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February 17, 2013 8:54 AM
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"Stones" is stupid. Use lbs or kg.


What is stupid about it? I lived in Australia for several years and used kilos. If I am in London with friends, I use stones. When in Rome.
Edited by sunnyside1213 On February 17, 2013 8:55 AM
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February 17, 2013 8:56 AM
Great idea!
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February 17, 2013 8:56 AM
I spent several months studying in London when I was in college. My two schoolmates (also American) and I rented a furnished flat that included a bathroom scale. The day we moved in, my roommate stepped on the scale and marveled, "I only weigh ten!" "Ten what?" "I don't know, but I love this country!"
February 17, 2013 8:57 AM
Here in the States, we recognize fractions of pounds.
February 17, 2013 8:57 AM
As a fellow Brit I no longer like using stones, it seems so backward to have stones and then lbs too.

I'm happy to stick with lbs.
February 17, 2013 8:58 AM
QUOTE:

I spent several months studying in London when I was in college. My two schoolmates (also American) and I rented a furnished flat that included a bathroom scale. The day we moved in, my roommate stepped on the scale and marveled, "I only weigh ten!" "Ten what?" "I don't know, but I love this country!"


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February 17, 2013 9:00 AM
Seriously??! Multiplying and dividing by 14, and then just saying the leftover in pounds anyway??! Ugh. Not a chance. But do what works for you.
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February 17, 2013 9:03 AM
Of course, here in the States, one must be cautious when telling others one has lost "two stones" regardless of the time frame... I said that to my husband and he replied, "Really? I don't remember your ever having a pair!" blushing
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February 17, 2013 9:06 AM
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Of course, here in the States, one must be cautious when telling others one has lost "two stones" regardless of the time frame... I said that to my husband and he replied, "Really? I don't remember your ever having a pair!" blushing


hehe...
February 17, 2013 9:26 AM
Well I've gone from 24 stone 6lbs to 15 stone I guess
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February 17, 2013 10:06 AM
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Thats a good idea!! I like to pick up things that weigh the amount I lost-- it really helps you see just how much is gone.
. Makes me think

Very true, my 4 stone lost is a very large sack of spuds most would struggle to lift easily. yet I carried the equivalent around for a few years everyday
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February 17, 2013 10:26 AM
Just for fun we could start measuring time and distance differently too. Example sentence: "I lost 3 stone, 6 lbs in 4 score, 7 days by running 100 chains a day." laugh
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February 17, 2013 11:26 AM
Well I understood ya :)

47 days and 220 yards :)
Edited by cazzer69 On February 17, 2013 11:26 AM
February 17, 2013 11:30 AM
QUOTE:

Just for fun we could start measuring time and distance differently too. Example sentence: "I lost 3 stone, 6 lbs in 4 score, 7 days by running 100 chains a day." laugh



Oh crikey! Can you imagine the confusion. And suppose we added cwt to the mix! Or the odd furlong here and there?
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February 17, 2013 11:34 AM

Well I understood ya :)

47 days and 220 yards :)


quote this ^^^^^^^

And ~I think in the interests of accuracy a score is 20, so 4 score and 7 would be 87 days...
Sorry to be a stickler, but it's an English thing. lol
laugh
Edited by JennetteMac On February 17, 2013 11:35 AM
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February 17, 2013 11:37 AM
Great idea - thanks!
February 17, 2013 12:17 PM
QUOTE:


Well I understood ya :)

47 days and 220 yards :)


quote this ^^^^^^^

And ~I think in the interests of accuracy a score is 20, so 4 score and 7 would be 87 days...
Sorry to be a stickler, but it's an English thing. lol
laugh



Nope, you are a hundred percent right. And that serves me right for being a smart arse :)
February 17, 2013 1:39 PM
For good measure can we bring in rod, pole or perch?
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February 18, 2013 6:41 AM
QUOTE:

Just for fun we could start measuring time and distance differently too. Example sentence: "I lost 3 stone, 6 lbs in 4 score, 7 days by running 100 chains a day." laugh


I understood stone & score... but not chains. yeah, I'm a silly American. laugh
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February 18, 2013 6:48 AM
That makes it sound like I have less to lose... only 4 stone 11 lbs. Not as daunting as a number as 67 lbs.

I can see how you would want to use stone as a measurement. So I'm currently 15 stone 2 pounds... so when I lose 3 more pounds I'll be at 14 stone (and change). Cool milestone. I might start doing that.

Thanks for the idea. flowerforyou
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February 18, 2013 6:52 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Of course, here in the States, one must be cautious when telling others one has lost "two stones" regardless of the time frame... I said that to my husband and he replied, "Really? I don't remember your ever having a pair!" blushing


hehe...


^^ This. American men like keeping our stones. smh laugh
February 18, 2013 7:02 AM
I constantly think in lbs, st, kg and elephants penises. I find the variety helps when it comes to various milestones.
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February 18, 2013 7:13 AM
I like this! It sounds easier to say I only have one stone to lose instead of 14 more pounds :)
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February 18, 2013 11:53 AM
The only value in stones I see is that it is a "grab-able", visible, undeniable amount of weight to gain or lose. As opposed to a pound or kilogram, which could be due to so many factors.
February 18, 2013 11:55 AM
https://www.google.com/search?q=calculate+kilograms+to+pounds&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

https://www.google.com/search?q=calculate+stones+to+pounds&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Or you could use the internet. :) It's a quite useful tool.
Edited by dsjohndrow On February 18, 2013 11:57 AM
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