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Ken 2.0: Seeking inspiration from colleagues' success

After a bad week, Ken seeks inspiration from colleagues who have had weight loss and fitness success. Julie Bisbee, Jenni Carlson and Bob Doucette share their stories.
BY KEN RAYMOND Published: September 5, 2010

Jenni Carlson, sports columnist

"I had an 'aha' moment in October 2007. I saw a picture of myself and couldn't believe it was me. I decided that I had to make a change.

"I'd tried several fad diets before, so I knew from those failings that I needed structure if I wanted to succeed. I joined Weight Watchers, and the combination of the plan, the meetings and the accountability worked for me. I started out at 194.4 pounds. I've been as low as about 135 pounds, but now I am maintaining around 145 pounds.

"I've changed my eating habits, though I still like my chocolate chip cookies. But while that was a big deal, I never would've dropped the weight had I not started running. I run three miles four to six times a week. Truth be told, I really don't like to run, but I like to eat more than I hate to run. It was a huge deal to have lost that weight, but frankly, it's been ever bit as empowering to be able to maintain my weight loss for more than two years. It would've been easy to gain it back."

Bob Doucette, breaking news reporter

"About 10 years ago, I weighed 206 pounds (not good on a 5-foot 9-inch frame) and had a cholesterol level in the 280s. I'd been hitting the lunch train a bit too often with co-workers, and my inability to take on relatively mild physical exertion without feeling totally spent weighed heavily on me. I knew I had to make a change, or I was headed for trouble.

"I'd heard about a fitness program called 'Body for Life,' which used a combination of weightlifting, interval cardiovascular exercise and a diet consisting of healthy foods consumed in six 'mini-meals' per day. In 2003, I followed the program for the prescribed 12 weeks and dropped to 176 pounds. My cholesterol plummeted.

"Suddenly, a whole new world of activities opened up. I'm not 176 pounds anymore (more like 185), but I'm still relatively fit. At 40, I enjoy participating in all manner of sports and have started taking on things like backpacking and mountain climbing. I still follow the principles of diet and exercise I learned back in '03, and I try to stay off that dreaded lunch train."

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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: 273 pounds


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