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The #LivePure Challenge #1: A Painful Start

Senior Ed Adam White is going from fat to fit with a tailored wellness program with the Pure Group.

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 August, 2016, 3:41pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:23pm

My whole body aches. It hurts. Everywhere. I cannot straighten my arm beyond 90 degrees without pain, pain, PAIN. Squatting down? Forget it. 

I know what you’re thinking, but nope, this isn’t my first workout. This is the day after my first workout. This is the payback. Turns out that using your muscles after many years of NOT using them… your body’s going to complain about that.

Read More: #MakeAdamFitAgain: HK Mag Staffer Is Undergoing a Total-body Makeover

Day 1 wasn’t so bad. I met my personal trainer. His name is Felix Yu. He’s a really chilled out guy, and his biceps are the size of my head. It’s intimidating and reassuring at the same time, which I guess is what you want from a trainer. 

We stand on a machine that determines the muscle and fat content of your body. I have, surprise surprise, a lot more fat than muscle. 

I also weigh 99 kilos, which is about 20 too many—but hey, we’ve all got to start somewhere, right? 

Felix takes me through some basic exercises and weights—it’s a chance for him to work out just how much of a weakling I am. As for me, I’m just trying to keep up. 

After the workout I meet chef Moises “Moy” Mehl of Nood Food. Over a meal of more kale than I’ve ever eaten in my life, chef Moy runs me through the biggie: the diet. “I don’t want to calorie count you,” he says. But what he does want me to do is cut out most of the carbs in my life, replacing them mostly with fiber—veggies, in other words. Preferably raw. 

“I’ve only got gains to make—and weight to lose.”

I love rice, pasta and noodles with a passion, which might be the problem. This is gonna be harder than I’d thought. 

But I’m thankful for three things: 1) I like to cook, 2) chef Moy gives me some ideas for some food to play around with, and 3) I’m actually looking forward to it. It’s only up from here, so I’ve only got gains to make—and weight to lose.

Afterwards I meet my Glamorous Fiancée for a bowl of pho. Well, she has pho. I order a lime soda, no sugar. My new life starts here. 

The pain? That comes tomorrow.

Next time: The Adjustment Bureau