I started the Special K Challenge four days ago today, and I have to tell you, it’s not going well.
The Challenge requires a two week commitment, wherein you have Special K products for two meals and two snacks. The third meal is up to you, and you’re also allowed to eat as many fruits and veggies as you want throughout the day. The foods they offer are largely low cal and low fat, so the idea is that you’ll eat less than you usually would by replacing your meals and snacks with theirs. It’s up to you, however, to not undo everything at the end of the day with an unhealthy meal.
I’ve done the Challenge before, with little success, but it seems as though it’s changed a bit since last fall. Firstly, there are a lot more options when it comes to what you can eat. They’ve added cracker chips, fruit crisps, protein shakes and some new flavors of cereal. For my first week, I did a big shopping trip at Target. For around $25, I got:
- A box of low fat granola
- Blueberry fruit crisps
- Multigrain crackers
- Chocolate pretzel snack bars
- Sour cream and onion cracker chips
- Strawberry meal bars
- Chocolate protein shakes
At first, I was happy to see more options. A problem I’d had in the past is getting tired of plain Special K cereal two meals a day. It gets pretty old, extremely fast. But then I started adding up the calories. To lose weight, I generally need to eat around 1,500 calories a day (check out this awesome calculator to figure out your magic number). I added up what I generally eat Special K-wise in a day:
- Granola + milk = 245 calories
- Fruit crisps = 100 calories
- Strawberry meal bar = 170 calories
- Cracker chips = 110 calories
- Apple or banana = 100 calories
- Total = 725 calories
So, I generally have around 775 calories left for dinner. Some days it’s easy to stick to that number. Others, however, it’s not. Before all those new snacks and fancy cereal flavors, I was left with fewer calories at the end of the day. The traditional Special K cereal is around 100 calories a bowl – the granola is almost two times that. And while it’s delicious and more nutritious, it’s not exactly helping my “get thin quick” scheme.
In the long run, this is probably for the best. I still have 15 days until my birthday, so while my weight loss is a little bit slower this time around, it will hopefully be easier to maintain once I go back to eating like a regular human being.
Also, I’m planning on doing day three of 30 Day Shred tonight. We’ll see if I actually get up the gumption.