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Do NOT Wait For Godot

English courses in general and reading the “classics” were not my favorite during my school years.  I was more of a math and science guy.  I do remember that one of the books we were required to read was Samuel Beckett’s play, “Waiting For Godot”.  For those of you not familiar with the story, “Waiting For Godot” was about two characters interacting with each other while waiting for another character, “Godot” to arrive.  “Godot” never does arrive and the two characters sort of lost their sole purpose when they learn that “Godot” will never arrive.  The genre of this play falls under the “Theater Of The Absurd” and I wholly agree with that, as I felt it was absurd of my teacher to make reading this play a requirement.  UGH.

The phrase “Waiting For Godot” has morphed into an expression that refers to people waiting for something to happen that probably never will occur.  Here is an example: My fellow N.Y. Giant fans and I waiting for the Giants to win a Superbowl in the next 5 years.  It just “ain’t gonna happen.

So, why in a healthcare/wellness/weight control blog am I bringing up “Waiting For Godot”?  Here goes:  During a quest/journey to shed weight, often, people will have expectations of outcomes occurring that do not require intense behavioral modification/lifestyle changes:

  • Take a hyped internet advertised supplement for magic weight loss
  • Take shots of semaglutide (Ozempic) and do nothing else
  • Join and gym and proceed to never go
  • Follow some fad diet plan for a short period of time and expect that weight will stay off forever

Many more bullet points can be added to this list.

The point:  Losing weight and keeping that weight off is an active process that requires lots of changes in eating/drinking/exercise behaviors.  People cannot “Wait For Godot”, i.e. expect weight loss to happen if those changes are not made.  We all must roll our sleeves up and do the intense work required to bring our bodies into a healthier (and happier) status.

Now for more “Theater Of The Absurd”:  One of the actors that appeared in a Broadway production of “Waiting For “Godot” was Patrick Stewart, of Star Trek fame.  One of the movies that Stewart was in was one of my favorite Mel Brooks’ films, “Robin Hood: Men In Tights”.  Enjoy one of the many funny musical numbers from that flick.

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