My Journey from 214 Pounds on January 3, 2019, to 183.2 Today and on My Way to 145 by Sometime in 2035

Pace makes the race as long as you can maintain your patience and perseverance.

Ken Kayse
3 min readJul 28, 2022


An overweight person in a blue teal t-shirt grabbing his gob of fat around his gut with both hands.
Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash

The crux of the matter is Obesity

There, I have said it, I am obese! I admit, even after having lost 30+ pounds, I am still obese. My current body mass index (BMI) is 30.4, down from my all-time high of 35.6.


Well, except, I’m still considered obese. I will have to lose another 30+ pounds to get to a normal BMI of 24.9 (Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk ( That’s the rub!

What do I do now? Easy! I pat myself on the back for having gotten this far, and then I get my ass in gear to work off the next 30+ pounds. I don’t care how long it took, or will take, to get the weight off. I just want it g-o-n-e!

Everywhere we look, we can point to someone as being more overweight than us, as if that somehow matters. Misery loves company, I guess.

It must give us some sense of satisfaction to know that, at least we aren’t as bad off as him, or her, or that person.

My trouble with this logic is that it is destructive rather than constructive. Why tear someone else down to inflate our own sense of worth, our own ego? I have always found it better to encourage everyone in their goals to change themselves. It helps build their egos.

Part of my nature is to make people laugh. It makes me happy; it makes them happy, and it strengthens the bonds we have with each other.

Take my fitness trainer as an example. We were starting a new workout routine and he was trying to establish a baseline for what I thought I was capable of doing.

One of the questions he asked in this process was “What kind of squats do you like to do?” The smart ass that I am, I answered “Diddly.” We looked at each other and burst into a belly-roll round of laughter so hard we both had tears rolling down our cheeks.



Ken Kayse

When Life knocks you down, be a rubber ball and bounce up. I enjoy creativity and I love life! I write for fun and I live in the present. Try it you’ll like it.