My 2014 Challenge is set to start on April 26th and end on Jun 4th - 40 days. This will officially be my 6th year doing the challenge and it looks like I haven't learned a damn thing over the winter after 6 years! Ha. That's not true AT ALL. I mean, yes, I'm still doing the SDC and yes, I still have some winter weight to lose - but each and every year I am learning new and exciting things and I like to think I'm improving my life a little bit at a time. Maybe I'm even having an effect on others out there who read my posts but I'm not entirely sure because I don't get much in the way of feedback. Today, however, I did see that someone else in the world at least made a partial effort to take on the challenge. They set up a website and got all the introductory info posted but there isn't a daily account of the progress. (see here for on person's attempt to copy the SDC).
Using advice from friends, I plan to use the Survivor Diet Facebook page a bit more this year in order to drum up some attention. I gave this a try in 2012 with limited success and then last year abandoned it all together. I think it may offer better exposure than blogger.com so I'm going to give it another shot. I thought about this a bit - the subject of more exposure or looking for attention - and I wondered why exactly I was interested in that? Ultimately the SDC is for me and my health and weight and a personal quest. I think the answer may lie in my desire to see if I can start something real that will catch on and become a "thing." So far it hasn't but maybe if I continue to persevere and continue to demonstrate evidence that the SDC can offer benefits to people's health, perhaps it will become that thing at some point.
There has been much negative attention associated with "starvation dieting" and I think that might be what is preventing this from gaining popularity. I have addressed this issue within several posts from previous years but there will always be the naysayers who feel like they have to weigh in. I am going to choose not to repeatedly defend my system of the Survivor Diet other than to continue posting and presenting evidence that I have accumulated through personal experience. I will let my results do my talking for me.
As for 2014 - I have pushed the start date a bit later with hopes to take advantage of a flourishing summer garden and possibly more fishing opportunities. The downside to this is the knowledge that seasonal harvesting of clams and blackfish will end on April 30th for recreational fishermen. That only gives me a few days to get what I can. On the plus side - I don't really like clams or blackfish so I'm not going to miss them that much. Ha.