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Old 08-02-19, 07:24 AM  
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Question When to measure? When to Weigh?

Hey all,
Quick often do you or should you measure yourself?

Also how often do you weigh yourself? I've heard SO many theories - some saying don't weigh that often because you might get discouraged. Or DO weigh often so weight doesn't sneak up?
I currently weigh myself twice a week, Tues and Fri.

I don't measure myself very often.

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Old 08-02-19, 07:43 AM  
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I weigh once weekly at my WW meeting and try my best to stay off the scale at home. If I like what I see at home it can tell my internal Cookie Monster to go ahead and raid that jar.

I gave up measuring with a tape measure a few years ago. I was driving myself nuts. But, when I was getting body fat analyzed at a gym, the guy told me to do it once every four weeks.
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Old 08-02-19, 08:04 AM  
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I weigh myself all the time! I just find it interesting. It doesn't freak me out or discourage (or particularly encourage) me really... I'm just curious about how different conditions affect my weight... I weigh more when it's humid than when it's not, for example.

I don't measure very often because it's a hassle. I just go by how my clothes fit.
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Old 08-02-19, 03:09 PM  
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I weigh myself several times a week. It's more of a motivation to stay on track. I've learned to take the emotional reaction out of it. I never measure. Now THAT would be depressing (for me). I go by how my clothes fit.

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Old 08-02-19, 03:11 PM  
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I measure my waist, hips and thighs the first of each month.

I weigh every morning and night. I know weight fluctuates, but it helps me stay on track.

I grew up as teener weener. It got shorten to weener when a nephew was learning to talk and he just called me weener.
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Old 08-02-19, 04:59 PM  
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Weigh: every morning before I dress or eat
Measure: the morning of the first day of each month

May be obsessive, but I do better when I keep alert to any changes . . . before they get out of hand.
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Old 08-02-19, 05:26 PM  
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Weigh: every morning after I go to the potty and before I dress. I need to see that I am losing because I know the water weight fluctuates and if I weigh myself and it goes up then I know it's more then likely just water.

I try to measure 1x per week but that is more frustrating then the weighing because I can't seem to measure in the same places consistently!
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Old 08-02-19, 06:48 PM  
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Weigh: once a week, usually on Sunday mornings. Out of habit and not that I expect to see any difference from previous week. If nothing changes, nothing changes.

Measure: usually on January 1st of every year when I'm all gung-ho to finally make it THIS year when I'm going to lose the weight and inches. Next year on Jan 1st I measure and usually find that nothing has changed from previous year.
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Old 08-02-19, 06:52 PM  
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I try to weigh 1x/wk but use weight more as a training guideline (ballpark on how much water retention after heavy lifting so I can schedule appropriate rest). I don't attach much emotion to the number because many times my visible goal/results have coincided with steady or even increased weight. I'm too lazy to measure so I just keep "goal" pants (a size or 2 smaller) to try on when I'm training for a more compact size. In my experience, the right clothes are more accurate at assessing body changes than a scale.
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Old 08-03-19, 09:08 AM  
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I weigh myself every day at roughly the same point in the day, after a workout but before lunch. I know the common feeling is to weigh before breakfast, but I find I'm too hungry to do much more than stagger to the kitchen as soon as I wake up. Even though this means my number might be a little less accurate, I still think that the basic consistency of the habit keeps me in check and helps me gauge my progress.

I only measure myself if I'm planning on buying some new clothes and want to make sure I have a good idea of my size.

Once I hit my current goal weight, I may not weigh every day, but I might step up my measuring, since then it will be about changing my fat-to-muscle ratio.
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