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Ken 2.0: Finding a silver lining in a disastrous week

Senior staff writer Ken Raymond continues his weight-loss efforts in a difficult week of disasters.

BY KEN RAYMOND Modified: May 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm •  Published: May 16, 2010
Week six
Ever have one of those weeks where nothing seems to go right?

I’m not talking about one of those days — we all have those — I’m talking a whole week filled with fumbles and malfunctions, where everything you try seems to end in disaster.

That’s what I had this week. Due to bad health and worse weather, I barely exercised at all. When I did get to the gym, I got overheated and dehydrated and had to cut off my workout prematurely.

After the deadly tornadoes rolled in Monday, I was neck-deep in work for two days, staying late at the office trying to sort through conflicting information. It didn’t leave time for exercise or proper meals, and the stress may have played a role in the crippling migraines I suffered on Wednesday and Thursday.

My bad juju was minor compared to the real tragedies suffered by so many people on Monday. In terms of the Ken 2.0 project, though, I had some genuine setbacks. With everything else that went wrong, I expected bad news when I weighed in on Thursday.

I’m using a Wii Fit balance board as my scale.

I have access to it at home, and it gives a digital result. So far, it’s been quite accurate.

I didn’t want to step on that scale Thursday morning. I really didn’t. My head hurt so badly that the light from the television pierced my eyes like shards of glass. I had the volume turned low, but even the faint, cheerful sounds of the animated Wii characters seemed like screams.

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

1. Here are his stats:

Age: 40

Height: About 6 feet 1 inch

Beginning weight: 307 pounds

Current weight: 289 pounds

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