TOP TIPS FOR NAILING PROGRESS PICS AND MEASUREMENTS, A GREAT PART OF THE REFLECTION PROCESS (I WISH I HAD MORE FROM WHEN I FRIST STARTED, SO TRUST ME - TAKE THE PICTURE!!!)
CHEST: Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your chest, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement.
WAIST: Measure the circumference of your waist. Use the tape to circle your waist (as a belt would) at your natural waistline, (the smallest part of your waist) which is located usually just above your belly button and below your rib cage. (If you bend to the side, the crease that forms is your natural waistline.) Don’t suck in your stomach, or you’ll get a false measurement.
HIPS: Measure the circumference of your hips. Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your rear, around the other hip, and back to where you started. Make sure the tape is over the largest part of your buttocks. Because making sure the tape is level back there can be hard, do it in front of a mirror if you can.
TIGH: Measure the circumference of the fullest part of your thigh. Wrap the tape measure around your thigh from front to back and then around to the front. (A trick I use here is to stand upright and place my palms by my side, then use the middle finger as a reference points for where I will take the measurement from - this keeps it accurate as your weight changes)
ARM: Measure the widest part of the arm unflexed for accuracy.
PROGRESS PIC TIPS
1. Show your shape - wear something skin tight, swim wear or bra and undies is best the less clothes the better however whatever you are comfortable to take the photo in. If you prefer to wear activewear you can but make sure your shape is visible.
2. If you can’t wear the same outfit, at least wear something similar every time you take your picture.
3. Use the same spot, clear background, no crazy colours or clutter to distract in the background.
4. Have the camera at eye level
5. Take photos, front back & sides (and a posed one for fun as you start to compare your progress, we all love a good flex)
6. Try to take your photo in natural daylight. If that isn’t possible, ensure that your room is well lit and there is as much light as possible.
7. Stand up straight, with your shoulders back and down and arms relaxed at your sides. Recreate the same pose each time.
BONUS: if you have the latest tech I usually record myself in 4K and then screenshot to avoid losing quality :)