2012 Un-Resolutions – How did I go? How did you go?

Did you make any New Year Resolutions on January 1 this year? If so, how did you go with them?


I made a few Un-Resolutions – things I determined NOT to do in 2012. Let’s see how I went as we count down to 2013.


I will not buy an iPhone or an iPad. – FAIL.

I did resist the iPhone urge when it came to getting my first smartphone – I bought a Sony-Ericsson Xperia instead. BUT…… I have to confess that I did buy an iPad through the year.

In my defence, there was a genuine need for one as Mrs Swade and I had a project planned, one that would be published on iPad. Therefore we need one of these trendy machines to test the book once it’s ready.

As it happens, that project’s on the backburner and the iPad is only used as an e-reader.


I will not compromise on the car I buy this year – PASS

I bought my Alfa Romeo GTV6 earlier in the year and in doing so, fulfilled one of my many automotive dreams. It’s been fantastic fun. I know I haven’t written about it much on this site, but last week I took possession of a box full of new video equipment……. 🙂

I intend to avoid compromise when I replace it, too, hopefully towards the later part of 2013.


I will not submit to the scourge of internet snark – PASS

I’m pretty pleased with the way this website has turned out during 2012. It’s been a trying year in many ways, one that’s involved plenty of forced adjustment in a post-Saab era. I’m pleased to say that I’ve done my best to keep things interesting without pouring snark on anything or anyone and the discussion component of this site has been similarly respectful, even in times when you and I might disagree.

That’s not to say it’s been completely smooth sailing.

I was severely disappointed with the reception my NEVS interview received in certain corners of the internets. It was an honest effort and an honest appraisal and I don’t think it deserved the scorn it received from some. On the other hand, whilst I disagree with many on this site about the value of US gun culture, we still managed a pretty respectful – if occasionally heated – discussion on the issue.


I will not neglect my family anymore – (Comparative) PASS

I’ve certainly had more family time this year, which has been great. I’m sure that I can still use it better in the future, however.

Maybe it’s an indication of just how absorbed I was in that Saab world that there’s still room for improvement. Or maybe there’s simply always room for improvement.

One to keep working on.


I will not die – PASS

Well, you’re reading this, right? The Mayans tried, but failed, and I managed to hang around long enough for another circling of the sun.

Actually, there’s more to tell on this one. More time for non-Saaby things has meant I’ve had time to join a gym – an excellent 24-hour gym that’s both reasonably priced and very well equipped. I’m feeling better than I have felt for 5 years or more and am closing in on 10 kilos lost, with a goal for losing at least 10 kilos more.

I’ve still got plenty to do on the health front, but 2012 was a good start.


So that’s how I did. There’s a lot more to life than that and over all, 2012 has been a year of transition for me. I know it’s been a bit of weird year for others, too, but hopefully it’s been a successful one for you.

How did you go with your goals for 2012 and will you be setting new ones for 2013?

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  1. Hi Swade,

    Firstly a happy new year to you and my thanks for your blog and the interesting writing you share with us.

    I am interested in the concept of un-resolution, perhaps I will try that myself this year.

    Regarding the iPad, I too had great hopes that this year I would create something meaningful and interactive on it, related to my field of medicine. Sadly, what I quickly decided was that although I am entirely Apple in my home IT set-up, I did not like the fact that creating or purchasing iPad apps confines me, largely, to one ecosystem and to purchasing new iPads in the future simply to maintain access to the products I have created or purchased. I think this will be the Achilles heel of Apple’s current approach to things.

    Inkling, an excellent interactive book producer, cottoned on to this very early and have become device agnostic, as per Amazon, meaning that books can be read online, on Android or on iOS.

    If you think about resurrecting the project to which you refer, consider this issue.

    Best wishes for 2013.


    1. G’day Mark,

      I think we will try and be as device-agnostic as possible when we get around to it. We have a bit of writing (me) and painting (her) ahead of us before that happens, though.

      Good luck with everything in ’13.

  2. Steven:

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I also went on a weight loss & health improvement campaign in 2012 and lost 27 lbs (approx. 12 kilos) in 6 months just by eliminating wheat from my diet. I’m now in maintenance mode having reached my goal of 160 lbs (74 kilos). If you want to speed up your process and (judging from my own experience) improve your overall health as well, I suggest you check out the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. Lots of incriminating evidence regarding what’s happened to wheat during our lifetimes. I wish you much success in achieving your goals in the coming year.

    1. Thanks for the tip, Craig.

      I can’t imagine a) eliminating wheat (I love my sandwiches too much) or b) ever weighing 74kg. I’m at 111kg now after being around 120 for the last few years and would be happy to get down to 95.

      I haven’t eliminated anything from my diet at all. I’ve just added a bunch of exercise and have found that my desire for quantities of food has fallen away naturally. I’m trying to make it as normal and therefore as sustainable as possible.

      Well done to you on your efforts. It’s great to see the changes as they come along, isn’t it?

      1. Swade, see what happens if you adopt the rule where you don’t eat anything made of wheat or potato after 6 p.m.
        I know many who have lost a lot of weight just by this simple rule. Also, the more fruit and protein you eat the beater.

      2. Seeing the changes just gives you that much more incentive to keep plugging away, almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy in that the more you lose, the better you feel, and the further motivated you become. A little success goes a long way indeed. Regarding the elimination of wheat I simply encourage folks to go cold turkey for 4 weeks with no further commitment beyond that. Everyone responds somewhat differently to the absence of wheat in their diets. My own experience started out substituting Romaine or other leaf lettuces for the bread in my sandwiches but now, 6 months later I rarely eat sandwiches. If I do, I simply fix the sandwich without the bread and eat it with utensils. I found that I naturally gravitated to more fruits and veggies in my diet and my sweet tooth is practically non-existent now.

        I’ve also discovered that I have no compulsion to snack between meals. My typical breakfast will start with 2 eggs (over easy or in a cheese omelet), a couple strips of uncured bacon (not into the nitrate/nitrite preservatives), and a cup of plain Greek yogurt flavored with a cup of fruit (usually fresh frozen blueberries). Breakfast is usually eaten at 6:00 AM and I don’t get hungry again until 12:30-1:00 PM.

        RS’s tip about not eating wheat or potato after 6:00 PM is a good one for those who simply can’t go cold turkey as it helps to limit your carbs in the evening giving your body time to fully digest the food. I find that if I eat dinner no later than 7:00 PM I feel much better the next morning than if I had a later dinner instead.

        Your comment about not being able to imagine eliminating wheat is a telling one as it points to the addictive, morphine-like qualities of the gliadins in modern wheat. It’s not at all an uncommon thought which is why the cold turkey method is generally recommended.

        By the way, to put my weight loss into perspective my 160 lbs (74 kg) is being carried on a 51 year-old 5’10” (178 cm) frame with my now 34″ (86 cm) waist, my BMI (Body Mass Index) is now 22.96 (considered normal for a 22-27 year-old) and my WHtR (Waist to Height Ratio) is now a normal .48. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on your own body measurements.

        I hope you don’t think I’m overreaching in regard to the wheat business but, given what I know now about modern strains of wheat that are ubiquitous, I consider it like I would rat poison and don’t ever want it in my body again. I’m here to encourage you, not preach to you. To that end, how have your efforts to quit smoking been coming along?

  3. Swade, how did the electric cigarette and smoking effort overall turn out? It sounded like you put a lot of research and effort into it.

    1. Absolutely. Eventually.

      I have a rather long automotive bucket list and only one spare garage space for the fun car of the day, hence the need to replace rather than add-to.

      It’ll have a worthy replacement, trust me 😉

      1. Build a bigger garage!
        Actually, I am also starting to lust after certain models from my youth.
        The E21 currently in the carport is the project for 2013. Gearbox conversion and a repaint. Not quite the ethereal sound of the Alfa, but very close at full throttle.
        Also check out the new rules for registering a car in VIC for Club historic plates. Very different criteria these days and really cheap. Looks like someone in Vicroads had a moment of clarity and was an enthusiast. You can keep a Club car on the road for under $100 now.

  4. Well, another ending of the world has come and gone. We took a car trip up to MN and back yesterday on icy roads to pickup our son at the airport who had come all the way from Japan. We didn’t even think about the end of the world until we were almost home at night being that we were concentrating on keeping our car on the road and not in the ditches as 42 vehicles had ended up. Anything is possible I guess. Maybe we were switched over to a parallel universe and didn’t even notice it. Perhaps one of the other universes, being that there are an infinite number of infinite universes, is right beside us without us even realizing it. String theory predicts that there are 11 dimensions. We are only aware of 3 right now.

    I was saying this in jest being that I dont’t believe the Mayan calendar was telling us the world would end on 12-21-2012. Besides, Marty McFly traveled to 2015.

    In all seriousness folks (actually I was completely serious about “the” universe being infinite. God, the Creator, is eternal and His knowledge is infinite). Jesus is the one who will determine when end times will occur. When He was here the first time saving who ever wants to be saved from the wages of our sin (separation from God), he said that He will be back for His judgement. He said that only God knows when that will be, not the Mayans or any of the other doomsday predictors! In His first coming, Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem. A Blessed Christmas to you all! In His first coming, Jesus was the suffering Servant. In His second coming, Jesus will be the conquering King. In His first coming, Jesus arrived in the most humble of circumstances. In His second coming, Jesus will arrive by fire in the sky with the armies of heaven at His side. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.” Titus 2:13 describes the second coming as a “glorious appearing.”
    The second coming is spoken of in greatest detail in Revelation 19:11-16, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

  5. Swade! Pleased to hear your (more important) self-improvement resolutions for 2012 have been successful. Even better that things seem to be going well for you and your family.

    I still pop onto this site and SU from time to time, but my work schedule prevents me from having the time/energy to comment–and my family gets the remainder of my attention/energy.

    I’m still a big fan though. You have a natural gift expressing yourself and I’m very glad for the blog. Wishing you and your family all the best in the year to come. Thank you 🙂

    Cheers from Los Angeles,