The Curse of the Digital Scale
Posted by wendiwendy
Up until now we’ve been using an old … manual scale (is that what they’re called?) – you know, not a digital one. The kind where you get on and the needle swings up and then you squint and try to figure out which line it’s on, exactly – is that the second little line or the third? You lean down and then the needle swings to a different position, so you stand back up and DAMN, you can’t really tell. Our scale even has little plastic marker thingies that you can move around, and those make it a little easier. You can put the marker thing on 152, for instance, and then if the needle lines up with the plastic marker, you can tell it’s on 152 and not 153. Even that isn’t perfect, though, when you have Old Eyesight.
It’s all beat up and nasty looking, but it’s accurate and you can’t beat that. (It’s a Taylor, by the way.) I kept testing it by stepping on the scale just before I left for a doctor’s appointment, and then comparing the doctor’s office weight with my home scale weight. It always matched. So even though the scale was huge, bulky, ugly, and hard to read with any kind of precision, we put up with it.
It’s so big that we were keeping it in the bathroom downstairs; there was just no room for it in our regular bathroom. That was getting inconvenient and COLD, frankly, because our lower level is a lot colder than upstairs, where we do all our living (our house is a raised ranch). I ended up bringing the scale into our bedroom and sliding it under the dresser, so we could just pull it out when we wanted to use it (and not freeze our butt off in the process).
Something possessed me last month and I decided I was just tired of trying to figure out what I really weigh. I’m in that period where I’m trying to lose my last ten pounds, and it’s taking f o r e v e r. Like, a-pound-a-month forever. So I spend weeks weighing myself and trying to see if I’ve lost that elusive one pound or not. I figured a digital scale would be a lot easier on my tired, old eyes.
After a bit of research, I decided to get an Eat Smart scale, the precision digital one, like this:
(This is not a sponsored post, by the way – nobody knows I exist, and they definitely don’t give me free stuff in exchange for reviews!)
So we calibrated it and set it up in the bedroom, because you really need to put it somewhere fairly permanent; you have to recalibrate it if you move it around, so no pulling it out from under the dresser or whatever. There just wasn’t a place in the bathroom where it wouldn’t be in the way, even though it’s far, FAR smaller than our manual scale. It’s pretty, though, and unobtrusive, so I don’t mind leaving it out in our bedroom.
The problem, however, is that it’s always there, taunting us. “Step on me! See if your weight has changed in the last hour!” For someone who struggles with compulsive tendencies, this is torture. I know, I know you aren’t supposed to weigh yourself every day. But I’ll be damned if I don’t step on that scale every single morning because COME ON, I have to know. What do I weigh today?
You’d be amazed how much your weight fluctuates daily, even hourly. I’ve gained and lost as much as three pounds in one day. And you can obsess even more with this little beauty because it gives your weight in .2 pound increments. So if you weigh 142.8 pounds, do you call it 142 pounds? (YES, YES YOU DO.) Or do you say well, I’m only .2 pounds away from 143 so it’s really 143?
Even Dave is getting into the fun – he hops on the scale all day long, usually when he’s wearing jeans, a t-shirt and a sweatshirt. One day I finally convinced him to take off all the extra so he could see what his BODY weighs, not his clothes (plus, it’s fun to order your husband to take off all his clothes). He lost over three pounds instantly!
I was definitely freaked out the first time I saw a big weight jump, but I’ve been doing it long enough now that I know it’s just how my body is. The pounds come back off, sometimes in just one day. I can definitely see why they tell you not to weigh yourself daily, because it can be alarming and discouraging. I just can’t help myself, though; I look at it as more of a science experiment than a failure on my part somehow. (Or I try to; I do have days, like today, when I tell Dave how unfair it is that my weight jumps around so much. Today is an ‘up’ day, can you tell?) Since I’m not dieting per se, it’s not like I’m going to abandon my diet. The most I might do is feel discouraged and disappointed, but I keep on keepin’ on.
So don’t mind me – I’m just over here trying to resist the urge to step on the scale just One. More. Time.
About wendiwendyThis was my original info in 2008: I'm a newly-deafened adult. I'm still getting used to the sudden silence, and I want to talk in the only manner where I can still hear my voice...in print. Now: I'm a bionic woman and I can hear myself roar!!
Posted on March 5, 2014, in Humor, Not Related to Hearing Loss and tagged bathroom scales, daily weight fluctuation, dieting, digital scale, Eat Smart digital scale, manual bathroom scale, obsession with weighing yourself, weight control, weight loss. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.