Operation Skinny Jeans: I am putting away my scale.

Monday, February 3, 2014

I am putting away my scale.

I realized something this weekend. Either my scale, or my body, is wack.

My weight fluctuates SO MUCH. Apparently this isn't necessarily the case for other people, and I guess I didn't realize that.

For instance. This Saturday, I woke up and weighed myself.

240.3.

That was high, but I didn't eat great on Friday so I took it. I took my dog Max to the vet to have his teeth cleaned, ate a bagel, went back home and back to bed. Woke up a couple hours later.

236.7

Da fuq? Went on with the rest of my day, had eggs and hashbrowns for dinner and a beer at Trivia. That night before bed:

235.2

Drunk. My body or my scale are drunk. The next morning.

236.4

and this morning

237.9.

I know, i know, you aren't supposed to weigh yourself that many times a day. I know. My problem is that if I see a number I don't like, I tend to check up on it during the day. It is just astounding to me that my weight can (and this isn't abnormal, I promise you) fluctuate by 5 whole pounds in 1 day.

This is driving me insane. And in the same breath, I can go from 232 (my lowest last week) to 240 in a matter of 2 days.

And I know it isn't supposed to, but this frustrates me. Which is why when I look at progress pics from my P90X3 adventure, I am truly blown away! There are only 4.something lbs difference in these pics. But I lost SEVEN inches from my waist in 30 days.

So I am taking a break from my scale again. I don't need to know my weight until March 1st for my next 30 days of P90X3 progress, so I am not going to look at it. It is too much of a roller coaster, and while I don't let it derail my day, or anything, it is still frustrating.

Am I the only one who has this problem? My mother in law thinks is super weird, and I agree lol
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34 comments :

  1. Nope, I don't think it's weird - my weight does the same! I tend to only weigh first thing in the AM - undressed, post-pee. My weight could easily be 5 lbs heavier by the end of the day. After a cheat meal (yes, just meal), my weight is up at least 3-4 lbs the next morning. It's crazy, but I retain tons and tons of water.

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  2. I make myself only weigh on Fridays and if the week wasn't good, I might wait till the next Friday. If I start obsessing (I've been known to weigh in the middle of the night when I get up to pee and then take my pjs off to see if it changes the weight) the scale goes bye bye.My cheat meals are usually Chinese (salt) related, so I fo sho don't weigh after those puppies!

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  3. After those P90X results, I'd say you should definitely break up with your scale. WTG!

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  4. Yep same thing happens to me except my weight can fluctuate by as much as 8 pounds in a day. A few weeks ago I did my weekly weigh in for weight watchers and after the best week of eating and exercising in the past 3 months and I had gained 5 pounds. So I got all dramatic on my husband and swore off food forever (ya know, since obviously eating healthy was not working). Yeah that lasted about 4 hours. The next morning I weighed again (because I am obsessed) and I had lost 6 pounds. So basically my scale is out to get me.

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  5. Glad I am not the only one... My scale and I have the exact problem. I really need to break up with mine too!

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  6. I am a total psycho scale stepper....like the difference between breakfast, lunch and dinner is going to make a difference, but sadly for me as well it fluctuates so much that it sort of ruins my day. I don't allow it to derail me but I am always off-put when the scale doesn't reflect how hard I am trying. I keep saying I am putting my scale in the garage to stop the scale from tempting me every time I am in the bathroom and I never do...it's a problem right??

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  7. Glad I am not the only one... My scale and I have the exact problem. I really need to break up with mine too!

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  8. Nope. I am a total scale nightmare. I weigh three times every morning just to make sure it's telling the truth and I weigh every day. It's a sick cycle that I am trying to break.

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  9. Good luck with letting go of the scale ---- I am exactly the same way. My scale is always out in my bathroom and I am constantly getting on it multiple times during the day if I didn't like the number at first. It is really pretty terrible that I let that number dictate my day like that. I have tried to put it away a few times.......and maybe I need to take a break from mine for awhile too! Thanks for the kick to do it!!!!

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  10. I am the exact same way. If I even look at something that is high in sodium, I can go up like 5+ pounds overnight! I try to limit it to once a week and take even that lightly.

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  11. The scale is a lying whore. I fluctuate like crazy too, according to the scale. It depresses me when I get on and see more than last time...or way more than last time when I am doing everything right. It is demotivating and not reflective of the physical results I can see in the mirror and feel in my clothes. I haven't stepped on that liar in over a week and I have never felt better. Break up with it! Stick her in a closet. Do whatever you have to!

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  12. Bodies fluctuate 3-4 lbs during the day, so not nutso. I always weigh in butt nekkid, after my morning trip to the bathroom. Period. And only once. I can step back on it 10 seconds later and see .2-.4 difference! So once a day, or once a month. If emotionally it's too much of a roller coaster, putting it away might help with the OCD'edness of it. ;)

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  13. I definitely broke up with my scale after a similar day. In one day my body went up and down 8 pounds. Strange how that works! Those P90X3 results are AWESOME!

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  14. That's why I only weigh myself once a week. When you're lifting heavy weights that stupid scale goes up and can freak you out. Ick

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  15. This happens to me too. It's definitely frustrating and confusing. You keep doing what you're doing. You look great in the progress pics!!

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  16. You aren't alone! My weight fluctuates drastically sometimes. My husband laughs at me because I have 3 scales. My fancy fitbit aria scale always shows me (and my husband) as weighing more than any other scale in the house. My old school scale and my cheaper digital scale are on par with each other. I limit myself to stepping on once in the morning before getting dressed/post bathroom use. Then I record an official weight on Fridays.

    Your progress pics are amazing! Such an inspiration! Keep up the good work. :)

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  17. That's amazing progress! You are really rocking it. :)

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  18. I do the same thing here, its an addiction! You look amazing! So proud of you!!

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  19. My weight fluctuates more than I think is a normal amount during the day and during a few days period, so I have started only weighing in the morning. I only seem to want to weigh everyday when I'm in a really good routine. But if I forget to weigh in the morning I make myself wait until the next morning to check it out. And like you, I've started taking progress pics because I see a bigger difference in those than on the scale.

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  20. Your progress pictures are amazing.

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  21. WOW! Girl you're looking great!!! Put that scale AWAY... it's the one that's crazy!!!! Pictures don't lie :)

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  22. Whoa! I seriously just posted about this on my blog (twins I tell ya). I have the same issue! I'm way too focused on that stupid number, so no weighing in until March for me! Good luck girl!

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  23. I wrote a post the other day about how much I hate scales! I'm all for this!

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  24. I don't think you need the scale. Those pics speak for themselves!! When I did Insanity (side note - lots of jumping kills your knees! urgh!) I gained ~10 lbs (how frustrating!!) but lost 3 inches off my waist. I was so confused as to what I should think! However, I looked better and felt stronger, so I just went with it.

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  25. I am the same way. I have had others tell me over and over to put the scale away. This weekend I had a 5 lb. difference is one day. I did enjoy some Super Bowl food but not enough for 5lbs in one day. I felt so bad the next day that I splurged a bit. I am also doing P90x3 and have lost inches but only 4 lbs . I am definitely getting rid of the scale. I can't handle the mind games.

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  26. WOW! Amazing results!!!! GREAT JOB!!!

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  27. You have had amazing results in 30 days! Congrats! I used to be a scale addict until my husband hid the scale and refused to give it back. I would obsess over whatever number I saw and it had the power to ruin my entire day. I convinced him to give it back when I started T25 and I am doing good with only weighing myself on Saturday like the program says. It's a tough adjustment for a scale addict, but I admit, weighing only once a week has been really good for me. Good for you stepping away from the scale!

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  28. I think just weighing yourself continously is gonna upset you. Make sure you eat well, exercise and then maybe weigh in once a month. The pictures show much more than the scales did

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  29. those are GREAT results! keep it up! And yeah, you should only weigh yourself once at the same time every day or week

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  30. those pictures up there are worth so much more than your scale!! I know that you want to see the scale go down but the scale is stupid! I usually only weigh myself once or twice a week. Even that sometimes is too much. I don't like that it has control over my mind. It shouldn't make or break my day.

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  31. i do the exact same thing. i can weigh, take a shower, weigh again and be 4 pounds heavier or lighter. it's ridiculous! I'm thinking of putting my scale away for a while too. Maybe I'll try for the 1st of every month.

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  32. SAME!! I try to do a weigh-in on Mondays on my blog, but my weight is so ridiculously all over the place like yours, I'm always weighing in in a 6 pound range and it's SO frustrating because I'm a scale addict... and it's like you read my mind because I've actually been thinking about doing this myself, especially because I'm in half marathon training now, so my fitness is more of a focus than the scale anyway!

    itsmandible.blogspot.com

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  33. I am also thinking of packing up my scale and weighing in monthly. I'm not 100% committed to it yet though! It's tough to put that little sucker away! haha Great job though on your workouts and the inches lost! woohoo!

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  34. Yeah i'm only weighing myself once a week ( i sometimes check in half-way through the week to see if i'm on track) these workouts look like they actually work, I might need to try something like this!

    bambiroux.blogspot.com

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