Many people disagree, but I weight myself everyday.

I weigh myself almost everyday.  This was especially important at the beginning of my weight loss journey. My weight loss trajectory:

I recently came across Amelia Greene’s weight loss presentation below (see video). A former typical college student (eating unhealthy college meal plans), she lost 40lbs over 5 years, mostly by keeping daily track of her weight to see what was working for her; and what lifestyle changes she needed to make. She was losing 0.2 lbs a day (slow progress!) which you typically won’t notice over a short period of time, but keeping track of this made the changes visible, and kept her motivated. Her dad followed suit, and lost weight faster than she did. See, healthy habits do rub off, it really became a family affair! You can easily do your record keeping online, as she describes in the video, no excuses!

Amelia Greenhall (Seattle): Weigh Everyday = Understanding from David Reeves on Vimeo.

The lifestyle changes she made include biking to vegetable market; driving less (rarely now), learning to cook, having a weekly dinner club etc. She also spent more time journaling (a long time hobby of hers), less time watching TV, and less time on AIM.  This completely revitalized her – e.g. it made her spend money on things that make her happy (meaning more $ on healthy food 🙂 ).

I identify with a lot of the things she says, things I continually blog about. It is useful to have another success story from someone who underwent a lifestyle change.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

One Comment:

  1. Glad to see this is a habit you have stuck with, John! Daily weighing is a great tool to self monitor progress. Lots of people that have trouble with this tend to let their day be defined by what the scale says-if you can remove emotion from what the number says, and take it as just one measure of your journey and NOT the measure of your self worth, daily weighing can be a great tool to aid in a healthy lifestyle.

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