It’s my last day of the Special K Challenge, and let me just tell you, I feel fantastic. I know I hit some rough patches with the pasta, and it was next to impossible to resist drunk eating, but I did it! Not only do I feel proud that I actually made it through two excruciatingly long weeks on a “diet,” but I feel good! You know that feeling after you eat Burger King or McDonald’s (or for me it’s a local Tex-Mex fast food chain with the most amazing cheesy burritos), where you kind of feel like you just ate a small child. Yeah, feeling like a gluttonous waste of space is no more. I actually feel motivated to keep making healthy choices for my diet.
My diet before this challenge was awful. I would wake up in the morning, grab a diet coke and be on my way. For lunch? Fast food that was available on campus and dinner was just as bad, assuming I decided to eat dinner that day. I’m not a great chef. My metabolism was so slow from breaking down the crap I was putting into my body. With the Special K Challenge, I was trying really hard to eat my three meals a day and instead of feeling icky and lethargic, my energy has gone up! I’m more motivated about everything, and I can tell my body is happy. It’s actually getting nutrients it needs and it’s thanking me, because I look awesome. Ideally I could still stand to lose a little more weight, but I went to the pool yesterday and strutted around in my bikini. I never once thought, “I’m too fat to wear this, I need a potato sack,” and two weeks ago I would have probably kept my coverup on and made some excuse about not wanting a sun burn.
My entire outlook on “dieting” has changed in the last two weeks, and I’m grateful for that. I actually went to the grocery store yesterday and picked up clean food and stocked up on tons of fruits and veggies. I can feel my body craving things that are good for me now as opposed to those mouth watering cheesy burritos. It’s a lifestyle not a diet. I’m going to keep eating Special K in the mornings and keep buying their products, because they taste good, and it’s a way to indulge without being unhealthy. I also learned that it is okay to sometimes eat Jimmy John’s at 2:30 am or let myself have a burrito. If I’m restricting myself too much, I’ll fall off the wagon and eat everything in sight. Eating what you want in moderation is completely fine, but right now? All I want is an apple and a chocolate granola bar. So I think I’m winning.
As far as tangible results – I lost four pounds! Which isn’t tons, but hey, I can notice a difference. And those four pounds are just from doing the Special K Challenge. I didn’t work out, because I hate it. I can actually see that the muffin top over my jeans is practically non existent anymore, and I feel totally comfortable in clothes that two weeks ago I would have been pulling at to fit over places I was insecure about. I don’t look like Megan Fox (yet), but I’m happy with the way I look, and I consider that quite the victory. If I didn’t have roommates, I’d be dancing around the house naked, but I’ll spare them that. I’m just glad I got the chance to see that eating healthy actually does make me feel better, and it doesn’t taste half bad either.
Molly is a senior Journalism/Broadcasting/English major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She’s not very good at small talk and English bulldogs are her only vice. Follow her midwestern ramblings at gwacamolly on twitter, but don’t tell her she’s funny. Her ego is already too big.