Monday, November 24, 2008

New Scale

As most regular readers of this blog know, I am a member of a TOPS club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). By regularly attending meetings on Thursday evenings, I managed to get my weight down to goal, and I have passed the 5-year mark now on maintaining my goal weight (they even listed my name in the TOPS Club magazine!).

Besides the weekly weigh-ins & meetings, I weigh myself at home every day. I try to get my biking workout in at least 5 days a week, and I have a pretty consistent menu to keep myself where I want to be. Since I have a 10-lb leeway I'm supposed to stay in, I kind of gauge my food choices based on where I land on the scale in the morning. For instance, if I'm higher than I want, I'll add more time to the bike workout, and make sure I opt for no-fat snacks if I get hungry between meals.

Since the holidays are coming, I've actually trimmed down a bit so I can sample a little more than normal. I intend to have some pumpkin pie & drink a little 'cheer' here & there.

So on Friday, I stepped on the scale and it didn't work. It was a digital with a lithium battery, and I guess it died. This morning I called the number on the bottom, and they are saying it should be under warranty, and they'll replace the battery for free. However, I don't know that it actually IS under warranty. I think I've had it longer than five years, and its quite possible that once I ship it to Missouri, I'll get a call saying it will cost 'X' to replace the battery after all (plus the cost of sending it there, and then if they charge me to return it). So I have a few variables here and I don't know what the actual cost would be.

Or I can go to Wal-Mart and get this one for under $20. And it comes with a replaceable lithium battery, so when this one dies, I wouldn't have to ship it somewhere...

Plus I can get this TODAY and be aware of where I am weight-wise during the holidays, vs. wait 3 weeks for my other scale to come home.

I think I'm going to Wal-Mart.


Lee said...

A scale with so many features you cannot figure out how to get your weight without a manual...?

Tina said...

Oh it's not that hard. This scale tracks 2 people's weight, and it's just a matter of tapping it on the corner first so you are either #1 or #2. Then you weigh & it tells you the difference from the last time you weighed.

Okay - that is a little confusing, but I don't know that I'm going to use that feature anyway. I tend to log my weight on a chart, plus I'm maintaining vs. trying to lose all the time.

We'll figure it out...