The Scale Game

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JerseyGirl30

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 10:42
Does anyone else find themselves getting on the scale getting a weight, getting off, getting back on getting different weight, moving the scale, getting another weight, etc. In 5min I can gain or lose 5lbs-10lbs. Sometimes I stand the same way, other times I'll face a different direction or put more weight on one foot over the other.

I wonder if it's me playing the scale game (I know it's me when I'm moving the scale or changing how I stand on the scale) or if it's my scale (like when I stand exactly the same 4 times and get 4 different weights).

I have a digital scale that floated out of my apartment during a flood a 3 years ago.

Mini Goals... The rule of 10%

1st 10% 22lbs lost... 203lbs - Attained August 29, 2010
2nd 10% 42lbs lost... 183lbs -
3rd 10% 60lbs lost... 165lbs -
4th 10% 76lbs lost... 149lbs -
***Goal*** 145lbs -
karbear45

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 15:10
Mine does it and it didn't go through a flood. It's frustrating. I do just what you do, off and on, stand backwards, move it. Eventually I take the most common weight, not necessarily the lowest.

You should be able to test it's accuracy with some form of weight if you're thinking the flood damaged it. If it's really going wacky, try a new battery.
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squigglywigg...

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 15:54
LOL i just posted about this, stood on mine this morning about 20 times and a range from 92.5kg - 93.4kg. Crazy scale!
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a_mckinley

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 16:24
lol, i do this too!!! i keep hoping for a lower number, hoping it was just wrong the first time....
Hoser

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 16:59
I use a Wii Fit as a scale, and it's frighteningly consistent. In fact, I tried this game this morning and got the exact same reading three times in a row.
squigglywigg...

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 17:11
I weigh myself on my wii fit too but I do it all at different times of the day - guess I could try to be more consistant in my timing LOL
It’s not perfection–it’s persistence in the pursuit of being healthy. If you stumble and fall, then you simply get back up again and start anew. That’s what makes this journey one worth taking day in and day out. The bottom line is this: NEVER EVER GIVE UP and keep going even when you think it’s just not worth it anymore. IT IS! ~Jimmy Moore

Ibleedlipsti...

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Posted: 31 Aug 2010, 19:28
Hoser wrote:
I use a Wii Fit as a scale, and it's frighteningly consistent. In fact, I tried this game this morning and got the exact same reading three times in a row.


Same. I weigh on that instead of my digital scale. The digital scale has always been in the same place since I bought it, but I can step on it twice and get either a loss or a gain of 10lbs or so. I put up with it for a while, but when I stepped on it and it said that I had gained 20lbs overnight, I decided to go by my Wii Fit scale instead. It is weird to me, because I have my digital scale on the linoleum, and my Wii on the carpet, and the Wii is far more accurate.
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First goal: 149 by 10/31/10

Second goal: 139 by 11/31/10

Final goal for 2010: 129 by 12/31/10
mini mar...

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 17:10
lol i was telling my friend about this same problem
i think the scales have weight issues with me lol
they are also digital weight watchers
i find if i point them at a 60 degree angle away from my pantry door and have my left foot pivoting over the edge of them while i dont breath,i get a good reading from them lol
Cr0wnedDynam...

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 17:40
I just do the same thing everyday, place my scale on the floor, let it zero out and then step whatever it says is what I go with. Only once have I stepped on it a second time, but that was because the number threw me off. I think remaining consistent is key.
JerseyGirl30

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 21:52
i think another wrench i threw into it this week is that i traveled with my scale... silly boyfriend doesnt have one at his house so i had to bring mine
Mini Goals... The rule of 10%

1st 10% 22lbs lost... 203lbs - Attained August 29, 2010
2nd 10% 42lbs lost... 183lbs -
3rd 10% 60lbs lost... 165lbs -
4th 10% 76lbs lost... 149lbs -
***Goal*** 145lbs -
Scrappy44

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Posted: 02 Sep 2010, 09:14
When I bought my digital scale the instructions said to step on it the first time until the reading doesn't fluctuate, forget that reading, step off then step on it again and the second reading is what you use. Really ticks me off when the first reading was lower Sad
yfinley

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 13:18
I also have the Weight Watchers scale and playing the same darn game as you guys are! What is this wii fi scale? HELP GETTING SCALE CRAZY!!!
iF I don't get an accurate weight reading I'll be on PROZAC SOON!
Starting Weight 203.8
yfinley

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 13:20
SORRY MEANT WII FIT SCALE. I accidently posted my starting weight wrong. Starting was 2005.8 and don't know how to fix it other than deleting my account and starting over again, I really don't want to because Ive logged so much in journal.
Starting Weight 203.8
missyewhodat

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 13:43
I am finding that my weight fluctuates throughout the day. I have been getting better values in the afternoon than in the morning. But, I always enter the morning weigh in to be consistant.

If you have a digital scale and have not changed the batteries recently, you may want to do that. Other than that, it is kind ouf crazy. I also have a Wii Fit, and it is very accurate. But I am usually wearing more clothes when I workout.

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missyewhodat

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 13:46
yfinley- Under the Weight History there are some options that will help you adjust your starting weight. You can change your start weight or enter a historical weight value for the day prior to your start on this site. Hope this helps.
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FrostyLady

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 18:47
I have two digital scales and both show same weight for me but when my boyfriend weighs there is a difference of 15 pounds! Try to understand these scales!!!! I haven't compared with wii scale lately but will do very soon! Just to see
Qwaqwa

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 04:11
There can be a problem with electronic scales where they 'remember' the weight. I overcome this by putting one foot on and recording a very low weight, then stepping on fully. The large difference in weight is the key, if it is only a lb or two it won't work.

Scales also need to be on a hard surface not a carpet and that surface should be flat and even.
Feisty174

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 05:17
Oh, the power of the scale. It can make or break us, can't it?

Scrappy44 wrote:
When I bought my digital scale the instructions said to step on it the first time until the reading doesn't fluctuate, forget that reading, step off then step on it again and the second reading is what you use. Really ticks me off when the first reading was lower Sad


This I did not know, but it makes so much sense to me now. I just bought a new Escali digital scale because my old scale was so inaccurate. I love this scale for the most part, but it's so odd in that my first reading always puts me into cardiac arrest--it's about 5 lbs higher than it should be, every time on the first weight. Then I get off, get back on, and it gives me an accurate reading. And if I get off and back on 100 more times, I get that same second reading, no more fluctuation. I never understood this. And yes, they do need to be on a hard surface, almost every single scale's instructions will say this.
sngglebnny

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 07:05
I have two digital scales and my wii fit scale. On both the digi scales I weigh myself 3-5 times. The digi scale that also measures Body Fat and Water gives me a steadier reading. I'll just have to take them all in the kitchen one morning when my housemates are out and weigh myself naked. My kitchens and bathrooms are the only ones not carpeted (I'm not a pervert Smile) The only issue with my wii fit scale is the inability to adjust for clothing to the tenth of a pound, so this should eliminate that problem.
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AlgaeGirl

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Posted: 04 Mar 2011, 21:55
I played the scale game for awhile. In fact, my boyfriend and I nicknamed the scale in the bathroom "The Scale of Doom." We had the same problem JerseyGirl - in one spot, you get one number; two inches left, you've gained a pound; a foot to the right, you've lost three. And forget about wearing any items of clothing! *argh*

Since I switched to weighing myself with my Wii Fit, I get accurate numbers every time. No matter where the thing is in relation to my t.v.

However, the boyfriend seems to like the Scale of Doom. I think it's because the stupid thing tells you that you're three pounds less than what Wii Fit says. Usually...sometimes it's only two pounds lighter... Wink


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