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GOOD Challenge Update: We're Shedding Pounds and Winning Cash

We're halfway done with October's challenge to get healthy, and now there's money on the line. Join us!


Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for September? Get healthy.

Most people resolve to get healthy in the spring, before summer vacations find them out of shape and in swimwear on some beach filled with judgmental stares. Well aware of that status quo, we decided to shake things up a bit with this month's challenge, which asks people to take serious care of themselves throughout October, the beginning of autumn. It might sound backward, but what better way to enter the stressful holiday season than by steeling yourself with a month of holistic healthfulness?


Several people around the GOOD offices spiced things up a bit by making a wager. Each chipped in $30 at the start of the month and committed to eating homemade food four days a week for lunch and doing at least 20 minutes of exercise per day. If a person skips four days of exercise they're out of the game and they give up their cash. The people left standing at the end of the month get to divvy up the prize money amongst themselves. So far everyone's going strong, but we'll be sure and let you know if someone makes out like a bandit. There are still two weeks to go.

In the meantime, let us know how your challenge is coming in the comments, on Facebook, or via Twitter with the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD. Are you feeling the burn yet?

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