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MSU_GAL Posts: 885
1/28/13 12:33 P

I read once that frequently moving your scale can cause the calibration to get funky. (I used to slide mine under the counter when I wasn't using it.) When I learned that, i went out and bought a new one, set it on the floor, and never moved it again. It's been very consistent since.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/28/13 11:57 A

I think it's time to buy a new scale. But, frankly, I wouldn't for awhile and just focus on the process since you seem to have so much invested in those numbers when they are really insignificant in the overall process of lifestyle change. Also, you've posted gains and losses in your measurements from week to week, so they don't seem very reliable either. Typically, measurements wouldn't consistently be going up or down like that within a week.

Do you have some tighter fitting clothes? What about using them as a guide. You can take pics in the same spot at the same angle with the same outfit and track that over time. I wouldn't do that more than once a month.

Focus on the process and keep doing what you are doing. The results will happen. Stop stressing over the numbers since so many variables come into play.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,201
1/28/13 11:43 A

I agree about the scale-- could be an uneven floor or the scale's going senile on you. Is it battery operated? Might be as simple as replacing the battery. When I bought my newest scale, I stepped on it maybe 8 times in the store, to make sure it said the same thing every time. And I try to place it on the bathroom floor in exactly the same place every time I weigh in.

As for the measurements-- I'd really give it more time before getting torn up that a particular measurement seems to have gone up. I measure only once a month; it takes time to really see the results of all that exercise. I stand in front of a mirror so I can see if the tape's fairly level. Even so, it can be very difficult to get the measuring tape in exactly the same place, with exactly the same amount of "snug". Take my thigh for example. Unless I took a Sharpie and drew a line around my leg, it's hard for me to tell exactly where I had the tape in the first place. And my thighs are probably the flabbiest part of my body. Did I hold the tape fairly snug (creating a "bump" in the flab), or was it more loose while still being around my leg? sigh. I don't remember the *exact* amount of pressure I used.

Sometimes it seems like the fit of our clothes is almost a better judge of the progress we're making.

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1/28/13 11:00 A

Your scale is probably not calibrated properly. Check it with something you absolutely know the weight of (like a 10 lb. dumbbell) and see if it weighs accurately. My guess is that it won't.

Also, I've noticed that my scale weighs differently depending on what part of the floor I use it on - I live in an old building and the floor is not completely flat. Depending on where you live, that could be an issue as well. Since I know the problem is my floor, not the scale, I just make a point of always using the scale in the same exact spot (where I've checked it with a dumbbell and know it will weigh "true") and that helps to keep things consistent.

KANDOLAKER Posts: 1,902
1/28/13 10:50 A

Wow - sounds very much like a defective scale. I wouldn't pay any attention to it. Just keep doing what you are doing, get another scale, and then weigh in again later in the week. One day doesn't make it a faiulure (or a success). Deep breath and don't worry - keep eating healthy and moving and it will all be correct soon. Wishing you the best!!

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1/28/13 10:48 A


If there is that much variation in your scale's readout it sounds to me like you need to get a new scale...that somehow the calibration is off. That being said, weight loss takes time and sometimes it seems to painfully slow.

But what if I told you that your body is experiencing all the things listed below, none of which has to do with weight loss, would this motivate you to stay on track?

-Increases lung capacity
-Increases immunity fighting immunoglobulins
-Increases mood due to an increase in mood-enhancing chemicals-serotonin, dopamine and nor-epinepherine
-Builds lean muscle mass and bone mass=decrease risk of osteporosis
-Lowers blood pressure, heart rate and stronger heart
-Over time your risk for cardio-vascular disease and type II diabetes falls
-Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) levels
-Increases in HDL (good cholesterol) levels
-Lowers triglycerides
-Your runs, walks and other exercises become easier
-Cuts in your cancer risk
-You feel better and have more energy
-You feel younger and more confident
-Improves posture
-Increases self-esteem
-Helps with sleep
-Controls stress
- Increases the volume of your muscle mitochondria which leads burning more carbs and fats
-Doubles your muscles ability to use oxygen, therefore, you are better able to use fat as an energy source

Coach Nancy

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1/28/13 10:35 A

Hello Everyone,
So I weighed myself this morning and the 1st time I stepped on the scale it said 296.8 and I was like Whoa that can't be right! Rather than say Congrats to myself I am in disbelief that I just loss 12.4 lbs since last week that just can't be right! So I step on the scale again and this time the number is different again and I do this about 4 times in a row 2 times its even lower saying 289 and I'm like no way and than it say 311 and I'm like hmm can't be that either because I didn't cheat at all so I'm thinking maybe my Scale is dying on me and maybe I should get a new one! I don't know someone else says that you should always go by the first time you weigh yourself so if that's true than I have lost 12.4 lbs since last week! On top of that I did my measurements and they all stayed the same but my Waist and Middle Stomach went up! Again I have not cheated I'm Eating Healthy, Working Out Everyday, and Drinking 64 oz of Water Everyday so I don't know what's going on!

So here's my chart
Weight 309.2
Neck 15 1/2"
Right A 16"
Right L 26"
Middle S 47"
Waist 49"
Hips 54"

Weight 296.8
Neck 16" up 1 1/2"
Right A 16" Same
Right L 27 up 1"
Middle S 47 1/2 up 1/2"
Waist 50 up 1"
Hips 54" same

So as you can see I lost weight but went up in some of my measurements! I'm soo confused right now! I really can't explain it I haven't cheated I'm only Eating Healthy and Exercising Everyday but still these numbers are bothering me! Overall I just don't want to let this get the best of me and I than stop doing all the good work I've been doing! I really need support please help me! Well I just want to share this with all of you and if you have any advice or anything you like to say I'd appreciate it

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