If your mommy was on the Skinny and Debt Free Compassion Plan, she would realize that it’s alright to fail at losing weight 146 of the 365 days in a year (40% of the days). Therefore, it’s only necessary to lose weight 219 of the days in a year (60% of the days). This is all you need to accomplish to insure significant weight loss over time. No one loses weight every day, even if on a starvation diet. So why should anyone expect to lose weight every single day. You just need to lose weight more days than you gain.
Here are 6 tips on how to weigh accurately, consistently, and to be happy rather than crying when you see the data. That’s right; your daily weight is simply a data point.
6 tips on how not to freak out when you see your weight on the bathroom scale:
- If you do not have a scale, buy one or find a cheap one at a garage sale. It must be accurate, but most importantly consistent. You can tell if it’s consistent if you stand on it 5 times, and it reads the same weight. To check accuracy you could put a 5 pound weight on it or a 5 pound bag of sugar.
- Weigh yourself every morning and post your weight and the date. It takes less than a minute a day to record this critical data, needed to track your success. We’ll use this data to help you better understand how simple incremental changes in behavior can positively affect your life and health.
- It’s best to weigh at approximately the same time every morning; without clothes, and after urinating. (Weight can vary by 3 or 4 pounds during a day because of different levels of hydration.)
- Adopt your 7 day running average weight, not the scale weight, as in your actual daily weight. Keep your self-esteem, confidence, and determination high, by calculating your 7 day running average weight and post each day (see example below). Your 7 day running average weight will not be volatile like a daily weight, and will be a better reflection of how your weight is trending without the daily emotion and anxiety (it should end the daily tears).
- Your weight is private and does not have to be shared with anyone. I call this privacy concept the SCALE of JUST US (instead of justice).
- You must establish a “line in the sand” weight. Every time you hit a new low weight you must reset your line in the sand weight. I suggest you always set it 3 pounds above your new low weight. When you go above the line in the sand weight all hell breaks loose. An early warning signal should alert you that some changes need to be made immediately. Your brain becomes inundated with flashing lights, and blaring sirens. If you can keep your weight gain temporary by compensating immediately, you will never have to diet again.
How to figure your 7 day average weight:
- Post your daily morning weight.
- Add this current daily weight to the last 6 days that you already posted.
- Since you now have 7 daily weights posted, total the 7 weights.
- Divide that total by 7.
- This is your 7 day average weight.
To calculate the 7 day running average weight…add these 2 steps:
- Every day add the new weight to the total, and drop the oldest weight from the total. (That will leave you the most current 7 day total weight.)
- Divide that total by 7 for your 7 day running average weight.
From now on don’t think of your weight as what you weigh every morning. You now have permission to adopt your 7 day running average weight as the real weight you weigh! Just eat a little less and save a little more to pay down debt.
Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Collection Agency and a past president of ACA International, is the author of the Collector’s Pledge. Hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect. AmSher is known as the collection agency that collects with compassion.