3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > Weight Loss Support

Weight Loss Support Give and get support here!

1 Scale, 2 Scale, whacha gonna do scale?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-08-2007, 11:35 PM   #1
Wastin' Away Again!
 
Beach Patrol's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: on the beach
Posts: 2,314

S/C/G: 192/170/130

Height: 5'3" 50 years old

Default 1 Scale, 2 Scale, whacha gonna do scale?

I like weighing myself at the SAME time of day, completely nekkid ... you know! - So I can really gauge my progress (or not). I like to weigh in the morning, before shower & breakfast - to get what I believe is my true weight.

My doctor's scale is different than my scale. I've always heard that the scales at the doctor's office are completely reliable & home scales are not. But these days, everything is so digital & blahblahblah... and when I weigh at the doc's office, it's usually after I've had breakfast & lunch plus at least one snack, & I'm fully clothed.

YEAH..... I admit... my scale makes me happier than the doc scale (usually about 4-6 pounds lighter! ) But I kinda think I should go by MY scale anyway, since I use it way more often than the doc scale.

Good Friday, I was at the doc's office & the scale read 168. But my scale at home read 162.

Perplexing? Not so much... I mean, I understand it IN THEORY... ... but I STILL wanna go by MY scale!

Just makes me wonder... Am I being too easy on myself?

What to do, what to do....
__________________
CHANGE IS HARD.
BUT PERPETUAL DISSATISFACTION AIN'T NO PICNIC EITHER!


You CAN have ANYTHING you want,
but you CAN'T have EVERYTHING you want!
~my mama!
Beach Patrol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2007, 11:41 PM   #2
Moderator
 
Heather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 11,460

S/C/G: 295/225/back to Onederland

Height: 5'5"

Default

My scale is always lower than the docs for the reasons you mention and I always use my scale as my weight. It's actually pretty consistently 7 pounds lower than the doctors.

I don't think it matters so much, as long as what you record is done using the same scale at the same time, etc.
__________________


My 5 C's of healthy living: Commitment to conscious control, with the understanding that choices have consequences
Heather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2007, 11:53 PM   #3
Boston Qualifier and MOM
 
ennay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,795

S/C/G: 186/see ticker/?

Height: 5'3.75"

Default

I always use my home scale...have you ever weighed your clothes? I lost all faith in dr scales when dd was born. They are only accurate if they CALIBRATE them.

use what you have most access to
__________________
A whole lot of setbacks. Starting over.

My before/after pics
ennay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 12:05 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
FreeSpirit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: WA
Posts: 917

S/C/G: 234/154.4/120

Height: 5'6

Default

As long as you have your starting weight as your scales weight, and not your doctor's... you won't be lying about how much weight you've lsot.
FreeSpirit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 11:18 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Janie Canuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: north of the border
Posts: 435

S/C/G: 152/140/130

Height: 5'5"

Default

They say to allow for 5 pounds of clothing and food/drink consumed when weighing at the doctor's office. So if you do that, they're actually pretty close. I say go with your own scale - you use it more often, so it's a more useful tool in tracking your progress. And really, the actual number is less important than the movement up/down. After all, if you reach the point where you look and feel good, it doesn't really matter if the number is 130 or 140, right?
__________________
Janie Canuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 12:26 PM   #6
New mom, aspiring DVM
 
Rock Chalk Chick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ames, IA
Posts: 167

S/C/G: 280/ticker/135

Height: 5'7"

Default

If you were to come straight home from the doctor's and weigh on your scale (or weigh, fully clothed, just before you go to the doctor's), you'd probably be within a pound of that weight. Ever weighed yourself during the day on your own scale? It's probably very similar.

Clothes, water, food in your system, etc, all add weight. Weighing first thing in the morning is probably the most reliable way to keep track of things, since it's going to be the least variable (though even that depends on water retention, etc). I weigh myself every morning under the same conditions (I find it's easier to see general trends over a month or so instead of weekly weigh-ins), and I tend to get a very similar weight from day to day unless I've overdone the salt or I'm bloating due to my period. Obviously when I get dressed and head to the doctors, I expect a few extra pounds from clothes and such. Use your scale to measure progress and don't worry much about a few pounds' difference.
__________________

Initial Goal: Post-pregnancy weight: 240.
Rock Chalk Chick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 12:27 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
GatorgalstuckinGA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Kennesaw, GA
Posts: 2,649

S/C/G: 188/ticker/130

Height: 5'3"

Default

who cares as long as it isn't off by a long shot. And yes, dr scales are usually more accurate...but first...has the scale been calibrated, the ones the dr's use need to be calabrated frequently (since sometimes they get knocked off whack) and second...do you weigh nakid, just after waking up and peeing at the dr's...nope. So don't worry what that scale says....use the scale you've been using....good luck!
__________________


the monkeys make me do it
GatorgalstuckinGA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 12:39 PM   #8
Ellabella
 
ellabella's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,122

S/C/G: 194/162/145

Height: 5'6

Default

I have actually solved the problem of home scale vs. doctor's office scale by not getting weighed at the doctor's office. Of course, I am indubitably older than most of you, and have perfected that regal " NO, thank you" when the nurse says it's time to weigh in. So far, they haven't insisted.

Something that interests me about your posts, tho, is that everyone seems pretty much in agreement that the best time to weigh (at home) is right after you get up & pee, and before you putcher clothes on. I weigh once a week - nekkid - but not until I've been up and around for a couple of hours. I weigh in every Saturday morning at @ 11. I've found that when I first get up, for some reason, I'm always a few pounds heavier than I am once I've been up for awhile. Am I the only one who's noticed this? (Not that it matters...if you weigh consistently at the same time, you're obviously still going to get a true reading of weight lost. I'm just curious.

Have a great day, all,

Ella
__________________

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning the devil says, 'OH CRAP, SHE'S UP!'"
ellabella is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 12:49 PM   #9
Wastin' Away Again!
 
Beach Patrol's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: on the beach
Posts: 2,314

S/C/G: 192/170/130

Height: 5'3" 50 years old

Default

Ya know, it's really FUNNY in a way... if you weigh yourself & you're, say, 154 lbs, and then you take off all your clothes including undies, etc. & weigh again, you'll be at least 3-4 lbs lighter (maybe more! depending on what the heck yer wear'n!!! LOL!!!) - but if you put all those clothes ON the scale by themselves... they don't weigh "that much".

Weird.

Anyway, I've decided that you all are right - I'm sticking with my home scale. It's close enough, IMHO, and if I get mad at it, easier to throw out the window.
__________________
CHANGE IS HARD.
BUT PERPETUAL DISSATISFACTION AIN'T NO PICNIC EITHER!


You CAN have ANYTHING you want,
but you CAN'T have EVERYTHING you want!
~my mama!
Beach Patrol is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:46 PM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2