Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Healthy Living for Mom: My Friend the Scale

Over the last six years my weight has fluctuated up and down with diets, indulgence, and pregnancy.

I’ve noticed a pattern.

When I keep an eye on the scale and weigh myself regularly, I stay healthy and on-track. As soon as my good eating habits and activity levels take a dive, I become less inclined to visit my friend the scale. Guilt begets indulgence. Indulgence begets guilt.

It’s a lovely cycle.

So, for the last 13 weeks, I’ve weighed myself daily (except when traveling). It’s the first thing I do every morning. Well, it’s the first thing I do inasmuch that I have two small people to take care of. Sometimes it’s…get someone a drink…change someone’s diaper…start the coffee pot…step on the scale. You get the drift.

I feel like this is a bit of a dirty secret. That weighing myself everyday is obsessive or vain.

But weighing myself every day has given me a greater understanding on how my body works, as it relates to my weight. It’s taken the emotion out of getting on the scale. A scale is just a tool that helps paint the overall picture.

I’ve learned handy things like, one bowl of ice cream will not undo a whole week of good diet and exercise, but six cookies at midnight just might. I’ve learned that a good workout can effect the scale dramatically and sometimes, frustratingly, not at all.

Maybe this sounds like mumbo jumbo, but my point is that, over time, the daily weigh ins have helped me decode my habits and how it impacts my health.

For example, once a month (ahem) I retain water. So far, nothing I do can alleviate that water weight. It used to piss me off and send me to that land of comfort, carbs and chocolate. Now I know that if I stay reasonably on track, that weight will go away, as will my relentless craving for In N’ Out Burger.

I use one of those pocket 24-month calendar books to make note of my weight each day. I also note when I’ve worked out, been on vacation or fallen into a pile of cupcakes.

I like to be able to look back at my progress in a calendar format. It reminds me how far I’ve come…and is a good reality check for how long it has taken to lose 18 pounds.


  • Starting Weight: 195.5 pounds
  • Week Thirteen Weight: 177.5 pounds ( -2.5 pounds this week / -18 pounds total)
  • Goal Weight: 165 lbs

Do you weigh yourself regularly? Or do you assess your healthy on a different scale?


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Comments (4)

  1. Raejean Roberts 12/01/2011 at 6:46 pm

    I’m a little obsessive about weighing myself everyday and writing it down. It keeps my attention, but a bigger help is keeping a food log.

  2. Allison Y. 11/30/2011 at 9:48 am

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Since I started losing weight in January, I have weighed myself every day. I also feel a bit obsessed, but completely agree that it keeps me on track.

    If I see the scale moving in the wrong direction, I can adjust immediately. I don’t write it down anywhere though – now I wish I had used your calendar idea! Its a bit late since I’m down 70 pounds at this point, but I guess I could still start!

  3. Jeanie 11/30/2011 at 9:41 am

    Good idea – where can we get an accurate home scale? I like the one you are using.

  4. Shannon 11/30/2011 at 9:15 am

    We don’t have a scale, but I think maybe we should get one!