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Losing weight, gaining donations

It's every woman's worst nightmare: Stepping on the scale in public and announcing your weight to the world, but Stacy Cedar is ready to do it.

"I've tried a lot of diets," said the 33-year-old Cedar, who clocks in at 5 feet 9 inches and 316 pounds. "Do I want everyone to know my weight? No! But next time I guarantee I won't be weighing this much because it'll be embarrassing."

Cedar's brave step is part of a contest that Boys & Girls Club volunteer Stephen Rosales cooked up while watching an episode of NBC's hit show "The Biggest Loser," where contestants compete to see who can lose the most weight.

"I was watching the show the other night and also thinking of ways to fundraise for the kids," said Rosales, who at 51 is 6 feet 1 inch and 302 pounds.

Rosales, who said he gained 40 pounds after moving to Sequim three years ago, came up with having a "Biggest Loser" competition at the club and having people pledge money for every pound lost. He then convinced Cedar to join him in doing a public weigh-in; seven other club employees and volunteers are participating but are not doing public weigh-ins.

"When Stephen says something, it sounds like a good idea and then you realize you're telling the world how much you weigh," Cedar laughed. "But it's for a good cause, for my health and for the kids."

For both Rosales, who wants to lose 100 pounds, and Cedar, who wishes to shed 160, the decision to become healthier was made in large part due to their own children - Rosales has two daughters, Elizabeth, 9, and Ashley, 6, and Cedar has a 5-year-old son, Caleb.

"I'm an Advil freak," Rosales said, referring to the many aches and pains he gets, often weight-related. "I can't always pick up my kids and play with them ... there had to be a change."

Rosales and Cedar have committed to a 10-month program with Marunde Muscle's Callie Marunde, who has volunteered to be their personal trainer, as well as Dr. Asma Weber, who has volunteered to help them maintain their diet and nutrition. Both contestants will be weighed at the half-way point, Nov. 15 at the Boys & Girls Club auction and the final weigh-in will be at the club's May golf tournament.

"The secret (to weight loss) is that there is no secret," Marunde said at the initial weigh-in on Aug 1. "More out, less in, that's the way to do it."

For both Rosales and Cedar, the winning lies in maintaining a healthy weight and raising money for the organization they both love.

"We're excited to do this, we've already been challenging each other," Cedar said, adding that she and Rosales encourage community members to join them. "The prize is losing the weight and just being healthy."

As for the club's children, they already are beginning to police the duo to help them reach their goals.

As Rosales reached for a not-so-healthy snack the morning before the weigh-in, 8-year-old Aylee Bennett gave him a stern look and some choice words.

"You're not eating candy, are you, Stephen?"

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