Thursday, March 4, 2010

Weighing Yourself

How often do you weigh yourself? Daily? Weekly? Once A Month? At All?

I weigh myself daily. I always do it first thing in the morning - all natural :)

Some experts recommend that. Others recommend weekly or bi-weekly weighing.

Day to day weighing has let me see first hand the natural fluctuations that happen every day. I've seen clearly the changes that can occur due to water retention, eating salty foods, or my menstrual cycle. I can see the results (or lack thereof) that may occur from a workout or a certain meal. I can catch earlier if I am gaining weight.

But, daily weighing is NOT my only measure. I also pay attention to my body inches/measurements, body fat, and energy levels/strength during workouts. I also use certain pieces of clothing and view my body in the mirror.

When I was meeting weekly with my dietitian, she would mark my weight down each week. Some weeks that particular day my numbers would not reflect a loss or maybe a gain but the other days that week showed that I had made progress. Some weeks correspond to what I was seeing daily. That's the strength and weakness of weekly weighing...Not so frequent that you could become obsesive, enough that you can track progress, but harder to determine where you are natural daily fluctuation.


Crys said...

A month or so ago I said I was only going into WW bi-weekly to weigh myself, but that didn't last very long. I'm a compulsive weigher. Once before I pee, once after... after a filling meal, in the morning, just before bed. It's almost a habit. Every time I in the bathroom, I find myself on the scale (it's positioned by the sink ANNNND I gotta wash my hands :). I'm not the least bit encouraged (or discouraged) by the number I see. It is what it is, but it's that constant accountability. When I stray from the scale, I get in trouble.

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