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Weight rises, but spirits don’t fall for Oklahoman reporter

Ken Raymond gained a pound this week, bumping him back up to 290. That’s still 17 pounds below where he started, but it proves getting fit is no easy task.

BY KEN RAYMOND Published: May 23, 2010
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Week seven
I could be really bummed out right now.

If I let myself, I could sit here boo-hooing about the number that popped up on the scale this morning.

But I’m not allowing myself to do that. Why should I?

I weighed in at 290 pounds today. That put me up a full pound over this time last week. I’m supposed to be losing weight, not gaining it, so clearly I headed in the wrong direction over the past seven days.

Discouraging? Yes.

Crushing? No.

I want to lose weight. A lot of it. I’m in a hurry to do it, too. I want those photos I pose for each week to show obvious decreases in girth and increases in definition. I don’t want to look the same. I’m after dramatic results, the quicker the better.

Maybe that’s not the best way to approach this, though.

I know that my doctors want me to lose two pounds a week. That seems painfully slow to me until I do the math. If I average two a week over the course of a year, that’s a decrease of 104 pounds. Talk about dramatic. If I succeed at that, I will have lost the equivalent of a Hollywood actress.

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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: 290 pounds

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