My friend Mike likes to track the amount of weight he's lost in terms of the number of full milk carton equivalents he's lost. I've been trying to lose some winter poundage myself lately, and recently hit the point where I'd lost about nine pounds. How to describe this?
One thing that jumped immediately to mind is that I've lost the equivalent weight of a newborn.
Cool! This seemed quite a workable description system until I realized how icky it sounded to go around making joking references to how many babies of weight I'd lost. "Yeah, I've lost two babies recently..."
Um, no. Back to milk jugs.