Do you weigh yourself every day?

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The standard advice when you're dieting in NOT to weigh yourself every day. It can dampen spirits when you don't lose any weight day after day. Over my years of dieting and trying to lose weight I've learned that I do better when I weigh myself every day.

When I check my weight daily I get to see the fluctuations, I get to watch the effects of certain foods and how long they last, and I get to understand why my weight goes up (or down). I'm not suggesting that this would work for everyone but for me it works best.

This week is a prime example of why.

If I'd weighed myself last week, and then nothing until today I'd be rather down. I'd feel like the effort I've been putting in just wasn't worth it and I'd probably scoff a few donuts to make myself feel better. But that's not how I feel. Why? Because I weighed myself every day.



Last week I weighed 13st 2.2lbs, this week I weigh 13st 4.9lbs.

By the numbers I've gained 2.7lbs and that's depressing given that it took me almost two weeks to lose that much. 

Right now though it's that week, the week when I retain water. I'm bloated and feeling pretty rubbish, if I added to that the disappointment about my weight that would leave me feeling awful. But I'm not disappointed, I understand that this week my weight doesn't go down. I understand that this week I just need to be kind to myself. 

I took the boys to the Handmade Burger Co. at the weekend and enjoyed a tasty burger, and while it isn't going to help me lose weight you can't pass up a great burger can you? 

Some of the weight gain is attributed to that (obvs!) and I'm well aware that I can't eat fabulous meals every day. 

My point is that when I gained weight I knew why, I knew that it was partly my own fault and partly nature's fault. I can't control the fact that I'm a woman, every month for one week my weight goes up and there is absolutely nothing I can do about that. As long as the general trend is down I'm doing something right.

Weighing myself every day helps me understand more about my body and what influence food and exercise has on it. For example, I know that the benefits (or weight loss) of any exercise takes a few days to show up. I also know that when I eat bad food, like a great burger, it will take a few days before the full effects are seen. 

I have been able to learn a lot about certain foods and the kind of effect they'll have. This obviously helps when I'm planning our meals for the week. 

Today I've had salsa with parma ham and ryvita for lunch (the first time I've tried ryvita!) and it was lovely. It's also super healthy and we'll definitely be having it again. 

I won't deny myself a cheeky burger every now and then, but I will make up for it afterwards.

Fitness 4 Mamas

Sim's Life

26 comments:

  1. I read the post and I agree completely. Enjoy life and focus on good eating. And pounds do not matter, size and health matters.

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  2. Have to admit that I am a big fan of weighing every day, I do it religiously. Why? Like you say, you get to understand your body - the more you understand your body, the easier it all is to understand. Clearly you weigh more at night time than you do first thing, TOTM can add on 2-3lbs through bloating and water retention etc
    It can be disheartening when you know you have been on your best behaviour yet the scales do not appear to factor that. Awesome post and I am totally with you! Thank you for linking up with #WeightLossWednesday! Next week, those scales are going to surprise you! Sim xx

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    1. Thanks so much Sim. I did wonder if I'd be yelled at for doing it but I find it much easier to handle it when I know why the scales say what they do. I didn't know that about the the 2-3lbs though - I might be doing a happy dance next week if that's the case!! :)

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  3. I think it's just one of those things where these is no right or wrong, it's just different for different people. I don't weight each day for exactly the reason you - the fluctuations. I can understand why you'd like to see them, but for me I'd find that frustrating. Plus, for me weight is only one of the measurements I use and a lot of the others just wouldn't be noticeable day-to-day (like inch loss or photos) so I just check in every 10 days to see how things are going. For me that's long enough of a gap to see a difference each time, without getting frustrated at slow progress.

    #weightlosswednesday

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    1. I'm glad that works for you. I think I'd forget to do it if I was doing it every 10 days (I'm a tad forgetful!). Thanks for stopping by. x

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  4. What an interesting post Morgan. Usually I advise people NOT to weigh themselves every day but you've made a good case here. Thanks for making me think! Juliet McGrattan #FitnessTuesday (sorry for posting anon, it won't recognise me???) www.drjulietmcgrattan.com

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    1. Thanks Juliet (and sorry about the trouble - not sure why that is?!), I think it's just personal preference but for me it works very well. :)

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  5. I really don't think that weighing myself every day would work for me - how much of a bummer when you're having a fat day. I just weigh myself whenever I remember, or if I feel like I've lost a few lbs so it will be worth it. #FitnessTuesday

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    1. Haha true story, those fat days can get you down. But it's also nice to know that you can undo it. For example, when I've had fast food and put weight on I know it's because of the fast food and it'll soon disappear as long as I don't eat more fast food! :)

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  6. I try to weigh myself the same time every week, and I always weigh in the mornings (it's like I'm trying to convince myself I weigh less than I do) to spur me on for the rest of the day. If I have a bit of naughtiness I do step on the scales a little more frequently though because I feel like I need to prepare myself for the effects and see it in front of me.
    #weightlosswednesday

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    1. That's definitely something to do, weighing at the same time every day/week, because of your daily fluctuations too. :)

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  7. I don't like weighing myself at all but I can see how it could really help to understand how and when your weight changes after eating different foods or doing certain exercises. #fitnesstuesdays

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    1. It's helped me with my journey and it's the only way I can monitor what effect I'm having after exercise and dieting. :)

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  8. I completely agree! I am not trying to lose weight but I like to maintain a steady weight and if I don't weigh myself every day I wouldn't be able to. As you say, so many factors influence our weight and we can only understand that if we monitor it.
    A great article.
    And the lunch sounds yummy and super healthy!! Don't let that time of the month week dishearten you x

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, I really appreciate it. xx

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  9. I used to weigh myself every day for years before children, but don't do anymore as for me it's more about fitting into my clothes. We all are different, and if that works for you, do it. Thanks for joining #FitnessTuesday again x

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    1. Thanks Mirka, you're right too. We are all different. xx

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  10. Ahh I love this! I am a daily (or thereabouts) weigher and for me, it really helps. I totally appreciated that for everyone it's a different and personal thing so I would never try to tell anyone that one way is better but I HAVE argued my case when people have told me off in the past by using the basic and plain fact that I lost 3 stone 10 years ago and have kept it off so it works for me. And YES - that monthly fluctuation, I'm a water retainer too and those who know me well just need to look at my ankles to be able to tell when it's that time of the month haha. Good for you for doing what makes you happy Xx

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    1. Thanks so much Lins. Yes, I fight my corner too! :)

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  11. I usually just weigh myself whenever I remember but this really makes as my weight really does fluctuate #FitnessTuesday

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    1. That's exactly why I weigh myself daily, it's easier to track the fluctuations that way. :)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. xx

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  12. I weigh myself daily and it helps me learn too. Especially after having a gastric bypass 13 weeks ago. I like to check in once a day. #fitnesstuesday

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    1. Thanks, it's lovely to know I'm not the only one. Hope all is healing well. xx :)

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  13. It's great that you found something to keep you motivated! That's what it's all about. Not what others think you should do. It's your body, you know it best after all. Good luck with your weight loss journey!

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