Sunday - The last day of Survivor Diet 2012. This couldn't come soon enough. Due to poor planning on my part, I ended the SDC on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend instead of Friday. Oh well. As a result I did not get to enjoy the food and drink that was available at the shore celebration with my family. This included a rack of pork roast, a variety of alcoholic beverages and some chocolate dessert treats. Instead, I brought a couple pieces of fluke that I had prepared a few days ago, a bag full of steamed crabs and another bag of romaine lettuce from the garden. In actuality I think my meal was just as good (if not better) than what was prepared by others - with the exception of the pork roast - which was very difficult to pass on.
So day 40 came and went and later that night I was reflecting a bit on the successes and failures of this year's SDC. If I had to sum it all up in a few words I would say it was somewhat of a failure, anticlimactic and a bit boring. On the positive side, I lost about 15 pounds from when I started but my goal was 25. On another positive note, my blood pressure is completely normal and my headaches have been virtually non-existent. On another positive note, I fit into many of my size 34 pants (previously 36), I have lost one notch on my belt, I fit into most medium sized t-shirts (although large is still a better fit). On another positive note, I have learned about raising bees and now have a thriving hive in my back yard - and although I didn't start this early enough to get any honey production from them this year - I'm optimistic for the future. Plus, they will help pollinate the vegetable garden all summer.
Ok - why so bad then you might be thinking? Well, once again I did this whole thing alone - nobody seems to have any interest in joining me so although I get a lot of support from others, it's not the same as having additional participants to share experiences and learn from. I feel like I'm running out of new ideas and new foods to eat. Doing the same thing year after year - salt from the ocean water, clams, backyard greens, trout, bluefish, striped bass, fluke, crabs, beans and rice. Over and over and over - it gets monotonous. That's why I introduced the chickens last year (didn't turn out so well because my neighbors made me give them away) and the bees this year.
Secondly, I feel a little defeated because I did cheat a bit this year. And although I justified it by giving up several weekly rewards it still feels as if I only did the challenge half-assed and if you ask me, this year I was not up to the challenge.
Where do we go from here? Each year I try to reflect on the experiences I have gathered and try to come up with a plan for a way to live life better in the future. After asking my 11 year old son, Ty what I should do he replied, "You need to continue this for another 3 weeks." Other than not really wanting to, I didn't have a very good response for him - so I decided to do it. I still have 10 pounds to drop and I'm going to do it - 3 more weeks. The 2012 SDC Extension is now scheduled to end on Sunday, June 17th. There you have it.
I don't think I'm going to blog every day but I'll try to fill in the blanks where I can and take pictures or video of things I eat and adventures I experience. One thing to look forward to in the next month is an adventure for Giant Tuna up in Cape Cod. Stay tuned. . .