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I just spent three days in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, and two more days traveling to and from. I had absolutely no intention of losing weight while traveling – there are just too many temptations on trips like this one, from fast food to free food. But I did want to make sure that I didn’t gain anything, unlike last year. So, I packed a couple of boxes of Special K Meal Replacement Bars, the chocolate peanut butter ones that I love so much. They were so incredibly handy, whether on the plane, or in my hotel room, or on the show floor. These were not free samples – I’ve been buying these since before I had any blogging connection to Special K. Now that I’m back home, I can say for 100% sure that I didn’t gain any weight on what should have been a disastrous trip food-wise. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t an angel: I ate decadently at several points along the way. I ordered room service twice for breakfast (but both of those days had a Special K bar for lunch), ate a pretty large amount of potato chips while recording podcasts, and one night had a huge, end-of-the-world-last-meal. But all of that was balanced out by what I ate – or didn’t eat – the rest of the time.
I really feel like if I can have a decent amount of control over myself in Las Vegas of all places, then it should be that much easier at home. After all, I’ve got momentum now – a big scale told me I would, and showed my inspirational word for all of Times Square to see:
I had the opportunity last week to attend a great event in Times Square, hosted by Special K. (Through my relationship with The Motherhood I received a stipend for attending the event, and for posting about it.) I, and many others, stepped onto a scale, a process fraught with so much emotion and angst for a lot of people.
Emily McKhann of The Motherhood steps onto the big scale
Sometimes it seems like losing weight is a constant battle with the scale, and the scale becomes the enemy. But this was different: instead of giving a number, this Special K scale gave me a single word: momentum. It was so perfect. I have such a hard time sticking with things, but once I get momentum it gets easier and easier to go on and keep it up. It really was the most inspirational word that the scale could’ve given me.
I also wrote what I wanted to gain on the back of a Special K cereal box:
See, I don’t hate my body. I just hate having to get it dressed. I’ve often thought that if I could have a full-time tailor and stylist to get me dressed, in clothes that flatter me and fit perfectly, then I wouldn’t care so much what I looked like under the clothes (of course, that wouldn’t help with bathing suits). So, that’s my real goal: to be able to go clothes shopping without it being a completely frustrating experience.
There was a crowd waiting outside of ABC’s Times Square Studios to step onto the scale:
I spoke with some of the women who were waiting in line to get on the scale about why they were there on that bitterly cold day, and here’s what one of them, Amanda, had to say:
I spoke with Special K’s Brand Manager, Vivienne Edwards, who gave some insight as to the origins of the idea behind helping people gain by losing, and the focus that Special K hopes to put on the emotional gains of losing weight. She was delightful to talk to.
You can find out what you have to gain by taking the Special K Challenge, where you replace two of your meals and snacks each day with Special K products. The Special K site has plenty of tools to help you, including recipes and tips. I’m not doing anything quite as formal as the Challenge, but I have stocked up on my favorite Special K bars, shakes and cereal. I’ve got a lot going on in the next few months, including three trips that will likely include bathing suits, and a half marathon. I’m counting on Special K to help me through all of that.
Want to read more? Some of my fellow attendees have also posted about their experiences on the big scale:
Originally posted on Selfish Mom. All opinions expressed on this website come straight from Amy unless otherwise noted. This post has a Compensation Level of 5. Please visit Amy’s Full Disclosure page for more information. Amy also blogs at Filming In Brooklyn, Behind the Screen, and Momtourage, and podcasts with The Blogging Angels.