"My goal is to lose more than 100 pounds - maybe I will even have abs within the next year or so." with VIDEO

Ken Gipe
Mar 23, 2010

Dec. 19 - Received a phone call from reporter Brandi Barhite that I had been selected for FIT Challenge. I am very excited, to say the least, for this opportunity to not only lose weight, but to build a new lifestyle that will enable me to resume activities long abandoned, and to meet new challenges in my professional and personal life. My family has been very supportive and they are also looking forward to helping me with this challenge! My goal is to lose more than 100 pounds - maybe I will even have abs within the next year or so.

Dec. 22 - Met with Brandi for an interview and some "before" pictures.

Dec. 26 - Met with my trainer, Trevor Tieche of Bodi N Balance, and discussed diet regimen, how the regimen will work, some basics of exercise and how we will move forward. Trevor also took a number of body measurements to use as a gauge of my progress over the next year. I was weighed and had measurements taken of my neck, waist, hips, thighs, biceps and my calves. My body fat percentage and Body Mass Index were also calculated. The diet makes complete sense, but I am a very picky eater and have some difficulty with some of the foods in the diet. I will discuss these with Trevor and hopefully we can come up with some acceptable alternatives. It will be a huge change to go from eating large meals once or twice a day to eating six small meals a day. I have always used an excessive amount of salt and consumed four to six regular and/or diet sodas a day, usually Pepsi and Coke. I begin Jan. 2

Dec. 29 to Dec. 31- Did 25 minutes of cardio each day just to begin getting used to exercising again. I tried a couple of the foods associated with the working out and they were better than I had anticipated. Having to eat in the morning is causing an adjustment to my morning routine and will take a little more planning and time than I usually allow. Have made some gradual cutbacks in the amount of pop and snacks I have been consuming and trying to drink water - yech. I am going to have to try some ways to get a little taste into it without using sugar. I am going to try to get some Propel or Gatorade mixes to use in the water. I am going to try to use a higher water to mix ratio than recommended. I don't want to defeat the purpose of not drinking pop and other sugar-based beverages. I purchased a heart rate monitor on eBay to help monitor my training and calorie expenditures.

Jan. 1- New Years Day. Slept in. Movie with friends. We saw Will Smith in "Seven Pounds" and it was excellent. He is not the Fresh Prince anymore. Great acting job, but the story ended up being a little depressing. Popcorn tasted even better than usual, probably because I won't be having much more smothered in butter and salt.

Jan. 6- First real workout with Trevor today. We did a lower body workout after some cardio. Each exercise was followed by some boxing, jabs, hooks uppercuts and finished off with some core exercises. The most difficult were the hamstring stretching and some of the core exercises. After we get going a little more, I will be doing core exercises every day, at home on non-workout days and at the gym on workout days. Diet is going pretty well - almost feels as though I am eating too much because I am eating so often. Legs feel pretty good right now at 11.30 p.m., but will see how they are in the morning. I have some tightness in my upper back - probably from the boxing.

Jan. 7 - Another workout with Trevor. Today, we worked the chest and arms - this was more difficult for me than yesterday. I needed some assistance to complete the second set of some of the exercises. The anaerobic work between sets was on a step box each time a different move going either from side to side or up and back on the box - these will be much more enjoyable as I become accustomed to them - I spent more time concentrating on what I was trying to do. Today's core exercise really hurt me as far as not being able to complete them successfully. We did a series of timed and counted crunches at the end that were impossible for me to complete. I have always felt that my abs were the weakest part of my body and hope that they will eventually be part of a strong core. Diet-wise, I am holding my own but it is a little boring. I now have the assistance of a diet counselor, Lisa Smith, who has volunteered to help with the diet portion of the program. She sells USANA products, which I have used in the past. I am using its protein shakes and nutrition bars already as a part of my diet. The nutrition plan will focus on a low- glycemic diet, which helps to maintain you sugar/insulin level and eliminate the highs and lows associated with sugar/artificial sweetener products. As I said before, the dietary changes are going to be the most difficult for me. With my sleep apnea/narcolepsy, I have used pop and potato chips as a supplement to my medication to help keep me awake while driving. I am very thick through the throat and neck area, which has a definite effect on my sleep apnea so hopefully as I lose weight and the excess fat leaves my neck area my apnea will improve/go away and my sleep quality will improve!

Jan. 8, 9 - No organized exercise, but did stick to the diet program strictly. Weighed in on the Wii Fit and it says I have lost 11 pounds. I need to compare it to the doctor's scale to make sure I am using consistent numbers/equipment. Woke up on Friday with a return of a serious infection I had in October on the left side of my face - same infection and general location. Went to the doctor and his scale said I had lost almost 15 pounds since I was there at the end of December. Came home and weighed on the Wii scale and it agreed with the doctor's office - yeah. Got sent home from work because my face is red and swollen and they thought I would scare the customers. The whole left side of my face, from my nose to my ear and from my left eye to my chin is swollen and very red.

Jan. 10 - Had another fun workout with Trevor before work on Saturday morning. We concentrated on shoulders and upper back and did agility drills between sets. These were the hardest things - aerobically - I have done since we began. We also used a 10-pound medicine ball as a part of the agilities. The core exercises were not too bad, except for the last one which required me to work the obliques. My right side was not to bad, but the left side had my brain thinking I was moving, but my body was not responding -- frustrating for someone who feels they are relatively coordinated. Most of worktime was spent shoveling snow from the entrances and cleaning off the cars. We only had one customer and I sold them a used truck. Perfect day - great workout and sold a car and got to come home early. Still have a swollen face, but it is some better - antibiotics are beginning to take hold. Got my heart rate monitor, but we are having some problems getting it to register correctly - e-mailed the manufacturer tonight and am waiting for a reply.

Jan. 11 - Sunday morning was spent shoveling snow around the neighborhood and finishing taking the holiday decorations to the storage barn; went to the movies and did eat a couple handfuls of popcorn. I did eat dinner out with my wife and went off the program, but could not finish what I ordered - that never happens. Back to the grind tomorrow.

Comments

Ken Gipe

hi ~ congratulations on your steps to a healthier you!

do you like lemon? if so, try adding a few slices to your water. i have to force myself to drink water on a daily basis & i found that adding 2-3 slices of lemon (i cut them in round slices instead of wedges, just looks cooler!) makes it more bearable and is more affordable than the mixes. if you do not like lemon, try the special-k mix for water - it has protein in it & i found that helped me feel fuller. *good luck!

Ken Gipe

just a tip, if you don't like the taste (or non-taste) of water, put a lemon wedge to give it some flavor. I've also put a lemon and orange slice in the water together and that makes it tasty. Congrats to you and Kristin for taking the steps to lead a healthier life!

Ken Gipe

You have no idea how happy Sarah and I are for you. You are inspiering me to be a more healthy person! Grand Canyon here we come!

Love you!

Ken Gipe

To All: Thanks for the ideas and support - the water and the bland food are the tough part. The exercise has been enjoyable and I can feel a difference already!

Ken Gipe

Good quality non-"bleached" H20 a must. Get 1gallon a day in you. Dr Roizen also validates this. I urge you to goggle the good Dr. Certainly you are getting all kinds of input on this. This I know, lots of water helps stave SOME of the hunger. It also helps your muscle aches along with fresh green veggies. Best of luck. It will be difficult but any little + changes you make (and you will) can only make you want more. Popcorn? Make it yourself with Olive oil & old thyme stove top popper. Omit salt & butter........this is low cal stuff Ken. Check it out.

Ken Gipe

Forgot...Stevia. This is a natural sweeter. Paraguay people have used it for centuries. Sugar is high cal. Stevia is high fiber & safe for diabetes 1&2. Drug Mart & health food stores carry it. It costs more than corporate food, but Ken if you reduce/eliminate sugar, this will help lbs. move quicker. Good luck.

Ken Gipe

I don't think Ken needs any supplements right now. I appreciate the information but supplements are not needed in his case. Balanced diet and the Bodi N Balance fat reduction system are all he should be working with. He may want to try some supplementation in the future. Maybe when we start traing for hiking in the Grand canyon.

cuttinggirl

Great Job KEN!!! Keep up the good work. You are a great inspiration to us all. We cant wait to see less of you month to month!!

Anonymous

worked at the Register.

Anonymous

a** hole. We'll see how big you are in court. Smile for the cameras Matty and remember " I swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God!!! " No lies now Matty!!!

Anonymous

Gators 55 Laters 35 !!!!! Go back to the prairie, Boomers!! Tebow Rules!!!

Anonymous

How much would you bet ElseMATT pees himself? Double up if the Register publishe it.

LOL

Anonymous

Oh, and do you refer to yourself much in the third person, RICHARD?

Anonymous

Why are the comments being deleted?

Anonymous

Whenever I post something it gets deleted. So delete the moron who made the first two posts then!

Sam

Registerag, FIRE Westerhold.

taxman

Perjury is a felony Matt, becareful you are way to pretty for jail.

Anonymous

What do you mean PERJURY is a felony? If it was Baxter and some of these moron prosecutors here in Erie County would have been in jail years ago! As for ugly liar lawyers----I won't even go there.

Anonymous

Really? Perjury is a felony? Wow! I have a Summary Judgment where attorneys lied thru their teeth---under oath yet in an Affidavit and I showed proof positive they lied. Binette didn't say it was perjury. Guess I'll have to go down to Mr. Baxter's next week about this issue......

Anonymous

deleted because Matt and Phares said so. Freedom of speech unless Matty and Dougie don't agree right boyz???

This newspaper is dysfunctional and a big reason nothing ever happens in Sandumpy!!!!

citizen

Good luck, Matt!

Andrew

Don't ignore deep space probes, looking for life on other planets and getting to those remote stars with really really fast propulsions system.

Manned space flight could split into modified plane orbiters combined with unmanned heavy lift vehicles. Basically send something up, then fly to it.

Anonymous

Here I thought Christmas was over.....now we all get to see Matt squirm. I mean how will he be able to contain himself with the woman he has been obsessing over sitting 15 feet away???? Try and restrain yourself Matt....I dont think it would bode well for Kimmies defense if you were seen drooling over her like the pathetic little school boy that you are. Your little world is about to come crushing down around you as we all are going to see you be confronted by someone other than us here in these blogs. You will have to explain to people actually in person and not hiding behind your computer screen, why you lied to everyone, including Matt Kine. Matt, youre a worm, a slug and I really hope you dont whimp out and hide behind "Legal Advice" telling you not to testify. Lets see if your entire testimony is on line, I will be sitting back eating my popcorn while I watch you and your high pitched liar voice is knocked back down to earth. Is that where you have been all this time Matt? Sitting at home in your hold in the wall, thinking of how you can lie and get away with it? Soon both you and Kimmie will be out of this city for good, CANT WAIT. Ill drive the moving van!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous

He won't lie during direct questioning but wait to see when cross examined. There are things Kimmie has said that will come back to haunt this unETHICAL Editor. Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, time is running out.

There's only one way you can answer the all important question. It will come to show either Mattie or Kimmie lying, which one will it be?????

Anonymous

i want to know what DON C. ICSMAN has to say... the stealth bomber, teflon don, the doctor of deceit, the maven of manipulation., and the 61 year old author of: "IT'S A MATTER OF INTERPRETATION," must be heard... will k. ron bailey have the courage to make the call??

Anonymous

Why does the SR keep deleting my comments about some of these Erie County prosecutors, including Baxter? Believe me, it is NOT slander----it is the GOD'S HONEST TRUTH. Why should they be allowed to get away with this kind of unethical crap?

Anonymous

The Sandusky Register deletes your comments about Baxter, because I'm sure he reads these comments, and clicks "abuse". Or, perhaps one of his lackies such as Barylski does it for him. Not to worry! Baxter will pay for all the abuse he dishes out. It's catching up with him. He'll soon be history, and not pleasant history! He may even go bye-bye for a while.

Anonymous

mike meinzer, c. stahl. b. crandell, d. murray jr., all have testifed on behalf of the city except the 5th member of quintet who were present during kim nuesse's inquisition at the firehouse in 2008.. number 5: " law director" DON C. ICSMAN,..why???
ICSMAN is the the architect of the chaos in sandusky govt. since 1998. yet he evades responsibility for his actions. k. ron bailey must put ICSMAN on the stand to testify. afterall, ICSMAN is the 61 year old author of 222 meigs st. book; "IT'S A MATTER OF INTERPRETATION,." that it why sandusky is in the quamire that exists today.... DON C. ICSMAN must speak.....

Anonymous

...are some of these comments actually coming from adults, especially X-mas all over? Delete this.....it's been rather evident that Nuesses' firing, as well this sham of a Civil Service Hearing is nothing more than a "planned event". Why our City Law Director wasn't called to testify is very interesting (can we get this man to come out of his vampire cave), and why certain individuals put on the witness stand chose not to be video-taped or recorded was rather predictible and cowardly. Especially the two that changed statements made in the Murman Report which was used as a tool to fire the Chief. I've also wondered why all those officers that felt so grieved, leading to a "collective grievance" haven't been called to testify. Wait, I think I forgot something about having to protect them from this? Ah yes, what a tangled web out leaders weave in order to deceive. Seems to be a pattern within this City/County!

Anonymous

This has to be first----a newspaper editor subpoened in a trial. But then what do you expect----this is Eeeeerie County and this isn't a trial this is a joke. Just another one of Erie County's infamous SCAMS complete with the retired Lorain County judge and the Cleveland lawyer crooks.

Hey guys, believe it or not the people are on to you. Guess you all weren't as intelligent as you thought you were!

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