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Every budgeting guru there is tells you to know where every penny goes, to know what your balance is in your bank account, to keep track of what’s going in and out. It kind of makes sense, then to treat your weight the same way. Right?
How can you know where you stand if you don’t know where you are?
About a year and a half ago I started to weigh myself daily and to write that weight down on a chart I made. I really wanted to know if my weight was going up or down or staying the same. I wanted to know if what I was doing was working or not. And there was no way to do that without actually measuring my weight on a consistent basis, I needed to weigh daily.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”William James
Weighing daily is controversial and it can easily devolve into a shame and self-loathing spiral. To be honest, I still feel a little jolt of nerves every day when I step on the scale.
Making it a habit to weigh daily
But I think weighing daily as a set routine over an extended period of time defuses some of that angst. It becomes routine. It becomes kind of boring and so not nearly as emotional. It also starts to give you a lot of data (if you are logging your daily weight, which I completely believe that you should) and you can start seeing patterns in the data which can help you start to make smarter choices whether you want your weight to go up, down or stay the same.
Before I started weighing daily and logging the results, I felt like my weight was always going up. But honestly, I really had no idea.
I would only ever remember the last number I had seen on the scale. If that number was up, I felt like a failure, and I ate. If that number was down, I felt like a success, and I ate. What I do know, is that never weighing didn’t stop my weight from going up. It only switched my metric from pounds to clothing sizes.
When I started to weigh daily I learned that my weight has a reasonable 2-5 pound range. I also learned that when I was losing, it was never a straight line. It would jump around and be up and down like a crazy thing. But being able to look back at the previous weeks and months enabled me to see the downward trend. It wasn’t steady, but over time it was trending down.
I am not a health care professional and I am not a weight-loss guru. Weighing daily may not be the right choice for you. But I ask you to at least consider the proposition. I still have weight to lose and I don’t have all the answers, but for me choosing to consistently weigh daily is a helpful tool that I intend to continue to use.
Learn more from the experts about the decision to weigh daily
- Why You May Want to Weigh Yourself Every Day
- Daily Weighing May be Key to Losing Weight
- Weighing Yourself Daily is Linked to Weight Loss
Would you ever decide to weigh yourself daily? Let me know in the comments below.
Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.Charles Dudley Warner
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