Gandhi’s 52 in 2014 Challenge – Week 1

Here it is folks, the very first progress report of “Gandhi’s 52 in 2014 Challenge”. Glad to report that I did manage to kick start quite a number of the listed items this week. 

Started maintaining Flickr sets as well for posterity and easy reference of the selfie and food challenges. Links can be found against the respective tasks. Plus the week’s selfie and other relevant images are also available for viewing at the bottom of the post.

A few changes/modifications to the list –

  • Task #4 was slightly modified to accommodate walks both in the evening and in the morning, mainly because I’m not a morning person, yet.
  • Added the total weight to be lost for task #1 to better track my progress.
  • Added a few more titles for task #38 and #36
  • Task #31 has been changed to now include a 52 week Photo Challenge. The Facebook group link and the Flickr set links are next to the task.


Some notable achievements this week – 

  • Went a whole week without eating any junk food (WooHoo!!)!
  • Cooked a new recipe for lunch based on a recipe sourced from the internet with a few personal touches.


You can check out the details of the progress using the colour legend listed below. Thanks for reading and motivating!!

Green = Completed
Orange = In Progress
Blue = Not Started

Health/Well Being


  1. Reach my target weight of 85 kg. Need to lose 20 Kg (1.2/20).
  2. Log a 500 km cumulative walking distance on RunKeeper (12/500)
  3. Sign up and run a 5K event.
  4. Go for a morning walk at least 3 times a week (3/156)


Travel/Treks


  1. Go to Hong Kong/Macau.
  2. Go to Cameron Highlands.
  3. Go on a cycling trip to Pulau Ubin with the wife.
  4. Go for a trek to Bukit Timah with the wife.
  5. Go for a trek to MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
  6. Visit LegoLand in Johor Bahru
  7. Visit 5 new attractions in Singapore (0/5).


Finances


  1. Spend no more than $5 for lunch for an entire week. Have at least 12 such weeks in the year (0/12).
  2. Complete the 52 Week Money Challenge (1/52).
  3. Complete the Monthly Money Challenge (0/12).
  4. Pay myself $10 for every task completed in this challenge. (0/52)
  5. Pay all my Credit Card Debt

Family & Friends

  1. Go on intimate date nights with the wife more often. One every month at least (1/12)
  2. Get a professional couple photograph taken of the wife and I.
  3. Host at least one movie marathon at home.
  4. Call/Skype with family back home at least once a week (1/52)
  5. Go out with friends at least once a month (1/12)

Hobbies & Interests

  1. Go for a photo walk every month (0/12).
  2. Submit my photos to a contest.


Reading


  1. Read 24 books (0/24).
  2. Complete the following books before buying any new ones
    1. A Dance With Dragons
    2. Shantaram
    3. The Wolf Of Wall Street
    4. Matterhorn
    5. Last Train to Istanbul
    6. Trojan Horse
    7. Dongri To Dubai
  3. Read at least 6 Non-Fiction books (0/6).


Blogging


  1. Write at least 2 blog posts each month (1/24).
  2. Additionally blog weekly about the progress of “Gandhi’s 52 Things In 2014 Challenge” (2/52)


Self Improvement


  1. Journal 5 times a week (5/255).
  2. Take a selfie every-week (1/52). 
     – Link to Flickr Set

  3. Create a time-lapse of selfie images. Participate in a 52 week photo challenge (1/52).
    Link to Facebook Group
    Link to Flickr Set

  4. Go a week without eating any junk food. Have at least 6 such weeks (1/6).
  5. Go to bed before 11:00 PM for a week.
  6. Don’t stay in the same role at work by the end of the year.


TV & Movies (This list may grow as we go along)


  1. Catch-up/ Complete watching the following TV Shows –
    • Boardwalk Empire
    • Breaking Bad (Currently on Season 2)
    • Californication (Currently on Season 1)
    • Downton Abbey
    • Dexter (Currently On Season 7)
    • White Collar (Currently On Season 4)

    1. Re-Watch all episodes of the following TV shows –
      • That 70s Show (Currently on Season 6)
      • The Practice (Currently on Season 1)
      • The Wonder Years (Currently on Season 2)
      • The West Wing (Currently on Season 1)

      1. Watch 12 new movies released in 2014 (1/12)
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      2. Watch the following critically acclaimed movies –

      • Apocalypse Now
      • Platoon
      • Milk
      • Frost/Nixon
      • The Wrestler
      • Raging Bull
      • Lawrence Of Arabia
      • Amadeus
      • Annie Hall
      • Fargo
      • Taxi Driver
      • My Left Foot
      • Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels
      • Trainspotting
      • The King’s Speech
      • No Country For Old Men
      • Rush
      • Traffic
      • Full Metal Jacket
      • Once Upon A Time In America


      Charity

      1. Donate Blood.
      2. Sell/Donate excess electronics and gadgets


      New Experiences


      1. Eat at 1 new restaurant every month (1/12).
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      2. Watch at least 1 musical.
      3. Get a Tattoo.
      4. Learn to mix a new cocktail every month (0/12)
      5. Sketch more often.
      6. Cook one new recipe each month (1/12).
        – Fettuccine with Spicy Tomato Sauce
        Link to Flickr Set
        Link to Recipe

      7. Learn to play poker
      8. Learn to make mulled wine.


      Purchases & Collections
      1. Get a Mac Mini
      2. Build Blu Ray disc collection with one new addition each month (0/12).
      3. Upgrade to a new DSLR camera body.

      1. Make a new List for 52 Things in 2015 Challenge!

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      Gandhi’s 52 Things in 2014 Challenge

      In the last post I started the new year with an intent to make some positive constructive changes and improvements to my lifestyle. Although a noble start, it was in no way a concrete plan of what I needed to do during this year to achieve said goals. While scouring the internet searching for inspirations and ideas to implement my goals I stumbled across this gem of a post

      Basically you list 52 (since there are 52 weeks in a year!) things that you want to do in the new year in a bulleted format and track your progress in achieving said things. Since some of the tasks can be quantified, it’s a good idea to set a numeric target to help measure your distance to your goal. The clincher is the fact that you put this list up for the whole world to view and share your progress report (and experiences achieving them) with everyone.

      Taking a cue from Lady Kell I decided to publish my own list of 52 things to do in 2014 and intend to share my progress over the course of the year with all my readers.

      Each week I’ll update the progress on my list and also share my experiences meeting my goals. The following Colour format should help with a quick summary of my progress – 

      Green – Completed
      Orange – In Progress
      Blue – Not Started

      Health/Well Being


      1. Reach my target weight of 85 kg.
      2. Log a 500 km cumulative walking distance on Runkeeper.
      3. Sign up and run a 5K event.
      4. Go for a morning walk at least 3 times a week (0/156)


      Travel/Treks


      1. Plan a trip to Hong Kong/Macau.
      2. Plan a trip to Cameron Highlands.
      3. Go on a cycling trip to Pulau Ubin with the wife.
      4. Go for a trek to Bukit Timah with the wife.
      5. Go for a trek to MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
      6. Visit LegoLand in Johor Bahru
      7. Visit 5 new attractions in Singapore (0/5).


      Finances


      1. Spend no more than $5 for lunch for an entire week. Have at least 12 such weeks in the year (0/12).
      2. Complete the 52 Week Money Challenge (1/52).
      3. Complete the Monthly Money Challenge (0/12).
      4. Pay myself $10 for every task completed in this challenge. (0/52)
      5. Pay all my Credit Card Debt

      Family & Friends

      1. Go on intimate date nights with the wife more often. One every month at least (0/12)
      2. Get a professional couple photograph taken of the wife and I.
      3. Host at least one movie marathon at home.
      4. Call/Skype with family back home at least once a week (0/52)
      5. Go out with friends at least once a month (0/12)

      Hobbies & Interests

      1. Go for a photo walk every month (0/12).
      2. Submit my photos to a contest.


      Reading


      1. Read 24 books (0/24).
      2. Complete the following books before buying any new ones
        1. A Dance With Dragons
        2. Shantaram
        3. The Wolf Of Wall Street
        4. Matterhorn
        5. Last Train to Istanbul
        6. Trojan Horse
        7. Dongri To Dubai
      3. Read at least 6 Non-Fiction books (0/6).


      Blogging


      1. Write at least 2 blog posts each month (1/24).
      2. Additionally blog weekly about the progress of “Gandhi’s 52 Things In 2014 Challenge” (1/52)


      Self Improvement


      1. Journal 5 times a week (2/255).
      2. Take a selfie every-week (0/52).
      3. Create a time-lapse of selfie images.
      4. Go a week without eating any junk food. Have at least 6 such weeks (0/6).
      5. Go to bed before 11:00 PM for a week.
      6. Don’t stay in the same role at work by the end of the year.


      TV & Movies (This list may grow as we go along)


      1. Catch-up/ Complete watching the following TV Shows –
        1. Boardwalk Empire
        2. Breaking Bad
        3. Californication
        4. Downton Abbey
        5. Dexter
        6. White Collar
      2. Re-Watch all episodes of the following TV shows –
        1. That 70s Show
        2. The Practice
        3. The Wonder Years
      3. Watch 12 new movies released in 2014 (0/12)
      4. Watch the following critically acclaimed movies –
        1. Apocalypse Now
        2. Platoon
        3. Milk
        4. Frost/Nixon
        5. The Wrestler
        6. Raging Bull
        7. Lawrence Of Arabia
        8. Amadeus
        9. Annie Hall
        10. Fargo
        11. Taxi Driver
        12. My Left Foot
        13. Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels
        14. Trainspotting
        15. The King’s Speech
        16. No Country For Old Men
        17. Rush


      Charity


      1. Donate Blood.
      2. Sell/Donate excess electronics and gadgets


      New Experiences


      1. Eat at 1 new restaurant every month (0/12).
      2. Watch at least 1 musical.
      3. Get a Tattoo.
      4. Learn to mix a new cocktail every month (0/12)
      5. Sketch more often.
      6. Cook one new recipe each month (0/12).
      7. Learn to play poker
      8. Learn to make mulled wine.


      Purchases & Collections
      1. Get a Mac Mini
      2. Build Blu Ray disc collection with one new addition each month (0/12).
      3. Upgrade to a new DSLR camera body.


      And Finally…


      1. Make a new List for 52 Things in 2015 Challenge!

      So there you go. My 52 Things in 2014 Challenge to make me a better person before the next year!