Take Your Measurements
By Meggan Larson
I’ll be honest, I’m not usually one to take my measurements – especially when I’m just starting out on a weight loss journey. Frankly I don’t want to know the circumference of my stomach or how large I’ve let my thighs get. I took a before picture and that’s sufficient right?
The scale is an excellent tool to help measure your progress but it isn’t the only tool. There are times (I like to call these times the danger zone) when the scale isn’t budging, and the pictures don’t look any different, and for a moment the frustration of the plan seemingly not working takes over and the temptation to get into the car and drive to get a big mac with a large fry and a milkshake is so overwhelming that you find yourself heading to the door in your bathrobe and slippers with the car keys in your hand. This is where your measurements come in handy. Often times when the scale isn’t budging your measurements are and the only way to know that is if you took them to begin with.
I started out the new year with a big loss of 8 & ½ lbs the first week but the next couple of weeks I only lost a half pound. That can often be a recipe for disappointment, however, I had taken my measurements and though the scale showed a very slight loss, my measurements told me that I had lost almost 10 inches in those two weeks! Your measurements can be just the thing to propel you through a “stall” because they mark the progress you can’t see. I get it, we need to know that it’s working even if the food IS delicious. The temptation to go back to what we’re used to is so strong when things don’t seem to be working. Use this tool to make sure you keep yourself on track and keep your shrinking bum away from McDonalds.
ps…As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!