20 June, 2012
Last day one of my brothers here in the friary showed me an apparatus, Pedometer, which is used to count the total number of steps we tread a day. So it seems that we need to or at least we must walk 10000 steps a day. So he went for an extra walk in the evening to fulfill the ten thousand mark. Till the end of September 2012 I was also walking up to the university and then to all the city visits. But now I did buy a Zone Pass since I need to travel regularly. In turn to maximize the usage of the pass, I now go to the university and all nearby places in bus. And what is the outcome? More fat getting settles in my body. When I was in North India in the mission station, there were times we all had to walk 7 to 10 kilometers since there were no bus services to certain villages. And whenever I reached later than 18.00, I had to walk 9 kilometers to the friary. Those days when it was so usual to walk I never said to anyone that ‘I go for a walk’. Now here in Switzerland, I go for a walk and in India I walked never thinking that I am walking. There was a time I never went for a walk for the sake of walking, and now I make an extra walk. What is the difference? In two years’ time in Switzerland I put on extra flabs in the form of 8 kilos fat. In a country with less transport and comfort I need not do an extra walk or an extra sport to keep me in fit. It was all part of the life. Burning out these 8 kilos seems to be more difficult than that life with minimum food and less facilities in North India. Now I may also need a pedometer to check my calorie burns.