Friday, April 27, 2012

Lost 4 pounds – MetaFit Challenge 1st week of 4

When I took the Immuvit MetaFit Challenge last week, I was partly skeptical if this will work for me. Was wary on how it will affect my left knee - which was injured two years ago while setting up in an exhibit (slipped and landed on left knee). This has greatly affected my mobility in the past 2 years to the point I had to hire a vehicle service wherever I go just to protect it.

To deal with it, had it checked by an orthopedic doctor, went through MRI at University Physicians Medical Center, and enrolled in a gym (Fitness First) for my therapy. Made sure that my trainer is a licensed physical therapist whose role is to ensure my left knee will regain its original strength.

But schedule with the gym trainer usually don’t match. End up having to do the routines over and over again. Later on, after getting used to it, I cancelled my gym membership and bought a medicine ball so I can exercise from home. The long repetitive routines got boring and I just stopped.

Other developments happened and just let my left knee be – which is no longer experiencing the same pain than it used to be two years ago.

So when the Immuvit MetaFit Challenge came in, I thought - allotting 4 minutes in the morning to exercise is just like having coffee. What’s there to lose?

So here is what I did and the challenges I encountered with my routine.

1. Morning exercise
Carry out the 4-minutes MetaFit exercise as soon as I wake up in the morning. Delaying it a few minutes longer makes my body respond differently to the exercise. When I had a long bus travel last weekend, I had to do it twice (evening and morning) as I barely moved during the trip.

I outgrew workout variation 1 quickly. I realized that if I still want to do it and increase the intensity, I may have to remove the lunges part rather than executing it in jumping ski action to protect my left knee.

I love workout variation 2 and 3 as that is the one that makes my face go red whenever I do it.

2. Diet
This is tough. Getting used to full meals and then switching to snacks every 2 hours took quite awhile for me to get used to. Until now, I am still adjusting with it. To help me get through, I bought a pack of Skyflakes and eat whenever the time arises. If I took a full meal for one reason or another, I will take orlistat to minimize fat absorption. Lessen my colored drinks intake as well whenever I can.

3. Supplements
This was also a problem for me as I am not used to taking vitamins. But for now, I decided to take Immuvit everyday. The combination of exercise, diet, and supplements made me more alert in thinking and can't seem to be contented in just doing the usual stuff. Maybe I am just adjusting.

The results

I lost 4 pounds on my first week. What worries me though is if I can continue this momentum. Getting used in doing the 4-minute workout routines, increasing my energy in the process, does not give the spike up heart rate that I want to achieve.

I guess that is where each one of us taking the challenge has the option of calibrating the workout to suit our needs.



The video workout variation 4 (many thanks to Coach Jim Saret for allowing me to take a video of it) has the jumping lunges that I am not keen to do (might compromise my left knee), will replace it with push-ups to increase the intensity.

But overall, I am happy for it seems I have finally learned how to deal with somatopause.

So will I lose weight again on week 2? I hope so.