SUDDENLY SEPTEMBER

You jolted awake this morning and realised that it's September. Not only is it September, it's inching close to the end of September and you start freaking out about all the things you haven't done and all the things you didn't do, and all the things you have had wanted to do in 2011. Your resolutions come whirring back at you, and you recall all the things you had promised to do different, and suddenly you start feeling shit about yourself.

Here's some ways you can get back on on the program!

1. You Wanted to Lose Weight in 2011

We all do. Some of us got on the treadmill and busted our asses, some of us sat on our asses wishing God would give us an eating disorder. Here's the thing - you're not going to lose any weight sitting on your ass and you already know that. One half-an-hour jog a week is not going to help you shed pounds. If you're serious about losing weight, then be serious about it. Change your lifestyle: wake up early to hit the gym, cut the sugary crap in your diet, no carbs unless you do cardio.

What works for me? Unless I'm at a boxing or kickboxing class, I have no patience to run for a full half an hour when I'm on treadmill, so I do intervals instead. I also have found this Body Type Workout on Women's Health very useful [as long as you're not delusional about what your body type is!].

If you need something to kick start your workout regime, my cute baby brother runs his own personal training and bootcamp services. Holla if you're interested!

2. You Wanted to Make Time for a Social Life in 2011

If you don't remember when was the last time you had time with your girlfriends, or a date night with your significant other, or simply to kick back with a movie with your best friend because of work, school or familial commitments, you know you have a problem on your hands. There's always going to be piles of books that need to be read, papers that need to be written, tests that need to be studied for, and jobs that need to be worked.

To make time, you need some additional initiative on your part: prioritise, or work your commitments cleverly into your schedule. I get invited to events a lot and sometimes, when I know an event would interest a friend I haven't seen in a while, I'd ask her to come with me, thus combining work and play!

While people who have gotten used to your life schedule may not expect to see you so often, new acquaintances and new relationships have varied expectations. It doesn't take much to make a phone call, or send a WhatsApp text, so do it! Poking on Facebook doesn't cut it anymore!

3. You Wanted to Take Better Care of Your Skin

Drink. More. Water! I can't emphasise enough what a difference drinking water makes. Also, instead of all that vodka-and-redbull guzzling you do every weekend, give your liver and your skin a little breather. Use that money spent on something other than drugstore brand skincare. Thanks to Andrea who introduced me to the wonderful world of Dermalogica, I haven't looked back. I used drugstore brands before I started using Kiehl's, and then Dermalogica was love. Also indulge in facials [not that kind!] once in a while. Helps heaps!

And remember to remove all your makeup thoroughly at the end of everyday!

4. You Wanted to Save More Money in 2011

I'm guilty-as-charged in this department. What I've learnt is - it's better to pay off your debts [e.g.:education loans, credit card debts] first before you save money. Of course, the best way is not to incur any debts in the first place, but wherever your bank account status might be, hang in there and start making plans. Whether you're trying to put aside 20 percent of your pay every month, or you're trying to pay off your debts as soon as possible.

I'm not a cut-back sorta girl, so on that side of the spectrum I'm an earn-more-money, which works pretty well for me. I work hard, play harder and at the end of the day, hopefully I have enough money to buy my own place in the future!

5. You Wanted to Read More in 2011

Whatever your excuse is - no time, the book's too thick to fit into my clutch, it's bullshit. If you have bothered to resolve to read more, you must've loved books some time in your life. Buy a Kindle, stash it in your work bag, and read on the way to work. Or read when you're waiting for a friend. You spend a lot of your time in life waiting, and that time could be spent reading instead!

6. You Wanted to Quit Smoking in 2011

I don't smoke. Occasionally, I take a drag from my friends' or my boyfriend's cigarette but most of the time, I stay off that shit. I have enough things to kill me. While I'm not fond of smoke in my eyes or having to wait to sit in the fucking smokers' section, I have to admit, that on some people, smoking can be quite sexy. Case-in-point: Don Draper. And cigarette smoke with Paul Smith Extreme Cologne - sweet mother of god sexy.

Apparently, Only an estimated 15% of people who try to quit manage to stay cigarette-free six months later. True, there are a host of products to help wean you off your nicotine addiction — patches, chewing gum, "e-cigarettes" and even "snus," a Scandinavian habit of wedging a tobacco capsule up against one's gum. In any event, smokers, you have your work cut out for you. Think it over during your next cigarette break. Maybe you can start by thinking how many more pairs of shoes you can buy if you break the habit.

7. You Wanted to Travel in 2011

I would never have thought of myself as a beach person before this year, but J has somehow made me one. So my new places this year are all the beaches we went to, and that's quite a bit! If you haven't done as much wanderlusting as I have, fret not - we still have a few more months till 2011 ends. November is a great time to travel because airlines tend to have deals. Of course, you can also book a getaway with your group of friends for New Year's. Start looking now because prices are already crazy high!

Good luck, kids!