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Ken 2.0: Now 10 percent lighter

After losing five pounds in a week, Ken's weight loss total is 31 pounds, roughly 10 percent less than on April 1.
BY KEN RAYMOND Published: August 8, 2010

If I was a dollar to begin with, now I'm a handful of change.

And change, my bosses tell me, is good.

Since April 1, I have lost 10 percent of my body weight. I'm a tithe less than I was before.

That translates to 31 pounds, which is actually a tiny bit better than a 10 percent decrease. I started this project at 307 pounds. Now I weigh 276.

I won't lie. I don't see much of a difference. I've dropped the equivalent of a big bag of dog food, but I'm carrying a couple more of them I could stand to lose.

Most of that weight lingers around my midsection, and my face still looks fat because ... well, because it is.

I mean, 276 isn't exactly skinny. You wouldn't want me testing out your hammock or sitting beside you on a plane.

Even so, losing 10 percent of my body weight isn't a minor achievement. I like to think of those pounds as physical objects stacked up on a table — 31 bags of coffee beans rising like a pyramid, perhaps, or 62 half-pound hamburgers.

I try not to equate the weight to dumbbells, which are dense and compact. I prefer bulky objects. If I knew what 31 pounds worth of cotton candy looked like, I'd use that as my mental image.

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Staff Writer Ken Raymond began a yearlong weight loss and fitness journey on April 1.

Here are his stats:

Age: 41

Height: About 6 feet 1 inch

Beginning weight: 307 pounds

Current weight: 276 pounds


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