Measurements after Weight Loss Surgery
After weight loss surgery, you will be tracking how much weight you lose and it will feel amazing watching the scale go down. However, there will come a time when the scale slows down and you must be prepared for that. As bariatric patients, we sometimes get obsessed with the scale. It is important to remember that the scale is not everything and there are other victories on this journey.
You might not always lose on the scale, but it is important to remember the other ways to track your progress. Taking measurements is a great way to see how well you are doing. It can sometimes be difficult for people to step away from the scale and appreciate their measurements, but it is one of the best ways to determine if you are on the right track.
When I first had the surgery, I made sure to take my measurements every single week. I had such a good routine and I always saw a decrease in my measurements. This was helpful for me because there were many weeks when I was stalling on the scale. I measured everything! My chest, waist, hips, arms, legs and thighs. I wrote down my measurements every week and compared them week by week to see my progress. You have no idea what this did for my confidence. I needed something to lift me up on the days where I felt like I was not doing well enough. You have to remember that sometimes the scale does not move for various reasons. You are not always doing something wrong. By taking measurements, you will have something else to track and it will help you feel more successful on your journey.
It is such a powerful feeling looking back at your measurements and seeing how far you have come. Take the time to do your measurements and I promise you that you will not be disappointed. If you are not sure where to start, here are some guidelines that will hopefully help you take accurate measurements.
- Chest: Measure the circumference of your chest by placing one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your chest. Wrap it around under your armpits and around your shoulder blades and then back to the front.
- Waist: Use the tape to circle your waist at your natural waistline, which is located above your belly button and below your rib cage.
- Hips: Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your butt and around the other hip to back where you started. Make sure that the tape is around the largest part of your butt.
- Thighs: Wrap the tape measure around your thigh from front to back on the fullest part of your thigh.
- Upper arm: Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your arm from front to back.
The theme with all of these measurements is to remember to measure the largest part of that body part. If you try to go lower or higher down, you will not get accurate results. Make sure you follow the instructions on how to get the best measurements possible.
Remember, this is a journey and there will be some days when the scale does not move. If you are just now starting your journey, I encourage you to take your measurements and compare as you continue down your weight loss surgery journey. You will be so happy you did!
- Kimberly H.