Then and Now #SpecialK30 Changes over 30 years

This is an entry into the “BritMums/Special K “How I’ve changed Linky challenge”  Sponsored by Special K.

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Let’s be honest here I only entered this for the prizes. Sometime in the last 30 years I had tried Special K and HATED it. I thought it was bland, plain and flavourless. It reminded me of drop a dress size, and an image of a red dress. The reason that I’m not the petite thing I was 30 years ago (apart from the age and 4 kids factor) is that I LOVE food, – food with flavour that is.

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The box arrived, and I rolled my eyes at the fact that there was 37% extra free – deep joy!

I filled up a bowl – for purposes of taking a nice looking picture. My husband piped up that he’d eat it – and I told him good because he may need to finish this bowl that I’d just filled up.

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OH MY DAYS how WRONG was I!!!!

See the thing is they’ve changed the recipe. It now contains three grains (formerly 2) – rice, wheat and barley – and is made with wholegrain, for a source of fibre as well as 8 vitamins and minerals.

This gave it so much FLAVOUR and TEXTURE.

Thing is I think they’ve gone wrong though, as it’s marketed at women who want to lose weight* – when actually it was more Crunchy-Nut (you know one bowl is never enough). In saying that though it did fill me up (I have been struggling not to have crisps straight after my breakfast, until I switched to Special K).

*disclaimer – this is a joke, the new recipe is actually even healthier and less than 2% fat.

So how have I changed over the last 30 years.

Well in 1983 I was an only child

Me with my Mom

It was just me and my mom, and she did all the worrying. She made sure I ate the right things, did the right things and made sure I felt loved.

My late brother who died aged 6

My only sibling had died in a road traffic accident – so my mom had a lot to worry about.

And I didn’t help – with wanting to wear my dodgy pink shell suit jacket to school, my wanting to buy everything from The Body Shop – and wear it all at once at school, to my relationships with boys, fights with girls, and sneaking off to the Dome when I was only 15 (a nightclub for over 18s).

Despite this my mom was a truly inspirational person, always one to help others – and I like to hope that 30 years on I’m even a smidgen like her.

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Now it’s my turn to make sure my kids eat the right things, do the right things (or at least know right from wrong) and feel loved.

I hope if nothing else my mother is proud of me.

I have achieved:

  • I have a wonderful family – a loving husband, and 4 wonderful boys.
  • I have been married 10 years this June.
  • I have a first degree in Psychology (2:1 whilst 8 months pregnant when doing my finals).
  • I am a survivor
  • I am a home owner
  • I have some really great friends
  • I can drive (well I have a licence).
  • I am a breastfeeding peer supporter.
  • My son said my blog too :O)