The door bell rang at 11.30 am this morning and I found a courier from Amazon with a parcel for me. First, this is the first time that I received a parcel from Amazon on a Sunday and secondly, I had not ordered anything from them. I checked to see that it was indeed addressed to me and opened it to see if either Ranjan or Manjiree had ordered something for me.

This is what I found.
Bingo! The light went on and here is a flashback to last Thursday.

A young couple, very dear to me who for some strange reason, has adopted me into their family called up to invite me to have lunch with them. I readily agreed and we had a great lunch at a favourite restaurant close to my home. Before the lunch GP told me that she would not order anything as she was on a diet plan which had enabled her to lose six kilograms in just as many weeks through a fasting programme. She said that she would help herself to little bit of what I ordered for myself and from her husband KS’s plate as well.

I was curious about this fasting programme and she explained it further to me by telling me about the above book which was recommended to her by another mutual acquaintance who had lost ten kilograms in six weeks. She believed that by following the programme listed in the book, I should be able to improve on my breathing condition and promised to send the book across for me to read.  (I also suspect that she wants me to shed some kilograms!)

Instead of sending her copy to me, she had simply ordered a copy from Amazon for me! What a delightful surprise gift! I rang her up to remonstrate and thank her, and she sweetly suggested that instead of thanking her, I do the same for someone else. What a lady!

I started reading the book and completed reading the introductions by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore. I am quite impressed with their approach to the subject of fasting.  I intend going back to reading the book after I finish my daily session at the computer to attend to my mail, blogging, facebook etc.  I shall write another post once I finish reading it.

Thank you GP.

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11 Responses to Surprise!

  1. I take notice that you emphasize that you will review the book after “reading” it……. Hmmmmm!

  2. Good luck — unfortunately she is right, losing some weight might make it easier to get enough oxygen. That‘s a bummer because you get such pleasure out of food.

    I’m looking forward to future posts on the subject.
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    • It may an overkill to write about it but she had actually ordered for two books. One came today. By the same author Jason Fung called The Obesity Code. That addresses obesity on a stand alone basis. I teased her about sending me messages through her gifts rather than simply asking me to reduce my weight!

    • I read the reviews of the first book you received — some people think The Obesity Code is better. As I said, I’m looking forward to your reviews. 🙂
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      • I have in fact started reading The Obesity Code before I went too deep in the former. I will indeed write once I finish and perhaps implement some suggestions. My initial reaction is that what the doctor says makes sense.

  3. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    I am not a fan of diets as a solution to lose weight in X weeks, because the weight eventually bounces back (especially if all the diet does for you is to remove water from the body, which I call the raisin effect). I was once upon a time a chubby gal, what did I do to lose those extra kilos? I exercised my butt off. It worked. The key is burn more than what you ingest (do not deny your body any of the goodies) and to give time to the body’s metabolism to speed up. It took me 6 months to lose weight and another 6 months to cement the whole thing – I never gained extra weight ever again.

    About fasting: my grandmother is an expert on it lol.

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    • I have now received a companion book written by the same doctor subsequently on obesity. After I read both and perhaps follow some advice given in them, I shall write again about my experience. Indians fast regularly and it is no big deal.

  4. I guess my worry would be that weight loss through fasting often isn’t sustainable. But I hope you find the books useful!
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  5. returning to normal diet is often the difficulty – it might be just better to eat less by having less on the plate to begin with…along with some exercise whatever you current issues will let you do…
    However, I did notice on one reply you did mention fasting is a tradition in your society so possibly you just need to tweak what you currently do…

    • I personally haven’t fasted in years. I am seriously considering some form of fasting as I read the first of the two books. I shall write about my decision after I finish reading both and take a decision.

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