CollegeCandy’s Kylie McConville Does the Special K Challenge!
Let me just start off by saying that I’m not usually one for fad diets, but I’m going to be in a wedding soon, and I just can’t seem to kick start my workout routine. So when the offer came along to participate in SHAPE magazine’s two-week Special K challenge, you bet I was all over it!
You see, I’ve been feeling kind of out of sorts lately. I work in Manhattan, and when I’m too tired to commute (FINE! Too broke to commute) from home, I choose the cheap way and stay with my boyfriend and his two roommates. Let me tell you, boys eat A LOT. Like, every five minutes. And not just small meals. Big meals. Big, fat, carbo-loaded, calorie-filled meals. And while I’ve got to fit into a bridesmaid dress, I just can’t be livin’ like that.
I’m super excited to start this challenge. I think it’ll be the boost my body really needs to focus on eating healthy, eating when I’m actually hungry and being proud of my frame. Today was my Day One – and it was tough. Really tough. But before we get into the specifics, let’s talk about my body for a bit:
I’m 5’5 and 138 pounds. I played basketball all throughout high school and college, and I used to run track, so I have an athlete’s body. I’m also pair-shaped which, to those of you who don’t swear by associating fruit with body shapes, means I have a really narrow waist and a big(ger) butt. In stores, I’m a sure fit for size 8 pants and size 4 tops. And most importantly — I’m comfortable with my body shape.
Day One of any diet or lifestyle or change is all about breaking habits and setting new norms. And old habits are hard to break. So, I’m trying really hard. I’m swapping breakfast and lunch for Special K inspired meals – that means a Shake, Protein Bar or bowl of cereal for those two meals – and eating a regular, protein-packed dinner with lots of veggies.
Instead of digressing back into old habits when it was time to snack, I chose to chomp on Special K chips – once in between breakfast and lunch, once between b’fast and dinner, which made me feel full and satisfied my hunger cravings. Dinner was a RELIEF! And fun. It was nice to have some variety on my plate. But I made sure to listen to my body and try to feed it what it needed.
Overall, day one was hard. Really hard. But beginnings are usually scary like that, no matter what you’re getting in to.
So here’s to day two! Please wish me luck! I’ll need all the positive vibes you can pass along. Seriously.