Our New Mornings (and you can win $100)

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Jimmy Dean, however the opinions and feelings expressed here are my own.

Our New Year has essentially already begun for us. Earlier this month we moved to a new house, in a new city, in a new state so that my Mother could start a new job. Our life had been on a total pause during the job search months as we spent all of our energy trying to just survive. With all of these new starts comes the natural desire to extend the idea of betterment to the whole self and the whole family. So of course there is the mental list to walk more, sign up for some classes at the local Y, take my son to the playground every afternoon.

And I absolutely plan to do that, but oh my goodness have you SEEN our mornings around here?

From the moment we wake up to the moment I drop Mother off at the train station it is a comical circus of events. In one ring there is the dog that needs taking out, in another ring there is the toddler that needs to be changed, dressed and banana’d, in another ring there is the laundry that should be started, and have you seen my gloves???

I learned two days into our new mornings to lay out W’s clothes the night before and to put the grounds and the water in the coffee pot so that all I needed to do in the morning was press start. Eating breakfast was not something that happened for the grownups of the house. It’s just a scramble to drink the caffeinated beverage and get out the door. By ten am I am such a drag that just looking at a blank piece of paper to begin a to-do list is exhausting. Clearly the coffee-only breakfast situation isn’t working for me.

Wanting to continue a weight loss trend that I am currently on (woo!) I researched filling breakfast ideas that wouldn’t slow me down (because I am a TOTAL breakfast girl- pass the biscuits and scrambled eggs, please!) and I kept getting links telling me to dive into protein. There is something about eating foods rich in protein at the beginning of the day that keeps you full and could aid in weight loss (because fullness = not wanting to eat the bag of chips on top of the fridge).

Foods that are high in protein: peanut butter, cheese, whole wheat bagels, fruits. All of those are super attainable for me and easy to prepare. And thanks to a coupon from Jimmy Dean & BlogHer I also picked up a box of the new Jimmy Dean D-Lights turkey sausage muffins for me and a box of Jimmy Dean D-Lights Canadian bacon muffins for mom to try out. Each turkey sausage muffin has 18 grams of protein per serving and only 260 calories and the Canadian bacon muffins have 15 grams of protein and are 230 calories. They can be cooked in a microwave in under 3 minutes but since we don’t have a microwave I was stoked to see that there are easy conventional oven directions too that didn’t delay our morning routine.

Our new mornings have taken some sorting out and some getting used to and I know that as we get more and more settled into this brand new life we will be able to have better mornings with more energy and more stamina. I am looking forward to walking Mother to the train station instead of driving her. It’s only a mile away but in the wee hours of the morning it feels oh so far.

It would just be such a great and healthy bookend to my day to be able to walk to the station with her in the morning and then meet her to walk back home in the evening. It would mean 4 miles of walking a day. I am currently averaging around zero (wait, do we count going up and down the stairs?). It’s walking! I can do it! It would mean fresh air, getting to know my neighborhood, showing my toddler son a healthy routine. But it’s never going to happen if I can’t get a grip on my new mornings.

I like having this goal for myself instead of proclaiming it a resolution. It’s attainable and easy and FREE and has the possibility of being a domino to better many parts of me. I eat a healthy breakfast that includes protein, I walk two miles, and then I have my day. Ta da! Watch out 2011, I’m coming for you! And I’m going to be wearing smaller pants.

So how are you meeting 2011? How are you planning on making better choices for a healthier you in the new year? Tell me your plans in the comments below and be entered for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! One winner will be selected via the randomizer. Then take yourself on over to BlogHer for more opportunities to participate in this giveaway.

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Comments

  1. Stella says

    First of all, thank you for having is giveaway! And I can’t believe that I’m the first one to comment! I am starting this year by having a resume ready to be sent and the goal of finding a more family friendly job so that I can spend more time with my almost 18 months old…wish me luck!

  2. says

    I was just thinking about this yesterday after an unfortunate run-in with some too-tight pants in the Target dressing room. Ugh. One of my biggest challenges is portion control. I have found that I can eat just about anything I want, provided I don’t eat a ton of it. So that’s one mission – small portions and no going back for seconds! We also have been making an effort to eat out less, but sadly that has not extended to lunch for me. I eat from my office cafeteria way too frequently, which can be bad for the waistline AND the budget. So mission number two – pack my lunch. Good luck to us both!

  3. says

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. :) I am actually getting the lap band tomorrow, so I’m planning to start eating more healthily and moving more. I’ve allowed myself to get to an extremely unhealthy weight, and have decided that enough is enough. One of the instructions they gave us in the information classes is that we have to have enough protein. I may check these things out once I’m able to eat again.

  4. Lisa says

    Walking to the train station twice a day sounds like a great idea! I find walking relatively long distances to be very relaxing and it helps to clear my mind. Also, I second the protein for breakfast idea. I usually eat two eggs and a slice of multigrain toast or a tortilla, and it really does fill me up until lunch.

    Hmmm my plans for a healthy 2011? Well, for starters I will have hopefully eaten all the holiday sweets in the house by then, so at that point I’ll try to avoid that kind of stuff for awhile. And there is a public staircase a couple blocks from my house that I want to start taking advantage of. It’s eight stories tall, so I figure if I do that a few times, I should be good to go.

  5. says

    When the new year starts I am putting away the ice cream. I have been eating ice cream every single day since having Elsa and she’s 8 months old. That’s insane! So we’ll put the ice cream away and I’ll pull out my American Heart Association cookbook that has a lot of low fat food and try to eat a little lighter. I would love to go back to the gym. I haven’t been regularly since Elsa was born because she just screams and screams at the childcare and they come and get me. I need to get her trained, I guess.

  6. says

    J loooves those Jimmy Dean things, too.

    I do want to get healthier this year. I have no idea how, since my tried and true methods don’t work with my current work situation. But I need to. I took her out for a walk on Sunday to try and get a start on that, but it kind of failed miserably. XD

  7. says

    2011 is going to be full of new, different and, I should hope, positive changes. I have been unemployed since the end of September, so a job would be great. In the mean time, I’m making an effort to do very careful meal planning to make sure that I’m eating as well as I can on a tight budget.

  8. Alison says

    what a great give away! and I totally recommend walking, you’re going to love it. And that’s coming from a 0 miles kinda gal.

    But a funny thing happened a few months ago. a friend was trying to persuade me to go to gym with her since I mow have three child-free mornings a week. I really hate classes though, take too long, not to mention gym fees, and the fact that I never go. In order to avoid the guilt of gym avoidance, I told her I’d walk around the paved, woodsy trail surrounding the gym.

    My shoes were killing me though, two babies = 1 bigger feet, so I went and got
    fitted, and starting throwing workout clothes on before running out the door to drop the boys off.

    After a few weeks, I decided to try running. It felt great. so I started the Couch 2 5k program. ran my first 5k in December, have signed up for more this year, and a half marathon this November.

    Never thought I’d like running, but I really do. Fit at Forty. Finally. That’s the forth step for 2011.

  9. Kasey says

    I actually love those breakfast sandwiches. Yum.
    I promised, again, that I would work out and lose my last 15. Plus the 5 I somehow gained this season. :( So, the plan is to work out – at work – at least 4 times a week.

  10. says

    I’m doing stickK.com, where you set a goal (mine is to exercise 3x per week), and if you don’t, you either owe a charity (of your choice) or an anti-charity (of our choice), or a friend a certain amount of money (I’m going to do $10). So basically, if I can’t drag my butt off the couch 3 days a week, I have to pay someone. And I HATE wasting money on things I can totally control, and this is one of them.

    Plus, I’m training for the Austin half-marathon in February. Training is….going…so far, but I hope to step it up a notch from here on out.

  11. says

    One of my biggest plans is to try to go mostly gluten free. I have terrible IBS (too much information, woo!) and have found a lot of information online that gastrointestinal flare-ups can be linked to problems with gluten. Yay, me! I also plan on keeping up my Samhain resolution of NOT eating fried potato chips (baked only, and then, so rarely) and exercising more frequently.

  12. says

    Gonna have to try those sandwiches. Total advocate of protein in the morning. Sometimes I give in to the temptation of a muffin or danish, and then I’m eating out of control all day. Must resist in 2011.

  13. Val says

    I’ve been eating small portions and having more if I want to, but I’m waiting an hour or so before I eat again. I’m tracking the food, exercise and blood sugar readings troughout the day. I’m hoping by (1) being honest with myself and (2) tracking my food intake I can take control my weight instead of my weight being in control of me!

    PS: Wish me luck – I have a job interview tomorrow!

  14. Aunt Patti says

    Staying healthy is my #1 goal. I feel pretty good right now, so I’m keeping up my supplements and eating right. And remaining ever grateful for all I have.

  15. Katherine says

    I plan to eat healthier, drink more water, get more sleep, and try to take my boys for a walk every day. I want to be a good example for them and to be healthy enough to enjoy each day.

  16. Melissa says

    Thanks for doing a giveaway!!!! I am eating much healthier these days, and part of that is eating breakfast every single day! I used to skip breakfast all the time, but now I eat something with protein every morning. By the way….have you tried the Jimmy Dean sausage crumbles? So yummy and so easy to throw in some scrambled eggs!! Mmmmm!

  17. says

    I’m going to exercise every day. Even if it is only 10 minutes. Especially if it’s only 10 minutes. Because the days when I don’t feel like doing any or feel like I’m too busy to squeeze any exercise in are the days when it is all to easy to skip it entirely. And then once you’ve skipped one day, it is so much easier to skip it the next too. And so on, and then you find your pants are too tight and you’re puffing with the slightest exertion. But doing at least 10 minutes is a “no excuses” option that I plan to stick to.

  18. says

    Sounds like a great plan. Can the dog go along too or would that just add too much difficulty to the whole thing? I know I usually (except for extreme weather or fatigue) walk Sadie twice a day and it’s about a mile and a half each walk. Just that getting out there helps me feel better. Have good food choices helps too. I’ve seen these at the store and they look good. I don’t usually buy because I don’t do the muffin things but I buy other breakfast sort of things that work for me and my wonky stomach.

  19. Maureen says

    I hope to attend to my needs as well as drinking more water and walking more each day. I have a tendency to put others needs before mine.

  20. says

    I’m trying to make healthier choices overall, mostly little ones like skipping the drive thru since they are easier than the really big ones (like eating all organic, etc). Today I didn’t buy Ben and Jerry’s when I was grocery shopping and I consider that a success!

    I’ll have to try those Jimmy Dean things, I’m always looking to make mornings easier

  21. kat says

    in 2011… not put all the dog walking on my partner so I can squeeze in a mile or so of walking a day more than what I’m doing now… join the gym at work, the cold is what makes me so very sedentary during the winter and there is no reason not to it’s right there in the hospital I work in and they take a ridiculously small amount of money out of each pay check to cover it

  22. Scott Martin says

    I look forward to bettering myself in the coming year. Not only will I lose weight for myself I will also be a better role model for my two kids. That is the best I can wish for in the new years.
    Thanks,
    Scott Martin
    Spmartin122@gmail.com

  23. says

    My husband has been trying to get us onto a workout regimen for several months, but every time we start, something comes along to prevent us for several days, and we lose momentum.

    I am also in the midst of a postpartum clothing crisis, still being too big for my old clothes but having outgrown (well, reverse-outgrown — ingrown? that doesn’t sound right) the few clothes I bought once I finally stopped wearing maternity. So, 2011 will bring some new in-between pants which I will hopefully also in-grow.

    P.S. Good for you for the weight loss trajectory! :)

  24. Angie says

    Less salt in our diet and more biking! We finally got our bikes out on a rack instead of in the storage room. Hooray!

  25. Stephanie V. says

    fighting cancer right now and just out of treatment and isolation but need to find balance and ways to heal the body so would like to try yoga to better myself in the new year
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  26. Benny Williams says

    My plans are to use my time more efficient. I’m going to strive to be purposeful with my energy and resources. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Heather H. says

    One of my resolutions is to increase my water intake each day. For the first month I plan to at least get in 4 cups of water a day and increase it by one cup each month until I get to 10-12!
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  28. Roxanne Ellis Raymond says

    I was taking care of a sick family member for all of 2010, so now it will be my time to get back into a healthy fitness routine with my Wii Fit Plus, and reconnect with my husband – always relaxing!

  29. says

    No more Christmas cookies- LOL.
    Seriuosly, I’m committing to better time management, because it seems like I waste too much time in a day. More time = exercise!

  30. Salome says

    It’s quite a coincidence that you mentioned Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches. My son, who’s home from college on winter break, recently discovered them and he’s quite a fan.
    Good luck with your exercise program. You can get to know your new neighborhood, get some exercise and, best of all, W. will get used to walking places instead of being driven. As I commented on one of your previous posts, exercise is good for little kids: it tires them out and prevents the random rooting through your stuff and dog torture.

  31. Sarah Hirsch says

    I have a routine of walking on the treadmill during my tv watching time. there aren’t too many shows i like to watch though, so i need to find a way to increase my tv watching. ;) i WILL find a way to be more regular about getting on the treadmill.

  32. Kelly says

    I’ve been doing pretty well with my eating and exercise choices, but I plan to increase the intensity of my workouts in 2011 so that I can be sure to reach my weight loss goal! :)

  33. ohkeeka says

    I have tended to eat lots of foods that are low in calories, but not necessarily high in nutritional value. So this year I’m trying to eat foods that are low cal but ALSO nutritious, like fruit, nuts, veggies, etc.

  34. says

    2010 was probably the toughest year of my life and if there is anything that the last few years has taught me it is that I have no control over anything. So, this year I’m going to focus less on trying to control things and more time just enjoying life. Also, I took 2 months off from exercise for no real reason, but I can tell in my clothes so my goal is to never go more than a week without exercise!

  35. Tracy Robertson says

    I’m in a unique situation. I work with a man who has developmental disabilities, so I am at his apartment all day long, a couple times a week. There is a gym in his apartment complex, so we started going in there and working out together for 45 minutes every day that I work with him. It’s great for both of us, and I am incredibly lucky to be able to get a workout in while I am on the job!

  36. meeyeehere says

    I need to increase exercise. I walk twice a day about a mile each time and I chase my toddler son all day but I need more exercise.I have been eating really healthy except for Christmas,I kind of ate everything for a week.
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

  37. Patrice says

    I’m going to make sure that I get exercise every day, whether it’s walking, doing aerobics or working out in the yard.

  38. says

    I’m planning to continue lowering my medications this year. I recently dropped my pain meds entirely and feel better than I had, oddly enough.
    chainmail (at) iwon (dot) com

  39. cathy miller / rewcath says

    I hope to get into my walking routine again, it does make me feel the best just harder to do in the colder weather, I’m also trying to stay away from processed foods and sugary treats.

  40. CATHY TRUMAN says

    I plan on eating healthy this year more fresh fruit and veggies
    drinking more water and taking long walks every night with my dog.

  41. Kristen says

    I noticed I exercise alot less in the winter, so I’m planning to buy a treadmill so I can walk inside during the cold months.

  42. says

    My kids love pasta and noodles! I’m swtiching to whole grain pasta and buck wheat noodles!!! Small change, but hopefully and better alternative!

  43. says

    I am going to try to quit smoking. I would say I’m going to quit smoking, but I am afraid of being to confident because I’ve tried and failed before!

  44. Sara says

    One of my goals for this coming year is to stop drinking soda (ok, ok, I know it’s horrible and I really rarely drink it as is, but I want to stop completely); I am also hoping (planning!!) to ruin a half marathon in the spring! Watch out, 2011!

  45. says

    I have already been working on a better me, almost 1 month smoke free. My next goal is to start exercising after the first of the year now that I am being to be able to do things without getting out of breath

  46. Randy says

    I plan on drinking more water and walking more stairs instead of taking the elevator. I have tasted Jimmy Dean D-Lights and although the quick breakfast may taste good and be high in fiber they are filled with Sodium – approx. 35% of your daily allowance as with most store bought products. Also, the Turkey Sausage muffin I bought has High Fructose Syrup in it. This is a bit sad as “healthy brands” should be staying away from HFCS! To stay healthier in 2011, make your own egg breakfast using egg whites, whole wheat toast.

  47. Carol Sanders says

    Eating a lot more vegetables and a lot less starches is my goal along with exercising at least 4 days a week for 45 minutes!

  48. SAW says

    I’m going to exercise more (e.g. start exercising). I have access to a gym and walking track at work so, with a group of co-workers, I’m going to start using them.

  49. Norma says

    I need to GAIN some weight after chemo last year. I’ll start eating healthier while being more conscious about getting enough calories. So I started a food notebook I’ll fill in every day :)

  50. Wendi P says

    I have got the exercising thing down and do some form of exercise at least 5 days a week. I plan on making changes to my diet and lose the processed foods and replace those with fresh fruits and veggies. Thanks!

  51. wordygirl says

    My plan for 2011 is to “do what matters most”. That means I will put my time and energy toward the things I care most about, which includes keeping in touch with the people I love, making our home a more orderly place (which will make my sweetheart very happy), and finding time to be creative.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  52. Jean D. says

    I’m having surgery later this week, and I’ve vowed to FOLLOW EXACTLY the recommendations of my physical therapist. I tend to roll my eyes at exercise programs, but in this case, I want to do everything I can to get my body functioning again.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  53. Ellie W says

    I am going to eat better and stop drinking soda in 2011.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  54. says

    Hey Cali!

    I am making more breakfasts!!!! I seriously have the same problem you do getting it all together in the morning even though I have less people to wrangle! Those frozen sandwiches look yummy – when they run out you might want to try to premake and freeze some yourself. I did a little research and then ended up freezing sausage egg and cheese on toasted english muffins. They turned out great and can be reheated in 2.5 min in the microwave!!!!

  55. says

    I’m aiming to take the kids for 2+ mile walks in the neighborhood at least 4 times a week. That gets me off my rear end and gets the kids out for fresh air.

  56. vikki parman says

    I met with a nutritionist and plan to continue with my eating plan. I walk 6 days a week, and an adding weight training for 2011.

  57. Katie says

    Ugh….I need to start exercising again. Hoping, like you, to start with walking. Good for the toddler and the dog as well, although hard to manage both of them unless G is in a stroller. Would love to lose 30 lbs this year, and it will take more than walking to do it, but it’s a start!

  58. Callie says

    My new resolution is to up my trips to the gym from 2 a week to 3. And to hold myself to “making up” missed gym trips with videos at home.
    catherine(dot)alley(at)gmail(dot)com

  59. Milissa says

    I have resolved to actually eat breakfast in the morning. Usually I just run out of the house and don’t even think about it. So by mid-morning, I am starving and I have to go the vending machine to get something to snack on. So by eating a healthy breakfast every day, I should be able to curb all of the snacking that I do.

  60. kaye shaw says

    My goal this new year is to eat slower, and put down my fork between bites. Hopefully, this will mean I eat less…and eventually weigh less!!

  61. Susan E. says

    I am setting aside 15 minutes daily for deep breathing and relaxation
    exercises. I’ve found that when I feel less stressed, it’s easier to meet my goals, both health and otherwise.

    dogsrock at insightbb dot com

  62. says

    I have set monthly exercise goals for the year. I’m hoping by setting monthly and not yearly ones, I’m more likely to reach them!
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

  63. George A. says

    I plan to try eating healthier than I have in the past. Also, within my own limitations, I plan on walking more, as soon as the rain stops.

  64. Johannah B says

    I am making healthier food choices, fresh, organic if possible, more fiber and healthier snacks.
    1prizewinner(at)gmail(dot)com

  65. Norma says

    After chemo I lost a lot of weight, so this year I want to pack on some pounds while still eating healthy, so I’ve started a food journal to keep track of calories and make sure I still get fruits, veggies and proteins

  66. Amanda Campbell says

    I am trying to make healthier decisions with every meal. I am trying to eat more fruit and veggies.

    luckycat1818(at)yahoo(dot)com

  67. Eileen says

    Overall, my choices I need to make start with having a better ATTITUDE and making me realize I am WORTH the change, the money, the time and effort…to take better care of me. To not let fear of long term health issues run my life. I have not been a healthy eater, and let a rotten schedule even drive THAT (except for dinner). When family is gone I simply dont take the time to care and eat right…I will try in 2011 to change that! No more skipping meals during the week! I know it’s not healthy and would NEVER let my kids do this!

  68. Becky says

    Definitely need to increase my H2O intake. Also planning to get on this treadmill sitting my bedroom, plus a little weight training. Also thought about trying out yoga!!

  69. says

    I am going to somehow improve my interactions with my mother. This means setting firm boundaries, being firm but kind, and considering an intervention.

    I hope that by this time next year I’m thinking, “I wish I had done that sooner!”

  70. says

    I want to save eating out for special occasions and only go out for what I really want. I tend to waste money on food that isn’t that great, but seems convenient. I have so much more control over what I eat and save a lot of money when I cook at home. Anticipating meals when I’m away from home takes a little work, but a sandwich and fruit from home is so much more satisfying to me than an expensive bowl of mediocre soup or an overpriced salad.

  71. says

    Very cool, Cali!

    Now that I’m not paying for my classes anymore (thank you tuition waiver!), I registered for Pilates. It is on campus, it goes on my transcript, so it should be easy and I’m accountable for it.

  72. says

    I am planning to spend a lot more time outdoors, moving, gardening, soaking up Vitamin D. And I want to establish a regular yoga practice. I so need this balance. Here’s to great health and prosperity in twenty eleven! (Yes, I wrote it out.)

  73. says

    ok, I know this sounds twisted, but as I am living with a recent cancer diagnosis, I am planning to do a lot of things to make better choices, beginning with asking others for help. (already, I love the renewed connections with dear friends.) intending to engage in a bit of acupuncture, better eating, walking, and decluttering. there’s more, but that would just be begging to win… :)

  74. Shereen says

    We found a great list of 25 foods for longevity the other day. We currently eat about 16 of them regularly, so our goal is to include all 25 items in our regular food rotation. I’m going to boot camp twice a week, and walking to and from work with my new Nordic walking poles. Our family is taking up x-c skiing – we’ve got lessons booked at the end of the month. And we’re lowering our gluten intake (except for the weekly baked goodies my wife and daughter make!). I’m hoping that all of this will eventually translate into 80 lb. weight lost this year (or about 1.5 lb/week).

  75. chris swan says

    I am going to fill half my plate up with veggies and fruit and other half-half with protein and half with carb.

  76. Crystal F says

    Our local Y opens later this month and we plan to spend as much time there as possible. I want to feel better and have more energy and this will help with that. Thank you!

  77. clynsg says

    I plan to stick to healthier snacks so that I can maintain my FBS at a better level, since it crept up after I was ill last year.

  78. says

    I am also choosing a better breakfast to increase energy through the day. No more mornings that start with just caffeine! Whole grains, protein and fruit! Happy New Year!

    ~jan at thepaisleycupcake.blogspot.com

  79. Timbo says

    The ONE thing I plan to do to better myself is to make time for myself to do the projects I have been meaning to do for quite a while :) Y’know, Me-Time :)

    Please feel free to contact me at:

    allrightyes at gmail dot com

  80. Kristina says

    I plan to “make better choices for a healthier new me” by remembering my affirmations: Acceptance, ‘I am loving, lovable, and always loved,’ and Let Your Light Shine. And I am reaching out to local groups for more support around career/job search and continuing to dance, do theatre, and do monkey conditioning class (each once a week). Thanks! Kristina

  81. april yedinak says

    I am absolutely going to start exercising again- standing while eating doesn’t count anymore.
    ape2016(at)aol(dot)com

  82. Kris Slusser says

    I made two resolutions this year and I plan on sticking to them! First, to excersize and eat healthier (hand in hand in my book!) and second to save money! I am now walking my neighborhood 3 times a week and starting a Coupon club with my friends! Wish me luck!

  83. shel says

    I always felt weird that I didn’t know how to swim so this year I signed up for swimming lessons at our local community college. Not only will I learn a new skill, I’m hoping to get healthier with some much-needed exercise.

  84. says

    I am making an distinct effort to eat out less and healthier by bring lunch from home and eating a healthier breakfast instead of relying on coffee shops (starbucks) offers. I am also starting the new year by getting more organized.. I am a scatterbrained and I’m afraid I’ll always be one, but there’s no need for my surroundings to reflect my mind haha. Love Jimmy Dean, I always make sure to stock up when I’m at Costco! Woo* Jimmy Dean in BULK!

    Thank you for the wonderful little tips in your post and of course, for the opportunity! <3

  85. Mike Landrum says

    These are great when you are on the go and are better than running through the drive through at your local fast food place. The breakfast bowls are great too.

  86. says

    I plan to be more focused, meaning I’ll organize my time better and be able to accomplish much more than I have been by just drifting through my day. I’m hoping this will open up more time for my writing, which is my second big goal.

  87. Marcia Goss says

    I definitely will try to get out and walk more. My job requires me to sit for hours at a time. There is a park with a walking trail across from my house, and I need to take advantage of it.

  88. Kathleen S. says

    I am bringing an apple or yogurt with me to work for breakfast every day so I don’t snack in the morning. I am also slowly adding in some jogging to my daily long walks and I’m loving it! Thanks.

  89. Claire says

    I’m making a conscious decision to stop picking at my face. No more “just this once”s or “only whiteheads”. (tmi? maybe.) IM GOING COLD TURKEY! lol

  90. says

    We’ve gone mostly-organic here and reduced our dependence on “convenience foods.” My son does love his sausage biscuits, etc. however and I may have to start making and freezing them in advance. Hmm…

  91. Betsy Hoff says

    I am cooking for family/eating foods with low saturated fats. We are also eating more fresh fruits and vegetables!

  92. tammigirl says

    I love the idea of walking to/from the train. It seems like such a great time to bond, as well. Routines are lovely.

    As far as my new year, I’m trying to stop stuffing food down my gullet when I’m already full just because it tastes good. I know I am doing it and I keep going because “Mmmm… mmm… oh this is… mmm… so… mmmm. goood.”

    Bleh. I need to be myself again. Myself never did that.

  93. Dee says

    I plan to eliminate some carbs and introduce some protein into my nutritional meal plan, to exercise at least three times a week (just signed up for zumba) and to get more sleep (at least 7 hours 5 times week!)

  94. Steph B says

    I plan to cut back on sweets and get back into a consistent exercise routine. My goal is to participate in a road race in 2011! I haven’t ran in a race in about 15 years!!!

  95. Cheryl W. says

    I plan to start a new probotic regimen to help keep the good bacteria levels high. This will be both in vitamins form and lots of fresh cultured yogurt.

  96. says

    This year, I have been trying to snack healthier. My preferred snack last year was peanut M&Ms (hey, there are nuts in there, and nuts are healthy). I’m trying to do better by snacking on Triscuits, Chex Mix, and occasionally low-fat cheese. So far I’m holding up fairly well… of course, it helps that there are no M&Ms in the house now. :-)

  97. Ruth Anderson says

    I am having fun with my new toy I recieved for Christmas,a WII with balance board.I need to be on funniest home videos it is so funny to try these sports .Thanks for the chance to win. etude37@gmail.com

  98. Tara says

    My plans for the new year include swimming every other day and making more healthy choices. The biggest goal is to move the focus away from food! Good luck to all of you, my prayers are with you all. This is a very difficult journey, but one that has been chosen for us and chosen by us.

  99. Nita says

    I’m going to take the stairs when I can. If it’s only a floor or two, you can almost do it in less time that waiting for the elevator to arrive.

  100. says

    I am taking an exercise class for the first time in well over a decade. It may be fear that the pregnancy will forever alter my body or that once the baby grows to be 3 months old I won’t be able to pick her up or really just the thought of traveling international with a newborn and a dog (in doggy carry on bag) that has instilled the fear of flab into me. But I will do aerobics this year.

  101. Sel Stoute says

    This year I intend to say the word “no” more. Saying yes to everything meant lots of stress which lead to stress eating. Less stress, 30 minutes of walking a day and portion control should help me lose 50 1bs. this year.

  102. says

    I just had open heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm so I will be eating healthy and working out. I plan to run a marathon later this year.

  103. amber gi says

    i’m with you, i need protein to keep me going!
    i want to lose 15 lbs this year..and keep it off!
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

  104. Patricia says

    My plan to be healthier starts with being determined and staying Positive. I plan to eat healthier and drink more water.

  105. Jill L says

    The biggest thing I am doing for myself this year is to exercise. It has always taken a backseat to everything. I’m making it a priority. Kids might be grumbling now, but one day they understand. Besides, come spring, I’ll be able to race them up the mountains.

  106. teressm says

    I’m going to learn how to take care of me, which means prepare a healthy breakfast every morning, not just think about it. Just do it!!

  107. Jennifer says

    I’ve switched from drinking Pepsi at work to water with Crystal Light To Go packets. I couldn’t get myself to drink plain water, but the Crystal Light makes it easier to drink the water. :)

  108. April says

    I’ve discovered that I really need to move more – my body is winding down and I’m too young to feel old! So I’m going to try and get to the gym once a week. I already eat pretty well.

  109. Debra F says

    After years of resolving to simply eat less to try to lose weight (and never being successful), this year I changed my resolution to add to my diet; specifically more fiber. I know I don’t get enough fiber in my diet, so I’m adding high fiber foods to each meal. It is much easier to keep this resolution, and I actually do feel better physically.

  110. Julie J. says

    I’m sticking to a journey of weight loss that I started three years ago. I’m down 100 pounds and have maintained it for 2.5 years. I just need to lose the last 30 now.

  111. karen says

    I’ve just ret’d from a weeklong winter camping trip and protein in the morning kept me hiking through each day, climbing rocky hillsides, negotiating the tangle within gullies.

  112. Aisling says

    I’m one of those who needs a good breakfast to start off my day, even if it means getting up earlier so I have time for it. I’ve started eating better breakfasts, like oatmeal, and I’m totally going to try these Jimmy Dean D-lights. mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

  113. Sandra Brower says

    Since the New year began I have gotten a handle on my diet and have started actively pursuing a regime with more cardio activity. I work on a ranch so my resistance training (lifting hay and water buckets) :) is already handled. I just need to pump up my heart and my lungs and keep a diet that is realistic for my metabolism. I never eat too much just the wrong things. So diet changed and I am actually loving the food and the results. 10 lbs lighter already!! Sausage is a part of my diet. :)

  114. says

    While I have a few goals in mind related to health & finances, my overall resolution this year is to make sure I’m setting (and holding) appropriate boundaries with the people in my life. Gone are the days to saying “Yes” to everything and putting my needs last. If I’m a healthier, more grounded person, I’m that much more of a healthy addition to the lives of those around me. A win-win for sure! :)

  115. charlotte weber says

    I have been gaining weight over the past 6-8 months, I couldn’t figure out why; as I hadn’t done anything different. Did not eat anything different. Nothing, so what cold it be. I went to my Dr. and tried to talk to him about this here is what he said,(quit eating so much!) WHAT!!!? Well I kept on gaining and gaining, last Sunday my son had to take me to the hospital, I had woke up that morning and had swollen so big that I couldn’t. My skin felt like it was about to split. They checked me out; did some blood work and were quite concerned, they said we might better keep you in the hospital tonight and monitor you. They thought that either my kidneys were shutting down, or maybe my liver was failing. I really didn’t want to stay in the hospital. So the Dr. came back in; told me she was putting me on Lasiks. She said I had to start getting rid of the water gain, and I was to get back into my regular Dr. and let him know I had been here and that she would be sending the information from that day to his office. So it wasn’t me EATING TOO much like my Dr. said. Boy I have an earfull for him this week. I am praying I can get rid of this extra 60 lbs. I have put on.

  116. says

    I’m trying to bring trail mix and other healthy snacks to work. The hardest temptation occurs midafternoon, when I’m hungry and want to go buy a candy bar.

  117. Lana says

    Jimmy Dean D-Lights have long been my solution to a busy morning. Microwave one for about 30 seconds, take in the car, and enjoy. I like the turkey sausage and eggs to provide protein and the cheese for a little melty goodness. One D-Light gets me through to lunch, no problem, and is suitable for my husband and daughter as well. I love the ones on the bagels, but they are hard to find in my area. The ones on croissants are my next favorite, though all are tasty!

  118. Debra B says

    I plan to get back to walking everyday which in turn will help me to lose those extra pounds that have slowly creeped up on me over the past year, I need to lose at least 20 lbs and walking is the best way for me to do it, somehow I’ve gotten sidetracked when it comes to exercising and I have been slacking off big time, my focus this year is to get back to walking and lose those pounds, Thanks for the great giveaway

  119. Debbie C says

    I’m thinking of walking for exercise, no promises but it’s been good for me in the past. I just got away from it.

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

  120. cocobean says

    after giving myself january “off” for more mental resolutions, I’m going to detox from processed carbs in february! :)

  121. says

    I make such good breakfasts for the kids…I wish I didn’t hate the way they taste. Maybe I should try these breakfast protein muffins.

    I am parking in a new, cheaper spot, which has added about 20 min of walking to my day. So there’s that!

  122. mindy c. says

    I used to drink 5 0r 6 sodas…specifically Mt. dew and I quit drinking them and started Drinking Gatorade. Now I don’t even like to drink sodas. I also am planning to exercise more often.

  123. Natalie J. Vandenberghe says

    I am making an effort to eat better (which is pretty hard because not only do I have an incredible sweet tooth, but also many years of bad habits to overcome). I love to walk and, hopefully, will start walking more regularly (which will also be hard–since being on the computer occupies much of my time). Congratulations on naming a goal that is attainable, easy, and free. Best wishes for the New Year.
    aleq13@gmail.com

  124. Peter G says

    Started my own veggie garden and I am eating fresh fruit and cutting back on fast food. The family is eating better and feeling better.

  125. Suzanne K says

    My plans include a lot more activity! I’m not going to be working as much, so the budget will be tighter and that will encourage me to do more in my garden… like growing more fruits and veggies to eat! I’m also back to working on my garden remodel project and that’s a fair amount of exercise. All good! And, before I head out into the garden, I have a bowl of oatmeal with raisins from last year’s harvest, with soy milk. These muffins sound like a great breakfast option too!

  126. latisha depoortere says

    I plan on eating better and I want to try and gain 5 pounds so I can start feeling better. Great giveaway thank.
    tishajean@ charter.net

  127. Pauline M says

    My kids and I are trying to eat healthier. They’ve been pulling recipe’s off the net and giving me shopping lists for these recipes. It’s been great. We get to try new things and we’re watching what we eat!

  128. Theresa says

    I plan on getting off my butt and playing more just dance with my girls. That way we have fun family time and fitness all rolled into one!
    Thanks!
    Theresa

  129. tallcapp says

    As soon as the pulled calf muscle heals, I am pledging to myself to begin the three mile walk each day. Doing it makes me feel better looking and healthier.

  130. Erin E says

    This past summer I gave up sugar, which has been so great for me, especially since I’m starting this year off with a pregnancy! Yay! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

  131. Rosey says

    I intend to meet 2011 with the goal of being published in a magazine I really would love to have my work in this year. As far as creating a healthier life this year, I have vowed to drink a good allotment of water each day (instead of surviving on coffee alone, shudders!).

  132. Deborah Wellenstein says

    I will eat healthier foods, including Jimmy Deans D-Lights-I will also start an exercise program. Thanks!

    dwellenstein at cos dot net

  133. MelissaO says

    I’m good at getting to the gym 3X per week, but have committed to going 5X this year!

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  134. says

    I have been working with my doctor to get much healthier this year, and one of the things I was told to do (I am trying) is to eat a much better breakfast and a much smaller dinner (when my activity levels drop)
    janicecrespo AT gmail dot com

  135. Melinda says

    We are trading in our ice cream for fruit smoothies:

    Fruit + ice + skim milk + yogurt (optional) = smoothie deliciousness!

    Healthy and tasty!

  136. Artistic Baker says

    I’m going to ride our recumbent bike 3 times a week. Make that purchase worth the money.

    artisticbaker at gmail dot com

  137. Sean says

    I’m on the Ab’s Diet which means lean meats and proteins and fresh veggies.

    I want to lose inches and gain abs

    seanm1999 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  138. Aaron B from IL says

    I have been eating more reasonable portions and better foods and exercising more this year to try to lose weight.

  139. barbara wright says

    I’m going to live healthier this year – not fanatically healthier because I won’t stick to it, but I’m going to try to do a little more each day to be healthy.

  140. Donna B. says

    I’m meeting 2011 head-on! I’ve been working with a nutritionist, making better food choices, not skipping meals (which is why I LOVE these Jimmy Dean D-lights!) and exercising more. I will lose 100 pounds this year!

  141. KKD says

    I’ve been getting healthier by trying new vegetables in my diet. I too moved to a new city/state this year and I’ve tried Okra and Turnip Greens this month. I like both!

  142. says

    I’m trying so hard to lose this after-baby weight… shes 8 mo old and I’ve lost 15 lbs and I have 15 more to go! its a daily struggle to make healthy choices and be active. Hard to make enough time in the day, to take care of the baby and get my other little one to (and from) school, plus take care of myself, 2 dogs, the husband the house, but somehow I manage. Lord, grant me the serenity to not freak out over every little tiny mess. My resolution is to lose this weight!~
    I am eating healthier and trying hard! .. Wish me luck!!! :)
    :)

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