As you know, Andy has been doing a sponsored slim for the PDSA and in the last 7 months has lost over 5 stones. I have lost a stone and a half, but then I haven't has the fear factor of people donating money to keep me on a more purposeful and prolific track.
Anyway, our bathroom scales have taken a fair pounding what with all the jumping on and off, being shoved around the floor in order to assess the ultimate weighing position, tolerating the successional 'hop on, hop offs' in a short space of minutes to assess 'best weight' following pees and number twos and 'before and after' measures involving showering, exercising and 'do we wear our spectacles or not?' weight. It has been a complicated process, I can tell you, but it has worked.
Anyway, as I was pootling around Canterbury last week spending my Christmas gift vouchers to re-stock my undies drawer and reading pile, I happened upon a set of precision scales from a well-known weight watching (ahem) organisation. They were in the sales for the grand sum of £12.66 and I thought, 'Precision scales? Sounds like a good idea.' I thought this because as one moves closer towards one's target weight it becomes harder to shift the last few pounds and getting on scales that record even a quarter of a pound loss (rather than ones that record only whole pounds) can prove very morale boosting. And I think we are going to need all the psychological trickery we can get this year.
So I bought them.
Well, that was a stupid idea, wasn't it? Oh, I know scales all weigh differently. I know calibrations can vary. And I know you should really stick to one set of scales and refer to them as your weight-loss know-it- all of choice. So reader - beware! I stepped on the new scales, was a bit shocked, so stepped on the old scales and - the new scales weigh 4 and a half pounds heavier than the old ones! Blast and damn them!!
But was I down-hearted? Well, yes, I was for about ten minutes. Flippin' heck, I thought. That means I have another 4 and a half pounds to lose that I didn't know even existed. And then I thought - do you know what? It doesn't matter. I shall be inspired by the precision element. The half a pound here and the quarter of a pound there. Plus they look nice, as scales go. They are made of very, very thin glass. This renders them almost invisible, and especially invisible at three in the morning when one is having a wee small hour wee because one stupidly had a cuppa just before bed, and one banged one's toe on them. Which is why they now live on top of the old scales which Andy, very sensibly, is sticking to. Not literally, of course. You know what I mean.
And since I started using them I have lost 3 and a half pounds which means I am only a pound heavier than the old scales think I am! OR,if I was still on old scale time, I have actually lost ALL the weight I put on at Christmas and more!!! I think...my maths is dreadful...anyway, all I know is that I am back on the downward trajectory and that is good. And I like the precision element very much.
Of course, the weight loss could also be due to a minor dose of tonsillitis (just in time to go back to school tomorrow - hurrah) and the fact it hurts when I swallow. Or that all the Christmas goodies have been consumed and we are back on ordinary rations. Who knows?