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The Scale Game I Play (without intending to)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

For someone who never weighed herself until two years ago (I didn't need to most of my life), I now own two "good" scales. Neither agrees with the other, so I've stored the one that scores my weight higher. It must be way off. (smiling)

After 1.5 years on SP, and almost 2 total years of this healthier lifestyle change, I have not let the scale become the master of my fate. Yes, I understand the other benchmarks for success and have used measurements, clothing fit, etc. to judge my progress.

But lately I've been more diligent about keeping myself posted on current poundage. It goes something like this...

I figure the scale's parts are "cold" when I first step onto it, so I weigh about five times. Each time, I get a different number despite not standing in tricky positions to appear lighter. (smiling) Then I ponder my past math class and wonder if I should take the mean, median, or mode.

If I remember correctly, the mean would be averaging all five numbers. Adding, then dividing. Whamo - my "true" weight. Or, I can take the median - the number that arrives in the middle of the other four. And the mode - the number that repeats the most often. Why do I do this to myself? It just comes naturally! (smiling)

Since there was no repeat number this morning, and I was too lazy to average, I went for the median. Hooray for me! Who knows what I'll choose next time?

Wishing all my friends a happy, healthy day.
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    I didn't know it was called the mode. I always take the mode.

    So now thanks to you,
    I'm in the knowd
    About the mode.
    2863 days ago
    I just make sure I weigh myself first thing in the morning. I don't give the scale the opportunity to change it's mind. When they weigh me for chemo it is like stepping on to a cargo scale. I always use the explaination that it is later in the day and I have had a lot of water. And besides (whine, whine) I'm tired. I like to think I weigh more when I'm tiered! LOL
    2870 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Snort. I like math... but I would take the LOWEST of the 5 weights & record that!
    2871 days ago
  • JLITT62
    They don't let you do do-overs at WW. Scales at home make me crazy, so I just don't have one, much to DH's chagrin.
    2871 days ago
    Just be sure that my D H is no where behind you. He has a habit of sneaking up behind me and putting a" toe" on that DARN scale and brings my weight up about 5 or 10 lbs!!! Just what everyone needs a JOKESTER in the family! emoticon
    2871 days ago
    LOL I just opt for the lightest one I don't like math!!!
    2871 days ago
    Wow 00 were you in my bathroom this morning??
    I've decided that it is the derivative that matters most and as long as the curve is aimed DOWN, (or the battery needs to be replaced!) all is well. And I keep the sample size to 3 checks!
    2872 days ago
    I have that same 'heavy' scale...LOL!

    I play the scale game too. Digital scales are easier (or ARE they?) 'cause a number displays and you can't play it closer to this or this 'game'.

    The doctors scales are always 'way off' too...hee, hee.

    It's just a number but it does mess with our minds. Just one 'tool' for us to measure our progress.

    Sometimes this is what I feel like doing to it... emoticon

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    2872 days ago
  • ANGE1010
    Bless you dear for having such a healthy otlook on that TOOL. You definately in control. keep up the hard work and stay healthy.

    God Bless,

    2872 days ago
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