I turned 30 last year too so I know how you feel Special K, in 1983 I was 1 and the last 30 years have been amazing, challenging, fun and a huge learning curve for me as I am sure they have been for you to. I couldn't quite get over it, 30? How did I get here so quick and yet pack so much into my life? In my head I still feel 17 and I constantly have to remind myself that I am not. I have two little boys of my own to think about, its funny to think that my youngest Peter is the same age I was when Special K was born.
|Hello Special K breakfast!|
|This is me in 1983, I must be about 11 months old.|
|This is me now with my youngest son.|
TASTE is really quite important, and Special K has it. I really enjoyed the new formulation and it was a welcome change from my usual breakfast cereal. I did find it quite sweet to start with, but having eaten breakfast with lots of people over the years I know that its probably just me and my weird taste buds. I confess that I also had a sneaky taste on the day it arrived too as an additional evening snack once my kids were in bed!
Then we get to me, and I was thinking if I was food what would I taste like? I started to think about how people might describe me and I started with marmite (you either love it or you hate it) but I just don't think that quite fits, so I have settled on a Parma Violet. Even as a child I it always seemed like I never quite fitted, people liked me but I never fitted the mould that other people expected - in other words I was a little odd, hence Parma Violet; sweet and sugary but not to every one's tastes and yet delicate and sensitive encased in a little purple concave circle. I am still the same Parma Violet shaped me I was 30 years ago but I know my strengths and play to them and give people a taste of me without overpowering them (most of the time)! As a young person my unique oddness was a tough part of growing up, whereas I have changed by learning to accept me as me.
THE TOUGH AND THE CHALLENGING is apart of every 30 years development and I am sure that behind the scenes (that I can't tell you about) the Special K team spent hours contemplating this 30 year change and how it would be accepted, packaged and presented to us. What I love about Special K is that many people come to it looking for advice with weight loss and health management. The Special K website www.myspecialk.co.uk is a great source for seeing that there are lots of other people in the same boat who are facing the same challenges too. It wouldn't be right if Special K didn't evaluate and change with the times, and I love that they have created an app to help us with our goals!
|Here is my box of Special K - the new design!|
If you had told me that in the last 30 years I would lose my best friend in a car accident, or be married to a man that I once didn't want to be friends with I might not have wanted to face it, but I think its these things that have made me, me. For every challenge I have faced it has made me stronger, given me more patience, passion and zest for life. As a child you take each day as it comes learning lots and soaking it all in, as an adult I apply that learning and I have become the teacher wanting my children to have the opportunities I had and equipping them to face their 30 year challenge (and more) ahead of them.
THE GOOD BIT is that its nice to know Special K is made up of three wholegrains - rice, wheat and barley. I want to be putting good things into my body (doesn't everyone) but as a busy Mum I don't always have the time to look and figure it all out. So its good to know Special K has got it covered for me in one little bowl of wholegrain with 8 vitamins and mineral goodness. So relax and try it, knowing they have got you and me sorted! Plus they do some great flavours with additional things too like chocolate or berries.
Like Special K I have matured focusing on the good things and I have had a refinement of character. I hope that I am nutritious to my friends being generous and giving, kind in spirit and full of life. I realise that I am no longer the focus of me, my family are at the centre of my attention and my two little boys need my energy and teaching to set them on their 30 year path.
|Me and my two boys - I think this sums us up perfectly!|