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I also be­gan go­ing for a brisk walk for 25 min­utes ev­ery morn­ing and did some sim­ple stretch­ing ex­er­cises. I took the stairs in­stead of the lift when vis­it­ing friends. I couldn’t do it in my build­ing be­cause I live on the 24th floor, but I’d climb two to three flights and then take the el­e­va­tor up.

That first week was tough but the sec­ond week I was al­lowed a glass of low-fat milk, yo­gurt and steamed sprouts. The third week I started adding some va­ri­ety to the diet by sprin­kling puffed rice over my sal­ads and in­clud­ing veg­etable soups made of pea, po­tato or as­para­gus, and mango, ba­nana and wa­ter­melon juices.

Within a month, I’d lost 10kg. I was amazed – and so were oth­ers. “Wow you look amaz­ing,’’ my daugh­ter said on re­turn­ing home af­ter a two-month visit to In­dia.

I be­gan to get ad­ven­tur­ous and cooked up new recipes for sal­ads. Some days I would grate beet­roots and sprin­kle them with le­mon juice or cube green ap­ples and eat them mixed with rice crisps.

By the sec­ond month I could in­clude a whole­meal veg­etable sand­wich with­out dress­ing or one roti with­out ghee with veg­eta­bles cooked with­out oil, such as sautéed on a non-stick pan. I was also al­lowed to have cooked food but with very lit­tle oil. Where ear­lier I would use oil lib­er­ally now I learnt to cook with non-stick pans with no oil or just a tea­spoon of oil.

I did have crav­ings but when­ever they were re­ally strong, I would have a bowl of salad or a fruit. By De­cem­ber 2012, two months later, I had lost 5kg more.

From then on­wards the weight loss was steady. In Fe­bru­ary 2013, I also learnt to swim and that made me fitter. I found I could slip into medium-size T-shirts and fit­ted jeans. See­ing my change, Par­i­jat was im­pressed. “I want to go on your diet,” he said and af­ter see­ing the doc­tor was given his own fruit plan to fol­low. He went from 90kg to 79kg in nine months.

By Au­gust 2013, I’d lost 35kg and I am now 54kg, which brought my BMI down to a healthy 22. Now my day starts with a brisk 45-minute walk fol­lowed by some stretch­ing ex­er­cises. I never miss my break­fast of corn­flakes and milk now. Lunch is still sal­ads and a mix­ture of fruit.

I feel fitter, lighter and more ac­tive. Al­though switch­ing to a healthy diet means I am cut­ting and chop­ping veg­gies and fruits the whole day, I don’t mind the ex­tra work at all.

At par­ties peo­ple some­times fail to recog­nise me, I look so dif­fer­ent. I have also been get­ting my chil­dren to fol­low a healthy diet and to cut down on oil in food.

I am en­joy­ing all the fun the new me is bring­ing ev­ery day. This year I danced for two hours con­tin­u­ously dur­ing the Navra­tri fes­ti­val at Zabeel Park. Where ear­lier I used to feel tired even do­ing house­work, now I feel more ac­tive and fit.

The best thing is that now I can fit into my skinny jeans and slim-fit­ting tops. And I can start shop­ping for ‘medium’ clothes.

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