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  • #16
    I weigh myself often, but I think I'm one of those people that is mostly unbothered by the results. Most of the time, I use it to keep track of water fluctuation (helpful as a female), but I really don't get upset at fluctuations at all, and I don't consider what it on the scale as an absolute value, nor does it really discourage me to lose weight slowly. So largely, I think it depends on the type of person you are.

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    • #17
      I weigh myself periodically just as a rough gauge to how I am doing. One thing I've learned is that if I eat a big meal later in the evening, the scale will usually be up a bit. Also if I go off plan and have grains or whatever, the scale will jump for about 2 or 3 days and then normalize. I do not live and die by the number at all, but I've enjoyed plugging in my weight online every few days or so to see the trend over time. I weigh myself in the morning if I weigh myself at all. If I know I've eaten some foods I shouldn't have, I'll usually avoid weighing myself for two or three days so I do not see the temporary bump.

      The scale is similar to a food intolerance. If you have problems with weighing yourself and obsessing over the number, definitely ditch it. On the other hand if you realize the numbers will fluctuate and are more curious than obsessed, weighing every once in a while isn't necessarily evil.
      5-24-10 ................ 5-24-11
      Weight: 281.......... Weight: 203

      10-11-10
      Weight: 259
      Total Cholesterol: 243
      LDL: 188
      HDL: 40
      Trig: 96

      2-18-11
      Weight: 228
      Total Cholesterol: 239
      LDL: 183 (calc), 138 (actual)
      HDL: 46
      Trig: 49

      6-23-11
      Weight: 197.2
      Total Cholesterol: 225
      LDL: 161 (calc), 120 (actual)
      HDL: 56
      Trig: 38

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      • #18
        If you have a mirror, I see no need for a scale.
        Lifting Journal

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        • #19
          Thanks Griff. I have been doing Primal/Paleo/Archevore or something like that for about a year. I have lost 5 pounds. Everything is looser on me - belts, rings, watches, socks, hats, you name it. I touch my face and am startled to find cheek bones.
          Ancestral Health Info

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          Primal Blueprint Explorer My blog for people who are not into the Grok thing. Since starting the blog, I have moved close to being Archevore instead of Primal. But Mark's Daily Apple is still the best source of information about living an ancestral lifestyle.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Leida View Post
            I don't weigh myself often, but I feel this number is good in conjunction with inches, because then you can figure out if you are gaining muscule, not fat.
            Not so much from personal experience. I was a daily weigher for a long time. Last year I lost 4lbs and 1.5" from my waist. Not a real strong correlation.
            Check out my primal blog: http://primalroar.posterous.com/

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            • #21
              I set a weight goal for the summer. I want to reach 199lbs by my birthday in August, but the scale is already biting me in the butt. I took a new kickboxing class 2 days ago, when I go on the scale yesterday expecting a loss, I was up 5 lbs. My brain knows that my muscles are probably retaining water due to the change in exercise routine, but it still didn't feel good.

              So I have changed my goal to a pants size/inches goal. To Heck with the scale!
              Primal since 9/24/2010
              "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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              • #22
                I started being serious about the primal fittness and weight lifiting about 2 months ago. I've gained weight. It did upset me!! After reading this I was thinking I'm adding an extra 5lbs or more to my lifts every week sometimes more. I gotta be gaining muscle mass!!
                I really need to invest in a tape measure
                Had no idea I was so weak till I started walking in October. Could barely make it around the block!
                Now can walk on the beach for hours.

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                • #23
                  Very nice!
                  I'm just your average, legendary superhero, trapped in a lump of flesh.

                  Scottish Highland Games: a sport where the fat kid gets picked FIRST.

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                  • #24
                    I need to have Griff's statement tattooed backwards on my forehead so I can read it several times a day. It is very hard to let go.
                    7/4/11: 42-38-43
                    8/3/11: 41-37-42
                    11/27/11: 41-36-41
                    Goal: 38-32-36

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                    • #25
                      Never knew people really weigh themselves so much.... I've never owned a scale. My dad has one (not sure if it still works) and I keep reminding myself to jump on it when I visit my parents because I am curious how much I've lost in the last 3 months, but somehow I always forget to do it.

                      I use a mirror and a pair of tight jeans for determining my success. I truly recommend this method, because the results are never depressing. ^^

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Blue Eyed Chick View Post
                        I need to have Griff's statement tattooed backwards on my forehead so I can read it several times a day. It is very hard to let go.
                        agreeed
                        Karin


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                        What am I doing? Depends on the day.

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                        • #27
                          Thanks for linking me to this thread, Griff. Ive been weighing myself multiple times a day without thinking about it. I'll put it away for a month and surprise myself at the end of the thirty day challenge instead. Then it goes back in the cupboard.
                          Doing the Primal 30 Day Challenge since August 8th, 2011!



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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by IndigoBanshee View Post
                            I weigh myself often, but I think I'm one of those people that is mostly unbothered by the results. Most of the time, I use it to keep track of water fluctuation (helpful as a female), but I really don't get upset at fluctuations at all, and I don't consider what it on the scale as an absolute value, nor does it really discourage me to lose weight slowly. So largely, I think it depends on the type of person you are.
                            I agree with this. I weigh myself once a week, as I am actively trying to lose weight. I expect fluctuations at times and it does not discourage me when it happens.
                            Jennifer, 28 years old
                            Vegetarian for 13 years, primal since July 2011
                            Weight lost on primal: 34.2 lbs

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                            • #29
                              I don't own a scale for this very reason, but the one at the gym has an annoyingly siren-like power :P I try to avoid it, but every so often I give in to the urge-- I've found that if I just CAN'T say no, it's better to give in pre-workout then post-workout. There's something fitting about working out frustration over weight with weight-training, right?

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                              • #30
                                Thank you for this! I'm 15 days in. The first week I dropped 7 pounds, and it was enormously motivating. I've now stuck with this longer than any other lifestyle change and I know I'll keep it up. I can't imagine stopping. But I do think that first week weight loss made a big difference to me. Now that the loss has slowed, I will be stashing the scale in the back of the closet. I was starting to get a little discouraged that it wasn't continuing at the same pace. So this was very helpful and timely for me. But I do wonder if most newbies would benefit from seeing the short term impact of the change?

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