Holidays are famous for both good eating and subsequent weight gain which often happens to Ward and sometimes to me. However, we don't usually realize our increased girth until January. So when Ward and I both weighed ourselves last week and found uncomfortably large increases, we were a little disturbed.
Ward weighed himself first and jokingly said that something must be wrong with the scales because he had gained several pounds. I then weighed myself and seriously agreed something must be wrong with them because I saw an upward change--not a huge jump, but bigger than I was used to seeing. In the meantime, Theodore was home and weighed himself. He also noticed a larger gain than he expected, so that confirmed there was a problem.
We decided that the scales probably needed a new battery and we would be close to our old weight as soon as we installed it. However, the new battery made no difference. Then we decided that they must need to be rebalanced because they had been moved around while the floor was being cleaned. So I set off to find the instructions for the scales to see about rebalancing them. However I couldn't find the instructions for our current scales, but I did find some for the ones we owned before these. (Note to self: the files really need to be cleaned.) So what to do? Maybe Ward or I could get a new set of scales for Christmas because these were obviously broken.
In the meantime, Theo, who was not part of any of this discussion, said he didn't want any of the brownies we had that evening. He didn't say why but when pressed, he said that he had gained a few pounds and that he'd was going to cut back a bit. Well, that was an interesting way to look at things.
We have also cut back this week and “surprisingly” the scales don't seem to be broken anymore. They still weigh more than we'd like but they're on a downward trend. Cause and effect seem to be alive and well.
This whole episode made me feel pretty silly. I'd like to believe that I am a logical, rational thinker, but I guess not this time. It must be too many Christmas cookies have affected my thinking. :)
P.S. Ward here. I still think it's broken.