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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