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The My Special K diet and exercise plan

How are your New Year's health resolutions going? Let me tell you about how mine are — or should I say aren't — coming along.

4:49PM, Feb 24

I said I was going to have a 'detox week' once a month, where I'd refrain from coffee, alcohol, and sugar. I said I was going to do FebFast. And, I'm pretty sure I said I was going to run three times a week in preparation for the City2Surf race in Sydney later this year.

But alas, I have not stuck to any of my goals. Why? I'm going to take a guess and say it's because they're too unrealistic, and don't work with my day-to-day life of long working hours and socialising.

So, when a colleague says she's signed up to the eating and exercise plan at myspecialk.com.au (and said she'd dropped a couple of kilos), I thought I'd give it a shot.

According to research on the website, in 2011 almost half (49 percent) of Australian women made New Year's resolutions to manage their weight and health better. Seven percent gave up in the first week of January.

Looks like I'm not alone.

Signing-up

It doesn't take long to register. I fill out a few questions about my height and weight, my lifestyle and my health goals, before a weekly meal plan broken down into each day is created for me. This takes no more than two minutes, meaning I have 58 minutes of my lunch break left for catching-up on my Twitter feed. Pleasing!

The plan

I like the recipes and meal ideas the plan has chosen for me. For example, on Saturday afternoon I get to have popcorn and cheese as a snack. As Charlie Sheen would say, winning! But the downside is that my breakfasts, lunches and dinners are completely different each day. It's good for those who like variety, but preparing a unique meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day isn't realistic for me. However, the shopping list tool makes it really easy to make sure you've got everything you need for the week ahead; just print it and go. Crazy easy!

The results

After a week on the plan, I've definitely developed some good eating habits. I've been sticking to the daily eating schedule of breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner, which has helped me to avoid attacking the office biscuit tin every afternoon. And, I can't remember the last time I felt more than mildly hungry; all the meals are healthy, yet satisfying. I didn't completely stick to the meal plan (I had Thai and wine for dinner one night, repeated one lunch meal for a few days and had some drinks on Saturday night), but low and behold, when I weighed myself at the gym that number on the scales was almost a kilo less than it was the same time last week.

Would I recommend it? If you’re looking for a quick-fix to fit into your favourite dress by Friday night, no. But if you want long-term sustainable weight-loss, it’s a very realistic and achievable plan. And after all, it’s free. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Check out the plan for yourself at myspecialk.com.au

Review by Erin Van Der Meer

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