The perils of technology!
I have been using a set of fancy scales, which will do everything except, as I've come to realise, weigh accurately.
Because I was starting to think there was something amiss, this week, instead of leaping weekly on the scales for my challenge weigh-in, I've weighed daily and have managed to get a variation in weight of 8 kg. This, despite placing the offending measuring machine on a hard floor in exactly the same place, wearing exactly the same things. I know various things can cause fluctuation in weight - water, medications and time of day - but none of them applies in this case.
Accuracy is important, not only for my own information but also because I rely on it to post honest statistics in my challenges. I am almost at the end of one challenge, the 5% summer challenge, and in a week or so will begin the BLC23 and I've been wondering what to do about the problem. I've come up with an approach that I hope will meet my challenge obligations with integrity.
First of all I've been and bought some new SIMPLE scales. They weigh me and don't pretend to estimate body mass, fat or the myriad of other things the old ones claim to do. They weigh me heavier than the others but I think more correctly as they give results similar to my doctor's machine - I weighed on it last Thursday.
For the summer challenge I'm using the old, lighter numbers which I feel is better than suddenly adding a kilogram or two in the final week. The emphasis in this challenge is on percentage lost/gained so the old figures reflect what I've done which is basically not very well! But the Fall Challenge is not too far off, things will be better, and I will be using the new scales throughout.
The BLC presents less of a problem as we are still in the training part and have not yet begun the challenge proper. So I have altered my weight tracker to reflect the new, higher number, put the new weight on my practice challenge tracker and added a covering note. I'm further away from my goal than I thought which might affect which team I'm put on to but in the end being in the challenge is the main thing, rather than a specific team.
Has anyone else had this kind of problem with equipment?