Monday, June 01, 2009
Not since starting Spark, but since starting my weightloss journey in September of 1999, I have lost 60 pounds. Based on KEENAP's blog, I was curious to see what that meant to me. Here's what I found out:
You entered 60 pounds (27 kilograms).
60 pounds is the average weight of a 8-year old boy.
How Much Fuel Is That?
To lose that amount of fat would mean to burn 210,000 calories or 878,640 KiloJoules! That is the equivalent of 6.83 gallons of gasoline. Humans, however, are far more efficient than cars, getting about 912 "miles to the gallon". If you could dump this many calories into the tank of a Honda Civic, you would be able to drive it about 230 miles before running out of gas!
Let's see how your goal would convert to other forms of fuel. 210,000 calories is equivalent to:
6.83 gallons of gasoline, or
75.04 pounds of coal, or
104.25 pounds of oven-dried wood, or
9.23 gallons of propane
This amount of energy would ...
Brew about 586 pots of coffee, or
Light a 60-watt light bulb for 4,068 hours ( 169 days = 0.53 years)
Cutting 210,000 calories is the same as saying "no" to:
2,625 apples, or
2,100 bananas, or
12,353 cups of cabbage (whew!), or
1,448 baked potatoes, or
2,625 large eggs, or
1,750 cups of 2% milk, or
151 pounds of ground beef, or
2,414 glasses of wine, or
650 Snickers bars, or
875 Clif Bars ( 1,167 Luna Bars), or
1,511 cans of Coke, or
1,235 pints of Guinness beer, or
427 Big Macs, or
408 Quarter Pounders with Cheese, or
300 Whoppers, or
636 Subway 6" Oven Roasted Chicken Breast sandwiches, or
1,235 Taco Bell crunchy tacos, or
894 slices of pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut
What it Takes to Burn 210,000 Calories
To burn 210,000 calories, a 190 pound male would have to:
Backpack for 348 hours (14 days) nonstop, or
Walk for 805 hours (34 days) at 3 mph straight, or
Walk 2,414 miles (1,509 kilometers), or
Bike for 609 hours (25 days) at 10 mph, or
Bike 6,087 miles (3,804 kilometers), or
Play basketball nonstop for 335 hours 14 days), or
Play billiards for 972 hours (41 days), or
Go bowling for 811 hours (34 days), or
Stay on the golf course for 609 hours (25 days), or
Spend 271 hours (11 days) playing competitive football, or
Jump rope for 256 hours (11 days) straight!
You would have to walk the length of England about 4.03 times to burn 210,000 calories.
How Long it Will Take?
The range for safe weight loss is about 1 to 3 pounds of fat per week. It could take anywhere between 20 to 60 weeks (5 to 14 months) to safely and reasonably lose that amount of weight.
My journey to 121 took me 7 years and 4 months and I'm STILL travelling. Granted, I'm carrying less baggage now but, I think, I'll always be on this journey. Considering the things I've learned and the friends that I've made along the way.... I really don't mind.