Hello, friends! I hope that your week is off to a fantastic start- can you believe that it’s the final week of February? That means that spring is just around the corner (yay!)! As I said last week, while I certainly have enjoyed winter this year more than any other that I can remember- but that still doesn’t mean that I love it. Each day above 60˚ that we’ve had recently just makes me long for summer and warm, sunny weather every day.
Enough small talk- I’m really excited to share this post with you today because it features a really cool product that I’ve become a big fan of. You’re probably well aware that I’ve struggled with my weight for… pretty much my entire life. I’ve lost weight, gained weight, lost, gained, back and forth, up and down. I’ve gone through phases where I can easily lose two or three pounds in one week, to others where it takes me months to lose the same amount. There’s also been times in my life when I’ve (sadly) let the scale dictate how I feel about myself on a given day- which is just nuts.
While I’m not really about getting to a certain number, I definitely don’t feel so great about the number that I’ve been reading on the scale for a while now. To be completely honest- I’ve most definitely put on a few pounds since moving to Colorado last spring. It’s a combination of going out to eat way too much, mindless eating and just not making weight loss a priority. I’m hoping that things will change, and I’m going to be able to get into that mindset to put my weight loss efforts a much higher priority in my life.
I’m not a big fan of getting on the scale – and never have been. There’s just something about that three-digit number that draws up feelings (mostly negative) so I often just avoid it all together. But, let’s be honest- it’s a good way of tracking progress. Sure- other ways like using a tape measure or how your clothes fit are a great way to tell if you’ve lost weight. I definitely use those too (and the way my clothes fit is probably what I care about the most) but I do think that a scale has it’s merits. Recently, the nice people at Quantum Scale sent me one of their revolutionary scales to try out – and this is one that I definitely don’t mind using to track my progress!
Here’s a (very short) video from the Discovery Channel talking about how the scale works:
Basically, you remove the battery cover to turn the scale on (and select your unit of weight- either pounds or kilograms).
You can also easily reset the scale by turning it off (and on again). From this point on, you’ll need to record your weight for the first time.
When you step on the scale, it secretly records your weight (without showing you the number!). I stepped back on my scale right after it recorded my weight just to make sure it did. Sure enough, it displayed the number zero when I stepped back on (meaning that I had neither lost or gained weight).
Forgive my hideous (lack of) pedicure and funky feet in these photos…
From this point on, the scale will show you a number representing a loss or gain as compared to your starting weight.
As you may have guessed, this scale can only be used by ONE person. Since it stores your weight at the beginning, it will only show your progress (the scale can’t tell if you or someone else is stepping on it- and will just show the difference in weight!)
I don’t know why, but it’s far less scary for me to see my actual progress as opposed to an unpleasant 3-digit number staring back at me.
I’ll definitely continue to use the Quantum Scale to track my weight loss progress, and hopefully just see that number after the minus sign get larger and larger! Check out Quantum’s website for information on how to buy your own scale (which retails for $39 + shipping). It comes in a variety of lovely colors to choose from:
As the title of this post suggests, there’s also a giveaway going on here!
Quantum has offered to send one very lucky reader a scale of his or her own! To enter: Leave a comment below telling me how the Quantum scale will help if your weight loss/gain/maintenance efforts. Feel free to share your own story, your own thoughts/feelings about “the scale” or anything else!
For an extra entry: Tweet about the giveaway by copying and pasting the following text: Hate the scale? How about one that doesn’t show your weight? Enter to win a Quantum Scale here: http://wp.me/p2oUXk-3z1
I’ll be choosing a winner Sunday, March 2nd at 8:00 pm EST. Contest open to US residents only.
In the meantime- you have one more day to enter the very last KIND giveaway- so go do it!!