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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