When you are as tied to the scale as most of us who are trying to lose weight are, the flucuations can be incredibly frustrating. I recently saw a discussion with someone wondering what their "real weight" is.
If you try to track your weight on a daily basis and judge how you are doing, you'll be bound to drive yourself nutso. There is nothing wrong with daily weighing - I do it! - but so much can influence how much you weigh at any given time, that it is not productive to obsess about fluctuations.
A better way to go is to create a graph and look over your long term progress. I recently found this site and I wish I had looked for it when I was actively losing: http://www.weightchart.com/
I'm just starting to use it, but it looks pretty customizable and it's FREE.
So let me give you an example of weight fluctuations. Yesterday I woke up and stepped on the scale and it was 119.5. I then went out for my run (16 miles). When I returned from the run - hot and sweaty - I again stepped on the scale and it read 116.0. This morning I got up and stepped on the scale first thing and 121.2!
I wish that I could tell you that I don't get upset about these fluctuations anymore, but I am trying! I certainly didn't truly LOSE 3.5 pounds while running. And I know I didn't GAIN 1.7 pounds of fat since yesterday. I still HATE to see anything over the 119 number.
It remains a constant battle for me. I see the doctor for my annual appointment on Wednesday and I anticipate talking with him about my weight again. I am more anxious to see what my cholesterol and other levels are and if they have improved or stayed the same since last year.
So I hope that graphing your weight will help you to have less reliance on the dreaded scale! Do as I say, not as I do, right?