It has been six months since I took a long walk. Only when I go outdoors and walk for more than hour, then it is a long walk. It is always a unique experience and I get a unique feeling of high. My thoughts become clear and life gets going easy.
I was feeling sluggish. I was no more active. I had a bad feeling that something was not happening right.
When I woke up today at my usual time, 10:00 AM, I did not feel refreshed. I just wore my slippers and stepped out with a mask.
I didn’t know which way to go. I was thirsty and hungry. I wanted to drink some refreshing juice and eat something nice. I headed towards HRBR layout, expecting to reach the Corner House – ice cream shop.
The roads were empty, no shops were open to buy water/juice in my route. I finally reached the destination, only to find that it is open but there was no dine-in. I walked away and found Belgium Waffles. I ordered a honey waffle with vanilla ice cream. It was delicious and that made my day.
On my return, I realized that my legs started aching and I was feeling tired. I was also getting late for my work. I was constantly checking my watch for my steps count, distance, calories and time spent. I was reading and responding to WhatsApp messages and finally made it to my home. I took a good bath and felt refreshed.
I always feel that walking should not have a destination and I should not be in hurry. I just want to explore something faraway.
One of the best things about my job as a software engineer is being able to travel all around the world.
On June 25 back in 2012, when traveling didn’t feel like I was signing a death warrant, I landed in beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio. Although I had been there before, this time my 30 year old self felt complete – my wife and my baby were with me.
A tall twin-tower downtown office, the Ohio river running across and the People’s Purple Bridge and homes with sprawling greenery – it was a pretty great for a guy to be.
The country side apartment where I lived with beautifully designed club-house was much of my dream home.
My son turned 1 here. I made friends that I still cherish here. It was absolutely perfect – until this life changing incident.
My wife and I were sound asleep on a weekday when I woke up with a strange pain in my hands and chest. Palpitations, panic, confusion – the whole hog. It got to a point where I thought that was the end for me. I was a smoker at the time – so the fear was pretty real.
Anyone else would have probably gone and seen a doctor but I’ve never been fond of them. Something about the whole deal makes me nervous. I think it comes from a dentist I went to as a kid, who pulled out my tooth. I’d throw my pills away as a kid.
One of my friends recommended digestive medicines, saying it was probably just an upset tummy. But I knew deep down that this was something more.
I did what we all do without ever admitting it. I googled it.
Ask about coding or health, it will always come up with a pleasant answer.
I decided to quit smoking. I threw my cigarettes and wrote a note on the last remaining Benson & Hedges Lights I had with me – “I am not a Smoker”.
After 21 days of no smoking, I decided to quit drinking. That’s what Google asked me to do.
After getting rid of my vices, I decided to go jogging.
My neighbor who was a gym coach advised me to follow HIIT training but my backache didn’t permit me. It also made jogging impossible.
Walking was the way to go for me.
I took this picture while walking on the mountains. Whenever possible, I would take my son out with me on short walks within our apartment premises.
I walked every day.
I walked for hours.
Rain, shine or snow. Nothing could stop me.
I was outside, determined to reduce my weight and improve my health. I was a fitness freak.
I clocked 1 million steps (10 Lakhs) on my pedometer.
After reading and researching, I switched to organic whole foods.
It wasn’t that hard, actually. I went from 90 kgs to 74 kgs in one year. I went further down to 62kg after I got back home in Bangalore, India.
My friends and families loved my transformation. I became a Weight Loss Guru! I was a health advocate. But there was still a problem.
I had a shifting pains all over the left side of the body – back, eyes, fingers. Some days, my ankle would hurt so much it was hard for me to walk. Other days, my neck would hurt.
The worst pain was on my palm – the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I couldn’t work because of it.
After a few emotionally draining experiences, we decided to come home. I hoped that this would help me and somehow reverse what was happening to me.
It did help me.
But it took me 2 years and lots of experimenting.
My friends laughed at me. I was called tee-totler. They’d say I was debugging myself (software engineer joke). “Stop now, or you will die. I told him that, one day I will come back to you and tell my story.”
And here I am.
How did I get rid of the pain?
Long story short, I found the diet that suits me. I will write my next article on this topic.