Skip to main content

I was fat once! Now I run!

On Aug 12, 2013 I weighed 107 kg, which, for a 5'4'' guy, is 47 kg more than the Indian Army standards. But today, I weigh 82 kg, and I continue to lose a few pounds every week! At one point of time, running 100 metres would make me all tired and sweaty, but today I can easily run 10 km at a stretch!

So this guide is for all those couch potatoes who have lost all hopes of getting a good body!

I was at that stage myself. I know how it feels like. I know the bullshit that you keep telling yourself as to how you are not all that bad, and how the world should accept you the way you are! Let me tell you this straight! You are NOT special. You are just another lazy bum who wants things to change but does not want to endure any suffering! Or even worse, you are one of those who act on an impulse every few months. You hit the gym for a week and boom!, you lose it all again.

The first step is to accept that you have a pathetic body and that this needs to change!

Start Small

And once you make that choice, DO NOT jump into anything crazy.
Start small! No Special diet, no innumerable hours in the gym! Just start small.
On my day 1, I walked 500 metres in the morning!
2 weeks later I added another 500 metres walk in the evening!

After a period of 21 days, I was walking 3 km in the morning and 3 km in the evening! That was it! It was not tiring. And I felt like I could do this forever. However, there was NO change in my weight. I still weighed about 105 kg! So trust me, the first one month of exercise is not going to yield much. But that should not deter you from your path!

The next month I was walking 5 km in the morning and 3 in the evening. No other exercises, nothing! Only this 8 km walk a day!

Diet control

You cannot keep munching throughout the day and then keep fretting over why losing weight is so difficult. Quit Pizza, quit burgers, and quit paneer! Have some resolve and quit these NOW!

Beyond beginnings

While walking one day, I wondered how tiring would running be. That was when I started running. I ran for about 1 km and when I thought I could run no more, I stopped. I was panting! That was enough for that day. But it was fun! Running no doubt, is fun, if done right! So I changed my strategy a bit. Now I would walk 6 km and run 1 km daily!

Don't do it in silos

Once you start off with your weight loss schedule, tell people about it. They will encourage you. And if you happen to find haters, even better! You will have a reason to put further effort, and to prove them wrong!

I had never run more than 1 km before. It was last week of December '13. And I registered for Pune Running's Last Sunday of the month running event. I was sceptical, even nervous. But I knew that I could run 1.5 km and then walk 6 more. I thought a 5 km track wouldn't be impossible. Came the D-Day, and the whistle blew. About 50-60 of us started running. For the first 1 km, it felt damn easy. I was in the first 10 people. But when I crossed my 1.5 km mark, I started feeling fatigue. I kept on, though. Every corner I crossed, there was a volunteer cheering me up! And this cheering thing, it really works! But then came a time when I thought of giving up. I lied down on the footpath. I didn't want to move. And then an elderly man came over. He passed me a bottle of water and asked if I was okay. I was okay, but I was tired and I didn't want to run any more. And all he said was - "I am 55 and I am not tired yet. Get up and run!"

Fatigue, pain - it is all psychological. It is all in the head. I picked up myself and started running. Soon my breathing got back to normal, and my ankle stopped hurting. I completed the run. I ran a full 5 km, the very first time in my entire life. I completed it in about 34 minutes, which is pretty good for someone carrying 35 kg of excess weight!

But that day, I realized that I can run a full 5. I started posting about it on facebook, and people were generally encouraging.

The subsequent runs saw me getting even better. 5 km in 29 minutes, and then a 5 km in 25 minutes! When I told my dad about it, he told me that had I been in the Army, they would have rated me 'Excellent' for my timing ;-)

Fast forward today. I run with Pune Running's KP-KAL group. Running alone can be boring and monotonous, so find like-minded people in your area. I feel blessed that these amazing folks exist in my neighbourhood. Today, I can run 10 km and cycle 12! This did not happen in a day. It took time. But trust me, it is possible. It is difficult, I agree, but the sense of achievement after successfully completing a run is worth putting the effort! And if I can do it, you sure can! The key is to accept that a problem exists. And the one person responsible to make the change is YOU - the person in the mirror!

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit that you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.”

Edit :
1. Have run 4 Half Marathons (best time being 2:19).
2. Max distance covered on bicycle is now 52 km.
3. Completed Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2015: full 42.195 kilometers


  1. Awesome Prince......Keep running.....You are motivation to lots of people who have lost all their hopes of having a healthy life and are busy earning only money...

    1. I had been an 'all work and no play' guy myself. And in august last year, I resembled a human sphere! But yes, things are much better now! And if all goes well, I will run a half in the Pune International Marathon this year!

  2. Aamzing + Inspiring.. Hats off to all ur dedication dude.. Way to go :) :)

  3. Excellent Job .. You are an inspiration!!! Dude... This goes on our newcast... :)

  4. Really Great Article man.... Why din i read it earlier. ...I am 18 kg overweight...and want to loose all that ..


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog


मुद्दत हो गयी उन तन्हायियो को गुजरे , फिर भी इन आँखों में नमी क्यों है  ? तोड़ दिया मोहब्बत पर से यकीन मेरा, फिर भी मेरी दुनिया में तेरी कमी क्यों है ? हसरत है क्यों आज भी तेरी चाहत की मुझे, क्यों याद तेरी जेहेन से मिटती नहीं ? जलजला क्यों उमड़ता है ख्वाबो में मेरे, उस आशिकी की आगज़नी क्यों है  ? सन्नाटो में भी क्यों सुनता हू तुझे मेरी परछाई से क्यों तू जाती नहीं ? इन डबडबाती आँखों को तलाश तेरी, आज भी कहीं क्यों है   ?

How the Python import system works

How the Python import system works From: If you ask me to name the most misunderstood aspect of Python, I will answer without a second thought: the Python import system. Just remember how many times you used relative imports and got something like  ImportError: attempted relative import with no known parent package ; or tried to figure out how to structure a project so that all the imports work correctly; or hacked  sys.path  when you couldn't find a better solution. Every Python programmer experienced something like this, and popular StackOverflow questions, such us  Importing files from different folder  (1822 votes),  Relative imports in Python 3  (1064 votes) and  Relative imports for the billionth time  (993 votes), are a good indicator of that. The Python import system doesn't just seem complicated – it is complicated. So even though the  documentation  is really good, it d

On working remote

The last company I worked for, did have an office space, but the code was all on Github, infra on AWS, we tracked issues over Asana and more or less each person had at least one project they could call "their own" (I had a bunch of them ;-)). This worked pretty well. And it gave me a feeling that working remote would not be very different from this. So when we started working on our own startup, we started with working from our homes. It looked great at first. I could now spend more time with Mom and could work at leisure. However, it is not as good as it looks like. At times it just feels you are busy without business, that you had been working, yet didn't achieve much. If you are evaluating working from home and are not sure of how to start, or you already do (then please review and add your views in comments) and feel like you were better off in the office, do read on. Remote work is great. But a physical office is better. So if you can, find yourself a co-working s