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I'm going to weigh myself...

Once a week, every morning, only on Mondays, Fridays after I exercise...WTF?

 When I first started my weight loss odyssey, the daily ups and downs were discouraging ("But I exercised, and ate so well yesterday, how could I have gained 2 lbs?), so I decided I would only weigh myself on Monday mornings. The advantages of this were numerous. I wasn't being scale crazy, I generally saw a loss every week, and it kept me motivated over the weekend. 

Now that I've reached my goal,  I've been weighing myself daily. My reasoning behind this was simply as a way to keep myself on track. As my MFP friends know, I've lost and then re-gained ths weight before, so I'm struggling to find a way to prevent this from happening again (because the reality is, I don't know how I managed to gain all that weight each time..I mean really, how is it I went from wearing jeans to sweat pants and remained in a total state of denial?). I downloaded a free app that shows my weight as a graph (much better than the MFP version), and I enter it each morning after I weigh myself. I enter my weight once a week in MFP.

I've become a lunatic! I weigh myself first thing in the morning, I weigh myself after I exercise (did I really lose 2 lbs in sweat, impossible), I weigh myself before I go to bed. I know this is insane, I know it's uhealthy, and yet I feel compelled to do it! I analyze my ups and downs (sodium?, strength training?, "irregularity"!?), and the WORST part is, I want to talk about it. I want my poor husband to listen to me while I try and figure it out. He loves me, and is as supportive as a thin person can be (ok, thin people are NOT very supportive or interested in the topic of weight loss). So, again, thank you MFP. Because although it is entirely possible that no one will read this (well, except for my friends walkmypantsoff and Ruthann2, and probably pa77y), I know that there is the possibility that someone will read it and they will understand and perhaps even share in my craziness.

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Ruthann2 wrote 69 months ago:
ROFLMFAO how did you know that I was going to read this? Love ya hun your the best
LMcNeal86 wrote 69 months ago:
I totally get this!!!

I have a weekly weigh-in; but, I still weigh myself throughout the week. Sometimes I weigh myself to make sure I have a good day because I know I'll be high due to sodium intake.
I used to weigh myself several times a day or a week and I have forced myself to change because I knew it was not the right thing for me to do. So, I force myself to only weigh myself in the morning and have convinced myself that any other time of the day gives me wrong numbers...that has helped me to stay away from the scale any time during the day except the morning. So, I can weigh-in every day...if I want..but, not during the day. The morning weigh-in can be boring so I now weigh in anywhere from 1-4 times a week.
So, I have shared somewhat in the craziness... hopefully you'll be able to move a little away from it me when I say you'll feel less stress. Accept the up and down a few pounds.
Good Luck!
wendytc wrote 69 months ago:
I wrote a blog on this same issue today. The scale can be so discouraging. It didn't give me my "brownie badge" for good behavior after a week of dediation and physical effort. I jumped on it looking for validation, and was sadly dissappointed to see no change, BUT my face is a tad slimmer, my watch is hanging a little more loosely. :-)
Thanks for your post!
Annette1513 wrote 69 months ago:
I Hear you! I weigh myself every morning and at night after exercise.. Those 2lbs are always up, so annoying. But i know in the morning ill be down again.. Love reading forums and blogs. We are all obsessed, but its a Good obsesion.. So keep up the good work...

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