Last Sunday, I shared the story of Jeff and Debbie O'Hagan with you.
The O'Hagans live in Yukon with their two sons, one each from previous marriages. Jeff is a big guy like me but with the added problem of diabetes. Debbie, who calls Jeff the love of her life, was worried about him and asked for help in motivating him to lose weight.
A bunch of people stepped up to help him: Neill Harmer, who competed on "The Biggest Loser;” Joseph Coleman, who lost 195 pounds in about a year; Olympic gold medalist Joe Jacobi; personal trainers Tracy Woodie and Robyn Pendleton; Sherry Andrusiak of Oklahoma City Riversport; dietitian Karen Funderburg; and Jim Farris, who runs a nationally known job placement firm.
Since that story ran, a couple more people have offered their services. Dr. Arden Blough of The Broadway Clinic is giving Jeff a free medical assessment and will supervise his weight loss. Being under a doctor's watchful eye is especially important because of Jeff's diabetes.
And Christa Carretero, a personal chef with a world-class pedigree, has agreed to go to the O'Hagans' home and teach them how to cook delicious, nutritious family meals. You can find out more about Christa by visiting her website at cookinggirl.org.
I've also heard from a number of readers wanting to know how Jeff and Debbie are doing so far.
Here's what Debbie had to say on Thursday:
"I'm wondering who this strange man is in my house and what he did with the body! Jeff went to the store yesterday and stocked up on fresh meats, veggies and fruits, and low fat or fat free snacks. He would have NEVER done that before, in fact he would get mad at me for suggesting it! WOW.”
Jeff is going to James Farris Associates for a career counseling class next week. He and his son went to Olympic Day at the Chesapeake Boathouse on Friday. He is making an appointment with The Broadway Clinic and has been in touch with Neill and Joseph.
The family recently got back from a vacation to a Disney resort. Jeff returned with a sunburn and a positive attitude.
"My legs look and feel stronger,” he said in an e-mail. "My feet and legs hurt very little and I feel great! My shorts are fitting very loose. ... I tried to control the food that I ate. I ate a lot of turkey sandwiches on wheat ... I feel very invigorated and ready to start a new start. I walked every step that my family walked.”
As for me, I lost 1½ pounds this week. Not an impressive amount, but I'll take what I can get. I have now lost 22½ pounds since beginning this project. I still have 42 weeks to go, and hopefully by the end of it, I'll be healthy and fit and strong.
I hope you'll join me — and Jeff and Debbie and the others who are making a difference in their lives — on this Ken 2.0 journey.
There's always room for one more.
Staff Writer Ken Raymond began a yearlong weight loss and fitness journey on April 1.
Here are his stats:
Height: About 6 feet 1 inch
Beginning weight: 307 pounds
Current weight: 284 pounds