Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I Need a New Scale!

I hate my scale!

Or, perhaps my scale hates me instead? I'm trying to lose weight, and one aspect of that is to weigh myself daily.

I'm following The Hacker's Diet, which uses a weighted average to smooth out the daily weight fluctuations that occur, and let's you see the larger trends. So, of course, it's really hard to repeat a reading on my scale. I get up one morning, weigh myself and see 319.9 lbs. "Wow!" I think, "I broke 320!". But, knowing my scale a little to well, I take another reading, and see 328 lbs. I take about 7 more readings before finally getting a rough consensus around 325.6 lbs. That's way too much variance between readings for my comfort.

My wife doesn't seem to have these problems, so it may be due to my being at the upper end of the rated weight. (Seems like it was rated to 330 or 350 lbs, don't remember for sure.) We grabbed this Weight Watchers branded scale at Wal-mart one day, largely because it could handle my larger weight.

Reading online, I've heard Tanita brand scales recommended, so I'm looking into them. My wife likes an analog scale, but they don't support my weight. However, some of these digitals do, and they look nice too. I'm thinking maybe the HD372 or the HD373 model. Has anybody had any experience with any of these?

Saturday, June 10, 2006


I'm gonna make this quick, since it is late. Things haven't been going the greatest of late. About two months ago, I was laid off from my job. I've been job hunting ever since. It's been tough, and I've been getting really depressed at times.

There wasn't any advance warning, I showed up on a Monday, worked like normal, and as I was getting ready to leave around 5:10PM, was informed I was being let go because my position couldn't be afforded in the budget any longer, and I could take a few minutes to gather my stuff from my desk, and please leave my access card. This brings up one of my long standing irritations, why is an employee expected to give 2 weeks notice, and frequently penalized for not doing so, but a company almost never shows the same courtesy.

Anyway, I've hit rock bottom fairly hard. I let my pride ("I'm not going to be unemployed for long at all.") Prevent me from applying for unemployment until this week, even though we have hit some financial difficulties. We weren't making on my salary alone, which is why my wife started working a while back. Now we are on just her salary, which isn't cutting it either.

However, I've started trying to turn things around, in all areas of my life. I'm working on losing my weight, and getting back into shape. To that end, you, and anyone else who wants to, can check on my progress right here. What better pressure than having the whole world see your diet log, right?

Well, I have more to say, however I will save it for another time. Good Night!