I still feel skinny fat myself and need to build muscle, so i expect to gain, but go down in size which is awesome... I can just say that a few of us are stuck in this mentality and its hard to break away ... And thats ok too... we'll get there.
I find it hard not to weigh every day too. It's almost like I don't trust this diet(eating so much fat, not counting calories, etc...) that I just keep expecting the pounds to creep back on if I don't keep a close eye on it. I don't want to weigh once a week or something and then see 5+ lbs. I need a heads up, and yeah, it totally sucks when it fluctuates a lot even though I know it's just water weight most times from a higher carb day. I just want to see the scale say less, or at least the same every morning.
I get it, but don't stress over it. Obviously you did not gain 3.4 lbs of fat in one day. It's just water weight and it will go away!
Totally BTDT. I lost all my gut bloating in the first week of eating primally, but then it came back after a few days of potatoes here, grits there. What I think is going on is that if I eat more than about 30-40gm of carbs (probably just carbs other than non-starchy veggies and non-berry fruits), I bloat. And I think it's happening b/c my gut flora is still unbalanced. It's close to killing off all the bad yeasty dudes, but not all the way, and a little too much carbs can get them singing the Bloaty Dance again.
Do you feel swollen in the belly? When I gain 3-4lb in a day, it's always always always in the gut. And that tells me I need to do something about my gut flora.
Height: 5'4" (1.62 m)
Starting weight (09/2009): 200 lb (90.6 kg)
No longer overweight (08/2010): 145 lb (65.6 kg)
Current weight (01/2012): 127 lb (57.5 kg)
I understand where you are coming from and giving up your scale is hard. I haven't been able to do that either and wouldn't want to because I creep as well due to my extreme carb sensitivity. Does your scale have a Body Fat % measurement? I was up 1lb this morning and down 1% BF. I prefer to watch the BF% number drop even if my weight creeps up. Yay, Lean Muscle! Anyway, my BF% was 29% the first time this morning in years. I think using fitday.com and looking at your average intakes and even taking an average weight at the end of the week is a much better measurement of what is going on with your body not just one measurement. Also a tape measure is a good choice as well. Take your body measurements every Monday (or whatever day that works for you). Just keep yourself in check within reason +/- 2lbs is nothing to freak out about especially for women.
Weighing is one little habit I still do. Just make sure you look at the trend over a decent period of time.
Just last week I had weights of 166.6 and 171.6 back to back. That's FIVE pounds.
Hell, yesterday I had to take a leak like crazy but for kicks I weighed myself first. I lost a full pound after emptying my bladder.
If I were going by scale only, I'd be discouraged because I've lost 4-5 pounds in the last 3 months. But body comp and mirror wise I'm making decent strides.
That damn scale can be the source of so much stress...