Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Better Choices are Better for Me!

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


As part of making much needed lifestyle changes in my own life, many of my readers know that I've kicked off my "Weight and See" journey...my goal of losing 250lbs. I'm almost 70lbs down and moving forward. So much of this journey involves making better choices in the foods I eat. For me this can be a bit frustrating as I don't have a lot of time in the morning to prepare a hearty breakfast that includes everything I need in order to fuel the busiest part of my day. I don't like milk, so eating cereal becomes an exercise in waste because I end up tossing the left over milk. This also leaves me seriously lacking in my protein goals for the day. Early morning is usually when I try and get in the most intense of my workouts for the day which includes aerobics, swimming and usually more than 35 minutes spent on the elliptical machine. I really need my morning meal to not only be tasty, but easy to prepare, nutritionally balanced and filling!

As we move towards the new year, I want to seriously kick up and intensify all of the changes I'm making...permanent lifestyle changes that will lead not only to a thinner, healthier me, but a happier me, in every aspect of my life. Spending more time working out, getting out of the house with my five year old daughter and truly enjoying my life! Spending an inordinate amount of time fixing breakfast and then trying to figure out how many calories are in it and whether or not I've met my protein goal (protein is vitally important as it aides in the production and repair of muscle...muscle which is sometimes stressed or even damaged during intense workouts. If you aren't getting adequate protein in your diet, your body may use it's protein stores as fuel rather than for building and repairing muscle.), is more than I have time for.

Trying to balance my time and nutritional needs has been stressful to say the least. Come on moms out there...we all know that the mornings are sometimes the most stressful part of our day! We've got little ones - or even not so little ones - that demand our time, we're trying to get them ready for the day and off to school, get ourselves ready to face the day. That's just one of the reasons I was so excited when I found Jimmy Dean D-Lights breakfast sandwiches and breakfast bowls!



I can get everything I need for under 300 calories whether it's a Turkey Bacon Bowl or a Turkey Sausage Reduced Fat Croissant - my personal favorite. I can pop the sandwich in the microwave and in less than two minutes I have 17 grams or protein in a really yummy sandwich that only has 290 calories. I usually have 8 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice (110 calories - such a treat for me, but I love it!) and 5 small strawberries, for a total of under 500 calories! Most important, I haven't spent the better part an hour cooking or preparing something that would give me the same protein packed breakfast and be something I enjoy and don't end up pouring down the drain. Oh and did I mention it's really yummy? I love turkey sausage and I've been using Jimmy Dean's turkey sausage products for the last year. Regular sausage is not only filled with fat, but to me, it can be too highly seasoned and too salty! I don't find that to be the case with Jimmy Dean's turkey sausage products. Lower fat, full of protein and tasty all equal better for me!


Choices...real meaningful choices that lead to permanent change in order to live a healthier more enjoyable life that balances my need for time and nutrition, doesn't have to be difficult. I was so happy to find the Jimmy Dean Breakfast D-Lights. It's a good choice for me that fits in so well with my ultimate goal of a healthier, balanced and enjoyable life!

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What sort of better choices are you making for yourself this year that will lead to a happier you in the New Year? I'd love to hear what you're going to be doing! Leave me a comment telling me how you're incorporating better choices and you'll automatically be entered into a contest to win a $100 gift card! This giveaway runs from 12/28/2010 to 1/30/2011. Good luck!

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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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marcia goss said...

Tweet.
http://twitter.com/#!/mgoss123/status/26753865030311936
marcia.goss@gmail.com

Cheryl said...

I have started Weight Watchers - 5.6 lbs gone so far!! This is the year -- for both of us! :)

busiemommie said...

I am trying to eat less sweets, drink more water, and get back into a consistent exercies routine!

busiemommie said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/busiemommie/status/26784706330628096

penguin28 said...

I plan on getting my 10,000 steps in every day and start my day off with meditation.

penguinchick@comcast.net

ms-texas said...

i'm trying to make healthier meal choices for my family and walk on my treadmill regularly

debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

ms-texas said...

i tweeted about this giveaway

http://twitter.com/bellows22/status/26833098649903104

debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

Kerry said...

I'm going to try and walk more each week.
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/KerryBishop/status/26841840229548032
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

slehan said...

I swim 3 times a week and try to walk as much as possible.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

blogged:
http://slehan.blogspot.com/2010/12/win-100-from-blogher-and-jimmy-dean.html

Cheryl said...

One thing that I am doing this year to make a better me is to keep a food and gratitude journal everyday. Every morsel of food and everything thing that I am grateful for will we written down. Hopefully this will remind me that there are so many blessing in my life and that ever calorie adds up.

Cheryl said...

Tweet

http://twitter.com/#!/HeartnSoulmom/status/26867292566454273

Kelly said...

I plan on buying healthier food items, less eating out at fast foods, and getting more excercise daily.


kibbles0905@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/Sarafan2/status/26867378755215360

kibbles0905@yahoo.com

Country Girl said...

Hi, Audrey
* waves *
So proud of you! I'm trying to walk every single day. In the snow, in the rain.

Wendy Selvig said...

I am drinking two health shakes a day plus a sensible meal and I am training for a 5K in March. I've lost 5lbs already this month!

dawn0124 said...

I will walk a mile a day

bikeohio said...

Drink more water~

pattycake said...

want to exercise and eat less junk food

susitravl said...

Am eating healthier and walking my dogs every day.
susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

pattycake said...

tweet Patricia
http://iambarkingmad.blogspot.com/2010/12/better-choices-are-better-for-me.html

Nita said...

I am going to make better overall food choices: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.

trailrider731 said...

I plan to enter more sweepstakes, and get moving more! can i retire already? Maybe i need to cross the river and get a lottery ticket?

seeya,
the best is yet to come!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for your weight loss. I have just started taking a daily walk & have lost 5 pounds since Christmas. Slow pace, I know, but still it's just a 30 minute walk a day! I'm happy with it.
no website, but email: bonbon100ev@yahoo.com

Bama Cheryl said...

I'm trying to get an hour of exercise each weekday, whether it's walking or swimming or whatever plus emphasizing fish and non-meat dishes more frequently during the week.

Karina said...

i'm going to drink much more water

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

Jayne Martin said...

I'll be drinking more water, cutting back on sugar and walking more.

jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

Eileen said...

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 these better choices into ACTION!

thanks!
ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

Eileen said...

tweeted this!

http://twitter.com/2sic2mooov/status/28275260486844416

ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

thank you!

dawns41 said...

My better choice is to stay Positive. This year will be much better because attitude sets the tone of your day.

Chip said...

I have started exercising after allowing myself to be a slug for too long. It's really helping me to feel better physically and mentally.
chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chip said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/chipdip2010/status/28587619692580864
chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

teressm said...

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!!

Amanda said...

I plan to buy more fresh produce and cook healthier meals this year!
My family deserves it!

CocoBean said...

after working for 4 years to make healthy life choices, I've gotten back into some bad habits... I'd like to get more regular exercise & less processed foods in 2011.

Deb said...

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.

Deb said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/29315122681872384

Sandyhere said...

I have cut out all my simple sugars and changed my cardio workouts to short bursts of heart and lung pumping sprints.I have lost 10 lbs so far. Staying resolved!!

all_honey_here at yahoo dot com

Sandyhere said...

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/#!/Allhoneyhere/status/29647195644887040

all_honey_here at yahoo dot com

Aly said...

I'm planning to get pregnant soon and I have vowed that this time, I am going to try to manage my cravings a little better. Maybe just have 2 cookies instead of the entire bag. HAHA! I also plan to make healthier snack choices.

Aly at infertilityoverachievers dot com

dadivastreet said...

My goal is to walk 10,000 steps per day and make healthier food choices. DaDivaStar69@gmail.com

deb126 said...

I am going to be walking again at least 3-4 a week, I used to walk 3-5 miles Everyday but somehow been sidetracked for awhile, and slowly gained a few lbs since I havent been exercising and gotten lazy about walking so this year brings back walking as much as I can then hopefully it will turn into everyday and I'll be able to lose those pounds, also going to be including exercise into my routine,
thanks for the great giveaway

deb126 said...

tweeted here

http://twitter.com/#!/deb126/status/30386692795932672

shelley said...

I plan on cooking healthier meals for my family!

shelleymikey at gmail dot com

Debbie C said...

I will be trying to replace some regularly purchased food items with better choices. Jimmy Dean D-lights is one thing I'll be trying.

dchrisg3 @ gmail com

Debbie C said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/DchrisG3/status/30631669450936323

dchrisg3 @ gmail com

Erica C. said...

My goal is to at least drink more water this year.

Chisum Crew said...

I'm in training for my first 5K...trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

sodahoney said...

Blog http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-better-choices-will-you-be-making_27.html

sodahoney said...

Tweet http://twitter.com/#!/sodahoney/status/30875365719150592

Suzi said...

I plan on eating more fruits and veggies and less Diet Coke

Laura said...

I am going to exercise more

Susan C. said...

I gave up soda, and am drinking more water. I figured after that step, I can try another small change. Baby steps!

Jenn S. said...

I am going to make the initiative to drink more water and consume less sugar this year.

the Crave to Save said...

I joined weight watchers and have been making much better choices in food!

gina.m.maddox AT gmail DOT com

the Crave to Save said...

http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/31074326954385408

tweet

angie lilly said...

One thing I am doing this year is adding at least one serving of FRESH fruit to my diet every day…not canned or frozen…FRESH!
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/31074873614794753
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

shiloh said...

Working on my health and emotional well being, I plan to stress less and forgive sooner.

spiersrp at gmail dot com

Scott said...

gradually transferring all my pantry items from traditional to organic/whole food based!
Scott
nynekats at gmail dot com

Scott said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/31092763197968384
Scott
nynekats at gmail dot com

Melanie said...

I plan to get outside and walk more.

melduke26 at gmail dot com

Julieh said...

I plan to eat fresh foods (fruit, veggies, lean meats) instead of processed and fast foods. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

Daniel Mo said...

i'm giving up everthing that comes in chip form, no more potato or doritos - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Suzanne said...

I have dieted since the 26th of Dec and we are trying to make lifestyle changes to our diet as a family..

In the Heart of Happy said...

I removed all refined sugar and soda from my daily intake!

Great Review...I love the turkey sausage better than regular sausage which I also think is too spiced and overly salty.

GoldenOrchard said...

Doing more yoga and eating more fruit and less junk

goldengoddiss09(at)gmail(dot)com

dhunt said...

Would love to win!!

Barbara said...

My plan is to be more disciplined in doing strength exercises with light weights. I bought a mat to do them on, so now I have no excuses.



3oink63moo484@gmail.com

Lexiquin said...

I was hoping I'd spend less time on the computer and, as a result, use that time on something more productive (either cleaning my house or walking for my health). As you've probably concluded, I'm still at the computer.
Congratulations on your weight loss.
Thanks for the giveaway.
aleq13@gmail.com

Tammy said...

I'll be drinking more water!

diesel51 said...

Plan meals for the week and prepare food ahead. Cut up veggies so you can have a salad everyday. Cut down on salad dressing. Grill more and fry less. Have fresh fruit instead of cookies. Walk around the block at twice three times a day. You can meet your neighbors this way and be an example.

Suz said...

I plan to eat less carbs and walk 1 hour 5x per week.

txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

kygirl said...

To better myself this year I am learning how to eat healthier starting with breakfast/
stanleybilly(at)bellsouth(dot)

mrssquigg said...

I plan on stepping up the workout routine and eating more raw fruits and veggies.


mrssquigg @ gmail.com

mrssquigg said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/mrssquigg/status/31505053609107456


mrssquigg @ gmail.com

latishajean said...

I want to drink more water and eat more veggies! great giveaway thank you.
tishajean@ charter.net

latishajean said...

Tweeted too
http://twitter.com/#!/latishajean/status/31510455566471168
tishajean@ charter.net

paula michele said...

I'm cutting my caffeine down to just a few times a week and cutting my sugar intake in half. I'm also trying to eat several things of yogurt a day to boost my immune system.

hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

annmuth said...

I plan to relax more

pauline15 said...

I started walking with my friend and her dog every evening. This get's me out and visiting every day!
pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

hendy said...

I won't say making better choices this year has been easy but one thing I"ve been doing is drinking more water which I've noticed has slightly decrease my hunger.
hendymartin1 AT yahoo DOT com

hendy said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/HendyMartin/status/31525236599951360
hendymartin1 AT yahoo DOT com

charity/ccboobooy said...

I'm going to have less stress in my life.


charisscharity at yahoo dot com

rhonjerm said...

Get at least an hour more of exercise a week for the first 2 months & continue to increase by an hour or 30 minutes more every 2 months after that, Eat more dairy, fruits, veg, & fiber foods!

clemensrhonda@hotmail.com

rhonjerm said...

GFC follower!
Rhonda C.

clemensrhonda@hotmail.com

Claire said...

I plan on going on a morning walk every day - even if it's just around the neighborhood.

kaleidoscopequeen at gmail dot com

Kitty Cardero said...

I am giving up soda this year. Instead I'm going to drink water. I did it before and got to the point where instead of craving soda I wanted water. I hope to get back to that.

Kitty Cardero said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/kittycardero/status/31555530455523329

tallcapp said...

I am working on listening harder and answering slower. In other words I am considering the words I say in a better fashion before I speak and say a harmful thing.

jzagarjr said...

I'm going to drink less Coke

sksweeps said...

Congrats on your new life style and your weight loss! I'm planting more fruits and veggies in my garden! When I have all the fresh produce coming in, I can't begin to justify buying other (read junk) food! So, the more goodies I plant, the better I eat!

sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

Carolsue said...

I'm encouraging everyone to read nutrition labels and cut WAY back on empty calories. AND More water, more exercise.
digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

momznite said...

switching to whole grain products is part of my plan to become a healthier me.
momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

Jennifer R said...

I am going to get more sleep this year. Lack of sleep really hurts my health.
reejen at comcast dot net

Jinxy and Me said...

We have a new dog and I have been walking him about an hour a day. It's great!

nesta 67 {at} live dot com

Jinxy and Me said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/LuckyJinxy/status/31606751946084352

lisaray said...

In an attempt to get in more exercise, I am training to participate in a Warrior Dash (5k obstacle course)

Its Just Me said...

I am going to start eating more fresh fruits and veggies

itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

Its Just Me said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/MistySunrise/status/31658912579063808

itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

JD said...

walking at least 3 miles a day

jdmimi at gmail dot com

Emmi said...

Watching the saturated fat and trans fat intake
emmaspeel(at)gmail.com

Ardy22 said...

I plan on doing aerobics twice a week
ardy22 at earthlink dot net

Ardy22 said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/Ardy22/status/31732544873435136
ardy22 at earthlink dot net

chlorinebrain said...

I plan on eating more fresh fruits & veggies!
chlorinebrain at sbcglobal dot net

Robin T said...

I plan on exercising 3 times a week

carolpie said...

Being self-disciplined in my eating, and I already exercise every day, but also need to adjust my attitude in life. No more excuses.
spencer1953 at gmail dot com-carol.

carolpie said...

tweet http://twitter.com/dresdenrain/status/31744060800638976

Colengal said...

Im going to to try to do one meatless meal a week and up the fruits and veggies

miriama said...

Eating less fat and walking with my husband. We won't talk about how much weight I have gained. :(

miriama said...

http://twitter.com/miriama59/status/31760149756510208

Deborah Wellenstein said...

Water, exercise, and healthy eating-including Jimmy Dean D-Lights!

dwellenstein at cox dot net

Janice Crespo said...

I am trying to eat healthier and picking on healthy snacks instead of chips, etc. I am following my doctors orders and together we are working to get me in better shape this year :)

Melissa O. said...

I'm bringing breakfast and lunch to work rather than going out to buy something.

wolverina401 at gmail dot com

Emily N. said...

I’m going to eat more vegetables and less starches.

Betty C said...

I'm adding more fruit to my diet.

Betty C said...

Tweet - http://twitter.com/willitara/status/31794303789432832

07violet said...

exercising more

alterna7 at hotmail dot com

Catharine said...

Walking every other day and cleaning up my diet.

ceriehl at gmail dot com

js22 said...

I'm trying to get more exercise in 2011 and to eat healthier too.
Thanks for the giveaway!
email in blogger profile.

js22 said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/js22222222/status/31801057818443776
email in blogger profile.

Melinda said...

we are replacing ice cream with fruit smoothies - ice, yogurt, milk and fruit = yum!

Anonymous said...

exercising more with our bike

artisticbaker at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

bluegirl1423 (at) gmail (dot) com

I would like to be stronger in my faith, so this is a spiritual goal for 2011, not really physical.

sean said...

Name: Sean
Email: seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

I am doing the Ab's Diet this year to lose inches and gain abs

Anne said...

I am going to be eating more vegetables.
ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne said...

I blogged
http://lunaj14568.blogspot.com/2011/01/jimmy-dean-and-blogher.html

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Catharine said...

Tweet
http://twitter.com/norcalgal52/status/31823518198927360

ceriehl at gmail dot com

Carol W. said...

I plan to increase the intensity of my gym workouts.

wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)comcruct

elango said...

I have been eating healthier food, not eating out as much, and actually exercising some this year to try to get in better shape

elango said...

tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/elangomatt/statuses/31829039769456640

Barbarawr said...

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

Anonymous said...

I will eat more fresh fruit and veggies and drink more water
Cathy Truman
kbtruman(at)aol(dot)com

Barbarawr said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/31835248962572289

Email address is in blogger profile

~dab said...

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!

~dab said...

I blogged http://simplydab.blogspot.com/2011/01/blogher-has-partnered-with-jimmy-dean-d.html

Atreau said...

I'm going to read more books, it expands my mind and relaxes me.

mail4rosey said...

I've made a commitment to drink more water. It's amazing how hard it is in reality, versus theory, when you've not done it for far too long. But I have made it a priority and I'm working really hard on it. I know the benefits will be worth the minimal effort (and maximum focus and dedication...who knew I was such a coffee versus water addict??) in the long run.

msurosey@yahoo.com

mail4rosey said...

Tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/mail4rosey/status/31861560385212416

msurosey@yahoo.com

Auriette said...

I have been working on losing weight and will continue to eat less and try to exercise more.

Heather said...

I have been a terrible mom and wife for awhile now. Depending too much on convenience foods and take out. I decided last week that enough is enough. I've gotten the kids some bento style food tools to help them overcome their picky eating and I'm making mental grocery/menu lists. Now I just have to put this into practice!

Heather said...

I tweeted your contest!
(heatheryoung717)

Thanks!

ShesAnAngel said...

I'm going to be walking more, eating better and looking for a better job!

justine417@comcast.net

caseycolette said...

I follow your blog, ... and this is what I have to say!
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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