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Lots of sugar, not good for me at breakfast… good thing the temptation is in Paris

This post contains probably more than you care to know about my eating habits *grin*… but keep reading you can win a $100 Visa Gift card, details at the end of the post!

Accountability…. oh what an ugly word. Especially when it’s associated with those dreaded New Year’s Resolutions.

You see it’s easy to make a New Years Resolution in your head.

Come on you know you do it! At the beginning of each new year, you dream of changing those things about you that you think are not right. However when it comes to the “next step” you  don’t dare to write it down or even *gasp* tell someone else about it.

I’m the Queen of what I call the “imaginary” New Year’s Resolution.  Imaginary because it exists only in my own head.  I can’t remember the last time I wrote down a New Year’s resolution.  I’ll spare you the list of things on my imaginary resolution list in the past…

2010 was an odd year for me, one of great accomplishments but also of a few great trials.  I feel like the year just blew by and I haven’t even had time to take a breath and realize it was here, now it’s almost over.

One of the things that fell by the wayside last year was me taking care of myself. Now I don’t mean the “do your hair, get out of bed and get dressed” take care of yourself, that I’m fine with… I mean the “eat healthy, exercise and don’t wear yourself out” take care of yourself.  I know as women we have an innate instinct to put others (mostly our families) first, but I really feel like this can be a problem sometimes. I can not tell you how many times I’ve stayed up too late or spent my whole day driving kids around then eaten a horribly “anti” nutritious fast food meal for dinner. Only to wake up the next morning feeling like I got hit by a truck… my “take care of everything else” first instinct having failed me.  Causing a completely unproductive day the next day due to the fact that I wore myself out the day before.

This time last year,  I was at a checkup with my Doctor- just a routine checkup, nothing wrong, and I complained to her that I just can not “get going” in the morning. It’s true- I’m usually pretty much useless before noon. Her first question to me was “what are you eating for breakfast?”… Me, not being one to miss a meal, said “oh I always eat breakfast, usually cereal”.  She just gave me a disapproving look and told me that I needed to drop the carbs in the morning.  ”Really?” I thought to myself. You see I fancy myself a bit of a carb addict and was not prepared to hear that my little addiction might be getting in the way of going about my daily routine.  She proceeded to tell me that I really needed some protein in the morning, no sugar and very little carbs.  I was spiking my blood sugar first thing when I woke up putting myself on a downhill slide the whole rest of the day. She also explained to me that as I age I may be able to help fend off some weight gain by increasing my protein and decreasing my carbs.

So I went about trying to dump the morning cereal. But you see there is a problem, I do not make the wisest decisions at 6 am.  That bowl of cereal is just too easy to pour. Making an egg requires a pan, which requires cooking, neither of which I was in the mood to do at 6 am.  I tried eggs, protein shakes, yogurts, cream cheese, and even a spoonful of peanut butter.  None of which worked their way into my morning routine. About February, my “high protein” plan was out the window.

Then a few weeks ago BlogHer told me they were looking for some bloggers to try out a new protein based breakfast food.  At first I hesitated then I realized that this program could give me just the push (and accountability) I needed to drop my morning carb habit…


yes that awful word. But I “signed up”.. and now here we are.

As part of my the healthy choices I’m making for the new year… I am going to KICK that cereal habit.

Jimmy Dean offered to let me try some of their new D-Lites line. Convient, yummy, and high in protein. They might be just the thing that I need.

I picked the D-lights Canadian Bacon on a Honey Wheat muffin and the Turkey Sauseage Muffin.  I tried the Canadain Bacon muffin I got the Turkey Sausage for my husband since he’s also trying to eat more protein in the morning.

iPhone photo – snapped right before I ate it- you get a photo of the food- not of me at 6 AM! :)

I will admit I was a bit nervous, the whole concept of microwaving an egg sounded a little unappetizing, but I was very pleasantly surprised!  I took off the cheese before I microwaved it because I don’t like cheese, but you don’t have to do that. One tip I will share with you, take it out of the freezer the night before and put it in the fridge to defrost, I think you get a better result.

So….. the egg was NOT rubbery and the bun was soft not chewy or hard.  Honestly you could not tell it was microwaved, it tasted like I had just cooked it. I really liked it, plus it was quick and easy & I think this has got a really good chance of making it into my morning routine.

My husband also really liked the sausage muffin.  He’s really short on time in the morning and liked the idea of microwaving something that he can take with him, or even just cook when he gets to work.  I think next I’ll try some of the bagel varieties, my 15 yr old daughter is not a great breakfast eater but she loves bagels & sausage – maybe if it’s fast she’ll eat something in the morning.


I recognized I’ve not done the best job taking care of myself in 2010, so for 2011 I really want to make being healthy a goal.  It’s time to stop burning the candle at both ends, eating too much fast food and get back on that elliptical machine!! (oh, do we even want to talk about the dreaded exercise topic right now?)

So for 2011- My Better Choices Resolutions will be:

-Eat Protein at Breakfast

-Exercise 3x a week.  (I know that 5 is ideal, but I’m are moving up to 3x a week from zero the last 3 months). I don’t even know what I can still do.. Have my legs turned to jello? This could be scary *grin*

-Vitamins every day! Including extra calcium.. and Vitamin D during the winter (yep, I think it really does help with the “blahs”..)

-Stop before I’m “burned out”… stop over committing myself, say “no” when appropriate. My kids aren’t going to be little for much longer and I don’t want to miss it because I was too busy doing other things.

So what about you? What are some of the “Better Choices” you are going to make next year?

Do you dare write them down?

Better yet do you dare share them here with everyone?? Cause you know.. then you’ll be committed!!

Just to give you an extra little “push” Jimmy Dean is giving away a:


as part of their Jimmy Dean D-Lights “Better Breakfast, Better  you”  program

to enter:
No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment describing ONE thing you want to try to do better next year! (It doesn’t have to be food or health related!!)

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) Read the official rules for alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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Check out the Better Breakfast, Better You round up page to see what other bloggers are saying.

Contest open December 28th 2010 - January 30th 2011


  1. says

    I want to spend more time on “me” i know thats pretty cliche, but the past couple years I pretty much “gave” up. I need time to take a shower, shave, style my hair–do “normal” things that I just gave up because ive been taking care of my babies and staying at home. My self esteem has really suffered because of it! That along with consistent preschool homeschooling for my almost 3 year old!!

  2. says

    I want to get off the couch and get back into a good routine. I realize laying around has been caused by morning sickness, so I don’t feel too bad about it. But I want to make the most of the next few months before baby arrives.

  3. says

    I have to agree with you, I make very unwise choices in the morning. WIth three kids and one on the way, I have good intentions, but when morning rolls around they fly out the window. I am currently on extra iron pills, and I think these would be a great choice for my life, thanks for the review I will check them out when I go to the grocery next.

  4. says

    I went 3 months without drinking any pop – a major accomplishment for me. I caved and went back to pop and have gained back 10 of the 30 pounds I lost. I must (and will) give up pop again and go back to drinking water – I really do miss it and crave it now. Thanks!

  5. says

    This year I’m going to cook at home more. I am looking forward to looking around the dinner table every night at the faces of my family and feeling like I’ve fed them a meal I can be proud of rather than fast food!

  6. 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

  7. says

    My big goal for 2011 is to not buy anything new. It is lofty and big but I have been thinking about it for the last six months. Ooh, but I can use gift cards. That $100 would go a long way.


  8. says

    Thanks for sharing Melissa. You know what… you are always one of those people I want to try to be like. REALLY. Won’t ever happen and I should stop beating myself up about it- I appreciate your sharing. Miss my kentucky life!

  9. says

    Your post rang so true! Being a mom I have a hard time time taking care of myself the way I should because it seams so selfish! But in the end it hurts your family anyway to not be on top of your game. I need to take better care of myself and health FOR my children!

  10. says

    I want to tell people things instead of think about it. For example, I love your hair today or what you said in church really touched me or I love you. I think we miss opportunities to uplift one another. So that is my goal this year. By the way, Love your blog:)

  11. says

    I’m going to increase the intensity of my workouts. Sure, I can say that I work out 5 days a week, but now it’s time to bump it up and **WORK OUT** 5 times a week! :)

    krtrumpet [at] aol [dot] com

  12. says

    I’m trying to eat foods that are NUTRITIOUS and filling. No more low cal junk food–2011 is all about fruits and veggies and nuts. :)

    ohkeeka at gmail dot com

  13. says

    I have been trying to shape up my diet this fall and I find the healthier breakfast I have, the easier time i have eating healthy for the rest of the day. I’ve been staying away from the white flour and sugar, trying to eat whole wheat and fruit

  14. says

    I recently joined a fitness program at work that pays cash for pedometer steps, workouts, etc. I expect that will give me added incentive to excercise all year long.
    bbentry [at] aol [dot] com

  15. says

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

  16. says

    At least once a month I plan to spend quality time to improve ME. Like taking a free or low cost class at Hobby or craft stores. Lot of free offers to try at exercise places at the start of the year. too. Color my gray hairs. Make time to prepare better meals, instead of a quick microwave dinner. Take sewing classes online. I find that I need to actually plan and sign up, or I don’t do things for me.

  17. says

    This is going to be cliche, but I’m going to try to exercise more and eat better. I don’t write down my New Year’s resolutions because I don’t feel a need to- I know what I need to do :-)

  18. says

    I want to add more time to my dog-walking routine, like go on a walk with my dogs everyday! LOL They love to go for a walk and I love taking them so my resolution is for my superpups and for me!

  19. says

    I plan on exercising daily for better health, even if it’s only for 20-30 minutes a day.
    I should write it down! I write my weight down on the calendar so I can see it go DOWN!

  20. says

    I plan on quitting smoking this year and figure if I can focus on this first, the rest of things I need to do to become a healthier individual will fall into place.
    Dove056 at aol dot com

  21. says

    I want to do better at keeping in touch with the people I love. The phrase I am going to use to keep myself on track is “Do what matters most”. I began today by calling my favorite aunt while I waited for a cake to come out of the oven, rather than tell myself (as I usually do) that I would write to her later tonight, when it was quiet and I had more time to think. Invariably, what happens is that I read a few blogs, think about what quilts I’d like to make, then fall asleep without writing that letter. So I’m off to a good start–sorry for the long post.
    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  22. says

    I’m having big-time back surgery this Thursday. Like it or not, I’ve vowed to follow the directions of my physical therapist. I’ve lost a lot of strengh and mobility; doing things my way (the lazy way)simply won’t get me where I need to be.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  23. says

    I want to get even more frugal than I already am. Plan better when I go to the store and use more coupons.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  24. 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.

  25. says

    Wish it didn’t have to be health related…but, my son turns 2 in April and I promised myself I would drop my pregnancy weight by the time he turned ONE. Well, it didn’t happen. I want to make it happen NOW – before he turns TWO! Another goal is to apply for Grad school in June and begin in September.

    nhartmann54 at gmail dot com

  26. says

    I plan to work on being a better member of the community! I think that I am a good person, but sometimes it’s too easy to just focus on myself and my immediate family, and that just isn’t right. I want to be a good friend to many, and a great neighbor to those around me, and be there to lend a hand to those in need in my community.

  27. says

    My new resolution is to up my trips to the gym from 2 a week to 3 times a week. And to hold myself to “making up” missed gym trips with videos at home.


  28. 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.

  29. says

    I am setting aside 15 minutes daily for deep breathing and relaxation
    exercises. When I feel less stressed, I do a much better job of staying on track with my goals, both health and otherwise.

    dogsrock at insightbb dot com

  30. says

    Well, this is a newly formed “resolution” but I want to cut artificial sweeteners out of my diet completely and forever!


  31. says

    I am going to try to be more physically active, esp. during the winter months. I notice as I age, I have less stamina. I always need to drink more water!!

  32. 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:

    sales4545 at gmail dot com

  33. says

    The best choice I am making this year is cutting back on sugar. I am losing weight and I love not craving it anymore! Thanks. sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

  34. says

    My better start is discovering – I am using to track my calories ( have done WW before), staying away from the sweets – which is taking all of my will power and will be hitting the elliptical once it arrives. Really just trying to find ways to work around cravings and my bad habit of stress eating!! Lots of gum chewing

    nhmoose99 at yahoo dot com

  35. says

    I need to get some form of regular exercise – not just now and then. So I bought new shoes and I plan on walking 3 times a week on the beach to try to make it a habit.

  36. says

    My plans for 2011 are to try and cut back on as much processed food and sugar as I can for a healthier lifestyle. That pastry picture at the beginning of the post certainly didn’t help:)

  37. says

    My New Year’s Resolution is that every year, from now on, I’m going to either learn something new or try something I’ve never done before. 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.

    shel704 at aol dot com

  38. 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.

  39. says

    So far in 2011, I have replaced high saturated fat with healthy fats and whole grains~ We also are eating more fresh organic fruits and vegetables
    bukaeyes at aol dot com

  40. says

    One of my changes for this year is that I’m going to stop eating when I’m not hungry. What a novel concept! I know! I’ve been letting my taste buds run the show. Not wise.

  41. says

    Like you, I’m trying to eat more protein in the mornings and walk more…it’s a daily challenge but if I stick with if, I hope to continue to lose weight as I’ve been at a plateau for about 5 monthes!

  42. says

    I plan on getting more me time. Time to focus on my needs, instead of everyone around me. I have always put others needs ahead of my own and I am wearing out. I need to take some time for me, to take care of myself, so I can better take care of others.

  43. says

    Yes…Accountability is a HARD thing to master!

    I know a better breakfast can make a better day for me…I usually ditch it all together or eat so late that it messes up my eating schedule and metabolism. To better help this, I need to eat MORE throughout the day, Healthy foods…starting with breakfast. I know the “starve” is not good and the whole DIET thing I am SO tired of. With kids in school I don’t worry about feeding myself “normal” anymore until dinner. I’d like to get to a point this year that I can be on track, eat like a normal woman again…where food is just FOOD and not an enemy, enjoy it and let be a tool to improve my rotten health. After that, I can work on getting my MOVE on again and stop being a couch slouch. Having chronic illness doesn’t mean you should stop working on yourself just because you have been “dealt” a rotten hand…it means you have to work harder and better at keeping healthy!
    Hope I can put that thought into action!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

  44. says

    My “goal” is to be able to do at least one real push up…not the girly ones…A REAL MANLY PUSH UP!! I also want to be more of a present mother to my boys!!

  45. says

    accountability, definitely an ugly word, but hey if you don’t do it for yourself who will.

    New Years Resolution
    -More Water
    -Get Organized
    -Get in contact with old friend and meet up and catch up because sometimes a text or a call isn’t enough.


  46. says

    Well I got off to a slow start but I am exercising daily which is a big change for me. As I start feeling better, I know the dietary changes will come easier.

  47. says

    This year I plan on making more homemade, healthy meals for my family. Working late has made it easy to have excuses on why I can’t make a nice meal. No more excuses for me!

  48. 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.

  49. says

    I had “fell” off my healthy routine during the holidays so I was desperate to get back on track and to make new resolutions to lose weight and be healthier. I added more protein to my diet throughout the day and cut out the simple carbohydrates. So far this new year, I have lost 10 lbs. This was also because i added heart and lung pumping cardio to my exercise routine. Not so much longer distances but higher intensity. I have loads of energy now and I resolve to keep it up until I lose down to a healthy weight.

  50. says

    I want to spend more time just having fun with my kids and less time worrying about what we SHOULD be doing instead of goofing around together. They grow up too fast. :)

  51. says

    There are two things this year that are very important for me to work on…the always haunting exercise (of course) but most importantly get a hold of the household organization and stay on top of it!

  52. says

    I want to eat more REAL FOOD. No more pop tarts and fruity pebbles. That doesn’t even SOUND like food. I want to eat eggs! Jimmy Dean and an orange sounds like breakfast to me.

  53. says

    I promise and plan to take more time for ME this year – I will not sacrifice my sleep, health, free time, resources, or sanity for any reason! I will live energetically, fully, and lovingly!

  54. says

    I have lots of good ideas, but putting my ideas into actions is a bit lacking. So I’m going to try and push myself to “go for it” a whole lot more! :) Thanks!

  55. says

    2011 will be a year of simplifying in this family. I want so bad to learn, and like to be a minimalist. 2009-2010 were very overwhelming years and I am looking for peace this year.

  56. says

    I have thought about this long and hard and this is what I came up with…

    I want to plan my projects better. I want to carefully plan my projects. When I first started quilting (about 10 years ago) I would start projects that simply tickled my fancy or that I thought I was capable of. Then I started teaching and my projects became all about that! Now i want my projects to be only about the person for which they are intended or all about me (which recently I decided was OK)

  57. says

    I am going to try replacing some ground beef with ground turkey and ground turkey sausage. Another thing I will try is Jimmy Dean D-lights.

    dchrisg3 @ gmail com

  58. says

    One thing I would like to do better this year is keeping track of what I eat! I’ve never liked keeping a food diary but if it helps me from mindless eating, I’m going to try it!

  59. says

    The one thing I want to do is get back to walking 3-5 miles a day, I did it last year but have gotten sidetracked, I need to also lose a few extra lbs that have crept up on me due to my lack of walking & exercise so this year is the year of getting into shape, losing a few lbs and walking daily again,

    thanks for the great giveaway

  60. says

    Thanks for the giveaway, the one thing I am trying to do better this year is to step out of my comfort zone and learn some new sewing skills, i.e. sewing with leather, freehand stitching, pattern designs, etc.

  61. says

    I am really trying to get out and walk more often; it’s been tough this winter since we’ve had so much snow but I am trying

  62. says

    I want to do a better job of daily small pick up in my house, so it’s not such a chore to do a weekly cleaning.

    txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

  63. says

    I had to laugh when you wrote that by about February your plan was out the window–you lasted longer than most! Like you, one of the things I resolved to do (not be on the computer so much) hasn’t really worked. I hope that when I quit spending so much time on the computer, I will use that same time being productive in other areas (like cleaning my house) or walking. Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. says

    I must take better care of my eating, starting with getting in more protein, 3-5 small meals and exercise… less staying in bed, after a year of being bedridden from illness.

  65. says

    My first better choice will be to have breakfast every day (and good breakfast, not drive thru)! Hopefully, I will add other good choices as time goes on!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

  66. says

    I am going to get rid of things I don’t need. Hopefully less stuff will lead to a more organized space and a healthier brain.

  67. says

    My kids and I decided to improve our eating habits this year! I got them involved in the process which is working great. They pick a recipe on the internet, text me any ingredients we don’t have available and we make the recipe in the evening. I’ve seen a huge variety in the recipe’s and they’re loving it!
    pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

  68. 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.

    Email address is in blogger profile

  69. says

    I have been eating more veggies and smaller main course portions. Also have been exercising more which will get easier once the weather improves.

  70. says

    I’m making better choices by reading food labels, eliminating drive-thru meals *sob* and eliminating all sodas and sweetened beverages. I also make sure to add a fruit or veg to every meal. Just those small changes make a big difference.

  71. says

    I LOVE Jimmy Dean! YUM!! *slurps*
    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. (Moms do it everyday, but noone tells you how HARD it is! one was easy, two kids, totally diff! Lordy if I had more! ) 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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