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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 09-01-11, 07:03 AM   #1
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Just got my Withings Wifi Scale

So for the past 2-3 months I've gotten lazy and haven't been writing down my daily weights anymore. It's tough with my new schedule in the morning; weigh myself and mark it down if I get a new low, and then jump off to work.

So since I'm *almost* at 100 pounds down, I figured I'd buy myself a gift: A new scale! A Withings Wifi scale to be exact. So here's the deal. It weighs you. It measures your body fat. And then it uploads it to the web automatically so you don't have to write down your stats in the morning anymore.

Here's my readings for the past 3 days: http://www.withings.com/en/utils/gra...orcedisplay=fm

Now, my old scale reads 358 as of today, and the new one reads 363, so there seems to be a 5 pound differential between the two. I'm not entirely certain which one is more accurate, but as soon as I hit 357 on the old one I'll be retiring it and using the new one from now on.

One of the neat things about the scale is that it can post your weigh-in on twitter or facebook. None of my friends or family knows how much I actually weigh (too embarrassed to admit it), but I'm thinking it's time to start being proud of how far I've gone and introduce a little accountability by posting my weight on facebook each week. Heh, we'll see.
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Old 09-01-11, 08:43 AM   #2
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It sounds like you're doing great things for yourself. Once I started owning my life and being proud of my forward direction - that's when I finally started getting somewhere with my weight loss.
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Old 09-01-11, 09:32 AM   #3
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That's a cool scale. As long as the scale is consistent/reliable in how it measures you I wouldn't worry too much about accuracy as compared to other scales or body fat measures.
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weight out a pound of water (16 ounces) and weight it on the scales. See which one is more accurate.
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Don't forget that hydration levels will significantly impact your bodyfat readings on impedence-style meters. I have a handheld Omron meter and I can throw it out of whack by 2% by going for a mid distance ride in the sun and not bringing a water bottle.

Goldfinch's statement about consistency is pretty key, IMO. Same time, every time; when I weigh in per week I make sure it's always the same conditions for the sake of consistency. It gives me good trend data, even if it's skewed above or below actual.
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Yup, I've been doing consistent weigh ins for a year now. Wake up, do my erm, business, weigh myself, take shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work. The reading from Tuesday is from Tuesday night when I just got the scale after coming home from work and I could not wait to try it out.
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Yup, I've been doing consistent weigh ins for a year now. Wake up, do my erm, business, weigh myself, take shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work. The reading from Tuesday is from Tuesday night when I just got the scale after coming home from work and I could not wait to try it out.
Well that can explain it. I can vary in weight 4 pounds during the day! I now am careful only to weigh myself first thing in the morning.
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weight out a pound of water (16 ounces) and weight it on the scales. See which one is more accurate.
Yep... "A pint's a pound, the whole world 'round"

Congratulations on your progress!

Question about the scale posting weigh-ins: How does it differentiate between multiple users?
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Yep... "A pint's a pound, the whole world 'round"

Congratulations on your progress!

Question about the scale posting weigh-ins: How does it differentiate between multiple users?
It's quite clever. It checks to see if anyones' last weigh-in was within 3 kg of your current weight, and if there are multiple people it prompts you with 2 names, one on the left, one on the right. If you lean your weight towards one of them it chooses that person, and I believe if there are 3 matches or more you just stand there until it gives you a new name.
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Mithrandir, thanks to this post and, after reading some reviews, I just ordered one of these today. Thanks for heads up!
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