Sliding Scale

So I’m not sure what’s happening. It seemed like I was losing a record amount of weight in a short amount of time. Then I used the weighing feature on the kiosk scale at work and it said I was still at 230.

Yesterday was a rough day anyway so I wasn’t really in the mood to find that all the progress I seemed to be making was a fairy tale. But I tried looking on the bright side. At least no one expects me to lose weight over night, right? People who follow the vlog and this blog will get to see everything happening in as close to real time as I can give it to them. And setbacks are bound to happen, especially this early in the game.

So I put the question to my fellow Quorans:

The common item in the answers provided is that I obviously don’t weigh myself at work without my clothes on, because that would be frowned upon in Walmart. Whereas at home, I am typically in the buff about 90% of the time and I don’t have to worry about the added weight of my clothes, my shoes, and the world on my shoulders.

Then I did some more research. It turns out I should have been calibrating it every time I used it. Okay, fair enough. I bought a second scale, digital this time. Right out of the box, I read the instructions and it automatically calibrates itself. So I tested them both.

The dial scale said I was now down to just below 220 pounds. No calibration. The digital scale, which calibrated itself according to the instructions, said roughly the same thing.

So now I have to look other reasons for this reading. People have told me about water weight. How it’s not unusual to lose a fair amount of weight when you are actually trying to lose it and how most of that will be water weight. So it could be either or. I might genuinely have lost a lot of weight.

To be on the safe side though, I will be taking my brother’s advice and buying a two pound weight this week. I’ll use that to check that both scales are working perfectly and from then on out, we’ll see what happens.

Published by Nathanielle Sean Crawford

I was born in Bennington, Vermont. I spent some of my childhood in North Adams, Massachusetts. As a new decade looms over us in this age of uncertainty, I have made some decisions about the direction my life is heading based on the lessons that I have learned. I hope I inspire people to take charge of their own lives and to be proud of who they are.

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