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Seriously, my scale is not right.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

For weeks now, my scale has been "acting up."

I can step on it after 4 or 5 days of being on target, and it will remain the same as the last weigh-in. I decided to experiment. It will show that exact number morning, noon and night. Before any meals in the day...and following my heaviest meal. Before my walks or after...it doesn't budge.

BUT....I'll have my husband step on the scale (he weighs MUCH less than me), then I will step on it and I'll get my true weight. (i.e., I may have lost 1.2 lbs in the last 4 days, which did not show up no matter how many times I stepped on it). THEN it will not budge from THAT number until he steps on it again!

I put new batteries in (digital)...but the number will not move until I have somebody else step on it. It seems to "lock in" on a number until a very different number shows up.

Has this happened to anyone else who owns a digital scale? Admittedly I hadn't used the scale for about a year, and it didn't do this before. Very frustrating.
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MCJULIEO 2/2/2013 3:27PM

    How odd!

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KDYLOSE 2/2/2013 9:19AM

    That is so weird. I have a Weight Watchers scale and it always seems to match up pretty closely with my doctors office.

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EVIE4NOW 2/2/2013 9:12AM

  Buying a new scale is an option, but so is weighing one leg, or half your body while your other foot remains on the ground. Should be enough difference to make that scale behave.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 2/2/2013 9:10AM

    I have a SparkFriend whose scale did the same thing. I agree with Matt. It's time to invest in a new scale. I bought a WW scale a year ago and haven't had any problems with it.

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POKAFLYZ 2/2/2013 9:05AM

    That is funny. Iíve noticed that my scale will fluctuate about 1lb in either direction when I step on and off it back-to-back. Right now Iím desperately looking for a reason why my scale isnít moving. (I suspect Iím just not losing anything, but still....) Iím going to have my hubby step on it tonight and see if that changes it! Thanks for the insight!

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ITSMATT 2/2/2013 8:56AM

    I've seen quirky things happen with our digital scale before. I think, like most things, they can malfunction. Mine can weight me differently by as much as 0.5 kg (1 pound) each time I step on it in the morning. I can step on and off it multiple times and get several different readings. You'd THINK that it wouldn't vary that much but it does.

Inside them there is a metal sensor that bends a bit under weight and that translates into a weight value (I'm building one of these scales for my beehives, so I've opened mine up to see how it works - very simple stuff) and it is certainly possible that the circuitry is screwed up.

Sounds like it is time for a new one.

Make it a great day!
Matt

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GLINDAW 2/2/2013 8:54AM

    LOL, I love the cartoon! I have a digital scale also. It is a Tanita that I paid about $35 for probably 10 years ago. It doesn't do that. It is very accurate. I always weigh about 3 lbs more at the doctor's office (with clothes on). I don't know why your scale would lock in your last weight but hopefully, someone else has more insight. I would probably just buy a new scale. emoticon

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