So I got all excited about doing this blog, and I looked at other people’s weight-loss blogs to sort of get a feel for it. A common theme in nearly all these blogs was a list of weight and/or measurement stats. Sometimes daily, other times weekly or monthly. This makes sense for a weight-loss blog. My plan was to include my weight at the end of an entry once a week and my measurements in inches every month. I planned it out and thought about the right way to do it and everything, and then….
I realized I don’t own a scale. I haven’t owned a scale since I destroyed my mom’s bathroom scale in a fit of anger and frustration when I was 19. My fiancé doesn’t own a scale either. Neither does his mom. This house does not contain a scale.
A minor setback, I thought. I won’t include stats this week, and then I’ll buy a scale when I get paid next week. No big deal, right? Wrong. Apparently there is a wide variety of scales on the market.
SCALE (skāl): noun– an instrument for weighing. Scales were originally simple balances ( pairs of scales ) but are now usually devices with an internal weighing mechanism housed under a platform on which the thing to be weighed is placed, with a gauge or electronic display showing the weight.
That sounds simple. And cheap. That sounds like an item that would be inexpensive, right? Wrong again. Not only are there a wide variety of scales, they are also all over the place in price.
Take for example the BC-1500 Ironman Radio Wireless Segmental Body Composition Monitor. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? The Ironman apparently does it all. According to Amazon, it gives individual body composition readings for each body segment: trunk, right arm, left arm, right leg and left leg. And all at once it tells you your complete body composition profile, including weight, body fat % (total and segmental), body water %, muscle mass (total and segmental), physique rating, BMR, DCI, metabolic age, bone mass, and visceral fat. I don’t even know what some of those things mean. It doesn’t have any sort of display, rather, it sends all that data to your computer or smartphone. And all these advanced features add up to the cost of $632.99. My opinion on the Ironman is that it’s too complicated and too expensive. I’m sure all those bells and whistles are of great use to some people, but for the Average Josephine of dieters, it seems very overwhelming.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s this guy, the Sunbeam Dial Scale, Model SAB 602-05. It only costs $13.99, but its apparently really inaccurate to begin with and it becomes more inaccurate as time goes on.
My take on this Wide World of Scales? Well, to me, paying hundreds of dollars for a scale is like paying someone with the body of Scarlett Johansson and the voice of Alan Rickman (you know, his Severus Snape voice, dripping with condescension and disgust) to stand in your bathroom in a bikini and say how fat you are while simultaneously poking your belly. Its weird how perfectly I can picture that….
On the other hand, it doesn’t matter how cheap something is if it’s a faulty product. If your scale is going to be way off, you may as well save yourself the trouble and not buy one at all.
For myself, when I get paid next week, I think I’m going to buy the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale. Its cheap, its simple, and it gets GREAT reviews. It seems like the perfect one for me.
In the meantime, I’ll check my weight at my doctor’s appointment on Thursday. She’s pretty good about taking 10 seconds to let me use the office scale even if its not a physical sort of appointment. So hopefully I’ve lost a pound or two, or at least haven’t gained any. Wait and see!