(2014) 52 Things in 52 Weeks

52 things in 52 weeksContinuing on from last year, I thought I’d make another list of 52 challenges. Although I didn’t complete everything on my list in 2013, I am not to be deterred! A new list has been made and I will be working on completing it throughout 2014.

If you’d like to join in, all you have to do is create a list and post it on your blog. You can then leave a link to your post below in the comments section of my list page. I’d love to think we can all inspire each other to keep going and achieve something good.

Your challenges can be anything at all – just be specific as you need to be able to very definitely cross those things off your list. Most of all, it’s important that we have FUN doing it!

Let the challenge begin!

Red = In progress
Green = Completed

Food challenges (one week each):
14 Weeks of Mini Pledges
1. Two fruits and/or vegetables per meal – Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal. – Details HERE
2. “Real” beverages – Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup). One cup of juice will be allowed throughout the week, and wine (preferably red) will be allowed in moderation (an average of one drink per day). – Details HERE
3. Meat – All meat consumed this week will be locally raised (within 100-miles of your hometown). Meat consumption will also be limited to 3 – 4 servings this week, and when it is eaten meat will not be presented as the “focal point” of the meal. Instead meat will be treated as a side item or simply used to help flavor a dish. – Details HERE
4. No fast food or deep-fried foods – No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil. – Details HERE
5. Try two new whole foods – Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before. – Details HERE
6. No low-fat, lite or nonfat food products – Do not eat any food products that are labeled as “low-fat,” “lite,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “nonfat.” – Details HERE
7. 100% Whole grain – All grains consumed must be 100% whole-grain. – Details HERE
8. Stop eating when you feel full – Listen to your internal cues and stop eating when you feel full. – Details HERE
9. No refined sweeteners – No refined or artificial sweeteners including (but not limited to): white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, sucanat, splenda, stevia, agave, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, and cane juice. Foods and beverages can only be sweetened with a moderate amount of honey or maple syrup. – Details HERE
10. No refined oils – No refined or hydrogenated oils including (but not limited to): vegetable oil, organic vegetable oil, soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, organic canola oil, margarine, and grape seed oil. – Details HERE
11. Eat local foods – Eat at least 1 locally grown or raised food at each meal. This includes, but is not limited to: fruits, vegetables, eggs, grains, nuts, meats, and sweeteners like honey. -Details HERE
12. No sweeteners – Avoid all added sweeteners including, but not limited to: white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, honey, maple syrup, date sugar, maple sugar, sucanat, splenda, stevia, agave, fruit juice concentrate, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, and cane juice.
13. Nothing artificial – Avoid all artificial ingredients including, but not limited to: sweeteners, flavors and colors.
14. No more than 5-ingredients – Avoid any and all packaged food products that contain more than five ingredients no matter what ingredients

Food challenges (30 days each):
15. 30 days of green smoothies – January (24 / 30) – (see January update HERE)
16. 30 days of green smoothies – April (20 / 30)
17. 30 days of green smoothies – July (20 / 30)
18. 30 days of green smoothies – October (15 / 30)

Other food challenges:
19. Take the kids blackberry picking
20. Make jam with our blackberry harvest
21. Apply for an allotment
22. Do not eat chocolate at all for 4 weeks straight (4/4)

Financial challenges:
23. Put £20 into Tadpole’s savings every month (£240 / £240)
24. Put £20 into Button’s savings every month (£240 / £240)
25. Split all my coppers between Tadpole’s and Button’s piggy banks each week (52/52)
26. Put £1 for each day of every month into savings (£365/ £365)
27. Put £1 for each challenge completed into the Xmas fund (£44 / £52)
28. Save all £2 coins into the Xmas fund each week (52/52)
29. Save all silver up to the value of 20p into the Xmas fund each week (52/52)

Entertainment challenges:
30. Read 52 books in 52 weeks (22/52)
31. Watch 52 films in 52 weeks (52/52)
32. Take part in three author book blog tours (3 / 3)
33. Visit six local attractions (6 / 6)

Family-related challenges:
34. Continue breastfeeding Button to the age of 6 months (10 April)
35. Continue breastfeeding Button to the age of 9 months (10 July)
36. Continue breastfeeding Button to the age of 12 months (10 October)
37. Continue breastfeeding Button to the age of 14 months (10 December)
38. Share a photo of my kids and me each month (8 / 12)
39. Visit family in Scotland
40. Take a family holiday
41. Take the kids to the library once a month (8 / 12)

Personal challenges:
42. Lose 14lbs (4.75 / 14)
43. Go to the dentist
44. Go to a chiropodist
45. Learn to use my sewing machine
46. Write twelve letters to my penpal (12 / 12)
47.  Get a new job
48.  Use FlyLady.net to get into a regular routine with the housework
49. Make twelve Xmas gifts /decorations (12 / 12)
50. Release twelve new cross stitch charts (12 / 12)
51. Post a monthly update (7 / 12)
52. Make a new list of 52 things in 52 weeks for 2015

Have YOU joined the challenge?

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The Feagins Family Journey
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Scholastic Musings
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19 thoughts on “(2014) 52 Things in 52 Weeks

  1. Great list Kell – I am debating whether to attempt this or not this year. I started one in July and then failed miserably. But perhaps starting from a New Year might be a good incentive. I need to look at the list I created and see what I can selvedge from it and what new things could be added. I know you will achieve most of it as you seem really focused Good Luck 🙂

    1. You could always do a reduced version – 12 things in 12 months – if you think that might make you more likely to succeed! Just make it 12 things you[‘d need to work on, and allocate one to each month. Something like January – read 5 books by authors I’ve never tried before; February try 5 foods I’ve never eaten before; March – Visit 5 local attractions that are FREE; etc… 🙂

  2. Hey,

    I saw your blog linked on Lifehacker and thought I’d give it a go! I think I may have very over ambitious with some of them, and blatantly plagiarised you on others, so thought I’d post to say thanks for the idea, and good luck with your list!


  3. I am learning to use my sewing machine this year, too! I don’t think I can do a list of 52 things, but I have been working on a list of goals for this year I will be sharing soon. I am excited to learn to use the sewing machine, though–I’ve had it just over a year, but I haven’t been able to summon the time to learn it yet. This year I am having my daughter teach me, though, :).

  4. Just posted my ’52 in 52′ list as well. I hadn’t planned on joining in this year, but I started a list just to see if I could come up with 52 things, and it was a lot easier than I thought!! Happy to see you doing this again and thank you for the nudge to try it again myself:)

  5. I just found your blog on LifeHacker and I got REALLY inspired. I do not have my list ready, but in order to not lose momentum I started my first WordPress account and will be posting the list tomorrow. Thank you for the great idea! I look forward to checking in on this.

  6. I love this! I know I found it mid-april but I’m totally doing it! I might even copy some things on your list, too. I’ll let you know when I get the goals ready to go! Thank you!

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