The Lying Meanness of the Scale at the Doc's Office
Thursday, October 15, 2020
I have a conspiracy theory. No not that one. A different one. My own.
I have long believed that scales at doctor's offices are gratuitously mean by intent and by attitude, if not by actual design. I have theorized that medical supply houses sell doctors and other medical professionals scales purposefully calibrated to be nasty.
My evidence: just how many times to you weight yourself at home, find a measure of satisfaction with your progress since last time, have a doctor's visit, get weighed there, and find the number disappointingly and frustratingly higher? Happens to me all the time.
I think the medical profession, Weight Watchers, Slimfast and your local gym might be in cahoots. Clothing stores benefit from this unholy secret scheme as well. Not to mention psychologists. It's simply not fair, and nor is it my imagination.
So as some of you know, Thing One announced her engagement back on Feb 21st. Her parents immediately returned to the (free) Sparky tracker here, internalizing everything with new-found rigor. We track everything. We stick to it every day. COVID has helped us (no date nights out, colleague lunches, client meetings over meals or office happy hours). And my bathroom scale reports that so far, in 7.5 months, I have lost 55 lbs and between us, we have lost 100 lbs. All because of the coming threat of professional photography.
What weighs 100 pounds? Well, a standard toilet with the tank. And the water.
So the upshot? "Official" doc office scale said down 54 lbs. Not 55. 54. Only 54.
So I am right?! Am I?