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Weight Graphing

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!
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  • SNIC23
    I like the idea of averaging too. And someday I plan to be at the point where I will be doing that.

    Congratulations for doing such a great job maintaining. I'm sure the early morning hikes are helping a lot.

    I hope you are enjoying your week so far!

    2445 days ago
    I'm proud of you.
    2455 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Great tool for your challenge. More power to you! It would make me crazy to weigh every day. Quite a few restaurants have stopped using MSG but Chinese food has a ton of sodium, too.
    2455 days ago
    I'm playing with weightgrapher, but not using it for the challenge. My computer is so old that the graph doesn't show properly in my browser. Something else to fiddle with...
    2455 days ago
  • DR1939
    My mother, who was trim all her life, weighed herself daily and allowed a 3-lb gain or loss. Anything outside that range was attended to. Before Thanksgiving she usually lost 3 lbs in preparation for the holidays. Although this might sound like a potential eating disorder, she was never underweight until right before she died. She also was never overweight. She wasn't really focused on weight, just watchful.
    2455 days ago
    That sounds like a good idea.
    2455 days ago
    I just started doing this also and really like weight It is much better to focus on the average and the trends rather than just the spikes. I also can go up 3 or 4 pounds from water retention!

    Thanks for sharing. It is a valuable tool for maintenance.

    I hope you are doing Ok in the heat. I just took an early morning walk before we head into the 100s.
    2455 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    Isn't it great! I've started doing this too and LOVE it!
    2455 days ago
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