[This was originally a daily beemail.]
I imagine that most normal humans should ignore everything I think about beeminding weight.
(Also, yes, I totally get that weight is not as important as body measurements or body fat or just strength or speed or whatever. But I still think scale weight works really well as a proxy metric, assuming that you like intermittent fasting and are able and willing to treat your weight as under your complete short-term control, namely by fasting and sweating. Also insert a lot of caveats about not dehydrating yourself or doing anything else that isn’t healthy and defeats the point of beeminding your weight in the first place. To me, things like that are what I call loopholes you can drive an ice cream truck through. Namely, the slope is so blatantly slippery that I’m not tempted to so much as set foot on it.)
Ok, for anyone still here, here’s a little epiphany I just had about beeminding my weight.
When you have to weigh in by (let’s say, since it’s true for me at the moment) 5pm on Tuesday, weigh yourself at 5:01pm on Monday, i.e., as soon as your beemergency day starts. Furthermore, think ahead an additional half day or so: As 5pm Monday approaches, target a 50% chance of weighing in at the needed weight.
(I should also mention that I beemind both my weight and stepping on the scale something like 5 days/week. Thanks to Bee for convincing me to do the latter a couple years go. Unless you can treat “avoid the scale for as long as my weight road has safety buffer” as an ice-cream-truck loophole, a complementary weigh-ins goal is pretty necessary for beeminding weight.)
So why the 50% probability thing 24 hours prior to your beemergency thing?
- You may get lucky and be on your weight road early.
- You’re calibrating your ability to predict when you’ll weigh what when. I.e., you’re estimating a 50% chance of being on your road and so that should happen 50% of the time. If not, adjust for next time! You’ll end up learning exactly how closely you can skate the edge of your weight road!
- If you’re not on your road at t minus 24 hours, you’ve got plenty of time to fast and sweat until you are. In my experience being in the ballpark the day before eliminates the risk of not being on your weight road in time, if you spend as much of that 24 hours as needed not eating.
Ok, I’m ridiculous. But I love all this so much and seriously have no idea how I’d maintain a healthy weight without Beeminder. I’d so predictably be on the classic one-more-day-won’t-matter slippery slope of sloth, overeating today with the (delusional) intention of undereating tomorrow.