Every morning I weigh myself. Its not something I put a lot of emphasis on, it is just a daily habit that helps me gauge where I am over time. It helps me figure out how my body works, when it retains water, etc. I don’t ever write the numbers down or care much about them. My weigh in that counts is once a week on Tuesdays.
This morning I woke up, did my little wake up routine, then hopped on the scale. It said 244. At first I was thought, “OK.” Then I thought, “Well, that kind of sucks. I really wanted to be down just a few ounces at least. Going up a pound is no fun even if its not permanent!”
So I decided to wait a few minutes and hop on the scale again. Normally my morning weigh in is a one and done kind of thing. But this morning I wanted to see a lower number so I decided to wait a few minutes and hop on again… you know, just in case.
After 10 minutes had passed I hopped back on the scale. It read 237. My normal reaction to seeing that number would be: WOOHOO! This morning it was, “Oh crap, my scale is broken.” I knew this number was not right so I decided to weigh myself again to get a more accurate number.
Another 10 minutes passed and I went to weigh in again. This time the scaled told me I weighed 219. I had lost 20 pounds in 25 minutes! That is pretty freaking amazing, right?
Except its not. I cursed at my scale for being broken and hopped off. It made me mad that the scale started showing me the numbers I want to see, but they were not real. I can’t have a broken scale lying to me every morning if I really want to track progress.
So I waited another 10 minutes. I got dressed. Put my shoes on. Got completely ready for work and then went back and kicked my scale. HARD. After the kick I got back on the scale and it showed 246.6. Now that is more like it. Not pretty, but more accurate than 219.
All of this is to say – scales are not always reliable. On top of that weight fluctuates naturally. I don’t put too much stock in daily weigh ins, but my weekly ones are a great way to track progress. Other ways? You can track progress by measuring inches (which I do). Or you can also track it by trying on a certain stores sizes to measure the fit (which I also do).
Sometimes scales are big liars that can’t be trusted. Especially when they tell you that you lost 25 pounds in 20 minutes.