The Scale vs. Measuring Tape

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January 7, 2016 by Virginia James

To weight myself, or to measure myself? That is the question…

Do you really have to lose weight to be fit? Not necessarily. They say muscle weighs more than fat. That’s not entirely true either. Don’t think of muscle weighing MORE than fat… think of it being more CONDENSED than fat. Why does this matter? People often use that as an excuse when they gain a few pounds or inches. Don’t be one of those people.

For the past ten years or so I have not stepped on a scale unless I’m at a doctor’s office. Why? Because sometimes, your weight can play with your mind. We always expect fast changes, and therefore are quick to hop on a scale only to find it being a let-down. Sound familiar? Don’t punish yourself this way! You deserve better than that. Not only is weight not an accurate measurement of fitness, but it naturally fluctuates every few days, so it just makes no sense to base your progress off of that; it’s just plain unreliable.

So what do we do? There are two options:

Option One: Measure yourself- there is no better way to measure your progress than with an actual measuring tape! Create a chart similar to the one below, and write out the measurements to your waist, thighs, arms, and bust (optional). For the men, measure your neck and calves as well. You can track your measurements, every other week or every month. Just make sure you give yourself enough time where you can see a change. you don’t want to measure yourself every day or every week. Keep track of your measurements on a chart like this, and you’ll be sure to notice your progress a lot better than if you used a scale!

Measurement Chart

January 15th February 15th March 15th
Right Arm
Left Arm
Waist
Right Thigh
Left Thigh

Option Two:  Go by your clothing! This may sound a bit elementary, but it really does help to measure your progress when your clothing starts feeling a bit loose. Find a pair of tight pants, or a sexy dress you haven’t been able to zip up all the way, and see how much of a difference you’re making. So, the zipper only goes half way up -at least you know you’re working at it. If you keep up your amazing work, you’ll be able to zip it all the way in no time!

 

Much Love,

~Virginia

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