We have choices within our lives. So many choices. We make choices each and every minute and every hour. The choices that we make show our character and commitment. I am making choices that will propel me down a path of healthy lifestyle. Part of my system that I have adopted for this journey is that I sit down (usually in the evening) and plan out my eating for the following day. That way when I wake up there is little or no confusion about what I am eating or what I am to put into my lunch box. I know the plan. That is not saying that there is no room for change. There is. But for the most part I have it all planned. Yesterday was no different. I sat down and planned out my food for today in the evening. I planned what I would be eating. I was on top of it. I knew that I would be about 50-100 calories over, but I wasn't bothered. Monday nights are a zumba night and I earn a ton of calories in an average zumba hour. NO PROBLEM.
So this morning I woke up and I went into the kitchen. I made the planned breakfast for Todd and I. I packed his lunch, I prepped a bit for dinner (it's a zumba night so that means I'll be back late and it's nice to have some of the prep work completed before hand) and I put my lunch together. As I was doing all this I realized that I had forgotten to put a huge component from one of my meals into myfitnesspal. A 150 calorie mistake. that would put me 250 plus calories over my daily budget. (I try to not use too many of my earned calories. I eat no more than 100 of my earned calories. I just don't lose if I do....that's the way my body works.) I pondered what I wanted to do. Each meal was halfway made so it would be somewhat difficult to switch directions in mid stream. I carried on with the preparations as planned, including that all so important component. I had made my choice.
What choices did I have?
I had the choice to scrap the food totally (thereby wasting money and food)
I had the choice to throw up my hands and eat the additional calories and act like nothing was out of line.
I had the choice to add a bit more exercise into my day to EARN the additional calories.
Choices. So important in life.
Yes, I got on the exercise bike and rode 30 minutes which netted me enough calories to just barely cover my over expenditure for the day.
The crazy thing?????? I got to work and realized almost immediately (don't even ask why I realized it it just hit me like a ton of bricks) that I forgot the cheese on my salad...which actually dropped me down 80 calories. All my stressin' was for naught! It's all good, an additional spurt of exercise will NOT hurt me! :-)