The Proper Way to Weigh Yourself
Saturday, July 17, 2010
So this is my question for the day. Is there a proper way to get on a scale? I ask this because I can get on and off my scale three or more times in succession and each time see a different reading. And the variation may be as much as a pound so it makes a difference.
I mentioned my dilemma to my husband and he responded by asking how I was standing on the scale. His thought was that your weight is in your heels, not your toes and therefore when I get on the scale, my heels should be as close to the center of the scale as possible.
If you read my previous entry, you know that I was a bit disappointed in my weigh in on Wednesday. It was a loss, however, so I'm not complaining too loudly. Just because I couldn't believe what I saw, weighed myself again Thursday morning and was down an additional pound. That's better. So when my husband voiced his opinion, I started to think about it.
So breaking my vow to only weigh myself once a week, Wednesdays, I got on the scale again Friday morning. This time I didn't just get on and wait for the dreaded number to appear. Rather, I thought carefully about where/how I was placing my feet. So there I stood in First Position, heels together and my toes on either side of the display. And, to my surprise, I weighed 2.6 pounds less than I had Wednesday morning.
Now, I've done nothing different to lose 2.6 pounds in 2 days when I lost only 0.7 pounds in the previous week. It really makes me wonder if he's hit on something. I know that balance is really an issue. For example, is the floor level?
Who knows? But perhaps it's something to think about. I just know that when I weigh in next Wednesday, I'll be thinking about how I'm stepping on the scale.