Before I lost a bunch of weight, I avoided scales like the plague. Cameras and scales. I’d run and hide at the mere mention of either. When I had to weigh in at a doctor’s appointment, I would close my eyes and beg the nurse not to say the number out loud. I knew I was morbidly obese; the size of my pants didn’t lie. But knowing that exact number terrified me. I was sure I had broken into the 300s.
Turns out I was only (ha!) 283 pounds that first day of my weight loss career in May 2011, but it didn’t sting any less. Especially because it was higher than my previous highest weight, back when I lost 70 pounds in 2007.
Bloggers with audiences big and small are constantly approached with free stuff to review, but I tend to decline because 1) I’m lazy; I don’t like being obligated to try and write about something, especially if 2) I think the product sucks or has nothing to do with the tone of my blog.
A couple weeks ago, Quantum Scale contacted me and offered to send me a free scale to try out and review on the blog, and I was actually excited about it! Based on your reaction to my sneak peak on Instagram, you guys are excited too.
What is the Quantum Scale?
From their website: The Quantum Scale is a revolutionary new personal weight loss product that gets real results.If you dread stepping on your current bathroom scale only to see that three-digit number staring up at you, you’ll love the Quantum Scale. That’s right, now there’s a scale that you’ll love to step on! How it works The first time you use the scale, it registers (but does not display) your weight, storing it in the scale’s memory.
Why it works
By helping you focus on how far you’ve come rather than how far you have to go, the Quantum Scale rewards you with new found enthusiasm and a greater sense of accomplishment through a positive mind/body connection that grows stronger each time you step on the scale. Gone is that three-digit number you’re obsessed with reaching! Also gone is that self-defeating reminder that you’re not meeting society’s self-imposed (and often unrealistic) standards no matter what your body type.
I programmed the scale last Sunday morning, then tested it a few times with various objects to verify its accuracy. It is not the most technical scale out there; it’s basically a high-ish end bathroom scale without the actual weight shown. If you were using this as your regular weigh-in tool, you are probably more interested in progress rather than exact numbers anyway. Here’s a quick video:
Yes, that is genuine shock at the end of the video. I must have been super bloated when I programmed my weight; I swear there was no funny business involved. Plus, this was just for demonstration purposes anyway.
Some may find it gimmicky, since anyone who took a first grade math class can figure out what they actually weigh based on the reading, provided you already knew exactly how much you weighed when you programmed it. HOWEVER, if you did not know, and have not peeked at a real scale, you’ll truly be in the dark. Just like every other tool in life, it’s up to you to use it properly. This scale alone will not make or break your success.
Will I ditch my trusty scale that I’ve used since the very beginning? Probably not, but then again I haven’t “officially” weighed myself and recorded it on here for months. I am being a total brat about it because I know the needle is still stuck.
Overall it appears to be a high quality, well-made scale, and pretty affordable too at $39 plus $7 for shipping and handling. And? It comes in some pretty colors.
But FREE is even better, right?! So why not enter the giveaway below! Giveaway ends 11/16/13 at 12:00AM PST. Open to residents of the US only. Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Winner will receive one Quantum Scale shipped directly from the sponsor. No purchase necessary. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. Not valid where prohibited.
Quantum Scale provided me with a free scale to try in exchange for a review. Opinions are my own.