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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?

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  • COOKIE_AT_51
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    Excited for you ... I just saw my picture on Facebook from my niece's wedding emoticon Yes, it's reality and it jumped right out and slapped me in the face.

    Glad you and your wife are doing so well emoticon

    Cookie emoticon
    41 days ago
    You and your wife have done very well! Congratulations!
    1 lb is nothing, it's usually 5lbs at doctor's surgery. emoticon
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    43 days ago
    emoticon only 1.54 for a difference! I can see that at home within a couple of hours without eating!

    My doctor's office routinely subtracts 2 and a half pounds for clothing. emoticon

    45 days ago
    45 days ago
    Between the clothes and shoes, that's what the difference is. It may be a conspiracy, they should have scales in the exam room where you can weigh yourself naked.

    Congratulations on the weight loss. I maintained my weight loss for 8 years and just this year have gained 31.6 pounds. emoticon

    Good luck with the wedding. When is the big day?
    45 days ago
    I always blame the difference on clothing, breakfast, and sometimes lunch if it's an afternoon visit. Yeah, that's about 5 lbs right there!
    46 days ago
    WooHoo! no matter what the doctor's scale says... You are lucky that it is only 1pound difference. I am usually 5# different, and of course it is never in my favor!!

    46 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I remembered that Thing One had announced her engagement and you were going to get serious about those wedding photos. You have done really well. emoticon Love the blog! "White Bloat Syndrome" is my new favorite. Just did the doctor's scale yesterday and it was 4 lbs. heavier than my home scale so at least yours is more forgiving than mine!
    46 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I always weigh myself just before leaving for the doc's office. No clothes. I then tell him my true weight on that scale. I have also calibrated my BP cuff with the doc office.

    Eternal album proof is the highest motivator to lose the weight.

    Congratulations to you and your wife.
    46 days ago
    Oh my
    46 days ago
    My Dad solved this conundrum by purchasing an actual doctor's scale at a garage sale. I don't think it worked well in the home though.
    47 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/15/2020 1:55:52 PM
  • BOSS61
    Yeah there is. Here, we like our son-in-law to-be very much. And Thing Two is finishing college well with a solid permanent job awaiting and in the bag, not far from here at all.
    47 days ago
    YES! Definitely the white bloat syndrome. GAH! I believe there IS an unholy alliance between medical professionals, weight loss organizations (Sorry SP), and gyms.

    WOW! Congratulations to Thing One! Wow!

    55 lbs. lost! That’s great. DANG that Drs. scale . . . you proved your hypothesis of the cahoots!

    Seriously, good to hear from you! Life has been busy since the covid. My Thing 2 (dd) got married (eloped -- surprise, Mom and Dad -- AAAAAHHHHH!) Always some new ways the kids have to get the heart going, isn't there!

    47 days ago
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