(Closed) My scales lied to me!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
36 posts

I hear you.   Are you on your period?  I know weight creeps up when it’s that time of the month. 

Weight is a pain and I know I’m trying to lose it myself.  How are your clothes feeling?

Post # 4
13889 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

How do you feel?  Do you feel better about yourself?  Do you have more energy?  Do you feel more fit?  The scale is just a number – how you feel is a measurement of progress.  If you really the need to quantitatively validate your weight loss, you should take measurements instead of weighing yourself. 

Unless you’re extremely petite, I don’t think 100 pounds is an ideal weight for most adult women.

Post # 5
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@abbie017:  Unless you’re extremely petite, I don’t think 100 pounds is an ideal weight for most adult women.

Agreed. I’m 5’1″ and my “ideal” weight range is 101-132, which I think is ridiculous. I’ve been 101, and I think I look awful under 110. I weigh about 115-20 right now, and that’s perfect.

But yes, the scale is just a number. It doesn’t take into account muscle mass vs. fat, and it doesn’t tell you how beautiful you are, or that your worth is not measured by a scale.

Post # 7
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Okay, let me first say that I think you really should see a counselor. Your mindset screams “body dysmorphia” to me. You do not need more than one scale (hell, I say you don’t need one at all), nor is weighing yourself multiple times a day very healthy. It sounds like you’re on a track down a very dark path. 🙁

I am short and petite and the “medically ideal” weight range you posted is too thin. I looked awful and sick when I was that thin. I wasn’t sick, that’s just how I looked, but still, I was SHOCKED at what I looked like at 100-105. And yes, your weight WILL vary throughout the day. I fluctuate about 5lbs from morning to afternoon/evening, and that’s perfectly normal. 

Post # 8
1089 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

ok your problem is that your home scale is 10 off from the one at the gym, not too bad. I know my scale is about 5lbs off from the one at the doctor’s office. So I just figure that into my weight at home and at the doctor’s lol no big deal. Your weight at the gym is my goal weight btw lol and for my height that would be perfect for me, so it’s all relative.


Post # 9
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Rachel631:  Aww! Don’t stress it! You might be overanalyzing this and driving yourself crazy just a little. 

Ditch the scale and be happy with yourself! You’ve been working hard for 2 years, keep doing the same thing, and if you can, add some cardio here and there!


Post # 10
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Eee that is no fun! Something similar happened to me at the doctor’s office last year, my scale at home always said 116-118 and then the one at the dr’s office said 121, and those extra five pounds made me realize I needed to take control.

As a fellow petite lady (5’0″, 100 lb)  I highly recommend weight watchers coupled with an exercise regimen. I did c25k the running program and stuck to weight watchers and lost those 21 lbs in about 4-5 months. Best news is I stopped dieating in May and have kept all of the weight off. I had a hard time losing weight becuse 5’0″ at 120 isn’t actually unhealthy, it’s just not us at our best. But ww helped me get down to a range where I’m happy. And I’m not “overly skinny” either so I wouldn’t worry about that unless you drop below 100 lb.

Best of luck!

Post # 13
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@Rachel631:  hey you know scales work best on hard surfaces (tile not carpet) and the floor has to be flat right? also make sure the scale is zeroed properly – when nothing is on it, it should read “0” and not like -5. 

Post # 14
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d be bummed, too, so I get where you’re coming from.  My doctor’s office scale says I weigh less than I do, but that’s not the scale I use every day so I try not to let it factor into my mental calculus.  

Body image-wise, there are some realities that you need to face; if you’re not as muscular as you used to be, then yeah, you are going to have to be lighter to get the “same look”, but I’d try targeting the muscle building instead of the weight dropping.  If you work on toning now, the increase in your metabolic rate will take care of the rest, and you won’t have to get so low weight-wise.  

Also, I’d highly recommend taking pictures of yourself and judging the way you look based on that.  I’ve lost a lot of weight (after spending many years at a much larger size), and when I look down at myself in the shower, I still see remnants of the heavier me.  I’m 112lbs now, but in my eyes, it seems like I’m much larger.  But then I’ll see a photo of myself and think, damn, I look good!  So I’ve had to learn to just not listen to the voice in my head; it’s my eyes playing tricks on me, and what I really look like is much different.

Post # 15
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am 2″ smaller on the waist, 3″ or 3″ smaller on my tummy 2″ smaller on my arse and 1″smaller on arms then I was 2years ago (when I peaked at a high safety weight after recovering anorexia). I’m also 10lbs heavier, but it’s all muscle and I’m very happy with the way I look now- use a mirror or a tape measure, scales are evil and tell you very little.

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