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The results, though, were a mixed bag, showing no clear trend. My chest measurement was down two inches, but my waist and thigh measurements were the same. My calf and upper arm measurements were both one inch larger. My hips were supposedly two inches larger and my neck a half an inch smaller.
I don't trust the accuracy of any of these measurements. I think that the real issue is that although I'm down about three pounds, my body size hasn't changed enough to be larger than the margin of error for measuring myself. There are a lot of decisions to make when I measure my own body, like how tight to pull the tape, where exactly to measure, and whether to suck in my my stomach. If I make those decisions differently, and haven't written them down somewhere, the measurements are worthless. Even moving the tape up or down a fraction of an inch could change it completely.
I think I'm just going to abandon the idea of measurements. They might be a good idea for someone who has a lot of weight to lose and is making dramatic changes month to month, but they aren't going to tell me enough of value to make it worth the trouble.
There is no such thing as an objective measurement -- everything has its own potential for error and manipulation. Overall, if my lifestyle is on track, my weight loss will be too. I'm feeling good about my process and watching for ways to improve it. One of these is to let go of the things that aren't working.