Scales and weighing in!

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  1. sophie2324

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    Ive just been for my second weigh in and im happy as ive lost :). Ive just been thinking that my CDC has a really really old set of scales and they dont match my scales i have at home. This is probably going to sound really silly, but ive been with my mate and her CDC has a nice pair of scales and they are put in the same place and the same thing happens everytime. Im not meaning to be horrible but the scales look really really old.....is this something i should worry about or am i just being silly?
     
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    It depends. They may look old, but that doesn't mean they're not reliable. Does your rate of loss match on your scales? Although there is a school of thought that says you should just stick with one set of scales so as not to get confused.
     
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    Well thats the thing they arnt matchin up. I guess i should just stick to the one set of scales as you have said. It was an observation i made this week and it got me thinking.... Ill try to put my scales away and stick with the CDC ones.
     
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    As long as you are weighed on the same set of scales they will show the current weight, all scales are calibrated (checked) differently and sometimes dont match, what i did was weigh in on cd scales then on mine and recorded the difference that i added onto my own scales to give me a estimate. At weight watchers all leaders scales are taken in and calibrated periodically, so these are quite accurate (when leveled up correctly), i dont know if cdc scales are calibrated regulary maybe cdc could enlighten us?
     
  6. sophie2324

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    hey jojogo - i thought the same originally but when i did see these scales they were an ordinary pari of bathroom scales and were definately very old. I no at slimmers world the scales were calibrated to ensure this was correct but as far as im aware my CDC does not have this done. as im sure we have all found over the years are own scales are never that accurate.
     
  7. Kate

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    I check my scales periodically using two sets of barbell and dumbell weights. It's really easy. There's no reason to assume your CDC doesn't check hers - if you're concerned why not ask her?
     
  8. jojogo

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    Sophie, i understand now, this would worry me too, i went out and brought brand new digital scales at the start of the diet, my cdc's scales are new and weigh the same as mine so im lucky, maybe an investment of new digital scales may be needed (mine were 1/2 price at argos). I suggest that you dont get too obsessed with them like me, i weigh morning, noon, night, before toilet after toilet, before shake after shake (do you reckon i got a problem :rolleyes:
     
  9. arcticmonkeys

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    In defence of Soph, I've gone with her to all her weigh ins. Her CDC is nice and means well but the scales are definitely a worry. Especially as on my home scales that match up with my CDC's scales she is a couple of pounds lighter.

    The way I look at it is Sophie's weighing on her CDC's scales and will continue to get weighed there so at the end of the day it should get the correct amount lost per week. The worry being that she does often put the scales in different areas of the room.

    :) xx
     
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    I rely on my counsellors scales, but his are a really nice digital set! I had to buy new ones for me recently and made sure i got digital ones too!
    Congrats on your fab loss by the way!!:D:D
     
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    Hi folks
    perhaps we could look at this from a different angle.The scales are just a tool.They indicate whether we are losing weight or not.Are the numbers all that relevant.If I get up in the morning and jump on my scales and the number says 30st but my CDC's scales say 31st then I accept that my numbers may look "nicer" but if after a week on the diet my scales say 29st and hers 30st I have still lost a stone.The absolute accuracy of the scales are more of an issue if you are in danger of going underweight or if your BMI is getting to a stage were you should no longer be doing sole source.If we get too hung up on the perceived "injustice" of the different reading each scale is giving then the danger is we may convince ourselves that the diet is not working and go and stuff our faces to console ourselves.It is highly improbable that we will take our scales to our weigh in and jump on each set in turn so there may be other factors causing the weight gain (would we be having this discussion if we were weighing less).I used to jump on my scales in the morning drink a couple of pints of water,coffee etc then drive 60 miles to my CDC I invariably weighed 4 lbs heavier on her scales. After doing the return journey, and drinking more fluid, I often weighed heavier than my CDC's scales,when I got home.My solution was to stop weighing myself every five minutes and accept that although the scales were different I was losing weight.I just had to look in the mirror to confirm that.

    Alex
     
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    Very well said Alex :clap:
     
  13. Frumpster

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    I agree with Alex, at the end of the day as long as you are losing weight that's all thats important. However, I don't think it's very professional to use old bathroom scales if that's what your cdc is using.

    As I've mentioned before one of my friends runs a sw class and has to calibrate her scales regularly. For her it's part of her agreement that she has to have proper slimming club scales that can withstand many different people hopping on and off of them. They can't just use any old scales from Argos! My cdc has mechanical scales, but they are decent seca scales (like the sort the doctor has).

    I know from myself if I put my scales in the living room I weigh 16st 6lb. If I put them in the kitchen I weigh 16st 1lb. If I put them near my fridge in the kitchen I weigh 16st 2½lb, etc etc. Your cdc should really have them stationary in one area to give consistent results, unless she knows that her room has 'spirit-level-accurate' floor boards!
     
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    Jojogo, its strange i have become quite obsessed with scales, whereas on previous diets ive not bothered with them at all. I do tend to go on them a couple of times a day when i can lol!
     
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    Thanks spooky, i think i may invest in some new digital ones. :D
     
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    Thanks Frumpster - this is where my concern came in because every time i go she gets them from her bathroom and throws them on the floor. :S theres not really anything i can do about it i was just wondering what everyone elses experience of scales are. Thanks
     
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    My main concern with the scales are that im sure everyone has had a pair of old scales and they can vary as they start to break and this is where my concern is. As before i have had some scales (well they were my mums) you could stand on them you would be one weight step off and then back on and miraculaously lost or gained weight in a step.
     
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