My 52 in 2015 Challenge

Last year’s challenges were not met to their fullest due to a variety of reasons (mostly procrastination related). This year I have a fresh new list (well almost) and I’ve carried forward a few items from last year as well to ensure that I make the most of 2015.

To enable a visual means to track my progress, here’s the colour legend –

Blue indicates that the challenge is In Progress (and probably on track!)
Green means the challenge has been completed (Hell Yeah!)
Orange means I’ve missed the challenge and will not be tracking it any longer (Damn!)

  • 52 Things To Do In 2015

    • Family

  1. Write a letter (old-school) and mail it to Dad & Bro every month (6/12)
  2. Go on intimate date nights every month with the wife (6/12)
    1. Hooters (16-Jan)
    2. NTUC Romancing U (14-Mar)
    3. Movie and Dinner (3-Apr)
    4. Movie and Dinner (5-Apr)
    5. Dinner at Tiffin Room (26-May)
    6. Dinner at Green Peppercorn (24-Jul)
  3. Add a tiny member to the family
    • Fitness

  4. Reach my target weight of 90 kg (Current weight: 107.1| Starting Weight: 108)
  5. Log a cumulative 500 700 km of Walks in RunKeeper (52/500) (610/700)
  6. Log a cumulative 200 km of Runs in Runkeeper (16/200)
  7. Complete 4,380,000 (12k steps/day) steps in 2015 (2,551,596/4,380,000)
  8. Compete in a 5k/10k run.
    • Health

  9. Go a full month without caffeine (Abandoned cause I need me some coffee!!!) Go a full month without dessert/sweets (Completed on Apr-22)
  10. Go a full month without ordering in fast/junk food
  11. Go a full month without refined sugar (Completed on Apr-22)
  12. Go a full month without processed food
    • Trips & Travels

  13. Travel to a new continent (Europe in Feb)
  14. Visit Legoland in Johor (Abandoned since we relocated from Singapore)
  15. Go to MacRitchie Resevoir Park (Abandoned since we relocated from Singapore)
  16. Go to Pulau Ubin (Abandoned since we relocated from Singapore)
    • Finances

  17. Complete the 52 week Money Challenge (Completed 5/52)
  18. Put away $1 every day, $10 every week and $22 every month ($51/$365 | $60/$520 | $20/$240)
  19. Put aside $10 for every challenge completed ($10/$520)
  20. Pay all my credit card debt
    • Creative

  21. Read 18 books (Read 8/18)
    1. A Dance With Dragons
    2. Train To Pakistan
    3. The Immortals Of Meluha
    4. The Secret Of The Nagas
    5. The Oath Of The Vayuputras
    6. Aisle Be Damned
    7. Matterhorn
    8. Wool
  22. Write a short review of each book read 
    1. A Dance With Dragons
    2. Train To Pakistan
    3. The Shiva Trilogy
  23. Write a small review of every movie watched at the cinema
    1. Baby
    2. Badlapur
    3. NH10
    4. Fast & Furious 7
    5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
    6. Piku
    7. Tanu Weds Manu Returns
    8. Jurassic World
  24. Sketch/Draw more often
  25. Participate in NaNoWriMo
  26. Write 2 blog posts each month (Completed 23/24)
    • Photography

  27. Enter a photo contest and submit photos clicked in 2014-2015
  28. Get a photo-book prepared
  29. Do the 52 week Photography Challenge (Completed 23/52)
  30. Get a professional photograph taken of the wife and me.
  31. Click astral photography pictures
    • Link to Flickr Album
  32. Go for one photo walk once a month (Completed 3/12)
  33. Watch (at the cinema) 12 movies released in 2015 (Completed 7/12)
    1. Baby (Jan 29 at Jade theatre, Beach Road, Singapore)
    2. Badlapur (Feb 27 at Golden Village, City Square)
    3. NH10 (Mar 22 at Jade theatre, Beach Road, Singapore)
    4. Fast & Furious 7 (Apr 3 at  Golden Village, Plaza, Singapore)
    5. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (Apr 5 at Golden Village, City Square)
    6. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Apr 25 at Cathay Cineplex, Downtown East)
    7. Piku (May 16 at Golden Village, Tampines)
    8. Tanu Weds Manu Returns (May 24 at Golden Village, City Square)
    9. Jurassic World (June 12 at Shaw Theatres in IMAX 3D, Orchard )
    10. Terminator Genisys (July 4 at PVR Phoenix, Mumbai)
    11. Anybody Can Dance 2 (July 5 at PVR Phoenix, Mumbai)
    12. Dil Dhadakne Do (July 7 at E Square, Pune)
    13. Ant Man (July 26 at Event Cinemas, George Street, Sydney)
    14. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Aug 4 at Event Cinemas, George Street, Sydney)
  34. Watch/Catch Up the following TV shows
    1. Boardwalk Empire
    2. Downton Abbey
    3. Californication
    4. House of Cards (UK)
    5. Dexter
    6. The West Wing
  35. Watch following critically acclaimed movies
    1. Platoon
    2. Lawrence of Arabia (Jan 6)
    3. Once Upon A Time in America
    4. Rocky Series
    5. Annie Hall (Jan 18)
    6. My Left Foot
    7. Traffic
    8. Frost/Nixon
    9. The Wrestler
    10. Raging Bull
    11. Full Metal Jacket
    12. No Country For Old Men
  36. Watch 12 documentaries (Completed 2/12)
  37. Donate Blood at least twice in the year (0/2)
  38. Donate all old clothes
    • New Experiences

  39. Get a Tattoo (Completed on 03-Jan)
  40. Learn to make mulled wine
  41. Learn to play poker
  42. Cook 12 new recipes (Completed 4/12)
    1. Black Bean Quesadilla (Prepared Jan 31)
    2. Masala Mac & Cheese (Prepared Mar 14)
    3. Macaroni Salad (Prepared Mar 19)
    4. Chili Cheese Toast (Prepared April 30)
    5. Butter Garlic Bread (Prepared May 31)
  43. Mix 12 new cocktails (Completed 1/12)
    1. Margarita Cocktail (Prepared Jan 31)
    2. California Surfer (Prepared Jun 5)
  44. Dine at a new restaurant every month (Completed 5/12)
    1. The Queen & Mangosteen (1-Jan)
    2. Senor Taco Mexican Taqueria (2-Jan)
    3. Patro’s Sports Bar (4-Apr)
    4. Myra’s Beach Club (11-Apr)
    5. Alley Bar (18-Apr)
    6. Strictly Pancakes (24-May)
    7. Frozen Monkey
    8. Green peppercorn
    9. Pancakes On The Rocks
  45. Watch a musical/play (Watched a Gujarati Play – Pappa  Aavaj Hoy Che on Apr-19 | Watched Hindi Play – Mera Who Matlab Nahi Tha on May 29) | Watched Les Miserables on Aug 1
  46. Visit a museum in Singapore (Abandoned since we relocated from Singapore)
    • Journaling

  47. Write in Day One/personal diary an average of 5 times a week (98/260)
  48. Write one post each month tracking my progress on this challenge (3/12)
  49. Take a selfie everyday for the entire year for a year end time-lapse video (243/365)
  50. Capture my year 1 second Everyday #1SEofAG (242/365)
  51. Do the #100HappyDays Challenge
  52. Make a new list of 52 things to do in 2016

8 thoughts on “My 52 in 2015 Challenge

  1. Priyanka says:

    Wow … Loved the family part and def the collection of books and movies u have planned.. Learn to play poker was quiet a revelation as I thought u are already pro. Good luck Abhi 🙂 … Have loads of date nights and looking forward to see lil Gandhi-khadepau

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