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Day 25 – Does Constantly Weighing Yourself Help In The Weight Loss Process?

July 19th, 2013 by

I weighed myself once at the very beginning of this lifestyle and weight loss revolution, I haven’t done since. This is the first time that I have undergone a weight loss project without having a weekly weigh in and it has been the best decision I have made. My reasoning behind the decision is that every weigh in session has the potential for de-motivation and a negative response. If I have been good all week, stuck to my plan and am really positive about the weigh in and I don’t lose as much as I had hoped or stayed the same, then the level of disappointment is exacerbated. This disappointment can result in negative thoughts i.e. what is the point? I am never going to get there! I work hard and this is all I get! In order to avoid negativity in pursuit of my weight loss and lifestyle success I have eliminated a potentially negative scenario. Does it matter if I weigh 250 or 251 pounds? For me all I care about is how I look , whether I am staying on track and how much closer to the goal I am. I take positivity extremely seriously and think that in order to succeed that you need to have a determined and positive mindset. As soon as you allow negativity into the thought process you have begun the process of losing. For me it is all about winning.

Today was another good day, one more day down. I feel good, I am 4 notches down on my belt and I am wearing shirts that I haven’t worn for quite some time. The process is happening, I don’t need the scales to confirm that…

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18 Responses to “Day 25 – Does Constantly Weighing Yourself Help In The Weight Loss Process?”

  • mariekeates says:

    Scales are the work of the devil. I’ve become convinced mine hate me.

  • bahamahokie says:

    While the scale has its uses, it doesn’t sound like you need it right now! As long as you are reaping the rewards of your lifestyle change, that is all that you need. The scale can be a great help when people plateau, to see if they really need to eat less (or sometimes more!), and to get that last little ounce of fat removed for their physical appearance…but if they’re honest, their overall well being will be improved without the scale. I agree though, it’s easy to get hung up on the numbers that little box spits out at you. I do it all of the time, even though I know it’s only a part of the overall equation.

    • dmmd1983 says:

      I want to eliminate negativity and unnecessary pressure on what the individual weighs during the lifestyle change process :) Thank you for your comments!

  • sjvella says:

    You are right, I do tend to feel bad when I do not lose as much as I want but I am an addict. I weight myself everyday sometimes even twice a day. I know it’s not good but I need to know that what I am doing is good. At time you think you are eating healthy when actually you aren’t so the scale will let you know if you didn’t. But I believe everyone should do what they feel it’s best :) Well done for losing inches

    • dmmd1983 says:

      Absolutely everyone should do what is best for them, in my case putting the additional pressure of a twice daily weigh in is not going to help my motivation. How about you weigh yourself once every 2 weeks? In your own mind you know whether you have lost weight or not dependent on your choices. If you have stuck to a sensible eating plan, done some training and drank lots of water then you will lose weight, you don’t need to jump on the scales twice a day to show you that. Try my advice and see how you get on :)

  • Ice_Badger says:

    You are right about it being easy to get obsessed with the numbers…
    I want to weigh myself, once a week just to check that the eating vs exercise balance is right…however I am so sleepy in the mornings that i keep forgetting…this is a new thing for me…I am normally an obsessive.
    The main focus for me is fitness and that is improving so things are good :-)

  • John says:

    You are so right, I didn’t own a scale in the begining and was checking my weight once a week, I bought a scale last week and I find myself on it all the time. I really try not to get on it. For the most part, I am strong enough to know that the wait fluxuates during the day and everyday, so I don’t put that much into it. As long as the numbers decrease over a number of days. But it messes with your head and that is not good. keep up the good work
    http://www.ourpersonaljourney.wordpress.com

    • dmmd1983 says:

      Thanks John, try keeping it to a week though as I know you are currently in a work biggest loser competition so can’t stop weighing altogether :)

  • Elaine says:

    Good thought about not weighing yourself. Congratulations on being down 4 notches and wearing smaller sized shirts!

    • dmmd1983 says:

      Thank you, the way I look and feel is the real motivation, not what the scales say!

      • Elaine says:

        I weigh myself a lot but part of that is because of a medical issue and watching my sodium intake. You are right that a pound or two can be very frustrating

        • dmmd1983 says:

          Such a small amount can lead to so much frustration, what I am trying to do on this journey is to remove the frustration and the details that have affected my success on my other attempts to lose weight. For medical purposes obviously this approach cannot be implemented :)

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