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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How to Post blank facebook status?

We usually like to update the status which is different from others. Here is how you can post a blank status.

For that just type "@[0:0: ]" without quotes.

Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are some very useful facebook sortcuts for facebook users.

For Chrome Users :
  • Alt + 1 : Go to news feed
  • Alt + 2 : Go to your own profile.
  • Alt + 3 : To see your friend requests.
  • Alt + 4 : To view messages.
  • Alt + 5 : To view notifications.
  • Alt + 6 : Go to your account settings.
  • Alt + 7 : Go to your privacy settings.
  • Alt + 8 : To view facebook's own profile.
  • Alt + 9 : View Facebook Statements and Rights agreement
  • Alt + 0 : Open facebook Help Center.
  • Alt + ? : Go to the facebook search.
  • Alt +m : To compose a new message.

For Firefox users :

  • Alt + Shift + 1 : Go to news feed
  • Alt + Shift + 2 : Go to your own profile.
  • Alt + Shift + 3 : To see your friend requests.
  • Alt + Shift + 4 : To view messages.
  • Alt + Shift + 5 : To view notifications.
  • Alt + Shift + 6 : Go to your account settings.
  • Alt + Shift + 7 : Go to your privacy settings.
  • Alt + Shift + 8 : To view facebook's own profile.
  • Alt + Shift + 9 : View Facebook Statements and Rights agreement
  • Alt + Shift + 0 : Open facebook Help Center.
  • Alt + Shift + ? : Go to the facebook search.
  • Alt + Shift + m : To compose a new message.

If you are using Internet Explorer, then you just have to hit enter after the facebook shortcuts of chrome.

Get back Old Facebook Chat ?

Get Old Facebook Chat Back

Facebook has introduced new facebook chat interface. But it is a bit complex and not as good as the old one. Here i will show you how to get old facebook chat back. This trick will work only for firefox, chrome and opera.

  • Click according to your browser as shown in the image. After clicking it install the extension in your browser and restart your browser.

  • Open facebook after restarting your browser.

  • After opening facebook, you will see the screen as below.

  • Select  the options as shown in the image. You will get these options selected by default, if not then select it manually as shown in the figure.

  • And that's it! You will get the old facebook chat as shown in the image.

If you like this plz share this with your friends and help them to get old facebook chat back.

Open Two Facebook Account In Same Browser

In todays world many people have more than one accounts in facebook, twitter, gmail etc. But they can't open it simultaneously. I will show you how to open these accounts simultaneously. This trick will only work in firefox. You can open any accounts simultaneously with the help of this trick.

If you dont have firefox then you can download it from the link given below.

After intalling it follow the steps given below.

1. Go to start menu. Click on Run.

2. Type "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -no-remote -p
Then click Ok.

3. After clicking OK you will get screen like below. Click 'Create Profile' on it.

4. After clicking on it, you will receive dialogue box like shown below. Select 'Next' on it.

5. After that type the profile name you want to create.

6. Then click on finish. You will get the dialogue box as under.

7. Now select the profile you want to open and click on 'start firefox'. Uncheck the checkbox as shown in the above figure so that you can select the profile at the time of starting the firefox.

8. To open second account, open firefox in another profile. And that's it! You can open second account in it.

For chrome users, follow steps written below.

1. Log in to the account in chrome.

2. Now press ctrl+shift+N. It will show new icoginto window.

3. Thats it! Now you can open another account in it!

Password Protect your Internet Browser ?

If you want to protect your browser with password , you can do it easily in chrome by using a simple extension.

If you use 'remember me' option or 'keep me signed in' option in many websites then you should protect your browser from others get access to your accounts.

For this you can use startup password extension awailable in chrome extensions.

Go to this link to get it.

Simple Startup Password

Install this extension to chrome.

Then go to Settings > Tools > Extensions > Simple Startup Password > Options.
Set password.
It will ask password every time you start your browser.

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How to buy a best laptop or computer ?

Present day we can find many laptops in the world, so we cannot easily choose our best laptop for you. So here I am giving your guidelines for buying or purchase a best laptop or computer in store. If you follow the below guidelines then you can buy a best and life long laptop for you. Let us check here.

Complete buying guide for laptop/Notebook or computer

Best laptop
Now a day's laptops comes with very cheap price in India, so this is common item which is used in Indian families, and the competition also high to desktop, laptop and computer sales in the retailer market of India. Already more than 500 laptop companies available in India, now many new laptop companies also launched here. So we cannot find the best laptop easily, that is very difficult for everyone. If you are not buy best and great laptop with good features then
I can surely say to you, whole your money will be waste.

So I have made one article for you which will you guide for purchase a best laptop for you. This article surely will help to buy one best laptop for you as soon as possible, most of peoples not aware about quality of laptop and configuration, so here you can find which configuration is best for laptop. For buying one laptop we have to consider many factors while purchasing in store, but most of peoples simply buying and wasting their money, so here I guide you for buying a best laptop for you.

which is best Screen size of Laptop?

Most of peoples not giving preference to screen size, screen size also important factor to be consider while purchasing a laptop as well as processor. Processor is most important factor to be considered to purchase a laptop, but at the same time we have to give some importance to screen size.

Most of peoples thinking in wrong way, that is wide screen is best for laptop, but it's not true. For example consider that If you are a student, Or a teacher, or a businessperson, then you don't need to use wide screen big laptop. Consider if you are one video editor or a graphic designer or a gamer then you need one huge laptop with wide screen. So which size is better for one laptop? check below.

a) 12", 12.1" and 13.3"
b) 14", 14.1"
c) 15", 15.4"
d) 17" or more

which type of Processor is best for Laptop?

Next think is that processor; processor is most important factor to be considered during buying one laptop. Most of peoples do not care for processor that is wrong. If you buy a laptop with poor quality processor then your laptop will be completely spoiled and your money also wastes. Processor is very important for one laptop which will give that ultimate speed for you. Let's use the below processor which is best for one laptop.

Intel core i3
Intel core i5
Intel core i7

Battery Life of Laptop

The battery is very important factor for one laptop, basically battery comes with following models such as 4 cells, 6 cells, and 9 cells. In my point of view please do not go for 4 cell batteries while you going to some places, because this battery will give you less life time or usage time only, that is not more than 1.5 hours.

The 6 cell batteries are generally best battery for everyone, because it gives more usage time for you, that is approximately 2.5 - 3.5 hours, that is optimum for everyone.

The 9 cell batteries is really very good choice for everyone ( in laptop) because it gives 4-6 hours battery life, so this is really helpful for everyone when they are travelling on outside. Friends please don't use AMD processors in laptop that will bring poor quality in batteries.

Most of peoples do not using suitable AC adapters for one particular laptop. You must use a 65w adapter for 6 cell batteries and 90w adapters for 9 cell batteries.

Connectivity of Laptop

Your laptop should configure with wireless 802.11g (wifi) at least, it is minimum requirement for one laptop. You know one thing the 802.11b routers gives you better speed and stability. If you identify any laptop in store with wifi 802.11n series that is really best for you which has third generation wifi routers with unbelievable performance, that will bring good speed than 802.11g routers.

Which RAM Size is best for Laptop?

The Random access memory is important factor for one laptop; because it will give you speed of one particular laptop. So we have to consider RAM size while we purchasing on a store. You should buy a laptop with upgraded RAM.I. You should buy one laptop with at least 1GB RAM upgrade it. Generally 2 GB ram is best for one laptop, because it gives good usage speed for everyone. If you use your laptop for entertainment purpose such as gaming purpose then 4GB RAM size is best for you.

Hard disk of Laptop

The Hard disk is the storage space or source of any laptop or computer. Generally 3 types of hard disk is available such as 4200 rpm, 5400 rpm, 7200 rpm (both SATA and ATI). You should not go for 4200 rpm hard disk because it will not give you higher performance. If you need higher and outstanding performance laptop then you may go for . You should understand that 5400 rpm hard disks are not good because they will eat the battery life time in your laptop. We can easily upgrade of laptop, you know one thing thus the 320 GB hard disks is really good and best hard disk for everyone that will give you large memory space for you/

Graphics Cards of Laptop

The Graphics cards also important factor for one laptop, because if you installed any high quality graphic card, then that will give you better gaming experience for you. So if you use your laptop for gaming purpose then you must install with high quality graphics card.

Warranty of Laptop

Don't forget to buy a laptop with at least 1 year warranty. Because most of peoples buying a laptop with low quality, those are not having warranty offer. So I suggest you too buy a laptop with 1 year or 2 year warranty for your laptop.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

How to clean an LCD screen (TFT/LCD computer monitor or laptop screen)& CRT

What you will need:
a soft, anti-static cloth (for the plastic casing) (if required).
microfibre* (lint-free) cloth (similar to eyeglass cloths).
suitable cleaning fluid for the monitor's plastic case.
suitable LCD screen cleaning fluid or distilled water**.
* microfibre cloths can be found in automotive and electronic stores. A good substitute would be the soft cloth used to clean eyeglasses, or in an emergency a very clean oldpure cotton t-shirt. Never use paper products like tissue!

** for some screens the water may be mixed with isopropyl alchohol for stubborn marks, BUT always check the manufacturers instructions for your particular model. If in doubt and suitable LCD screen cleaner is not obtainable, use just water (preferably distilled).
If you are going to clean the monitor casing, do it before you clean the screen. Spray the anti-static cloth with a suitable cleaner (don't spray the fluid directly onto the monitor/laptop) and wipe the monitor's casing (be careful not to touch the screen with the cloth or cleaning solution).
To clean the screen, gently wipe the dry microfibre cloth across the surface of the screen (in straight lines) to remove any dust.
If there are stubborn marks, put some of the LCD cleaning fluid (or water) onto themicrofibre cloth and gently clean the area (never spray fluid directly onto the LCD screen, always spray/apply onto the cloth)
Ensure the screen/monitor is completely dry before use.

Cleaning a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor

What you will need:

a soft, anti-static cloth.
a lint-free cloth.
screen cleaning fluid (glass cleaner is usually ok).
CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors can be cleaned in much the same way as conventional tube televisions.
Use the anti-static cloth and a suitable cleaner for the plastic casing of the monitor.
Spray the screen cleaning fluid onto the lint-free cloth (never spray directly onto the screen) and wipe the monitor's screen in straight lines.
Ensure the monitor is completely dry before you reconnect the power

Recover Accidentally Deleted Gmail Contacts

Gmail has introduced one great feature in contacts which restores your contact list to a recent date if you have accidentally deleted a couple of contacts and want to get them back in your address book.You can restore contacts list to any previous time like 10 minutes ago, 1 hour ago, yesterday, 1 week ago or specific date. This feature is similar to what Windows Restore and Apple Time Machine does.

Steps to Recover:
1. Go to your Gmail account.
2. Click on Contacts located at the left side just below the
Gmail logo.

3. Now you will have list of all the contacts before you, click on More actions.
4. In More actions drop down menu click on Restore Contacts.

5. Now you would be on Restore Contacts page which would just look like 10 minutes ago, 1 hour ago, yesterday, 1 week ago or specific date.

6. Done. Check your contact list now.

How to Clean an Optical Mouse

Optical Mice and Laser Mice are quickly replacing the traditional Mechanical Ball mouse because they are more sensitive, mouse pointer works on uneven surfaces without the mouse pad and there's no internal cleaning required since there are no rollers or rotating wheels.

The only issue associated with LED based Optical Mice is that they tend to get sticky over time because surface dust collects on the soft pads located near the light emitter. This can result in erratic cursor movement like it suddenly jumps to a different location on the computer screen or move very slowly or even worse, the mouse may not work at all.

I know it can get very frustrating when the mouse movement is not smooth but there's nothing to worry about. If you notice any of the above symptoms, all you need to do is clean the bottom of the mouse without opening the mouse body.

The easiest way to remove dust sticking on the mouse soft pads is by using your finger nail. Invert the mouse and gently rub your finger nail on each of the soft pad. This is not a very hygienic approach but definitely the fastest way to get going. Never use a sharp instrument like Shaving Blade, Knife or a Toothpick to clean the mouse as that may do a permanent damage to the soft pads.

Alternatively, if you want to keep your hands clean, get a soft cloth dipped in water and gently rub it over the soft pads. Once the pads become slightly wet (not soaked), pick a clean white sheet of paper and run the mouse over it. The paper will absorb any of the remaining dust or stickly grease.

There are chances that some grease is also sticking to your mouse pad. Apply some mild-soap water to the surface and wipe it with the cloth.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Adnan Sami on weight loss: If I can do it, anyone can

Adnan Sami on weight loss: If I can do it, anyone can
In a candid conversation with Manoj Khatri, Adnan Sami reveals what he lost and what he gained in his life-changing experience.
Barely a year or so ago, he couldn't walk five steps without resting, needed belt extensions in aircraft, couldn't lie down for sleeping and had to travel with a custom-made wheelchair. Today, he enjoys playing tennis and squash.
Meet Adnan Sami, the singer-music composer, whose extraordinary transformation is the stuff that inspiring stories are made of. He lost a whopping 130 kilos in a span of one year - a feat that few can imagine, leave alone achieve. Interview excerpts:

What is obesity? How serious is it? How does it affect a person?

It is very serious, but I did not know the seriousness of obesity till my nutritionist told me.
When I signed up for losing weight, they did a lot of tests on me to check my reaction to various foods. What I realised is that it's all in the mind. Everything you think and do affects your health. For some people, even if they smell food they put on weight [like me].
Every person reacts differently to different foods, and situations. Nutritionists analyse all your habits as a person - physical, physiological and emotional. They make you change your lifestyle, and do not make you feel that you are on a diet.
It was a tough call for me. I was put on a no-sugar, no-rice, no-bread, no-oil diet; only high protein. They asked me questions like, "What do you do when you are sad, or happy." My answer to both was: "I eat!" I associated food with every emotion. It was difficult then…I had no self-control. When I was depressed, I used to eat and then feel guilty, and again eat. It was a vicious cycle. It was difficult to get out of this. You lose confidence.
There is another important factor that my nutritionist pointed out. Obesity can be genetic [disorder] and that is what people don't understand. They simply pass comments like, "Ah, what a careless person." But people are genetically different and that is also true for their eating habits. We know some people who eat a lot, but still do not put on weight, and for some, eating small portions also amounts to a lot of calories [their body makes a mountain of a molehill]. The body set-up and chemistry is different for each person, and it reacts in a different way to every food.
Obesity is as much a disease as any other physical disorder. Today, people understand; they are sensitive and sympathetic towards those who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, but they don't realise that obesity is as serious an addiction… which is why people go to rehabs or controlled-environment farms. But, what happens is that you follow those rules only till you are there; the moment you are out, you go out and party, and start hogging.
People look down upon obese individuals and make fun of them. You don't make fun of a person's physical disability - if they’re handicapped, blind, short, tall; it's not their fault. This is also true for obesity. Many times, for most people, especially for those who are morbidly obese, it is not that they are just over-indulgent, but they seriously have a mental/physical problem. Hence, people need to be made aware and educated as there is a lot of ignorance about this aspect.

The first few weeks are always the most difficult. Can you share your experience when you started your weight loss programme?

For the first month-and-an-half or so, I went through serious withdrawals just like any person with an addiction goes through. There are so many things that we take for granted. For example, we walk into the kitchen, open the fridge, and just stare at it. We have nothing better to do, so we indulge. It's all calories. To discourage me, my mom stuck two fridge magnets - one right on the handle saying, "STOP! FAT HERE!" - like a traffic sign. The other said: "A Moment on the Lips, Forever on the Hips."
In the US today, obesity is acknowledged as a certified disease. So, they treat it with seriousness. It is a huge problem in the US, the most obese nation in the world. India is not far away. People in India are unaware, and it is time that they start taking care. Because the US is aware of the obesity problem, there is a parallel diet food industry that runs there. Today, you will find a diet solution to every kind of food. You even have one per cent [fat] milk there.
Coming back to your question, my nutritionist came up with all possible options for me to snack. Rather than grabbing potato chips and going crazy with them, I could have home-made popcorn without butter, may be with a little salt. She asked me whether I liked ice-cream. I looked at her and said, "Hey look at me and get serious. Do I look like the kind of person who doesn't like Ice-Cream?" [laughs]. She said, "OK fine, whenever you feel hungry, or you are watching a movie, instead of having a chocolate ice-cream, grab diet fudge sticks [they are made of fudge chocolate], but they have only 30 calories. You also get a lot of diet ice lollies which have only 20 calories; soft drinks with one calorie with different flavours." I suddenly discovered a whole new world. So, whenever I had those cravings, I grabbed these things and they helped me pull along the initial stages. By the time I was ready to come back to Mumbai [after three months], I was following a diet regime which I was settled into. After that, when the scale starts talking to you, and starts coming down, it gives you encouragement and energy.

What has been people’s reaction to your weight loss?

A lot of times people say to me, “Oh my gosh, you have lost 130 kilos. Why didn't you do it before?” But, they don't understand that if I could have, I would have. The point is, first of all, it took me Herculean strength to build up the courage and the mental strength to go through such a task. Frankly, in the beginning, I didn't think I was up to the job. I saw this huge mountain in front of me and said: “How the hell am I going to climb it?” At that time, I had tried [to diet] and failed so many times. I would break my resolve within a week's time! The kind of profession I am in, there is always something or the other happening. There are parties, functions to attend, we travel a lot, and it was difficult to stick to the diet.

Did obesity affect your professional life? If yes, how?

Oh, yes, it did, absolutely. Take travel, for instance. In my profession, airports figure very prominently as we have to travel a lot. Although there was a time when I used to love travelling a lot, because I have grown up in that kind of atmosphere, where we have lived in different parts of the world. We have travelled extensively, exploring new cities. But, a point came when travelling became my biggest mental block - my biggest fear and nightmare - because of the big airports where there is a lot of walking involved and I used to hate it. Not being able to travel was affecting my profession.
I couldn't fit into the chair of the aircraft. My biggest fear used to be: will I be able to fit into that aircraft chair? It was so frightening for me. Then I began to choose airlines where I would still feel a little bit comfortable as they had bigger chairs. Then a point came when even in those I was starting to barely fit. I had to make an effort, and hold my breath to sink in. There was even an occasion where I didn't fit in to a chair in the first class and so I had to shift to Economy and pull up the middle armrest and use two chairs together. It was very upsetting and embarrassing. Then I used to weep within myself and wonder what I have got myself into. Even then, I wouldn't be able solve it.
I had to [then] use a wheel chair at the airport and a time came when I used to not fit in airport wheel chairs because they were too small for me. So, I had to get a wheel chair custom-made, which used to travel with me wherever I went. If I had to walk [I am talking about the last stage before I went on diet] I had to use a walking stick. A lot of people thought I was making it up. But, the fact of the matter is that I actually had a walking stick. My legs had become so weak that they couldn't carry my weight. It was really terrible, terrible.

Where did you derive your emotional and mental strength from, especially during the period when you were consciously losing weight?

When you have a sword hanging over your head - the doctors had given me the ultimatum that, "We give you six months, that's it" - it's inspiration enough. I had tremendous support from my family - my father, brother, mother. They held my hand through it all, and it couldn't have happened without them. They were there for me 24x7. I remember when I lost my first 5-10 kilos, all of them were like, “Wow, you look so different,” and I looked in the mirror saying "From where? What are they talking about?" They'd say, "I tell you, those trousers, they look a little bit loose from here," and I used to wonder, "May be, I can't see it." But, that really worked for me. When I would have a craving they used to say, "Hey, listen you are here, it has already begin to show; now you can't stop it," and that used to keep me from giving it up. So, my family encouraged me tremendously.
They were also with me in tangible ways. Like in the beginning, I was not in a position to exercise. I was too big for that. The initial exercise we used to do was to arrive at a shopping mall and I used to walk five steps, then stop and continue. During those five walking steps, my father and brother would be right next to me, to support me in case I lost balance. My legs had become so weak, that suddenly I would have a spasm and my legs would suddenly say, "No!" They were standing next to me to take care, in case I plummet. For me, even standing was an exercise.

What was your state of mind just before you determined to get rid of obesity?

At the time when I was given the ultimatum [May 2006], it took me a lot between then and the first week of July to mentally condition myself to do this. My initial reaction was, "Okay, well if this is it, I cannot control it. If I have to go, everybody has to go." I didn't have the courage. I believed that I couldn't do it. I had tried it so many times earlier and I had become so addicted to it. You will not believe, I was given the ultimatum and I went straight after that consultation and hogged at a buffet. That was the reaction. Initially, I didn't want to even face the truth. My reaction was, "Ha, what a melodramatic doctor! I am not going to die because of eating, what does he know." But, deep inside my heart, I knew that whatever he said was so right because I knew how I was living. I knew I couldn't sleep, or even lie down on the bed. I was sleeping on the sofa, sitting posture. As a result, I developed lymphodoema [swelling of the legs], water retention, my body was swollen, and my legs were "blown" because the blood was not pumping up properly. I was in a bad state.
You know, there are two types of fat, one which is just beneath the skin and one underneath the muscle. The fat that I had developed beneath the muscle was dangerous; it had started to push into my diaphragm and ultimately ended up pushing into my lungs. So, breathing became very difficult for me, which is why I couldn't lie down. As I would lie down, it would automatically push up and get into my lungs causing difficulty in breathing. As a result, I had to get up and allow gravity to pull it down. I also became an asthmatic, and this was really a nightmare.
I remember speaking to my dad that this is it. "Dad, listen, I just wanted you to know that I have lived my life and enjoyed everything. So, if I go there should be no regrets, because I have lived life a king and enjoyed every indulgence in the world." Imagine my father listening to this nonsense from his son. He didn't pay attention to what I said. He just shook me up, and said, "Damn you, I am not going to take this. I am not listening to this nonsense; you are going to get out of this. You have been through all kinds of trials and tribulations and have come out of it, and you have been a fighter all through. I am not going to let you go down like this. You are going to give me six months of your life. Today, I am exercising my right as a father to order you to give me six months. You are not doing anything else; otherwise, I am walking out of your life."
So, he gave me an ultimatum of a different kind. Then, we started negotiating. I said I can't give six months, I have work to do. He said, "Work can go to hell. How will you work without your health?" He was right. Ultimately, we negotiated it down to three months. He put a condition: "For these three months, there's no work or anything else. You are going to forget the world and solely be there for me."
I went to Houston and shut myself from the world. The night before I was to hand over my diet to the nutritionist, she turned to me and said, "All right, tonight you will have your last indulgent meal and after that you will follow whatever I am saying." So, she said go out there and eat whatever you want for the last time. I remember I had a huge feast that day. I call that my Last Supper. The next day, I started. And, the rest is history.

When did you begin to feel "it's working!"?

Initially, I couldn't exercise, it was only diet. So, for the first two months it was only dieting and just doing very minor walks. It was only after I lost my first 40 kilos, I was in a position to start doing the treadmill. To be honest, I did not feel that I could run 100 metres, but I began to realise little things that I could lie down. Initially, I could lie down only with the help of pillows at the back where I'd stretch my legs and needed help getting into and out of the bed. So, I started noticing small changes like I could lie down, sleep longer, my sleep apnoea was beginning to disappear slowly, I could stand longer [Hey, I got up on my own today. I didn't need two people to help me out]. It was very gradual. Then, as I moved forward, things began to get better and better.
Today, I play tennis and squash. I love travelling again and don't have to travel by Economy. I don't need belt extensions any more. Earlier, the belts didn't fit me. These are things you don't even think of. I used to get a belt extension and even that used to be at its tail-end. I used make that bigger sometimes. So, now, I don't need them. Basically, I can lead a normal life. These are things that we take for granted, but they did happen to me, and it was terrible. Recently, I was in Malaysia and I even went sailing and had a great time. I am enjoying it. Sometimes you have to reach rock-bottom to come back, because you can't go any further.

If I were to ask you to divide in terms of percentage, how much was it mental and how much physical?

70 per cent is mental; only 30 per cent physical/physiological. So, I think it is more mental than physical. Our body has enough reserves to go without food. Most of the times, our mind controls the stomach.
There are occasions when your stomach is sending you a signal that I am full, but your eyes are saying: one more. Wo kahte hain na, pet ki bhuk khatam ho gayi par aankhon ki nahi [It's said that stomach's hunger ends but the eyes remain hungry]. It's exactly that. Your eyes and mind are tempting you whereas your stomach is saying. Hey, hang on, I am full, I cannot keep it, and your mind says, “Shut up, I am sending it down, so deal with it! I am sure you will find a place…do something, negotiate with your intestines and create some space, but I want that damn thing down!” That is another problem we face: the mind and the physical aspect are two separate things, and are not in agreement.
After I started my weight loss programme, attending parties became a nightmare. Imagine going to a party where you can't eat or drink! I used to sit there with a glass of water. Initially I felt weird about it. I didn't want to tell people about my diet. Nobody ever imagined at a party that I am sitting there with a glass of water. People used to walk up to me and say, “Oh, since when did you switch to vodka?” They could never perceive that I could be standing with a glass of water, because I usually would have Scotch or something. Initially, I became sick of that and if anybody asked I would say, yes I am having vodka.
Yet another problem was when I went to somebody's house for dinner. Our culture is such: "You've hardly eaten anything. Here, have some more," and things like that. I used to keep a huge pile of food on my plate and the host would look and say, “He is going to have a good time wwtoday.” Then I would quietly put the plate away without so much as a bite. And, if anybody asked, I would say, "Didn't you see I finished off my plate?" They used to agree because they saw me with full plate a while ago. But, to have the ability to put it away is difficult, and that's where the mental strength comes in. So, yes, 70 per cent of the effort was mental.
As far as the body is concerned, it does not suddenly get into spasms and say [makes a desperate face], "No… I need that brownie, now!" The body has plenty of reserves.

Physical changes are evident. But, in what ways has the experience changed you mentally, emotionally and spiritually?

Spiritually, I look at this as a second lease of life from God. My faith and belief in God has become more profound. It is said that God helps only those who help themselves - it could not have been truer than this situation. I tried, I worked hard, and God helped me. I feel that my effort could've lost me only five kilos; my belief is that God helped me lose the rest. I feel that God has rewarded me. It is not just the question of losing 130 kg, but doing it in a year's time is an effort worth considering.
Emotionally, it has made me much stronger. It has also pumped in the most amazing amount of positive energy. It has made me believe that there is so much that one can achieve. Physically, too, it has made me more confident and amazingly more energetic.
I feel more in control of my life. I feel that I have my life back - the reins of life are back in my hands. I am not anymore on board some kind of a runaway train which is out of control. This is an important factor for confidence.
I can be more spontaneous now. A small example: earlier if my friends suggested, let's go to this restaurant, I wasn't sure whether I will be comfortable there. I thought: what kind of chairs would they have, do they have chairs with arm, or are they armless?; what if I don't fit in them, I don't want to walk out feeling embarrassed. These were the questions that came to my mind. I used to agree after confirming that they had an armless chair, and if they don't, to organise one. This may be a very small thing, but everything became a managed affair, a production. If I went for rehearsals, my chair would go before me, because I did not fit in those plastic ones they have. I didn't feel free. I couldn't travel alone. I needed a helper with me. I had become subservient to my physicality.
Today, if somebody has to suggest, "Let's go, and check out that place," my response is, "Hey I am game, let's go!" Today, I can get up and do whatever I want.
We take a lot of these things for granted and only realise their value when we are deprived of them. One more important thing is that you begin to value life. Today, I value every single thing that I am able to do, which I couldn't do before. Sometimes you value those things that are suddenly snatched away from you. Today, I value being able to walk into any store and find my size. Recently, I was in Kuala Lumpur and I loved the fact that I could walk into any designer store and pick up anything I liked. The funny thing was that in the past my size was 6X, and that size is not available anywhere, apart from those special plus-size stores and those were a handful in the States. So, everything was tailor-made for me. Even the tailor would require two tapes to measure me. So, whenever I would walk into any store and was lucky enough to find my size [and, 6X was the last size available], I would pick up anything, even if I didn't like it. That mental habit had become so apparent in my mind that I used to buy five of them, instead of one.
So now when I went to Kuala Lumpur, and I liked something, I was automatically picking five pieces. My wife said, "No, you don't need to, buy something else instead." I still insisted on buying five. She said forget, change that, you don't need to do that anymore. It took me a while for that whole thing to digest in my mind that I could actually do that.
I met my dad recently and complimented him on one of his shirts. He said "Listen, just try it if you like it." My reaction was, "Dad, are you crazy? Me fitting into your clothes?" He said, "Yes, you should be." I tried it and, wonder of wonders, I actually fit into my normal father's normal shirt!
Even today, when I see some new shirt, and get about to try it on, my first reaction is, "No way, it's too small for me. I won't fit in it." Because, I had been so used to those big, huge ones. And, suddenly when it fits, I feel: Wow!
It's a whole new world, and I feel great about it.

What would be your advice to our readers who are struggling to overcome a health challenge?

Two things: one, regardless of what your ailment is, always consult a professional, before you take any step. Go to the expert. Don't think that because Adnan Sami did this, it will work for me. Your body is different and may react differently. You need to find out from the expert what the issue is. Consult the relevant expert.
Two, if I can do it, anybody can. Because, I never thought I can do it. I am a living, breathing example of mind over matter.
Everybody, including me, had written me off. I proved everyone, including me, wrong. If I can overcome it, anybody can.