ID Badge AND Chart Update

March 23, 2011

Before getting into today’s post, I just wanted to take a hot second to thank everyone for all the lovely comments over the past few days.  The response to my way-off-program Sunday was so reassuring and motivating, and while I had a hunch the awesome photos I posted yesterday would elicit a nice response, I didn’t expect it to be as enormous and enthusiastic as it was.  I have such awesome readers, I really do!  I’m going to post more photos from that shoot on Friday, so be sure to come back for that!

One other quick thing – I’m the featured “Bloggin’ Dude” today on Femmena Mala, a really fun blog, so definitely check that out.  And a big thanks to Stephanie for featuring me!

Two more topics for today:

1) New ID Badge. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a “Before” and “Current” photo comparison, but yesterday a wonderful opportunity presented itself.  It starts with a bit of good news:  I’m back in the workforce.  I recently started a new gig that will keep me busy for a few months, so that’s exciting.  Don’t bother asking what I’m doing, because I’m not going to tell you – I gotta separate my work life from my blog (and both from my own actual life) or it will only be a matter of hours, I predict, before I go certifiably insane.

But the new job is in a building where I get an ID Badge that also serves as a key.  So, earlier this week, I stopped by the badge office, and they snapped a photo and printed up my new badge.  It looks totally different from my last ID Badge I had, so here they are, side by side:

The quality isn’t great – they’re thumbnail-sized images that were scanned and enlarged for the blog.  The photo on the left was taken in August 2008.  The photo on the right was taken Monday, March 21, 2011.  Look! I have a neck!

FUN FACT: Because I’m so tall (6’4″), in order to take both photos, I had to squat in front of the background, so my head would fit in the frame, as the camera was fixed.  Squatting this time around was a lot easier than last time.

When the photo on the left was taken, I remember liking it enough, and wishing I had worn a shirt that wasn’t the same color as the background, although how was I supposed to know what was the background was going to be?  As photos go, I don’t absolutely love the one on the right, but show me someone who loves the photo on their photo ID, and I’ll show you my pet unicorn, because the two are equally mythical.  Plus, on the badge, it’s one inch square, so who really will ever get a close-up look at it anyway?  Oh, and I approved it.  The guy who took the photo nicely allowed me to see it on his monitor before he printed up the badge.

2) Chart Update: I had a weigh-in this morning, and, miracle of miracles, I stayed the same!  The scale showed me at 237 pounds, which is (still) a 165-pound loss.  I say ‘miracle of miracles’ because I was prepared, after Sunday’s junk food splurge, to see a gain.

Oh – this may qualify as too much information, and you may want to skip to the next paragraph, but on Monday morning, post-splurge, I definitely wasn’t feeling too great.  My body responded to the gifts I had given it on Sunday by giving me a slight case of the runs.  It wasn’t full-on diarrhea, but I definitely spent more time on the crapper than normal.  Sorry to be gross – I just wanted to be honest, and commit that truth to writing, as a reminder to myself the next time I’m in a setting with abundant pigs-in-a-blanket and brownie bites.

So, unpleasantries aside, time to update my chart:

The dashed line is 220 pounds, which is my next goal weight.

I’m almost at the end of my sixth page, which is notable because when I start my seventh page, the chart will have officially out-grown the wall that it resides on.  Gotta figure out what to do:  Do I move it?  If so, where?  Or so I rearrange it where it is, so it’s in two lines?  Decisions, decisions!

Keep it up, David!


PHOTOS! Part One

March 22, 2011

I’m so flippin’ excited to publish this post I could scream!

A couple weeks ago, my friend Mike Rozman and I hiked out to a burned-out bridge in the Angeles National Forest for a photo shoot.  You can read all about that day here. Mike is an mind-bogglingly talented photographer (which you’ll soon see for yourself, but you should also definitely check out his website), and here are a few of the photos that Mike took of me that day.  I’ll post the other ones later this week.

I can’t adequately describe the feeling that came over me when I first opened the file Mike sent that contained these images.  I was overcome.  I was stunned.  I’m glad I was sitting, because I would’ve been knocked off my feet.  I thought for a split second there had been some mistake – is that really me? Yep, it’s me all right!  I saw myself in a new way, and the pride that washed over me… well, it made me cry.  I’m man enough to admit that.

So I’ll stop rambling now, and let the photos speak for themselves:

Oh man, I’m tearing up again.

Keep it up, David!

Greyhound Party

March 21, 2011

At the beginning of last week, I published a post called Food Logging 101, in which I shared how I log my food.  In it, I vowed to share my food logs for 7 days, so you all can see exactly what I eat for an entire week.  I kept my promise, and you see those food logs at the end of this post, this post, this post, this post, and this post.   Yesterday was the 7th and final day, and it turned out to be the worst food day I’ve had in a long, long time.  Add in the fact that I didn’t exercise, like I planned on doing, and the day should seem like a out-and-out disaster.  What’s surprised me, though, is my attitude about it.  I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal!

More on my attitude later – let me first walk you through my day, and put together my food log as I do it.  I slept in until about 10am or so – I was up late the night before (3am), and chose to turn off my alarms.  I awoke to the sound of heavy rain pounding my windows, which is a sound I love, especially since it’s so rare in Los Angeles, and stayed in bed, listening to it, for probably another hour.  A great day so far!

I finally got out of bed and headed to the kitchen to make some breakfast, although due to the late hour, it was more like brunch.  Brunch ended up being:

  • 2 Breakfast Burritos:  3 egg whites, scrambled with green pepper, scallion, Mrs. Dash, and cooked in PAM; 1 black bean/chipotle veggie burger, chopped up; 2-3 tbsp salsa – all mixed up and spread into 2 whole wheat tortillas.
  • 1 banana
  • 1 liter water + 8 oz skim milk

After eating, I threw on some gym clothes and headed down to the little gym in my building.  It was too cold and wet to head out to my regular gym.  Both cardio machines in the little gym – an exercise bike and an elliptical – were broken, so that was a fine how-do-you-do.  I could have gone up, grabbed my car keys, and headed to my regular gym, but I didn’t.  I just didn’t.

Later in the afternoon, I headed over to my friend Tavi’s house.  He was having a greyhound party.  Tavi has a few fruit trees in his backyard, including two grapefruit trees, and since he has more grapefruit right now than he could ever eat himself, he invited his friends over for greyhounds, which is a cocktail made from grapefruit juice and vodka.

Normally, when I head out to a party where I know there’ll be lots of snacky stuff, I prepare myself by eating before I go, so I don’t get feel hungry while I’m there.  I didn’t do that today.  When I’m at parties, I also try to make a point of drinking a lot of water.  I didn’t do that either.  I had a couple glasses of grapefruit juice (without vodka).

The party was quite nice.  I met some really friendly new people, and had a great time catching up with Tavi, who I haven’t seen in a couple weeks.  I also kinda went apeshit berserk with the snacks.  Tavi had a lot of them out – he had stocked up at both Trader Joe’s and Costco.  Here’s the list of everything I ate.  I started out fine:

  • about 10 strawberries
  • about 6-8 pretzel sticks

A little time went by, and soon it was around dinner time.  Since I didn’t eat anything before I came, I hadn’t had an actual meal since the aforementioned brunch, which was slightly before noon.  So I kept eating party snacks:

  • 1/2 cup of peanuts and dried cherries
  • 2 brownie bites
  • 2 Trader Joe’s mushroom turnover appetizer thingies
  • 2 Trader Joe’s pigs-in-a-blanket appetizer thingies

At this point I decided to walk to a different part of the room, away from the food.  Tavi, though, being a good host, and food set up in multiple places, and so I continued grazing:

  • 5-6 ginger snap mini-cookies
  • 8-10 pretzel sticks
  • another 1/2 cup peanuts and dried cherries
  • 3-4 Trader Joe’s chocolate-covered raspberry jellies
  • 2 Trader Joe’s spanakopita appetizers (mini spinach pies)

Usually the knowledge that I have to account for all this stuff in my food log is enough to get me to stop eating, but that wasn’t working tonight.  Soon, the party was over, and I stuck around to talk to Tavi a bit more, and help clean up.  Before I left for the evening, I added to the list:

  • 1 palmful Jelly Belly jelly beans
  • 1 mini-cinnamon bun (60 calories)
  • 2 more brownie bites
  • 1/2 a pummelo (Tavi ate the other half – his first ever pummelo – and loved it)
  • 4-5 glasses of water (finally!)

As I drove home, I started thinking: “How should I handle this on my blog?  Do I not include a food log for today, and hope that no one calls me out on it?  Or should I lie about my food log?”  By the time I got home, I decided to just be honest, and fess up.  Y’all respond well to honesty, and since I use to blog as a way to hold myself accountable, if I’m not honest with you, I’m also being honest with myself.  More importantly, though, I also realized during that car ride that I don’t care.

I’ll be crystal clear:  I’m not saying I don’t care about myself, or my health, or that I’ve somehow thrown in the towel or given up.  That’s not the case.  What I’m saying is this:  I’m acknowledging, and owning up to the fact that I was not on program today.  I couldn’t be much farther off program if I tried:  I didn’t exercise, ate tons of junk food, didn’t eat nearly enough vegetables, didn’t drink enough water… it’s a long list.

But I know that it’s an isolated incident.  I know days like this are very, very rare for me.  I know that tomorrow I’ll be back on track.  I know that I’m not going to beat myself up for my actions today.

I know all of this things as confidently as I know that two plus two equals four.  And that confidence is exciting, because it’s very new feeling for me.  Had this day happened a year ago, or even four months ago, I think I’d be flipping out, and possibly even feel ashamed or like a failure.  How will I ever get back on track?  How long will it take to lose the pounds I most definitely gained today?  Is this the beginning of the end?

But I’m stronger now.  I reviewed my whole week of food logs before writing this post, and I’m eating well.  I flipped through my calender, and so far in March, I’ve worked out 16 out of 20 days.  My weight loss chart shows that I’ve lost 4 pounds so far this month.  I really feel like I know what I’m doing.  This day was a bump in the road – hell, it was a Guatemalan sinkhole – but it’s over.  I’ll recover.  I’ll keep going.  I’ll be fine.

Tavi gave out little gift bags to his guests as they left, and by ‘little gift bag’, I mean ‘enormous bags of grapefruit’.  Here’s my haul:

That’s a pile of 28 grapefruit!  I have no idea what I’m going to do with so many grapefruit, but I’ll figure it out.  I pulled out some bowls and platters to create a more aesthetic arrangement:

Then it occurred to me that I was only some fancy linens and napkin rings away from having a Sandra Lee-esque tablescape, and since I can’t stand her tablescapes (click here to see what I’m talking about), all the vessels went back in the cupboard and the grapefruit are now just piled on my counter.

Regarding my confidence, and not my actions today, I end this post, like I always to, with…

…Keep it up, David!

Oddly-Colored Veggies, Part Three

March 20, 2011

First I found rainbow carrots.  Then, I found orange cauliflower.  And now, my streak of finding oddly-colored vegetables continues, because I found these at Whole Foods:


This bunch had radishes in four different colors:  the standard deep red, then very hot fuchsia pink, purple, and white.  Here they are removed from their greens and sorted by color:

I love radishes.  I love how unique they taste: peppery and crunchy, and I’m just realizing right now as I type this sentence how difficult the taste of radishes is to describe.  There was a short spell last year when I was seeking out radishes every week at the Beverly Hills farmers’ market, because one of the vendors was selling radishes that had grown to outrageous sizes.  Check out this radish, that’s bigger than an apple (sorry for shoddy camera phone photography):

And here’s a slice of that radish, with a paper clip for size comparison:

That radish was delicious, but I digress.  Back to the easter egg radishes.  I trimmed off the tops and bottoms of all the radishes and gave them a good wash.  Since I’ve eaten the regular, deep-red radishes countless amounts of times, I singled out one each of the pink, purple, and white radishes:

These photographs aren’t doing the pink radish (on the right) justice.  They are incredibly vibrant and bright, but the photos make them seem more red than they actually are.  Foiled again by my poor photography skills!

I sliced up all three radishes (and placed the white slices on my knife blade, so you could see them, instead of blending into the white cutting board):

I sampled one slice of each color, and 1) they all tasted the same, and 2) they all tasted like radish.  I wasn’t expecting them to taste differently, to be clear, but there was a small part of me secretly hoping one color would taste radically different somehow.  Alas, it was not to be.

These radish slices went into the salad I made for lunch the other day:

Also in there:  mixed greens, red bell pepper, mushrooms, scallion, roma tomato (which is actually at the bottom of the bowl, under the lettuce – I clearly wasn’t thinking about this picture during salad assembly) and sprouts.  The sprouts were daikon radish sprouts, so with those, and the easter egg Radishes, this was one spicy salad!  After snapping this photo, I added 2-3 tablespoons light Asiago Parmesan vinaigrette.

It was a great salad.   And I still have a lot more easter egg radishes in my fridge.

Like I’ve been doing all this past week, I’ll end this post with a Food Log, like I said I would.  So here is my…

Food Log for Saturday, March 19, 2011:

–Breakfast: 1/4 cantaloupe; 1 apple; 1 packet instant oatmeal; 2 hard-boiled egg whites

–Lunch:  2 frozen waffles, with 1 tsp jam each; 2 soy sausage patties (still in a breakfast mood, obviously!); carrot and celery sticks; tomato slices

–Snack:  1/4 cantaloupe

–Dinner:  Salad (spinach, other mixed greens, bell pepper, scallion, mushrooms, garbanzo beans, tomato, 3 tbsp salsa); 1 whole wheat tortilla; 1 banana

–Beverages:  2 liters water; 8 oz skim milk; 1 liter sparkling water; 2-3 glasses water

Keep it up, David!

The Week In Workouts

March 19, 2011

It’s been a busy week, but I’ve gotten lots of workouts in, and there’s lots to catch up on.  Let’s see… where to start… where to start?  I should probably go back and figure out where I left off in my last “Week in Workouts” post, but it’s late, and I’m tired, so screw it.  I’ll just do the past week.  Want more?  Tough.  File a complaint with the blog police!

Saturday, 3/12/11: I took Richard Simmons’ class at Slimmons, and he played all-new music.  It was a very good class, and not overly packed, which was nice.  Since Richard was out of town during my actual birthday on the 5th, he called me up at the end of this class, along with 4 others, and led everyone in a group performance of “Happy Birthday.”  Having 75 people sing to you is a great way to start your weekend – I highly recommend it!  For anyone that isn’t familiar with Richard’s classes, they’re a fantastic workout, and tons of fun.  There’s 45 minutes of cardio/dance aerobics (very similar to Sweatin’ to the Oldies); then about 10 minutes of toning with free weights, then 10 minutes of sit-ups and push-ups, then Richard gives a little 5-minute pep talk to end the class.  And, yes, anyone can go, and it’s only $12.  Twelve dollars.  To work out with Richard freakin’ Simmons.  Yep, it’s the deal of the century!

Sunday, 3/13/11: 50 minutes on an exercise bike.

Monday, 3/14/11: 50 minutes on an elliptical.

Tuesday, 3/15/11: Boot camp class with Craig Ramsay, and it was tough.  Before class started, Craig says, “Hey, let’s go to my car, and grab some kettlebells.”  My reaction?  “Oh, crap.”  And, of course, I said it out loud.  My experience with kettlebells has been very minimal, but enough to know that the next hour was going to be brutal.  Kettlebells are weights that are designed to be swung around in all sorts of crazy ways, meaning you’re working tons of muscles at once (here’s some basics on kettlebells if you’re unfamiliar).  Sure enough, the hour was pretty brutal, and I left barely able to lift my water bottle to my lips.  The next morning, my shoulders were still very sore.

Wednesday, 3/16/11 – Nightswimming:

“Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
I’m not sure all these people understand
It’s not like years ago,
The fear of getting caught,
Of recklessness and water
They cannot see me naked
These things, they go away,
Replaced by everyday”

Those, of course, are lyrics from R.E.M’s 1993 song “Nightswimming” (listen to it here). That song ran through my brain on a loop on Wednesday, because I decided to break in the new Speedo swimsuit that I bought a few days ago at the pool, and, coincidentally, it was the first time I’ve swam in that outdoor pool at night.  Man oh man, I’m in love!  I haven’t worn a Speedo in about 16 years, since I swam on my high school’s swim team, and it makes all the difference in the world.  Being aerodynamic in the water rocks!  I had a great workout, and felt sleek and fast.  I was still sore from the kettlebells… But I had a productive 50-minute swim nonetheless:

  • 1000 yards warm-up (200 free, 200 IM, 200 kick, 200 pull, 200 IM)
  • Descending ladder, all free (400, 300, 200, 150, 100).  The 100 was an all-out sprint (1,150 yards total)
  • 3 x 50 yard free all-out sprints (150 yards total)
  • 200 yard cool-down
  • TOTAL:  2,500 yards (that’s exactly 100 lengths of the pool)

Thursday, 3/17/11: My friend Chris asked me the other day if I’d be down with working out together in the mornings.  I love working out with friends, and since we live in the same neighborhood, I jumped at the chance.  We decided to go running on Day 1, and met at 7am at a local park.  Chris calls it Porn Star Park, because in the summer, he’s noticed it’s very popular among the big-fake-tittied, scantily-clad, bottle-blonde crowd, and Chris is convinced they’re all porn stars.  He very well may be right: 90% of all pornography is filmed or produced in the San Fernando Valley, where Chris and I, and 1.75 million others, live.

Anyway – I brought along my camera to snap a few pics, but really, there’s not much to see.  It’s a big park, near a freeway:

Due to a slightly groggy brain, thanks to the very early nature of the workout, I failed to note what time we started or stopped, but my guess is that we were running for around 50 minutes.  Based on the signage at the park, I’d guess we went about somewhere between 3.2 and 3.5 miles, but, again, I didn’t really pay attention.  It was nice to catch up with Chris, though, and I look forward to working out with him more.  Just in case you’re wondering, there were no Porn Star sightings, but, of course, I certainly wouldn’t recognize anyone anyway.  When I hear “adult film,” my mind goes to Merchant Ivory films, doesn’t yours?

Friday, 3/18/11: Well-deserved REST DAY!

And since I’m sharing every single thing I eat this week, to show how I log my food, here’s my…

Food Log for Friday, March 18, 2011:
–Breakfast: 1/2 cantaloupe; 2 hard-boiled egg whites
–Lunch:  Sandwich (whole wheat bread, turkey breast, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumbers); 2 pickle spears; fruit cup; 1 Kashi granola bar
–Dinner (Lotus Vegan restaurant):  1 fresh roll (lettuce, carrots, scallions, mint wrapped in rice paper, with 1 tsp peanut dipping sauce); shrimp salad (cabbage, mint, scallions, red onion, other veggies I’m forgetting, soy shrimp; some sort of oil-free thai chili dressing)
–Snack:  15 Runts (candy from a gumball machine at the movies; I was really craving something sweet, and 50 cents for a palm-full of candy seemed better than a $4 huge box of something from the concession counter.  FYI, the banana Runts are my favorite.)
–Beverages:  2 glasses hot tea; 2 water bottles (64 oz each); 1 liter sparkling water; 34 glasses water; 1 more liter sparkling water

Keep it up, David!

Diet Soda & Chart Update

March 18, 2011

My friend Adam asked a really great question in the comments section of my post the other day about Food Logging.  He read how diet soda was one of the first things I gave up when I started trying to lose weight, and wrote:

“Can you explain the reasoning behind giving up diet soda? I’ve heard this before, but never understood why.  One explanation I’ve heard is that when people drink diet soda, they may subconsciously feel they are therefore allowed to stray from good behavior in some other fashion.  The explanation that makes more sense to me is that by drinking diet soda, one conditions himself to crave something artificially overly sweet with a meal, which is a bad trend.  Are either of those reasons what you’ve been told?”

I’ve heard, over the years, a lot of chit-chat about how terrible diet soda is for you, although I never thoroughly researched it myself.  A quick online search turns up a few scary things to consider (as well as articles articulating the two points Adam made while asking the question):

When it came down to it, Adam, I cut out diet soda because Richard Simmons suggested I make that change.  I wasn’t a diet soda fiend before – I drank, on average, 2 cans a day – but it seemed like an easy swap to make, especially when I was just starting out and the prospect of changing my entire diet seemed overwhelming.  At the time, I wasn’t sure how successful I’d be at losing weight, but I knew cutting out diet soda was something I could definitely work on, so the idesa of making progress in that small way seemed promising.  I also didn’t quit it cold turkey – I weaned myself off of it over a month or so, and used Crystal Light as a crutch.  I would buy the single-serve packets, where you’re supposed to dump 1 packet into a 20-oz bottle of water, shake it up, and voila! You have Crystal Light lemonade or fruit punch or whatever.  Except that I would dilute one packet into 1/2 gallon of water, so the flavor (and sweetness level) was much weaker.  I drank my weak Crystal Light for months before I felt ready to switch to plain ol’ water altogether, which is mostly what I drink now (with occasional milk, juices, and teas, and very occasional alcohol).

What I’ve found, now that I stopped drinking diet soda, is that I have far fewer sweet cravings than I used to have when I drank it, and I love that.  I can remember countless times when I used to feel thirsty at work, grab a Diet Coke, and then, 1/2 hour later, feel the desire for something sweet, and before I knew it, I’d be dipping into a bowl of candy.  The few times I have had diet soda in the past few months (I drank some Diet Sprite at a wedding, mistaking it for water; and have sampled some home-made sodas from my SodaStream because I was curious), I thought it was ridiculously, revoltingly sweet, and I love that I’m no longer accustomed to the taste – it makes saying No to diet soda so much easier.

A huge part of my weight loss success has been pinpointing when and where I get easily tempted to make poor choices, and finding ways to plan alternatives or avoid those situations.  Knowing that cutting out diet soda has squashed many of my sweet cravings is all the reason I need to continue to not drink it!

Before I move on, just a friendly reminder that if you have questions for me, then ask away!  I read every comment left on this blog, so you can ask that way, like Adam did, but if you’d rather ask me something anonymously, you’ll find my email address if you click on Contact at the top of the page.


I weighed myself yesterday morning, and… I’m down another pound! That puts my weight at 237 pounds, and my total weight loss at 165 pounds!  Here’s my updated chart:

I’m on a roll!

Lastly, I gotta share my Food Logs, like I promised I would the other day.  I didn’t do it yesterday, so I have two days to catch up on.  Here they are:

Food Log for Wednesday, March 16, 2011:
–Breakfast:  2 packets instant grits; 1 big bunch of grapes
–Lunch:  1 fake chicken (Quorn) breast; assorted raw veggies (broccoli, cucumber, tomato slices), 2-3 tablespoons honey mustard salad dressing for dipping; 1 apple
–Snack:  strawberries
–Dinner:   3 oz turkey jerky; 1 egg white; 1/2 cup pretzel crisps; 6 oz nonfat peach yogurt; 1 banana
–Beverages:  2 water bottles (64 ounces); 1 glass hot tea; 8 oz skim milk; 1.5 liters water; 1 liter sparkling water

Food Log for Thursday, March 17, 2011:
–Breakfast:  2 hard-boiled egg-whites; 1 apple; 1 banana; 8 oz orange juice
–Lunch:  Big Salad (mixed greens, tomato, mushrooms, scallion, red pepper, sprouts, radishes, 2-3 tablespoons light vinaigrette); strawberries
–Snack:  celery sticks; 8 ritz crackers w 1 tbsp peanut butter
–Dinner (Hugo’s Restaurant):  The Power Of Green Salad: spinach, green chard, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, 2 tbsp sherry vinaigrette dressing on the side.
–Beverages:  1 liter water; 2 water bottles (64 oz each); 8 oz skim milk; 3 glasses sparkling water; 1 liter water

Keep it up, David!

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

March 17, 2011

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!