body that can produce excessive/unwanted amounts of cortisol.

    I noticed it looks like you spent 2 hours and 20 minutes on the elliptical… From the research I’ve done in the past, if exercising for prolonged periods (i.e. cardio for over an hour), it’s important to maintain adequate blood sugar levels or else cortisol is designed to help the body start to look for other sources of energy during stress during that time, including breaking down your muscles.

    It looks like you’re kicking butt on the exercise, which is great, just make sure you are fuelling your body a bit during those long intense times (or right before and/or after) or you may be taking a couple steps forward, and a step back, without realizing it.


    • Reply
      February 17, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Fuel and water. Fuel and water. Fuel and water.

      It makes me happy that you’re still here…..xxoo

  • Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Sometimes I work out on Thursdays (my WI day too), and sometimes I don’t. I had never heard it could have a negative effect on the scale. However, I do not eat or drink for about 4 hours prior to my weigh in. I have my breakfast, morning snack, and lunch and try to get as much water in as I can and then nothing until after WI. I’m glad that you have been able to overcome that fear of not being able to do anything before your date with the scale. It is a huge mental thing I can’t seem to get over. Congrats on your loss and keep up the good work!

  • Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I’m not a WW member, so I don’t have evening meetings – meaning I can weigh in the morning (naked, empty, after using the facilities). I agree with the person above who said waiting a couple of hours will show a lower number, so on weekends, I take my time.

    I have noticed that weighing after working out in the pool provides a lower number than what I saw before the workout. The pool just sqeezes out any excess retained water, I think. So there are times that I will weigh on the Y scale before and after an early- morning workout (and just before rehydrating) and note the nice lower number.

    However…the thing that has helped me get rid of the special tricks on the day or two before weighing is to just weigh daily. That way, every day is weigh-in day. I realize this doesn’t work if your official scale is offsite at a place you only go weekly, but this really works for me. When I used to weigh on Sunday, I found that I needed to be very careful on Friday – the effects of excess sodium or excess food seem to take 2 days to show on the scale for me. What I did on Saturday was largely irrelevant. But everyone is different! The daily thing has been working so well that even if I did have a once-weekly meeting, I think I would still use my home scale in the morning daily. Two numbers to keep track of, but my home number would be my official one.

  • Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I do WW, but I do it online. I found that ppl who did WW in my area were……more mature women and I didn’t have much in common with them, so the meetings didn’t help. Plus it was actually harder for me to skip a meeting that to skip checking in online b/c I work with a computer all day, 5 days a week (weekends often suffer). So, I weigh myself. I went a bought a digital scale like they have at the Dr. office (it was on sale for $149, down from $300). So, I know the weight is going to be accurate, not weird like store scales sometimes are. I also weigh at the same time with the same amount of clothes on too. I weigh in the mornings before work or before I do anything else (like eat or even move too much). I have found its the most accurate time and place. I did weigh at night a few times and found I’m about 2-3lbs heavier then. But, they say that if you are consistent then it doesn’t matter when you weigh. I read another blog where the lady weighed every day and then she averaged her weights to get her official weight (b/c your weight changes so much from day to day). I took this and decided to do it my way. I picked my official weigh day (friday) and then I weigh every day and on Friday, I pick the lowest weight of the week and that is my official weight. I tested this for about a month and it was still very consistent. If I ate too much I would see a gain from the previous weeks lowest weight, if I did well I would see a loss.

    Right now, I’m recovering from a stomach bug that I caught from my precious nephews. Times like these where I know my loss is from circumstances beyond my control, I try to find a middle number between the high and low.

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    Me So Hongry
    February 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I recently quit WW. I weighed in on Saturdays and I always worked out before. I don’t know who said you gain weight if you workout before a weigh in, but that’s not true. I weighed myself before/after a Zumba workout and I had lost 2 lbs from sweating. Same thing happened after a run. I believe it has something to do with sweating which is why “they” say to drink a lot a of water after a strenuos workout. Prior to my weigh in I also ate a little something like a banana or a Zone bar.

  • Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 10:41 am

    You are really rocking that elliptical. I’m super impressed you can do it for that long! That’s just crazy good. As for me, I weigh in every morning (but only ‘log’ my results on Wednesdays) after I pee (TMI?). I’m always wearing my nightie and it’s before I’ve eaten anything. That way I can control for those other factors as much as possible.

  • Reply
    Latina Barbi
    February 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I use to weigh-in Sat mornings…I loved that number, HOWEVER, now I weigh-in on Wed nights..ugh the number messes with my head..muah!

  • Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Kenzie, how about you compare your weekly weight to last months weight instead of last weeks? The variation of water weight, TOM, what your wearing could make one crazy and feel like all their hard work was for not. But if you calculate your loss for a whole month the down trend will seem greater! 🙂

  • Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I pretty much weigh every morning … so I don’t think about working out too much. I just find it is helpful to know where I am at and also be OK with the general ups and downs. I usually have a “set” number that I try to stay under.

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    Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not
    February 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I’m not a WW member…so I weigh myself first thing in the morning…but I would still try and manipulate the number. That takes a lot of courage to change – it took me a couple to months to realize that cutting my calories the day before a weigh in was not healthy at all and another couple of months to fix the problem.

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