Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Day 44 - Sleeping In and Missing Out

Uhg.  Poker night means a LATE night out.  I didn't get home until 2:30am.  Fortunately the weather forecast was for continued rain throughout the night and most of the day.  Unfortunately the weather forecast was so ridiculously wrong and I slept right through my softball game.  I had assumed that the game would be cancelled due to rain but it wasn't.  I was out cold though.  No way I would have been good shape to play.


Day 43 - The First of the Fluke

I really miss pancakes.  Seems an odd thing to say.  I do though.  This morning Jamie got up to go to work and she asked if I would make her some pancakes.  No problem.  I make a pretty awesome stack of banana pancakes.  Extra eggs, lots of bananas, a bit of honey, some Bisquick, and milk.  I must also say that I couldn't resist having a few.  It's been so long and I felt comfortable having a few small pancakes for breakfast.  They were mostly eggs and bananas so what real harm could come?  I certainly didn't gorge myself on pancakes.  If it's one thing that I think I'm learning - it's moderation.  Slowly but surely I'm figuring out how to stop eating when I don't feel hungry any longer.  I don't have to finish everything on my plate.  I can always save food for the next meal.  If I can keep just that one thing going then I will be in much better shape - no matter what the food.


Day 42 - Fishing Not Catching

Before work today I went to check the killie traps across the street.  My neighbors were nice enough to let me put my traps on their dock which is very convenient for me.  In the past my killies and traps have been stolen when I have left them in public places.  I think this will solve that problem.  I have three traps total and one of them I closed up the entrance and exits so I can use it as a culling and holding pen for the large ones.  So far I have accumulated a good number of large killies - perfect fluke bait.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Day 41 - Luvin' Some Lobsta

Weight: 181.4
BP: 192/88

Weight's good but BP is still not where I had expected it to be after 40 days of surviving.  In addition to my assignment to establish some type of work out program, I am also going to commit myself to figuring out how to get me BP and cholesterol numbers regulated without the use of prescription  pharmaceuticals.  Perhaps the two assignments are one in the same. . .

For the seafood lover in you!

Day 40 - The Unofficial End

Day 40!!!  I have bitter sweet feelings about Day 40 this year - let me tell you why.  Sure, it's great to have another SDC officially in the books but I did state earlier in the middle of the challenge that I would be extending the Survivor Diet by one week this year because of the trip that I took to Florida.  However, the trip to Florida was mostly a Survivor Diet supported excursion.  With the exception of a few minor things here and there, I was Survivor Diet all the way when I was away.  Not to mention some of the delicious fish and lobster that I brought back with me from that adventure.  I would not feel guilty at all ending the challenge after today.  But I also feel like I should stick to my word and trek on for another week.


Day 39 - Reflection and Thanks

Weight 180.8
BP 132/88

Two days left for the unofficial end of this year's SDC.  Admittedly, I have not been 'hard core' this year and I'm not exactly sure why.  I could blame it on laziness or the crappy weather or the long winter or the lack of fishing opportunities or a whole bunch of other things.  But ultimately I think that I just didn't 'need' it that much this year.  I mean that in a positive way because I entered the Survivor Diet this year already down about 10 pounds from previous years and after one week of losing weight, I was already at my weight goal.  Over the years I think that I have been learning a bit more moderation and a bit more healthy eating and healthy living because of my past Survivor Diet experiences.  It has literally taken years to get better habits to take hold and I'm still not perfect - but much improved.


Day - 38 Feeling Like Fried Rice

Today I made a nice dish of vegetable fried rice.  I used sauteed asparagus from the garden, leftover rice that has been in the refrigerator and I added some snap peas that Debbie was going to throw out.  Nobody else in my family likes snap peas for some reason.  It was quite delicious and I plan to do this several more times with the rice and asparagus but it would be nice to have some meat in there as well.  I'll figure something out.

Asparagus still going strong

A nice blend of fried rice


Sorry I don't have more to add from this day.  It was a normal work day with crappy weather.  There.

Day 37 - Mother's Day Mutters

Weight 179.6

This is the first day I broke the 180 pound weight barrier.  I was stuck in the 182 zone for several weeks.  I'm not sure what made the difference because I haven't been exercising or working out in any way and I certainly have not been hunting or gathering much.  It's just been kind of a lazy regular weekend.  For breakfast I had two sunken eggs over easy and they were delicious.  It's really a shame that I don't feel comfortable eating any of the floaters but who wants to even think about getting sick from old eggs.  It was a very well intended gift but I'm not going to get sick experimenting with questionable eggs at this point in the challenge.

Sunken Over Easy Eggs

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Day 36 - Food for Thought

Nothing planned for this weekend but the weather also has me a bit grounded. The forecast is for drippy, cold and dreary for a few days.

Day 35 - Eggcellet Surprise

Weight 182
BP update: 142/98

BP doesn't seem to be responding very well this year to the SDC.  Perhaps it's because I need to get a little more of my primitive side going.  I've been doing more of an "Urban Survivor Diet" up to this point - more like a scavenger and less like a hunter gatherer.