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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-14-07, 08:50 AM   #1
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Argh! Scales!

I have lost weight in the past three weeks. I thought I knew how much, but apparently, I'm wrong. About six months ago, I bought a Sunbeam scale from Wal-Mart with the idea that knowing my weight would help. Well, this scale is hampering my weight loss. I'd wake up, visit the bathroom, then weigh myself every morning of the last three weeks.

Funny thing though. I gained five pounds in one day. The next day, I'd lost one pound. I noticed the zero was off on the scale, so I fiddled with that, and got my five pounds of loss back. I then proceeded to weigh myself several times, each time stepping on and off the scale completely. It seems that I was randomly gaining and losing three to four pounds by the second.

I've gotta get a new scale. If it means I discover that I weigh more, it's fine. I just need to take that hit to my progress and move on.

I could really use a suggestion for a bathroom scale that has some degree of repeatability and will maintain accuracy with my unknown but probably 240-260ish weight range. I know that I can spend a fortune and get something awesome, that would detect me wearing a large band-aid, but honestly, I want to keep it under $50.
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Old 10-14-07, 09:04 AM   #2
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I got a scale at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $49 that works up to 350 lbs, is digital and has worked very well.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...4063439&RN=444
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Old 10-14-07, 10:42 PM   #3
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I've used a Tanita HD372 for the past couple years: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000245PDG

I've gotten consistently precise readings from 370 down to 230lbs. When I've checked against other scales, particularly the ones at the gym, they've compared favorably. Here is a chart of my measured weights. I can assure you that any blips are caused by me, not the scale . It might be more than you're willing to spend, at $70, but then you don't need to measure up to 400lbs either. Tanita is pretty well regarded for scales, so just look for some of their scales that have a smaller measurement window if you want to spend less.

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Old 10-14-07, 10:47 PM   #4
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Actually, just went back and checked, and I bought mine for $47.99 from amazon, but looks like they're not selling it directly anymore. You might be able to find it cheaper elsewhere.
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Old 10-14-07, 10:58 PM   #5
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dont kill yourself on the scales. your body will go up and down day to day morning to night. get a good scale and i would recommend maybe checking your weight maybe a couple of times a week. i prefer once a week. when i went to train in maine for my vacation i fell in that trap. just from day to day riding i changed weight from the morning to night. i drove myself insane over the two weeks. i have learned my lesson lol
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Old 10-15-07, 05:25 AM   #6
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dont kill yourself on the scales. your body will go up and down day to day morning to night. get a good scale and i would recommend maybe checking your weight maybe a couple of times a week. i prefer once a week. when i went to train in maine for my vacation i fell in that trap. just from day to day riding i changed weight from the morning to night. i drove myself insane over the two weeks. i have learned my lesson lol
That's popular advice. I'm checking every day. Physicsdiet.com does averaging that cleans up the numbers. What I'm complaining about is a five to ten pound variance inside of a minute. Thanks for the input though.
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That's popular advice. I'm checking every day. Physicsdiet.com does averaging that cleans up the numbers. What I'm complaining about is a five to ten pound variance inside of a minute. Thanks for the input though.
ah i see. my .02 was me being on a good scale and i still drove myself nuts lol.
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Old 10-19-07, 07:48 AM   #8
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The man with one watch always knows what time it is. The man with two is never sure.

My bathroom scale, a very nice digital, reads just over two pounds heavier than the scale at Weight Watchers, which in turn is about a pound or so over the scale at my doctor's office. Sometimes I think my wife's old British scale, which measures in stones, is better. Just because the digital readout includes tenths of a pound doesn't make it precise.

So long as the general trend is downward, it doesn't much matter.
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I got scales something like these (linked below) from Target a year or two ago. They've been pretty consistent and go up 400 or 500 pounds I think.

http://www.target.com/Trimmer-Black-...3Ascale&page=3
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