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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mary Lou's Weigh Platform

Remember Mary Lou Retton from the 80's? (Am I dating myself here?) She's that energetic girl who, in 1984, won an Olympic all Around Gold Medal in gymnastics (the first American woman to win a gold medal in gymnastics). If you ever wondered what happened to her, here she is! Would you like to invite her into your bedroom? Read on...

The Mary Lou's Weigh Platform is a unique type of scale for managing your weight. What makes it unique? Well, for one thing, it has no dial on it. Just a button you press with your toe to turn it on. So how do you know what you weigh? Here's the kicker: you don't! The scale (aka platform) never, ever tells you what you weigh. It's almost like having a best friend who weighs you blindfolded each week and is sworn to secrecy to NEVER reveal your weight. So although this is a voice scale (yes, it talks) it never will shout out, "You weigh 278 pounds!" and embarrass you to everyone within earshot. When you use this scale, you never, ever have to know what you weigh. It won't tell you, even if you threaten it or take it apart or jump on it. Very trustworthy little device.

What the platform does tell you is the *change* in your weight since the last time you stepped on it. So after the initial stepping-on, each time you get on it, it says, "You are 2 pounds below your starting weight" or "You are 1 pound above your starting weight." And do you know who tells you this vital information? It's Mary Lou Retton!! She is trapped inside the little scale and every time you step on her, she yelps out not only your weight change but also a piece of dieting advice! (Okay, she is not really in the scale, but it IS her voice you'll hear. How'd they do that??) Yes, every morning you can have Mary Lou's perky voice cheering you on to not give up. It's kinda nice to have a built-in cheerleader... an Olympic champion, no less. And the scale goes in ten pound increments. Once you've lost ten pounds, it cheers, applauds, and resets for the next ten. So you work towards small, achievable goals of ten pound chunks rather than focusing on 50 or 60 or whatever pounds you have to lose.

What I like about the scale: It's great for people who are scale obsessed and number obsessed because you never get discouraged by seeing your sheer poundage on the dial. It keeps track of your losses and gains for you, so you don't have to remember what you weighed last time. It's cheery and perky. It can weigh and remember 2 different people depending on which side of the button you press, so you and chubby hubby can both get in on the action. The weight loss tips are nice. It has a weight limit of 330 pounds. And it's pretty low cost, under $50 at the time this was written.

What I dislike about the scale: You might want to know what you actually weigh... but this can be solved by going to the doctor once in awhile or weighing on a friend's scale occasionally. It's cheery and perky (which isn't always what I want first thing in the morning). And it's LOUD. It does have a volume switch, but even set to low, it's loud enough for people in my living room to hear the muffled cries of "you are 3 pounds above your starting weight" from the bedroom. If you have a sleeping spouse, baby, or child in the near vicinity of this scale, you might have to delay your morning weigh-ins. And I found myself skipping the weigh-in on occasion just because I didn't want my older kids or husband hearing it. I'm kinda self conscious that way. But if you live alone, have an isolated room to keep it in, or just don't care who hears, this won't bother you.

As I said, Mary Lou is *really* perky. The instruction booklet acknowledges this and warns that no, the scale is not bulletproof and will not work anymore if you shoot it. Mary Lou is cheery and encouraging, like having a buddy patting you on the back saying "it's okay, keep trying" as you sob with your face in your hands over gaining 5 pounds. You know what I'd like to see? A Jillian Michaels platform. You'd get on it and it would shout things like, "Holy *&%% what have you been eating?? HIT THE FLOOR AND GIVE ME 300 SITUPS!! NOW!!" or "Great, you lost a pound, now get on the treadmill and run 6 miles so you can lose two more!" or even "YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT THIS WEEK IF I HAVE TO RIP OFF YOUR ARM AND BEAT YOU WITH IT!" Yeah. No cutesy peppiness there.

The Mary Lou's Weigh website has some free helpful tools such as recipes and exercise tips, as well as weight loss success stories. There's also an interesting Ask the Experts section to peruse. And you can purchase a Platform here.

Want to try one for yourself for free? You have a chance to win your very own Platform by leaving a comment on this review telling me what you think you'd like or dislike about this product. Be sure and leave me a way to contact you if you are the winner (blog or email address). Open to residents of the USA only (sorry folks!) A random winner will be chosen on February 5th. Good luck!

44 comments:

clickmom said...

I'm thinking that this scale is the most hilarious thing ever, so I really do want one.

Dina said...

I'd love to just know how much under my starting weight I am, instead of seeing the cold hard numbers every time. I'm a constant weigher so I think it'd be more encouraging that way.

The only thing I might not like is the "perky" aspect. Is she even perky when you're over your starting weight?

Lauren said...

will she tell me to stop stepping on it every day

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

This is such a different idea. I would love to try something new.

Donna B said...

It looks really interesting and I think it would be great for people on maintenance. I think until i am there, I would want to know the number of pounds I weigh.

Alaska Pickle said...

What I might not like is that I am the fattest person in my house. If anyone else steps on it they will hear ,"You have lost 116 pounds! Great job!" or my husband will hear,"Wow! A 20 pound loss! Way to go!" While I will hear, "You have gained 116 pounds, fat as*! Don't eat for the next two months!" That will suck.

Lyn said...

Dina~

If you gain weight, she is not as perky, but stays encouraging. She has that tone of mild warning that your mother uses on you when she says "be careful..."

Lauren~

Nope, she likes to be stepped on. It turns her on. I mean, it turns the scale on. Um....

Lyn said...

Alaska Pickle~

It actually has a sensor in it so that if the weight change is too great (I think more than ten pounds?) it "understands" that it's a different person or your dog or toddler and not you, and disregards that weight.

Lisa said...

I love the fact that it remembers what you last weighed, a change of pace from just seeing the number!

CJ said...

This sounds awesome! Of course, I am a little like you and wouldn't be able to get on the scale first thing in the morning as I am SOOOO not a morning person. I like the idea of it saying you are one pound from your start weight as opposed to the ACTUAL number staring you in the face. Sometimes you just don't want to see that $&W%@ number!

Thanks for the info by the way!

And I would also SOOO love to hear the Jillian Michael's version! I love her!

Tacie said...

Interesting! I'd like one.

moonduster said...

I would hate the perkiness, but love just seeing the change in my weight rather than my actual weight.

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Shelley said...

I would like this scale because it doesn't tell you the number...I'm having a hard enough time obsessing over calorie counts; not having that number on the scale to freak out over would be great.

erin said...

Haha, a Jillian platform would be amazing. Your impression was spot-on. :)

This sounds interesting and unique, and I have a high tolerance for perkiness (after all, Leslie Sansone DVDs are some of my faves), so I'd like to win it.

farmwife said...

I would absolutely LOVE this. I used to have a Mary Lou haircut when I was a pre-teen -- she was my hero!

Wendy B. said...

I loved your description of the Jillian platform! This would be a terrific product for me, since I am trying to maintain my goal weight and just want to know if I've put on a pound or two. Please pick me to win one!

DL Weight said...

My numbers are pretty intimidating. I'd love an ego-scale :)

exfatgirl said...

Will she make the same little groaning sound that the Wii Fit voice makes when I step on?

Lisa said...

I think what I would like is that I cannot cheat the scale at all. When I use mine I can sometimes ignore if it looks like I gained a pound or two and also I can pretend I really can't tell if I have lost one or two pounds so I go with two. With this scale I would have to be honest every day with myself. And by the sounds of the volume issue with everyone else in my house. This might keep me honest and accountable.

lisa323_85@msn.com

Diane at Lose-Weight-For-Life.com said...

Hopefully you mean the winner will be drawn FEB 5? Anyway, I could use a perky, cheery voice first thing in the morning....my husband is an absolute bear until he's had his coffee!

mrs dorson said...

i think this would be a hoot!

i can hear myself now....."oh, SHUT UP!" in response to perkiness!

send me one,please!
hopefully,
sherri
thedorsons@aol.com

ann said...

I think she would be saying numbers that she's never had to say before! But, I think it would be wicked cool to be encouraged by such a role model for health every day.

Lyn said...

Diane~

Yes! Feb 5! Good catch... I fixed it :)

exfatgirl~

no groaning. Mary Lou is all about positivity and support. I don't think she has ever groaned in her life.

:)

Hollie said...

I like the idea that it's perky. I think it would be motivating to hear some cheer when getting on a "scale," whether you lose or gain a little!

Jennifer P said...

sounds like a good new thing! :)

365 Fit said...

Most scales never seem to be right anyways. I can step on one scale and be 10 lbs heavier or lighter than the last scale I stepped on. I think that all scales shouldn't tell you your weight. Health is about how you feel, not about what number you are. I would think of this scale as the road signs to your health pointing you in the direction you are going.

365fit@gmail.com

jen.y. said...

thats perfect, i beg to hear your "perky" voice may lou haha..but seriously..i won't get on the scale for months because i don't want to know how much weight i've gained..this will definitely help me look at the bigger picture and keep my weightin check..

Zin said...

I think this scale is really cool..
I guess I want one..

zin18@hotmail.com

Zin

Zin said...

Lyn:
I forgot to mention..the review is very helpful, and makes all aspects of the product very clear to the consumer/user.
I want one for sure.It is ok to have some fun while losing weight.
zin18@hotmail.com
Thanks!
Zin

Ponderful said...

Hey, I could use someone to root me on! And I have always been a Mary Lou fan. count me in.

Samantha said...

I think this scale could be very motivating. I like that it stores your last weigh in. I would love to try this scale! onemomslifeATgmailDOTcom

Kathryn P said...

I like the idea of no dial. You don't have to stand dead-center to eyeball the zero and then get discouraged if the next day you are two pounds heavier because you realize that the day before you didnt't adjust the dial properly. Would just love to own one and ditch the dial scale.

juxtaposed said...

I think I would both love and hate not knowing my weight. I have the tendency to obsess and have been known to weigh myself many times a day. But maybe stripping it down just to weight changes would be better because really, that's all I want to know anyway!

Lucrecia said...

I think the fact that it focuses on 10 pound goals is key! For those of us with a lot of 10 pounds to lose, sometimes it seems SO daunting!

Graized said...

Hey Lyn. I think this would be hilarious and I'd wager my girlfriend would get a kick out of it too.

clickmom said...

Checked back in to see how many people had entered. I'm sitting around thinking about how much fun Iwould have making little and posting little videos of me stepping on the scale! If Iwin I promise I WILL POST TALKING SCALE VIDEOS!!!

Lynna said...

Gee whiz! This is genius. I love, love, love that I wouldn't have to see the starting number with the resulting self-flagellation that would follow. ("Holy cow, girl, you weigh more than an NFL linebacker.")

suburbanite said...

I love the idea of this for one main reason--I am always aiming to get to a certain weight. I mean lets face it, when we start the journey of loosing weight, we all think- hey if I just get to X pounds, I will be happy. The reality is that most of us dont just want to stop there once we get it. Instead, I like the idea of just continuing to make progress. I will never be happy at a certain weight- but I will be happy knowing that every day I am doing my best to get in shape and live a healthier life.

Kim said...

I know that I can obsess over a number on the scale, so this might be new way to motivate myself.

choosinglosing said...

I think I would like not focusing on the number.

I worry I would chuck the thing. I'd have to move my weigh in to Sunday morning so I would deal with it when I'm well rested and have slept in.

Bizzle said...

I'm sort of scared about this, but I'm willing to take one for the team!
mattkn@cox.net

Thealogian said...

I think that it would be cool to have a perky-off with Mary Lou each morning I lose weight--starting my day with a high.

ML: "Great job, 2 lbs!"

ME: "No, great job on that triple back ludz in '72 Mary Lou!"

ML: "You're really making progress!"

ME: "Mary Lou--you personally saved us from the Reds, that's real progress!"

ML: "Congratulations, you've lost you're 1st 10lbs!"

ME: "Thank you Mary Lou, Nadia Comanche had nothing on America's Sweet Heart."

The Love Fest would continue in that vain until I could do a double ludz!

Heather "Thealogian"

I can haus scale neow?

Lauren P said...

I personally want to see the number on the scale....I'm not sure I'd like not knowing...

Emily said...

Oooh, I'd love to win! Great giveaway!


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