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.


30 Day Memoirs: the tale of a picture #21

I am a bit of a lunatic when it comes to keeping my home clean. I don’t think it needs to be spotless, but I hate clutter and really dislike dust. I discovered Pledge multi surface cleaner wipes and though those were great. Well, I was disappointed that they came in such a small package. So when I moved into my new house and went to stock up on cleaners I found the same thing in a bottle. I love it! I can clean practically everything in my house with one can. Awesome. Thanks Pledge for making my life easier. *hugs*

Review on Pledge cleaner coming soon!

Outlining my research paper: Electroconvulsive Therapy

I am working on a research paper for my composition 2 class and had to pick a topic related to Health and Medicine. I stumbled around quite a few ideas and finally last night compiled an outline that I will turn in later today. I decided to write about electroconvulsive Therapy and if it works and is a legit practice. This is what I have come up with so far:

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Is electroconvulsive therapy therapeutic for those who suffer from severe depression or mania?

1.       A. What is electroconvulsive therapy? It is previously known as electroshock. It is a well established, yet controversial, psychiatric treatment which involves electrically induced seizures on anesthetized patients to result in a therapeutic result.

B. Who receives electroconvulsive therapy?  Today it is most commonly used for the treatment of mania, catatonia, and severe major depression.

C. Electroconvulsive therapy was first introduced in the 1930’s. Use became more widespread between the 1940’s and 1950’s.

D. There is an estimated 1 million people undergoing electroconvulsive treatment each year.

E. ECT usually is administered by a course of 6-12 treatments, 2-3 times a week.

2.            A. There are three forms of application. Each application has extreme differences, adverse side effects, and positive outcomes. The three different applications include electrode placement, frequency of treatments, and the electrical waveform of the stimulus.

B. Along with ECT, medication is usually continued afterward and some patients even have continued ECT treatment.

3.            A. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2001 guidelines give the primary indications for ECT among patients with depression as a lack of response to, or intolerance of, antidepressant medications; a good response to previous ECT; and the need for a rapid and definitive response (e.g. because of Psychosis or a risk of suicide).

B. ECT is rarely used as a first-line treatment.

C. Informed consent is standard. Involuntary ECT is preformed uncommonly and is only done under extreme circumstances.

4.            A. 2003 NICE ECT guidelines reported that the use of ECT in patients suffering for Schizophrenia is not recommended and it is supported by meta-analytic evidence with no or little verses placebo.

B. A follow-up study of New York ECT patients, 2004, showed that in 65 years of ECT use, remission rates were only 30 to 47 percent and 64 percent of those patients relapsed within six months. Only after removing patients with co-morbid personality disorders or those suffering from schizoaffective disorders from the analysis did the remission rates peak to 60 to 70 percent.

C. The UK ECT Review group published a systematic review and meta-analysis that compared ECT to placebo and antidepressant drugs, finding that there was a larger effect for ECT versus placebo and antidepressant drugs.

5.  Adverse Effects

6. Effects on Memory

7. History

8. Public Perception

9.            A. My goal for researching ECT is to develop a larger understanding of a procedure that is involved in the field I hope to work in someday. I am currently in school and hope to obtain my Psychiatry degree by the end of my schooling. Researching ECT will broaden my understanding of some of the practices that are involved in the line of work that I look forward to.



Supercharge your memory #2


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Want an easy way to boost your smarts? It’s simple! Just take a break. Is there something you are trying to accomplish? Are you studying for an exam, trying to master a new task, trying to overcome something new? New brain-scan studies done at New York University show that taking a five-minute break every half hour helps make whatever you are learning stick. As a matter of fact, those who take frequent breaks actually absorb more fact as opposed to those who do not.

How does it work? Resting gives your brain a chance to catch up on encoding new information, explains coauthor Lila Davachi, Ph. D.

So, whenever possible. Take the five minutes and your brain will thank you!

Supercharge your memory #1

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Let’s face it, we all feel out of focus at some point in our life. Our memory gets a little fuzzy and we run at a slower rate than we used to. Well, there is good news! According to cutting-edge research, there are 5 ways to supercharge your memory and maximize brainpower.

Over the next few weeks, we will discover all 5 ways to do just this!

1. Want to sharpen your focus? Enjoy some green tea! A study shows that those who drank something with green tea’s active ingredients, caffeine and L-theanine, 10 minutes before taking a test to check their ability to pay attention outscored those who drank water. How does it work? Caffeine has the power to perk us up and L-theanine allows our brains to have more relaxed alpha brain waves. The result is both satisfying and revolting. You will feel alert and calm all at once! So go on… recharge and sharpen your focus by downing a cup of green tea, your brain will thank you.