First Weigh In
Well, tonight before I left from work I weighed my self on the scale outside the nurse's office. The scale brought both good news and bad news. First the good news - I think I've found motivation for riding more and pushing my deitary changes hard. Now, the bad news - I found out that after six weeks of riding, I'm weighing in at 340 pounds! I know it's not unsual around here, but I was optimistically put my weight at around 300, perhaps a bit above.
I wish I had jumped on the scale from day one so I would have had some real good news tonight. :crash:
weigh weekly its not only the lbs's but the confidence.
You know, the database I use for my ride data, I have a field for my weight pre-ride and I weigh myself before and after each ride. The heat and humidity down here can be a killer so I want to make sure I get plenty of fluid. I use it as a guild so if I lose more than 4 lbs in a ride, I know I did not drink nearly enough and make sure I compensate for it the rest of the day. One ride I had last year, I lost 8 lbs after a 2hr ride in which I consumed close to 40 oz of water. I felt like crap for three days after that
If you are going to seriously track weight changes, I have a few recommendations:
1. Pick up a set of scales. You can pick up a basic digital scale from Wal-Mart for $20. Even these low end scales are better than what most doctor's offices have and certainly better than many health club scales.
2. Pick a time and frequency to weigh and stick with it. Your weight will regularly fluctuate up to about 5 pounds per day. I weigh in first thing every morning, but I only log it once a week. Monday morning is my official weigh in for the week, because it keeps me honest over the weekend. Sunday is my hardest day to fight cravings. First thing in the morning is not usually my lowest weight all day, but it is the most consistent.
3. Keep a chart of your weight loss. You can do this in Excel, a exercise tracking like mapmyride.com, or (gasp) using pencil and paper. There is nothing like seeing the actual pounds lost on paper or computer screen to help motivate you.
4. Tracking weight is actually a poor weigh to measure diet progress, but it is the easiest, so I still recommend it. Just remember to watch for other cues as well that things are going well. Things like increased energy, looser fitting clothes, better sleep, etc. re all great signs that the changes you are making are doing what you want them to.
The reason why many doctors offices and health club scales are poor, is that people do not know how to use them properly. Most of them are the move the weights type, that have been around for many decades. The problem is that many people do not realize that you need to reset it to 0 when you get off. If you don't it goes out of calibration.
Originally Posted by racethenation
You can recalibrate, but it requires a set of known weights and special knowledge to do it. Most don't bother, and those that do, will often put a huge sign up to reset the scale to zero when you done with it, because it's not cheap to get one done.
The real issue isn't how accurate the scale is, but how consistent it is, if the scale itself wanders up and down by 5lbs, even with the same weight applied, then it becomes pretty much useless. I have noticed that the home scales are weighing heavier then they used to, I used to be hard to find a scale that would read more then 250lbs, I see a lot of them are now able to read 330 to 350lbs. Good for heavy people I guess, but really, it does tell you something, North Americans are getting fatter.
I weight every day at the same time. Right after I get up and go to the bathroom. That keeps things pretty consistent. I chart it in excel. And one thing I do is do a 5-7 day running average. that smooths out the highs and lows. Keeps you from panicking at a freak high weight.