Solution: Drop “exact,” “really,” and “options.” This leaves you with the three easy phrases “at that time,” “I didn’t have” and “a lot of.”
Result: You lose three points instead of a large amount. You gain nine points with three easy strokes. You are no longer behind.
It would be wonderful if these exact circumstances showed up each time we fall behind. Sadly, they won’t. But if we keep our eyes open, we can minimize the damage caused by falling behind.