Why it’s a good idea to weigh yourself every day

Good morning, everyone! Yes, it’s Monday again, and time for the weekly weigh-in. Ready? Here we go!

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Hmm, let’s see … last week, it was 183.6, so I’m up 0.8 pounds. Should I be concerned?

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Nah, definitely not! And here’s why: even though I only post my WEEKLY weigh-in here on this blog, I’ve been weighing myself DAILY for quite some time. I can tell you from personal experience that it really does make a difference in how you deal with these minor weight fluctuations. And it’s really easy to do, too. I just buy these cheap-y magnetic pads and write my weight on it every morning before breakfast.

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See how it started out at 183.6, then went up a little, down a little, etc.? Chances are excellent that tomorrow, and/or later in the coming week, it’s gonna go down again. Ever heard the old saying, “God writes straight with crooked lines”?*

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Well, weight loss is kinda the same way! Once you start keeping yourself in a calorie deficit (by whatever method works for you), the weight WILL start going in a downward trend. It’ll take some time, and there’ll be some ups and downs and zigzags along the way ’cause, well, we’re humans, not machines!

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So don’t let those little fluctuations get to you. Just keep doing what you know you should be doing, and have faith* in the process — it’ll work! Just keep at it!

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Have a great week, everyone!

*oh, and even though, as I’ve said before, this isn’t a religious blog, I personally don’t think I would have been able to do this without God’s help, so sue me! I could use the publicity, nyuk nyuk!

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Day 6 – more fun with fluctuations!

OK, so yesterday (Day 5) my weight dipped down to 193.5, a satisfying plunge from Monday’s 198.0, right? And yet, in just 24 little hours, I’m back up to:

195.8
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Again — it’s a fluctuation, and I’m NOT worried about it, because I’m doing the averaging! Math time again!

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Well, I’ll say it, ’cause check this out! Here are my weights from Day 1 through today:

Monday:      198.0
Tuesday:      196.8
Wednesday: 196.8
Thursday:    195.4
Friday:         193.8
Saturday:     195.8

Added together: 1,176.6, and DIVIDED BY 6 (6 days):  196.1

So my AVERAGE weight for the past 6 days is 196.1, which isn’t too shabby!
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So there! Anyway, it’s Saturday, and Mr. 50by60 and I have a busy weekend ahead of us — graduations, potlucks — so if it’s all the same to you, I think I’m going to skip tomorrow (Day 7) and just rejoin you on Monday for the regularly scheduled Weekly Weigh-in.

But now that you know my Secret Weaponized Weigh-in Technique(tm), you’ll know why I don’t get too upset when the poundage goes up or down a tad. “Averaging” makes everything better!

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Have a super weekend, everyone! See you Monday!

Friday 5: Day 5 … what a weigh to go!

Good morning,  everyone! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a beautiful weekend!

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Yeah baby!! But first, let’s get this stuff outta the way:

1. Day 5 of the 7-day weight averaging thing:

193.8
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Wow — that was unexpected! Hey, remember how I started out on Monday at 198.0? That’s almost seven, count ’em 7, pounds lost in five days! Now you know and I know that could NOT be 7 pounds of fat. It’s definitely water — and tomorrow morning it could very well go up again. Which demonstrates that we really shouldn’t worry about these little (and sometimes not-so-little) fluctuations from day to day, or even week to week. As long as the LONG-TERM trend is downwards, you’re fine. (Jay at aworkoutroutine.com lists a whole bunch of reasons for these daily fluctuations here.)

2. Another day, another gym. Now that I’ve been a member at Anytime Fitness Chatsworth for more than 30 days, I’m allowed to visit gyms in other locations, so this past Wednesday I visited the one in Simi Valley (shoutout to Jasmine in the office!) It was actually pretty nice, although the video treadmills were set up a little differently: no YouTube app, so no Corner Gas, but a whole slew of DirecTV channels, so lots of sitcoms and game shows. It’s all good!

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3. Eat something small to keep from eating something big. So yesterday I was doing a walk around my neighborhood, when I was suddenly seized with an almost irresistible desire to stop at the nearest KFC and savor as much of those 11 herbs ‘n spices as possible. Where that desire came from I have no idea. I thought I’d managed to kick the fried chicken habit, but ya know, these things come back to haunt you.

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I confess — I actually walked to the door of the KFC down the street, ready to take the calorie hit. FORTUNATELY, it was 10:45 and they didn’t open till 11:00. So I went to the Starbucks next door, ordered an Americano with just a scosche of regular, full-fat half-and-half, and decided to indulge in one of their yummy 80-calorie string cheeses.

Half an hour later, after sitting at a table sipping my coffee and savoring the cheese, I walked out — with absolutely NO desire to revisit the KFC, even though it was wide open! Yes, the evil cravings were GONE!

So there you go — today’s Diet Wisdom:

If you’re struggling against a 1,000-calorie craving,
treat yourself to something yummy with 100 calories instead.

Worth a shot, right? Let me know how that works out for you.

4. Man, I’m having trouble coming up with a fourth thing. Tell you what, we’ll just agree that this counts as #4, and move on. Um, if that’s OK with you …

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Thanks, Napoleon!

5. On a more serious note, very saddened to read this morning that Anthony Bourdain apparently took his own life. Although I hadn’t watched very many episodes of his show, “Parts Unknown,” I did recently read his book, “Typhoid Mary,” the true story of an Irish immigrant cook who spread disease to dozens of people before she was found and jailed. What made the book really enjoyable is that he obviously felt a lot of sympathy for her, as one cook to another. It was a good book. He wrote quite a few books. It’s sad to hear he’s not going to write any more.

+Eternal memory, Mr. Bourdain

OK, that’s your Friday Five, more or less. Hope you have a great weekend — see you Monday!

Day 4: Now we’re gettin’ somewhere!

Day 4 of the Great Daily Weigh-In experiment, and now we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! Ready? Here we go:

195.4
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NOW how much would you pay?

Pretty nice, huh? So let’s get out our Math Brains, and do the four-day average:

198.0 plus 196.8 plus 196.8 plus 195.4 equals 787.0
divided by 4
equals 196.75
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So, four-day weight average, 196.7. Already lookin’ better than Monday, amIright??

See you tomorrow for the Big Five!

Rhymin’ daily averaging weigh-in, Day 2!

Wow, two posts in a row – exciting, huh? Try not to get too used to it, it’s only for one week!!

Anyway, so this morning’s weigh-in is:

196.8
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and just to have a little fun with math, let’s add that to yesterday’s and do a quickie two-day average, shall we? Let’s see, 198.0 plus 196.8 … carry the one … wait, carry the … hmm … uh …

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oh, crap, I’m just gonna use the calculator!

198.0 + 196.8 = 394.8 divided by 2 = 197.4 for the two-day average!

See, that’s already lookin’ better than yesterday, right?

Tune in tomorrow when I’ll have the THREE-day average!

Oh, and it’s election day here in California, so remember:

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*oh, and technical note, I’m not gonna count these daily weigh-ins on the little widget thingie showing how much weight I’ve lost so far — that’ll continue to just be updated on Mondays. In case you were wondering. You probably didn’t even notice it till I told you about it. You know what? Never mind. Carry on.