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Date: 8/3/08 3:39 PM

I didn't know where to put this topic, but by accident I made a 'discovery' about measuring someone who was self conscious about the dreaded numbers. She quite readily responded to passing a plain piece of cotton tape round her waist, bust and hips, where the mere sight of the tape measure made her feel insecure; I wondered why I hadn't thought of this before. Its so easy to say, 'put this round your waist and mark where the join is so I know how long to make the waistband'. This turned out to be a much more relaxed measuring session than I've had previously with her.

I'm going to always take some plain tape for measuring in future.

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Date: 8/3/08 4:06 PM

I remember reading that someone else had done this and found it a much less stressful way to get the measurements. Good reminder!

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Date: 8/5/08 10:20 AM

Another good way to measure another person is to use the metric numbers. Nobody really knows what a 78 waist means, it's just numbers that don't make sense to most Americans.

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Date: 8/5/08 6:39 PM

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Another good way to measure another person is to use the metric numbers. Nobody really knows what a 78 waist means, it's just numbers that don't make sense to most Americans.

I second the metric idea. When I worked for a Viking dealer we sold Unique memberships and measured the customers using metric so the customers wouldn't be self conscious. It worked great, most Americans don't understand them in that context.

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Date: 8/5/08 7:06 PM

Yes, it can even work on yourself . When i gained weight after messing up my back so badly i coudn't do "real" exercise any more, i ifnally brought myself to re-fit my slopers by going metric, thus short-circuiting all the dealys caused by tape measure shock. I've both become more realistic, and learned to use the metric system, some years later (which at least brings me to 20th century scientific standards , good for much of my research reading).

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Date: 8/5/08 8:07 PM

Hmmm, I was hoping to measure in feet so the numbers would be smaller. 3.3 sounds so much better then 40 - and WAY better than 102.....

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Date: 8/6/08 11:41 AM

Great ideas! I would also think that standing behind the person (I nearly said "victim" since DH is watching a crime show! ) and writing the numbers down without showing them would be helpful, too.

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