Ok, I am here again after a long time, yes! I just went for a "routine" medical test early this year and found that my sugar levels were in high spirits [ii] my HbA1C just crossed 10 and then I had a few other supplementary signs to indicate that I was already at a slight risk. The doctor looked at me with what could be termed as pity for a few seconds and took a resolve to prescribe what I should be doing. "Increased your dose of medicines! You need to bring your sugar levels down first! Eat less, walk after every god damn meal for at least 15 minutes and see me after a month!", he said. My wife asked him, if he could suggest what I can have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He asked me how many idlis I had for breakfast. I proudly replied "5! If its dosas, then 3!" He was not happy. "Take utmost 3 idlis or 2 dosas for breakfast! That would be enough!" he said. I tried telling him that I could place 2 of them diagonally on my palm! They are that small. He didn't listen. I came out of the consulting room, feeling a bit relieved that he did not ask what I had for lunch or dinner. But he kind of pushed me on to something that I cannot describe. I started feeling restless and decided to do the easier thing - Stand before the mirror and start thinking. "Ok, let me give a try!", I thought. And then it all started. First thing - I controlled the urge to buy anything new for my exercise. I started with my sandals and installed a decent pedometer app in my mobile. I checked the app first by waving my phone, shaking it violently and even jogged. Like an old fashioned principal, it reluctantly granted me the wish I sought and increased the step count, but not even in the scale of 10s. I walked with it leisurely and tried to pace up a bit. The count was gradual and I felt happy. My son was looking at me, puzzled. "Are you trying to run?", he asked, deflating me further saying, "Have never seen you do that before!". I told him that I was much fitter earlier and played a lot of cricket and did the drills too! "Ha ha!", he said and left. I crossed 6000 steps that day. Later I explored the app and set the configuration right. You guessed it right - For my height, the default step length was set at 70 cm, which as at least 15 cm more. That means, the distance that I walked as per the app, was wrong. I found out that I was almost touching "Obese" in the BMI scale. This was a revelation to me - "Wow! Am I so bulky or what?" I then made 2 promises to myself - I would never tweak the app / edit the steps and I would cover at least 6 km a day! It did turn out to be easy for the first few days until I started feeling a stiffness in my calf muscles and in fact the whole part below my elbow was stiff, sending small doses of pain, punishing me for being lazy all along. It led me to see an Orthopedist who prescribed a good footwear and ankle length socks, after giving pain killers and advising rest for a few days. My resolve grew more and I said to myself that from that day onwards, I would walk for 5 miles at least. My son joining the 6 AM fitness class for his cricket coaching was a boon to me. I woke up early, helped him to get ready for his class [the venue was within 10 minutes walking distance], and continued walking, after leaving him at the ground. I did walk for about 50 minutes in the morning and felt that more and more easier. Working from home helped me more as I could split my entire routine the way I wanted. And after signing off from work, I walked more, circling the place where I live, as fast as I could. I even tried running, but was winded very soon and in fact could not even cover 150 metres at a stretch. So I walked faster and continued to beat my daily goal. Very soon, I set the goal to 9 km and then to 10 km every single day. I did get some comments too - My wife told me that one of her friends saw me and asked her why I was literally running all the time like I was in a hurry. And there were times when both my wife and son complained that I have not been spending enough time at home with them. It all fell on deaf ears, as I continued my routine. Thankfully, with no major illness for any, I am able to do this 10 km a day for many months now. It did give me some pleasant surprises too! - I lost about 9 kg of weight and my BMI is much better today [still overweight though, but fine enough!]. Secondly, all my pants were loose and I had to use the belt all the time. And of course the compliments from others that I looked much fitter and better. In fact a rare acquaintance once met me in my morning walk and commented that I should have done this ten years ago! I did not try to infer what he meant by the way, but did enjoy watching the jealousy in his eyes. And needless to say, my next medical test results were extraordinary. Everything was under control and all other supplementary ailments [including the bloating and gastric issues] vanished. My tablet dosage was cut by more than half now. All along, I never reduced my food intake. This felt so good! Finally, I tried the impossible - trying the pants my wife presented me just after our engagement many years back. I could not make the ends meet even then! Never did I try it after that embarrassing moment. My wife even chides me today for not talking to her at all before marriage. Praying all Gods, I tried and found that I could make the ends meet, still, it was tight. I went before my wife and told her about this. She was very happy. Now I realize how much my family had supported me in this. They did not stop me from my routine and in fact accommodated in the best way they could! Many who asked me how I did this, don't believe what I say and conclude that I am dieting / taking green tea / having some pill / using other surgical ways. What works for me, may not work for others! But I am happy to continue this routine as long as I can!