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So it’s been a few days since I started my Special K Challenge. Things are going well so far. I am doing my best to get as much exercise as I can and sticking to my diet. I have been eating Special K Vanilla Almond cereal for breakfast, enjoying Special K Raspberry Cheesecake snack bars, and eating regular suppers. I have been doing my nightly weigh in. I am currently at 136 lbs. I am very close to my goal, but I would like to push for another 5-10 lbs if possible. Wish me luck and I will keep you updated!


The Special K Challenge and Giveaway

Yes. I am doing it! I am taking the Special K Challenge. The goal is to ‘lose a pant size in 2 weeks’. Tomorrow will mark day 1. My daily meal plan will include: one bowl of Special K Cereal with skim milk for breakfast, a Special K drink or bar for lunch, and supper as usual. I will also be eating 1-2 Special K products throughout the day for snacks and drinking my usual beverages. The Special K Challenge does not suggest any exercise, however, I will specifically spending about 300 minutes a week exercising by either swimming, treadmill, or aerobic work out.

My goal is to lose, yes a pant size; but also at least 10 lbs. over a 2 week period (this is why I am including exercise). I will give you continuous updates on my status and I will do a daily weigh in at the same time daily in the nude on the same scale. This will ensure accuracy.

My target weight is 135 at the end of 2 weeks.

Along with my own challenge, I will be having a giveaway. Of course it is a Special K Giveaway! Here are the details…

One lucky winner will receive a decoratively packed Special K set that includes: Special K Cereal, Special K Snack Bars, Special K Crisps, and Special K drink package.

Who can enter? Anyone in the United States wanting to take part in the Special K Challenge.

How to enter? You must be a subscriber to this blog. If you are not, please use the subscription box on the right sidebar. Subscription is free! You must also include a comment on this post telling me why you want to win! Why would you like to take the challenge?

Deadline: The giveaway begins today 1/25/2011 and ends in 2 weeks from today on 2/8/2011.Winner will be announced by 2/10/2011 on this blog and twitter.

Rules: You may only enter under one name. United States Residents Only. You must claim your prize within 72 hours or a new winner will be drawn. You must provide a valid shipping address to receive your prize. You may tweet about this giveaway, however it does not count as an entry. This is one of two Special K Challenge Giveaways that I am hosting, you may only enter 1.

Good luck to everyone! I can’t wait to see where this challenge takes me and the winner of the giveaway!

Questions? Please leave a comment.

Run Down

I have been feeling horrible for three weeks. It started with chest discomfort and I couldn’t really pinpoint it. The pain did get bad enough that I had to go to the doctor and I was put on a Z pack and Prednisone. Did nothing for me. Another week went by and I still felt horrible. I finally realized what was bothering me the most… breathing. It just hurts to pieces to breathe. I visited the doctor again and he did a physical and sent me to get a chest x-ray and schedule this pulmonary test. He also put me on an inhaler (yuck). I did the X-ray and went to the hospital three different times to get this other test done and the machine wasn’t working and blah blah. Point blank they kept rescheduling me. By the time the fourth appointment came around and was so sick to even get out of bed for more than five minutes so I definitely was NOT going to the doctor for another appointment. I stayed in bed. Here I am like three weeks later, I still haven’t heard back about my chest X-ray and have no idea what’s going on. I think I have just a really, really severe upper respiratory infection going on. Now it’s my neck, throat, nose, head, lungs, back, and chest. I feel awful. I think I have hit the worst end of it so far but it still sucks. So, be on the watch for the ickies floating around. Use hand sanitizer! Believe me you do not want this!

Today, sick as I am, I had to go and take a test for Statistics and then go listen to my Psych teacher go on about baseball for two hours. What a lecture that was! By the time I finally got home, I was like, eh… couch here I come! I made potato soup and sandwiches for supper and laid my butt on the couch for the rest of the evening. Now here I am laying in bed, unable to sleep. Great! Just what I need.

On the upside, Christmas break is almost here. The kids get out early from school tomorrow and my last day of class is Thursday. I will not be due back until January 10th, so I am excited to get a break! Tomorrow I will be finishing up my Christmas shopping. I can’t believe I still have shopping to do (a lot!). It has been hard to find the time to go and I live in such a small town that I have to travel to shop. No time at all for it! So tomorrow grandma will come over and watch the kids in the evening so that I can go out-of-town to shop. I hope I am feeling a little better by then. The kids are excited about Christmas and I think they are clueless as to what we have gotten them which makes for a great surprise. I cannot wait to see their faces! Once the holiday is over they will be traveling to see their other parents and I will get a break for about five days and in that time I am taking a mini vacation to Chicago. The man and I will have a little fun and then some R&R that is extremely overdue. He works nights and so now it seems impossible for me to sleep. I catch a few z’s from about four in the morning until the alarm beeps at me at six thirty. I am exhausted!

I do have some upcoming blog interviews with one that is very interesting. Make sure you catch it! Other than that, I am lying low. I am enjoying my holiday and I am just doing nothing.

The Dishes of Life: a quiet night.


Image by Roslan Tangah (aka Rasso) via Flickr

It’s almost 10 o’clock at night. The kids are tucked in and fast asleep. The hubby is off to work. And I, well, I am relaxing. I am enjoying a nice, quiet evening night to myself. I don’t get this very often. Normally I get up and run around until I drop taking care of everything for everyone except for myself. I took the time earlier today to do wash every stitch of clothing, wash every dirty dish, sweep every floor, wipe every counter… well you get the point. Now it’s me time. It’s getting late in the evening, yet I have put to brew another round of coffee and I looking forward to enjoying the next couple of hours of silence. The best part, I will get the kids off to school at 7 am and then I can crawl back into bed with my man and don’t have to be at class until 1 o’clock tomorrow. I can stay up and enjoy this silence. Ah.

Is it wrong for me to want to be alone? It has been a long time since I have known what alone feels like. I spend my every day taking care of my children and my spouse. It is a rare moment when I can just stop and think about me. Lately, I will drift off to the bathroom and run a hot bath. I will lay in there with a hot cup of tea and a good book. I can waste just an hour in the bliss of silence. I look forward to these moments. Most women of my age (24) would rather get a night out with the girls or go shopping. Not me. All I want is pure silence. Not to think, not to worry, not to work. Just to breathe and take in its power. To get away to myself for just an instant. To read a book I have been trying to finish for a month. It’s amazing. I can’t believe how precious it is. We all grow surrounding ourselves with friends and family and love their company, but isn’t it wonderful to just get some time to yourself? I look forward to it. Not frequently. But when I do, I am just…. happy.

30 Day Memoirs: the tale of a picture #18

So we got our first snow last week. It was sunny and all of a sudden I look out the dining room window and see the snow just falling down. I grabbed the camera and took a step out my back patio (brrr) and took a snap shot. Winter is hitting way to early this year. *sad face*

30 Day Memoirs: the tale of a picture #17

Remember my kitty Fiona that I adopted a little while back? She is growing so fast! Also her buddy Puss (he wasn’t impressed at first) is getting pretty acquainted with her now. I love my kitty kitties.

Saturday Sanity

coffee Waves

I really love Saturdays. I mean really. I go Monday through Friday worrying about getting the kids up and off to school, then it’s time to get some work done, next off to class, come home, do homework, cook, clean, wash, bed. Ugh. So when Saturday comes, whew! I get to sleep in an extra hour (most of the time) and wake up with the smell off fresh brewed coffee. I cuddle myself up and slurp it down until I feel warmth running through my veins. Next I get to lazily make an attempt at breakfast. The usual. Eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast, and sometimes a side of cakes. This morning was even easier. I didn’t crawl out of bed until 9:30 am and made the kids (all four of them) a round of blueberry oatmeal and toast. Got to love the oatmeal. So fast and easy! Then I was like “Oh, let’s play DS!” And of course the kids are all like “YAY!” So I get a few moments to myself to sit at the kitchen table, slurp my coffee and type. All while the little ones battle it out on the Nintendo.

Today will be laid back, lazy, and full of NyQuil (for me). I finished up all of my statistics work over the last two days and now all I have to do is create a works cited page for my research paper for composition 2. My homework for the weekend is just about wrapped up. Whew! No work this weekend either. Thank goodness! So, I am calling in a lazy day. A no mommy will not run around day, a no I will not make a 3 coarse meal day, and yes I will curl up on the couch and watch five Prison Break season discs.