I just replaced my spring scale with a digital scale yesterday. My new scale zeros itself everytime I turn it on. And honestly, although the weight it gave me was higher, I think that it may be more accurate - since the weight matched better what I have seen in the doctors offices. Funny part is, the two scales matched exactly for my dh, but were 3+ pounds apart for me. So - part of me wonders if testing it with a dumbbell would matter - since my two scales seem to read differently in different weight ranges?
Starting Weight: 130 Goal Weight: 113
Short Term Goal #1: 125 by 4/21/08 - MET Short Term Goal #2: 121 by 6/1/08 Short Term Exercise Goal: Up to 100 crunches by 6/1/08
That's a good idea actually...my fiance has some 5 and 10 lbs weights for dumbbells, so I should test it with those when I get home. The weights might not be TERRIBLY accurate, but I assume they'd be a little more accurate then 10 lbs off, so it should give me an indication anyhow....Thanks!
Starting at 165 lbs on April 14th, 2013.
current weight: 165.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,360) Posts: 94 3/14/08 11:10 A
I have a spring scale as well (cheapo) and it tends to wander of balnce a lot. Not sure if it is accurate or not, but it gives me the general notion of wether I am gaining or losing. Do you have any dumbbells or weights at home? You can test it with those. Although they might not be accurate either.
I ask for a personal reason. See, I have a spring scale. It's only MAYBE a year old, so I can't see it being broken. A few months ago before I'd lost a few lbs, my scale read 153 for me.
My mother has a digital scale. One day when I was visiting I stepped on it and it read almost ten lbs higher than my scale, at 162. I was aghast.
So I went home and stepped on my scale again...153. I checked to make sure it was calibrated properly, and it was. So now I figured, well one scale or the other has to be broken because these two measurements were within a day of each other. So I went to the Walmart nearby and I stepped on four spring scales (of course the digital ones didn't have batteries in them). Each one read approximately 156. I figured that with my clothes and sneakers, that seemed about right for the reading on my scale.
So I insisted to my mom that her scale was broken or something. She insisted it wasn't based on the fact that if the scale were showing ten lbs high, then that meant that she was only 110, and she refused to believe that. I told her she was ridiculous.
Now it is however many months later and I myself am considering buying a digital scale because mine seems to wander off it's calibration every two or three days and I keep having to fix it. My problem is that I've got this nagging, sickly feeling in the back of my head saying that mom's scale was right after all and if I buy a digital scale I'll discover that I'm really 158 right now instead of 148. I know it's a silly reason to avoid buying the scale, but with all the effort it took to get to 148, it would seriously break my heart to find out that I'm actually 158. :(
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