Last year when I went for my annual exam, I did a check of their scale compared to my scale (went immediately home after the exam, wearing exactly the same clothes, without eating or drinking anything, and measured myself on my home scale), and I was very pleased to find that my scale at home weighs me a few pounds heavier than my doctor's office!
Oh, how I hate the doctor's scale! Very brave of you! I'm glad we have a new scale now. Our old one weighed me 15 POUNDS lighter than at the doctors. The one at our gym weighs 15 pounds light. I like it! Yesterday, fully clothed, holding a freaking full 32 oz bottle of water WITH my shoes on it weighed me at 185!! (I'm 195 ish in the morning naked.) And yes, I can do math...I assume all the clothes and water bottle weigh at least 5 lbs.
Long term goal: To still be calorie counting 11/9/2010
mini goals: ~211-10% lost;12/24/09 ~203 class I obesity 1/28/10; ~199 Onederland/15% 2/19/10; ~188-20%; ~185 half way 5/14/10; 179-bye 180's 6/12/10; ~174 overweight 7/3/2010;169-bye 170's 8/13/10;~164-30% 10/23/2010159-bye 160's~11/1/10; 153-35%~12/23/10; 149-bye 150's~2/11/11; 145 normal~2/14/2011; ~141-40%; 139-bye 140's ~135 GOAL! (129-45%; 117.5-50%)
A few months ago Consumer Reports had an artical on scales. They determined that many were not accurate, and even less were reliably accurate. But there was one scale that although it was totally inaccurate, as they put it: "tenaciously reported the same (inaccurate) number every time."
For some reason that phrase still makes me crack up.
But there was one scale that although it was totally inaccurate, as they put it: "tenaciously reported the same (inaccurate) number every time."
that's what I wanted in a scale - I got a new one a month ago and ended up "gaining" 7 lbs with it and resetting my starting weight. But the great thing is how consistent it is. With my old scale, I could get on and off 5 times and get 5 different numbers, plus even though it was digital, if I shifted around while standing on it, the numbers would change. My new scale is scarily consistent. I think it is programmed to repeat the same weight if it's within a certain range, but I've tested it too, and done stuff like get on, see my weight, then pick up 5 lbs of books, get on again and see the higher number, and then put the books down and get on a third time. The first time and the third time are the same weight, even though I re-set it by getting on at a higher weight. I've also done the same thing and had my ~40 lbs son get on in between me weighing twice and yep, I still get the same thing both times.
I don't really care that much about absolute accuracy, but I do want relative accuracy meaning that I want to know how much I've lost or gained each day/week/month and be able to rely on that. I'm curious to see how it will compare when I go in for a doctor's appt but I suspect it will be closer than my old scale because I was always a lot heavier in the doctor's office than I was at home, even taking clothing vs. weighing naked at home into consideration.