Fred P. - Member Since July 2008
"HealthMiles has been a God-send. At the beginning of 2008, I decided to lose some weight. That's not new for me. I have done that before, but after a year of losing the weight I had gained it all back. Not this time.
I took steps to lose 30 pounds in about 4 months, but I knew I had to incorporate activity into my routine to keep the pounds off. That is when Virgin HealthMiles came into the picture. I immediately saw the opportunity to increase my activity as a way to keep the pounds off, and to better my level of good health. Furthermore, I would be able to make some cold cash in the process. What a deal!
For a minimal monthly fee, I joined the program that allowed me to maximize my cash payout. It took me a little over 9 months to reach the maximum payout amount, and I have already spent it. Furthermore, [my sponsor] hosted a challenge which also added some HealthCash, and I also have spent that.
But the most interesting tidbit is that participation in the HealthMiles program allowed me to be a runner in the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon this year. As you can see in the picture, I am wearing my GoZone pedometer as I prepare to line up at the starting line.
Losing a team member prompted one of the teams to ask me to become an alternate runner at the last minute. Due to the fact that I was at an increased activity level already, I was able to fill in with two weeks' notice. I ran the second leg of the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon, which is 4.67 miles in length. This was the first time I have ever participated in this internationally known relay marathon that honors our military service men and women, and I credit my participation to the HealthMiles program for keeping me prepared to fill in at the last minute.
Health-wise, the increased activity has allowed me to save money on medications, and I feel more energetic and more alert than I did before I started participating in this program. Overall, this program is the second half of my formula to good health. Eating right is the first half, and together, I have been able to keep the pounds off and feel great."
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