Celebrity makeovers: the New Year's resolutions that worked

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2013, 4:18am

A new year has begun so it's time to start a clean slate and turn dreams into solid plans. CitySeen asked some of the city's movers and shakers if they had any New Year's resolutions that they actually stuck to


Harlan Goldstein, head chef/owner of Gold and Strip House

I wished for good health and happiness this time last year, and it came true. I lost 25kg in 2012. I went on a well-calculated calorie-count diet and worked out six days a week. I did it because I realised I was too big and not in a healthy condition. Now I feel the biggest challenge is to maintain this weight during the festive season, with all the temptation of cake, turkey and chocolates.

Linda Chung Ka-yan, TVB actress

I've had a really bad habit since the age of four of twirling my hair when I feel nervous. About eight years ago, I was competing in the Miss Chinese International beauty pageant (which she won) and realised it was time to kick the habit. It became my New Year's resolution and I got my sister to help me. I gave my sister HK$2 every time I twirled my hair and it added up to a small fortune. So I eventually quit because I didn't want to give my sister so much money.

Michelle Lai, founder of handbag brand Mischa

For as long as I can recall, my New Year's resolution was always the same: be healthier, eat well and exercise more. So I finally did that two years ago. I checked myself into a health spa on a beautiful island in Thailand and did a seven-day detox programme. Every morning I started with a meditation class and yoga, followed by various healthy drinks, massages and treatments. I came back feeling great and now that's how I start every new year.

Paulo Pong, founder of Altaya Wines

For someone who works in the restaurant and wine industry, it's important to have discipline with my diet and stay fit. Back in 2008, I gave myself a target weight and I have not strayed from that by more than three pounds since.

Yolanda Choy, co-founder of Central Weddings & Occasions

One thing I wished for - and stuck to - was not to sweat over the small things. All too often, there is so much to do and so many commitments that you need to attend to. But I've learned that when you don't try to pack too much into your schedule, you can spend more time on the things that mean more to you, rather than trying to do everything all at once.