Melissa Kaylene: Making Breakfast My Habit

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Making Breakfast My Habit

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I've never been a person that was much into New Year's Resolutions because it seems that most people create these 'I'm going to do this...' or 'I'll never do THAT again...' only to forget about them a week later. 

The problem is that without any goals and timelines those resolutions are just dreams. So every year I create a list of New Year's Goals, and I make sure I have a means of measuring my progress and success.

When I first heard about Kellogg's Great Start campaign, I knew what one of my goals had to be: eating breakfast. I'm such a stickler about making sure my kids eat something before heading off to school, and my husband never skips breakfast - ever, but I've struggled with this morning meal my whole life. 

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It's not that I have anything personal against eating in the AM - in fact as a nurse I know just how important it is to start the day off right by fueling your body with what it needs. Without breakfast your body's metabolism slows down and I don't know about you, but I end up feeling light headed by lunch time, and I still feel like I'm dragging all afternoon. It's like my body can't catch up, and then I usually end up eating to much right before bed.

Studies have shown that it takes a minimum 21 days to create a habit. That means consciously doing an activity every single day until it just becomes part of your everyday routine and you don't have to think about it anymore. 

So I knew that in order to create this breakfast habit of mine I had to do two things, 1.) Make a reminder for myself and 2.) a short term goal. Luckily for me (and you!) there's an easy printable from the Great Start campaign that I could stick on my fridge to remind myself every morning as well as track my progress. 

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I'm nearing week two of my habit-forming process now, and while I wouldn't call eating breakfast a routine just yet, I would say I'm getting used to the idea. I usually get up, get the kids off to school, then eat a breakfast bar or a bowl of cereal like Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Omega-3 From Flax seed.

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If you are ready to create a new habit, join me! There is no better time like right now!

Here are 3 simple tips I've learned that you should remember before you begin:

  • Start one new habit at a time: You don't want to set yourself up for failure by trying to change too many things at once. Chances are it would become overwhelming and you'll be more likely to give up before any new habits are formed. 
  • Use positive self-reinforcement: Throw out words like "I can't", or "I just don't think I'll make it." Yes you can! The human mind is so powerful, I believe you can do anything if you want it bad enough. Whenever a negative thought pops into your head just remind yourself how amazing you are and what you can do. Better yet write a positive statement in each day of your printed 21 day calendar every night before bed.
  • Mark it down: Utilize the calendar. Place it somewhere you look every morning to remind yourself on what you are working on, and how far you are progressing.
Just keep trying and you'll create a good habit sooner than you know it! 

Check out this page for more Great Start tips:
                                                 Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature  fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit
Compensation was provided by Kellogg’s via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kellogg’s.


  1. I really like Carnation Instant Breakfast. It's quick and easy. And portion controlled. I have stopped buying cereal. I eat too much of it. An occasional box of Rice Krispy's is the only cereal we ever have. I find I feel better when I eat Breakfast. Good luck establishing your new habit.

  2. I love Kellogs. I actually just got back from the store stocking up on Special K. (There's a pretty sweet sale at Food Lion)! I'm trying to get in the habit of eating breakfast as well. Sometimes I catch myself going all the way to dinner before I even remember to stop and eat. But I'm so sluggish, so I figured, something's gotta give. Here's to both of us changing our eating habits!

  3. I've never been much of a fan of breakfast food, but I've gotten into a morning routine with protein smoothies. Linking up behind you at Make My Saturday Sweet.

  4. Good tips for creating a new habit. I am doing a green smoothie challenge this month and having one every morning - after about the 14th day it is just a normal thing for me to do this every day. Although I did miss having oatmeal after reading some post about overnight oatmeal recently...

  5. Hi Melissa! Thanks for linking on my weekend blog hop. I grabbed your hop button and hope to link next time. I also read your post from the other day about living in the moment. Thanks for sharing. And, Happy B-day to your little girl!
    Tina from Amanda's Books and More

  6. I couldn't do without breakfast! I wake up hungry and my problem is not getting *too* hungry before I manage to get something cooked. My solutions to get the kids off to school without cooking is to make extra muffins or pancakes etc. on the weekend and freeze them for warming in the microwave on school mornings. Best of luck on your new habit!

  7. Great tips on starting a new habit. One day at a time is the way to get there. Breakfast really is an important habit to have. I don't think people can stand to be around me till I get my breakfast. Evens out my blood sugar and enhances my mood. No coffee required. LOL!

  8. Oh, that looks delicious.
    Now I also get hungry.
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  9. great tips and thanks for sharing. I also love kellogs but they can be expensive without a coupon..sighs.

  10. This is great way to start the year! New goals, instead of resolutions! I completely agree. Thank you for linking up and sharing at Countdown in Style.


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  12. I love eating breakfast! However, there are a few other healthy habits I should be forming...thanks for the tips! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.