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Bob calls his one-on-one meeting with Melissa one of the most powerful sessions at the boot camp. Melissa, a former beauty queen, entertainer and athlete, says once she became a wife and mother, she became uninteresting. "I didn't know it at the time, but when I look back, I just died a little bit, you know?" she tells Bob. "I came to just the hugest recognition that I've been just insanely bored."

Melissa says her life changed once she stopped working, moved and began having babies. "Life gets a hold of you, and you forget to take care of yourself," she says. "It's all for the good of everyone around you. You think you're doing the right thing. But ultimately, you get 10 years down the road and you're checked out."

With a weight loss of 14 pounds so far, Melissa says she is a different person since beginning the program. "Being on the show three months ago, I was down. And I've struggled with that for almost 20 years, so it's not like I was just down for a couple months. It's really heavy with me," she says. "And if I can come out of it and be where I am today—and I still have a ways to go—anyone, anyone can do this."
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FROM: The Big Weigh In: Best Life Weight Loss Challenge Update
Published on January 01, 2006

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