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Please Hold - We're Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Ah, the ballad of the broken scale. Well, I don't think it's broken, but my house might be.

So I get up this morning and am dreading the weigh-in anyway. I know I'm likely going to be up because of the long weekend, and the food and the alcohol. However, I also rocked out a couple of really long walks, upped my swimming laps and exercised when I didn't plan on it this past week, so anything could happen, right? Essentially if I look at my week, I calorie cycled - I had a couple of really high days, and a couple of low days - so it should have all balanced out - theoretically.

I pulled out the scale (a digital WW model) and stepped on...297.6. OK - I'm up. Grrr. Totally disappointed in myself. But when I stepped off the scale I felt it rock a little on the feet. My bathroom floor is totally uneven and warped from old water damage, so I bent over and jiggled the scale a bit - sure enough, it only had 3 feet on the ground. Now I know it's supposed to auto correct, but the perfectionist in me couldn't handle a wonky weigh-in, so I moved the scale and stepped on again.

296.9 - OK - I'm still up, but that's a better number. I step off - it wobbles again. For the love of everything holy! Can I not find a sturdy spot in my whole bathroom? Apparently not. And just to prove my theory, I step on again - 299.2. Clearly this is not right. New place on the floor, off and on, off and on - every single time I'm getting a different number.

I finally give up on the bathroom and take the scale into the living room. It's carpeted. I know I shouldn't weigh-in on carpet because though all 4 feet rest on the ground properly, it most likely doesn't allow the scale to descend properly when I step on it (this is what I tell myself, but at this point I'm running late, I need to get in the shower, and I'm tired of getting on and off this darn thing). Oh well - it's Berber, so it's almost flat. And it's not like it's got a ton of padding under it. So on I go...

294.5. Wow. Uh, ok - now I can't believe it. So I get off and on again. 294.5. I try a third time. 294.5. Well three times the charm. I'll take it! That puts me at 15 pounds lost! I feel totally guilty. I feel like I cheated my week and I tricked the scale. So now I'm determined to do REALLY well this week to make up for it.

Next week though - I'm weighing in on the carpet first!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHIRLS2010 6/12/2010 7:29AM

    I'm glad I'm not the only scale mover!

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KARVY09 6/9/2010 2:46PM

    YAY! You got the correct result! Hehe!

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/9/2010 2:08PM

    emoticon you are so funny! You earned those 15 lbs. girl!!!

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    Ha, this cracked me up! Glad to know I'm not the only one who does "retakes" when the scale doesn't seem to be cooperating :)

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SANDYBRUNO 6/2/2010 11:38PM

    I think I need to move my scales to the carpet. Hey take the best reading you can get. I once weighed 15 pounds lighter at the doctor's office. Scales who can trust them?

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KITHKINCAID 6/2/2010 2:40PM

    Jamie - if anyone tells you they don't weigh in stark naked and after they go potty - they're lying :) Well...unless you're weighing in at a WW meeting or something...that would just be embarrassing!

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WYND10 6/2/2010 2:37PM

    Oh look at that, you already got your award. Now, let's go for virtual calorie free martinis and do the happy dance shall we??? ;) emoticon

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KARVY09 6/2/2010 2:35PM

    My scale is fickle too! Glad yours finally gave you the right answer!

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WYND10 6/2/2010 2:33PM

    Oh man, you make me laugh :). I say if it says it it's true. Just weigh yourself in the same spot next week. I try to hit the same spot every time I weigh in, along with being naked as a jay bird and having just gone potty. That's my ritual. Probably TMI, but there you have it folks :). Congrats on your loss, and this means you're over 15lbs now! Woooooo. Go getchoo a new award!!

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KITHKINCAID 6/2/2010 2:20PM

    Ha! Don't I know it JAZZYJAS. It happened to me right off the bat after my first 2 weeks on Spark. So frustrating. Glad that the trend seems to be down now - hopefully :)

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JAZZYJAS 6/2/2010 2:18PM

    I often don't trust my scale but great work on the weigh in -- just remember this week one week where you put in tons of effort and it doesn't move...those come too.

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56_PICKLES 6/2/2010 2:17PM

    emoticon I have one spot on the bathroom floor that I use because I get different readings in other places even though all the feet are on the floor. I figure if I use the same spot every time, I'll see the trend if not the actual weight.

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