Friday, April 1, 2016

April Challenge + 50 Reasons

This morning I woke up before Piper woke up. This has only happened a handful of times in the past 14 months. I like to get all the sleep I can get, however, some mornings it is nice to have some quiet time to sit and reflect and of course, write.

Today is the first day of April. It's a new month and so comes a new challenge. But first, I want to share with you a list that I made this morning. I took some time to sit {drink some coffee} and reflect on 50 reasons why I want to lose 50 pounds this year. Below is the list I came up with, in no particular order.




  1. I want to live a long and healthy life for myself and my loved ones
  2. I want to be there for Nick and Piper
  3. I want to feel better in my pre-pregnancy clothes again
  4. I want to look better in my pre-pregnancy clothes again
  5. I want to be able to sit on the floor without much trouble getting up
  6. I want to have less pain in my knees
  7. I want to be able to keep up with Piper in future years
  8. I want to sit with Piper on rides at amusement parks
  9. I want to feel better in my own skin
  10. I want to add years to my life, instead of take them away
  11. I want to stop having to suck it in to buckle seat belts on airplanes
  12. I want to not have to worry if a seat belt will fit
  13. I want to not have to wonder if I will fit into certain chairs
  14. I want to not have to worry about fitting in tighter spaces
  15. I want my weight to not be a burden to anyone else
  16. I want to feel more comfortable physically
  17. I want to move more freely and easily
  18. I want to be able to shop from a bigger selection of workout clothes
  19. I want to be able to shop from a bigger selection of clothes in general
  20. I want to get out of the plus section in stores
  21. I want to be able to shop at more stores for my clothes
  22. I want to not have to worry if stores will have my size
  23. I want to have less pain walking down stairs
  24. I want to have less trouble picking up my knees in jazzercise class
  25. I want to be able to move more easily in jazzercise class
  26. I want to be able to better keep up with the moves in jazzercise class
  27. I want to have more room between me and the driving wheel in cars
  28. I want to feel more comfortable in small chairs
  29. I want to be faster
  30. I want to be able to have more range of motion
  31. I want to run again
  32. I want to be free to do more exercises without pain
  33. I want to have less fat putting pressure on my bones
  34. I want to have less fat putting pressure on my organs
  35. I want to not be so winded going up and down stairs
  36. I want to have less pain in my feet
  37. I want to have less pain in my back
  38. I want to not feel the weight of my stomach on my lap
  39. I want to not have to miss out on anything because of my weight
  40. I want to be able to bend over with less trouble
  41. I want my body to feel better when I get out of bed in the morning
  42. I want Piper to be able to sit on more of my lap
  43. I want to be able to play with Piper more easily
  44. I want to stop running into things with my stomach
  45. I want my stomach to be smaller for when I have to reach for something
  46. I want to go down in dress size
  47. I want to go down in bra size
  48. I want to look more healthy
  49. I want to be more healthy
  50. I want to be more free

Making a list of why I want to lose the weight and what a difference that will do for my life really helps spark any dwindled motivation I may have had. In doing this, it made me sit down and take some time to really envision myself 50 pounds lighter, and realize what changes that would mean for me and my life. It made me want to make the change, even more.

Now that I know why I want to lose the weight, I'm going to make a list of 5 things I'm going to do this month to help make it happen.

April Goals:

  1. Drink 100 oz of water per day
  2. Treadmill or outdoor walking 2x per week
  3. Jazzercise 1 - 3 times per week
  4. Track calories via food journal on Instagram (IG: foodofgoaloflosing)
  5. Weekly weigh-ins

I am starting out April at 247 lbs. My goal is to be down to 240 lbs. by the end of the month.

April challenge starts NOW.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for posting this! And sharing your triumphs and struggles. 7 pounds by months end? I'm with you 100 oz of water and exercising 4x a week plus 5 squats each day this week.

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  2. Getting to why is so important.. I use my why list for when I am feeling a bit lazy and losing my motivation.. :-)

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  3. Maybe I should try this. I have 50 pounds I want to lose this year also. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. I think it's time I go back over my goals and reasons.

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