I weigh myself once a week, in the bathroom, nearly naked, right when I wake up in the morning. I also ensure that I had my ‘cheat meal’ at least 3 days ago (to make sure the bloat went away) and I’m not retaining water due to excess salt, PMS, or stress.
I found that my best ‘weight’ days are when I had adequate sleep and didn’t eat a heavy dinner the night before. So since my weekends are sprinkled with some inconsistent eating, I usually like to weigh myself on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Right after birth my weight drops faster. I can usually drop anywhere between 1-2lbs per week (I usually start at around 150 post-baby). When I get into the 130’s I start to lose .5-1lb a week. When the weight slows it usually means that I’m nearing the ‘last ten pounds’ and my body doesn’t want to give it up very easily. Also – in my weight loss process my weight has plateau’d for 2-3 weeks at a time. I remember it being stuck at certain stages: 141, 132 and 127.
Now I’m around 122.
It’s funny to look back and think: “I’m never going to get passed this number!” and then continue to train and eat clean despite some disappointment after looking at the scale. In my mind I reassure myself, “Consistency, Consistency, Consistency!” Do NOT stop. Keep pushing and you will get there. I’m telling you right now, when I was at each and every one of those weight marks, it felt like an eternity.
So, as you guys start to weigh yourself weekly here are my tips:
- Weigh yourself at the same time each week
- Don’t eat before you weigh yourself (keep in mind you should eat within the hour of waking…so do it quick!)
- Use the same scale
- Consider what could cause weight fluctuations (heavy meals and periods)
If you are not losing weight, I would look in my food journals and see the following:
– Am I eating too much sugar (especially in the form of fruit)
– Do I eat salty foods
– Are my portions larger than I think they are?
– When am I starting my period? (I ask this often and I DO track it! For one week prior I usually retain 1-2lbs of water)
– I look at my fitness calendar and see if I’m focusing more on weight training than cardio
– Personally I ask if I’m stressed or sleeping enough
Whatever your weekly weight is, make sure you write it down on your calendar so you can visually see your progression.
1st shot was taken 4 months post-preggers
2nd shot was taken 7 months post-preggers
3rd shot was taken 10 months post-preggers