It’s Time To Play….


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Cheeky Game Show Host Mare: Hello, and welcome to Health or Consequences, where Mare from Searching For My After aims to achieve 70,000 steps or more in a week. If she doesn’t, she must complete a consequence chosen by the audience!

Mare: Actually, that’s about to change.

Cheeky Game Show Host Mare: How so?

Mare: Since starting Health or Consequences a few months ago, I’ve heard from several readers who bought an activity monitor to find out just how many steps they were getting in a day. Many went from curious to surprised when they discovered they weren’t achieving the daily minimum of 10,000 steps either. So while I know many of you stay up nights wondering if I’ll hit the 70,000 step target, and wait with bated breath as the Fitbit Wheel of Truth beee-booops until it reveals my fate for the week, it dawned on me that I shouldn’t be the only one marching around town getting fit and tooting my own horn…. We should ALL be tooting until we stink up the city with health and vitality!

No more sitting on the sidelines – it’s time to make this game interactive!

For those of you who have an activity monitor, I invite you to play along, and for those who don’t have a device, you can still play! The show will be played in one of the following three formats, which YOU get to choose:

  • Step Off
  • Target Practice
  • Hang Ten

Step Off

If you think you can out-step me, throw down your sneakers and challenge me to a STEP OFF! Once the challenge has been called, we must mutually agree to the following:

  • The week the challenge will take place.
  • The consequence, which will be communicated on the blog the week before our challenge starts.
  • Exchange our progress reports at the end of the week, and post them on the blog following the challenge.
  • The high stepper gets to do the Walk of Fame.
  • The low stepper must complete the consequence within 4 weeks of the challenge, document it (i.e. video or photograph) and agree to have it posted on the blog.

Target Practice

YOU set my step target for the week and I aim to achieve it. (I don’t want to be a sitting duck Mare, so I’ll do my best to keep moving!) Keep in mind that the minimum is 10,000 steps a day. The maximum should be a stretch, but reasonable, because this lady still has to go to work and get her beauty sleep at night.

If I don’t hit the target, I will donate $10 to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. However, if I do, the challenger must donate $10 to the charity of their choice. It’s a win-win-win situation!

Hang Ten

If I don’t receive a challenge for the week, I will continue to play the game as it currently stands.

Cheeky Game Show Host Mare: How exciting! How do people challenge you?

Mare: I can be challenged in person, via email, or through the blog. So slip on your favourite runners, Birkenstocks, or tap shoes and let the games begin!

Cheeky Game Show Host Mare: Before we move over to the new format, let’s see how you did last week.

*The Fitbit wheel of truth spins… beep-boo-beep-boo-beeee-boooooooooo*


Cheeky Game Show Host Mare: Wow! That’s your all-time record Mare.

Mare: It was an exceptionally busy week and I don’t expect to see numbers like that all the time.

Cheeky Game Show Host Mare: Speaking of time, that’s all we have for this week. This is Cheeky Game Show Host Mare, reminding you to choose HEALTH, or else you’ll have to live with the CONSEQUENCES.

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