LIFT: To portly author G.K. Chesterton, who outweighed all his contemporaries, even the thought of physical exertion was abhorrent. A friend once suggested that he take up mountain climbing to bring his weight down, a suggestion that caused the author to shudder.

"As the saying goes," quoted the friend, " `Lift up thine eyes to the hills.' ""I am willing to lift up my eyes," said Chesterton. "What I object to is lifting up my carcass."