No More Weekly Weigh-Ins for this Fatso

I have decided to stop weighing myself on a weekly basis. When I first started out I had planned to weigh myself at the end of each month, but figured a weekly weigh-in would help me see results faster and would in turn keep me motivated. Well, that worked and now it’s time to move on. I eventually plan on weighing myself on a monthly basis, but for now twice a month will do.

I figured that weighing myself every two weeks will suffice. It will also help me see “bigger” numbers. So instead of a 2 lb loss in one week, I may see a 4 or 5 lb loss if I wait for two weeks. I don’t expect to pull Biggest Loser numbers every weigh-in, but I do plan on working my butt off as hard as possible. If those big weight loss numbers come then so be it. If not, it’s fine. I also plan on being below 300 lbs, which was my original goal for November 1st, by my next weigh-in in two weeks. Doing this will help me keep my mind off of that until then.


Over the last few days I have come to realize that the scale is just a tool to help measure my weight, and nothing else. Too often I have given the scale way too much power over me and how I feel. Not anymore. By not weighing myself so frequently I will be on the road to releasing the strangle hold that the scale has had on my fatso psyche for years. There are other things I can measure my weight loss success with, such as feeling better in clothes, being able to run easier, having looser clothing, having better sex, breathing easier, etc, etc. Not being a slave to the scale is a major goal I plan on achieving.

By the way, it’s Halloween where I am from so I need to take my daughter trick-or-treating. She’s a witch this year and looks so cute. Anyway, be safe out there and don’t let your kids eat too much junk, go out alone, or go into weird neighborhoods.

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My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. Hey Israel, I agree with you 100% re: “Too often I have given the scale way too much power over me and how I feel.” Thanks for sharing that because I think that people usually perceive only women having this obsession with the scale.

    I bet though, that there are a lot of guys out there that feel the same way, especially since the food industry has changed so dramatically in the past 30 years…’s so clear to see the correlation between the rise of the processed and fast food industry and the rise in obesity rates.

    BTW, even if you did weigh once a week, it’s not healthy to drop 5-10 pounds every week. And… you’ll likely end up hitting a plateau where you don’t lose for a week or two even though you’re doing “everything right”.

    Keep up the great work, you’ll reach your goal! 🙂

  2. I think you’re right that we shouldn’t be tied to the scale. More power to you!

    Best of luck with your goals!

  3. I think weekly weigh ins are not that helpful if you are doing weights as well. Because of the muscle gain, you might actually weight in more but have lost more fat.

  4. CatherineLNo Gravatar says:

    This is good to hear Israel. I think you were putting yourself under far too much pressure by weighing yourself so often. And also, you were wanting to lose far too much too quickly.

    You’re doing great. Keep it up.

  5. HeidiNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, I can totally relate to this. i was weighing in on Monday morning each week and my entire week was off to a bad start when I didn’t see a loss. But I’m feeling worried that if i don’t weigh each week I will feel even worse if I don’t see results after two weeks. For now I am moving the weigh in to Tuesdays. I really like your site, just found it today and subscribed to the RSS.

  6. Diet GuruNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Israel I am based in the UK and I run my own Diet Pills website and it is stories like yours that are amazing for people who want to lose weight. Good on you for the weight loss and keep up the good work !

  7. Tony JayNo Gravatar says:

    In the same way as a “watched kettle never boils” becoming obsessive about weighing yourselves on the scales is counter productive.

    A friend of mine has been over weight (nearly three stone) for the last ten years. He has tried every diet pill, diet plan and exercide – nothing worked.

    But since the start of this year (2009) he has lost nearly a stone in just 5 weeks …. what has he done!!!

    Before each meal he drinks a litre of water – this really suppresses his appetite and he leaves a good portion of his food.

    So, forget diet pills – drink water!

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