Well, it may sound as amazing achievement but, it all happened because of the necessity and survival.
Like any Punjabi family, mine was a foodie too. The paranthas, the kababs, puris and what not. I used to pride myself of being President of ‘Aloo Club’ ! Any thing cooked with Potato was exotic!
At 105 kgs. I saw my own pic and could not Recognize myself. Who is this Uncle? I questioned myself. I met an OLD uncle who was on restricted diet. But, he used to ‘sample’ everything in parties. That way he did not get into trouble and also ‘tasted’ life according to his liking. I followed his style. But, sweets were still irresistible! I used to ‘challenge eat’ them after Lunch. Rossogollas, Danadaars, Kachagollas and what not……. My biggest vice was Alcohol. A group of friends used to go for Night show movies laden with Chicken Kababs and Limca Mixed Vodka. This, when controlled helped me loose 10 kgs. as I as physically active. Playing Badminton, walking the lakes etc.
At this point a friend in Jalandhar gave me a tip. “Don’t have snacks or anything when You are having Alcohol. Eat very little after that” I was diagnosed as being diabetic in July 2004. The world under my feet slipped. The sugar count was 479 / 290.(PP and Fasting). I could not even agree to have my tea without Sugar! With The specialists I consulted, the nutritionist gave me the Best advice. Burn whatever You Eat. This time my weight was wavering from 90 to 95 kgs.
One of my friends insisted on me doing ‘Art of Living Course’ I was avoiding him when one fine day. He paid for the donation and enrolled me into one of the courses………… This Changed My life forever. A week without tea, onions, Non Veg food, liquor and fried food. A week with Pranayaams, Sudarshan Kriya and the knowledge. I was a changed man. Simple things which we already know and are under a layer of dust, the impurities were dusted out and I knew what was good for me! We all know what is good and what is bad, to choose between this two is what is living with art! So, I am still enjoying sugary tea and an occasional parantha, No liquor no deep fried food. Occasional potato subzi (Never fried) No potato chips, No soft (or hard) drinks. My diet is full of vegetables and fruits with the right amount of carbohydrates. Proper exercising and Sudarshan Kriya…….
My Life is ON TRACK !!
N.B. : The above story of Jogesh Sachdev, Kolkata (India) has been published without any alteration / modification only after receiving his consent.