Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Morning "Constitutional"

Oh, don't look at me that way! We all know we have a certain "rhythm", don't we? Well, today is Weigh In Wednesday, and after I weighed in, I began to think of all the ways I try to maximize my losses. One, of course, is the Daily Constitutional. Today was the day my "rhythm" decided to go AWOL. I weighed in without benefit of the extra "oomph" the constitutional provides. That said, I did lose another 2.2#!!! I shudder to think what my loss might have been. If only. (Not to mention, IF ONLY, I hadn't been viciously attacked by that bag of Ruffles!) Oh well!

So, thinking of all the things I do to prepare for a weigh in while taking my shower this morning, I began to wonder if other people have little idiosyncrasies about weighing themselves. I am also of the opinion that a good haircut will show a loss on the scale, and that shaving ones legs will do the same. Does everyone weigh in naked, or keep their clothes on just like in the Dr.'s office? Do people always weigh in at the same time each week, or vary the times when so they weigh themselves when they feel lighter. (Whenever the hell THAT might be.) I don't like weighing in after a shower, I think my body absorbs extra water, and increases my weight. Anyone else? I admitted yesterday I was a little nuts, perhaps today actually proves my point.

Not to steal from SpunkySuzi, and her question day, but I am curious about people's weigh in rituals. I feel kinda like a scientific journalist asking about this. Perhaps there is a research paper just waiting to be written. Hmmmmm. Ponder, ponder.

At any rate, I'd really like to know the answers to these questions. I don't know if it will make me feel less stupid or more, but inquiring minds......and all that.


  1. I'm one of those weirdos who weighs whenever in whatever I'm wearing at the moment. If I'm at the gym during the weigh-in, I don't even put down my water bottle. My reasoning is two-fold: a) weights are a moment in time only; it could all change within the hour, and b) I have a nicely built-in excuse if the scale results are not what I want. (I have the only 3-pound ipod shuffle ever made.)

    I do not know where this person with the 'meh' attitude toward the scale came from, but I wish she had arrived when I was 30 instead of when I was 48,

  2. Funny post!! My scale always has to be on the same tile in the bathroom. One day I laughed out loud when I thought "I wonder if my contacts weigh anything!" Of course I wasn't being serious but I bet someone has asked that question on a weight loss message board somewhere ;)

  3. I weigh in at the same time 7am
    and same place = Kitchen with scales in exactly same place each time. I weigh in starkers..not a pretty sight, but I am usually alone so it don't matter.

    We do weigh lighter in the morning than the evening, sometime the difference can be three pounds!!

    Thank you for you lovley supportive comment today, I really, really appreciate you kindness.



  4. I wake up in the morning, empty my bladder, strip naked, and then step on the scale. I mentally record my weight and move the scale six inches forward from where it was located. I then repeat the weighing process. I will then move it six inches past the previous location and repeat. Usually the numbers are the same but every once in a while I will get a "flyer" (Old house with wooden floors) The lowest recorded number gets written down on the dry eraseboard in my bathroom....

  5. Oh yes, I'm a ritualistic weigh-in-er. I do it before a shower (all that wetness in my hair has got to add weight) but after my morning visit to the toilet...preferably after a 'constitutional'. Definitely before taking one bite or one sip of water. If I wake up in the middle of the night really thisty and go out and gulp down a glass of messes up my routine! And if I mess up and step out of the rythmn of my routine, I ditch the weigh in for that day!

  6. clip your toenails, too!

    I weigh in second thing every morning ;-)

    nekkid as a jay bird

  7. You're so funny! I weigh-in on Fridays, as soon as I wake up and with as little clothing on as possible (don't want to scare the teen or the dog). That's why when I get weighed at the Dr's, I always want to tell them my at-home weight (like they'd care).

    Great going on the loss too - with or without your extra oomph.

  8. Lol! I am a nude weigher for official weigh-ins. If I am doing it throughout the week I don't care as much although I often still do it nude even then. My official Saturday weigh-ins are done whenever I wake up, but after I have relieved myself of the prior evening's water!

  9. You all are funny! I also refuse to weigh after a shower because I know my hair must hold 10 pounds of water. I'm also the only person I know who can't weigh in right when I wake up in the morning. Apparently I retain water through the night, and I wake up with puffy fingers. So I putz around for about 30 minutes, go to the bathroom, wash dishes, whatever, until I feel like the water has gone down.

  10. I weigh in first thing in the morning, in the buff :) My official weigh in day is Monday morning! I do limit it to once a day and if it starts to effect my mood i will only weigh in once a week.

  11. Congrats on the loss! I weigh in the morning, butt naked, after the bodily functions have been taken care of. :)


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