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Family Fitness: How and when to weigh yourself.

Posted by Bert on 2/7/2013 to Family Fitness
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? Morning? Or evening? Midday or before breakfast? Fully clothed or naked? The options for weighing yourself are really unlimited! But when is the best time to get the best results? We all know that when you're trying to lose weight that pesky scale can be your arch nemesis on the road to success. It can play mind games with you if you don't keep your emotions in check! This is a number on a piece of equipment; it does not determine who you are or what you mean to the people who love you. That being said, lets get on to it

Weigh yourself in the morning Or if not first thing in the morning then at roughly the same time every day. Weighing yourself first thing in the morning will get you the most accurate weight. If you cant weigh yourself in the morning try to do it at the same time (or time of day) weekly. Your weight can fluctuate up to three pounds throughout the day so keep everything in perspective and don't weigh yourself throughout the day.

Choose a day of the week and stick to it! One time when I was doing Weight Watchers my meeting day was on Monday nights at 7pm. It did not work for meat all. You see, the weekends were extremely difficult to get through knowing that the gatherings I was going to would affect my weigh in on Monday night. Then I switched to Saturday mornings at 7am and my weigh ins were much more successful. Why? Well, even though I had done well during the week with my allotted Points I had saved a lot of the extra Points for the weekend when life was not our normal routine. Monday evening weigh ins were not my friend because of this.

What to wear? What to wear? If you're weighing yourself in the comforts of your home you can be in your birthday suit; heck if you aren't shy you can be in your birthday suit in a locker room! I usually weigh myself first thing in the morning, after Ive gone to the bathroom so I have on a t-shirt and underwear. The key thing about what you're wearing is that its similar each week. If you want to weigh yourself in your jeans that's okay just make sure you wear jeans every week when you weigh in!

What kind of scale should you buy? Your typical bathroom scale, that's either digital or analog (the kind with the dial), can be purchased at most retail stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target or Wal-Mart. Here are the things you should be looking for:
  • A scale that has ample weight capacity.
  • Small measuring increments of 0.2 lbs or 0.2%.
  • Wide platform to stand on
  • Battery operated The majority of you who are reading use cloth diapers and try to make green choices in most areas of your life. While there are solar powered scales available unless you have access to ample sunlight so the scale can always be charged it will not be as accurate as a battery powered scale.
Just remember, a scale doesn't dictate who you are, its a tool for measurement to help you.

Bio: Bert is a stay at home mom of two, wife to college sweetheart, and what she calls a "semi-crunchy" mama. After four years of being overweight related to pregnancies, Bert submitted a video entry into a local Biggest Loser type of fitness challenge; she was chosen and lost 25% of her body weight in 90 days. She blogs at FirstTimeMom about everything from cloth diapers, parenting, life and her recent passion with health and fitness.