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Scale Stupidity 101

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How many times have we been admonished not to get hooked on our bathroom scale. Dozens, at least! I have, in my greater wisdom, ignored that advice for years. I am a scale addict, with my own strange little weigh-in rituals. I weigh first thing in the morning, precisely wearing the same thing (nothing) and before I even swallow my vitamins (that 1/2 cup of water weighs something, after all)! No earrings, my feet in the exact same position...yep...I am a little OCD when it comes to my daily weigh in.

Well....I had been stuck on a plateau for weeks. The scale never budged. I even tried moving my feet to a new position. No luck! I stuck to my regime, however, knowing eventually it should pay off. One morning, it happened. Magically, overnight, I had dropped 6 pounds! Amazing! The next morning another pound was gone. I was over the top--absolutely euphoric. Giddy with joy, I entered the new weight on Sparkpeople, bragged to my sister, pulled out the jeans that I had been planning to wear with my new thinner body....nope....they still didn't fit!

With an uneasy feeling, I decided to inspect my bathroom scale. Underneath was the culprit: somehow, a magazine wedged under one of the feet had messed up the calibration. With trepidation, I waited for the next morning, performed my ritual, and "poof!' was magically 6 pounds heavier.

There must be a moral to this story, but as I sit back and contemplate, I realize that in spite of the momentary giddiness, I managed to stay on track, actually lost a pound, which, while not as exciting as 6 pounds, was still a pound. From now on, I am going to trust my tape measure first! I'd like to tell you that I have learned my lesson and am going to limit my weigh-ins to once weekly, but I don't think I have quite that much willpower...
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    My emoticon goes out to you. I, too, would do the dance of joy when the scale went down, and go into depair when it went up or didn't budge. My ritual was very similar to yours - just after getting up, naked, after peeing (& hopefully pooping!), no fluid intake... Sigh. I decided non-scale victories were better.
    2551 days ago
    Great blog! I too have a love hate relationship with my scale.
    2551 days ago
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