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Ozeri To Their Credit Sends Me A Brand New Ozeri Gen II ZB011. I Am Impressed. Thanks, Ozeri.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> The ‘BalanceFrom’ scales … — June 6, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II goes on the blink — June 1, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scales … — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
>> It Sure Is Cold. I Vetoed My 5°F (-15°C) Threshold …
>> — Jan 24, 2013.


Ozeri Gen II on the left. Click to ENLARGE.


Well Ozeri was true to their word. They sent me a brand new unit which arrived Tuesday. I didn’t get a chance to check them out until ‘today’ [i.e., Wednesday, though it is now Thursday as I write this].

It works. Works perfectly. Its readings are 0.4 pounds higher than that of the ‘BalanceFrom‘. That was consistent for both Deanna and I, and was still the same 0.4 delta after my run. Of course we can’t tell which one is correct! That is why spacecraft have 3 computers — because with two of anything, either can be right. No big deal. That is 6.4 ounces. I am not that worried.

I could be wrong but the new Ozeri’s BMI reading is higher than what I think was the readings with the older one. That might be a good thing. I had always thought that the BMI readings were a tad on the low side. According to the new unit I am ’24’ — which puts me smack in the middle of the ‘normal’ range for old men. I think overweight starts at 28. I don’t have the manual at hand.

So, I am happy. I am not going to return the ‘BalanceFrom’ to Amazon. That would be unethical. So we are going to keep both. I am keeping the ‘BalanceFrom’. Now that I am at (or below) 169 I really am not worried about BMI etc. I just want my weight. So the Ozeri is going to be in the other bathroom, which is next door.

Thanks Ozeri. I am impressed. 

The Saga Of My Digital Bathroom Scales — I Get A Rather Nifty ‘BalanceFrom’ Scales From Amazon With No Bells & Whistles.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Ozeri Gen II goes on the blink — June 1, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scales … — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
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It Sure Is Cold. I Vetoed My 5°F (-15°C) Threshold …
>>Jan 24, 2013.


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Nice big display and I like what it reads, 168.4 lb. That is below my target 169.


When my much prized Ozeri packed up last Friday (and I could not get hold of their Customer Support by telephone) I had little choice but to get another scale since i have to keep track of my weight — now that I am diagnosed pre-diabetic.

I decided that I did not need automatic BMI calculations — now that I know that my BMI is way below 25, plus I know how to manually calculate BMI. So decided to just get a ‘good’, reasonably priced digital scale with no features — other than giving me a readout of my weight.

Deanna found some for me but she was looking in the $40 mark. I did a quick perusal and saw this ‘BalanceFrom‘, reduced from $59.95 to $49.95 to $25 with FREE SHIPPING. It also had 990 decent reviews. I ordered it on Saturday, June 1 and got it on Tuesday, June 4! That is pretty damn good. Thanks.

I like the scales. The box was a work of art. The scales are simple but elegant with a nice large readout. I, so far, like what it says. I weighed myself before and after my run and there was a drop in weight. So, so far, so good.


On Sunday, no less, the day after I had placed the order for the new scales I get an e-mail from a very nice lady at Ozeri! She had seen my post (no doubt through a Twitter monitoring APP, given that WordPress automatically tweets all my posts).

She was very nice and wanted to send me a replacement Ozeri. I acquiesced because I did like my Ozeri. So I am supposed to be getting a new Ozeri with a return label for the old, malfunctioning unit.

Deanna wanted to know what I was going to do with the order I had placed. Obviously I did nothing. I was not going to cancel the order or return the product. It is not Amazon’s fault that I am getting a replacement and I am very reluctant to return things unless they are no good.

So, if the Ozeri arrives we will be a proud, two digital scales family. We have decided that we will have his and her scales. It will be fun to see how the two compare in terms of readings. Interestingly I might give the Ozeri to Deanna. I don’t need the BMI stuff. So if they are roughly in the same ball park in terms of readings I will keep this ‘BalanceFrom’. Of course I will share my tale.

The Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scale (With BIA) That I Adored Goes On The Blink. I Am Bummed.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scales … — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
>>
It Sure Is Cold. I Vetoed My 5°F (-15°C) Threshold …
>>Jan 24, 2013.


The last two days have not been good when it comes to electronic equipment. Not sure whether it is a coincidence to do with the ‘instant’ heat wave we are having. Thursday night my workhorse PC blew up! Much to Deanna’s amazement I did not go off the rails — mainly because I had taken the precaution, years ago, of having a 95% the same, backup system, pre-configured and ready to go.

The next morning, as is my wont, I weighed myself. Scales worked fine. I then went for my run. When I came back I hopped on the scales again because it amuses me to see how much water I have expended during the run. I do that most days too. So nothing new. Same routine.

The scales went ballistic! Told me I weighted 420 pounds! I wish. I would write a book about that. The damn scales were going crazy. Numbers rotating on the display like non-stop.

I removed the batteries and re-seated them. It was still demented. I tried again. Tried to rest it. Then it started saying that my batteries were low. As it happened we happened to have two spare batteries — and it takes those round, flat batteries as opposed to AA, AAA or 9V.

Still won’t work. Now it won’t register a weight. It will give me all my stored information but when I stand on it it displays NADA.

I am not amused. I loved those scales. I sang their praises.

They have a 1-800 number. That is a joke.

Checked with Amazon. I had bought them in January. So the normal return window has expired. Yes, I can still return it for a partial credit. I only paid ‘$20’ in total for these scales due to some Amazon promotion. So in the end not worth bitching too much.

But, Ozeri — I would never buy one of your products again.

Deanna has found a few possibles … in the $40 range. Given my diet regime I do need to keep track of my weight. So … yet another expense.

A pox on Ozeri.

I Did IT. I Did It. I Lost The 20 Pounds I Was Told To Lose. Took Me 110 Days, i.e., 3 Months 3 Weeks.

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A Few Related Posts:
>>
‘Fast Diet’ losing weight the right way — Mar. 29, 2013.
>>
Will power, wrong way to lose weight — Jan. 28, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II digital bath scales with BMI — Feb. 14, 2013.

>> NH Maple weekend — Mar. 26, 2013.


jump_for_joyIt wasn’t hard per se. I never expected it to be hard. I am the past master of losing weight — when I set my mind to it, i.e., I have a chat with my best friend, ‘my brain’, and we agree that we together, working hand-in-hand, will achieve that goal.

Deanna picked up my blood work results on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. My blood sugar was ‘102‘ — I was now officially prediabetic, ‘100’ the cut-off. I had hovered at ’99’ for a number of years. Thought I was ‘only’ around 185 pounds I decided I was going to lose weight.

Saw my rake-thin cardiologist two days later, on January 24. Per their scales, fully dressed (for winter), I was 193 pounds. As soon as I got home I ordered a new, digital bathroom scales with automated, BIA-technology based BMI calculations. So, I ended up with the Ozeri Gen II (ZB011). I love it. That it shows your weights to the ‘tenths’ helps. You can really watch your weight fluctuate in terms of ounces. Per the Ozeri I weighed 189 pounds and  my BMI never was beyond the dreaded ’25’. I am now at ‘17‘ per the Ozeri – and this morning after my run, the Ozeri read, exactly: ‘169.0‘! 

I don’t know what my blood work is. I haven’t had it tested since. Yes, I lost the weight by eliminating carbs. But, that means I am eating more cheese and meats. The last time I did this, about 8 years ago, my blood work was the best ever. But I was younger.

So my cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Hanlon, of Catholic Medical (in Manchester, NH), a man of few words, tells me that I should lose 20 pounds. I was bit taken back. But, it was funny he did not tell me to in anyway change my exercise regime once he heard about my slogging up Prospect Mountain Hill and snow shoveling.

I thought I would lose the 20 pounds in 3 months. I am not that thrilled that it took me 3 weeks longer. But, the trip to Arizona set me back 10 days. Though I did NOT cheat, even once, my whole system was out of whack.

This was really a modified Atkins — and I am an Atkins devotee ever since Deanna steered me towards his approach c. 2005. As I told Dr. Hanlon it is impossible, today, to totally eliminate carbs from your diet. There are carbs even in most salad dressings – and no, I am not going to live on Balsamic Vinaigrette alone. I was also not going to sacrifice my daily, diluted (large) glass of red wine. Long time ago I worked out that there were two mandatory things, other than oxygen and food, I needed in order to function (and especially, to write): sex and red-wine. So the red wine was staying though what I now drink, other than very, very rare occasions (like once every month), is a ‘disgusting’ watery mix. Then there is oatmeal. Though I take both flaxseed and Metamucil, daily, I like my oatmeal. I like proper, celtic-style steel-cut oatmeal — and Deanna will make it for me, if I ask. But, the one thing I do cheat on, especially if when we are travelling is, McDonald’s oatmeal. I have liked it from the day it came out. Yes, I know it has a bunch of ‘unhealthy’ stuff, but if this is my ‘indulgence’ — you can do much worse.

So, that is it. I will continue on this diet for the foreseeable future. The chances are that I will lose a few more pounds. IF I get to 165 pounds, I will have to reevaluate matters. I don’t want to go much below that. My ribs start to show.

IF you want to lose weight my way, let me know. I will help you out. Yes, I am supposed to, per Deanna, write a book about my diet, and it is on the list.

Happy Mother’s Day.

My New Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scale With BIA-Based Body Fat Calculation; I Love It.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
>>
It Sure Is Cold. I Vetoed My 5°F (-15°C) Threshold …
>>Jan 24, 2013.


My Ozeri Gen II on our bathroom floor.

My Ozeri Gen II on our bathroom floor.

As I talked about in my earlier post I ordered this digital scale because the old, analog one we had was obviously wrong. We have since worked out that it was about 6 – 8 pounds out! Then I remembered. I had bought it because I liked what it read.

We have had the Ozeri for about 2 weeks. I love it, though it tells me, daily, that I am heavier than I would like to be. It is uncompromising and with its decimal readings you don’t get to round up or down. It is as it says.

But, indubitably, the best $21 I have spent in a very long time — since Amazon still gave me free shipping even though it was under $25, and for a change, I wasn’t ordering anything else.

It is $39.95 on Amazon today. Not sure how I got it for $21. It was on sale for $29 that day.

As I had suspected it does ask you to enter your age, height and target weight. It uses that to identify you, it being able to identify 4 separate people based on the target weight specified.

My 21.2% body fat ratio from few days ago. I think it might have gone dowin since.

My 21.2% body fat ratio from few days ago. I think it might have gone dowin since.

That you enter your height means that it can work out your body fat, or Body Mass Index (BMI), by just dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches. But, it insists that it does not and instead does so by measuring your Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). I was skeptical, and as a professional cynic, I still am. But, from day one it insisted that my Body Fat Ratio as it calls it was good. I was impressed. For my advanced age, according to its handbook, my Body Fat Ratio should be in the 11 to 22 range to be ‘Healthy’. 22 – 28 is overweight and 28-80 is obese. When I turn 60 in a few months I can have a 13-25 range and still be in healthy.

Day one it had me a tad over 22. I was cool. I knew I was overweight. But, as I started to lose weight it came down. In a few days I was down below 22. But, per this scale it was impossible to shed even a pound. I went for about 4 days at the same weight. Then slowly it started to agree that I was losing weight. The decimal readings are unforgiving. So, if I am 182.3, I am 182.3. Not 182 and I can go at 182.3 for 3 days. But it is also scarily precise. On Saturday after I had been shoveling snow for 90 minutes I weighted myself. I had not drunk or eaten anything since I had weighed myself before going out to shovel. It said I had lost 2.25 pounds! That is just dehydration.

Love the scale. It is a work of art too. So far so good. I will get myself properly weighted again soon as I can get a feel as to its readings.

I will keep you posted.