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March 10, 2008

Things and Stuff

Like many people in the United States, I struggle with obesity.  Once I actually started winning, I would stop every 10 pounds or so and get a little perspective on the amount of weight I'd lost.  I did this by looking at things that weighed as much as I lost.  Those of you that have followed my blog for awhile might remember the following postings....

Well now that I have lost a grand total  of 74 pounds, it is time once again to have a look at how much weight that really is....

According to a brief Google search, 74 pounds of uranium-235 would be sufficient to create two (perhaps three) atomic bombs.  Of course by posting this, I'm probably putting myself on some Home Land Security watch list.

Earlier this year, the 8th Service Squadron at the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea had their very own 'Biggest Loser' competition.  They divided up into groups of six members from teh same squadron.  After 2 months the winning team lost a total of 74 pounds.

The US Agricultural Research Service has found that the average American consumes about 74 pounds of 'added sugar' each year.   That's about 23 teaspoons a day...or 460 calories per day.

This 46-inch widesscreen projection HDTV from Samsung cost about $1000....and weighs 74 pounds!


Back in 1963 an average weight 10 year old girl weighed about 77 pounds.  Today the average is up to about 88. Also, the average weight for a 10 year old boy at the same time was about 74 pounds.  While today he weighs about 85 pounds.

This fancy garden party 10'x10' King Instant Pop Up Canopy has screened sides to keep the mosquitoes at bay and has a cover made of 100% polyester.  Check out the dimensions...

Width: 10'
Length: 10'
Side Height: 6'6"
Center Height: 9'3"
Weight: 74 pounds


I know it sounds backwards, but if you weigh 100 pounds, you would weigh about 74 pounds on Saturn.  This is due to the fact that while Saturn is about 95 times the size of the Earth, it is a big ball of gasses, while Earth is solid.  You couldn't actually 'stand' on the surface of Saturn, but if you COULD, then the 100 pound person would only weigh 74 pounds.

Meanwhile, a 200 pound man on Earth would only weigh 74 pounds on Mars.

The Space Heater Convective (SHC) is a 35K BTU thermoelectric heater that provides forced hot air circulation in military tentage without the need for an external power supply.

The SHC is 18"H × 14"W × 40"L and weighs 74 pounds. It is operational from -40° F to 60° F, and can be stored from -60° F to 160° F. The heater can be operated either inside or outside the tent and has the capability to burn multiple liquid fuels (DF-2, DF-1, DF-A, JP-5, & JP-8). The heater starts simply using a single switch, and operation is completely automatic due to built in diagnostics, safety and temperature controls. Accessories include remote temperature control box, cable, insulated air ducts, fuel hoses, gravity feed adapter, fuel can stand and spare parts.


This yellow Labrador retriever, named "Helm's Point Doctor", has appeared in the April 2004 edition of "Outdoor Life Magazine" and weighs 74 pounds.


While smaller than "Helm's Point Doctor" this bully named Ozone is the pride and joy of the Ohoopee River Kennels.  He also weighs in at 74 pounds.


Progress Report

Well, if you made it this far, you already know that I lost more weight and am down to 218 pounds. 

While lifting weights to day, I hit a new problem...a good kind of problem...but still a problem.  My weight lifting routine is a combination of using my Bowflex Ultimate and my Bowflex Selecttech dumbells....


Well, while doing my bench presses on the Bowflex today I pressed 155 pounds.  This is the maximum that the system can do.  There is an upgrade package I can get for the system but I've been holding off getting it since I didn't really  have a reason....now I have one.

While I was at the YMCA for my circuit training class, I was asked if I would be interested in appearing on their web site as one of the testimonials.  I don't know if anything will come of it...but it is really cool to be asked.

Anyway...that's about it.  Now go run around the block a few times and work off that fat!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

74 #'s Ur ahhhmaazing!! WTG I love the reference pics. Keep up the great work.


March 10, 2008 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Code Pirate said...

This is Home Land Security... Yes, we are watching you!

Good work!!!

March 10, 2008 at 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW..TFG..Thats an impressive series of visuals for weight loss amounts. Good for you!


March 11, 2008 at 5:05 PM  

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