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Measurements Instead Of Weight – Follow Up

Posted by terrepruitt on September 1, 2012

At the end of July I thought it would be nice to switch things up during the month of August.  My idea was triggered by comments from people talking about the scale not changing.  It seemed that the scale not budging at all for one day affected the people’s moods.  So I thought perhaps a break from the scale would be something some people would benefit from.  I planned the challenge to be 21 days and 30 days so that both timeframes would land on a day that I post.  I post on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  I managed to post about the challenge on the 21st, but I didn’t post about it on the 30th.  On the 30th I thought about it, then forgot about it, then thought about it when I was more than halfway done with my post about one of Nia’s 52 Moves – Knee Sweeps and didn’t have time to measure.  It takes more time to strip down and measure than it does to hop on the scale, huh?  Well, how did you do if you did?  Did you see a change in your measurements?  Did you also keep track of your weight at day one and day 21/30?

For me it turned out to be necessary to go the 30 days.  At 21 days, I wasn’t seeing a good change, but by 31 (as I said, on Thursday the 30th I didn’t measure because time got away from me) I saw a good change.  What I didn’t do at 21 days was get on the scale, I was thinking the point was to avoid the scale, but now I am thinking it might have been nice to have a comparison.  Perhaps you thought of that option.  I did not until today.

I also learned that I need to be a little more specific on my notes of where I am measuring.  I know I made a point to instruct you to make notes, and I did, I just need to make better notes.  For one place I said something like, “3.25 inches below the dot.”  Well, when I wrote that note I must have had a clear idea on what “the dot” was, but 20 days later I had no idea.  I laughed at that and hoped you make better notes on the “landmarks”.

So here ends the challenge, but of course you are free to stay off the scale and/or add measuring to your routine.  The real point is to not let the scale frustrate you and to remember it does not always tell the whole story.  There are other things to help complete the story; mirrors, measurements, clothes, people, etc. Of course, not everyone allows the scale to frustrate them, I understand that, I was trying to present a way to help some from getting frustrated.  And maybe just another way to see things.

So how did you do?  Did you see a change via measurements?  Did you learn anything (as I shared with you what I learned)?  Would you rather use a scale or a tape measure?  Or both?

2 Responses to “Measurements Instead Of Weight – Follow Up”

  1. Tina Kiely said

    Yes, I get frustrated with the weight thing. The scale thing even more since I don’t lose weight. I have addictions and having hypothyroidism doesn’t help. I decided, screw it I will never be a size 0 again. I don’t know if I care to be a size 0. I just want to be mobile and healthy. I just want my waste to be below 35 inches. Why? Because there has been studies that prove that a waist size above 35 inches is caused by an overdose in insulin. This insulin may be causing breast cancer and uterine/ovarian cancer. Cancer should be a good motivator. Measuring is ideal.


    • Mobile and healthy! That is a fantastic goal!

      Yes, there are a lot of health issues associated with a larger waist measurement.

      And measuring gives a better idea of body composition and that is the key, right? Someone can weigh 200 pounds and be all muscle or weight 200 pounds and be all fat.

      Doing your Nia and everything else you do can help keep you on track of your goal — mobile and healthy! (Thanks for stopping by!)


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