Journey to the best health of my life (yes, the journey includes olives)

Motivation list


I know that I have power over what I eat and that I can choose whether or not to exercise.

However, some days it’s really hard to stick to the plan.  On those days, in moments of weakness, I need to find a way to keep myself motivated to do the right thing for my health.  One way I do that is by glancing at my motivation list.  My motivation list reminds me why I am taking this journey to be the healthiest woman I can be.  Below are 10 motivating factors on my list (of over 30!), in no particular order.

Some of these may seem trivial, but they all provide me with motivation.  Do you have a list?  What motivates you in moments of weakness?

My motivations: I look forward to…

1. …a healthier body

I would like to have a child.  I want to be the healthiest version of myself before I get (if I get) pregnant.  I know people of all shapes and sizes have healthy pregnancies, and healthy children, but I need to know that I have tried my best to be as healthy as possible before carrying a child into this world.  I’m at high risk for so many things with the fat percentage I currently have that it is a necessity for me to lose weight – not just for me, but for my possible future child.

2. …confidence for adventure

There are a number of things I want to try, but my weight has always held me back.  I want to go paragliding, parasailing, skydiving, ziplining … to name just a few!  I’m too nervous to do these things at my current weight, and I would never ever want photo/video evidence of these activities (looking like I do) – but then again, I would want to share photo/video evidence with my family and friends – see my predicament?

3. …not being the fat one in the group

I’m the largest person in my group of friends.  I was at at a baby shower for a friend where we played some games.  One of the games was guessing the circumference of the pregnant lady’s waist using a string.  I put the string around my waist and well, it was much bigger than her waist (at 7 months pregnant!).  It was heart-breaking.  I don’t want to be the fat/large/overweight one anymore.

4. …my husband sweeping me off my feet

Yes, literally.  I’m a hopeless romantic.  I see those pictures of men holding the woman they love in their arms.  My husband is very loving and gives me lots of hugs, but I want him to be able to carry me, to sweep me off my feet.

5. …not dreading vacations

My husband loves to dive, and he got me interested in snorkelling.  I really do enjoy it.  However, I hate the thought of going to the beach.  I hate taking off my sarong and getting into the water.  Instead of being truly excited about our exotic vacations, I stress about my weight, and how I will look on the beach.  I even love swimming and I know it’s great exercise.  However, I’m so nervous about going to the pool.  I’ve done it a few times, but it doesn’t get easier.  I hope that dropping the weight helps me feel more relaxed about vacations and swimming.

6. …being able to cross my legs

I am envious of all those woman who can elegantly put one leg over the other leg.  I can kind of do it, but it’s not comfortable and it looks far from elegant!

7. …being able to eat what I feel like in public

There’s a woman on my train who is constantly snacking.  I wouldn’t dream of eating in public like that – I’d be so embarrassed.  I feel like I’d be judged because I’m fat (ie: all I do is eat which is why I’m fat).  Being able to enjoy the food I eat and not feeling guilty about it, even when I’m in public, is something I hope to experience.

8. …having fun shopping

I hate shopping.  There’s a very small number of stores that I can buy from and nothing seems to look good.  When I find something that fits I buy it in all the colours.  I want to be able to buy from ‘thin people’ stores.  I want to be in a body where I can pick and choose what I wear – wear it because I like it, not because it fits.  I’m tired of hiding under large and long boxy tops!  I want to be able to wear short colourful tops and not worry about a huge tummy.  I feel like colours make me look bigger right now and make me stand out more.  I look forward to a wardrobe makeover.

9. …being in the front in a photo

I spend most of my time behind a camera.  When it’s needed I go in front of the camera.  I always try to hide at least half of me.  I want to be happy enough to show all of me.

10. …sharing before and after photos

I look forward to sharing my before and after pictures with my WordPress family (and the whole world!).  I want to be able to look back at old photos and feel really proud of my accomplishments.  I want to be proud of who I am, inside and out.


Author: Foxy-O

I’m a 30-something female who’s striving to be the healthiest woman I can be through diet and exercise. In early 2013 I was introduced to the world of Paleo. I completed Whole30 and had fantastic results. I had finally found something that worked for me! My blog is a jumble of my thoughts as I take the journey through my life. Somewhere for me to unleash my views, my challenges, my failures and my successes (hopefully!).

19 thoughts on “Motivation list

  1. This is a great idea I think I may do one my self, off the top of my head though. 1 For health I want to ease the pressure on my joints. 2 So I can were skirts or dresses with leggings or tights on to stop my legs rubbing together. 3 So when people look I haven’t seen in a while see me either IRL or a photo the compliment me. 4 So I can wear my favourite pair of trousers again that helped me feel awesome!

  2. I´m looking forward to all of those things as well.

    LETS DO IT – it´s time to make our dreams come true!! =)

  3. I don’t find this list to be trivial at all. I have, in one form or another, all of the things you’ve mentioned on my own list. They’re excellent motivations because they transcend you. Your list includes future kids and it’s so important to be healthy for them. Thank you so much for sharing the things that are driving you, with us. I can’t wait to revisit this list with you whenever you’ve reached your goals. It’ll be amazing to see how far you’ve come. 🙂

  4. I think that your points of motivation are wonderful. Everyone of those hopes and aspirations are there for you. That’s the beauty in all of this. Everything is there for the taking. We just have to stay the course. If you believe that, and I know that you do, then all of it can and will become reality. Keep it going!!!!

  5. GREAT list!!!! I would just like to go on an exotic vacay! You go girl! LOL (Which will more than likely NEVER happen. After 2 tours in Iraq, my husband HATES the beach. Too much sand. We live 30 miles from the beach and we never go… unless it’s to buy seafood from the docks.YUM!)

    I may have to borrow your idea as well. I think those are all very great motivators. You have all of us beside you rooting you on! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!

    • Thanks so much for the support – and yes, please go ahead and borrow the idea too – it’s why I put it out there!

      Fresh seafood sounds great (although I’m not big on seafood, but my husband is). He’s always complaining that the seafood we get here is pretty bland in comparison to what we eat on exotic vacations 🙂

  6. I love this idea of motivation lists. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has found them useful. It’s a great thing to look back to for sure. I wrote about making motivation lists in . Good luck in you weight loss journey! I’m in school to be a registered dietitian so you may find my blog useful 🙂

    • I love my motivation list, and I’m always adding to it. I think it’s one the best things that have come out of my weight loss journey.

      Thanks for stopping by & come back often – I’m off to check out your blog now 🙂

  7. I think your list is brilliant and extremely helpful for those of us who can’t verbalise what is important to us. So thank you so much for this! And I love your list to bits because its inspirational, VERY TRUE and extremely helpful. Well done you!

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