Scaling the differences
Why do you do this to me Mr. Scale? Why is it that at 8:20:01 AM you report X, and then I step off and back on at 8:20:10 AM and it reports Y? Nothing has happened between those two points in time. But you decided I magically weigh an extra pound.
Between those two points in time I did not drink anything, eat anything or pick up anything. I did not cough, sneeze or otherwise lose any temporary weight. Oh and btw, don’t even pretend you don’t play the same trick of visiting the porcelain god before stepping on the scale, because I know you do – you know you do! It’s like the greatest natural weight loss tool evah!
Back to Mr. Scale though; it’s like it hasn’t ‘woken up’ yet sometimes, like it’s saying to me: ‘My bad, I wasn’t quite awake yet the first time – let’s go for a mulligan!‘
I think I need a new scale. My first scale that I had about a year ago was much the same way. It was something cheap from CVS that only read digitally in pound increments. At the time I decided to ‘upgrade’ my scale to something cheap at Target, perhaps in the $20 range. I figured that would get me into the ‘less than pound increment’ range. A technological leap of scale-kind. And it did. But it only displays in .5 pound increments. Which isn’t that big of a deal, except if you’re talking 165.5 and it decided to go up to 166 instead of doing to 165 – then that’s really a pound off. Which, in and of itself isn’t a deal breaker since I look more at trends than daily weight.
I get on the scale at the same time every day (morning, right out of bed) and record it in my mother of all logs. The weight log in turn produce pretty graphs that help me determine (in part) if I’m overeating – under-eating – relative to the exercise the day before. It’s very hard to eat ‘just right’ where my weight stays exactly stable, especially as the training load increases or decreases on a weekly basis. But it’s a good swag.
Which…gets me back to my scale. My scale needs to be retired to the little bathroom cabinet (where the other one currently sits). It’s getting old (ok, a year) and seems to forget stuff (like how to measure my weight). Anybody got any recommendations? I’m looking for something not too expensive, but functional and predictable. I want it to read the same value if I step back on 15 seconds later. And it’s got to be digital, because there’s too much ‘fudge factor’ available when I’m trying to read an analog scale at 6AM. Other than that, my requirements are simple: I just want it to work.