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OT: Imperial vs Metric


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G: 10st0lb
I'd like to feel that the only thing that matters is being fit and healthy, and it's not about what the scales say... and I know that's true.. and I know it doesn't matter REALLY... but I do find it fascinating.. the way that cm round my waist doesn't have any emotional impact on me at all.. and how many kg's I am is neither here nor there for me... but the day I went from a size 22 to a size 20.. then 18.. and now 16 in clothes was a WONDERFUL feeling! ... and going out of the 16stones, into the 15s.. into the 14s.. into the 13s.. into the 12s.. and now in the 11s just blows my mind!

it's the same me, and the ultimate point of any of this is being healthy, happy, and not carrying such a burden of weight on my knees and weight on my previously heavy heart... and yet some numbers seem to mean nothing to me, whilst others mean the world... funny, really...

I'm weird, I do both! Imperial for weighing myself, but metric for weighing out food or measuring something with a ruler - apart from my body measurements which are in inches!
Metric - have had to learn imperial conversion because everyone else I speak to doesn't "understand new money"?! (their words, invariably)
S: 16st11lb C: 14st13lb G: 11st11lb BMI: 31.8 Loss: 1st12lb(11.06%)
Imperial for weighing and measuring myself because like Enough said above, knowing I am 118 kgs does not have much effect on me, but knowing that I am 18st 9lbs or 261lbs really does. I guess it's just because when it comes to (body) weight, imperial is pretty much used right across the board in the UK (except on my CDC's scales which only show kgs!!) and so everyone is sort of socialised into knowing exactly what 18st 9lbs is and what it means.

But metric for everything else! (I'm 23) I couldn't tell you how much a fluid ounce is but I know roughly how much 250ml is. I don't have a clue how long a foot or a yard is, but I can understand metres.


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S: 14st13lb C: 17st5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 43 Loss: -2st6lb(-16.27%)
Good question sbridge.
For myself I can only think in terms of stones and pounds, and this way of thinking would also apply to my family and friends.
However, I have to use the metric system when talking about peoples weights within the work setting ( community health and social care)
S: 18st4lb C: 17st3lb G: 10st4lb BMI: 41.4 Loss: 1st1lb(5.86%)
Imperial all the way. I understand metric, but think in feet & inches & pounds.
S: 30st8lb C: 28st5lb G: 11st10lb BMI: 60.4 Loss: 2st3lb(7.24%)
I am all about stones and pounds. Growing up and being a young adult going on diets in the UK means that I am more used to Imperial. Now I am in New Zealand I am only just getting used to Kgs (and kilometers!!). I wanted a scales that weighed Imperial, but I could only get metric, so I have had to adjust.

I like stones and pounds better, and loosing 10lbs sounds much better than loosing 4.5kgs. To me anyway!
S: 30st8lb C: 28st5lb G: 11st10lb BMI: 60.4 Loss: 2st3lb(7.24%)
Imperial for me, but mainly because I grew up with it and it's still in general use. I would say more people talk in stones and pounds, or feet and inches in the UK.

Having said that, I think it would be good if everyone 'moved' over to the metric system....then perhaps I would :D

It does make so much more sense, especially when you work in decimals. EG 14.2stone isn't 14 stone 2 lbs, yet 154.2 is 154kg 200g. Much easier, if I could just think in those terms.
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