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

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: What Is your Indicator On When You've Surpassed Your Comfortable Weight?

    Number On The Scale

    How Your Clothes Fit

    You Go By Measurements

    Combination Of Things or Other

  • Post # 17
    2997 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    welll…considering I’m sitting here contemplating unbuttoning my pants so that I have some room to breathe — I would say it’s time to lose some lbs. haha

    Post # 18
    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I have a number I shouldn’t go over, and a number I shouldn’t go below. That’s primarily how I do it. However, if I’m between those numbers and my pants still fit weird? Time to get my ass out the door and run some more. The only thing I CAN’T do it go by how I think I look in the mirror. That way lies trouble 😛

    Post # 19
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Definitely clothes. I can weigh the same thing and have it be mush or muscle, the scale is a huge liar for me.

    Post # 20
    4435 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I weigh myself everyday- I find after hitting the big 3-0, it’s harder to keep the weight off and I need to stay on top of it!

    Post # 22
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I go by how my clothes fit. If things are starting to feel snug and jeans are a little bit of a stretch to button, I know I need to cut back on my junk. I’m packing on about 5-10 extra pounds right now and I know that it’s from eating junkier food and no longer sticking to no or low-calorie drinks and drinking pop, full calorie Gatorade/Powerade (not G2 or Powerade Zero), stuff like that.

    I have body dysmorphic disorder so I can’t rely on the mirror. At a bit under 70 pounds I still see fat in the mirror. No good.

    The only place I get on a scale now is at the doctor’s office and I don’t look at the digital readout. We don’t own a scale now and with my eating disorder, I had this odd rule that only my scale was the valid ‘correct’ weight as long as I weighed after my little ritual to prepare for weighing myself. In recovering from my eating disorder, I took my scale and literally smashed it up with a hammer and threw it away. It felt good. Numbers lie and they fluctuate wildly within a day, a week, and a month without any actual true weight gain. Focusing on weight is not a good idea in my opinion, measurements and how clothing fits are better determinations of losing weight (or fat, really) but that’s my take on things.

    Post # 23
    7768 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I only ever really go by how my pants fit.  Scales and BMI are not reliable, in my experience.  If my pants gets too tight- it is time!


    Post # 24
    2838 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    The number on the scale AND how my clothes fit.

    Post # 25
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I actually haven’t weighed myself since… maybe highschool? At the doctors, I get on the scale backwards. I know this seems odd, since I’m 5’9 and hover bewteen a 0 and a 2, but I honestly hate numbers. I know I’ll weigh more than I think i “should” since I work out a lot, and muscle (volume wise) weighs more than fat. So yeah, I go by how my clothes fit, and focus more on my performance at the gym than a scale. 


    Post # 26
    261 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We don’t own a scale, and I only wear dresses, so I can gain quite a bit of weight before I start to notice a difference in how my clothes fit.

    I have an annoying habit of looking at myself sideways in mirrors to see if my tummy is flat or if I have eaten too much pizza lol – that is how I know when to step it up at the gym

    Post # 27
    336 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    When i feel grossed out when standing in front of the mirror naked :[ lol

    Post # 28
    13094 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

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    @Mrs_Amanda:  “I hone in on the problem areas.”

    See – I think that is why I’m able to use the “mirror method”.  I’m not that critical of my body and definitely don’t focus on problem areas.  I’m able to stand back and look at the whole picture and assess where I stand overall.  Which is good for me because I hate worrying about numbers (whether it is weight or dress size or whatever).

    Post # 29
    1070 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    This weight loss burst was actually thanks to my photographer doing the impossible and coming to Maui to do my shoot. I was stunned. So I wanted it to be worth his while.


    My clothes were the main indicator that something had to be done. My skinny jeans especially. They didn’t even button anymore. So now I have a picture of them as my phone background image to remind myself… SKINNY JEANSSSSSS MUST FIT!!!

    Post # 30
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    For me I have a 5 pounds range I’m allowed to be in.  As soon as I go above that range I know it’s time to reel it in.  I weight myself once a week.  It’s a lot easier losing 2 pounds than it is 10 so I try to never let things get out of hand.

    Also my face is the first place where I gain weight so I use that as a gauge as well.

    Post # 31
    2249 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Scale, and what I look like in pictures. I haven’t gained much weight in the last few years, but when I’m not eating healthy I bloat up like crazy, especially in my face… Yikes!

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