How often do you weigh yourself?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I've just read an article in the latest 'OK!' magazine about a mother and daughter from Australia's Biggest Loser. Meaghan and Julie, they have both lost substantial amounts of weight, Meaghan lost 36.4kg and Julie 43.6kg, they do look fabulous, I love reading success stories of their life transformation.
Here's a link to some before pictures and the after pictures

In one of the questions OK asks is Do you still weigh yourself now?
Meghan and Julie: "Yeah!"
Julie: "Every day in fact, which I know probably isn't healthy, but I've got to keep on top of it. I don't want to wait until the end of the week and realise I've put on two kilos! I know it's too hard to take off! So I'm keeping track on a daily basis."

I don't blame her for weighing herself everyday, when you've lost a lot of weight you obviously want to stay on top of it.

They are eating what I would call low fat, moderate protein, moderate carbs. Meaghan's Diet example is Breakfast: 30gms of oats with four egg whites, low-fat yoghurt and a spoonful of jam', Lunch: Grilled chicken salad, Dinner: Steamed vegies and maybe a serving of fish for dinner. So it probably feels like a bit of a struggle to take the weight off. When you are low carbing and keeping enough fat in your diet it totally changes the struggle factor.

So I've just put up a poll because I'd love to know how often you weigh yourself... I'm a once a week weigh er at the moment but sometimes sneak a mid week weigh, I do find it hard to wait a week, it feels like ages. I know the change in lifestyle is just that, a change in lifestyle and shouldn't be focused on the scale but for me it helps keep me motivated, some say weighing yourself is addictive and I think they are right, whoever 'they' are!

I had a big night on Saturday and was out till 3am with dh and friends. People are surprised I have the stamina especially since I don't drink alcohol. I sometimes feel hungover anyway just because of the late night. So yesterday was a very easy day, I went to bed early because I was soo tired, I'm still a little weary today and have decided to fast today because I'm feeling a little gluttonous from the weekend, just a bit of overindulgence, not necessarily with high carb foods though, just too much in general.

On another note I've asked our local library to order Good Calories, Bad Calories so I'm waiting for that to arrive, I can't wait to read it. I think Mark Sisson's book is out soon so I will be purchasing that as soon as it's available for purchase. I need a good book to read and I'm only really in to books like that.


  1. I weigh myself daily and I wish I didn't! Theoretically it's only meant to be weekly but I just can't resist stepping onto them when I strip off for a shower. I am trying to break the daily habit because it only depresses me when I don't show a loss, and as you say the whole point is lifestyle, not focussing on weight.

  2. I try to weigh only once a month because it's really easy for me to become obsessive about it. Sometimes it's every two weeks.

    If I weighed daily, I'd be hopping aboard the crazy train. Woo woo!

    Enjoy your blog!

  3. I get really compulsive about weighing myself, so I try to limit that to once a week or less. I indulge my compulsion by measuring my waist every day instead.

  4. It's really interesting seeing the poll results, seems the most common is once a day, I guess everyone is different.

    Judith: I can be the same sometimes, just can't help hoping on the scales before you get in the shower, maybe I should move my scales out of the bathroom!

    Musajen: I love the hopping about the crazy train :) I can relate, it's very easy to become obsessed with the scale.

    Ghost: Measuring your waist is probably better I would say, maybe I should do that instead.

  5. I hardly ever weigh myself since it usually doesn't exceed my expectations and as a result frustrates me. The only measure is how my clothes fit.
    I know I would obsess too much about my weight otherwise...
    M x


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