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Old 04-08-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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I've two bathroom scales. One I bought not long ago because I thought my older one has been defected or something. On both scales, I did a little experiment. When I weigh myself, I use my older one. The new one always is between 2 and 3 lbs more than the older one I don't know exactly to what point. I weighed myself in the same exact spot I always measure myself on (I have tile floors so its easy to point where I weigh muyself exactly). As it has been reading, it read 258.4lbs. But I moved it 2 feet and it read 256.4. So I did it twice with the older scale and came out exactly the same. So I did the same thing with the newer scale. Came out 2 lbs difference again like the older one.
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So then you have been loosing after all? And no need to punch a wall!!!! Awesome! just that much closer to joining the AF! Hope you continue to see that drop!!
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I've come to the conclusion that all scales are different, and I have no idea how you tell which one is right without extensive calibration equipment. Pick one and go with it!
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Sounds like your floor is uneven. Do you ever clean the bottom of your scale. I've noticed I get a more accurate reading when I dust off the little legs and make sure nothing is sticking to one of the feet. I check its accuracy with hand weights.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:29 AM   #5
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That happened to me, only in reverse. I thought I'd lost- I really hadn't. I was pretty mad when my sister pointed out something was wrong with the scale..LOL.

Congrats, though. It's one of those great moments, like finding money in an old coat pocket!

My scale gives me a different reading, too...I just pick one spot and stay with it. I was surprised to see when I went to the doctor I was only 2 lb off, so I figured I'd just stick with what my scale told me.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:38 AM   #6
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Sounds like your floor is uneven. Do you ever clean the bottom of your scale. I've noticed I get a more accurate reading when I dust off the little legs and make sure nothing is sticking to one of the feet. I check its accuracy with hand weights.
Niafabo is quite right that your floor seems uneven. You should clean the bottom of your scale..
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The legs of my scale are quite messy, indeed, but I've never noticed it giving me weight differences. I do have a nice scale, though. Hmm...

Either way, an uneven floor is very common. Try, if you can, to weigh on a solid surface and across a floor joist, that will be the most consistent.
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Hmm, I should clean my scale too..

The only part of my apartment that isn't carpet (even my kitchen!) is the bathroom and it's uneven and missing tiles. I'm really sure it's messing up my weigh-ins but I also think my scale's really old and gross. The "It lies!!" feeling is probably such a common feeling huh? lol
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My floor isn't even, so I have one spot that I put the scale on when I weigh, just in case. The tiles are about the same size as my scale so it's easy to make sure it's in the same spot every time.

I just flipped over my scale and oh my!
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Sounds like your floor is uneven. Do you ever clean the bottom of your scale. I've noticed I get a more accurate reading when I dust off the little legs and make sure nothing is sticking to one of the feet. I check its accuracy with hand weights.
I also used my hand weights to check my scale.

I had never thought that a little dust on the bottom of the scale could have an effect on the results. Thanks for the tip, my scale is new but if it starts reading differently I will try cleaning it before I go out for a new one.
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Sounds like your floor is uneven. Do you ever clean the bottom of your scale. I've noticed I get a more accurate reading when I dust off the little legs and make sure nothing is sticking to one of the feet. I check its accuracy with hand weights.
never accord to me about cleaning the bottom of the scale ever! thanks. apparently im not the only one new to this. i hope this makes a difference. i went to the doctors yesterday and they said i was 282lbs last march. yesterday they weighed me at 255lbs and said they were proud of me losing that much. I knew I was in my 280s. I remember being 289lbs
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That's great, since they're using the same scale for it each time, and it is calibrated, that is a significant pound difference and no scale is contributing to it. Fabulous work!
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Now I feel like punchign the wall bacause I'm happy. I want to take up kick boxing classes. I'm going to train my dogs to jog with me since my gym membership is up next week so that will be mine and their exercise for the day
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I'm going today to buy a new scale. I have a fairly new digital scale..it's the weight watchers scale.. and I don't trust it AT ALL. I want just an old fashioned step on it and watch the numbers spin up type scale.
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I'm going today to buy a new scale. I have a fairly new digital scale..it's the weight watchers scale.. and I don't trust it AT ALL. I want just an old fashioned step on it and watch the numbers spin up type scale.
I have one of those, too. I should check it tomorrow. The only problem is I need someone else to tell me what it reads. If I try to look over my gut, the meter thingie moves and gives an inaccurate reading.
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