April was the first full month of lockdown, so here’s a look at how I got on with my resolutions and whether I stuck to them.
1-Eat Healthily and Exercise
Tick and tick! As I’m not working as much, I’ve had more time to experiment with new dishes. In everyday life we would eat healthy anyway so we’ve carried that on with a few treats per week.
In regards to exercise I now do 4-5 HIIT sessions per week, as well as yoga and going for walks. I exercise at least once but often twice a day as I have more time than before.
It’s funny because I imagined I’d read loads during lockdown but that hasn’t been the case!
In April I read:
-The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking
Admittedly this is a pretty wordy book that focuses heavily on research and delving into other people’s memories, so it took me pretty much a month to read it. I found it interesting to discover what things we do and don’t retain as memories and why, as well as lots about happiness.
That said, it is a bit like reading a scientific study so I found that I read a chunk of text then put the book down for a while. It wasn’t gripping but it was interesting.
Would I recommend? Yes but only if you are interested in happiness, memories and studies.
3-Do 2 New Things Per Month
So this is a harder resolution to achieve when you are limited in what you can do and can’t really go out. But here’s some of the things I did for the first time.
-We made our first ever vegan roast dinner for Easter.
-Decorated Easter doughnuts from Doughnut Time.
And much more (most of which is food related so I’ll save it for resolution number four).
4-Cook One New Thing Per Month
As I have more time on my hands, I was able to cook/bake multiple new things last month!
We made a vegan fry-up.
I baked a scrummy lemon drizzle cake.
And a noodle dish with a sauce not dissimilar to something you’d find in Wagamamas.
We made a roast for Easter dinner.
And a Tuscan pasta and roasted vegetable dish that Niomi Smart shared on her YouTube channel.
I made Pad Thai for the first time! Pad Thai is one of my favourite dishes, I just have it without peanuts due to an allergy.
I tried a couple of Thai fried rice recipes but nothing beats the recipe I learnt in Thailand!
We made a Bosh recipe which was hoisin noodles and we both discovered we really don’t like hoisin!
I made scones.
And cookies using Sarah Tarleton’s recipe.
And finally, I made my own flatbread/naans to go with any curry dishes we had.
5-Buy Less/As Ethically as Possible
In April I only spent money on food. We did order a few treats such as doughnuts from Doughnut Time, but nothing much other than that.
This one is naturally redundant at the moment unless a trip to the supermarket counts as a day out? We’ve been going to the local park and for walks, we also held Easter celebrations at home.
7-Use My Phone Less
Being at home more means I naturally procrastinate and check my phone more often. Whilst I would like to reduce my screen time it is understandable that it’s increased. That said in May I would like to use social media less as I use my phone mostly for that.
So that’s my month. Let me know how you’re getting on with your resolutions.