by Kelsey Fields
I am a list maker. Even my lists have lists. There’s nothing more satisfying than checking a box or crossing off every item on list. If I put an item on a list to get done, it’s gonna get done. At the beginning of the summer, my son Max and I made a, you guessed it, bucket list of all the things we could do that would help us have the BEST SUMMER EVER! Here were some of his suggestions:
- Eat Mott’s Fruit Snacks until you puke
- Play Mario and Luigi in your underwear
- Watch YouTube videos of other kids playing with toys
- Eat nothing but bacon all day
While all of these suggestions were fine (and stuff that we had probably already done anyway) I was able to guide him to create quite the list. In the end we came up 55 items. Take a look…
Every day when we wake up, we check the list, and decide what we want to try and cross off. While there is nothing wrong with spending the majority of the day on the couch in your PJ’s watching Moana, I did find that the list gave us a new found purpose to our summer.
Long story short, our family bucket list inspired me. Why not make a bucket list for myself to keep me motivated through sweet summertime that allows to me try new fitness things?! I sat down and made a list of ten items I really wanted to do. I didn’t want to make my list so long that it took away from the fun and seemed daunting, but I also wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge.
I, like Max, knew I had to do a bit of refining as my first list included items like try every single flavor of Halo Top Ice Cream ever invented, and find and/or invent Beach Jeans (read more about Beach Jeans here). Here’s what made the final cut:
- Go kayaking
- Organize a tennis match
- Hike Fire Tower Trail and Roaring River State Park
- Complete a run streak from Memorial Day to the 4th of July
- Take a golf lesson
- Swim in the ocean
- Run one mile in every state we pass through on vacation
- Try a new fitness class I’ve never taken before
- Go for a run on the beach
- Run at least one race
So, what would be on your list? Give it a shot! Let your OCD tendencies come out and make that list. Embrace that list. Cross stuff off that list. Motivate yourself to DO SOMETHING this summer while you’re watching Moana in your underwear.
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Kelsey is an elementary teacher (just finished her first year!), a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and 1 year-old, Mick.