52 in 2015 Challenge Update – March

March has been a mixed bag in terms of what got crossed out and what got missed out.

Well so I already am not faring well on one front of the 52 in 2015 challenge, i.e. Posting monthly updates. Missed the update for February and am over a week delayed for the March one. Hopefully I am more diligent for the future months.

On the financial front I have been unable to save money for the daily, weekly or the monthly challenge. Worse, I’ve even had to transfer some of the amount saved for a few emergency expenses last month. Really hope I can play catch up on the savings and soon! Will need all the savings I can muster for the coming few months.

In terms of fitness, its been a pretty bad month. Step count has gone down and my average daily count is below 10k. Haven’t had too many running sessions either. Grrrr.

I have however started the month long deprivation of refined sugar and sweets of any kind. Started the challenge towards the end of March so hopefully next month’s update sees me cross off two more items from the list.

Managed to catch another new movie in the cinema hall and also blog about it. Another Bollywood flick, NH10. You can read my thoughts about the movie here.

My culinary knowledge got a further boost with two more recipes, both using the same main ingredient, macaroni. Alas I haven’t been able to concoct any new cocktails since January. But I do have some great new recipes saved for use.

Also had a true blue romantic evening with the wife at NTUC’s Romancing U event in March. Absolutely lovely time and also got some truly memorable pictures and souvenirs from the evening.

So there you have it. My month of March in terms of the challenges I’ve outlined for the year. Not fantastic, but not a complete waste either. Hopefully next month’s update will have some positive updates.

52 in 2015 Challenge: January Update

It’s been a whole month since I kick started this year’s 52 in 2015 challenge. And I have to admit it has been a VERY productive month! I have made decent progress on most fronts and really great ones on others.

The month started with me checking off an item from my new Experiences section. I got my very first tattoo on Jan 3rd and boy was it an amazing feeling! So much so that I even blogged about it. you can read about it here.

Money saving has been great as well. Managed to adhere to the daily, weekly as well as monthly saving tasks! So that’s a neat sum of money tucked away for a rainy day.

I also managed to even write old school letters to both dad and bro. Granted the letters were a tad short and possibly illegible. But it’s a start!

Progress on the Health & Fitness front was also great. I have been maintaining my average daily steps of 12k steps and have even started going for morning walks. In fact since I have been making such good headway, I have updated my goal for total kilometres from 500 km to 700 km. In fact I may even make it an even 1000 km.

I did have to renege on my challenge to quit caffeine for a month. It’s just a tad too difficult for someone like me who lives and breathes coffee. Instead I switched it for a month without desserts.

I did manage to cook a new recipe and mix a new cocktail (just in time for the month end!) And even I do say so myself, the experiment was a resounding success with the Quesadillas being a big hit!

Another area of super achievement was reading. I’m already done reading 5 books this month and already on my 6th one. Having a Kindle on all my mobile devices is truly useful to help me meet my reading quota. But I’d attribute this achievement to the phenomenal Shiva trilogy by Amish Tripathi. The books are truly captivating.

On the photography front, I’m happy to say that I have been regular with my weekly challenge despite starting off a late. Even managed to get a new blog up and running to chronicle my photography. And I also managed to do one photo-walk this month albeit a short one along Emerald Hill. But I did manage to get some good shots. In fact I even used one of them for the weekly photography challenge.

So that was a snapshot of my monthly progress of the 52 in 2015 challenge. This post is simply a summary of the month’s progress, You can always visit my 52 in 2015 Challenge Page to see a more detailed view of my progress.

Until next month.

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