It Is National Weigh In Day and I’m Weighing In

January 2nd — we’ll disregard the year for a moment because, regardless of the year, this is deja vu for me.

January 2nd — another resolution.  Another “I must lose weight this year” mantra.

January 2nd — another chance to begin.

A few weeks ago, I shared that Hubby and I are recomitting to a healthier lifestyle.  To be honest, that committment has been in word only the past few weeks.  I FULLY and WHOLEHEARTEDLY used the excuse of “the holidays” to gorge on whatever delicacies came my way.

But, even if it hadn’t been the holiday season, I would have — most likely — not been successful with losing weight and getting back on the healthy track.  Over the past few months, I’ve learned something about myself: I am a stress eater with “Sugar” being the number one item I turn to when stressed.

Halloween Chocolate.   Nutella (oh, lordy — Nutella).  Chocolate Chips straight out of the bag.

Catching the theme here?

Yeah, since Halloween, I’ve been an extreme choco-holic, using the  sweet stuff as a way to combat fatigue and the drain of our chaotic lifestyle.  And, like I knew it would, it has caught up with me.  I’m back above the 200 mark.


It’s frustrating to know it happened but it’s even more frustrating to know that I LET it happen … that I did it to myself.  It’s frustrating to see pre-pregnancy clothes once again getting tight.  And, it’s frustrating to look at pictures from Christmas Day — and to see what 203 pounds looks like.

Yes, I know I had a baby four months ago.  Yes, I know I’m nursing.  But I can definitely take better care of myself — for me and for the sake of my family.

It’s time to once again step up and beat up on the stress, the fatigue, the excuses for not being the healthiest Rachel I can be.

The Special K Plan

I was approached to try out a two week meal plan using products from Special K (yeah — the Special K from those infamous red dress commercials).  Since I was already committed to a better lifestyle and better eating habits, I jumped at the chance for some help.

Help and encouragement.

That encouragement begins right away on the revamped Special K Plan website, which debuted a new theme as it kicked off “National Weigh-In Day.”  A theme of gaining . . .

That’s right — they use the word “Gain.”

During the process of surveying women about weight loss, they discovered roughly 62 percent of women “fixate on the number of pounds they hope to lose, which often derails them from their weight-loss plan.”  From my past experience of losing nearly 40 pounds during 2010, I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in a number.  If you don’t see what you want, frustration sets in.  You question what you’re doing … start looking for something your doing wrong… you focus on NUMBERS (good and bad) instead of just being healthy.

After completeing their survey, Special K re-worked the “Special K Plan” to meet the needs women indicated raked high on importance:

  • Tracking tools are now available, including the ability to track via mobile devices
  • Peer Inspiration and Motivation Communities
  • Customizable Meal Plans: On-The-Go Options for busy lifestyles; Adventurous Options for “Foodies”; Vegetarian Options

Ultimately, the Special K brand wants to make stepping on the scale fun.  Yes, FUN!   Instead of zeroing in on the numbers, Special K wants us to envision what we’ll gain as we lose:

  • Self-satisfaction (that’s what I want)
  • Confidence
  • Happiness
  • A Sense of Achievement

Self-satisfaction is what I will be working toward the next two weeks.  I will be following the “on-the go” meal plan (’cause, with three kidlets my time is crazy.  Hence, the Great Chocolate Addiction of 2011) and joining my husband in a P90x challenge.

(the P90x has nothing to do with Special K; it was one of Hubby’s Christmas presents and I promised I would do it with him.  Lord, help me!)

My hope is that the next two weeks will help me retrain my brain to think positively about myself and about the business of getting healthy.  I don’t want to be upset when I look at the scale numbers.  Instead, I want to rejoice that I’m eating better … that my husband and I are making time to be active … that I feel better with the life choices I am making.


It’s what’s for dinner.

And lunch.

And breakfast.

Wanna join me?


p.s. 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.


  1. says

    Ugh, I really need to just rid my house of all of the chocolate – I’d have a much higher likelihood of succeeding at my weight loss goals! Good luck with the Special K Challenge, I hope the next two weeks turn out really successful for you!

  2. says

    I hear ya on the losing and then gaining it back. I lost 32 pounds almost 7 years ago now and slowly it came back on. So frustrating since I worked so hard to lose…but it is that number I need to get over!

    I am doing the challenge also and I really needed this jumpstart! I am so excited about it and so far so good.

    Here’s to less pounds for both of us!

  3. Cindy says

    I know the feeling…I ate too much during the holidays, now I had to make a diet. I always make some resolutions for the next year, I want fell healthier and not so fat. But with big plans I am always in trouble. I don’t like the gorgeous goals. I begin it always with baby steps, maybe that I’ll eat a little bit less. I don’t want to eat always vegetables, I don’t want to change my menu, but I want to take my portions a bit smaller. Maybe it will work. After that, I want to start jogging. But there’s another baby step, I need to pass the first:)

  4. says

    YAY! So excited and PROUD of you and hubby!! You can do it!!

    Do not be too intimidated by p90x! The only thing that was a struggle for me was the TIME commitment! BUT I would have LOVED to have worked out WITH my husband doing p90x together.

    I AM SO looking forward to following and cheering you on this Special K journey!!

  5. says

    Go Rachel. I think I might join you. I just need to lose a little bit of weight. But I need to eat healthier too. I do so much running around and doctor appts etc that I let myself eat really bad this past year and I want to be better.

  6. says

    Sounds great! Total deja-vu here too. Seems to happen every January, in fact! Good luck… I will be following you!

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  8. says

    I so know how you are feeling. I don’t have the excuse of just having a baby, not that I am saying it’s an excuse. But I have been overweight since my last pregnancy 8 years ago. Today, I tipped the dr.’s scale at 207! Oh my gosh. I am not sure how I will get this weight off! Lord help us both. I haven’t heard about the Special K challenge. Wonder if I should give it a go.