And what a cheese bender it was: three courses - grilled halloumi to start, risotto with a big slice of goats cheese for main, and a selection of Cornish cheeses for desert.
I made it from Sunday (1st March) to 8.30pm on Thursday (5th March) without any meat, fish or diary before I succumbed to an excess of cheese.
I'd been invited to a Lib Dem dinner in St Ives on Thursday by Julia Goldsworthy (Camborne and Redruth Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) with Nick Clegg as the special guest.
The Deputy PM had spent St Piran's Day on a tour of Cornwall, and the dinner was too good an opportunity to miss.
The restaurant was able to provide a vegan option, but at the point in time I sat down at the table to check the menu, I was absolutely loathing this particular #40before40 challenge.
And, I didn't really care that I had broken the plan - the cheese was so good.
My fellow dinners seemed to revel in my delight at being a rogue vegetarian for the evening.
|Falling off the vegan wagon in style - grilled halloumi|
|Mmm goats cheese risotto|
|Bryher enjoying scrambled egg for breakfast|
|Olivia enjoying scrambled egg for breakfast|
|While the girls were eating scrambled egg, I was eating scrambled tofu|
During the week there was a lot of debate and comments on Facebook and Twitter with vegan friends, as well as people we'd been recommended to follow.
And while I totally understand the ethical and sustainable reasons for being vegan, it was never the driving factor for me with this challenge.
It was to see if I could do it, as well as see if there were any health benefits.
It's difficult to tell if there were any health benefits. I did lose weight in the first couple of days, but that was probably from being ill, and it was back on by the third day.
I didn't have the energy to get out to do any training during the week, but I found I ran out of steam playing football on Saturday and when I went for a run on Sunday.
And I didn't enjoy having to go back to eating more carbs and sugar, and think that left me feeling drained.
I was also a bit unsure about the processed nature of a lot of vegan foods, and was slightly baffled by a recipe I found that called for vegan chorizo.
To me, it seems to defeat the object to eat vegan chorizo or Quorn chicken pieces.
I also felt annoyed by the cost of vegan-friendly food - this small piece of vegan flapjack (below) was priced at £2.50.
Okay, so it was homemade and did taste good, but it is possible to buy a piece of homemade flapjack from the Saturday farmers' market in Truro that is double the size for half the price (I know it probably has butter in it).
|An expensive piece of vegan-friendly flapjack|
One of my friends, who is vegan, commented that a minor suffering in my wallet or diet is nothing compared to the suffering of the animals used in food production.
And while I applaud his commitment and understand where he is coming from, I actually think that the high cost of vegan / natural food is a big issue, and one that potentially puts people off, especially those with families.
And while I've generally grumped about this challenges, there were some great food moments (as you will see from the pics below).
|Vegan chocolate torte|
|Homemade dairy free pizza with beetroot, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, olives, rocket and pine nuts|
|Some of my homemade vegan flapjack|
|I wasn't sure about the flat white with soya milk|
This was probably the toughest, and least enjoyable, #40before40 challenges that I've undertaken in the last year. Running through mud and diving into a skip filled with iced water during the Rock Solid Race was more favourable!
But despite that, I've actually had a vegan lunch and dinner today (Monday 9th March).
It was good to have eggs for breakfast this morning, and I felt so much better for having the protein. My energy and concentration levels were much better and back to normal.
We're also considering some of our buying habits - we already get the bulk load of our eggs and meat from the Cornish Food Box - but we will now look into getting locally sourced milk from there as well.
On top of this we're also going to try and eat more vegan / vegetarian food.
So, we didn't make two weeks, but there is a good chance that some of the changes we made will continue for the foreseeable future.