Get healthy in the Rain - An ActiveRain Challenge

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

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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Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate
Mar 30, 2013 01:58 PM #209
Chris and Dick Dovorany
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Mar 31, 2013 12:00 AM #210
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Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Stacey, here are my three posts and I will email you and Kerrie as well.  Hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday!


1.  The Goal:


2.  The Progress Report:


3.  The Final Report:


Mar 31, 2013 06:35 AM #212
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I am too late for this contest, but for honorable mention please read this post at about the MyFitnessPal iPad app.
Mar 31, 2013 06:43 AM #213
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
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Mar 31, 2013 10:35 AM #214
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Stacey & Kerrie,

Thank you for a rewarding ActiveRain Challenge with Get Healthy in the Rain Group.

My original post: My 3 Healthy Goals Update: More Sleep, More Veggies, More Water

My progress post: The More Sleep, Water & Healthy Food I Eat, the More My Body Craves

Final postYou Look Great! Have You Lost Weight? You Look More Relaxed, Too! Thank you again & God bless you!

Mar 31, 2013 02:47 PM #216
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

Here are my 3 posts, Great challenge it got me to commit to get fit!

Mar 31, 2013 04:43 PM #217
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and morning Stacey-Ann

Stacey-Ann my friend, I stop by to let you know my mission was accomplished and I posted about it last night.


Plus so I could send you an E-Mail with the links to my three blog posts.



Seeing that others have life links here, I'm going to also, plus E-Mail them to you as you asked up above in your blog post.


Hope you and your whole family had a mighty fine Easter Day!!!



Health Related Blog Posts all around the ActiveRain Blogging Community-Posted on the 4th of February 2013


Health Related Blog Posts to do with Giving Up Smoking-Posted on the 4th of March 2013



Smokeless in Sullivan County NH Get Healthy Challenge-Posted on the 31st of March 2013


Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire


Mar 31, 2013 10:01 PM #219
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Get healthy in the Rain - An ActiveRain Challenge

Thanks for the healthy challenge

Here are my three blogs, beginning plan, mid point progress report and final report

Apr 01, 2013 01:23 AM #220
Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Here are my links, and I'll get them off to Kerrie as well.

Getting Healthy in the Rain: Building Muscle Mass


Getting Fat in the Rain



Getting Healthy in the Rain?


Apr 01, 2013 05:44 AM #223
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I missed the before in submit your final post before 4/1/13. Oh well. It's been quite the journey but I am succeeding. Here are my 3 posts:

1. Getting healthy in the Rain: putting sleep back on my to-do list

2. Getting healthy in the Rain: progress report

3. I got healthier in the Rain

Apr 01, 2013 02:15 PM #225
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Here are my 3 posts...(like any other contest, even I assumed that I should post it before 11:59 PM PST on 4/1/2013....and there were many contests ending on 3/31, too...

#1. I Want To Be a WINNER!

#2. The Power of Discipline For Health Goals 

#3. I AM A Healthy Winner... 

Apr 01, 2013 03:41 PM #226
Debi Braulik - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale
Apr 02, 2013 01:56 AM #227
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I emailed you and Kerrie my posts but here they are as well:

First - Setting the Goals

Second - an Update

Last Update

Apr 02, 2013 02:45 AM #228
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