50 Reasons to Get Fit & Lose Weight

by Stephanie on February 24, 2011 · 4 comments

in Inspiration, Weight Loss

This week I saw a post from Brad over at Enemy of Fat that listed 50 Reasons to Get Healthy and Lose Weight and I thought what a cool idea!  We all have reasons for doing what we do but we rarely put them down on paper.  I write up my goals and tweak them several times each year.  I write up training plans and steps to reach my goals.  So why not type up WHY I want to reach those goals?  It makes sense but I’ve never done it.  Well, all that changes today.

Props to Fit Marriage, where Brad got the idea for his post, for this great concept.  They had a quote in their post that I loved.  “If you don’t have 50 reasons why you want to get fit, then don’t waste your money.”

So in the spirit of understanding why I do what I do, here are my reasons.

1) To reduce my risk for scary diseases that run in my family (heart disease, cancer, kidney failure)

2) To inspire others to be active and healthy!

3) To finish my first half marathon this year, running the whole time!

4) To feel better about myself

5) To give myself more confidence to put myself out there in the dating world

6) To show my parents that they can do it too… I want so badly for them to be healthy and around for many more years.

7) To complete an Olympic distance triathlon

.8) To someday do the Escape from Alcatraz swim (eek!)

9) To decrease strain on my already weak knees and ankles

10) To be able to dress more fashionably

11) To not get so frustrated when clothes shopping

12) To wear a 2-piece swimsuit in public

13) To be comfortable and proud at my 10 year reunion

14) To be happier

15) To not get sick so often

16) To be able to sleep better

17) To reduce stress

18) To be up to any challenge that comes my way

19) To wear knee high boots

20) To be stronger

21) To feel worthy

22) To treat my body as a temple, as God intended.

23) To stop overeating

24) To stop emotional eating

25) To be able to move my furniture without help

26) To get definition back in my shoulders and back like I had when I was a swimmer

27) To like the way I look in pictures

28) To strengthen my resolve

29) To learn to stick with things for the long haul

30) To end the sweet tooth, or at least tone it down =)

31) To have more energy to put towards other projects

32) To increase flexibility

33) To calm my mind

34) To try new things (pilates, etc)

35) To ride a horse through the surf

36) To be healthy enough to have kids in the future

37) To be able to play with those kids

38) To be able to play with nieces and nephews

39) To be able to care for my parents should it ever be necessary

40) To wear out my 3 year old German Shepherd before he wears me out!

41) To be able to take care of the 3-5 acres of land I hope to own in the future

42) To put all that running/biking/triathlon gear I’ve bought to good use

43) To run a 5k in under 30 minutes

44) To be able to run around the Disney World theme parks all day without aching

45) To wear my prom dress again to a formal event… it’s still a classic!

46) To be a good example for everyone I meet

47) To make sure first impressions or unconscious bias don’t prevent me from getting what I want in my career

48) Because I need to

49) To live long and prosper 😛

50) To prove to myself I can do it once and for all

What are YOUR reasons?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Brad Chaffee February 24, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Very nice list Stephanie!

The funny part is that I thought for sure that I would not be able to come up with 50 reasons. As I started writing the reasons new reasons became clear, and some reasons inspired other reasons, until before I knew it, I had 50! :)


Stephanie February 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Thanks Brad!

I had that same feeling at the start. I think I could have gone to 60 pretty easily though!


Dustin | Fit Marriage February 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Hey Stephanie,

It’s so cool to see you list your 50 Reasons here! We’d love to feature them on our site as part of our ongoing series (Brad’s will be there on Monday).

All we need is a brief introduction about who you are (linking to your site is cool), your 50 Reaons, and a brief conclusion paragraph talking about what you are going to do to make it happen. You can send this to us at feedback [at] fitmarriage.com




Stephanie February 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Dustin, that would be amazing! You guys have a great site over there and I’d be honored to be featured. I’ll get you the information in the next couple of days =)


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