Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Measure - Yourself ;)

Yes, I said it. Measure.

Get out a log, piece of paper, journal or something to take some notes on.

  1. If you normally weigh yourself every day, this will be the last day until the end of the month. 
  2. If you do not know what your body measurements are, take those today too. You'll need a soft or flexible measuring tape.
  3. If you don't know what health indicators are...measure these Calculator for W2H ratio, BMI, BMR and use the Harris Benedict Formula on the same page to figure caloric intake w/exercise.
  4. If you haven't had a check up lately or don't usually check up...go to your local grocery/drug store and take your blood pressure. Note you pulse rate and/or beats per minute. 
  5. If you have had labwork done, cool, if not you will want to consider it once a year. You can go through directlabs.com and get the Comprehensive Wellness Profile (it runs $97). You will want to order this after you make your lifestyle changes closer to the end of the year.
  6. If you have no idea how many calories or what ratio of nutrients you eat. Start tracking. You won't have to do this daily but for 3-4 days enter all of your food and beverage into Livestrong.com or FitDay.com and get a feel for where you are. Then every week enter for a couple of days too. One weekend day and a few during the week.
  7. Okay, here's the biggie...take a picture ;). Smile! Take some before pictures of yourself or a video if you like. 
NONE of this is required. Just wanting to make a change and taking a first step is really the important part. Taking note of where you are now can really show your effort and what a difference it all makes to your qualify of life. You may find that you really wish you did. So, collect the information. It can be evaluated at a later date. Just collect it. We are not getting all crazy about it, however, it is important to be aware.

We'll take the measurements again and look at the comparison post program!

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