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Old 09-04-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Accurate body measurements?

There have been several threads where there have been tips and tricks to make sure you're measuring accurately, but I was hoping we could get them all in one place. I'm horrible about this and would love to hear your tried and true methods and tips. Please share.

What I've been doing is holding the tape just against the skin, not firmly and not loosely. I relax my muscles. I've seen recently that one should exhale and tighten the muscles. This makes quite a bit of difference in my belly and chest measurements, so somebody, please enlighten me! Also, when is the best time to measure? Is it like weighing, for example, the first thing in the morning, as empty as possible?

I'm a total newb, so bare with me!
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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IDK, but I just measured my waist and it's about an inch larger than yesterday. Today is an up day, and it is late, and I've eaten all I'm going to eat today. I guess it would make sense that you would have the smallest measurements at the same time you have the smallest weigh-in? I use a tape measure that also has a little tip on the end that I don't count. I am probably about 1/2 in. bigger than my measures.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:09 PM   #3
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I'll be interested to hear what our experts say about this too Dawn. For instance, I've always measured my waist right at navel level, but then I hear you should measure a couple inches above that at your smallest point. And yes, tightening makes a lot of difference!
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:22 PM   #4
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I measure on the same day of the month (tomorrow is my day), at the same place on each body part. I don't worry about if it's exactly the right spot according to the "experts," as long as it's in the same spot I consistently measure. And I use the same tightness: not enough to pull in, but no slack. I'm more worried about tracking difference than anything else, so as long as I'm consistent with myself, I'm good.

I received a special measuring tape for measuring body parts with a scale, so that's what I use.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:39 AM   #5
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I took out my measuring tape yesterday - it's probablly 30+ years old. I was measuring something other than my body though. I didn't think it looked right and took out a large measuring/cutting mat and compared. What an eye opener!! My old measuring tape had shrunk considerably!! And to think that's the one I do use when I do measure my body - I'm BIGGER than I thought.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:55 AM   #6
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:26 AM   #7
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Thanks. I think I'll go with how she did it in the video. It's close to what I do already. I was kinda sorta hoping I could do the deep exhale and tense the stomach thing.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:40 AM   #8
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I measure my waist after I exhale, so I don't hold my breath on the inhale that puffs my stomach out. Also I do it first thing in the morning after going to the bathroom & before I eat or drink anything.

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Old 09-05-2013, 07:12 AM   #9
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That video is very helpful Ann, thanks! I've been doing it pretty much like she does. I'll just keep doing it the same as I have been, for consistency of numbers and to see the trends. I guess I should measure today.
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I just stand naturally, neither exhaling or inhaling. I do not suck anything in. I make the tape snug against my bare skin, but not tight enough to cause a skin bulge around the tape.

I measure first thing in the morning, after going to the bathroom and before eating.

I have a bunch of moles on my body, and I use some of them to make sure I measure in the same spot each time.

I am very honest in the way I measure.

I measure my neck, bust, waist, belly, hips, thigh and calf.

I used to also measure my forearm, but it never changed and I got bored with it. Obviously, that is not the place where I carry most of my body fat.

I used to measure my bicep, but I got bored with that, too, even though it did change a little.

I used to measure my midriff, too, but stopped when it got to its smallest size. I don't think my ribs are going to get any smaller.

The things I continue to measure really show my body fat, so I will keep doing them.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #11
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I did measure this morning, and I've lost 3-5/8" in the past month. So even though I'm up a couple of pounds, I'm smaller. Which I kind of knew because of clothing fit, but this is a good confirmation of it.

So.....I need to relax about the scale number, realize that my increased exercise is definitely toning and tightening me up, and possibly affecting the poundage. After all, smaller is the ultimate goal. Why, oh why am I so affected by that damn scale???!!!???
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:04 AM   #12
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:08 AM   #13
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Thanks Ann! That is just what I needed to see today. I have printed it out and am going to find a strategic place to put it up where I see it every day!
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Wait until you read the whole quote, it brings tears to my eyes!

“Get Off The Scale!

You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”


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Wow, that is amazing! Why do we forget to think like that about ourselves? Even as we easily think it about our friends?
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Wait until you read the whole quote, it brings tears to my eyes!

“Get Off The Scale!

You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”


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Wow, that is amazing! Why do we forget to think like that about ourselves? Even as we easily think it about our friends?




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Old 09-08-2013, 07:46 AM   #18
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I measured this morning according to the way it was done in the video, then checked my measurements against the Navy BF% calculator. 26.89% which is about what I thought it was. I was happy to see that the narrowest part of my torso is my "waist" as I always thought it was at the navel. I'm actually 3 1/2" smaller at my "natural waist" than I am at my navel. that's pretty sad, though, but that's where all my loose skin is (at the navel and below). I am deathly afraid of surgery, but at this point, if I had the money, I think I would have the tummy tuck.
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There's about a 3" difference for me, if I measure my hips above or at the saddlebags! I'm willing to accept it at this point in my life though, since I'll only ever wear skirted swimsuits from now on anyway, to cover up my hip replacement scar. It's not as though wearing bikini bottoms out in public again was on my list of things I need to do before I die.

Don't worry about a tummy tuck now, you'll know for sure when you're ready, willing & able. That's what bucket lists are for!
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Having my arms done is definitely a priority, but I would gladly have a tummy tuck and thigh lift if money were no object.
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I'm contemplating getting my boobs done sometime next year, if I lose these last few vanity pounds once and for all and I'm able to maintain my goal weight for at least 6 mos.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:53 AM   #22
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I wouldn't mind the "mommy makeover" where they do a full lift (thighs, butt, tummy, and boobs). About the only thing I'm happy with is my lower legs and arms.
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