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Old 10-05-2006, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default How often do you take measurements?

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?

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Old 10-05-2006, 12:40 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 10-05-2006, 12:43 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 10-05-2006, 02:46 PM   #4
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I used a tape measure on a bi-monthly basis.
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Old 10-05-2006, 02:51 PM   #5
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when I remember.... once a month? once every few months?
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Old 10-05-2006, 02:56 PM   #6
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i never do unless I notice a serious change in the way my clothes fit.
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Old 10-05-2006, 03:09 PM   #7
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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"

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Old 10-05-2006, 03:12 PM   #8
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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.

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Old 10-05-2006, 03:47 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 10-05-2006, 04:58 PM   #10
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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".
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Old 10-05-2006, 05:45 PM   #11
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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!
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Old 10-05-2006, 06:02 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 10-05-2006, 07:41 PM   #13
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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.

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Old 10-05-2006, 11:54 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:47 AM   #15
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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!
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