Beeminder Forum

Reset a weight goal ceiling


I used to Beemind my weight in the normal way, by having a slowly decreasing line and trying to maintain a little loss every day. This didn’t work for me because when I was close to derailing I’d just stop weighing myself. Stopping weighing myself was the worst outcome because I’d slowly lose track of my weight and when I got it back together to stand on my scales I’d have put on several kilos.

So now I just set a ceiling that I don’t want my weight to go above. It’s a weight goal with a rate of zero ending on December 30th. When Christmas and New Year roll around I’ll be close to the ceiling and I’ll know it’s time to, if not start losing weight, at least stop gaining it. It’s worked well for the last few years.

My weight has gone down by a little every year so I usually lower the ceiling by a bit in Winter. To do this I set the deadline to a week from now, set the new ceiling as my goal and add a reminder in my calendar to reset the goal date to a year ahead (at the end of the week). It’s a bit error prone. Is there a better way to make a new ceiling and not wait for the line to slowly lower? Like a retrorachet but with a value I decide myself.


You can do this with the prototype road editor!

I had this problem as well until I finally listened to @bee and @adamwolf who’d been telling me to make an auxiliary weigh-ins goal. Now I have to not only keep my weight on track but also weigh in most days. It always seemed like an inelegant hack and I wanted the weight goal itself to handle everything and maybe we’ll figure out how to do that but in the meantime the combination of weight and weigh-ins works like a charm. And both are automated thanks to Withings and an IFTTT applet (and a custom goal with aggday=nonzero so I can’t build safety buffer by weighing in multiple times).