Sunday, September 11, 2011
Your day begins - 5:45 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:00 a.m. Any of those times will do. You roll out of bed to the sound of the alarm clock. Go through your morning routine, whether its 30 minutes of exercise, a quick shower, a bite to eat and out the door, or something a bit less manic.
Before leaving for work, you determine that supper tonight will consist of the leftovers that are hanging out in the fridge. Its grocery night so the perfect time to clean out the fridge of all this food. Sounds like a great plan, right?
You spend your day at work and before you know it its time to head home. You're still on the fly as you come through the door. Empty your lunch kit, kick off your shoes and pass by the table on your way to change into something more comfortable. As you cruise by the table you notice some papers lying there. Closer inspection shows that these aren't just any papers - they are coupons for fast food.
You shake your head and head for your closet for your evening getup. But all the while you are changing your clothes those coupons are in the back of your mind. By the time you find yourself back in the kitchen you've pretty much made up your mind that a 1/4 pounder with cheese, large fry and drink sounds better than the left over ham, rice and home-grown tomatoes that were on the menu this morning.
You have two choices:
a) Fight the urge to make a poor nutrition choice, stick with this morning's plans and eat healthy
b) Head to the nearest Micky D's
You're 'this' close to heading back out the door with a coupon in your hand, when a light-bulb comes on! Why spend 15 minutes driving to the fast-food joint, wait in line for another 10 just so you can make use of a coupon that will give you twice as much of everything in a super-sized size?
575 calories of over-priced, cholesterol loaded and saturated in salt, food
288 calories of home-prepared food
You flick the little red devil off your shoulder and open the fridge. After a supper that was less than half the calories of the coupon meal, and after the 20 minutes spent cleaning the kitchen up and putting things away, you take a look at your pedometer. You've just added 786 steps! Wonder of wonders, not only did you save money and calories, but you added a bit more activity into your day! Another battle won!