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Curve Balls

When was the last time you were completely stumped by a question, a request, or a situation you found yourself in? How did you handle it?

Why is your tummy so big ? Are you pregnant, daddy?
That was prick on the balloon of my ego – how could  I call myself a man anymore?

I have heard that seahorses are the only species where the male can get pregnant and the only human that I have heard got pregnant was Arnold  Schwarzenegger in the Hollywood movie “Junior” .

In Kerala, where I hail from a tummy is considered a sign of prosperity (proportional to one’s bank balance). This is how I consoled myself.  But not for long.

I decided it was time to hit the gym.   Else, how could I resurrect my crestfallen ego.

I started on a strict regimen of exercise 2-3 times a week – starting with 20mins of treadmill then other exercises and ending with weights.  I also did jogging, inline skating, cycling, marathons, yoga and swimming.

Apart from exercise I also took care of my diet – but this was proving to be difficult. I have a weakness for sweets and icecream.  Whenever I come back from the gym.. my kid asks invariably  — daddy can we buy icecream today?

After a few months, I am beginning to see some effect – now the tummy is getting smaller and when I take a deep breath – it is quite flat.  I cannot boast of a 6-pack but this can be called a “family pack”!

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