What it means to know your priorities

We've all heard the phrase "Know your priorities". I've occasionally given some serious thought to what that really means. But every now and then I need a reminder.

I used to use it to figure out conflicts between my goals. For example, when I was paying off my debt, I decided that debt freedom was more important than losing weight. This meant that when my weight loss goals and my financial goals conflicted, the financial goals were gonna win. Recognizing this, I cancelled my gym membership and found free ways to exercise (among other changes).

But this morning I had a realization about how priorities need to enter into smaller decisions. Yesterday my company had a potluck. I cooked way too much of the dish I brought, so I have lots of leftovers. So last night and this morning my thoughts were about how I eat all that food without letting it destroy my diet efforts. At the very least, it was gonna mess up the balance of my macros. This morning I started entertaining ways to include that dish in my breakfast.

Then I stopped myself because it doesn't really matter. I hate throwing away food, but the effect on me of throwing it away is the same as if my coworkers had eaten it all - and whether or not that dish gets eaten does not effect anything that is really important to me. I let that potluck cause me to overeat a lot yesterday, I can't let that effect linger.

So I planned my meals like I have been for the last two weeks, and included a serving of that dish in dinner (when I usually include some whatever's-in-the-fridge type meals). I'll do it again tomorrow, and Monday I'll throw away what's left. And I'll be okay with it, because the more important cause is winning.

Have you given much thought to what your priorities are? How does that clarity impact your big decisions? How about the small decisions?


  • sengalissa
    sengalissa Posts: 253 Member
    I have thrown away stuff.

    I live among food and health conscious people, and one night after dinner, I had no more calories left and someone offered me kale broccoli quiche. I was torn between the priority healthy vs. sticking go calorie limit. I declined the quiche but did not really like my decision.

    Today, I had people over and knew I would go over a lot (social eater). For days, I have been thinking about this and how I could secretly throw a brownie in the trash or dump a cocktail... And then I made the decision of going with it, going over by 1000 calories and to prove myself that I am still able to let go and prioritize occasional social gathering (and we're talking every other month) over calorie limit. Fitness and fat loss a very high priorities right now, and I tend to take it too far.

    Another example, especially for heavy lifters - if I haven't had enough protein, should I rather go over my calorie limit and eat protein, or rather stay under my minimum protein intake? Decisions decisions....
  • yoovie
    yoovie Posts: 17,124 Member
    I've often found that my priorities tend to be the tasks/goals/responsibilities that I have too much respect for to put off.
  • 111grace
    111grace Posts: 382 Member
    movies over exercise and movies win every time!! = overweight