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Thursday, November 30, 2017

No Wonder I’m Tired

No Wonder I’m Tired
The other morning, I stepped on the bathroom scale and the digital dial did a dance.  It bounced between 195 and 201 for about a minute until it finally settled on 196.  Great!  I’ve lost the five pounds I put on this summer.  To be sure I stepped on the scale again.  This time the digital dance stopped at 202.  Crap!

“I think the battery on the scale needs changing.”

“It’s fine, it works for me.”

I love this, Mrs. C thinks I’m too stupid to know when a battery is going bad.

“Let me rephrase that.  I’m changing the battery, it is going bad, the digital dial is dancing and the weight keeps changing.  Fine that it works for you, you can use the old battery, I’m putting in a new one.”

But that is not what this post is about, it is about how much your clothes weigh.

When I changed the battery that afternoon and stepped on the scale, it did not dance, but went straight to 207.

What?  Crap, I gained at least five pounds with the new battery.  I double checked…207.

Well I usually weigh myself in the morning with just my shorts, so I took off my jeans, belt, and pullover shirt.   I stepped on the scale.  200.  Holy crap!  I stepped again to test and bingo, 200.

I had no idea that I plod through life carting 7 pounds of clothes.  No wonder I’m tired. 

The last time I went to the doctors, I slipped off my shoes before stepping on the scale.

“No need to do that, shoes don’t make much difference.”

Are you kidding me?

The doctor makes some diagnosis based on weight, but shoes don’t make much difference?  Hell, with my shoes, jeans, belt and shirt there is almost 10 pounds.  I don’t want to be taking a pill based on a diagnosis that fails to consider a five percent error in my weight.

Next time I go to the doctor I’m taking off my pants and shirt along with my shoes.  As a matter of fact, if I am at home, I’m going pant less to save energy from lugging around 10 unnecessary pounds.

Pants, belt and shirt weigh 7 pounds.  Who knew?

No wonder I’m tired.


  1. Actually lugging around the extra weight of you clothes can be beneficial.
    They’re kinda like weight training.

  2. It's always best to weigh yourself first thiing in the morning, after a trip to the restroom and sans clothing, to get a true weight. When i worked in a doctor's office, we would subtract a pound or two for clothing, depending on the season.

    By the way, you are right that 3/14 is one of the Pie Day celebrations in the year. The other two are today and January 23. It all depends on which pie council or group that compiles a food calendar you decide to consult, and i don't invent them, i just try to list them.

  3. I suggest you strip naked, bundle up your clothes and sit the bundle on the scale. You'll be surprised at how little it actually weighs. Add your shoes to see the difference. I remember going to my doctor with continual neck and shoulder ache and he picked up my backpack, asked me did I lug it around all the time with all this stuff in it and then put it on the scale. 10 kilos! That's about 22 pounds. I went home and emptied it right away.

  4. Did you have your wallet and keys in your pockets? Your weight also varies throughout the day. Always weight yourself at exactly the same time wearing exactly the same clothes. Years ago at weight watchers I witnessed women removing all their jewelry, their shoes, any extraneous baggage like sweaters before they stepped on the scales.

  5. So that's the new diet plan -- nudity? You should write a book cause diet books sell like hotcakes.

  6. I know they weigh some, but that's a lot. Shoes I agree with. I take them off at the doctors office too. I would not recommend you stripping down at the doctors office though. That would be an entirely different blog post.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

  7. That is so funny. Would love to see the doctor's face when you strip down for your weigh in. I weigh in the morning only in my undies and you are right. When I go to the doctor, I seem to have gained at lest 6 pounds in a matter of hours.

  8. They tell me to take off my shoes at the dr office. I'm still surprised your clothes could weigh that much!

    1. I was shocked! Heavy jeans, thick belt and large buckle and a sweat shirt, but still...I had to check it twice.

  9. You wouldn't think that your clothes would weigh that much, our doctors should subtract about 10lbs from our weight before making any decisions.

  10. I take everything off when I get on a scale, even jewelry.

  11. I applaud your strip routine for the scale. But I don't want to know what you do with your shirt in the bathroom.

  12. It's a good thing you don't wear those HEAVY false eyelashes!!

  13. I need to change out of my steel-toed socks before I step up next time. *wink*

  14. Weighing yourself is a skill. You need to do it stark naked, after you use the bathroom and exhale, but before you take your shower (wet skin and hair weighs more). When I get weighed in at the doctor's office, I always tell the nurse to subtract a little extra, because I'm wearing my lead bra that day. Not sure what you could say, instead of the lead bra.

  15. You are not brilliant at making excuses joe