To break out of my diet-rut and get bikini ready for the Fourth of July, I'm tackling the Special K Challenge!

By Allie McKenna
June 25, 2012

I've mentioned before that I have a hard time sticking to diets. My problem is...I like to eat. A lot. Luckily, my Mom instilled in me a healthy eating regimen from the get-go. We were never allowed to have soda or potato chips in the house and I didn't know what a candy bar was until I was in Elementary School--except the one summer when I ate Honey-Buns morning, noon and night...

Regardless, I've always been a healthy person, not skinny, not fat always within the weight for my height, gaining and losing 5-10 lbs here and there. My dieting is all about self-control. I stay away from the fad diets mostly because I don't have the patience. I've tried altering my eating habits to low-carb, meaning no carbs after 2 PM. I've also tried cutting out salt and sugar for a few weeks. I've seen results from both diets and turn to them depending on my mood and how much weight I want to lose at the given time.

The one diet that is super easy to follow is the Special K diet. My friend was getting married a few years ago and I stupidly ordered a dress in a size 4. I'm usually a 6. Wishful thinking, I guess. I decided to try the Special K Diet after my friend had success. And it worked! I fit into my size 4 dress and danced my butt off at her wedding.

Lately, I haven't been taking my dieting seriously. I've been eating healthy but I would like to lose 5-10 lbs before the 4th of July weekend so I can look stellar in a bikini on the beach. If I'm successful again, I may use the Challenge before my wedding to shed the last few pounds before I walk down the aisle.

  • Replace two meals every day with a variety of: Special K Cereal, Protein Shakes, Protein Meal Bars.
  • Treat yourself to two tasty, anytime snacks a day: Special K Protein Snack Bars, Cereal Bars, Pastry Crisps, Crackers & Chips, Protein Water Mixes
  • Eat one sensible meal of your choice (you choose when). Not sure what to eat? Check out Special K Challenge Friendly Recipes here.
  • Fill up on fruits and veggies whenever you want.
  • Drink beverages like you normally do.

My schedule is hectic so this morning I ate the Red Berries cereal for breakfast and the vanilla almond cereal for lunch, both with fat free milk. I had a chocolate drizzle cereal bar for a snack as well as raw string beans. I drank my usual two 8. oz's of water (I know it should be a LOT more), I plan to eat a sensible dinner and have my second cereal bar snack for dessert.

I've had success with the challenge before, so I'm hoping for a repeat!

Wish me luck and track my progress right here on this very blog!