Thursday, July 10, 2014
OK... let's talk about the measuring tape today.
For as much as I hate the scale, I hate the measuring tape infinitely more.
Maybe it's because it comes into contact with specific parts of my body, which leads to some really nasty self-talk about my weak spots. For me, it's easy to look at a number on the scale and have it be a general indicator of what's going on with my body. With the measuring tape, I know what the SPECIFIC damage is. My waistline. My hips. Ugh.
Anyway, I normally avoid the measuring tape for my personal fitness tracking for these reasons.
However, I was forced to submit to the measuring tape at the end of May for getting my costumes fitted for the show. (This show opens in 2 weeks. HOLY CRAPOLY.) Of course, they measured my waistline and my hips, and wrote down those nasty little numbers on my info sheet.
Come yesterday, they've FINALLY pulled some costumes for me, with my measurements written on tags pinned to the costumes. I looked at those numbers again, and got to wondering... HAS anything changed since May?
I got home, dug through my sewing box, whipped out my measuring tape, and took a deep breath.
Folks - since May, I've lost three inches from my waist and two off my hips.
I'm pretty proud of that. Moreover, I am no longer going to side-eye the measuring tape. The scale hasn't been too good at showing me progress - but obviously, things are changing... and I would be so much more discouraged if I'd not sucked it up and used the measuring tape. Instead, my morale is up and I am no longer beating myself up.
I don't recommend using the measuring tape every week - but every month? Sure!
I'm now a fan. :)