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!