Ken 2.0: Edmond man is a perpetual motion machine

Mat Jones of Edmond lost 260 pounds after weight loss surgery. Now he's getting ready to walk, run and cycle for 24 consecutive hours to raise money for someone else to have life-changing surgery.
By Ken Raymond Published: October 10, 2010
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The walk/cycle/run event at Lake Hefner is a fundraiser to achieve that goal. While Jones is going to remain in motion for 24 consecutive hours, he's inviting others to join him for shorter periods.

"I'll have a team that will be going in shifts for 24 hours," he said. "There'll be a lot of people joining me Friday morning, but only one or two will be there after midnight. We're getting (corporate) sponsors who will donate a certain amount of money for each hour completed, so the more people we get out there moving, the more we'll bring in to help someone get surgery."

Jones had no serious complications from his operation, although it took some time to get used to his new reality. When he returned home from the hospital, a single Brussels sprout was too much food.

"I don't know why I wanted Brussels sprouts, but that's what I wanted," he said. "My wife made them for me, and I tried to eat one. It made me sick."

His capacity increased over time. He can eat half of a wrap sandwich, for example, although he has to eat very slowly.

On the advice of his surgeon, he changed the type of foods he eats, too.

"If it comes in a bag, a box or a can, there's no need for it," he said. "It's just full of additives and stuff that's not good for your body, so get rid of it. No snacks. No pop. We try to eat better. We're not obsessed with it, but we definitely read labels now. ... I haven't eaten a McDonald's meal in over two years and don't plan on ever doing it again."

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MAT'S 24-HOUR CHALLENGE

• What: Mat Jones and a team of volunteers will be walking, running and bicycling around Lake Hefner for 24 hours to raise money to pay for someone to have bariatric surgery.

• When: The quest begins at 8 p.m. Friday and continues until 8 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: The starting point and event sign-up will be at Louie's by the Lake restaurant on the east side of Lake Hefner.

• More information: matsquest.com

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: 274 pounds

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