“This time last year, I was fair, fat & forty”
– Sandra Venables
Well, okay, so I was older than forty, and I am not blonde – but you get the picture!! Actually here is the picture if you’ve missed it in the past
We are almost about to step into Spring in Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere, whereas it’s time to reflect on a Summer almost past if you’re living in the Northern Hemisphere – so you’re either anticipating a bikini body, or reflecting on not losing your current bikini body (okay, so maybe some of you are reflecting on NOT having obtained a bikini body in the first place!!).
Now is the time to begin Springing into Summer, or preparing to never again have a Summer like you just experienced. Either way, it’s time to begin the easy process of a Life Journey that will allow you to feel comfortable in your skin again.
I wanted to discuss measuring the progress of your Life Journey today. WAY too many people measure progress based on the numbers on the scales!
If you are going to be a “scale watcher”, then here are some tips for when to measure yourself on the scales.
- weigh yourself first thing in the morning, prior to breakfast
- weigh yourself either once a week or, preferably, once a month
- never weigh yourself daily, this does not allow for your body to show your changes
- remember, scales measure muscle gain as well as fat loss!!
A more accurate way to measure yourself is to use a good, old fashioned, measuring tape!
A measuring tape will measure the physical changes much better than a scale can measure the overall change. Use the two in conjunction and you can work out your overall body fat ratio.
Now, how to measure yourself, where to measure and how often?
- HOW – wear tight fitting clothing, note what clothing you wear for when you measure next time
- WHERE – upper arm, chest, waist, buttocks and upper thigh
- Upper arm, around the bicep (easier to find if you flex your arm)
- Chest, keep the tape horizontal, measure around the torso/body, along the nipple line
- Waist, keep the tape horizontal, measure around the torso/body at the narrowest part of your waist, this is generally 1/2 inch (approx 2cm) above the belly button
- Buttocks, keep the tape horizontal, measure around the widest part of the hips
- Upper thigh, place your foot on a chair, find half way between the front of the knee and the point where your leg inserts into your body, at the half way point, measure the circumference of your thigh
- FREQUENCY – once a week, always at the same time and day, e.g., 7am on a Tuesday.
I’ve developed a spreadsheet for you to use to monitor your weight and you can then calculate your progress more easily over your Life Journey. You can download it here.
Lastly, remember to monitor your progress visually!
Take before and after photos. Just before you measure yourself each week, take a photo. This is one of the most impactful ways of monitoring your progress, seeing the changes week after week are incredible. Personally, I took photos and measurements monthly (as regular followers here can verify) and found that they were truly inspiring when I calcuated the progress.
I would recommend following any Life Journey for a minimum of 90 days. This is because your red blood cells typically have a life cycle of 90 days, so I believe it will take this amount of time to show good progress on your journey, at least 30 days of this journey will be in you changing your lifestyle habits, getting into routines and settling into your new Life Journey.
I am personally mentoring people in their new Life Journey to enable them to Spring Into Summer, right now!
Be quick, there are limited places!!!!
Take your new Life Journey with me for free mentoring, meal planning tips and inspirational tips along the way.
Contact me now to be personally mentored into your Bikini Body this Summer, WITH EASE!!!