Okay, so some of you may be asking, what exactly is a weight loss bucket list? In all honesty, it’s just a concept that appeals to my personality type and something I hope will keep me on track and excited about the lifestyle changes I’m trying to make. I am a total list person. Lists help to keep me organized and give me a great sense of accomplishment when I’m able to finish something.
I’ve had a normal bucket list going for most of my life and I’m constantly referencing it for new ideas and goals I hope to achieve. When I was thinking through this challenge, the idea of using a bucket list concept to guide it kept making more and more sense. After all, normal bucket lists already encourage a constant drive toward specific lifestyles, don’t they? If you don’t travel very often but you have a variety of travel destinations on your list, you’re bound to become an official “traveler” if you constantly work toward visiting each location.
Since getting down to my ideal weight is actually an item on my bucket list, I thought it’d be fun to create a specific weight loss bucket list to help me reach that goal. So many of my other bucket list items are also based around physical activities, they’d be easily transferred over for this. Wouldn’t it be great to focus on the fun activities that could help me achieve my weight loss? I wouldn’t be surprised if this list adapts several times through this challenge but this is what I’m starting with:
- Complete the entire P90X program. I’ve had this program for several years and LOVE it, but I’ve never been able to make it through more than half of the designated 90 days.
- 400 Hours Challenge. At the beginning of 2015 my husband and I challenged each other to complete 400 hours of activity by the end of the year. More on this later.
- JERF (Just Eat Real Food) Challenge. While I’m not a big fan of diets there are a few food challenges out there that I think would interesting to try for the sake of seeing how they impact energy level, concentration, etc.
- Specific workout challenges – the ones that normally last for about 30 days. The ones I’m thinking about are:
- Push ups
- Sit ups
- Ride a century. Yep, that’s a 100 miles on a bike!
- Learn to paddle board. I’ve recently moved to sunny Tampa Bay. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn something new that’s fun and physical at the same time!
- Learn a martial art. I don’t know why, it’s just always sounded interesting.
- Clean Eating Challenge.
- Join a Softball League. I’ve wanted to do this for years!
- Boxing classes. Can you imagine a better stress reliever?
- Complete the Insanity program. Yet another Beachbody program that I love and would like to finally complete.
- Take up roller blading. This is another just-because item.
- Try hip hop classes.
- No Junk Food Challenge. Some of these food challenges are probably pretty similar but they each have a different focus so I think it’d be worth it to try them separately.
- Complete every hiking trail in the Tampa area. There are way more than you think!
- Complete a full marathon. My husband will read this and say “Noooooooooo!” – mostly because he’s afraid he’ll be looped into it too. I honestly don’t know if I will ever get to this one but I haven’t decided for sure.
It may seem like there’s an overabundance of challenges on here but that’s a good fit for my personality. This last year my husband, my mom, and I all trained for a half marathon (the test run to see if a full marathon could ever be possible!). Since making the decision to train (we started around this time last year) we have completed several 5K, two 10Ks, one 15K, and two half marathons. We’re currently training for our third half marathon with registration already completed for a fourth one after that. So, like I said, it seems pretty obvious that having a clearly defined goal and timeframe in mind to complete it works well for me. Thinking through our half marathon training is actually where I got the inspiration to begin this challenge in the first place.
Obviously there’s a lot on this list and it’s not realistic to think that I’ll get through it all in this next year. However, it will give me a good guide for fun ideas to help keep myself on track with getting healthy. As I go through these mini challenges I’ll be sure to share my experiences, successes, and failures. I can’t wait!
So, then comes the question, what would you put on your own weight loss bucket list?