No Year’s Resolutions Update #2

I was meant to report back on my No Year's Resolutions at the end of April but now it's the middle of July and the year is more than half done! HALF DONE?

It is 10.33 PM so to continue this entry would be to break the Internet Curfew but I've not posted blogged for two weeks (attack of self-consciousness following series of unsavoury comments and emails) so I'm keen to break to seal, as it were. So will attempt to bash out an update by 10.45, when the computer is timed to explode if you're not off it.

The Minimum Standards Agreement Update

  1. Writing Down My Food – did not happen in March as was eating my way around Australia. Did not happen in April and May due to unseasonal gloom. But by June I was back in business and remembering what a useful, calming exercise it is. I tend to do well Monday to Friday but slacken off on the weekend.
  2. Exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes – Nae bad. I've even been doing yoga or pilates before work sometimes, as part of a campaign to get more bendy for kickboxing. But again, slackness on Sundays! Does weeding the garden count? How about watching Wimbledon or the MotoGP? I do a lot of blinking. That must burn 0.00056 calories per hour.
  3. 10.30PM Internet Curfew – not good. Only obeying about 50% of the time, which leads to restless slumber then next-day crabbitness. Why don't I learn!?

Pizza On the non-fat goals front I'm chuffed with all the tiny "live in the moment, man!" things happening:

  • On schedule to read 52 books in 52 weeks this year!
  • Halfway through the process to getting my UK citizenship
  • Started a herb garden
  • Finally made a pizza from scratch! YEAST YOU DON'T SCARE ME NO MORE! (photo is of pizza #1; pizza #2 was round and pretty!)

They're also starting salsacise classes at my gym, which is the closest I'll get to my "take salsa classes" goal for a wee while since Dr G believes salsa classes are what desperate couples do to find the flame again when they're on the brink of divorce. Salsacise will do for now as I'm bored to death with my usual cardio. Cannae wait to get those hips moving.

Poor excuse for an entry I know, but it's 10.54PM. Did you make any resolutions in January? How're they coming along?

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22 thoughts on “No Year’s Resolutions Update #2

  1. If #2 was so pretty – why don’t we have a photo?????
    No resolutions from me – not helped by the fact I didn’t even make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Must be getting old.

  2. Mmmm that pizza looks good- very “gourmet” style. I have never attempted to make my own pizza dough – I am the same as you, yeast just seemed too scary/too much bother. I usually use pita bread as a base instead.
    Well I didn’t make “official” NY resolutions but, as usual, for the past 20 + years I thought of losing weight and getting rid of clutter. Maybe next year??

    Tracey.

  3. Who’s leaving you unsavoury messages?? Come back more often, I love your stuff. My boyfriend went vego about 6 months ago so I’m excited about making the sausage rolls you posted about a little while back.

  4. As a long time lurker I’m raising my hand to say. I too love your posts. I was wondering why you hadn’t posted recently. It’s appalling thay people are leaving you nasty messages. Don’t let them put you off, there are lots of people here who love you (I mean that in a totally non creepy way)!

  5. My new years resolution? Get down to 78kg.

    What did I weigh yesterday? 78 kg!

  6. Shauna… glad to see you back and so sorry to hear you suffered a troll attack. We loves ya πŸ˜€

    Resolution-wise…. mine were the usual myopic weight-based ones that tanked around the 19th of Jan. I declared a ‘do-over’ on May 1 with a major reframing of my goals and this time it seems to be sticking. I’m having my moments, but my resolutions of controlling my over-eating, regaining my fitness and love of exercise, and generally shaking that ‘black cloud’ I’ve allowed to hang over me, are gaining momentum and I’ve achieved a 7.1kg loss and a significant improvement in self esteem and quality of life in only a couple of months.

    Thanks for being such a huge part of the inspiration for me recently. I just completed my second trip thru the archives, right from Day 1, as I have been whiteknuckling it thru junk food withdrawals. I loved it just as much as the first time around, and I think it did even more for me now that I’m in a committed headspace.

    And you are indeed a greater woman than I…. conquering pizza dough… congrats!! I bet you can make a sponge cake too? LOL My two great kitchen nemeses: yeast baked goods and sponges. I think mastering them may well feature on my NEXT NY resolution list!

  7. Shauna, I am also a bit of a lurker and not a commentor. For every one or two negative comments you must get hundreds of positive comments! Maybe focus on them. The pizza looks great, mine are usually too doughy – so we stick to the local italian joint to get them. No NY resolutions gone wrong for me, I don’t make them therefore I don’t break them.

  8. I am 3/4 of the way thru your book and I am new to your blog. You rock; and I like millions of others appreciate you and your sharing of your life. I have lol, snorted, and got tears in my eyes and I am not even finished yet. Keep up the good work and ignore the trolls. You inspire me.

    Laura

  9. Run

    Be more sociable
    Weeding DEFINITELY counts! Very impressed on the book thing. Favourites?

    I posted a resolutions list in January. Here it is with progress:

    Camp – Ummm, no.
    Play guitar – Again, no.
    Go to a new country – Off to Switzerland in September.
    Get Marco to stop barking at my neighbours’ granddaughters – Yes, but we did move house!
    Climb a couple of Munros – One so far.
    Drink less wine – Depends on the week.
    Bake more bread – Yes!
    Sing more – Yes.

    Not bothered about the camping thing now. Shall get started with the guitar soon though. πŸ™‚

  10. Ooops, two members of the list were seperated:

    Run – yes.
    Be more sociable – yes. This bit’s not helping with the wine intake though.

  11. Cheers guys! 95% of the time I am a Focus On The Positives person but every now and then you need to step back for a wee while to recharge. My blogging philosophy is, if you don’t have anything to say, shut up!

    @Sue – Pizza #2 was made close to midnight for Dr G just as he’d spent 8 hours driving & ferrying back from the Outer Hebrides so it would have been cruel to make him stand there while I faffed around with the camera!

    @Harrison and Carly – Wahey! Good on ya! πŸ™‚

    @Lauren – Hey thanks! Cheeers for saying hello!

    @Wendy – Well you are kicking arse there. As for the camping it’s hard to get motivated for that one knowing you’re going to get gnawed by midges!

    Fave books so far – A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg and a Wuthering Heights re-read!

  12. Cheers guys! 95% of the time I am a Focus On The Positives person but every now and then you need to step back for a wee while to recharge. My blogging philosophy is, if you don’t have anything to say, shut up!

    @Sue – Pizza #2 was made close to midnight for Dr G just as he’d spent 8 hours driving & ferrying back from the Outer Hebrides so it would have been cruel to make him stand there while I faffed around with the camera!

    @Harrison and Carly – Wahey! Good on ya! πŸ™‚

    @Lauren – Hey thanks! Cheeers for saying hello!

    @Wendy – Well you are kicking arse there. As for the camping it’s hard to get motivated for that one knowing you’re going to get gnawed by midges!

    Fave books so far – A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg and a Wuthering Heights re-read!

  13. Mmmmmmm – home-made pizza – my next-door neigbours make it, and it is food of the gods! Although I like the fact you chose to show us the wobbly pizza, not the beautiful round one. :o)

    New Year’s resoution – lose 70lbs and get healthy. So far, 40lbs gone (well, 39.5, but who’s counting) and I can run a 5k – think that’s the most I’ve ever stuck to a resolution!

  14. just wanted to echo others who say ‘boo’ and
    ‘oi, you, get out of dg’s mailbox’ to the trolls.
    your posts are always appreciated!

    as for new year’s resolution: laugh more. a good resolution, probably progress made, but it misses an action plan. much like the ‘someday, tomorrow diet’ πŸ™‚

  15. My goal was to start my own blog – health, fitness, weight loss and daily life stuff. I’m having a great time with it! You were one of the first blogs I ever read and I was truly inspired by your story. I still enjoy your postings!

  16. Agree with all the others…BOO to the nasty comments! They need to follow your theory and shut up if they don’t have anything positive to say. Glad you are back and thanks for the status update. So good to see there are other humans out there that don’t always accomplish their resolutions, but still find positives to take away from the trying.

    As for me, my resolution was to get my cholesteral and Trygl down into normal range. As of Friday, I dropped my total chol. by 7 points and my trygl by 15 points which puts me in high normal for both. If I keep it up I’ll reach my goal by year end.

    Other goals were to:
    – Journal every day – I would say I’m at about 50% on this, but that’s better than 4% last year right.
    – Focus on me first and what makes me happy – this is not meant to be a selfish goal, but I tend to put everyone else’s needs in front of my own which does not always make for a happy me. On this front I’m doing much better and would say I’m at about 75%. We lost my father this year, so I need to put my mom first a good bit to help her get through. That’s ok with me.
    – Leave work at work and don’t bring it home! I’m happy to report I’m close to doing this 95% of the time and I am much happier for it.
    – Last goal is to get into my normal range and I’m 1/3 of the way there!

  17. I’m yet another lurker. I’ve done the weight loss thing, had surgery, and now I’m struggling with the last 30lbs. It’s a never ending battle. But I’m also a budding gardener, too. I’ve just planted some basil and oregano. I’m gonna get some lettuce plants in the ground today, hopefully. You’ve inspired me to grow my own salad! πŸ™‚ I do love your site, too. Keep up the great work!

  18. Thanks for the reminder to check up on mine. Let’s see:

    1. Figure out goal weight and get to it. (in progress, making another big effort the next 2.5 months)

    2. Do some competitive running (check – 2 5ks, a 10k, a half down, and a relay planned later this year)

    3. Pick a big creative non-fitness goal to pursue (besides maintaining my blog, nope…maybe I’ll rally on this late in the year)

    4. Get married some time this year! (venue booked,and everything coming together, so this should be a yes indeed)

    5. Remember that just keeping my current job/salary/title is good enough for now, and I should allow it to be on the back burner for a while. Kind of an odd resolution, I know, but as a recovering workaholic/up and comer/etc, it’s been good to relax on trying to be the youngest person ever in charge of the world.

    So, not too bad, I guess! And yes, boo to the nasty comments. I don’t understand people who get off on being ornery on the internet just to get a rise out of someone. Sigh…

  19. Pizza does look good(Have you converted to Dove’s farm Organic Spelt flour yet?! – I’ve used it from everything from bread, pizza, hot X buns, Veggie cornish pasties as the general soil quality of wholewheat aint what it used to be and most people can tolerate spelt much better then the standard sometimes irritable wheat)!

    xoxoxo

  20. You resolutionists put me to shame, well done well done πŸ˜€

    @Kim – I’ve tried some Dove’s Farm flours but not the spelt one yet… will defo give it a go after your endorsement!

  21. Hey! you were in the Outer Hebrides?!? I have rellies there in Bernaray…I wonder if you met/walked by/ran away from them at some point! (Ok, so I hate when people say that to me – no I don’t know your cousin in Sydney/Adelaide/Tasmania, Australia is a BIG place – but in this case the population is really that small that it is entirely possible you did bump into them!).

    Being a Queensland girl it took me 3 days to finally work out what was so weird about the islands when I went for a visit – no trees! It really is lovely up there, just a bit far away for my liking! I was up there in the middle of winter a few years back and it was so cold that it hailed instead of raining. Our plane (oversized lawnmower with wings) had to wait for a break between snow flurries to take off – apparently perfectly normal at that time of year.

    You have done well with the resolutions – I can’t even remember what mine were let alone assess how well I have done at them!