See Ya Daily Scale Weigh-In

You know that thing, where you weigh every day, and you see your weight abnormally drop at times, but then you weigh in on your weigh-in day, and even though your weigh-in was perfectly acceptable, you beat yourself up and call yourself a diet failure even though you actually had a loss?

Yeah, I had that this week.

The weight I posted on Saturday was TWO pounds less than the weight I posted today.

Here’s the thing. I tracked EVERY bite that went into my mouth. I was UNDER my calorie target EVERY… SINGLE… DAY… And no, I wasn’t under it so significantly that I should have hit a starvation mode. My target is 1900 to 2900, based on a BMR of 3400. I was in that range, (admittedly the higher end), every single day of this past week.

So how did I do?

May 9, 2012
Weight: 360.4
Change from Last Week: -1.8 pounds
Change from All-Time Highest: -42.4 pounds

See, I weighed myself on Saturday, and it was 358.6. Woo hoo, right?

Well, why is it, then, when I weigh myself today, that I’m back in the 360s?

Because the human body is a jerk, that’s why. I know weight fluctuates, sometimes for no obviously discernible reason.

I understand that you are supposed to look at the big picture.

I understand that, if you can’t handle it mentally, you shouldn’t weigh yourself everyday.

So what am I going to do?

I’m going to look at the big picture.

And I’m only going to weigh myself once a week.

Because if I had done that this week, if I had not stepped on the scale since last Wednesday, I would have seen a loss of 1.8 pounds, and instead of Tina trying to cheer me up as I scrambled eggs, we would have done a little happy dance. (That… that sounds dirty. I literally just meant we would have done it… danced… in the kitch-… never mind.)

So I am saying adios to the daily scale. It is not for me right now. I hope it will be at some point. I want to be strong enough mentally that I can accept the number and not let it judge me. Right now, I just can’t do that.

This was a tremendously successful week. There is 1.8 pounds less of me!

I need to stay in the NOW of weight loss. From what I’ve heard from those who have made it to goal weight, losing weight is the fun, easy part. Maintenance (while doable and certainly worth achieving) is much harder and not nearly as much fun. I can’t beat myself up over the past where I gained weight; I can’t torture myself over dreams of getting to goal. I can only live in the RIGHT NOW, where I am going to try and be as healthy as I possibly can, regardless of what the scale says.

My first step in living in the positive NOW is to get rid of the daily scale. And if I happen to gain, then I’ll look at my inch measurements and celebrate any change there. And if that is a gain, too, then I’ll truthfully examine my diet and see if it was earned or accidental.

I am about to leave for San Diego in a few days. Next Wednesday, I will be on the road. I have some awesome guest posts lined up. As a result of this babymoon Tina and I are going on, I will not be weighing in next Wednesday. I’m taking my tape measure, though, and I still plan to track all of my food and get in LOTS of activity.

In two weeks, I plan to post another loss, and no matter what it is, I plan to be happy about it.

Failure to plan is plan for failure.

I have many, many strategies to make this vacation one of the healthiest vacations I have ever taken. Recap, of course, will be coming when I get back.

How often do you weigh? Can you successfully weigh every day?

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  • Jeanie

    If you do not have access to a scale and need to determine the weight of a person or an object, water displacement provides an alternative technique to accurately measure weight..
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      That is a good one Jeanie. I actually will try it sometime. The displacement thing just sounds awesome.
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  • http://thisnebraskalife.wordpress.com Erin

    Oh boy, you know I struggle with this! I am weighing myself a few times per week right now. Giving myself a pep talk before getting on the scale has helped me not get too emotional over the number. Something like, “No matter what it says, don’t get your panties in a wad. You will be okay.”
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  • Blaze Felipe

    Trying for weight loss is good. But on the other hand we should take care about our diet while tying for weight loss. Proper and nutritious diet will make us strong and loss our weight. So, making a proper diet plan is very important for weight loss.
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