2017 New Years Goals: Fitness, Learning to Cook, finish a Grand Project i.e. my debut novel

Dear Readers,

I am going to share my New Year’s Resolution and the ways I shall effectively execute them.


Given that in 2016 I managed sans plans/friends/connections and a whole lot of depression and anxiety launched a literary career, had a (fleeting) Amazon No.1 and performed at a major British Literature Festival I figure I must have some kind of knack to Get Things Done.

2017 is the year I finally get around to accomplishing the mundane goals, which I’ve not yet fully consistently committed to.

The Goals:

  • Establish and commit to a x3 days weekly fitness routine
  • Learn to cook
  • Complete the 1st draft of my novel.

How I will accomplish this:

Review date: 1st April 2017. Therefore goals are to be ‘run’ for 3 months/90 days.


  • Do the Tabata Workout x3 days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
    – In the mornings.
    – After April 2017 double this workout but continue only x3 days a week.

It will begin as only a 4-minute, high-intensity workout from now until April 1st 2017.


  • Using a mix between recipes found in Sam Stern’s student cookbook, my Mother’s recipes, other cookbooks and BBC Good Food recipes. Learn one new recipe per month.
  • January = Macaroni Cheese  ||  February = Chicken soup  ||  March = Carrot soup
    – Cook the dish only twice a month, then move onto the next assigned recipe for that certain month.

My Novel:

  • Write one hour a week
    – High focus, content driven writing on my novel. No note-taking just plot writing. If I get stuck/suffer writer’s block I simply move on and write in another chapter or edit written work.
    Tuesdays 6pm work on writing novel
  • Review material, research plot gaps for one hour
    Fridays 6pm work on rereading manuscript and doing extra research on passages marked TK.

The secret to these goals is to keep them as simple and small as possible so that I can actually consistently commit to them because implementing these accomplishments is a necessity. Also by having them take minimal time I can easily over-deliver on each task and gain small wins as a confidence boost.

Additionally I shall counter-intuitively reduce my blogging commitments.

This Lifestyle blog: CatherineVaughansWorld.com will not have a set blogging schedule. This will be my ad-hoc blog. Namely blog posts will definitely be posted early April to see how I have come along with my New Year’s Resolutions, to see which goals I’ve stuck with analyse what has worked and hasn’t worked. Any inspiring ideas or disappointments will be posted online.

My Arts & Culture blog NouveauBohemian.com will have only x1 article posted on the 15th of each month and a once a season Bohemian selection.

HerefordshireWriters.co.uk remains a once monthly article editorial. (Writing plans remain the same.)


S-T-O-P worshipping THIN PEOPLE / Ectopmorphs!!!

Why oh why is Western society so obsessed with thin people or rather skinny women? There is a slight culture of thinness amongst young adult men, but generally men’s fitness goals usually are centred around being muscular and lean and well-proportioned. Whereas women’s body goals appear to be centred around skinniness and big boobs. A woman with a healthy body shows signs of strong reproductive health thereby has a reasonably full chest, slim waist and full hips and bottom not overtly curvy but has curves and that includes fat generally all over her body including her thighs. That is normal and natural. But for some reasons women are obsessed with reducing body fat whilst desiring a full bust to attract men and sometimes physiologically that cannot happen as a reduction in overall body fat can lead to less bodily curves.

3 Body types - ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph

We need to move on past these ridiculous dreams of thinness and thigh gaps and embrace being healthy women and accepting that as women we will naturally store fat. This is not about abandoning fitness or embracing only fuller figures it is about accepting nature and to stop striving to ‘correct’ our bodies.

It is time to embrace female mesomorphs. Women that have the broad shoulders and broad hips who even at they’re smallest weight never look skinny! Don’t get mesomorphs confused with those full-figured endomorphs like Kim Kardashian, Oprah and Meghan Trainor. Mesomorphs are celebrities like Britney Spears, Madonna and Jessica Biel. Notably these celebrities are paid to be in peak physical shape so although they are very slender it is a healthy muscular structure through fitness and nutrition and is not mere thinness through dieting.

Let’s embrace well-balanced bodies for once. Forget about proportions-we are all different some of us are hourglasses some pear-shaped but we can all have a balanced view of our own bodies and strive to be balanced with our food intake, physical activity and most importantly the amount of fat we have on our bodies. Ladies we are designed to have curves. It is normal to have fat on your thighs. Don’t beat yourself up over it! Just do your best to eat healthily and have those treats in moderation, exert some energy whether it be walks or gym time and learn to accept your body no matter what! If you don’t love your body now you never will even if you reach a ‘goal weight.’