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What Things Weigh - Something To Think About - July 11, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I have been giving quite a bit of thought to this lately, as I lose more and more weight than ever before. I know this has been discussed elsewhere, but I was hoping to put together a more extensive search of my own. I remember years ago, at a Weight Watchers meeting when the leader brought in a pound of fat for visualization. It was something to see. And who can forget when Oprah years ago, after she first successfully (momentarily) lost 67 pounds, pulled that weight equivalent onstage in a little red wagon? That was a sight to behold. So let's consider, starting small, and especially for those who don't think a pound is all that much to lose (a side effect, I'm afraid of unreality shows like "The Biggest Loser"):

emoticon Things that weigh one pound:

1. A package of butter (with four sticks)
2. A football
3. A package of bacon
4. A box of brown sugar
5. Three medium-sized bananas
6. A guinea pig (not everything listed is edible)
7. A salami
8. A shoe

emoticon Things that weigh two pounds:

1. A pineapple
2. A rack of baby back ribs (hopefully, this list doesn't lead people to
temptation)
3. A Malayan Flying Fox (I like this one)

emoticon Things that weight three pounds:

1. World's smallest cat, Mr. Peebles (I like this one, too, even if not good
enough to eat)
2. A human brain
3. A two-slice toaster (that'll get you thinking)
4. A steam iron (not to be outdone by the two-slice toaster, I imagine)
5. A box of wine
6. A can of Crisco shortening

emoticon Things that weigh five pounds:

1. Mr. Coffee 12-cup Coffee Maker
2. A bag of sugar (we knew this)
3. A two-liter bottle of soda (now this should give you pause - it did me)

emoticon Things that weigh ten pounds:

1. A large bag of potatoes
2. A six-foot aluminum step ladder (now that's a lot to swallow!)
3. An adult Maltese dog

emoticon Things that weigh fifteen pounds (and here it gets really interesting):

1. A 19-inch flat screen TV (now tell me that didn't give you pause? Imagine
carrying that around all day.)
2. A bowling ball
3. 2,000 paint balls
4. Medium bag of dog food

emoticon Things that weigh twenty pounds:

1. A car tire (whoa! Now I know what they mean by carrying an extra tire around
your middle.)
2. A karaoke machine (oo la la! That is really something!)

emoticon Things that weigh twenty-five pounds:

1. An average two-year old toddler

Beyond 25 pounds it starts to get really interesting:

emoticon 30 pounds is equal to the amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
emoticon 33 pounds is equal to a cinder block (imagine building a house, and then thinking of what you weigh in cinder blocks - it's daunting)
emoticon 36 pounds is equal to a mid-size microwave
emoticon 40 pounds equals a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
emoticon 44 pounds equals an elephant's heart
emoticon 50 pounds equals a small bale of hay
emoticon 55 pounds equals a 5,000 BTU air conditioner
emoticon 60 pounds equals an elephant's penis
emoticon 66 pounds equals the fats and oils an average American eats in a year
emoticon 70 pounds equals an Irish Setter
emoticon 77 pounds equals a gold brick
emoticon 90 pounds equals a newborn calf
emoticon 100 pounds equals a two-month old horse (so that's what they mean by "I could eat a horse!" Never again!)
emoticon 111 pounds equals the red meat an average American eats in one year
emoticon 118 pounds equals the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica
emoticon 120 pounds equals the amount of trash you throw away in a month on
average
emoticon 130 pounds equals a newborn baby giraffe
emoticon 138 pounds equals the amount of potatoes an average American eats in a year
emoticon 140 pounds equals the amount of refined sugar an average American eats in a year
emoticon 150 pounds equals the complete Oxford English Dictionary

Now after reading this, tell me this doesn't give you some pause. For one, the weight you have been carrying around for so long and for another, how much your weight loss equals in terms of common objects.

Something to think about.
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