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# The Paper Towel Theory

### Friday, September 21, 2007

This theory was recently shared in one of my SparkTeams and I found it made a LOT of sense!

"PAPER TOWEL THEORY (or 'Stick With It')

Let’s assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with only 84 paper towels on it (one for each day of the challenge). You put one aside, and keep it for future reference (your “before” picture). The other one represents you (I’ll call your paper towel you “Ed”). The core represents the lean Ed. The towels represent the fat that is covering the lean Ed. For sake of argument, let’s say that Ed wants to lose 21 pounds of fat, so (84/21) each sheet represents a quarter-pound of fat lost. Let’s also assume that Ed loses his fat equally during each day of the challenge.

Each day during the first week, you tear a sheet off of Ed, representing the fat he has lost for the day. Next, you put Ed next to the full roll (“Big Al”) for comparison. No noticeable difference!!! Even at the end of the week! This can’t be working for me!

But, being a good Ed, you continue to follow Body-for-LIFE. At the end of weeks two and three, you continue to compare Ed to Big Al, and still notice very little difference. That stinkin’ Bill Phillips MUST be a liar!

But Ed is determined! He works hard! Hitting his 10’s…eating his 6 daily meals. Three more weeks go by, the sheets peeling off day after day, before Ed gets up the courage to stand next to Big Al again. Holy Myoplex! Ed is skinny! OK, not skinny, but less huge!!!

By the end of the 12-week Body-for-LIFE program, Ed is down to his lean dream, or somewhere near it. Ed is happy. We are happy. Big Al – well he’s not so happy.

The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area – just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area.

While the outside sheet may only cover 1 layer of the roll, the inside sheet may go around 4 times. That last sheet looks like it gives you 4 times the results of the first sheet, but in reality, the results are the same – your perception is just different! And you’ll never see the inside, if you aren’t patient while the outside is coming off! - Bob White "

I especially like this line: "The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area."

I've known that the pounds are more stubborn as one gets closer to one's goal, however the idea that a pound represents a larger percentage of your body weight is a smart way to think of it. 1 pound is .5% of 200 pounds, but it is .33% of 300 pounds.

I've used the same thinking toward age...the reason the years fly by more quickly as we age is that each year becomes a smaller fraction of the total years we have lived. 1 year when we are 10 is 10% of our life. 1 year when we are 50 represents only 2% of our life...so it flies by more quickly! Apply that in reverse toward weight loss and you have the same principle...those last pounds as we approach our goal just seem to CRAWL by much the same way that time seemed to pass so slowly when we were younger.

 KINGS_ROSE 9/21/2007 11:31AM This is so good!! God BlessAnna Report Inappropriate Comment

# Revving Up On The Trails

### Thursday, September 13, 2007

I've been carrying my refurbed bicycle (my son's old Diamondback Wildwood) around with me (all loaded up into my Taurus up through the trunk over the folded down seats...lol) for the past month, hoping to squeeze in time to re-acquaint myself with biking again. It's only been at least 20 years since I've done any biking. Used to bike EVERYWHERE back in my college days as a 40+ acre campus made it a necessity for getting around to classes on time.

Anyhow, I've been getting after myself as I only rode the darn thing ONCE a few weeks ago for a short spin.

Yesterday I finally saw an opening of time and boogied down to our local park with trails and gave it a good shot. It was embarassing how wobbly and lacking in confidence I was, but I loved the long straightaways where I could rev up the gears and speed!

Despite all my treadmill work, I found LOTS of leg muscles working hard which don't appear to be the same ones I use on the treadmill...plus my BEHIND is sore today! Wonder if I oughta look for a bigger seat...? Anyhow, it felt great to get going on the bike finally. We'll see if I can work it in a bit more regularly...especially as it's cooler. Those helmets are killers when it's hot out! :-)

 NUMBERONEWENDY 9/21/2007 7:37AM Hi there,Biking was a true love of mine when younger. I finally was able to find a new one that I could ride as mine was so old....and found a larger seat was a better choice after suffering like yourself in the behind..ouch! The larger seat I bought at a bike store rather than walmart etc and find it works much better for that tender area :)When it comes to helmets, I never had to wear one as a child and can not even think to put one on as an adult, so good luck with that one...lol..(course it helps I live in the country when it comes to that topic as well) :) Report Inappropriate Comment

# Treadmill: Keys Fitness Pro 2000 S.E.S.

### Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I would be TREMENDOUSLY grateful if anyone out there can point me in the right direction to a url / website which can outline maintenance tips for my treadmill which I want to keep going as long as I possibly can.

I was a doofus and either lost or tossed out the manual and googling hasn't thus far turned up anything. I don't even think the company exists any longer.

 NUMBERONEWENDY 9/21/2007 7:39AM Huh, interesting,I thought of the same thing, maintaining my treadmill as this is my first new one I bought and my last two were used and sure didn't last long with me! I must try and google as usually I am successful with that. Should I find anything I will get back to you :) Report Inappropriate Comment
 LOVEYDOV31 9/11/2007 9:41PM I thinking about buying a treadmill, tell me what I should consider before purchasing one. I've never bought one before. Report Inappropriate Comment

# In Search of the Perfect Sneaker...

### Monday, September 10, 2007

I've been having a terrible time finding a new pair of sneakers for my treadmill use. I have an ancient pair of Asics which I really love, they fit just right. Been through the stores trying various brands and styles including New Balance, Reebox and others and just haven't come up with anything that compares.

I know I need to turn up something soon as my Asics are so worn that the extra rubber on the soles have all peeled off and the plastic reinforcement which cups the heel have worn through the material. To prevent the plastic from wearing away at my heel I've even grey-taped over the plastic!

Hard to believe that I'd STILL take these old jalopies over anything I can find brand new...!

I may need to check out the services of a podiatrist as my feet are a bit weird. My 2nd toe is as long as my big toe and calloused as all get-out from pushing at the end of the shoe!

Appreciate any tips folks may have.
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=592

 MARIANNE41 9/17/2007 2:50PM DDOORN'S,Hi there. Have you tried z-coils? As far as I'm concerned there are no other shoes for me and my husband. Can not wear anything else,evn the best made tennis shoes. The coils on these keep our backs from hurting,or anyone with bad knees, feet or extra weight that makes us hurt when we walk. We got the blue & whte tennis shoe type,there are other styles to choose from. Good Luck zcoils.com Report Inappropriate Comment

# The Serenity Prayer and Motivation

### Sunday, September 09, 2007

When the winds of chaos are whipping up a storm and nipping at my heels, I find it SOOOOO helpful to keep a laser-like focus on my diet and exercise and even do better than usual in watching what I eat and kicking it up a notch with my workouts.

After all, when it comes to most craziness that overwhelms us in our lives...these are things that are largely BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

The Serenity Prayer offers such wisdom, which I put into practice by saying... "It is beyond me what I can do about all these stressors in my life, BUT I know that I am the only one who controls what I put into my mouth and I am the only one who controls what I do for exercise. So I'm going to put all I can into these things over which I HAVE CONTROL!"

Somehow this hyperfocus on my OWN wellness over ANYTHING else just seems to pull extra reserves into my life and I find I have replenished my OWN well to a point where I have all that much more to offer others in need.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference. "

--- Reinhold Niebuhr
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/serenity_prayer