Since starting this IP program 9 weeks ago, I’ve tried very hard to get into a routine so that I’m sure to get in all the pieces of the puzzle during the day. It goes like this: coffee when I get up, sip it while getting ready for the day. Shake around 9:30 or 10, salad or vegetables around noon or 1, yummy protein bar around 3:30 or 4, protein/vegetable dinner around 6:30, last shake around 9. It usually works for me. But NOT TODAY! My whole schedule was wayyyyyy out of whack.
I had to be at work at 8am. That doesn’t agree with me. So, I got up, had a little coffee, got dressed. I ran out of the house with the rest of my coffee and a full glass of water. I only had to work until 10. Only 2 hours. My plan was to finish my coffee, drink some water, go home and have my usually morning shake at 10:15ish along with the usual supplements. But then…. a friend texted for a coffee visit. I REALLY wanted to visit with her, so I left work and headed to the coffee shop thinking I would be home in an hour or so and would still be pretty close to back on schedule. But NOOOOOOO, 3 hours later, we’re hugging bye in the parking lot and I was starving. I hurried home, grabbed a bar, filled my water glass again and ran out the door because I remembered an errand I had to finish before 2, ran 3 more errands with it. I got back home by 4, had my shake (which should have been breakfast), ate cucumber/spinach salad. It was almost 8 before I could choke down 2 eggs scrambled with peppers and spinach. At 10:00 I got that last shake in.
My work schedule is different every day. After all the chaos of today, before I fussed at myself so badly for being unprepared, I took a minute to reflect back on what a crazy day was like before IP. First, I would have picked up a biscuit and coffee at a fast food place on my way to 8am work. I would have still gone to coffee with my friend, had a mocha, (not plain old coffee), probably would have also had a muffin or cookie. I would have gone through a drive thru at 1pm, had my usual fried chicken sandwich, fries (diet coke to keep it seeming ok) and went on with my 3 hours of errands. After arriving back at home, I probably would have had a snack like peanut butter and crackers, cookies or maybe just munched on left overs in the fridge. For dinner I would still have had my scrambled eggs with cheese, onions, peppers and bacon along with a biscuit (we like breakfast for dinner and that’s what we were having tonight). Just before bed, I would have indulged in a small cup of ice cream.
Wow, how things change. So today I learned, I need to be prepared just in case my routine gets changed and I also learned that I am capable of staying on program no matter what the day throws at me. It’s a great feeling to know that my food decisions aren’t left at the mercy of a hectic day anymore. Thank you Lord for the progress.