And yet, there is so much more to go. Working out has some funny results: I feel more energetic (at least for a few hours after the workout) and less hungry (strangely) and overall, my body feels much better. This is important for a graduate student who lives a rather sedentary life and eats quite a lot of unhealthy (free) food. Working out has also added a disciplined regularity to my schedule since I have to catch the right bus at the right time and everything else is geared around that goal. I spent this semester waking up at 7:30 AM and sleeping at 12:00 midnight just about everyday, an unimaginable feat just a year ago in Roorkee.
The harder part of living a healthy lifestyle though is controlling your diet. I do not intend to go on some zero-carb diet or anything that drastic but a general reduction of portion sizes is certainly underway. It is a challenge to resist things like pizzas and nachos and I can't claim complete success in this field. But having gotten over a nachos-addiction, the process is on.
It was about five years ago when I recognized that physical health was the only pillar of strength that I was lacking in. Since then, very little was done and this is a failure. However, 2014 has already proven to be the one year when I can make a significant stride towards that goal. The process lasted through this semester and will continue by the sheer force of will power - and the lure of watching The Daily Show while working out!