New Year’s Resolutions-April Update

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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.

2-Read More

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.

6-Travel/Backpacking/Days Out

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.

16 Replies to “New Year’s Resolutions-April Update”

  1. You say first full month in lockdown like there’s going to be another… ahhh 😭😭😂 anyway can you be my chef please? Like can I actually hire you lol!! I need you for all the vegan meals!! That fry up looks amazing as do the doughnuts! Also the book sounds interesting! I know what you mean about it not being gripping. I feel the same with the non fiction book I’m reading at the moment. It’s interesting but almost a little too.. dull because it’s learning but not in a gripping way. It’s not even dull because the stories are so great etc but it’s not a page turner 😂 I’m still intrigued to check the memory book out though! Can’t wait for trips hopefully very soon! Xo

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    1. 😂 There will be, May🙈 Yessss! Girl I have been chefing it up, you can hire me ‘cos I am loving cooking atm. Haha that is exactly it! I mean it’s an educational book so I guess it was never going to be gripping, but like you said they’re slow but still interesting. You should check his other books out if you haven’t read them, he did The Little Book of Hygge and Little Book of Lykke😊 I’ve only read the Hygge one, was a nice winter book. Oh girl me either, I think because I was supposed to go glamping and the Maldives this month I am starting to miss days out/travel this month xx

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  2. So. Much. Food. The egg fried rice looks really yummy! Good on you for cooking and baking, it’s what a lot of people have been doing to pass time 🙂 I didn’t bake much but did help mum make pikelets a couple of weeks ago and I made lolly cake last weekend xx

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    1. 😂 There’s been a lot of cooking! Thank you, I make a tofu scramble and use it in rice as an egg replacement. But it looks just like egg fried rice😊 I think I’ve asked before, what is pikelets? And lolly cake lol x

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      1. I haven’t tried tofu before. As I typed them out I thought, are they kiwi dishes? Pikelets are a bit like smaller, thicker pancakes best with a bit of butter on top or jam and cream is yummy too! Lolly cake is super easy to make, it’s crushed malt biscuits mixed with butter and condensed milk and pieces of cut up lolly mixed in. The mixture is rolled in a log shape and left to set in the fridge. I’m not sure how to describe lolly cake well, might pay to Google it haha x

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      2. I used to hate tofu as an egg replacement but I’ve had time to nail it😊 Haha yes I think they are Kiwi dishes😊 I think I know what is a pikelet is now. I think I looked it up before. Actual lolly? As in lollipops? Haha xx

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      3. No we don’t. So they’re soft sweets/marshmallows not actual crunchy lollies😂 That would make more sense. Looks nice and colourful😊 Do you know why it’s named lolly cake? X

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    1. Thank you, I guess the main upside to being home more has been time to experiment more with cooking😊 Of course. It’s a weird time so the main thing is just to get through each day as successfully as you can and to feel as good as you can despite the current situation❤ x

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  3. Love that you are killing it even in quarantine! All of that food makes me SO hungry! Seriously, I wish I was quarantining with you! SO much yumminess! And girl I totally get you with the reading! That is something I was excited to do more of and I have done a big fat zero (does blog posts count?) I hope you are having an amazing May! ❤

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    1. Haha thanks hun. Would love you and all my other friends to be here quaranting together. I’d provide the food😊 Haha why is it? I mean we have time but I seem to find something else to do. The past week or so I’ve dedicated time to reading😊 Thanks lovely x

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