Waiting for Weight

I heard on one of the doctor TV shows last week that a study shows that it is a good idea to weigh yourself every day. Apparently this way you keep honest with yourself about your eating habits and your exercise regime. I think this is a great idea for those who are at or near their healthy weight.

However, for those of us who are big girls (boys), it may not be the very best idea. Case in point, I have been scared straight (no disrespect to the Scared Straight program) by my last visit to my family physician and by my recent diagnosis of diabetes. So a week ago today, I began paying very close attention to the variety of healthy foods that I am eating and especially to the portions of said food. I bought a Fitbit Alta HR which let’s me know by vibrating on my wrist, when I’ve been sitting too long. So to make a long story short (I know, too late. 😉 My habits have changed drastically for the better.

Because I heard that it would be good to weigh myself every day, I did so.  First five day? Down, down, down more than ten pounds, which may give you an idea of how very much I have to lose. News flash: well over 100 pounds to get to a healthy weight.

Yesterday, my weight stayed the same. Today I am up six tenths of a pound. Now my usual reaction to a gain has been to say, “Well, crap, what use is it to even try!” Then I would go to the nearest sweets outlet and gorge on cakes and candies. Since I have been scared straight, that is no longer an option. Now I am faced with a conundrum. Do I keep weighing myself every day, and find a new coping mechanism for dealing with temporary weight gains? Or do I weigh myself less often, weekly or monthly, so I’m not faced with that possible problem daily? I’d really like to check in with friend Wayno. He is a family physician/general practitioner (I don’t know the difference.) I might just have to give him a jingle this week. If I do, I’ll let you know what he thinks. In the meantime, please weigh in (excuse the pun, with a nod to Linda Vallier who tickles us everyday on Facebook with a new pun) with your weighing habits. Every day? Or somewhat less often?

Thank you faithful Readers! It means a lot that you read these.

Donna     PS: Thank you to my son Jake and daughter-in-love Eliza for the iPhone accessories for early Mother’s Day. How fun! A personal fan that connects to my phone, which is gonna be so great in church this summer and a karaoke mic that works with my phone. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I already sent my daughter Emi and grandbaby Ida a video of me singing Happy Little Working Song from the movie Everlasting. This thing is a blast!

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8 thoughts on “Waiting for Weight”

  1. I think every day is a bit much. Once a week is good. Although, it leaves as much chance for disheartening news. But any date with a scale can provide that, I’ve found. You keep on keeping at it, Ma. Knocking em down.

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  2. Gregg’s a daily weigher, but I’m not fond of the scale. It often doesn’t tell the whole story. I tend to eat for all the wrong reasons…being tired, stressed, bored, etc. It seems like a healthy habits coach might do more than a scale.

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  3. I don’t weigh myself. I feel that weighing myself isn’t necessarily a positive reinforcement of what I’m doing. I do measure myself to get a sense of progress. Muscle weighs more than anything else and you want to loose inches. My trainer would tell you that it’s being consistently active (20-30min of walking every day), portion control (small snacks throughout the day/eat more for fuel not pleasure) and I would add it’s about forgiving yourself. I have to forgive myself everyday and just do my best. I mean everyone knows what weight they think they should be but that seems so unitainable. I focus on today, do my best and forgive myself.

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  4. I’m not a fan of daily weighs, but I can see the logic. If I DON’T weigh daily, though, I often keep putting it off and off and off. The only way I weigh (ha!) with consistency is if I was being held accountable by someone (like a weekly weight watchers meeting or something similar).

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