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Published: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

Michael Hall of Everett (Alternate)

Week Three

This has been a hard week for me. My weight is dropping some (301) but unless I lose a lot more, I cannot get the life saving prostate surgery I need. I'm lifting weights not only with my next door neighbor and his adult son now, but with a friend's ten year old son as well, and I'm cooking with lean protein and lots of sweet peppers for flavor. My family is really appreciating my cooking!. We talk all the time about foods that fight cancer, and how to eat more of them (greens, onions, tomatoes, oranges, carrots, peppers, etc). My girls are all eating better along with me to help me beat this cancer. The garage has become known as the 'man cave' to my wife and daughters, who are very proud of my progress, and my geriatric dog is loving me for all the additional walks she's getting. I meet with some specialists at the University of Washington next week to strategize my weight loss further, with hopes I can set a goal weight for prostate surgery. Hopefully, men of color with weight issues will read this and take their weight VERY seriously, since it can complicate prostate cancer terribly.

Week One

What did you find most challenging this week? Just getting started. • What accomplishment were you most proud of this week? My friend is allowing me to use his free weight set. • What are your goals for next week? Start walking • Sum up your thoughts for the first week of Healthy Challenge. My first week has been pretty rough. I looking forward to going to the YMCA.

Beginning of Challenge:

Goal: My goal is to lose 50 to 80 pounds during the fitness challenge, with the help of my awesome family.
Age: 48
Weight: 311 lbs
Height: 6' 2''

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