Everything in your life counts.
Whether it’s dollars, good deeds, miles on the treadmill, or kind words, we are the result of the total consequences of our actions. Each decision — even those we choose not to make — is a part of the whole, contributing in some small or large way to our overall outcome and future.
Our decisions are especially important when it comes to our health and how we choose to eat. Because the tally doesn’t always accrue in the positive direction.
The truth is, what we include in our diet counts every day.
And until we’re willing to face the facts and commit to change, the scales are likely to remain unbalanced.
Think about this the next time you’re tempted to treat yourself by eating a sugar or fat-laden snack
Take a good look at the product label and determine how many calories you’ll be adding to your overall daily count.
Continue reading the details — including the fine print — and you’ll likely discover a laundry list of fillers, additives, oils, and sodium that were never meant to be added to food.
After you look up a few of those unpronounceable ingredients and calculate the actual serving size, figure out how long it will take you to work off those needless calories.
Do the math
If you’re adding extra calories to your intake and don’t have time to extend your workout or walk another mile or two during your day, well, you know what to do with that snack.
Because eating it will add-up on the negative side of your health.
But what if you had a really great workout and burned more calories than usual?
Consider paying the exercise gain forward.
You’ll have taken a positive step toward reaching your fitness goals, rather than reversing your progress by gobbling up empty calories.
Admittedly, ignoring the devil on your shoulder — that pesky whisper insisting you deserve something special and those extra calories won’t make a difference — isn’t easy.
Because she’s a pretty smooth talker, with years of experience under her belt in the art of manipulating your hunger response.
Understanding that the guiding voice in your head is either friend or foe is important, because sometimes we’re not able to recognize the difference.
If you find yourself in a vulnerable state — feeling stressed, irritated, frustrated, or worried—and your first instinct is to eat something you know you should avoid, it’s time to call in the friendly troops and gather the wagons.
Because this is a battle you need to win.
Ask yourself a question
Which will provide the results you’re working toward — eating extra calories to satisfy a temporary craving, or getting real about your weight goals and making choices that will take you there faster?
Calories, especially empty ones, are rarely worth the temptation.
Making it count — whether it’s calories or time — is up to you.
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Jill Reid is the author of Real Life, and founder of Pathway to Personal Growth and Kitchen Spirit. Her books and articles explore life, happiness, self-improvement, health, productivity, relationships, and personal success strategies for living longer and stronger through positive lifestyle choices.