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About Bob Wiley

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My two challenges have me feeling great . . . I'm starting to get back into my groove. While the scale only showed one pound this week for the Biggest Loser challenge, I'm hoping that my weigh-in for Springing to Action will be successful in two days. And it would be AMAZING if I could finally hit that 50 pound mark next week! I have to wonder what the difference is . . . because I feel more energy for this challenge than I have in the past. My guess is that I'm coming up on the one year anniversary of my restart . . . and with it comes this gnawing feeling that I could have done better.

Remember "Bob Wiley" in the movie, "What About Bob?" Bob was played by Bill Murray and Dr. Leo Marvin was played by Richard Dreyfuss. Bob and Leo say a lot of things in that movie that I can really make a connection with.

First, Dr. Marvin's theory on Baby Steps . . . he wrote a book about it. "Baby step onto the elevator... baby step into the elevator... I'm *in* the elevator... " Not such a bad theory, and one that I've been trying to take with this weight loss journey. Baby steps!

Second, Dr. Marvin's son Siggy is being taught to dive by his father. He's terrified of the water, and his father just let him drop into the water. Siggy said that his whole life flashed before his eyes. Bob responds with, "You're lucky you're only 12." I'm 51 . . . and when I think of where I was headed, my life needs to flash before my eyes. It has taken me so long to get here, but I can't go back. So keep that life flashing . . . all 51 years.

And third, death therapy. It sounds radical, but stay with me here. At the end of the movie Leo ties Bob to a tree along with 20 pounds of black powder, and I believe an ounce or so can blow a tree stump. Bob is cured because of death therapy. Tied to the tree with the black powder, he reasons his way to getting rid of all his fears. Death therapy . . . there's a little truth in that for me. Get healthy, or else!

So lessons learned . . . baby steps . . . life flashing before my eyes, so never too late to get on with this show . . . death therapy!

It all works.

I should mention that Bob was also afraid he would be looking for a bathroom and his bladder would explode! (I'm not saying I agree or disagree with that philosophy . . . I'm just saying there have been some close calls.)

Push forward folks! Moving onto Week 2 of my Biggest Loser Challenge!
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