Saturday, July 20, 2013
For the first year on SparkPeople, I "officially" weighed in once a week, on Sundays. Often I would weigh on other days as well. Sometimes, my weight on Friday or Monday would be 2-3 pounds lower than on Sunday, yet Sunday's weight was the "official" weight, so it was the weight I recorded.
Now, I'm a member of the "At Goal & Maintaining & Transition to Maintenance" SparkTeam. We're having a challenge where we try to stay at our goal weight for eight weeks. The allowable variance is +/- 3%. Many members use a weight averaging program and I figured I'd give it a try.
My goal is 105 pounds, which makes my "range" 101.9 to 108.2 pounds. Here's a picture of my weight averaging chart. The red points are the actual weight I recorded, the main blue line is the average, and the secondary blue line, which you see only near the end, is the average a month ago.
You'll see a few spikes downward and a few big spikes upward. One of those big spikes upward was a company party at a Mexican restaurant, which included several margaritas, with salt. Need I say water retention? Another of the large upward spikes came after dinner at a Chinese restaurant. Both times, I stayed in my caloric range for the day, yet still gained 2+ pounds. I'm assuming that the weight gain on Chinese food night came from MSG, which doesn't react well in my system.
However, you can also see that overall, I'm really on track with maintaining my target weight. If I were only recording my weight weekly, the snapshot would look much different. I'm really appreciating this averaging of daily weights as a way to track reality and trend instead of unusual spikes in either direction!