In today’s blog post, I will go into more detail on how to weigh yourself with Pentamize tracking. This is far from a perfect system, but it will suffice to give reasonable estimates of your weight (typically within a fraction of a pound or kilogram).
As yesterday’s post mentioned, you will need to have a digital bathroom scale that measures in tenths of a pound or kilogram, or both. This is because you can go many days between weighing, for example, 57.9 kg and 57.0 kg. If you are using an older-style scale with this one-pound or similar lines, that is not going to allow you to gauge small weight losses and gains. Second, using the naked eye to weigh yourself with those older scales can be difficult, especially if you are alone and have to read the scale at the same exact time you are weighing in. Depending on how small the lines are, you might not even be able to weigh yourself. And it’s vital to be able to weigh in alone since there might not be anyone there to help you every time.
The next thing to consider is how to weigh yourself for reasonable accuracy. You may find, like me, that these digital scales are pretty reliable. However, they are not perfect and give slightly inconsistent readings. So there are a couple of tips you need to follow when weighing yourself with one of these digital bathroom scales.
First, you will want to put your feet in the same position every time you weigh in. The measurements can differ a little based on the positioning of your feet. I have tested this and have sometimes seen a difference of close to a pound. It doesn’t really matter where you put your feet as long as both feet are completely resting on the scale. It’s more important to position the feet in the same place each time to give more reliable weigh-in results.
The second thing you need to know is that, even when you put your feet in the same position, you can get somewhat different results. This can happen due to pressing down either lightly or softly when stepping on the scale. I try to lightly step down on the scale every time. But again, try to remain consistent with how hard or how lightly you put your feet down.
Even if you put your feet down with the same pressure each time, you will still get slightly inconsistent readings. For example, I often see differences of .3 kg and sometimes even more when weighing in twice. To deal with this, I typically weigh in until I see the same exact number 2 or 3 times in a row. This makes that weight more likely be a good estimate.
If you weigh in only one time, your estimate can be way off the average. Let me give you an example. I will sometimes step on the scale the first time and weigh in at, for example, 78.4 kg. But when weighing in again, I suddenly see either 78.1 or 78.7 kg or some other close weight. In this case, I will need to weigh in a 3rd time and maybe even more times to try to get the best estimate. Often, that estimate will end up being .2 or .3 kg off the first weigh-in of 78.4 kg. If I weigh in 3 more times and see 78.2 every time, then the best estimate is probably 78.2, with 78.4 likely a bit too high.
I suppose there is no perfect weigh to weigh yourself using one of these marginally accurate scales. They are just that – marginally accurate and not perfectly consistent. So if I weigh in 3 times and am not seeing the same results every time, then I try to make sure my feet are in the same exact position and weigh some more to see if the results are consistent with the same exact feet placement. If all else fails, I occasionally have to average results to get the best estimate I can get.
All in all, digital bathroom scales give good results. They aren’t perfect, and you may have to weigh in multiple times to get a good estimate and may sometimes have to average slightly differing numbers.
Today, I was around 80.0 to 80.2 when going to bed. For some reason, I woke up at about 4:30 in the morning and weighed in at about 79.4 kg. That number was already better than the 79.5 figure at 11 in the morning yesterday. Depending on how much my weight drops over the next few hours, this could be a huge difference and yet another large weight loss.
I will be running at 7:30 in the morning today. So that leaves 3 more hours to lose some extra weight, 90 minutes to run, and then about 3 to 4 more hours before the final weigh-in.
I ate more fruits and vegetables today and oatmeal instead of meat. I’m not sure if that made a big difference. In fact, my increase during the day was about the same today as it was yesterday (about 2.0 kg between the end of the run and bedtime). The truth is that yesterday was good, and today looks like another good opportunity for weight loss.
After the run, which was from 7:30 to 9, I weighed in at 78.1 kg after a session that saw me drop a modest 1.1 kg, down from 79.2. My weight barely dropped at all from 4:30 to 7:30. Despite that, I am looking at at least a little weight loss here since my starting weight was 78.2. I have passed that by .1 kg and have about 2 more hours before my weigh-in. Although the weigh-in yesterday was past 12 noon, I will probably do it about an hour earlier today.
I actually weighed in a couple of hours early due to being way too thirsty. My final weight was 78.0 kg. That makes for a daily weight loss of .2 kg – a fine follow-up figure after yesterday’s large .5 kg loss. Combining today and yesterday, I have made up the weird .6 kg weight gain from 2 days ago and lost an additional .1 kg.