The Ride of Life
Bob was overweight for many years and always had a number of excuses for never losing the weight. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Bob was teaching his granddaughter how to ride a bike when he felt as sudden pain in his chest. It went away as fast as it had appeared so he ignored it. A couple of more steps and Bob began to sweat profusely. He collapsed to his knees and then everything went black.
Bob woke up in the hospital with his wife and doctor at his side. He had suffered a heart attack and the surgery was successful. His wife gave him the biggest hug and kiss she ever had.
The doctor explained to Bob that if he did not lose fifty pounds in the next six months, he would not live to see next year. He promised his wife he would lose the weight.
Over the next six months, Bob began to walk everyday. He changed the way he ate, reduced his portion sizes, and added healthier foods to his diet. He went beyond the doctor’s advice and lost sixty pounds.
Why was Bob able to make this sudden and drastic change? Because facing death was a sufficient motivator to overcome years of bad habits and excuses.
And Bob was determined to finish teaching his granddaughter how to ride a bike.