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ok–scales are RUBBISH

July 4th, 2013 (03:31 pm)

Although, reading through the comments of just about every scale on amazon, as many people say “great” as say “rubbish.”

I’d been hit with a major downer as the scales had me putting ON a pound each day for the last couple of days, despite me doing nothing different. and then his morning I was told I’d put on THREE pounds and I nearly cried. so then I got on them again. and I’d dropped from that weight to four pounds less. then i got on them again and another two pounds showing lost.

Sheesh. The ONE thing that a dieter needs is a reliable weighing system, even if that scale only shows a pound lost a week – one that fluctuates SIX POUNDS AT A TIME as these Weight Watchers scales did this morning are playing fast and loose with someone’s emotions and perhaps people could do something serious to themselves in despair. Not me, but it hit me very bad with this depression.

so basically I have no idea what I weigh. Obviously I’m taking the lowest reading I got this morning which means a pound lost since the weekend, but how do i know how accurate it is and how much it will go up next time i step on them. Going to Boots is pretty much impossible, as it’s buried deep in the Great Yarmouth mall – ten miles away with paid parking, so I’ll just have to cross my bloody fingers. great isn’t it?


Posted by: Anderyn Gabriel (anderyn)
Posted at: July 4th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)

Hey, it's a great deal of fun for me to jump on the scale and see what it tells me TODAY (or this hour, actually). I can weigh myself once, get one number, then weigh myself after a shower, or an hour later, and it's totally (well, within a few pounds) different. What was explained to me was that your weight naturally varies at different times of day (whether you've eaten, how much water you've had, blah blah blah) and that what you need to do is just keep a tally of the trend rather than obsessing over exact numbers. Plus, being women, your weight will vary over the month depending on cycle anyhow. So I never take my scale as true gospel THIS IS EXCEEDINGLY ACCURATE FOREVER weight, just as a ballpark figure.

And since I'm down over a hundred pounds, I'm not going to argue a pound here or there. I've been bouncing around 213 to 220 for the last few months, but I'm not sweating that seven pounds. I still want to get below 200, but I'm going to let my body do what works for it.

I support your weight loss efforts and -- yeah -- in my humble experience, losing the carbs for the most part has been the best way to lose weight. As my nutritionist says, "protein first, then fruits and veggies, THEN carbs if you have room".

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: July 4th, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)

yes, but the thing is, as it's fluctuating at least six pounds, I have no idea whether I am going up or down and that's very dispiriting. I know there's fluctuations in the body during the month, but this isn't that - this was all within a minute on a hard floor, 3 consecutive weighings!!

well done with your loss too!

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Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: July 4th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)

Yeah- I agree, but as I said above, the thing is fluctuating from second to second - I took three weighings this morning and I went from xx 12 to xx 8 to xx 6 in one minute - so I have no idea where I am.

Posted by: julian_griffith (julian_griffith)
Posted at: July 4th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)

That scale is definitely rubbish. Mine will fluctuate if you accidentally get it on the bathmat, and if you lean forwards or backwards you can make it confused... but mine is not dealing with the same top range.

I don't know if the top range on this one http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/For_The_Home/For_The_Home/Bathroom_Scale/26636 is enough for you, and of course there's international shipping to worry about, but I'd trust a dial scale over an electronic one. It's harder to confuse a spring.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)

can't find a dial scale that's high enough - that's the trouble - will get one when I drop below 300, definitely.

Posted by: julian_griffith (julian_griffith)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)

I've found one here: http://www.brylanehome.com/decor/Doctors-High-Capacity-Bathroom-Scale-Up-to-400-Pounds.aspx?PfId=122552&ProductTypeId=1 but they don't do international shipping. It'd probably be stupidly expensive to get around that with a conspirator.

Posted by: julian_griffith (julian_griffith)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)

oh, and these folks do international shipping -- not cheap at ALL, though. http://www.scales-4-less.com/acatalog/Home_Bath_Scales.html

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)

cool i'll look and see if i can find them in the UK - you'd think my doctor could invest in a set...

Posted by: lee_rowan (lee_rowan)
Posted at: July 5th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)

What a pain! Sounds like time to ship the sucker back.

Here's hoping all the loss is true and the gain is rubbish..

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)

I'm going to leave it a week, then take 3 readings like Muridae and take the average! :)

Posted by: Muridae (muridae_x)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 08:38 am (UTC)

Floorboards and carpets are death on accurate measurements. If you can find somewhere in the house to weigh yourself that doesn't have any give - tile or concrete - it'll help eliminate the fluctuations.

I don't have anywhere like that, so I just weigh myself 5 times in 5 minutes and take the average. If it seems wildly wrong, I'll move the scales along a couple of floorboards, and start over.

Good luck!

Posted by: Muridae (muridae_x)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 08:42 am (UTC)

Ah, whoops, I see you're already doing that. :-( Posture affects the weighing too, so it's worth trying to always stand in exactly the same way, trying not to lean forward or back.

The other thing I do first is tap the scales with my foot before getting on, to try and reset its zero balance.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)

trouble is if i don't lean forward I can't see the readout! oh, hello, toes!

Posted by: The Devil's handmaiden (seraphim_grace)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC)

i use the wii fit, (the only thing i really do use it for) because it corrects your posture, takes into account that you're wearing clothes (you tell it what you're wearing) and shows a really handy dandy chart of how you're losing weight.
I bought the wii for other reasons, but it was worth the extra for the balance board just for that, I can put on something like seven pounds just crossing the room to the scales.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)

i investigated the wii, being a games buff, but the balance board won't take my weight. Maybe later!

Posted by: The Devil's handmaiden (seraphim_grace)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)

it is disappointing when it goes oof when you stand on it, but to be fair my super skinny friend (who wants to gain weight) and is getting over anorexia, it says it when she stands on it too.

there is a fitness game which doesn't use the balance board, unless you have it, but it's really hardcore (EA Active), the workout is fine, the warm up is a killer.
Wii Zumba is fun too.
Where the wii is good it's awesome, where it's bad it's really shit. I'm not a huge gaming buff but my heart belongs to the legend of Zelda, and there is a game called the Little King's story which is worth the price of the wii on it's own, although it's a sedentary one. It's just so addictive.

I use my wii more than I use the xbox truth be told.

as a gamer have you seen gog.com, it's classic games reworked to work on modern pcs, same graphics, crappy sound etc, but to run on windows h8 and they're like $2.99 and things like that
and there's loads of free games that are updated all the time.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)

Oh yes, I'm a great fan of GOG - it's one of the only places I know of where you can get retro games that work on windows 8 - I downloaded thief the dark project yesterday and am wallowing in goodness.

Posted by: The Devil's handmaiden (seraphim_grace)
Posted at: July 6th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)

i love the extras, i bought the witcher 2 on the day it came out, and there were three options available in stores, basic, basic with DLC content (so all the patches etc as they became available) and here have this one that comes with it's own shipping container with all this extra stuff and maps and artbooks and this bust you dont' really want that costs as much as your house)
and i really wanted the artbook but couldn't afford it, bought it from GOG because they had the cheapest version of the game and got all the shit minus the bust (i didn't really want) free plus the soundtrack and all the DLCs as they became available and every now and again I get new stuff, and people who bought it from like steam or HMV or whatever got stiffed
if they sold it I would buy all my games from them.

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