Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend! My family and I went to the Albuquerque State Fair this past Saturday. There were tons of people there…it was kinda crazy! My daughter loved the animals! We went to the horse races and she could not stop pointing at the horses as they ran by. She also loved petting the dogs and little chicks. It was a pretty successful weekend! Welp, enough about me, lets talk health! :)

Have you ever tracked your progress by the number that you see on the scale? Well if you have, I’m pretty sure you are not alone…let me rephrase that…You are DEFINITELY not alone haha While tracking your weight is a successful tool in weight loss, and is important to know, it is not the only way to track your successes. In fact, sometimes you work so hard and make gains and it doesn’t show on the scale. And we all know that can leave you feeling defeated and frustrated. Taking measurements of different parts of your body is a great way to track your progress. There will be some weeks that your scale remains the same, but the inches on your measuring tape decrease. Here is what to measure, and how to take your measurements:

  1. Neck: Measure around the largest part of your neck.
  2. Chest: Measure right below your breasts or pecs. Keep the measuring tape parallel to the floor.
  3. Waist: Measure the thinnest part of your abdomen. This is about 1/2 inch above your belly button. When measuring your waist, exhale all the way and measure before you inhale again.
  4. Hips: Measure around the widest part of your hips/bootie while keeping the measuring tape parallel to the floor.
  5. Thigh: Measure around the largest part of each thigh.
  6. Calf: Measure around the largest part of each calf.
  7. Upper Arm: Measure around the largest part of each arm.
  8. Forearm: Measure around the largest part of each forearm.

Tips for Measuring from Sparkpeople.com:

  • When taking measurements, stand tall with your muscles relaxed and your feet together.
  • When measuring, apply constant pressure to the tape (so it doesn’t sag) without pinching the skin.
  • Use a flexible measuring tape, such as plastic or cloth.
  • Measure under the same conditions each time, such as wearing the same clothes (or none at all).
  • Measure yourself in front of a mirror to make sure the tape is positioned correctly. If possible, have someone else do the measuring for you.
  • The place to take some of these measurements will vary slightly from person to person. To ensure accuracy, just remember to take them in the same place on your body each time.

Remember, do not let that scale get you down! Have a great week!