A lot of people will instantly balk at the idea of spending $159 on scale, and to those people, I would say this: “You are not buying a scale, you are buying a service (and an awesome one at that)”. I attribute a large part of being where I am today in reference to where I was last December with this device. In fact, I might go so far as to say that this is the single most important thing in the process.
The Formula for success
I’ve listened to enough Tony Robbins to know that even when people know what they are supposed to do to Achieve X, they often don’t do it, solely because they aren’t being driven to Achieve X. The general formula for succeding at anything is:
- Know what you want.
- Know why you want it.
- Learn what steps you need to take to get there.
- Move in the direction of what you want.
- Constantly measure and correct course.
Where the Withings Wifi Scale fits in
That formula applies to just about anything, and you’ll generally find that if you’re missing one or more of the ingredients, the likelihood of getting to X diminishes rapidly. The WiThings scale goes along way in taking care of Step 5, since it does everything for you. You just get up in the morning, stand on the scale, and you’re done. Your weight, and lean mass / fat mass percentages are instantly uploaded to the cloud and you have full access to them any time any where from an iPhone, iPad, Android, or computer. Being able to open these charts up at any time and any place goes along way in motivating and keeping one on course. When I start to stumble and start eating junk, this chart gives me a very clear picture that I’m going in the wrong direction long before I start to notice my clothes feeling a bit tight. Here’s my chart from so far:
I added the callouts myself, but the rest just comes straight from the web, and it looks pretty much like that on the mobile devices as well. It’s extremely easy to use and tweak. Notice the first major spike on the chart. That occurred as soon as I “took my eyes off the prize”. I went a full week without weighing in, and ate regular food the way I used to eat food (snacking throughout the day, and having a few drinks with friends at night). I was pretty shocked when I got back home and stood on the scale, but then it doubly hit me when I saw it on the graph.
Obviously, tracking isn’t the only thing involved, and correcting course involves going back and relearning things along the way, trying new things, dropping things that don’t work, et cetera. You’ll notice on the right side of the chart that the slope is about the same as it was at the beginning once I went back and restudied what I needed to do and reaffirmed why I needed to do it (to follow in a later post), and I once again have momentum, and can actually see the momentum on the chart. The chart tells a story. That’s what the $159 buys. If you don’t need that, you can just pick up any old scale at WalMart for $19.99 or less.
I’ll be travelling next week, and you can bet I’ll be packing my scale on the trip, and making adjustments each day to stay on track. I’ll continue to post the charts over time as well as I work toward the final goal of 160 pounds at 10% body fat.
Good luck! And if you have a similar story to share, feel free to drop a line in the comments.