It’s My Anniversary! Here’s the Realization That’s Been Seven Years in the Making.

January 23, 2017

It was seven years ago today, at Richard Simmons’ suggestion, that I started logging my food and emailing him the logs. That marked the beginning of my long, extremely rewarding journey that has resulted in a weight loss of 160 pounds – which I’ve kept off. I thought it’d be nice to mark the occasion with a new ‘before and current’ photo comparison!


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My Weight Loss in Corn Dogs, Toilet Paper & MORE!

August 14, 2011

I love a good visual weight loss comparison.  These posts are probably the most fun for me to research and compile, so if this is your first time reading one of these posts, then welcome, and enjoy!

The Backstory:  It all began last fall, when a friend and I piled up 147 pounds of dog food as a visual aid to represent the weight that I’d lost at that point.  Since then, I’ve occasionally scoured the internet and calculated all sorts of outrageous and interesting weight loss comparisons, from quarters and Oreos to bowling balls and KFC to Butterfingers and iPads (they’re all archived in My Favorite Posts).

I’m ready for some new comparisons.  Are you?  Let’s see what else there is on this vast planet that also weighs 167 pounds – the amount of weight that I’ve lost!


…CORN DOGS.  It’s state fair season, and I don’t even want to know how many different deep-fried menu items are sold each day.  I did calculate, however, how many corn dogs I’ve lost.  A single corn dog weighs 2 and 2/3 ounces, which means I’ve lost 1,002 corn dogs!

…JERKY.  Jonesin’ for some protein, but don’t want a deep-fried hot dog?  Try some jerky, which is low-calorie, low-fat, and high-protein (it’s also high-sodium, so don’t each tons).  This jumbo bag weighs 6.2 ounces, so I’ve lost 430 jumbo bags of beef jerky!

…TOILET PAPER.  One roll of toilet paper weighs a tad over one-fifth of a pound, which means in total, I’ve lost 795 rolls of toilet paper!   And here’s where it gets really fun: A two-ply roll of toilet paper has 500 sheets, and each sheet measures 4.5 inches square.  That means that if you unrolled one roll of toilet paper, it would be 187.5 feet long.  Unroll 795 rolls of toilet paper, and lay them end to end, and they would stretch 28.23 miles!  That’s the distance across Lake Erie (at its narrowest point)!

The toilet paper fun’s not over yet!  Now that we’ve unrolled 795 rolls, we’re left with 795 cardboard tubes lying around.  Stack them, one on top of another, and they’d reach a height of 298 feet – only 7 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty from the ground to the tip of her torch!

…MY FRIEND TOM.  A couple weeks ago, my friend Heidi noticed a rare weight-loss-related eclipse.  Her husband Tom reached a weight of 164 pounds (he’s lost more than 55 pounds since January) – which was exactly the amount of weight that I had lost.  It was a short-lived eclipse (the next day I had a weigh-in, and I had lost two more pounds), but his weight and my weight loss are still eerily close, and I can’t imagine carrying Tom around on my back all freakin’ day long.  It might be fun for him, though.

…GASOLINE.  A gallon of gas weighs 6.16 pounds, so I’ve lost slightly more than 27 gallons.  My car gets about 23 miles to a gallon of gas, so 27 gallons would get me from my home in Los Angeles almost all the way (within a few miles) to the Arizona/New Mexico border!

…GIANT OCTOPUS.  The largest species of octopus on the planet is the North Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini), and the largest specimen on record tipped the scales at 156.5 pounds.  That is one giant Giant Octopus, and I’ve lost that giant Giant Octopus!  See the Giant Octopus in action.

…CROCKPOTS.  I love my crockpot, and it’s a heavy bugger.  But it’s not as heavy as this top-of-the-line All-Clad Deluxe Slow Cooker, which sells at Williams-Sonoma for $280 (!) and weighs 18 pounds!  So I’ve lost NINE of them.

…CHEEZ-ITS.  One of my favorite crackers.  A box of regular Cheez-its weighs 9 ounces, so I’ve lost 296 boxes.  Wanna know the damage if you eat 296 boxes of Cheez-its?  A grand total of 399,600 calories and 21,312 grams of fat!  If you’re watching your figure and choose to eat 296 boxes of the reduced-fat variety, you’ll only take in 269,360 calories and 9,324 grams of fat.  Only.

…SUITS OF ARMOR.  A full suit of armor that knights wore in medieval times could weigh anywhere from 40-90 pounds.  The replicas pictured above weigh in at 55 pounds each, so I’ve lost all THREE of them.  One of those replicas, by the way, can be yours for only $2,998.00 – get out your credit card and act now!

If you have ideas for other items I could compare my weight loss to, leave them in the comments section!  No need to do the research or math – leave that up to me – I’m good at it!

Keep it up, David!

My Weight Loss in Butterfingers, Cinder Blocks, and MORE!

May 31, 2011

Last November, I piled up 147 pounds of dog food to represent how much weight I’d lost at that point.  It’s a kick-ass picture – take a look here.

In March, I compared my weight loss to a variety of random items, including quarters, Oreos, and lawn mowers.  Wanna know how many quarters I’ve lost?  Check it out here.

Then, in April, I compared my weight loss to another collection of random items, including bowling balls, KFC, and one of the candidates on Celebrity Apprenticewhich you can see here.

These weight loss comparison posts have become a favorite post to research and write.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, because I’ve put together another list of fun, visual, and mind-blowing weight loss comparisons!  Whenever I’m feeling frustrated about this plateau I’m on, I come back and read through these posts – finding new ways to think about what I’ve accomplished so far (164 pounds lost) is incredibly motivating!


…BUTTERFINGERS.  A full-sized Butterfinger bar weighs 2.1 ounces, which means I’ve lost 1,249 crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery bars.  Fun Fact #1:  1,249 Butterfingers add up to a total of 337,230 calories and 13,739 grams of fat.  Mmm… healthy!  Fun Fact #2:  If you were to stack 1,249 Butterfingers end to end, they’d reach a height of 624.5 feet – that’s a few feet taller than 611 Place, this 42-story skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles!

Let’s see…  what else?

…IPADS.  The very popular iPad 2 weighs in at 1.33 pounds apiece, which means I’ve lost 123 of them.

…CINDER BLOCKS.  A 16” x 8” x 6” cinder block (available at Home Depot!) weighs 26 pounds, which means I’ve lost SIX of them!

…RIBEYES.  Thanks to my friend (and loyal reader) Penny for sending this in!  Penny recently purchased five 1-pound ribeye steaks, and took the above photo of the steak stack on her counter.  As she put the steaks away, she thought of me and this blog, and calculated that I’ve lost 32 stacks of steaks!  And props to Penny – she’s lost 5 stacks of steak in the past year, while running her cupcake bakery in Washington D.C.!  Keep it up, Penny!  If you have a great weight-loss comparison for me, send it in!

…GRILLS.  You’ll need something to cook all those ribeyes on, so how about this Weber One-Touch Silver Charcoal Kettle Grill (model #741001)?   It weighs 32 pounds, which means I’ve lost FIVE of them.

…PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.  Venus Williams has 21 Grand Slam titles, 43 career singles titles, and 3 Olympic Gold Medals.  She also weighs, reportedly, 160 pounds.  Yep, I’ve lost Venus WilliamsHer sister Serena reportedly weighs 150 pounds, so I’ve lost her too!

…SILICONE BREAST IMPLANTS.  I don’t spend much time at all thinking about breasts, but I thought this could be fun to figure out, especially since there are six strip clubs within walking distance of my home.  So, inspired by all the ladies who take their clothes off for tips in my neighborhood, I fondled the internet and discovered that the most common size breast implant is 300cc.  A pair of 300cc implants weigh 1.4 pounds, which means I’ve lost 117 pairs of titties, or 234 individual tits.  That’s a lot of fake boobies!  And still no desire to go motorboating.

…OUTBOARD MOTORS.  Speaking of motorboating… This Nissan 2.5 Horsepower Four-Stroke Outboard Motor (Model #NSF2.5B1) has all sorts of features that mean absolutely nothing to me, like zinc-coated water passages and thermostatically controlled cooling.  It also weighs 41 pounds, and that means a lot to me, because that means I’ve lost exactly FOUR of these motors!

…Q-TIPS.  A 625-count package of Q-tips weighs 12 ounces (I weighed it myself on the produce scale at the supermarket).  That means that I’ve lost 218 of those packages, or 136,250 q-tips!

If you have ideas for other items I could compare my weight loss to, leave them in the comments section!  No need to do the research or math – leave that up to me – I’m good at it!

Keep it up, David!