Weight Loss Support - For those of you who measure yourselves....




OhMyDogs
02-13-2011, 12:39 PM
How do you keep track of WHERE you measure?

What I mean is, how do you remember exactly where on the arm, or where on the thigh you have measured?

I was feeling VERY discouraged, with a scale that gained 4lbs in 2 days, and hasn't let it go, I hoped to find some reassurance in measurements.

Waist and calves were down a little (waist was easy, calves were measured at the largest part today, so measurements can't be wrong), but some of the other stuff is up by a couple of inches, which I am sure didn't happen.

So after measuring today, I wrote notes, the best I could on exactly where I measured, so there is less confusion next time, but am wondering how do you all keep track of exactly where you have measured in the past?


Katydid77
02-13-2011, 02:34 PM
Well, I always get the same person to help measure me (my mom) and we simply try for the thickest part of the boobs, arms, thighs etc.

Then the natural curve of the waist.

For whatever reason I always forget if I do my bust measurement with my bra on or not, and have to look it up! I do it with it off, but it always throws me.

It's kind of one of those things that you get more comfortable with with some repetition.

Also remember that how your clothes are fitting is a great indicator too. I'm with you in that I haven't seen any great achievements lately, but I was standing at work the other day and noticed that my pants were hanging differently around my, um . . crotch area :o Instead of tight and bunched, they were hanging loose and like pants are supposed to hang.

It's the little things that add up over time.

kaebaka
02-13-2011, 03:15 PM
I am lucky? to be freckly, so I've been trying to use specific freckles as more of a landmark for my bicep / thigh measurements to help me remember exactly where to go. Otherwise, I just try to estimate across fullest part of hips / bust and narrowest part of waist. I figure the fullest part might move around a little anyway as the weight gets redistributed, but at least the freckles lets me try to maintain consistency from week to week. Except when I get confused about which freckle it was... then it gets trickier. ;)


Kattt
02-13-2011, 10:25 PM
I just try to find the smallest and biggest place to measure, depending on what I'm measuring. Like smallest for waist and naval, largest for thighs, calves, etc.

I realize that's probably not the most accurate method, (because you could be losing inches below or above that area and not even realize it!), but it has worked pretty well for me.

Silverdrmr
02-14-2011, 12:18 AM
I sew for myself, so I have a lot of practice making sure the I get the right measurements for myself, and I use this when taking measurements for weight loss.

For starters, it's always easiest if you are looking at yourself in the mirror while measuring.

Circumference measurement- Guideline
Breast- nipples
Chest- right under boobs
Waist- narrowest part of torso under the last ribcage (on some/most people, at elbow level)
Belly button- mmm.. belly button (I measure these differently, because on me it is about 3 inches below my waist. It is usually below the waist)
Hip- hip bone (this is a few inches below your belly button; you might have to feel for your hip bone)
Widest part of lower body- crotch (Believe it or not, this is usually the widest part of the body, it will include saddlebags, hips, butt and maybe lower belly)

For legs, I always use the tape measure and measure down from the crotch, then measure around at various points such as upper thigh, mid-thigh, upper knee, calf. When measuring down from the crotch, always go straight down- do not follow the lines of the body or as you shrink, the measurement will change.
The points down will obviously be different for everyone, because of length of limbs. Just as long as you're consistent with yourself.

For arms, I use the same concept of the legs but with a different guideline.

I usually use the mid elbow (crease) as a guide for both the mid-arm and the forearm.


Another suggestion that might help, if you have a dedicated mirror, you can use a dry erase marker or tape and mark the lines for the most difficult areas, such as mid thigh and use waist and crotch lines as guidelines. I wouldn't use the shoulder or head as a guideline because your posture might get better and through things off. Also, make sure you are standing the same distance away from the mirror each time.


Hopefully this helps ;)

oodlesofnoodles
02-14-2011, 11:50 AM
I measure the biggest part, or I have landmarks. Like my chest, I wear a sports bra and measure around my nipples. And my waist, I measure around my belly button. My thighs, around the biggest part. Hips, same. Things like that.

Horo
02-14-2011, 05:52 PM
Hmm.. I admit I have only measured the spots that really affect my clothing size: bust, waist, and hips. Those spots are certainly easy to find. If I were to start measuring elsewhere, I would go by a simple policy of always measuring the widest part.. widest part of upper arms, widest part of thighs, widest part of calves, etc.

niafabo
02-14-2011, 05:56 PM
I've had my inches fluctuate a bit especially my arms and waist through out my journey so I wouldn't worry if you are seeing things go up and others go down a little especially if you are weight training. As a rule of thumb i measure the largest part of everything but the waist.

FitGirlyGirl
02-15-2011, 12:59 PM
I guess I'm different from most people. I measure measure halfway between elbow and armpit, halfway between ankle and knee, etc. no matter which spot is biggest or littlest. I figure that the size thing might shift, but the length of my arms and legs won't change at this point in my life. I use nipples as a guide for measuring breasts, I measure at my belly button, and I measure over my hipbones. I also measure my neck - halfway between collarbone and jaw. I don't measure my "waist" at all (though it did get measured recently by the new personal trainer - I don't even remember what the number was). I don't need that measurement. Calling that spot the "waist" has always seemed like a vanity thing to me anyhow. It is the narrowest portion of my torso, but it is not in any way my waist - my pants don't go there, my hands don't go there, my SO's arms don't go there. Meh

berryblondeboys
02-15-2011, 01:06 PM
I don't need that measurement. Calling that spot the "waist" has always seemed like a vanity thing to me anyhow. It is the narrowest portion of my torso, but it is not in any way my waist - my pants don't go there, my hands don't go there, my SO's arms don't go there. Meh

How is it vanity? My pants go there, my hands go there, my SO's arms go there as I have an hour glass figure, even while fat. Wearing low rise jeans is a NIGHTMARE for my overweight body. And since that's one spot that isn't affected much by bones, it's all fat or muscle and your organs. It's where I am seeing the most dramatic losses as my muscles are toning up too.

niafabo
02-15-2011, 02:14 PM
I don't measure my "waist" at all (though it did get measured recently by the new personal trainer - I don't even remember what the number was). I don't need that measurement. Calling that spot the "waist" has always seemed like a vanity thing to me anyhow. It is the narrowest portion of my torso, but it is not in any way my waist - my pants don't go there, my hands don't go there, my SO's arms don't go there. Meh

you should measure it because hip-to-waist ratio is one of the biggest indicators of your risk of developing health problems no matter your weight.

mom4life
02-15-2011, 02:35 PM
Well, I always get the same person to help measure me (my mom) and we simply try for the thickest part of the boobs, arms, thighs etc.

Then the natural curve of the waist.

For whatever reason I always forget if I do my bust measurement with my bra on or not, and have to look it up! I do it with it off, but it always throws me.

It's kind of one of those things that you get more comfortable with with some repetition.

Also remember that how your clothes are fitting is a great indicator too. I'm with you in that I haven't seen any great achievements lately, but I was standing at work the other day and noticed that my pants were hanging differently around my, um . . crotch area :o Instead of tight and bunched, they were hanging loose and like pants are supposed to hang.

It's the little things that add up over time.

I do the same thing. And yes, I've been going through the same thing these last couple days....gained 2 lbs when I've been doing good with my weight. I know its (possibly TMI) constipation cause I haven't been regular for a week now. Though my pants have been very loose to where I NEED a belt now. It's just the numbers on the scale that irritate me to no end.

Changergirl
02-15-2011, 04:27 PM
When I first started measuring myself I had difficulty trying to keep track of the same place as well. What I've started to do is measuring my arms/thighs/butt in a couple places and use the biggest measurement. I figure the biggest measurement should be around the same place this week as it was last week. For my 'natural' waist I do the opposite and use the smallest measurement!

Horo
02-15-2011, 08:57 PM
I can't imagine not knowing my natural waist measurement.. The elastic/waistbands of all my skirts sit there, the fitted part of all my dresses sit there, it's the most essential measurement for corset sizing and a pretty important one for any sort of form-fitting top..

FitGirlyGirl
02-17-2011, 10:00 AM
Maybe my body is just odd, but my "natural" waist is about 4 inches above my belly button and there's no way in heck I'd ever wear the waist of any garment that high.

niafabo - According to my doc the measure for waist/hip ratio should be taken at about the belly button, so that's what I do.