Special K Challenge Update

My two week Special K challenge is over and I think it went really well. Not once during this challenge was I disappointed with myself and that’s huge for me because normally if I cave in to a craving or don’t exercise every day I feel like a big failure. I think a big part of me maintaining a positive outlook was because I went into this challenge with the mindset that how I felt was more important than what the scale said.

I went out one of the evenings and I felt pretty. THAT by itself was an accomplishment. I still have weight to lose but I’ve realized that how I feel is ultimately the most important thing. I know I will feel better about myself once I am a few sizes smaller but I need to learn to love myself no matter what size I am and not just if I can fit into a single digit dress size.

When it came time to eating I didn’t dread it at all. I actually looked forward to it! Yes, there were times when all I wanted was junk food but for the most part this food I ate for the challenge tasted good. And some of it even felt like I was cheating and eating dessert! Here are some of my favorite Special K products:

Do you like candy bars? These are a great replacement! So delicious!

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These shakes tasted like chocolate milk but were more filling.

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I've enjoyed this cereal since college. It makes a great snack!

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If you are looking to lose weight and feel better about yourself I suggest taking the Special K Challenge. You can find more information on their website :)

(Disclosure: I was compensated for taking part in this campaign but all thoughts are my own.)

National Weigh-In Day {And The Special K Challenge}

Today, January 2nd, is National Weigh-In Day, a day created for women to talk about weight loss. Most of the time I  tend to focus on the numbers on the scale and the amount of pounds I want to lose. In 2010 I said my goal was to lose 50 pounds. It didn’t happen and I think it’s because I was so focused on the scale that I didn’t think about anything else.

According to a survey, 62% of women focus on the number of pounds they hope to lose which often derails them from their weight loss plan. The Special K brand wants to make stepping on the scale fun for women. Rather than focusing on the numbers that appear, they want women to imagine what they will gain emotionally when they will lose weight.

I love this idea of focusing on how I will feel and what I will gain instead of focusing on the numbers and getting upset if I don’t see a huge difference in scale numbers from week to week. I have decided that my health goal will not focus on a certain amount of weight loss but will instead focus on myself.

My “weight goal” for 2012 is to feel good in the clothes I wear. Right now I think I look fat in whatever I put on and I hate that feeling. To get to a point where I feel comfortable in what I wear I will be choosing healthier snacks, cutting down on the calories I drink {pop and coffee drinks}, and exercising more {with the kids}.

For the food goal I will be kick starting the year with the Special K Challenge. I was sent a big box full of snacks and got some meal planning ideas from their website. I’m excited to start this two week challenge and hope that you will join me in focusing on the positive outcomes you want instead of the numbers you see on the scale.

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Consult your physician before starting any diet or exercise program.  Average weight loss when replacing meals with two cereal meals is 4.8 pounds.  Weight loss may vary. Average waist circumference reduction when replacing meals with two cereal meals is 1.3 inches. Weight loss may vary.

(Disclosure: I participated in this program through a partnership with TheMotherhood on behalf of Special K. I received product and supplies to complete the plan. All opinions and statements are based on my own opinion and experience.)