Wednesday, July 18, 2007

No weigh in!

Skipping this week since I'm still in England. No scale, and if I found one, it would tell me how many stone I am and it would mean NOTHING! LOL Did a whole LOT of walking around London yesterday and drinking lots and lots of water. Not too bad on the eating plan, but not perfect. Went to Harrod's and we were a little dazed in the Chocolate and coffee room. ;-) Click on my family blog on the right to see some London photos.

6 comments:

Mich said...

Enjoy the rest of your trip! Your pictures are awesome. I'm sure the walking and the water are good for you. And I've never understood the "stone" thing!!

Thea said...

Glad you're having a blast!

Nancy said...

I know! I know! *waving my arms and jumping up and down!*

One stone = 14 lbs. How do I know you wonder? Well, besides being brilliant and witty.... I have friends who live in England! I asked one said friend just a few days ago and she confirmed that 1 stone = 14 lbs. I would like to weigh in stones.... my number would be much lower. hehe!

You are doing great with all the walking and drinking of water. Your photos are AWESOME! Someday I hope to be able to visit England BABY! too. ;-)

So glad you are having fun.

Mama Bear June said...

Nancy, I knew it was 14 pounds, but WHY do they measure themselves in "Stones?"??? Always thought it was a little weird. Some King probably sat a scale and they put rocks in the other side of the scale. Who knows? The answer is probably out there somewhere. But for now, I'm off to bed. ;-)

Mama Bear June said...

Googled it:
Stone (weight)
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For Chinese unit of weight, see Stone (Chinese weight).

The stone is a unit of weight and mass. It is part of the Imperial system of weights and measures used in the British Isles, and formerly used in most Commonwealth countries. It is equal to 14 pounds avoirdupois, and to 6.35029318 kg.

Eight stone make a hundredweight in the Imperial system.

The plural form of stone is correctly stone, though stones is sometimes used, not usually by natives of the British Isles. The abbreviation is st.
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* 1 History
* 2 Current use
* 3 See also
* 4 External links

[edit] History

The stone was historically used for weighing agricultural commodities. Potatoes, for example, were traditionally sold in stone and half-stone (14-pound and 7-pound) quantities.

A stone as a unit of 14 pounds avoirdupois originates with the definition in 1340 in England of the (now obsolete) sack defined as comprising 26 stone each of 14 pounds (ie 364 pounds)[1]. This supplanted earlier definitions of both sack and stone as units of measure, and set a standard for each.

Historically the number of pounds in a stone varied by commodity, and was not the same in all times and places even for one commodity. The OED contains examples[2] including:
Commodity Number of Pounds
Wool 14, 15, 24
Wax 12
Sugar and spice 8
Beef and Mutton 8

[edit] Current use

Although no longer an official unit of measure, the stone remains widely used within the British Isles as a means of expressing human body weight. People in these countries normally describe themselves as weighing, for example, "11 stone 4" (11 stone and 4 pounds), rather than "72 kilogrammes" in most other countries, or "158 pounds" (the conventional way of expressing the same weight in the United States). Its widespread colloquial use may be compared to the persistence in the British Isles of other Imperial units like the foot, the inch, and the mile, despite these having been entirely or partly supplanted by metric measurements in official use (a similar usage persists in Canada, despite that country, unlike the USA, having converted to the metric system in the 1970s).

The official unit of body weight in medical and other contexts is the kilogramme. In official use, provision is usually made for the public to express body weight in either stone or kilogrammes. For example, on at least one National Health Service website both Imperial and metric units are used [3].

Lundie said...

Ok, I'm going to have to use that "leave the country so I don't have to weigh-in" maneuver!! ;) Have a wonderful time!!