(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 : (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 # 47
    2959 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Luckily I have given away my “fat clothes”. But there are times when the one size of pants feels a bit too tight and I have to mov to the next size. Usually I fine-tune the calorie cycling a bit, add a few more workouts for a week or two and I am back to norm. Much better than when I used to let myself gain significant weight and trying to live off a strict diet.

    Post # 48
    4688 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    All of the above.

    Post # 49
    966 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I say scale. I have a digital scale and it’s much less intimidating to keep track of a few pounds and lose them than when clothes REALLY start feeling different. I mean, we all get bloaty and full, but that passes. But when I see the scale creep up a pound or two, I can just cut back for a couple days, and it’s all good. If my clothes already are tight, I’m looking at several pounds already… SO depressing! = 

    Plus… clothes stretch. haha

    Post # 50
    785 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Well it was a combination of several things..  First I decided to step on the scale after a few months and went “oh #(#$”.  That’s when I realized damn I’m at the heaviest that I’ve ever been and I’ve never seen that number before.. Which is awful.. 

    and then I noticed my clothes were fitting tighter..   I think the clothes fitting is probably the #1 indicator since I don’t like to check my weight on the scale often. and if its harder to do up my jeans when it shouldn’t then there is a problem 😉 

    Also, I noticed big time by my workouts.  That I haven’t done certain exercises for quite a while and I did it now.. and it was a huge difference.  Like I knew I was able to do certain length of run before without difficulty and now I am huffing and puffing..  or when I did my boot camp class I was tired and it was hard to do some exercises.  It was a reality check of what I was able to do before vs now.. My mind thinks I can still do it, but my body says no 😛

    Post # 51
    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Combination of things –

    1) The number. I know what weight I look good at (either 52-54kg with toned muscle or 50kg without……I got some work to do lol! A crazy Christmas season took me above this).

    2) My clothing. I refuse to wear anything above an Aus size 8. Vain, I know, but I just won’t do it.

    3) My measurements. Specifically, my waist measurement. I know what measurements look good at.

    4) My body fat percentage. Can you tell I’m a bit of a gym bunny?

    Post # 52
    456 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    After having my baby and having to endure a very sedentry pregnancy due to a high risk pregnancy I was in my maternity clothes 8 months after bub was born. They are really comfy!

    I knew i had weight to lose (especially baby weight), but i was i complete denial of how big i had let myself become. As im still breastfeeding my 9month old I didnt think I should make too much of an effort because of milk supply bla bla.. in truth i was using it as an excuse.

    It wasnt untill I saw a photo of myself taken on a rather unflattering angle by my step son that I realised how gross I looked. I cried. 

    That was 2 months ago now, and im down 6kg but have also put on muscle. feeling great.

    I hope to lose another 10-12kg.


    Post # 53
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    for me, it’s a combination of how my clothes fit and how i look in pictures (specifically my face). i have a pretty round face and even an extra 5lbs shows up in it, so it’s been a great gage.

    Post # 54
    1402 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Definitely how my clothes fit.  I don’t own a scale anymore because I would obsess over it.  I take my measurements every other week or so just to keep track.

    Post # 55
    410 posts
    Helper bee

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    @claireos:  argh this!!!! I hate looking like my stomach is overflowing over my pants. It’s time to do something. Sitting down did not make me feel this self-conscious before. 

    definitely the way my clothes fit tells me it’s time to work out again. Then a follow up on the scale confirms it!

    Post # 56
    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    Usually how my clothes fit, measurements, scale. I’ll admit the scale has a profound effect on my mood, but usually I can tell by appearance whether I’ve gained or lost weight.

    I’ve been horribly sick this past week, and despite overeating like mad the first two days of that week, I looked at myself in the mirror yesterday and said, “Wow, I really look like I have lost weight.” I had. And while the scale may remain the same, it is true you could be dropping muscle and putting on fat.

    I carry all of my weight in my butt…it can take a while to go down in pants sizes. I usually wear 12s and 14s.

    Post # 57
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

    when I crossed over to “officially overweight” on the BMI scale. note that I do not think BMI is a totally accurate measure of health, but I do think it’s still a useful guideline. I can’t trust clothing to help me determine my own personal weight/size goal. I was hiding my chub with flattering clothes and totally deluding myself, wheras numbers on a scale do not lie. 

    I’ve finally lost 15 pounds and I’m squarely back in the “healthy weight” zone. 

    Post # 58
    180 posts
    Blushing bee

    Usually I’ll feel my clothes get tighter, then I’ll check the scale to confirm.  I can also tell by the way my thighs rub together.  I then cut back on desserts/food to get back to where I was.  I have a couple skirts and a pair of jeans that are good barometers of my fitness (or lack thereof).  I realized a few days ago that I’m now six pounds over my target weight range so I’m trying to bring it back down.  Not just for looks, but because I refuse to buy new clothes solely because I let myself get fat.

    Post # 59
    6262 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    When I don’t want to wear my jeans 

    Post # 60
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    In college I had a roommate with an AMAZING body. AMAZING. When we graduated, she gave me her favorite pair of jeans that I used to borrow.

    I put those on. If I can’t button them without cutting off my circulation, it’s time to hit the gym.


    (ps. two kids later she STILL has an amazing body. disgusting.)

    Post # 61
    2554 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Usually in my clothes. The scale worked for me when I lost weight a few years back but I find it’s not a good indicator for me anymore.

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