No more measuring my waist at the wrong spot; New progress photo.
In yesterday’s weekly progress report, I wrote that for the first time in my 13 year JSF history my waist measurement was below 30″. That measurement is actually a bit misleading (my waist size is actually lower), and this morning I’d like to explain why my waist measurement has always been wrong…
When I decided to get my shit together back in 2003, I was very new to fitness and proper fat loss techniques. Obviously. Anyway, back when I was a fitness greenhorn I did my best with soft tape measurements, but I was measuring my waist at the wrong spot. To be fair, there was quite a lot of real estate from which to choose. By the time I realized I was measuring too low (and including some hip bone and love handle), it’d been quite some time. So, in order to keep my measurements consistent, I decided to keep measuring my waist as I always had even once I knew the location was incorrect.
For those who don’t know, the proper place to measure your waist is find the fleshy area between the base of your ribs and the top of your hips. This will always be the narrowest part of your torso.
Yesterday I decided to measure my waist at the proper location, and the result was just a little over 29 inches. In fact, I’m still measuring slightly low here. Old habits die hard, I guess:
I just measured my waist again, this time slightly higher and at the correct location between my hip bone and ribs (pretty much right across my belly button). The result was 29″ on the nose.
I know this has been a long time coming and I should have done this, oh, a decade ago, but I’ve decided to finally make the switch and start measuring my waist correctly from here on out.