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Get healthy in the Rain - An ActiveRain Challenge

If you have not yet joined this Challenge you need to get with it.  The Deadline approaches, so I would recommend that you think about it.  This is not just about entering a contest and making points.  Having an accountability partner is crucial when you are trying to make lifestyle changes

Every year for as long as I can remember I've resolved to get healthy or lose weight.  Most years I try for the first week and then my real life takes over.

Last year I went to my cousin's college graduation in May.  As I was looking at the pictures of the event I didn't recognize myself.  There was no way those pictures could have been of me.  Somehow I didn't look the same size in the picture as I looked to myself in the mirror.

After stepping back and taking an objective look I knew I needed to do something.  On the scale, I was the heaviest I had ever been (except when I was 9 months pregnant with my son).  The numbers on the scale were creeping dangerously close to 200.

My husband and I started walking together in the evenings.  I bought a pedometer and tried to hit 10,000 steps each day.  We bought an elliptical and started using it and the treadmill that had been in our bedroom for years.  We didn't formally diet but we were much more careful about what we ate and how much.

Eventually the pounds began to come off.  By the end of the year we had both lost at least 20 pounds.  I am at least a size smaller - sometimes 2 sizes down!

The important thing for me was how much better I feel.  I wasn't even conscious of feeling bad about my weight but now that my weight is down a bit I feel more confident and more attractive. 

I find it much harder to stick to a good regimen during the Winter.  I love to walk and the cold weather and early darkness makes that harder.  When I'm stuck at home I eat more.  A vicious cycle!

I'm sure i'm not the only person who needs additional motivation to continue to make healthier decisions in my life.

Join me in getting healthy in the rain.

The Challenge

  • Set a health related goal - This doesn't have to be weight loss related.  it could be to exercise more, get more regular sleep, lower your blood pressure, stop smoking, cut back on your drinking, whatever you think you need to change.
  • Write a post about the goal - explain why you have chosen this goal and how you would like to be supported.  The first post needs to be completed by 2/4/2013.
  • Update your progress - Write a post updating us on how it's going by 3/4/2013.  Tell us how it's going.  Discuss your challenges and successes.
  • Final Post - Before 4/1/2013 write a sum up post.  Discuss how it went.  Focus on how you are going to continue the healthy behavior throughout the year.
  • Posts your blogs in the Get Healthy in the Rain Group.  Feel free to post there often for ongoing support as we try to get healthy together.

The Points

  • Upon completion of the contest, send one email with a link to all three blogs to me and Kerrie Greenhalgh in one email to receive 1500 points.
  • At the end of the challenge the three greatest health triumphs will receive a featured post and 3000 bonus points.


The Judges

In addition to me there will be 2 other judges who will help select the three greatest health triumphs.

Mary Yonkers


Joni Staples









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Comment balloon 6 commentsC. Lloyd McKenzie • February 02 2013 11:33PM


The most important part about these types of goals, is having a committed partner and a written commitments. Once that is in place, it could take on a life of its own.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 6 years ago
Thanks for the re-post, I missed the original one.
Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 6 years ago

Hi C. Lloyd,

There are a lot of ways to loose in the Rain. Many are stressful and take a lot of work. If I can't loose weight by sitting in the Rain and commenting, I'm not into it. LOL

I really don't need to loose any weight but there are many of the members who need to.

Thanks for the re post and have a great day watching the game in the Duke City.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 6 years ago

Thanks for the reblog.  Glad you are joining us in the challenge.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 6 years ago

Health is so important.  I lost 50 lbs last year. You really have to make the lifestyle change. I am now in a RIPPED class Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 6 am. I Love it a feel so much better.

Posted by Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life (Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com) about 6 years ago

Good Morning Everyone,

Thank you for your comments.  It's really encouraging to see that the AR community receptive to this challenge. See you in the Rain!

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque about 6 years ago