- So, we’ve created a snapshot of our current status. Day 1: Snapshot
- We’ve dreamed all the big, crazy dreams about where we want to be in a year. Day 2: Dream BIG
- Now it’s time to put some stats on all of that.
Today we’re going to weigh in (don’t freak out…I won’t ask you to do it often) and take photos and measurements.
We will ALWAYS use all THREE means of measurement to determine progress and here’s why:
Your weight on a scale does NOT take into account your body composition (the amount of fat vs. muscle you carry).
There are TONS of instances where someone’s body composition, aka the way they look, changes DRAMATICALLY but the weight on the scale NEVER changes or actually goes UP.
When you tell me you want to weight XXX, my guess is that you want to LOOK or FEEL like someone who weighs whatever you magic number is. If I could give you that body or those feelings, I don’t think you’d care what weight showed up when you stepped on a scale.
So, for that reason, we are going to use weight (because it does tell us some things), tape measurements (because you’d probably LOVE to lose inches and feel better in your clothes and we can’t know that if we don’t measure) and photos (because those are sometimes the BEST way to see how your body composition is changing).
Morning (post-potty, pre-coffee) with as few clothes as possible
Put your weight at the beginning of this calendar. Each month we’ll mark what we’ve lost.
You’ll want an app like WordSwag or TextonPics to edit it.
Here’s your download:
And here’s an example:
Pool or gym clothes (tight is good, scandalous is not)
- Download this Stat Tracker:
- Take measurements
To do this, you will want a ribbon tape measure (the kind you use for clothes fittings, not for construction). They’re SUPER inexpensive and you can find them in the craft dept of your local Walmart. Or you can grab this one. It lets you do it with one hand. 🙂
You can also use a string and a standard construction-style tape measure. This will walk you through it.
- waist (tiniest part of your midsection)
- chest (around the tatas, if you’ve got em)
- stomach (biggest part)
- hips (biggest part)
- arms (middle of your upper arm, both sides)
- thighs (halfway between your hips and your knees, both sides)
- calves (biggest parts, both sides)
If you have questions about where these spots should be, this image is pretty close. It labels some of them differently, but the lines are right on: https://crfitness.net/how-to/body-measurements/
You don’t have to like ANY of the stats you capture today.
Really. It’s okay. You’re here because you’re ready to work to improve these stats.
We aren’t doing this as some sadistic form of torture. We’re collecting this so we can celebrate our faces off when these numbers start moving in the direction you want them to.
Do NOT let this activity (especially the scale and photo parts) make you sad.
This is a current, oh-so-temporary situation for you. It’s a stage you’re passing through. You don’t have to stay here and we have the tools to help you move on from here.
Just gather the data, put it behind you, and have a stellar day.
SOON, you will have data to add to these that makes you so happy! We just have to do this part first.
Give us a little faith and a little time…we’ll get you there.
All the best,
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