December 28, 2010

Choosing a Better Me

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

As the year draws to a close, I know I made some better for me choices in the past year. I also have made some much worse for me decisions in the past year. Mainly these circle around food. As well as I did feeding my mother and encouraging her to make better choices, my fervor for that melted down. Even in the midst of the fervor, I had a bit of late teen rebellion. (Oh come on, I am over 40 and my mother is living with me–that brings out the teen in anyone I think.) I have eaten junk and because we now have regular meals in this household EVERY DAY for the first time in almost a decade, I have also eaten not junk.

I put off exercise because hey, I was doing a lot of lifting, helping and pushing of wheelchair with a very large woman. Now she has lost the weight. I found it. She walks with the walker nearly everywhere now. She showers on her own. I am…sedentary. My doctor has fussed for years off and on about my cholesterol–this year she gave me 3 months to get my act together and I didn’t. Cholesterol meds entered my already full regimen of meds. Not a big deal but every time I take it, I realize THIS is a med I can avoid if I make better choices. Not only that, I will feel better and more myself.

My better choice for the new year is going to be to really think about what I am consuming and why–making more mindful choices. I need to not grab the bagel slathered in cream cheese (low fat doesn’t mean much when the guy puts a cup of it on the bagel), just because I can. I need to not slip a doughnut into a healthier spot in my life (and wonder why I feel tired and woozy after). Most of all, I need to think about my cheese habit–you know that one I used for years with the doctor when she would talk about red meat and I would say “Oh, I am mostly a vegetarian–it is the cheese.” Mostly vegetarian no longer applies and probably won’t as long as my mother and kids live at home. Eating garbage just makes me feel more grumbly.

Skipping breakfast altogether doesn’t work well for me either. But, I burned out on cold cereal and on oatmeal. I need to make better protein choices for that long sustained brain work I do and to work toward getting the cholesterol really down-well as much as other medical conditions allow. A good breakfast does get me off to a good start and a bad breakfast…well doesn’t. I won’t exercise. I won’t fly through work. I will grab a soda to perk me up and drink my calories. (another one of my faults)

I am trying out the Jimmy Dean D-Lights as one of those better choices. What better choices do you plan to make in the new year? Are you going to eat more mindfully? Exercise more?

Santa brought gifts to take away the “It’s too cold to exercise! excuse. So, exercise will be another of those choices.

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  1. I’m trying not to change everything that needs changing all at once. So on New Year’s I gave up soda. That’s been going well, so in February I’m going to start exercising – slowly. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with that as well!

    Comment by Susan C. — January 28, 2011 @ 11:27 am

  2. I plan to exercise more

    Comment by Laura — January 28, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

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    Comment by Laura — January 28, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  4. I plan to get outside and walk more!

    Comment by Melanie — January 28, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

  5. More time at the gym.

    Comment by KBold1110 — January 28, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  6. Doing more yoga and eating more fruit and less junk


    Comment by NJJ — January 29, 2011 @ 11:38 am

  7. I plan to buy more fresh produce, cook healthier meals, and to walk my dog more often this year!

    Comment by Amanda — January 29, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

  8. My better choice includes trying to eat breakfast in the morning and spending less time on the computer (and using that time to either walk outside or clean my house). I plan on buying Jimmy Dean’s D-Lights for my family because I think they will really enjoy them. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Comment by Natalie J. Vandenberghe — January 29, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

  9. I plan on getting at least 2 servings of veggies in all of my meals each day!
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    Comment by Heather H. — January 29, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

  11. I plan on reading the labels to get food that has less sodium, less carbs and sugar. And to drink more water.
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    Comment by Carolsue — January 30, 2011 @ 12:55 am

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    Comment by Carolsue — January 30, 2011 @ 12:55 am

  13. I am trying to cut way back on sugar and white flour and to choose whole grain products.


    Comment by momznite — January 30, 2011 @ 1:52 am

  14. I plan to increase the intensity of my gym workouts.


    Comment by Carol W. — January 30, 2011 @ 11:40 am

  15. I’m going to eat more vegetables and fewer starches.

    Comment by Emily N. — January 30, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  16. My better choice is to choose more vegetables this year.

    Comment by Anne — January 30, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

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    Comment by Anne — January 30, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

  18. 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.

    Comment by barbara wright — January 30, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

  19. 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.

    Comment by Donna B. — January 30, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

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    Comment by Donna B. — January 30, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

  21. 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!!! :)

    Comment by casey byrd — January 30, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

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