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Some Perspective

Sometimes, as we lose weight, we get stuck trying to visualize what a number actually is. How much is 5 pounds? What about 10 or 20? I don’t know about you, but I like to visualize the weight lost by comparing it to physical things.

I’ve lost ~28 pounds. You know what else weighs 28 pounds? This:

  • 5 bags of sugar and 12 sticks of butter
  • 2 adult Maltese dogs, a 2 liter bottle of soda, and 1 can of Crisco Shortening
  • 112 sticks of butter
  • 2 six ft. aluminum step ladders, 2 toasters, and 2 footballs
  • ~4 gallons of water
  • The average 2 year old and a box of wine
  • An automobile tire, a chihuahua, and 24 Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
  • 10 dozen large eggs, an average newborn, a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts, 4 guinea pigs
  • 4,079.6 pennies which equal $40.79!
  • 98,000 calories or the equivalent of 49 days of a 2000 calorie diet!

I honestly could go on and on, but I won’t do that. Instead, using these “measurements”, you can figure what you’ve lost.

Here’s a video I found that shows what 1 pound and 5 pounds of fat look like:

Crazy, huh? As he says, don’t scoff at 1 pound. It’s really something to be proud of.
Tomorrow I’ll be featuring another participant bio so be sure to check that out. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy your Saturday!


Until next time,



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Determined to succeed so that I can live the healthy and happy life that I know I'm capable of. Everything else there is to know about me will be aired in the blog with time.

15 responses »

  1. That was great!! Definitely something to keep in mind while I’m trying to loose weight.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and comment my post. I appreciate that. 🙂

      Thank you, again! I just think it’s more fun to imagine it as things you’ve lost, rather than just some number that doesn’t mean much by itself.

      Anyway, I wish you the best with your weight loss journey. I will be following you along. 🙂

  2. jaw dropping! wow
    Definitely something to keep in mind!

  3. this is amazing, truly inspiring 🙂

  4. WOW!! I never thought of it that way! Great post! 🙂

    • Thank you taking the time to comment. I appreciate that. 🙂

      Thanks! Looking at things this way allows you to fully appreciate your progress. I can look at a 6 foot ladder and say “I’ve lost the equivalent of two of those and then some!” It’s exciting and makes the weight loss part of our journeys a little more tangible. 🙂

  5. Excellent way of visualizing what it is in our bodies. It definitely makes the loss tangible and real. Great post!

  6. Congratulations on your hard work. I will definitely use this list for a post of my own.

  7. Perspective for sure! I didn’t realize just one pound was that big.

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