My Weight Loss In Quarters, Oreos, Tubas and MORE!

Last November, my friend Jen and I hijacked the dog food aisle at a local K-Mart for a little photo shoot.  I had lost 147 pounds at that point, so we stacked up 147 pounds of dog food and Jen took my picture with it.  The photo turned out really wonderfullyyou can see it here, and also read about the importance of dog food in my weight loss (no, I don’t eat it… ewww).

The photo got a great reaction, and since then I’ve been thinking about other ways to visualize and comprehend my weight loss.  I’ve now lost 164 pounds, which is a lot to wrap my mind around!  After a few weeks (off and on) of brainstorming, researching, and calculating (and an assist from my friend Steve), I’ve generated a list of things that weigh roughly 164 pounds.


…QUARTERS. I’ve lost the equivalent of $3,280 in quarters – that’s 13,120 of ’em total!

…OREOS. 164 pounds would be 6,560 Oreos. That’s over 128 standard 18-oz packages.  If you were to stack up all 6,560 Oreos, they’d reach a height of 172 feet – 21 feet higher than the Statue of Liberty!   It makes me wonder how many I’ve eaten in my life.  I bet it’s a lot – I love Oreos!

…TUBAS. The Cerveny Kaiser Tuba (model CBB 701-4RX) weighs 25 pounds, so I’ve lost more than six of them.  How many are in a marching band?

…OWEN WILSON. The handsome star of “Marley & Me” and “Zoolander” (and my sister’s celebrity crush) reportedly weighs 160 pounds.  I’ve lost him.  If he lost 160 pounds, he’d disappear completely.

…LAWN MOWERS. The Craftsman 21” Rear-Bag Push Lawn Mower weighs 75 pounds, so I’ve lost more than two of them.

…OSTRICH EGGS. With an average weight of 3 pounds, I’ve lost 54 ostrich eggs.  Each egg may contain as many as 2,000 calories, so that’s 108,000 calories total!

…BILLY BOOKCASES. These popular 3-shelf bookcases, sold at Ikea, weigh in at 45 pounds apiece.  I’ve lost three of them.

…HARRY POTTER BOOKS. The hardcover edition of the heaviest book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, weighs 1.4 pounds.  I’ve lost 117 copies.  These should fill up those Billy Bookcases.

…BIGFOOT GARDEN STATUES. This 28 1/2″ high hand-painted statue would make a lovely addition to anyone’s backyard.  But why hide him in the back?  Put him out front, and your house will quickly become the talk of the town!  While actual sasquatches probably tip the scales at hundreds of pounds, this likeness only weighs 12 pounds, meaning I’ve lost 13 Bigfoot Statues.  And, yes, this is actually available for purchase.  All you need is $99.95, plus S&H – you can buy it here.

Have a great idea for another visual way to represent weight loss?  Tell me about it in the comments section!  And…

…Keep it up, David!

12 Responses to My Weight Loss In Quarters, Oreos, Tubas and MORE!

  1. Meg says:

    Oh there is just something about Owen! You’re sis has good taste! Interesting topic David; a new perspective.

  2. Jenny Dahl says:

    Here’s my weight loss in fish… a picture of a 25 pound cat fish!

    Where was I keeping it!?!

    • David says:

      Just the thought of carrying around a 25-pound fish all day grosses me out. Yuck! But it’s a great visual, and that’s a BIG fish! Keep it up, Jenny!

  3. nathanalbert says:

    This is so flippin’ awesome! (I wish Owen Wilson was a part of you so he would go away forever… wow that sounded weird.) Anyways, I can’t wait to do one of these. You’re doing a great job man! Keep up the awesome work.

    P.S. You’re still my hero lol.


  4. Sheilah Lowe says:

    Well done, David!! You should be so proud!

  5. Laura says:

    LOVE this post!

  6. Very cool idea! I never thought to measure my weight loss in anything other than pounds…this gives it a whole new prospective!

  7. Mom says:

    I loved this post too – who’d a thunk all those different ways to represent your weight loss! Really interesting and funny.

  8. heidikristen says:

    I love playing with this sort of measurement game!!! The average AKC standard chihuahua weighs 4 pounds. I’ve lost 16 chihuahuas. My mom always measures in 1/2 pound butter tubs… I’ve lost 130 of those!

  9. Heather Kaye says:

    I haven’t had a chance to read my personal email in a while, so I’m catching up now. I love this post so much! So creative, as usual David.

  10. I’m so far behind! But I cannot tell you how much I love this idea!

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