Over the weekend, I surpassed a very significant milestone - I finally lost 30 pounds! Yes, I had hoped to meet that goal before the winter solstice, for it was one of my autumn goals, but I came up a few pounds short. Last week, though, I finally crushed it.
After the realization sank in that I did it, I started thinking about weight and specifically about what 30 pounds looks like. I mean, I've seen the numbers change on the scale over the past 23 weeks and I've seen the changes in my clothes, but I couldn't get a mental picture of what 30 pounds looks like. So, I did what I normally do when I want to know something and googled it.
Well, as it turns out, one of the easiest visual representations of weight is butter because it's typically sold by the pound. I've lost the equivalent of 30 1-pound boxes of butter (or 120 sticks of butter, if you'd rather think of it that way).
That's a lot of butter to wrap your mind around, isn't it?
Another easy, but less overwhelming, visual representation is sugar. Sugar is sometimes sold in 10 pound bags, so I could say that I've lost the equivalent of 3 of these:
Given that I've never held 30 pounds of butter and to my recollection, I've never even held a full 10 pound bag of sugar, I was still having a hard time grasping not only what 30 pounds looks like, but also what it feels like. For a day or two, I stepped on my scales while holding various items from around my house: two gallons of milk, a bucket of water, a full laundry basket, and my back pack stuffed with miscellaneous items - none of which weighed 30 pounds.
On Tuesday evening, after letting my dog, Rascal, in to her kennel for the night, my eyes fell on her stout body and I was struck with curiosity. I asked R, "How much do you think Rascal weights?" to which he answered, "How would I know?" Undeterred, I raced inside to get my scales.
In the end, the easiest visual representation was running around in my back yard the entire time. As it turns out, my beagle, at the time of this writing, weighs roughly 29 pounds.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have lost a little more than 1 Rascal. LOL!
And, here's my 30 pound difference picture, just in case you're curious and would like to see:
Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share my good news with you! Have a wonderful Thursday!
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