The first week of the Ken 2.0: From Fat to Fit project is over, and what have I learned? Quite a lot, actually. I learned that my body is in worse shape than I thought. Richard Sallee, vice president of the Stowe Foundation, visited with me at The Oklahoman on Thursday. He brought with him an Inbody 230 machine, a portable body composition analyzer. I stepped barefoot onto the metal footpads and 30 seconds later, a printer spit out the bitter truth: 42 percent of my body weight comes from fat. That’s pretty gross. I learned a little good news at my first weigh-in on Thursday: I’d lost about 7 pounds due to diet and exercise. I don’t expect weight to keep falling off; the first couple weeks are the easiest. Still, I’m happy to be 7 pounds lighter. What else did I learn? Well, I took my first few steps toward eating the right foods. Wednesday, I met for the first time with Karen Funderburg, a registered dietitian in Yukon. She talked to me about carbohydrates, protein, fiber and fat. We looked at the labels on common foods and went over a nutrition plan she’d put together just for me. I’ve found I’m becoming one of those guys who eats five or six small meals a day; the goal is to get my metabolism to purr along like a high-performance engine instead of stuttering like an old lawnmower, as it does now. I learned that exercising isn’t as bad as I feared it’d be — but most days, it’s anything but easy. I have to push myself to go to the gym or hop on my treadmill at home, and sometimes I end up with an aching knee and sore legs. The good thing is that most days when I finish, I feel better than I did before I began. It’s not so much a physical thing; it’s more of an emotional benefit. I know that I’ve done something good for myself, and I feel a small swell of pride. The most surprising thing I learned this week, though, is that so many people — so many of you — actually care about the struggles of an ordinary fat man. I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. Overwhelmed ... and humbled. As I write this, the Ken 2.0 Facebook page has 361 fans; 69 people are following the project on Twitter, and 161 comments have been posted on the blog. Thanks for cheering me. Thanks for sharing your stories. You can’t imagine how helpful you’ve been. One week down, 51 left to go. I hope you’ll stick with me.
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Staff Writer Ken Raymond began a yearlong weight loss and fitness journey on April
1. Here are his current stats: Age: 40 Height: About 6 feet 1 inch Beginning weight: 307 pounds Current weight: 300 pounds