Kerrie's Blog: Getting Healthy In The Rain - I'm Going For It!

Getting Healthy In The Rain - I'm Going For It!

I'm late on my entry to Stacey-Ann's Getting Healthy in the Rain contest but that's ok I don't need to officially enter but I do want to partake.  I've been so inspired by the entries thus far that I want to get outside my comfort zone and do something I definitely hadn't dreamed of a year ago.

For a long time I wasn't healthy.  I was a smoker, drinker and ate like crap.  We traveled around the country for RainCamp and there were so many after parties and meals on the road that I just kind of gave up.  I'd go shopping and loathe trying to fit into a size I was a year prior.

In August of 2011 I gave up drinking.  Haven't had one sip since and never plan to again.  And then...I started working out.  I NEVER thought I could enjoy exercise or be one of "those girls'; usually I was at happy hour with friends while others were at the gym.  But by giving up drinking my social calendar opened up and working out fit right in.  

My community center is a block from home and offers this Move-It Pass.  It's super cheap and they offer unlimited classes like step aerobics, gut & glutes and Zumba.  I was a little scared to start Zumba but had taken a salsa class a few years back so thought what the hell.  What a surprise it was, I had more fun than I could remember!  Growing up I was a dancer, heavily involved in ballet, jazz & lyrical.  I gave it up in high school as it got in the way of my social of the biggest regrets of my life.  But that love, excitement and happiness was found again in Zumba.  I couldn't believe I was actually looking forward to classes and working out.

So my lovely AR community, I am going to get certified to teach Zumba.  On March 16th I will travel to Yakima, WA to get certified.  It was very scary to push the "Register Now" button but I know my Rainers have my back so I did it.  Getting out of my comfort zone and inspiring others to get healthy is something I know I can do.

My plan is to hopefully teach at a YWCA or spot where people without money could benefit.  Maybe kids or women in shelters or even retirement homes. I'm not doing this to get paid, rather I'm doing this to grow as an individual and give back in a way that I'm passionate about.

Thank you all for your inspirational stories and for giving me the courage to do something that I never thought I could do. This path will be a fun and spiritual one!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 71 commentsKerrie La Guardia • February 06 2013 01:17PM


What a wonderful thing for you to do - both to get certified and teach somewhere where others might not be able to afford gym classess.  Good luck!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Kerrie~ "each day is a new day" the past is over, and your future is "anything you desire" I promise, if you want it- "it's on a hot plate for you in wait" I love your new found spirit- and you will too...I love your message!


BTW: awesome job, the webinar was awesome, you rocked the rain out of it, and tore down the house!

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, what a great idea! I am sure you will have teach class that everyone is clamoring to take!!!

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 6 years ago
Good for you and nice to volunteer your services. Good luck!
Posted by Scott Nowling, Prudential Starck (Prudential Starck) over 6 years ago

Kerrie-I am proud of you for quitting drinking and eating healthier and getting out of your comfort zone and then teaching Zumba. That will keep you in shape for sure. CONGRATS. You have lots of support.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, That is so awesome. Giving back is never wrong especially when you will be having fun at it too.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR! I want a video of this! YOU GO GIRL!

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

HA!  And here I thought that all blonds were thin and healthy. 

Welcome to the ActiveRain hopefuls.  We're tough and beautiful.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I am not familiar with Zumba... but it sounds like a great thing to do.. I to am late for the Getting Healthy contest but now I will at least write what I have been up too the last 11 years.. Maybe I can help some folks get on the right track... Happy Day Kerrie and keep up the good work...

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) over 6 years ago

Great Job!

Posted by Timothy Barnes (PRESIDENTIAL BANK, FSB (421593)) over 6 years ago

That is so wonderful Kerrie!!  Being healthy means more then being a specific size, it's the overall, and stopping drinking and smoking is so GOOD for you!  I love that you're going to learn how to become a ZUMBA instructor.  Your target market need this fun and energizing outlet!  Kerrie Carry on!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 6 years ago

Good for you. It is my humble opinion you don't really need to get healthy. You look fine to me. But you go girl. I thought about participating in this contest but do ok already. I suppose I could train for a mini triathlon. Not! I wish you well!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 6 years ago

We have a class at church and I love it. Mind you, I have two left feet. Regardless, it is loads of fun. I can see you as an instructor!! Good for you!!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 6 years ago


What a great idea to be certified, and maybe you could teach a class at Rain Camp during the breaks.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, Zumba classes are fun and can be difficult, but with you being a dancer, this is your niche!   Congrats on the healthy road, and remember when you were part of the fun in NOLA!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

Way to go Kerrie! Ditto to all the above comments!!! TEACH! Yes, you're a natural... Do it! 

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 6 years ago

Wow, thank you guys all so much for having my back!  I didn't feature this but am glad someone did as now I am definitely accountable to follow through!!  No matter what happens, I'll have some good stories to tell!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago

As always, I enjoy visiting your world. You know we always have your back... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 6 years ago

Congrtatulations Kerrie on deciding to become certified to teach Zumba classes. My life coach here is Delaware was very overweight a few years ago. She has slimmed down to a very normal size and one of the ways she lost a lot of weight was by taking Zumba classes which she loves. She was to get certified to teach the classes few weeks ago but I haven't heard for sure. Good for you wanting to "give back" to the community in teaching classes for free. That's wonderful.   

Posted by JoAnn Moore, Home Loans in Delaware (The Mortgage Market of Delaware) over 6 years ago

Kerrie- 3 words... Good for you!!!   I think drinking, smoking and eating poorly must be some kind of "must do" when we're young.  I love that you're not only exercising and taking charge of your own body but also that you're taking a 2 steps further.. you're going to get certified to teach Zumba and you're going to teach classes at the Y. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Awesome, Kerrie.  That sounds like a great plan.  I don't know what I would do if I couldn't exercise.  It would be ugly.  8=)  I've never taken Zumba, but I hear it's awesome.  I'm stick with my Spinner.  At least I don't look like a total klutz on it, and I'm sure I would in floor class.  I'm cheering on from the east coast.   

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 6 years ago

Kerrie: I've watched Zumba classes and they look like a lot of fun. Rain Camp with Zumba classes given by you? Now that's a good reason to go.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 6 years ago

That is great news and great work you want to do for the community. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Chuck Mixon, Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR (The Keyes Company) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I'm sure I'm not the only one waiting for the dance videos. Keep up the great work. Helping people out is awesome.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, WOW!! What a huge change you've made. Your ActiveRain family is so proud of you.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 6 years ago

Miss Kerrie:  How awesome.  I just love your idea about teaching at the YWCA... and also about giving of yourself and your teaching abilities to women in shelters.  It's easy for a woman at a time like that to get down on herself, so if you can help them get those endorphins flowing through their veins... the positive effect on them (and on you as well) should be boundless.

I find it hard to believe how you described yourself as "drinking, smoking, and eating like crap."  These habits, as you know, woman, are ones that are very hard to break... especially when you had glued three of them together like that.

So... keep up the great effort.  If only I had a quarter of the energy you do.  Take care, Miss Kerrie...

ps... I really like the graphic in your post.  It's so energetic, yet so "serene"... at the same time... if that makes sense.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 6 years ago

Kerrie and here I was thinking you were a Vegan :)  The important thing is, you realised you needed to make changes and you did it.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 6 years ago

You're inspiring the rest of us, Kerrie!  Good for you for taking your health seriously and making changes to improve your life.  Good luck with Zumba and especially with helping others learn from your great example.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 6 years ago

Woo Hoo, Kerrie!  After you've experienced the whole smoking/drinking/partying thing ... sometimes you just wake up one day and say "Hey, I'm tired of feeling like @*$%!  Like you, I was a late exercise bloomer with a dance background and became energized about working out by doing Zumba ... love Zumba!  I'm now addicted to Jazzercise too!

Congratulations on getting Zumba certified.  Best of luck to you and keep up the great work!!

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Sweet Kerrie, You know we have your back.  This is so wonderful. I learned more about you reading this. I did not know about your previous lifestyle.  So glad you are getting healthy in the Rain.  We will soon see a video of you teaching a class once your are certified ... right? 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, at the senior center here in Prospect CT, they have Zumba classes a couple of days a week and the people love it. We have friends that can't wait for it to be back on the calendar. Have fun, good luck, and how much better do you want to look?

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, Thanks for the inspiration. I just joined Stacey's contest.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 6 years ago
Kerrie, what a great plan. I love your goal of helping those less fortunate. They could certainly use the diversion.
Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 6 years ago

Good for you, Kerrie!  I think this gets to be one of those contests where we inspire each other! 

I'm eating crap and drinking, but at least I haven't smoked anything since I was about your age - well at least not tobacco.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Kerri you are an inspiration to so many! thanks for the post and Im subscribing to your blog to keep being inspired!

Posted by Dianette Busbin, Realtor - Baton Rouge, LA Real Estate (Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie, I am here to encourage and to support your efforts "Getting Healthy in the Rain", and wanting to teach at the YMCA. I gave up drinking and smoking some 30 years ago, and I share with that was a great decision, so I commend you on your efforts. You will do Wonders!!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 6 years ago

I just absolutely love this Kerrie!  How cool.  You are going to be a terrific Zumba instructor and we want video lol :)!  I have wanted to start Zumba but can't seem to find the time.  By the way, congrats on all of your prior healthy lifestyle choices too :)!!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 6 years ago


Posted by The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston (THE TEMPLE TEAM) over 6 years ago
Kerrie: That is awesome. I took a bunch of zumba classes, and it is so much fun and a great workout!
Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 6 years ago

So glad you joined.  GOod for you going for it.  I look forward to hearing about your first zumba class.

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

Kerrie - You know we have your back!  I think it's great that you're getting certified and will be able to help others.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 6 years ago

Darn girl, you are a serious overachiever.  Slow down before you hurt yourself. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I've been late to excercise before and the hardest thing is to start, but once you do.... off to the races! :)


Love and light,


Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, congrats on all the milestones.  Not easy to nip all that in the bud.  Keep up the good work and if you decide to give some zumba classes in my neck of the woods, I'll be the first to sign on.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 6 years ago

I completely understand about the travel and what it can do to you.  Being on the road is hard.  It sounds like you've really taken charge and done a total 180 to become super healthy.  Having the facilities close by is a huge help - makes it easy to exercise.  Keep it up and stay fit!

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I have a good friend who teaches Zumba. As a matter of fact, she just finished teaching on an all-expense paid cruise. She was even able to take her husband at no cost. She taught classes at sea but when in port they were just like the other guests. Plus, she ate and enjoyed all the cruise had to offer as well. Not a bad gig, eh?

I took her class once and thought I would die...bad knees. But it is easy to see why you enjoy the dancing aspect. My friend was also a dancer in high school so this is a good outlet for her. Good luck. I know you'll be great.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 6 years ago

Good for you, Kerrie! That is pretty ambitious but you certainly appear to be committed. It makes my pledge to get some exercise by walking seem pretty pale. Oh, well. I certainly need some exercise so I have to set the bar where there is a likelihood of climbing over it.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, well, I can say, you always help us - so...this is nothing new when you said...

'Getting out of my comfort zone and inspiring others to get healthy is something I know I can do.'

Quick question - Is there any ActiveRain meetup at KWFR? (I thought of having one - I'll be there and I know few more KW associates will be there, too...)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 6 years ago

Good for you Kerrie in taking charge in your life.  And, wow a zumba instructor.  Talk about a 180.  I'm sure you will be wonderful!  Congrats.

Posted by Hillary Sheperd, Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY (Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon) over 6 years ago

Kerrie-Good for you! I bet you will make a great teacher.

Posted by Scott Fogleman, New Home Team (New Home Team 804-573-9592) over 6 years ago
Yeah Kerrie! I would love to come up there and take one of your classes!
Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie- What an awesome goal!!! You will inspire many women to get fit! My daughters were ballet dancers:) Once dancing is in your blood- it never leaves. 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 6 years ago
Kerrie, having seen you in person, you appear the epitome of a healthy lifestyle already. But wow. You are taking this bull by the horns and I will look forward to your progress reports.
Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago
Kerrie, I think it is wonderful that you want to offer your new Zumba skills to help those who can't afford to join a gym. Looking forward to hearing more about that adventure.
Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, at my gym the Zumba Class on Saturdays have the biggest crowds and they have to turn people down. . . they are a lot of fun!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I think that's great that you made such a positive change in your life to get healthy! I know you'll be a great Zumba Instructor!

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie - I can't believe I just found this post! I'm so proud and inspired by all that you've achieved taking control of your life and giving it meaning! You continue to overcome hurdles and challenge yourself which opens up new horizons like becoming Zumba instructor! I know you can do anything you put your mind to! You are an inspiration of what hard work, dedication and facing your fears can lead to - an amazing life! Kudos to your sunshine! I'm with you in spirit;)!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, or anyone:  Just what IS Zumba?  Does anyone have a link to a Zumba class, or whatever it is called, so I could understand what you are referring to?  Just wondering.

OK:  I Googled Zumba, and found a series of videos.  To me it looks like a Latin'ized combination of the old Step and regular aerobics (without the step thingie) and/or Jazzercise... but on steroids.  Am I close? 

I used to go to step aerobics classes, and was adicted to them back in the early 90's when I lived in the DC area.  Some weeks I'd go to up to five classes.  But that was 20 years ago, and about fifty pounds ago.

You Go, Kerrie!  Maybe after you get your certification, you could convert all the women in your office, and do a full video class of Zumba, and we could kinda sorta do it together.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 6 years ago
Kerrie, you, my friend, are an inspiration!
Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 6 years ago

You guys keep me going every single day!  Thank YOU!

Praful - Bob will have a post about that coming in the next few days.  The Dallas MeetUp will be on Saturday, February 16th.  I don't fly in until Sunday night so I'm sorry to miss you all!

Karen Anne - Zumba is a dance fitness class.  It incorporates salsa and other types of dance to get you moving and healthy.  You just use your body and have fun!  And let me tell is SO fun! 

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago

Kerrie:  Here's an idea.  You could do a Zumba class with the group Chumbawanba providing the music.  Then you could advertise it as "Chumbawamba Zumba night."  It's got kind of a "ring" to it, doncha think ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I am so excited about a Zumba Rain Camp!  Congrats on setting your health goals and sharing them with us.

Posted by Christina Sanchez Hood, #SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living over 6 years ago
Congrats - sounds like you are super excited about your new commitments - you will do very well - thanks for sharing your story - good luck!
Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Kerrie~ I tried a Zumba class once and as much as I enjoyed the "dancing", I just couldn't keep up.  I have RA and I had to constantly take breaks.  Best of luck! I know you can do it! :-)

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 6 years ago

When I lived in the DC area in the late 80's and early 90's... I started step aerobics.  Whew... what a workout, at least for me.  It took me a little over six weeks to get myself where I could complete an entire class without having to "march in place" from time to time to catch my breath so I could go on.

But, I got there.  Those classes were addictive.  Prolly one of the most enjoyable physical exercise activities I have ever done.  Ended up going to about five classes a week.  One place was called Spa Lady... in Alexandria, and the other was up on Democracy Blvd.  I wish I could still do that.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie ~ I was excited to hear that you've discovered a love for Zumba and you're getting certified... way cool!  I've been doing Zumba for years and I absolutely love it.  In the old days, we did aerobics... but the movements were choppy.  Zumba incorporates more side to side motion, with more Shakira style hip action (shake those hips baby) and the music has a better vibe and beat which makes you want to move.  Love, Love, Love it!  Congrats kiddo and much success!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 6 years ago

Thanks for the inspiration Kerrie!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 6 years ago

That's AWESOME!!! Don't regret the things you've done up to this point ... it's what lead you to "here" and moving forward you'll be healthier and helping others along the way to be healthier as well! Good Luck & Best Wishes!

Posted by The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston (THE TEMPLE TEAM) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Wow...a Zumba Instructor! Such a fun and healthy certification and to work at the Y is a gift to all who cannot afford to go to the expensive gyms. I am sure it will be rewarding for the students and for you too. Very impressive Kerrie.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie,  I'm a true believer in anything we try that pushes us out of our comfort zone...will make us a better individual.  Best of luck in your upcoming endevour.

Posted by Berni Kerr, AMP Mortgage Agent - Port Dover ON (Dominion Lending Centre - Mortgage Professionals Inc.) over 6 years ago

Dancing is a better party!  Kristine

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors (Compass) over 6 years ago