The first thing I did when I realised I wanted to lose weight was to find out exactly how much I actually weighed. I hadn’t got on a pair of scales since I was little and just did it for fun (ahh childhood!) but now it really mattered and I knew it would be my starting point to so many questions like, ‘how many pounds have I put on?’ ‘how long is this going to take me?’ and ‘why did I let myself get into this situation?’.
I bought myself some electronic scales that were based on good reviews on Amazon. I didn’t want to rely on just any scales and potentially have inconsistencies with the results, plus I’d have to weigh myself in public which, if you’re not that confident, isn’t the best thing to start out doing.
I wanted an accurate measurement each time I weighed myself, so from the starting point I wrote down all the conditions I’d stick to every time I got on the scales, which were:-
– In The Morning
– Before Breakfast (empty stomach would deliver a better result surely)
– In My Underwear (it’s less colder than the alternative and less weighty than clothing!)
– After Morning Toilet-Time (no need to elaborate)– Once per Week (daily there’s no room for change and monthly is too far away)
Sticking to these conditions meant that I could be confident that the results would be fairly comparable and I couldn’t hide behind any excuses i.e. “I’d had breakfast that time so I’d eaten more, otherwise I’d be lower”.
These conditions are a guide but ones that I’d recommend. Write your results down or add them as a note in your phone like I did. In the next part I’ll talk about what to measure and why.