Thursday, 10 January 2013

Goals for 2013

Following on from my lengthy list of goals to aim at before the age of 30, I've decided to set myself some rather less demanding (and somewhat more practical) targets for this year. Meanwhile, I've also started work on an ever-evolving "life list" to record my longer-term intentions, so by spring I'll unveil that and hopefully get back into the swing of posting regular updates.

Without further ado, these are my plans for 2013:

Complete some stuff. I have two novels half-finished, a book of cookie recipes almost done, and a crochet jacket that I haven't picked up in over a year. I'd quite like to finish off these projects, and will try to avoid starting anything new before I do.

Improve my health. Specifically, keep my asthma under control, learn to run at least 5k, and try out the 5:2 diet for six months to see if it helps lower my cholesterol (which is not ridiculously high, but could afford to be lower). We actually started the 5:2 plan in December, and as it's the first time I've ever attempted any kind of diet plan beyond "eat sensibly," it will be interesting to see how I get on with it over a longer period.

Bake something new every week. This will have to be averaged, of course, because there will be weeks when we're away from home and when I can't cook at all. So more precisely, I'm aiming to cook (and blog) 52 new dishes this year.

I've also set myself some reading goals which include getting around to reading some books that have been on my TBR pile for too long, re-reading some old favourites, and trying to be more disciplined about how many review copies I request from NetGalley.


Rachel said...

Sometimes it's hard to balance new stuff and UFOs - or as one blogger of my acquaintance calls them "Works In Slow Progress". I suppose the trick is to stay keen on the WISPs!

Elizabeth Braun said...

Interesting list! I too want to get my WIPs finished and they're of several genres too.

I also want to improve my health and I hadn't heard of the 5:2 diet, so I just looked it up. I don't think I like the idea as it sounds a bit unstable and also the idea of making 'nothing naughty' doesn't seem too sensible. Still, each to his own. It's not for me and I don't feel I could recommend it from the little I've read about it, but I hope it helps you achieve your goals.=)

PS, I've completed one of mine already! OK, so it's only reading a book, but it's a start.=)

Domestic Executive said...

Good luck with those goals. I use the NHS podcast couch to 5k podcasts to get me running. It's like having your own personal trainer with you. It makes it easy to build up over time.I've signed up with audible and now listening to books whilst dog walking and gardening and really loving it as a way to tackle books I probably wouldn't otherwise read. I still have my kindle and real books but it's nice to have the choice :o)

Anonymous said...

Good luck with everything! :-{D

The 5:2 diet sounds intense, how are you finding it so far? Yesterday there was an article on the NHS news section about the diet, which makes some observations about its effects on weight-loss, life span, general health, etc. Interesting to see how it works.

christine said...

hope you're seeing some success with the 5:2 diet - it's so easy to do, and it's certainly working for both of us:) good luck with your targets!

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