Lost 6 Pounds

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Friday, March 13, 1914:  Weighed myself this morning. I had lost six pounds. My tummy is flat you can bet. Ate solid food for supper.


Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:


Wow, 6 pounds is a lot to lose since your tonsillectomy two days ago. I guess that there can be some unexpected positive benefits from having surgery.

Will you be able to keep it off now that you are eating solid food?

Here are several previous posts about weight and dieting:

Are You Obese?  1911 and 2011

1911 Weight Loss Tip: Fletcherize Your Food

One Hundred Year Advice on How to Avoid Overeating

19 Responses

  1. We are so far overweight now a days!

  2. It was that nasty physic.

  3. Some things never change….. I also like to lose a few pounds and have a flat tummy!

  4. Six pounds IS a lot for just a few days. She probably didn’t have 6 pounds to spare.

  5. The answer to your question is “no, she won”t.” Haha, been there. Interesting about the weighing. I never pictured women weighing themselves in those days.

  6. That’s a terribly painful way to lose six pounds, but I guess there isn’t an easy way to be found!

  7. I wonder if her tonsils were inflamed and she wasn’t eating much before the surgery.

  8. That’s quite a weight loss!

  9. no comment, LOL “hello Dr? Yes Boomdee here, yes, I need to have my tonsils out”

  10. […] tonsillectomy was 5 days ago, and there’s a guy you like who goes to your church, and you’re looking really slender because you haven’t been eating much.  You need to be […]

  11. Hi. It was likely water weight after her operation. Jane

  12. […] got her tonsils out on March 11, and had difficulty eating. Two days later, on March 13, she […]

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