Weight Loss Support - How often do you take measurements?

10-05-2006, 01:24 PM
I have no idea where to post this, so I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place :)

That said, how often is too often when it comes to taking circumference measurements? I was planning on doing it every other week, but I see a lot of stuff advising once a month. I actually saw such a change in inches just in the first two weeks since I've changed my eating and exercise habits, that I was considering measuring once a week at my official weigh-in.

I know it might seem like a really subjective question, but all in all, how often do you think is reasonable for the average person to take measurements?

Thanks! :D

10-05-2006, 01:40 PM
After the first month I started taking measurements with each weigh-in, once a week. I do it because it keeps me going when I haven't lost anything. Sometimes I show a loss of up to an inch in certain areas, others I gain. But I log eveything down so I can see the change! even if I have a gain I am still much smaller than when I started. It is probably better to measure every 2 weeks or a month, but whatever works for you is truly the best. If you find yourself getting frustrated with your measurements every two weeks, then wait a month.

10-05-2006, 01:43 PM
I just take mine once a month. I don't see much change from week to week, so it's easier to see my progress if I take them once a month. But as far as what's reasonable, I think it's like weighing yourself or any other progress measurement: do what you are comfortable with. I might only take my measurements once a month, but I weight myself twice a day despite the fact that most collective wisdom says not to. I like knowing where I'm at on the scale, whether I've made progress or not.

- Barbara

10-05-2006, 03:46 PM
I used a tape measure on a bi-monthly basis.

10-05-2006, 03:51 PM
when I remember.... once a month? once every few months?

10-05-2006, 03:56 PM
i never do unless I notice a serious change in the way my clothes fit.

10-05-2006, 04:09 PM
I never take measurements, I can normally tell with a way the clothes I have fit. For example at one stage size 14 trousers would not fit, now they hang off me. Same with my legs, I still think they are fat, but they measure 22" now, whereas they used to me 26"

10-05-2006, 04:12 PM
I do when I need a pick me up, when I feel like I need to see the progress. I don't use a tape measure. I find my numbers discouraging. I use ribbons, cut to my starting measurements. Then nothing detracts from simply seeing the progress I've made.

10-05-2006, 04:47 PM
I have my measurements taken once a week. There is always a measurable decrease in at least a couple of areas, even taking them that frequently. I don't use the scale to gauge my progress, so I feel it's important to take them often.

10-05-2006, 05:58 PM
I do it only when I need a pick me up, too. Also, be as precise as possible on where you measure from so it's the same every time. Like, "three inches above left elbow" instead of "arm".

10-05-2006, 06:45 PM
I am a once a week measurer myself, we all weigh & measure on thursday's. Up this week but that is ok, it TOM so I just let it go!

10-05-2006, 07:02 PM
I used to do it once a week but I found it to be a little maddening. At the time I didn't understand how people could wait a month but now I do. It's much better for me to weigh and measure once per month.

10-05-2006, 08:41 PM
I do every 3 weeks. I made a blank calendar template that allows me to write down what I eat every day for 3 weeks(it's what fit best on one piece of paper). I put down the dates and starting weight and at the end I put ending weight.

Then I go to a separate sheet I made for measurements and do those. Sometimes I slack. Usually if I go longer than 3 weeks on measuring it's out of pure laziness. :)

I do this for both my husband and myself, and it's working out quite well. :)

10-06-2006, 12:54 AM
I have never measured myself. I just try on smaller clothes and see how they fit. I figure keeping track on the scale is enough reality for me.

10-06-2006, 08:47 AM
I've never measured either, but lately looking back I wish I had measured just once on the day I started WW. I'd like to look back at it now!

10-06-2006, 12:27 PM
Every 2 months, bi-monthly, is way too far apart for me personally. Once a week doesn't show enough movement for me. I can't remember to do it semi-monthly. Once a month works well and as posters said above, it is very important to measure in the exact same spots and to the same "tautness" of the tape measure. It's so easy to pull it a tad snugger and call it an inch lost when it's really 1/2.

10-06-2006, 01:15 PM
I use ribbons, cut to my starting size, without numbers. That way I can see my progress without having the pressure of numbers. I find it much more encouraging.

10-07-2006, 12:58 AM
Thanks everyone for the replies! I like the idea of the ribbon, because I hate seeing the numbers at this point :)

I guess I'll try measuring at my weekly weigh-in, and if I'm not seeing a big enough difference I'll go back to bi-weekly :D

10-08-2006, 10:26 AM
once a month....I like seeing whole inches gone :D

10-08-2006, 11:30 AM
Every monday, my "official" weigh-in day. I almost always will see a loss in the tape even if I have a gain in the scale. It helps keep me going.