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NoChubbyMom

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 13:49
Since my scale is out to get me, I decided to try and focus on my measurments to keep me motivated.
I'm 5'6" (almost) and for my bust, waist, hips its
34-28-37

Here's the thing...these numbers mean nothing to me b/c I don't really understand whats good, whats bad...etc etc ETC I remember my mom saying that when my grandma was in her twenties she was 5'7", 125lbs and had a 24inch waist...
Can anyone clear up this number game for me? Confused
~Shanna

"You have one true obligation, that's to contribute your best to the world. Visualize what you want & think big. Don't be afraid of what others think. We're all deserving of our dreams. Some of us realize it, some don't. You're not doing anyone any favors by living small. Embrace these truths and step up...the world is waiting."
--Jiilian Michaels

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." H.L. Hunt

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday"
loveaic

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 14:08
I've been wanting to take my measurements, but waiting for a morning when I have time! Where did you take them exactly? Like bust: was that with a bra on or off? Waist: was that at the belly button? Hips: Widest part? I'll try to post mine tomorrow morning.
NoChubbyMom

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 14:18
I followed a chart I found...bust was w/o bra, waist at narrowest point and hips at widest point BUT you bring up something else I forgot to mention, is the waist measurment suppose to be at belly button or narrowest point? lol
~Shanna

"You have one true obligation, that's to contribute your best to the world. Visualize what you want & think big. Don't be afraid of what others think. We're all deserving of our dreams. Some of us realize it, some don't. You're not doing anyone any favors by living small. Embrace these truths and step up...the world is waiting."
--Jiilian Michaels

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." H.L. Hunt

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday"
healthy_alli...

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 14:45
Oh god, this topic is so confusing. I had mine done "professionally" by my trainer on May 3rd. She will be remeasuring me the end of this month. Here are my stats and I think she measured my waist at my belly button, but I can't remember.... hmm

Weight: 125
Height: 5'1"
Body Fat: 27.9% (Normal)
BMI: 23.6 (Normal)
Upper Arms: 10 1/8 (both right and left)
Chest: 33 3/4
Waist: 28 1/4
Hips: 36 1/2
Thighs: 21 3/8 (right) 21 7/8 (left)

Who the heck knows what that means! Apparently all my measurements look good, but I am trying to drop some body fat to be more lean... IDK I wish I had a better answer, but I hope this helps. Oh and she measured my bust with a cotton sports bra on - the measuring tape goes right at the nipples!

NoChubbyMom

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 15:02
gosh...I'm even more confused now lol
~Shanna

"You have one true obligation, that's to contribute your best to the world. Visualize what you want & think big. Don't be afraid of what others think. We're all deserving of our dreams. Some of us realize it, some don't. You're not doing anyone any favors by living small. Embrace these truths and step up...the world is waiting."
--Jiilian Michaels

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." H.L. Hunt

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday"
ktfitzgerald

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 15:57
Since getting so close to my goal and seeing little weight loss I've been tracking my body fat pecentage using the same method that the US Army and Marines do. You can find the calculator here - http://www.calculator.net/army-body-fat-calculator.html.

Measuring instructions can be found here http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r600_9.pdf on page 38.

And here's a pretty good explanation of what it means http://www.bmi-calculator.net/body-fat-calculator/body-fat-chart.php.

Hope this helps.
Bhekie

Joined: May 11
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Posted: 18 May 2011, 16:05
Start by wearing tight fitting clothing (or no clothing) and make a note of what you're wearing so you know to wear the same clothes the next time you measure. Here's how to do it:

•Bust: Measure around the chest right at the nipple line, but don't pull the tape too tight.
•Chest: Measure just under your bust
•Waist: Measure a half-inch above your belly button or at the smallest part of your waist
•Hips: Place tape measure around the biggest part of your hips
•Thighs: Measure around the biggest part of each thigh
•Calves: Measure around the largest part of each calf
•Upper arm: Measure around the largest part of each arm above the elbow
•Forearm: Measure around the largest part of the arm below the elbow.

Hope this helps!
princessanne...

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 18:06
I am very similar in height/weight and size to you, NoChubbyMom Smile I too want to lose more body fat and just get smaller all around, not really concerned about the number on the scale.

I'm 5'5'' and just weighed at 138.
Bust: 33/5in
Waist: 29in
Hips: 39in

I'm quite the pear shape Wink my shape is one thing that has never changed. I lost 30lb prior to joining FS and had a waist:hip ratio of around 0.7 then too.

That's another measurement which can give you some idea of your health along with measurements. Google it and you'll see the men vs. women healthy ranges.
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Oddity

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 19:52
The thing about measurements is they are "good" if they suggest to you that you are getting leaner at your weight. In other words, if they change. Or another way of looking at it was there was an old beauty standard goal of a 10 inch difference between hips and waist and bust just a couple inches smaller than hips. That's about having an hourglass figure and some bodies just won't cooperate, but congrats to you that you're hitting that.
loveaic

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Posted: 19 May 2011, 08:21
Okay this morning:
5ft 3in. 144.4 pounds body fat %Confused still kind of flabby Smile
Bust 37 in
Chest 32 in
Waist(at smallest point) 31 in
Waist(at belly button) 35 in
Hips (fullest point) 39.5 in
Thighs (fullest point-upper) 23 in
Could not do arms on my own.
irish_chick

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Posted: 19 May 2011, 09:20
I'm so glad I'm not the only one that struggles with the measurement thing. The two I seem to have the most issue with are the hips and the upper arms. Hips they say fulles part but does that mean like across my hip bones (full) or accross my butt (full). As for upper arms since I have the lovely flabby arm syndrome the bigges part of my arm is right at the very top but that is not across my bicep where most other sites say to take it...so do I measure the flab or the bicep. hard to believe but I actually do have both. Yea...I'm a freak.
luvsherhubby

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Posted: 19 May 2011, 09:36
WIth measurements, yes you measure your waist at the samllest part. You want to see consistency. Like youe hips should be close to your bust size and your waist should be a bout 7-8 inches smaller than your hips. It depends on hight though. I would love to have a 28 inch waist. Im 5'2 and have a 44 inch waist oh boy! In my weak defense I did just have a baby. I believe 25 is a good number to reach for depending on your hight for your waist line.
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NoChubbyMom

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Posted: 19 May 2011, 11:58
Thank you so much for some clarification! Smile
I'm going to re-do mine and re post either tomorrow or monday when I weigh in.

As far as widest part of the hips, I stood feet shoulder width apart and measured across the front of my hip bones.

I have read that about the standards for an hour glass and must say I got a little excited with my measurments lol
~Shanna

"You have one true obligation, that's to contribute your best to the world. Visualize what you want & think big. Don't be afraid of what others think. We're all deserving of our dreams. Some of us realize it, some don't. You're not doing anyone any favors by living small. Embrace these truths and step up...the world is waiting."
--Jiilian Michaels

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." H.L. Hunt

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday"



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