New Years Resolution Goals- Update April 2017

White Nikes close up


Only did the x4min Tabata workout x5 times in this entire 90 day period: 03/01, 06/01, 10/01, 12/01. 29/03 By mid January I fell ill with a really bad flu for two weeks did not workout out at all. I really hated this HIIT mini workout and I just didn’t take to it even though it’s the most beneficial type of workout as my main focus is fat loss and it’s easy requiring no equipment.

From 12th Jan – 16th March there was an x8 week period where I did not workout out at all. Then on Thursday 16th March 2017 after some devastating family news I needed an escape so I just went for a jog. I’m someone that hates working out so it took some pretty dire circumstances for jogging to become an option of action.

Britney Abs set:

Based on the workout Britney did back in circa 2002-2003 as seen on The Ellen Degeneres Show

  1. Leg raises
  2. Vertical leg Crunches
  3. Oblique Crunches
  4. Ab Pulse Ups
  5. Side Oblique Crunches

(I’m no fitness expert but I’m pretty sure these are the names of the various ab workouts Britney does in the featured video. If these are not the correct names then please inform me in the comments box below.)

At the moment I only do x10 of each and only x1 set.

1/2 mile jog plus 1 1/2 mile walk, Britney abs set.

3/4 mile job 1 1/4 mile walk, ab set, x50 squats

x50 squats

Jogged 1 whole mile. Yay!

x25 squats

x1 mile jog

x25 squats

x1 mile jog, x50 squats

This is how my current fitness routine is looking and I’m slowly building it up incrementally. I was quite surprised I didn’t stick to the Tabata workout as my whole intention was to make fitness take the least amount of time possible whereas now I’m working out longer than originally planned.

I think the two biggest lessons learned is that at anytime you can get back on the fitness train as it were (note the 2 month gap between workouts.) My biggest mindset shift was steering exercise away from it being a ’90-day challenge’ to a lifetime commitment meaning I would inevitably have to pick it up because it is unhealthy to go without it for so long.  Whereas previously exercise was only a short-term fix/goal for me I now see it as something I have to do weekly even if it’s only x1 a week. Consistency and long-term commitment to this area of health was something I  lacked before. Now I feel married to it and that’s a big mindset shift.

Being outdoors to workout is an incentive and has struck a chord. Though I don’t actually seem to get an ‘endorphin lift’ after exercising which is a shame.

dream kitchen

Learning to cook:

This has been surprisingly the easiest goal to complete and I’ve stuck with it having so far learned three delicious recipes: Macaroni cheese, Chicken soup and Salmon Teriyaki with broccoli stir-fry. I also repeat the previous month’s recipes and it’s been my most successful goal thus far.

my macaroni

teriyaki salmon







typing on Mac

Writing my novel:

I didn’t stick to the original routine of write on Tuesdays then research and edit on Fridays at all. This was the hardest goal as it takes a lot of mental focus and is a very taxing ordeal.

Each time I did sit to write I managed to reach around 1,000 words.
Jan- 31/01: 1,091
Feb- 01/02: 476; 02/02: 1,042; 03/02: 572; 15/02: 1,199; 17/02: 1,175
March- 0 words written.

Biggest Lessons Learned:

  • You can pick up any goal no matter how fast you gave up or how long the absence from it.
  • Each new day is an opportunity to clean the slate and feel as fresh and inspiring as January 1st.
  • It  A L L  takes hard-work, dedication, patience, discipline and learning better methods of implementation.
  • Long-term focus and patience are the most important targets. You have to be married to the things you want and do.


Next review date: Saturday July 1st 2017


I have an orange journal to note what types of workouts I’m doing, what I eat etc. The biggest accomplishment of all these goals is writing, monitoring and reviewing my life as it gives you perspective on things and helps me understand what is effective, what isn’t and I hope it’s a helpful guide and feedback tool for fellow readers trying to accomplish similar goals.

Writing this down is a lot of hard work in and of itself but that’s another significant lesson I’ve learned about life in general is that it ALL takes a lot of hard-work, dedication, discipline and continuous learning to be healthy, physically fit or just keeping your home tidy.

The Next 90-days Goals:

April Goal: Complete entire Beginner’s 10-day “Get Talking Indonesian” course on weekday nights: 3rd-7th April and 10th-14th April.

Learn more recipes: April: Carrot soup; May: Lasagna; June: Mediterranean Fish & Couscous

Fulfill the original plan of my writing.

Build up my fitness and consistently workout x3 a week. (Any form of aerobic exercise will do plus calisthenics.)




2017 New Years Goals: Fitness, Learning to Cook, finish a Grand Project i.e. my debut novel

Dear Readers,

I am going to share my New Year’s Resolution and the ways I shall effectively execute them.


Given that in 2016 I managed sans plans/friends/connections and a whole lot of depression and anxiety launched a literary career, had a (fleeting) Amazon No.1 and performed at a major British Literature Festival I figure I must have some kind of knack to Get Things Done.

2017 is the year I finally get around to accomplishing the mundane goals, which I’ve not yet fully consistently committed to.

The Goals:

  • Establish and commit to a x3 days weekly fitness routine
  • Learn to cook
  • Complete the 1st draft of my novel.

How I will accomplish this:

Review date: 1st April 2017. Therefore goals are to be ‘run’ for 3 months/90 days.


  • Do the Tabata Workout x3 days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
    – In the mornings.
    – After April 2017 double this workout but continue only x3 days a week.

It will begin as only a 4-minute, high-intensity workout from now until April 1st 2017.


  • Using a mix between recipes found in Sam Stern’s student cookbook, my Mother’s recipes, other cookbooks and BBC Good Food recipes. Learn one new recipe per month.
  • January = Macaroni Cheese  ||  February = Chicken soup  ||  March = Carrot soup
    – Cook the dish only twice a month, then move onto the next assigned recipe for that certain month.

My Novel:

  • Write one hour a week
    – High focus, content driven writing on my novel. No note-taking just plot writing. If I get stuck/suffer writer’s block I simply move on and write in another chapter or edit written work.
    Tuesdays 6pm work on writing novel
  • Review material, research plot gaps for one hour
    Fridays 6pm work on rereading manuscript and doing extra research on passages marked TK.

The secret to these goals is to keep them as simple and small as possible so that I can actually consistently commit to them because implementing these accomplishments is a necessity. Also by having them take minimal time I can easily over-deliver on each task and gain small wins as a confidence boost.

Additionally I shall counter-intuitively reduce my blogging commitments.

This Lifestyle blog: will not have a set blogging schedule. This will be my ad-hoc blog. Namely blog posts will definitely be posted early April to see how I have come along with my New Year’s Resolutions, to see which goals I’ve stuck with analyse what has worked and hasn’t worked. Any inspiring ideas or disappointments will be posted online.

My Arts & Culture blog will have only x1 article posted on the 15th of each month and a once a season Bohemian selection. remains a once monthly article editorial. (Writing plans remain the same.)