Better Breakfast, Better you and a $100 Visa Card Giveaway from Jimmy Dean

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

Better Breakfast, Better you and a $100 Visa Card Giveaway from Jimmy Dean by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe We’re just a few days from the start of the new year, and I already have my list of New Year’s resolutions. This year I will be making better choices for myself and my family. I am going to try always offer the most nutritious selections in food for my family and make sure we get in all the protein, fruits and veggies that we may lack some days now. I also want us to get lots of physical activity in our lives, by visiting our gym regularly and participating in more outdoor activities. And lastly, I am going to incorporate strategies to help family happiness by trying maintain a balance between all these activities and balancing the household chores and work. I know it’s alot to try to accomplish, but there’s no time like the new year to try to incorporate better choices.

First and foremost, I want to get a handle on the amount I eat. The hardest choice I make in my day to day life what to eat and when to stop eating. Portion control is so hard for me. If you haven’t noticed, I seem to have a love affair with food, and all types. I love healthy food, full fat foods, sweet things, salty things, and the list goes on and on. Even foods that I though I didn’t like years ago, like casseroles, I’ve learned to create them into dishes that I crave.

And all this food indulgence has lead to a problem, a little extra weight around my stomach, hips and thighs. Right now I’m about 15 pounds overweight, all of which I gained after weaning my son. Fortunately, I was able to lose all my baby weight pretty fast and kept it off as long as I was nursing, but started gaining weight slowly as he started eating more and more solid foods, and then continued to gain after he had been completely weaned, until I finally leveled off over the summer. Several months ago, we started a gym, but have yet to see any changes because we haven’t made any dietary changes and haven’t been going as much as I think we should be.

Starting this new year, things are going to change though, we are going to make better choices in our diet. Next week, we are off to the mountains of West Virginia for a ski vacation. We wanted to start the year off with a really fun activity. During this time, we’ll also be starting our new diet choices. We’re going to enforce our portion control and make sure we eat a protein packed breakfast every morning. The last time I had to lose weight several years ago, I did it pretty easily by having a high protein breakfast and incorporating lots of exercise. By making sure I added protein at breakfast, it kept me fuller longer.

Having adequate amounts of protein in your diet is essential. An average amount of protein I try to achieve each day is 50 grams.The last time I was on a diet and incorporating more protein, I was adding protein shakes and bars to my diet, which of all the countless ones I’ve tried, taste terrible. Thankfully, there are better options to easily incorporate high protein foods in our diet, besides those tasteless supplements. Jimmy Dean’s new line of tasty D-Lights Breakfast sandwiches and breakfast bowls have less than 12 grams of fat and up to 23 grams of protein. They are the perfect, easy way to start your day. You can find more about them at Jimmy Dean’s Official site, and you can find out more about the benefits of protein at breakfast here.

Better Breakfast, Better you and a $100 Visa Card Giveaway from Jimmy Dean by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe The last time I was on a diet and incorporating more protein, I was adding protein shakes and bars to my diet, which of all the countless ones I’ve tried, taste terrible. Thankfully, there are better options to easily incorporate high protein foods in our diet, besides those tasteless supplements. Jimmy Dean’s new line of tasty D-Lights breakfast sandwiches and breakfast bowls have 300 calories or less and between 15 and 23 grams of protein per serving. They are the perfect, easy way to start your day. You can find more about them at Jimmy Dean’s Official site.

We also want to add a few more days to our gym schedule to help kick start our weight loss. We already go 3 times a week, sometimes 2, if something comes up. We want to do 5 times a  week at least for January and February. On two of the days, we do weight lifting and cardio. One day is for upper body, and the other day is for the lower body. We change up our routine continuously by doing different free weight exercises, machines, and and group muscle exercises. On a third day we add core and ab exercises. We do different basic ab exercises, as well as Swiss ball, Pilates and yoga exercises. On the two days I want to add to our schedule we’ll either be doing cardio in a spin class or just on one of the machines.
Another important change I want to make in the new year is keeping my home tidy and organized. I am the world’s worst about procrastinating until the house is a mess, and then spending all day, sometimes two, doing a massive cleaning. I want to take a few minutes each day and clean. I know having a clean and uncluttered house is the first step in keeping your mind clear so you can focus on the things you love to do, and spend less time cleaning.

So now for the fun part! Tell me in the comment section below what better choices you would like to make this year for yourself and you’ll be entered to win a $100 V1sa card from Jimmy Dean.

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357 Responses to “Better Breakfast, Better you and a $100 Visa Card Giveaway from Jimmy Dean”

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    shemp — January 30, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    I’d like to watch the trans fat intake more closely and the saturated fats too

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    mistysunrise — January 30, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    I plan on eating more fresh fruit and veggies

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

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    mistysunrise — January 30, 2011 @ 5:39 am
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    Chrysa D — January 30, 2011 @ 7:11 am
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    marilyn — January 30, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    walking at least 3 miles a day

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

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    Jennifer R — January 30, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    I need to make better choices with my beverages. More water and non sugar drinks and less coffee, sodas, and teas.

    reejen at comcast dot net

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    R Hicks — January 30, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    I plan on eating less fatty foods
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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    R Hicks — January 30, 2011 @ 10:23 am

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    MistySunrise — January 30, 2011 @ 10:39 am

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    kelly w. — January 30, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    I plan on eating more fresh fruits & veggies!

    chlorinebrain at sbcglobal dot net

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    Robin — January 30, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    I plan on exercising 3 times a week

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    Colleen S — January 30, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    I will experiment with more veggies this year and get out of the meat starch rut!

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    Kirsten — January 30, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    I would like to eat less greasy and processed foods…more fresh fruits and veggies. And I would like to work on my patience. Be a little less stressed.

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    Deborah Wellenstein — January 30, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    I will walk more, and eat more fruits and veggies!

    dwellenstein at cox dot net

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    carol y — January 30, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    By continue eating lots of protein, many greens and I cut out dairy and most carbs, I am able to feel well and lose weight easily. Continue daily exercise, too.
    A friend who is in her 20s yesterday said I was thinner and I told her why becuase of my diet for my health and I exercise. She said she hopes to look like me when she is 55. Made me feel good because I work at it and this is the way to be healthy and stay slim for me.

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    carol y — January 30, 2011 @ 1:05 pm
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    Emily N — January 30, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

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

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    MelissaO — January 30, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    I’m determined to exercise 5x per week rather than the 3x I’ve been doing for a while.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

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    Janice Crespo — January 30, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    I am working with my doctor this year to improve my health. One of her tasks for me is to eat a larger breakfast for less snacking during the day and eating a lighter dinner, when I am getting ready to chill and relax
    janicecrespo AT gmail dot com

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    Betty C — January 30, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    I need to learn to adjust my eating habits to my work schedule. Working until midnight has played havoc with my regular routine. I plan to add more fresh fruit and veggies to replace the fast food I’ve been eating.

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    Betty C — January 30, 2011 @ 2:32 pm
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    CATHARINE R — January 30, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    I am eliminating a lot of “junk” from my diet and increasing vegetables.

    ceriehl at gmail dot com

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    Shannon — January 30, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    exercising more

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    R Hicks — January 30, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

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    Joanne Schultz — January 30, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    I’m trying to get more exercise in 2011 and to eat healthier too.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Joanne Schultz — January 30, 2011 @ 3:29 pm
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    Melinda — January 30, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    We are trading in our ice cream for fruit smoothies:

    Fruit + ice + skim milk + yogurt (optional) = smoothie deliciousness!

    Healthy and tasty!

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    artistic baker — January 30, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    I’m going to ride our recumbent bike 3 times a week. Make that purchase worth the money.

    artisticbaker at gmail dot com

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    Renee Turner — January 30, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    I am going to walk the dog at least 30 minutes a day!

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    SEan — January 30, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    I’m on the Ab’s Diet which means lean meats and proteins and fresh veggies.

    I want to lose inches and gain abs

    seanm1999 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    BG — January 30, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    we are trying to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and not as many canned veggies

    bluegirl1423 at gmail dot com

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    Anne — January 30, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    I am making the choice to eat more vegetables.

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    Ms Fathel — January 30, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    Drink more water in 2011. This is my goal for a healthier life.

    shoppingchic2 at gmail dot com

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    CATHARINE R — January 30, 2011 @ 4:12 pm
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    Carol W. — January 30, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    I plan to increase the intensity of my gym workouts.

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    CATHY TRUMAN — January 30, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    I will get more fresh fruit and veggies and drink more water.
    I will take long walks with my dog KC

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    Aaron B from IL — January 30, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    I have been eating more veggies and smaller portions at dinner. I am also exercising more which will get even easier once the weather gets better

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    Aaron B from IL — January 30, 2011 @ 5:03 pm
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    barbara wright — January 30, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    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.

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    barbara wright — January 30, 2011 @ 5:13 pm
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    Donna B. — January 30, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    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.

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    Kirsten — January 30, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

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    Sand — January 30, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    I’m going to eat more fruits and vegetables!

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    Auriette — January 30, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    I have been cutting calories, and I plan to start exercising more when it warms up outside!

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    Rosey — January 30, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    Drinking water in recommended daily amounts is my goal for 2011. So far, so good, but it really is not as easy as some might think! I know it’s the healthy thing to do though, so it’s a no-brainer to keep at it.

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    Jennifer — January 30, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Drinking more water and less sweets, for my sons also.

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    Aaron Bretveld — January 30, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

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    Rose A — January 31, 2011 @ 12:23 am
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