The World's Fastest Diet - Gonna MEET Rainers in 6 Days!

I could wear a paper bag on my head!Next week Activerain is holding it's first Virtual Rain Camp - and with that event, they suggested local Ambassadors organize opportunities for the "Community" to meet IRL (in real life).  So far, there are over 42 "Meet Ups," "Tweet ups,"  "Active Ups," Planned.  The one here in the Triangle will be at a Local Winery, which I personally think will be cool. 

Being a GIRL, I've obviously been thinking ahead about this opportunity to meet my fellow Rainers - I mean:


So maybe nobody else has this feeling that their profile picture is WAAAAYYYY more flattering than they look IRL.  It could just be me... I recently got my haircut, and I know I need a new profile picture - but if I change it NOW - then someone might recognize me when I go the the "Active UP" next week! (Can you hear the "Excuse-itise" creeping in?")

I was thinking last night that I could leave my picture like it is, and THEN I could just tell everybody that I'm NEW to Activerain!  Then I woke up - and realized that because I've organized REBarCamp in our area for the last three years, a lot of the people here can already pick me out in a line up!  LOL!  Maybe the World's Fastest Diet isn't necessary, in order to go...then I started thinking, Oh No!


Since it's a VIRTUAL Rain Camp, it doesn't matter - I can just sit in front of my screen in my PJ's and my puppy, Lucky will curl up by my feet, and we'll be happy all day... but if I go to the ACTIVE UP, then I'll have to figure out what to wear!  In reality, I'm bound to have ONE THING that won't look too bad... Right?  I'm going to see people I interact with (for the most part) virtually.  That means ANYTHING I wear could be new, and they wouldn't know!


Oh wait, we did that at RETSO (Patty Keller, Debe Maxwell, Elizabeth Cooper Golden, Ann Allen, Connie Harvey, Laurie Davis, Lisa Archer,)! I know it's the end of summer - but I really don't have a great tan, so maybe over this long weekend I'll remember to get in the sun and I can be a little more "glowing,"


There's really NO EXCUSE for NOT going to the local MEET-UP, TWEET-UP, ACTIVE-UP in your area!  Yeah, we're all in the business.  Yes, we are online looking for the same customer (sorta) - and we're using the same tools (AR)... but this is ACTIVE-FREAKING-RAIN, and THIS group of people is different from any other group, because of the Go Givers.  If you are having problems getting your posts seen, if you want to know if Activerain really works, if you have questions about getting more fans on Facebook - or if you want to know how someone else is dealing with Appraisal issues - talk to your Activerain Friends.  Come meet us in Raleigh.

(All of the other places Rainers Are Meeting!)

Activerain only has 1000 connections open for Virtual RainCamp.  I've got a training room for 30 people in the Triangle - if you want to MEET and "Experience" the Virtual Camp together... LMK.  Eleanor Thorne @isellmoney call or txt 919-649-5057 Be There or Be Square! LOL!

Comment balloon 44 commentsEleanor Thorne • September 02 2011 09:56AM


Lol! I hear ya sister! I'm going through the same thing. I know when I introduce myself, they're gonna say "Wow! Hold old is your picture?!"

Posted by Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent (Realtor) over 8 years ago

Hi Eleanor~


I SO enjoyed meeting you at Rain-Camp last year...wish I could make it over to Raleigh to continue our conversation...and ...I loved and "suggested" this post...I'm smiling!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 8 years ago

Terri, JaneAnne just made me smile thinking about all the excuses I hear from people who think they are "so much cooler online!"

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 8 years ago

I am planning to attend the one here in Atlanta.  I am looking forward to whatever information/advice I can pick up. 

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) over 8 years ago

That was clever - reblogged it.

Posted by Steve and Eleanor Thorne, Mortgage Loan Johnston County (Equity Resources, NMLS 60596) over 8 years ago

I would personally not put this much thought into it. I think you should just be comfortable as the person you are rather going there to impress others. That's certainly no way to start out having fun.

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 8 years ago

I am the master of the world's fastest diet.  It is called the Metric Diet.  I went from 220 pounds to only 100 kilo's immediately!

I will be one of the moderators at our REBAR camp in Boise next week so I too should think about how to get a few AR locals out of their PJ's to meet IRL.

Posted by Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker (Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) over 8 years ago

I'm coordinating my local MeetUp and we've got quite a few folks set to show up.  I'll be there and about 6 pounds lighter than I was a few weeks ago.  Just joined the gym to get in shape so I'm ready to see my Rainers!

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 8 years ago

Oh crap!  (Did I say that??) Why did you go and bring THIS up????   Now I have to watch what I eat, run 500 niles on the treadmill, color my hair, lay in the sun, and buy a new outfit.  How in the world will I EVER have time to do any work???

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) over 8 years ago

Nothing but fish, a small salad, water and 3 hours of interval training every day should help to drop at least 2 lbs per day! You better be serious AND have a physical before trying this, though! LOL! Great post!

Posted by Scotti Jowers, Realtor - West Monroe, Louisiana Homes for Sale (CENTURY 21 Shackelford French, Search West Monroe Homes ) over 8 years ago

Eleanor--- cute..cute post!  Now you've got me thinking.. hwo can I have my face lifted by next week!  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Eleanor, what a great post!  I chuckled all the way through it ... LOL!  Thanks for the humor :-)

Posted by Lisa Dunham, Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate over 8 years ago

Hysterical E.  I need to do one of the same.  We are having our local meet up.  It should be a blast, but I doube that the weight will come to play!  As I sit eating my McDonald's snack wrap!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) over 8 years ago

Great post! Online is easier but those that make the face to face option will probably have a much better time.

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Eleanor, you are too funny.  I think it's time for a profile pic update on mine too.  My hair has gotten a little more gray since mine was taken 3-4 years ago.  Oy vey!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 8 years ago

Eleanor, you took the thoughts right out of my head! I'm coordinating the Meet Up here in Massachusetts. I've been meaning to get a new profile pic for a while. Mine's 4 years old and sometimes I wonder if people can recognize me from it! Hey, that's good icebreaker activity! Put the profile pics of those attending up on a wall and see if people can find the person in the group! :)

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate! (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 8 years ago

Very clever post, I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the rain camp. I registered a while back.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 8 years ago

You are so freakin' funny! Thanks for the laugh...

Posted by K.C. McLaughlin, Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC (RE/MAX United) over 8 years ago

Eleanor, you're going to have so much fun! Stop with the diet already. You think we don't all need to drop a couple of pounds????

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 8 years ago

Hey Guys!  Thanks for giving me a minute to laugh with each of you!  Nina!  Great idea for an Ice Breaker!  LOVE That! 

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 8 years ago

You are so funny!  I've been trying to find someone here in Birmingham that does a good job of spray tans.....and boy do I need one! 

Have fun and hope you have a great weekend too!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 8 years ago

Eleanor - love love love this post.  How so like a GIRL this is and it speaks to most of us.  Just go, and have fun.  It's what most of us are planning to do.  Have a great weekend and enjoy that meetup!

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 8 years ago

Eleanor, you have certainly covered the girly thoughts! I was excited about the meetup in Dallas on Sept 8th unitl I realized it was the same weekend as my step-daughter''s wedding, rehearsal dinner, in-laws in town. Geez, good thing I made it to Raincamp Dallas.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 8 years ago


I was thinking the same thing.  Losing 20 pounds would be good.  In order to avoid confusion I will wear my name tag so people will know who I am.  That darn Byran just commented that he had lost 6 lbs.  And he doesn't even need to.  I'll be attending his meet up.  I may wear that bag in your post.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 8 years ago

Eleanor -- Oh, boy, now you gave me something to obsess about. Just came back from eating a huge dinner and I have two parties this weekend. Let's see, by Wednesday, I'll probably gain 10 lbs.  hey...whatever....  Have fun at your meetup!  I'm really looking forward to mine in CT!

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Eleanor I have as little time as you do. But I am definitely going to try and make it out to the one or two of the three meetups out in VA this week. Its always good to interact with my fellow Active Rainers.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 8 years ago

Eleanor - I can't wait.  I'm really looking forward to the Meet Up next week and hoping to "meet" a few friends.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Eleanor, OMG, you are in my brain!! I have been thinking the same thing this past week and finally said to myself today.."well is what you is" I think I actually gained a couple this past week..grrr. I know all of those thoughts will be put aside as soon as I meet my fellow Portland rainers next week. I'm excited! Thanks for putting in some really great words the thoughts I have had as well.

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) over 8 years ago

Hi Eleanor--this is just too funny.  If I lost 20 pounds I would have nothing to wear.  I decided to let it all go--go gray, forgo the facelift and live with the extra weight.  Good thing clients love what I do and I'm not getting called to be on the cover of Vogue. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 8 years ago

I'm buying a maternity dress and telling everyone I'm pregnant.  They've never seen me before probably won't see me again.... it's the Brad Paisley song - better Online....

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Eleanor... this is a great post.  And it surely deserves to be Featured, and given the Gold Star.  I have two things to say, here:

Susan... funny you should mention that.  Much of my "current" wardrobe comes from Motherhood Maternity.  I look like I am six months pregnant, and they DO have some pretty cute stuff.  I also get lots of doors opened for me, now.  LOL.

Eleanor:  Question:  IF... Lady Gaga were a member of Active Rain... would she be planning a "Meat Up ?"  Also... see my above comment to Susan.  Why lose weight when all you have to do is shop at Motherhood Maternity ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

As long as you are healthy then don't worry about it! If it is affecting your health then do it for your health and not for the strangers or friends. Do they have a Fatherhood Maternity? :)

Posted by Gerard Gilbers, Your Marketing Master (Higher Authority Markeing) over 8 years ago

That's funny....boy I've felt this before. Like on Facebook....boy those are all good pictures, believe me. Have a great time!!!

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago
Hi El, Just took a minute to log on and saw your fun post!! I can't wait to see your hair-cut!! Me too in need of a new profile pic.... You'd think with a son for a photographer that this would be easy right? NOT! See you next week!
Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 8 years ago

It is what it is. Too old to worry about it...

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) over 8 years ago

You are worrying too much--- most people are so into what they look like, that they don't notice what other people look like!  I am working to become an Ambassador... I would love to host or put together a meet-up here in the Palm Springs area!  Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 8 years ago

LOL I'm looking forward to meeting you next week  : )

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 8 years ago


This was really a fun read.  I'm so excited to go to our meet up here in the Sacramento area.  Not sure what I'm wearing either and I'm white also which is really bad for CA.  I guess that's an big sign that I work too much!:)

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 8 years ago
LOL! This was so cute! I have found that the personalities shine through. Most folks are just like they seem to be through their writing. Ie: Paula Hamilton is energetic, Teral McDowell is warm, and Patricia Feager is loving. It was like meeting long lost friends! Looking forward to it!
Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 8 years ago

Very funny. Thanks for the laugh.  Looking forward to our Meet Up here in Scottsdale at KO's on Northsight!  Have fun at yours!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 8 years ago

It's going to be a great learning experience.. maybe we should all come in our pj's!  It's a pajama party!

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 8 years ago

I heard a comedian on tv last night worrying about going to a class reunion . . .  she's put on a ton of weight and was looking sooooo much older . . .    it was her Kindergarten Class reunion!   LOL

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Eleanor, After reading your post, I came up with a new idea for the AR Gods.  How about a meet up during the Halloween Holiday Month?  Everyone could dress up for the Raincamp!  LOL!  Yup!  Too much time on my hands, today!   Wishing your much success with your AR Meetup:)


Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

You are hilarious! I say go with "unapologetically imperfect" - it's a lot less pressure! Want a tshirt? LOL!

Posted by Heather OnullSullivan Canney (HeatherO Inc.) over 8 years ago