My Impossible List

Six years ago, I stumbled upon a “Blog of Impossible Things” by Joel Runyon, which he now runs as . Joel’s premise is simple, and can be found here:

As he states in his article above, the impossible list is not a bucket list. It is ever changing, growing, aspiring towards something greater. It pushes limits and extends beyond everyday expectations.

Joel’s growth throughout his journey of doing the impossible sparked my own desire to do the same. In the past, Joel has invited his readers to join him on their very own Impossible List journey, and that is what I intend to do.

I will begin now with intention, slowly but surely  accomplishing the goals on my impossible list, then writing about them. In the process, I hope to become both more inspired and inspiring to others.

And now without further ado, the List:

– lose 40 lbs (goal weight 140lbs)
– complete one muscle up (then 5, 10)
– do 25 consecutive push-ups (then 50, then 100)
– do 5 consecutive pull-ups (then 10, then 20)
– do a human flag
– do a planche
– run 8 minute mile
– run 7 minute mile
– get a six pack and do photo shoot
– run marathon
– complete spartan race
– complete Tough Mudder
– complete GoRuck
– complete Kokoro camp with SealFit
– get CF lvl 1 certification
– complete Progressive Calisthenics Certification with Dragon Door
– become certified personal trainer
– complete triathlons (sprint, half iron man, full iron man, st. George iron man, Hawaii iron man)
– become proficient in calisthenics then take trip to Muscle beach
– build a school in El Salvador
– build a school in Ghana
– build a school in Belize
– found organization that brings hope to inmates through uplifting music
– found organization to teach poor rural families in El Salvador how to read
– head project to redevelop “San Mateo” neighborhood in San Pedro, Belize
– pack for 52 sessions at Feed My Starving Children
– become active member for volunteer Search and Rescue
– create passive income business that generates $2,000+/month (then $5k then $10k)
– fix and flip 1 house for profit
– fix and flip 5 houses
– own one rental home/condo/etc (then own 5)
– make a living entirely online/remotely
– publish ebook
– publish hard copy book
Personal Finance:
– save $5,000 in the bank
– get completely out of debt
– save $50,000 in the bank
– pay cash for our home
– have 25x annual expenses saved in index/mutual funds
– visit 10 countries (then 25, then 50, then 100, then all of them)
                 Current list of countries I have visited:
                        – United States
                        – Mexico
                        – El Salvador
                        – Belize
                        – Jamaica
                        – France
                        – Switzerland
                        – Spain
– visit all 50 states (6/50)
– visit every continent (2/7)
– visit every national park (5/59)
– travel non-stop for two months (for six months, for one year)
– become proficient at juggling
– memorize 5 impressive card magic tricks
– clear the wake at Lake Powell on wakeboard
– wakesurf without rope for 5+ minutes
– learn parkour and make cool video
– learn to surf
– learn to scuba dive
– write and record 5 original songs
– perform music in front of 500+ people
– give motivational speech to 500+ young adults
– go skydiving
– go bungeejumping
– go downhill mountain biking
– land backflip on trampoline
– land front flip on trampoline
– land standing front flip
– land standing back flip
– do acroyoga
– snowboard down black diamond route (then double black)
– Complete 25 Udemy courses – implement and ACT, then write about them
– become certified EMT
– become certified paramedic
– become certified wilderness paramedic
– read every book in the Four Hour Book Club by Tim Ferris
– read every book on Amazon’s following lists:
       – 100 books to read in a lifetime
       – 100 biographies and memoirs
       – 100 leadership and success books
– read business insider “25 American Classics”
– read BookRiot’s list of 100 books about happiness
– read business insiders 10 books on happiness
– read top 50 books for security professionals
– read entire Old Testament and New Testament
– become black belt in Karate
– become black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
– become certified Krav Maga instructor
– achieve level six in Krav Maga
– thru hike Appalachian trail
– hike Grand Canyon rim to rim in one day
– hike Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim in one day
– get private pilots license
– limit wardrobe to 50 items or less
– own less than 200 things
– complete Whole30
– complete 60 day Facebook fast
– complete six month social media fast
– complete 30 days, cold shower therapy
– post every day on blog for 100 days
– nail down morning routine, live it for 90 days straight
As always live greatly, my friends. Check back soon to watch me conquer my impossible.
– Sarah Cate

My Fitness Transformation – The Beginning (or, “I have goals, damnit!”)


This is the beginning of a revolution in my life. It will be no get thin quick or lose fat fast gimmick. It will be a year of hard ass work.

I have decided to take control of my health and fitness.

A little background:

Growing up, I practiced Karate at the local recreation center and then at a real dojo for the better part of eight years. In high school, I did one season of YMCA swim team, dabbled in olympic weight lifting, and competed in a few scaled Crossfit competitions. Despite all this, the only time I really felt “fit” was during my senior year when I consistently ate clean and lifted heavy. At this time, I hit a record low weight of 140 lbs.

Fast forward several years, and I have now gained forty pounds on top of that and have fallen extremely out of shape. For the past two years I have followed the yo-yo dieting pattern of losing twenty pounds then gaining twenty five, rinse & repeat.

Finally, I have had enough. This time I am changing one day at a time and never giving up. Why? Because I want to LIVE! I want to run around and play with my dog without getting tired, I want to wakeboard at Lake Powell for more than one round without my back giving out on me. I want to be fit because I want to live life to the fullest! I believe that our health either permits or limits our ability to live greatly and to fully enjoy the world around us.

I’ll be posting about my failures, successes, and progress during the journey, along with lessons learned and how you can apply them too. Stay tuned.

Live Greatly, my friends!


Sarah Cate

Bonus: The photo above is my “little book of achievements” (an idea I got from the calisthenics group, Bar Brothers),  in which I will track my fitness goals and progress. I promise myself, I will never give up!