(Closed) Personally, How Do YOU Determine When It Is Time To Lose A Few Pounds?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: What Is your Indicator On When You've Surpassed Your Comfortable Weight?
    Number On The Scale : (30 votes)
    12 %
    How Your Clothes Fit : (152 votes)
    62 %
    You Go By Measurements : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Combination Of Things or Other : (61 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Totally how my clothes fit. Ugh, I’m 10-15# over my comfortable weight right now (I don’t weigh myself, it’s not good for me). I would be okay at this weight if a.) my clothes weren’t uncomfortable and b.) it didn’t slow me down so much as a runner.

    Post # 4
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    456 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    primarily I go by how my clothes fit.. although I tend to gain weight in my face first so if I’m in bed and looking at my ipad and I get a lot of puffiness under my chin then I know it’s time to do something 🙂

    Post # 5
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    14658 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Both.  What the scale says and how my clothes fit.  I’m about 5 lbs over what my typical weight has been the last few years, even though the clothes still feel the same, I’m cautious of the number.  Though I dont actively try to lose the weight through exercise, I’m more cautious of food I eat and control intake.

    Post # 6
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    7647 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Mostly how my clothes fit and how my face looks. I have lost 9 pounds so far, and I am feeling better and better every day when my clothes get a little big baggier. I still step on the scale, but I am not going to let that rule my weight loss because you can gain muscle. Some people look better at 165 than they do at 150.

    If anything, I would go by measurements and how you feel.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Mine is both the number on the scale and how my clothes fit.  I’ve actually been weighing myself everyday for a few years now.  I know some people say to only do it once a week, but I found by doing it everyday I can actually see what my normal daily fluctuations are. It is usually about a 3-lb fluctuation or so.

    I know what number I feel comfortable with and that is based on how my clothes fit.  I’m to the point where I have about a 5-lb range where I am comfortable in how my clothes fit.  So if I get towards the higher end of that range I will start making more of an effort to drop it down to that lower end. 

    It’s much easier to lose 5 lbs as soon as you notice it than it is to lose 30+ lbs when you’ve been not paying attention to it.

    Another tool for me is just visual from the side.

    Post # 8
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    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Definitely clothes. Around this time last year I looked in the mirror at 175lbs and was like oh good god when did this happen? My favorite shirt was straining and looked funny on me and I had been ignoring it. I hadn’t been that weight in years. So I got my butt in gear and started actually paying attention to what I ate again and working out more regularly. Happily down to 155 at the moment and trying not the let the scale rule my life!

    Post # 9
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    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    For me, it is more how I see myself in the mirror.  I don’t really care what the number on the scale says so long as I’m alright with the way my body looks.

    Post # 10
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    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We don’t own a scale, so I go by how my clothes fit (though usually I go, “This is too small, Goodwill pile it goes, hello new [item of clothing]!”

    Post # 11
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    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    For me its all about how my clothes fit, the scale is just a number. The reason your clothes may be fitting differently, if you’re not working out is because you are probably losing muscle tone.

    Post # 12
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    2130 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I go by how my clothes fit and right now they are tight so I’m starting workout classes this Sunday!

    Post # 13
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    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    How my clothes fit and what I look like in pictures. I do not own a scale

    Post # 14
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    2892 posts
    Sugar bee

    My clothes determine my weight. Wardrobes are freaking expensive to replace so the last thing I want is to out-grow mine, so to speak. The moment I feel my tummy start to peak over the waist of my jeans when I sit down is when I start exercising a litle more and keeping a closer eye on my consumption. I probably weight myself annually but I know about what I weigh based on how my clothes feel. 

    Post # 15
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    8471 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Once my pants start feeling tight and the scale is over 130, I’m not too happy, which is NOW! ARG!

    Post # 16
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    8041 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Mrs_Amanda:  How my clothes fit is probably the biggest thing… and just how I feel in general. I have gained around 20 lbs in the last 2 years and I am not happy about that. Even before then I wanted to lose 10-15 lbs. so now I have a goal to lose 35 lbs. eeek!

    We have a more active lifestyle than we used to… we’ve been going to the gym fairly regularly for the best part of a year now, but it’s a work in progress. Also, since I love food, it can be a struggle to eat smaller portions. We generally eat pretty healthy, I think it’s mostly the portion size in my case anyway. I guess you don’t gain the weight overnight so you won’t lose it overnight.

    I was always slim, and now I’m not quite so slim so it is hard but I am hoping I can keep turning things around gradually. I have lost some weight but I still have lots to go.

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