99 Ki­los (But A Kale Smoothie Ain’t One)

Faced with grown-up re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, in­spired by the Rio Olympics, and ter­ri­fied by the spec­tre of the big 3-0, our es­teemed Se­nior Ed­i­tor Adam White is un­der­go­ing a to­tal-body makeover. Here, he re­flects on the colos­sal chal­lenge in front of him.

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So I’ve pretty much al­ways been what you might call a larger gen­tle­man. A pre­dis­po­si­tion to in­ac­tiv­ity and those de­li­cious things called calo­ries will do that to a guy. The last time I was skinny, I was about 6.

But the other week our friends at the Pure Group came to us and said:

“Lis­ten, we’re look­ing for some­one to take on a 360-de­gree trans­for­ma­tion. Food, fit­ness, yoga, we want them to do it all, a pro­gram tai­lored es­pe­cially to them. For at least three months. By the time we’re done, you won’t rec­og­nize ‘em.”

We brought this up in an ed­i­to­rial meet­ing, which is when my boss, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Luisa Tam, said:

“What about Adam?”

And the EN­TIRETY of the staff said, rather too glee­fully:

“What ABOUT Adam??”

I hadn’t been to the gym for about four years. And now I’m go­ing more than I ever have in my life. I guess it’s about time. Be­tween the fact that I’m reach­ing the end of my 20s, and the fact that my job is ba­si­cally a li­cense to eat and booze my way across Hong Kong, I’ve not ex­actly shed pounds lately.


I’m get­ting mar­ried at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber. I’m 29 on the very day this is­sue comes out—Au­gust the 12th. It’s time for a change, or at least time to lose some of the flub. And all I have to do is eat bet­ter, live bet­ter and go to the gym five times a week? No sweat!

Well, as it hap­pens, there’s an aw­ful lot of sweat in­volved.

But I’ve thrown my­self into it, re­gard­less. Pure Yoga and Pure Fit­ness are sup­ply­ing the venue, the equip­ment, the train­ing, the food. Me? I’m sup­ply­ing my weak-ass self.

Our tar­get date: My wed­ding in Novem­ber. Be­tween now and then, the idea is to, as Don­ald Trump might say, #MakeA­damFitA­gain. Or fit for once, any­how.

We’re call­ing it the Live Pure Chal­lenge. I’m now about three weeks into this all-new lifestyle. My ex­tremely nice and ex­tremely buff per­sonal trainer Felix is help­ing me along the way. I’m learn­ing a whole load about my body… and re­mem­ber­ing how much I hate get­ting up early in the morn­ing.

So fol­low my in­trepid jour­ney to buff­dom. We’re run­ning a col­umn with the Pure Group from next week through to Novem­ber. And if that’s not enough, I’ll be blog­ging my moans, opin­ions and stupid ob­ser­va­tions ev­ery so of­ten on hk-mag­a­zine.com as well.

I hope it works, for ev­ery­one’s sake. Join me, and I’ll try to fill you in on what’s hap­pen­ing and how it all works—or how much it sucks. And I’m al­ways in the mar­ket for more ad­vice. Think I should be eat­ing more quinoa? Think my back is round­ing when I lift? Or just want to laugh at my strain­ing face? Drop me a line on Twit­ter or In­sta­gram @adamawhite, and tag it #LivePure. Or #MakeA­damFitA­gain, I sup­pose.

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