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March 17, 2012 7:20 AM
Please throw out your scale. The number will drive you absolutely crazy. Why not go by how your clothes fit and how you feel physically and mentally. I was so obsessed with that dam # I started unhealthy exercise and eating habits. Just for a # I wanted to see. Once I got rid of the scale and focused on what was important I started to see healthy results.

Now I go by my clothes and how I feel. Been doing the 30DS and feel positively wonderful. Leaner and stronger. Starting level 2 today. Can't wait.

Be brave THROW IT OUT.
March 17, 2012 7:21 AM
Hi. I totally agree has I was getting obsessed with mine. I was getting on mine at least twice a day and it was doing me no good xx
March 17, 2012 7:25 AM
I am beginning to agree with this big time. I was kinda of a serial weigher throughout the week but it fluctuates too much and would then set my mood for the rest of the day.

Now I am going to start going by my clothes...I can already feel like my 2 sessions of C25K are beginning to work.

Slowly but surelu we will get there smile
March 17, 2012 7:25 AM
I agree, Scale is just one process I use to measure progress. My first Scale is the mirror it dont lie!
March 17, 2012 7:26 AM
I agree maybe someone doesnt have to throw their scale out but weighing yourself less often is much healthier
March 17, 2012 7:27 AM
It seems insane that that number on the scale sets the tone for the whole day for me. If I see what I like, the world's a wonderful place. If I don't (especially if I think I don't DESERVE that number...) then I try to talk some sense into myself, but ultimately fall "off the wagon", and the cycle starts again :-(
March 17, 2012 7:28 AM
PLEASE Do things your own way instead of somebody elses!

I weigh myself daily and have for a long time, and will for a long time. 1) "daily fluctuations" always happen for a reason, whether it be eating later, more sodium, or what have you. I like to see what things affect my body in certain ways. 2) I love seeing the number going down. The mirror isn't as kind as the scales most of the time when you're still significantly overweight.
March 17, 2012 7:29 AM
I was the same, if I'd lost weight I'd be in a great mood all day but then if it went up again day after I'd be punishing myself or just gorge myself with unhealthy food lol.
March 17, 2012 7:31 AM
Also, BE BRAVE weigh yourself and man up to the number! You earned it, good or bad.
March 17, 2012 7:31 AM
I like the scale. It keeps me motivated 1lb at a time, whereas it's harder for me to notice a difference in myself because I see me everyday.
March 17, 2012 7:33 AM
Just adding pictures to support, scale weight is not always the best indicater of actual fat loss, and body composition changes.
here is a post I made on this a while back:

Heres some pictures that may help you.
My results have been similar, I am 10-15 pounds heavier then my "rough goal weight" but am already AT my goal clothing size, and physically I am about 1-2 times smaller clothing wise, then last time I was at my goal weight (when I had less muscle) - So I look tighter leaner and smaller, then before at my "small" weight. (size 7/8)
So to everyone else I look like I am already at my goal weight. But I am scale weight heavier, which is fine :) Ignore the scale.
Less weight - yep you will look good dressed and may fit the smaller clothing size - but, add more muscle and a bit more scale weight - you also fit the smaller clothing size, AND look good dressed AND look good nakkid. Thats a win-win :)

Take inch measurements every 30 days from a variety of areas. Not all areas will lose at the same rate, but that's normal. And it does all eventually "catch-up". For me I often lose inches and no pounds for a few weeks, even a month or more - then Boom - one day I lose 5 pounds. (actually I have been losing it, it just "shows" all a once) And weight normally WILL fluctuate up and down many times through a day AND many times in the same week, or months. Thats normal - look at the AVERAGE over 30 days.

5 lbs heavier in after pic, but tighter and leaner
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Not same girl, but cute example
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Same weight, after was when she started lifting heavy
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Different girls but both size 4
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Same girl, before and after lifting heavy weights, she lost 5 lbs
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Stacy, read her story here: She is 14 lbs heavier in after
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10 lbs heavier in after
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10 lbs heavier in after
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Different girl, but both size 2
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5 pounds difference - big body change
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Fat vs Muscle
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Edited by tangal88 On March 17, 2012 7:36 AM
March 17, 2012 7:36 AM
Eyes are the best scale because they don't lie. Scale is good to be used once in a while just to be accountable. If you use it, don't use it more frequently than once a week or two weeks.
March 17, 2012 7:36 AM
I try to stay off of the scales until I notice a significant difference in the way my clothes feel. I am only weighing in every 2 weeks om MFP.
March 17, 2012 7:36 AM
I was weighing myself once a week for the first 2 months. I'm on month 3 and upped my calories so last week I weighed in twice to make sure I was doing the right thing and I was. I wouldn't weigh in every single day. That WILL drive one mad crazy. Once I get into the swing of my new shifts, I will weigh in every 2 weeks.

The scale isn't bad, it's the mentality that goes along with it, whatever yours may be. If you can practice self control with food, you can do it with the scale as well. Just my opinion.
March 17, 2012 7:44 AM
Thanks for posting those photos Tangal88, that's a great reminder that the number on the scale doesn't always tell wha'ts going on with your body. I get frustrated not seeing the numbers go down much, but then I see my clothes start fitting looser and more muscle tone and realize I am still losing :)
March 17, 2012 7:47 AM
I like my scale. I weight myself daily out of habit and I don't have a problem or any sort of obsession with it. It sort of fascinates me to see how the numbers change or don't change from day to day. My main focus is how my clothes fit and the changes I see in the mirror, and I check those things daily too, but I will continue to step on my scale every day as well. smile
March 17, 2012 7:49 AM
I've finally come to not worry about what the scale says. I care more about the inches that I'm losing and how I'm feeling! Everyone needs to keep doing what motivates them though!
March 17, 2012 7:50 AM
I love my measuring tape!
March 17, 2012 7:51 AM
I agree, the scale fluctuates way too much. I weigh myself too often, sometimes daily. One day it might show that Ive gained .3 of pound. Then Im wondering what I did wrong. That could be water or whatever.
March 17, 2012 7:53 AM
how freaky is this?
i just blogged about putting away my scale around the same time you posted this!

thanks for the shot in the arm that i'm doing the right thing!!
March 17, 2012 7:59 AM
I have been doing weight training and I don't care what the scale says. I see so many body changes and realize that the fat weighs less than muscle. So many women (using females because I am one) get frustrated with the scale. The scale isn't important. How you feel, how you look and what you put into your mouth is what is important. I really love weight strength training. I love this thread and thank you for posting this. I feel so good about myself that a scale is the least important thing to me. love

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March 17, 2012 8:01 AM
I weigh myself every couple of days but only log it when it shows a consistent loss for more than a few days... every fortnight I do a weigh-in on wii fit as part of the game to see if I am getting similar numbers on there.

I still want to be around 9st 7, but I'd have to drop lower like closer to 9st before starting to build muscle so it didn't take me over that WITH muscle... I guess I haven't reached the stage yet where the number is not important to me.
March 17, 2012 10:46 AM
last time i was focused on weight loss, i would jump on the scale 7 or more times a DAY.. now, my scale is broken, and the program that i'm going to (a Weight management clinic) only has me coming in to weigh, measure and take vitals every 2-3 weeks. It's also a 45 min drive.. so I'm not even tempted to go in more often. I'm excited and motivated to make that number go down.. and also to see what happens with my measurements.

you are so right! I am now more motivated than i was when I was scale obsessed! I am seeing other changes already in 1 week.. like how easier it is to do a flight of stairs, how my jeans are looser already, how I'm sleeping better. I can't wait to see what differences i see and feel in another few weeks.. that have nothing to do with the scale.

Great post! thank you! (also thank you to the poster who put up all the pictures! great reminder!!)
March 17, 2012 10:51 AM
It's not for everyone. I threw out my scale a couple weeks ago and I know I've gained weight since. I can't wait to buy another one. For some people, it's a pretty reliable measure of their progress. I agree with you that measurements and how your clothes fit are the most important factors in tracking your progress, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to know that number on the scale also.
March 17, 2012 11:02 AM
Not weighing myself is what got me into the mess I am in the first place. I am sure not having a scale is fine for some but for me it just will not work


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