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I measure my weight ...

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Rarely (doctor visits, trips to space)
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Occasionally (every few months)
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Every few weeks
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About once a week
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Every day or close to it
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I have moved to the scale to answer this
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  • wii (Score:4, Funny)

    by Janek Kozicki (722688) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:36PM (#42350595) Journal
    when I play wii :) How often? Like once a month (kids play more often though)
  • by spaceyhackerlady (462530) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @02:40PM (#42350639)

    I was anorexically skinny in my teens, but gained a bit of weight (related to other life changes) and was comfortable in my 20s and 30s. My weight crept up on me in my 40s, and I was in a constant state of denial about it. No. I'm not fat. Who, me?

    Then I decided to look in to a long-standing dream of mine and learn to fly. I got as far as the left seat of a 172 and couldn't get the seatbelt around me. Hell, I could only just barely close the door. I was crushed, but motivated. I did something about it...

    I've lost a total of 160 pounds. Once again I'm skinny. Not as skinny as I was when I was 17, but nicely long and lean. I like it. No. I fucking love it. As part of my weight maintenance I weigh myself every Sunday morning. And I've beaten the odds: 90% of people who lose weight gain it back within a year. I'm coming up on two years. I hope to maintain my weight the rest of my life.

    BTW: I passed my flight test last May. Flying is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. :-)


    • by geekoid (135745)

      ug. Flying is boring followed by a relief the boredom is going to end.

      • by ArsonSmith (13997)

        ug. Life is boring followed by a relief the boredom is going to end.

        such interesting (That they are uninteresting) times we live in.

      • by citab (1677284)

        seriously? ever flown a plane? might be relaxing, but not boring.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Congratulations on your accomplishment and thanks for sharing!

      -- MyLongNickName

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I am relieved at how that story went. I was sure you were going to say you were to heavy for the plane to take off. Anyhow, congrats on the weight loss and the flying.

    • by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @03:17PM (#42351255) Journal

      I was anorexically skinny in my teens, but gained a bit of weight (related to other life changes) and was comfortable in my 20s and 30s. My weight crept up on me in my 40s, and I was in a constant state of denial about it. No. I'm not fat. Who, me?

      My life story is similar, in that I ate like a pig in my 20s and 30s while staying skinny as a rake (75kg or thereabouts). After 40, however, something appeared to change in my metabolism or lifestyle, and I started adding weight without notably changing my diet. When it reached 100kg, I decided to turn it around, and now it's down to 85kg and I still plan on dropping it a little. Although I get a fair amount of exercise, the weight loss is not through exercise - it's just by eating less. I strongly suspect you don't lose much weight just by exercise alone (although it may give you a better fat/muscle ratio). My meals are slightly smaller, there's no snacking between meals (other than a carrot or similar), and I occasionally skip a meal without padding other meals. The take-away message is to eat less.

      • by bogjobber (880402)

        I strongly suspect you don't lose much weight just by exercise alone (although it may give you a better fat/muscle ratio).

        Any sort of exercise is going to boost your appetite as well, so it all depends on how well you control your appetite. Something as simple as jogging for half an hour every day can cause you to lose quite a bit of weight, but it only works if you keep your intake at the same level.

        • by jimshatt (1002452)
          Also, muscle weighs more than fat, so while getting in better shape you might not lose as much weight as you think you should. I can imagine some people find that demotivating. But you still end up looking and feeling better.

          Full disclosure: I don't exercise at all, by the way, but I try to cycle with my kids to school instead of dropping them with the car whenever I can.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      BTW: I passed my flight test last May. Flying is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. :-)

      And I wouldn't be surprised if your blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides were all within norm.

      Being thin is MUCH more than vanity.

      I have the apposite problem - I can be obese and still look "normal". When I gain weight, it's evenly distributed. And when I say I need to lose weight, folks think I have some sort of eating disorder. It's pisses me off, but I just say that my doctor says so - and she does.

      And that's the other thing, we've all gotten so heavy that fat people look normal now and folks

      • by xaxa (988988)

        And don't me started on the studies about BMI being "wrong". It's a great approximation and only your doctor can tell you if you should ignore it.

        I see this every month or two, generally a friend posting on Facebook. One or two of them have insisted on knowing my weight, then get cross when I tell them I'm 176cm and 55kg. The BMI scale say's that's borderline-underweight, but my doctor didn't seem concerned.

        I am the second- or third-skinniest person I know.

      • Re:Congratulations! (Score:4, Interesting)

        by bogjobber (880402) on Friday December 21, 2012 @01:57AM (#42356679)
        I have the same thing. My friends all think I'm ridiculous for working so hard to lose weight since I look normal and I'm very active. But I'm just under 25% body fat and 225-230 lbs. I may not be a huge lardass, but that's definitely an unhealthy body fat percentage.

        I do sympathize with the anti-BMI feelings, though. It is only useful for people that are sedentary, and even then it is very generalized and can be misleading for people with certain body types. BMI is useful in the sense that it is incredibly easy to compute, especially for population-wide studies. But other, more descriptive measurements are far more useful and marginally more difficult to measure, particularly with regard to individual health.

        For example, my BMI puts me at borderline Obese Class I and Obese Class 2, but by body fat percentage I'm on the borderline between average and overweight.
      • by AK Marc (707885)

        And don't me started on the studies about BMI being "wrong". It's a great approximation and only your doctor can tell you if you should ignore it.

        BMI is a poor approximation of "fat" but a good predictor of heart problems. Body builders who don't do cardio are as bad or worse than fat people. Michael Clark Duncan wasn't in bad shape (not fat) when he had his heart attack. But being heavy, even if the heavy is muscle, is hard on your body. Skinny will lead to a longer life than large, regardless of whether large is from fat or muscle. But BMI is a bad predictor of "fat" and "obese" is "very fat" and one of the BMI results. The health problems BM

    • by laejoh (648921)
      If you think that flying is the most fun you can have with your clothes on then you've never ever flown naked! Don't ask...
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Interesting story, especially the part about where you say "I'm not fat. Who me?" You should be modded "Inspirational".

      I worked out 3 hours/day in high school, a mix of swimming, water polo, and weight training. In general I was in great shape. College rolled around and I ate like I did in high school sans the working out. Got married relatively young to someone i started dating when i was 20, but it was a bad relationship and I was too dumb to admit it. The stress, bad habits and bad eating meant tha

      • by AK Marc (707885)

        No diet, no nothing, just calorie watching, healthier eating,

        Someone needs to learn what a diet is. "I changed my eating, but not my diet" is self-contradictory.

    • Hey big congrats! I'm the only one in my family who isn't obese and have seen many family members fall back off the wagon. It's a massive effort to even admit you need to change, so just wanted to say well done and best of luck! May you live a happier and longer life for it :)
    • People put the weight back on because they don't realize that maintaining your weight is a for-life kind of thing. You don't stop exercising when you reach your goal, you just eat more to compensate.
    • by Cyfun (667564)

      Who says you have to have your clothes on? :D

    • by Greyfox (87712)
      I was just on the edge of being too heavy when I started skydiving back in July (aged 42.) I'd never really been motivated to lose weight and exercise. I've lost about 30 pounds since then and am closing in at what I consider to be a comfortable target weight. I doubt I'll get back to what I was in college, but I'm pretty happy with the results. It's amazing what you can do with just a little attention and exercise.
    • by CastrTroy (595695)
      I was quite skinny in my teens too. I was on the wrestling team my first year of high school, and never got to more than 110 lbs. By the time I graduated highschool I was about 145 lbs. After my first year of university, I was up to about 175 lbs. I never got much more than that, so I was never huge, but I find it amazing how quickly it can creep up on you. After university I started cycling to work and lost all the extra weight. At my smallest I was down to 135 lbs, but that was when my commute was
    • by dywolf (2673597)

      Go go pilot!
      And a female too.
      Props....pun intended.

      I got a few months of GI Bill left since my graduation few years ago. Been tempted to use it on starting my own flight training. Always wanted to fly. Love all aircraft. Someday when Im not so broke maybe.

    • by Cosgrach (1737088)

      Good on you! I got my US cert more than 15 years ago. Got one in New Zealand soon after.

  • I reached the weight I am now as a sophomore in highschool, almost fifteen years ago. I haven't varied by even five pounds since then. I don't own a scale, so I only end up just weighing myself out of curiosity whenever I stay in a hotel that has a scale in the room.

    Yep, still 165lbs.
    • I had a similar experience but plateaued in college (pay no attention to my nickname). However I still weigh myself pretty much every day. A big reason is for data. I know pretty much what going out of town and eating out every meal will do (~ +3lbs) and how long it will take to level off again (2-4 days). I can estimate how much water weight I lose for a given amount of exercise (a personal record of 8 lbs after 3 hours of bball when my knees could still take that sort of abuse). If I start or drop some ty
    • I'd weigh 165 too, but my zero adjust doesn't go that far.
      • by rubycodez (864176)

        some UK scales have switch for lbs., kg, or stone. Hope you can get down to 160 on one of those....

  • ... even multiple times per day. Yeah, I am addicted to that with OCD. :P

    I also made a similiar poll on my own web site: [] ... ;)

  • 1st - the grocery store provides a free scale which is pretty consistent
    2nd - seeing how much I weigh before I walk in helps keep my purchases healthier in nature by the time I leave
    3rd - because I'm too lazy to buy a scale for at home.

    I only truly grocery shop every 3 weeks or so, and many times I forget to check the scale if it's a quick trip.

  • I've got to keep my weight just perfect so I can be a regular blood donor. I tend to drop under the required weight if I'm not careful. Ugh. scale says I'm too light!
  • We had a wrestling unit in junior high phys ed. They weighed us for that (I came in at 110 lbs), in order to determine weight class, so that they could put me in a group with guys who had about fifty times my level of physical strength and coordination. Each. We're talking about guys who could easily lift their own weight (or, by extension, since we were in the same weight class, mine), swing it around their head, then toss it in a precision arc and have it land exactly where they wanted; whereas, I coul
  • I'm a type 2 diabetic. Couldn't get any meds to work for me so I control it using diet an exercise. Lots and lots of boring, boring exercise. I check my weight every now and again because it's a pretty good checkpoint.

    Not that it's changed more than normal +/- 5lbs in the past two years.

  • I'm actively trying to lose weight, so I check it almost daily, to track my progress. When I was/will be simply trying to maintain my weight, I check much less often. But part of the reason I now have to lose weight is the fact that I stopped checking it at all.

    • by c0lo (1497653)

      But part of the reason I now have to lose weight is the fact that I stopped checking it at all.

      Missing option: "so that the weight x weighting frequency is constant" (as in "the more obese one is, the less frequent the weight checks are").

      And thus a new derived measure unit is born: "peace of mind weightage" = "the ratio between the weight of a standard human being measured in Earth's gravitational field at the sea level and the period of 1 Earth year between weight checks" - approximately equal with 27 microN/s

  • I measure my weight ...

    In kilograms.

    (By the way, I see people giving their weight in pounds, I thought they would rather use stones ?)

    • by xaxa (988988)

      (By the way, I see people giving their weight in pounds, I thought they would rather use stones ?)

      Many (some?) British people would use stones for body weight; the rest would use kilograms. I've never seen anything except human body weight measured in stones.

      Americans use pounds.

    • In kilograms.

      I measure my weight... Never.

      My mass, on the other hand, I measure on a balance scale monthy-ish.

      • by suutar (1860506)
        meh. It's still measuring force, unless you're using a really interesting scale I've not heard of.
    • by rueger (210566) *
      It's a generational thing. For 99% of things I can work in Imperial or Metric as needed - although I don't convert.

      With human weight and height though the metric numbers just don't work for me - I have no sense of what they mean - but if you say someone is 5' 10" and 185 pounds I immediately know what they look like.
    • by c0lo (1497653)

      I measure my weight ...

      In kilograms.

      You're doing the wrong way then. Being a force on an object due to gravity, weight should be measured in Newtons.

  • by CheshireDragon (1183095) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @06:24PM (#42353215) Homepage
    I weigh in about once a week....ish. I am losing weight and I prefer to do it week by week or else I get discouraged if I am not losing enough. I am not all 'gung-ho' about losing. Since January I have lost about 25LB and another 25 next year would be great. My goal is to drop a total of 70LBs and I think that the other 50 can be achieved next year because I am at the teetering point. Laying off the fast food, soda and beer only accounted for 25LBs. Even though I am cooking for myself, I am sure I could get a bit healthier, drop some of the carbs and some of the milk and cheese. At that point I will possibly start walking/jogging this coming Spring when it starts to warm up a bit.
  • how do you go through life without ever weighing your self?
    • by The Bean (23214)

      It is a rather meaningless number in the end of the day. In general, it doesn't take a scale to judge one's health, relative obeseness, etc. Weighing yourself isn't always that useful.

  • by AbRASiON (589899) * on Thursday December 20, 2012 @11:14PM (#42355809) Journal

    I could previously answer this poll with something along the lines of "yearly" or "twice yearly" as someone who can get depressed and "eat away the pain" (it doesn't work, I've tried for over 30 years, I've not found a recipe for long term happyness at the bottom of any comfort food)

    Now, while still overweight, I am monitoring it weekly and finding the healthier I eat the better I feel. Sure a pizza and beer or chocolate / sugar definitely can cheer one up but it's quite brief and cyclical too.

    My weight has fluctuated from about 75kg to 115kg over the past 15 adult years and it's not just up, it's been up, down, up down many times. If I can give any advice regarding food at all, avoid sugar at all costs. (Youtube: Sugar, the bitter truth)
    Oh and I weigh myself about weekly now, I can still fluctuate 2 or 3 lbs a week but it's better than it used to be.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm getting old. Now my fear is not my weight, it's my height.

  • Health before weight (Score:4, Informative)

    by Jesrad (716567) on Friday December 21, 2012 @04:35AM (#42357331) Journal

    It was the sad realization that I was becoming diabetic, that forced me into doing something about my weight and eating patterns. After a couple years of failing by following the Usual Advice(c) of eating less and moving more, avoiding fats especially saturated ones, etc... I decided to learn human biochemistry directly, discovered a lot my doctor apparently didn't know about diabetes, glucose metabolism, and yet some more... I successfully replicated Tom Naughton's "improving your blood lipid panel while eating fast food for a month by applying one caveat" experiment in April 2007, and picked up low-carb paleo by winter that year as I kept reading more. This cured all the diabetic symptoms I had suffered for years in a matter of days. Interestingly, I also went down from size 12 to size 4 over the following 9 months without any calorie counting or sport, cured myself of a long-standing depression, a creeping arthritis in my left knee, gastric reflux, insomnia and bruxism, and I regained the running endurance I had in my teenage years - without training.

    Nowadays I only weigh myself from time to time to make sure it keeps working, and so far it does.

    • by manu0601 (2221348)

      After a couple years of failing by following the Usual Advice(c) of eating less and moving more, avoiding fats especially saturated ones, etc... I decided to learn human biochemistry directly, discovered a lot my doctor apparently didn't know about diabetes, glucose metabolism, and yet some more...

      Someone please mod that up! Doctors usually know nothing about how to loose weight, and the recomendation to cut fats mostly lead to failure

    • by Pulzar (81031)

      I decided to learn human biochemistry directly

      Any good learning material that you can point us to?

  • Title says it all. The question didn't imply the use of a scale, only some options did.
  • Lost 175-180lbs over the last 3.5 years. I weigh daily, sometimes twice or three times a day. I keep a log - 'any' upward trend over a period of 3 days, I drop way back the next two days to get it in order.

  • by khr (708262) <> on Friday December 21, 2012 @08:58AM (#42358543) Homepage

    I don't bother weighing myself. I know I'm fat and I feel like shit from it. I get out of breath bending down to put my socks on and my shirts bulge around my middle... I don't need a scale to tell me I need to do something.

    I didn't used to be like this, but at some point, living in India and being overfed by my then-fiance and her mother, tons of delicious, rich, greasy Indian food, it just caught up. I'm not sure I even realized I was putting on weight until the first time I couldn't breath while bending over to tie my shoes because my gut was in the way.

    I came back to the U.S. and lost some weight in the year and a half before my wife got her green card and joined me. Now I'm back to more of a struggle between pleasing my wife by eating what she wants to feed me and pleasing myself by eating what I'm comfortable with. She puts on a lot more pressure...

    • It sounds like you need to have a conversation with your wife about this. Food != Love, but in many cases and many cultures, the line between the two can be hard to see. Get a marriage counselor if you need to. If that doesn't work, then try hacking yourself. Walk a little bit each day. Eat miniscule or mostly vegetable lunches and breakfasts (assuming dinner is the main problem). Start with smaller portions during dinner if you know you're going to get coerced into eating more. You can do it.
      • by MickLinux (579158)

        My father on Mondays goes on a water-only fast until he hits his target weight. If he needs to lose pounds, he only targets a few pounds of loss a week. By the time the next weekend (with buffets and deserts) rolls around, he's where he needs to be.

    • by Cosgrach (1737088)

      I think that you need to explain it to her....

    • Learn to say no. []

      It may hurt her feelings a little bit now, but not nearly as much as it will hurt if you say nothing and she accidentally kills you.
  • Just to check if it's still the same.

  • No point weighing something that is no longer a part of my body.

  • Here we are, on Slashdot, 80 comments in, and not a single pedant has pronounced:

    Actually, you mean mass, not weight.

    As I said: inconceivable.

    • Because scales measure weight not mass. Although they are calibrated to display calculated mass, assuming Earth gravity, very few of us have the means to measure our mass directly.

    • by dkleinsc (563838)

      You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

      Specifically, when you step on a scale, you measure weight. To your measure mass, you'd need to do something like smack yourself with an object of known mass and velocity and measure how your velocity changes as a result, which is both difficult and dangerous.

      • Can't you just use those scales with the little weights and the slider?

        • by Pulzar (81031)

          That just measures relative weight. It compares the forces of gravity acting on two objects, and slides if one is being pulled harder than the other.

          • And obviously, by doing so, it measures mass.

    • by AK Marc (707885)
      I weigh myself on scales that measure weight in kg. Well, and being in a former English colony, I could also weigh myself in stones. Given those choices, we don't have a scale, though I did weigh in at a doctors appointment, I'm still under 80 kg of "weight". The only time I ever weighed myself routeinely was when I was working out 6 days a week (I think it was Tuesdays off, for an evening lab in the way). Gotta love the free gym at universities. I wasn't much more or less than any other time in my lif
  • I've been obese all my life, the heaviest I have been on record is 347lbs. Once I smartened up and decided to get in shape I dropped down to 205 weighing myself every week to measure my progress (lost 90 lbs in 7 months with a healthy diet and some weight training). I then made a terrible mistake...I stopped weighing myself and put back on 35 lbs which I've started to lose again. Do it once a week to make sure you are maintaining the weight, sucks when it's your clothes that start telling you that you put
  • I have a hyperactive metabolism; no matter how much I eat (and I eat a LOT), my weight always stays at about 140lb, with about a 5-6 lb margin.

    Now, if I were to start working out (which I should, skinny != healthy), I would probably gain a good 20 lb of muscle weight, as I used to weigh 160 lb when I was a teenager working in industrial manufacturing.
    • by AK Marc (707885)
      Wait until you hit 40 or so, your weight will increase by a bit. Your metabolism will change over your lifetime. But your eating won't follow, unless you work hard at it.
  • Well, *I* don't check it weekly, but my doctor does.

    Bone marrow transplant a couple months ago means I visit doctor weekly (soon to change to every other week), so my weight is pretty closely monitored.

    Along with pretty much everything else, really.

    Oh, and I'm now 100% chimera - no trace of my own bone marrow remains, it's just the donor's now. Two different sets of DNA, depending on whether you check my blood or do a cheek swab....

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