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Scales are temperamental beasts; hooray for measuring tape!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I have been suspicious of my digital scale for months, not because it consistently displays a number in the 200's when I'd much rather see one in the 100's, but because it has seemed crazily inconsistent. Sometimes I will weigh myself, see a weight that seems way too high or low, step off, get back on, and then see a completely different number. Because of this weird scale, I bought a regular old-timey mechanical one with a dial at a thrift store. I wasn't sure of its accuracy either, since it has definitely seen some use, so I have been comparing the two scales, but recording the weights from the digital one.

This morning I got the bright idea of weighing an unopened bag of dog food (with the weight printed right on the bag) on both scales to see which one was accurate. The winner:

The old-school, dial scale! emoticon

So now I'm chucking the crappy digital one. emoticon (I've been dying to use this emoticon for something)

Now my weight loss report is a bit inaccurate, but I'm okay with that. I also took my measurements yesterday and those numbers DO NOT lie!

Since I joined SP on March 3, 2012 I have lost:
waist - 5 inches
hips - 2.75 inches
thigh - 3 inches
calf - 1.25 inches
neck - 1 inch
upper arm - 1 inch

That is 14 fewer inches of me! No wonder all my shirts and pants are getting baggy. Now THAT is motivating!

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    LOVE that emoticon!
    I've been preaching for many months that measurements are the way to go.
    Congratulations on seeing the reward for your hard work!
    1909 days ago
    Excellent progress! Just goes to show you, Non-Scale Victories really are the best!!!

    Keep going!
    1910 days ago
    emoticon How awesome for you. You are smaller than you thought! How cool is that.

    1910 days ago
  • SUSANS706
    That is great! I also am always amazed at what the digital scales come up with! I always move it around, then take whatever the lowest reading was!!!
    1910 days ago
    Old school is the way to go sometimes. Congrats on the inches lost, that is so awesome! I regret not taking measurements when I started this process (took them about a month into it) as now I THINK I've lost some inches, but never really sure.
    1910 days ago
    Yes, digital scales can be tempermental. Perhaps the problem is that you were stepping on it again right away to get a second read. The instructions with my scale actually said to wait at least ten minutes before using the scale again because it needs to reset something or other.
    1910 days ago
  • JO28352
    Woo hoo!!! Keep up the fabulous work! emoticon
    1910 days ago
    I'm sorry your scale was so inaccurate. That's frustrating. Old-school analog does seem like it would be much more trustworthy than something that relies on wiring and computer chips and so forth that can go bad very easily. On the other hand, I absolutely ADORE my solar-powered biodegradable Tanita digital scale, because I know from comparing it to weigh-ins at the doctor and on other scales that it's super-accurate (and environmentally friendly!) It's also pretty darn expensive though, so I'd recommend it to anyone - if you have a gift card for Amazon like I did! :)

    Anyways. Glad your new scale is working out! And CONGRATULATIONS on all those inches lost!!! I regret not taking measurements of myself like that along the way, but I was just never really sure how to do it and didn't think I would be able to measure myself in the same places consistently. It's a good thing you can and did! :) WAY TO GO!
    1910 days ago
    Great progress Tam! We had the same problem with a digital scale here after awhile and had to pitch it too emoticon I like that icon too, although we didn't pitch it out the window! We got a dial scale, but then had trouble with that too, so now we have a pretty expensive digital scale again, but it's VERY accurate.
    The measurements don't lie though! Thank goodness! Yours are showing wonderful progress! emoticon
    1910 days ago
  • KSCRAP363
    emoticon progress! emoticon Keep it going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1910 days ago
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