Weights and Measures

Call it obsessive. Call it a symptom of our metrics-driven society. Call it overkill.

I caught myself, the other day, wishing I could weigh all the ingredients I put into my bowl at Genghis Grill. I estimated. I’m actually pretty good at estimating, these days, but I have been determined to track everything accurately (and losing 14 lbs in a month is pretty strong evidence that it’s not a bad strategy).

Then I got a bag full of buttons. Supposedly, there are 100 buttons in the package, but what if there were only 98? Was I really going to sit there with a $5 bag of buttons, counting them like a pharmacist counts pills? What if I could just weigh them?

I have a kitchen scale. But that’s a little too big for my purse. It’d look just a little more obsessive-compulsive than I’m willing to look, should I drag it out with me for lunch at Genghis Grill, or something. So I ordered a little pocket scale on Amazon.

I didn’t really expect much out of it. I hoped it would be big enough to measure a few ounces of carrots or something. It was on sale for less than $10 (and still may be); it lists for over $20. But it had a pull out display, so I hoped maybe I could put a small container of food on it and still read the weight.

Hah! It arrived tonight. Isn’t this just the cutest little thing? It fits in the palm of my hand. The display only swings out as far as you see it, below, but that gives it a smaller profile and does get it out from under the case (which could double as a tray for items being weighed). Did I mention it has a 10 year warranty??


It even came with batteries (2 AAA batteries). Capacity is up to 1000g (just over 35 ozs., or 2 lbs.).

I weighed a letter with it and with the big kitchen scale – they differed by .02 grams. Good enough for my purposes.


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit

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6 Responses to “Weights and Measures”

  1. Rummuser

    Thank you. Interestingly enough, I find that it is available here in India too and shall orfer for it.
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    • Oh, that’s great! I actually used it today. I grabbed up some veggies for lunch, but had a meeting and no time to prepare one that was all properly weighed and measured. I was able to tell, accurately, how much nutrition I got! (That’s important, too, to me – not just the calories. I could eat a whole bag of carrots and not worry about the calories, but it’d be good to know about the vitamins.)

  2. Patricia Stoltey

    Okay, now you have made me laugh out loud, Holly. I will go forward with this picture of you in a restaurant, weighing your meal, then weighing the plate at the end of the meal to get the accurate amount for what you ate.

    Kudos to you for the 14 pounds lost! That’s exactly how much I want to get rid of before getting my knee fixed. I think I’ll do it the easy way and just give up eating out.
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    • It’s worse than that – I mean, I have to ask for a second plate, put it on the scale, zero it out, then separately weigh the meat, veggies, pasta, etc…. That is quite a picture, isn’t it?

      But no, probably won’t do that. Then again, if I were to split a decadent dessert with my husband, I could stealthily see just HOW big that serving size was, and scale it back to a proper 1-2 oz portion. (Look up “great wall of chocolate” AND calories)

      Yes, not eating out does make it easier – and I highly recommend that larger kitchen scale for regular home use. We all lie to ourselves terribly. I don’t think we mean to, but most of us are BAD at estimating portions and counting calories on out own.

      Join SparkPeople. It’s free. Track EVERYTHING. I’m serious. Try it, at least. Makes you consciously think about whether that snack pack of jellybeans is really worth researching and logging in the tracker. 😉 Do not trust your final weight loss until it has stayed there for at least a week. (My weight loss seems to be on a 5-6 day cycle, at this point, and if I only weighed myself on the 5th or 6th day after “date night,” I’d be crying the last half of the week. There’s a nice drop on the 6th or 7th day, usually.) 8 more pounds, and I’ll hit my lowest weight since being diagnosed with cancer. (Weird milestone, but why not?)

      Definitely do lose the weight you can before knee surgery. My knees are already noticing a difference, I think – between the weight loss and more walking, they’re happier.
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