I have a lot of bad habits. I didn’t even know my bad habits were that bad until I started reading healthy living blogs and they made me feel bad about them. I think about them a lot. I want to quit a few of them and I’ve tried at various times because it seems like the right thing to do. But it hasn’t happened. So, here I sit chock-full of bad habits and I’m going to share them all with you.
I count calories.
Some call it obsessing over food or disordered eating, but if I didn’t count calories I would weigh more. Period. Days in which I don’t count calories, I eat so much more than I normally would. It’s not that I don’t know I’m eating too much, it’s that I don’t have a number in front of me that tells me how much more I’ve eaten. When I don’t see a number, I don’t “see” the problem, so I keep eating.
I would love to not count calories. I think it sucks logging my food every day but I don’t see a way out of it when I’m terrible with portion control and snacking. There’s no way I will remember I had 3 Twizzlers, 10 gummy bears, a piece of chocolate, and a cookie when I’m about to eat a handful of Skittles. That stuff adds up and if I don’t write it down immediately, I forget.
I am? Ok, before I fall asleep, shove all those Skittles in my mouth.
I drink Diet Coke like it’s going out of style.
Aspartame. I know. It’s not great for you. I quit drinking Diet Coke for a month once and it sucked. Not only that, but it eliminated a couple of my favorite low-calorie alcoholic beverages (diet coke with root beer vodka, anyone?). Why did I leave you for a month, DC?
I think about quitting diet drinks just about every day, right before I crack open a new diet drink. I know eventually I’ll quit, but when it’s always in the house (the hubs drinks it), it’s always an option. So most likely I’ll choose it.
I weigh myself (almost) every day.
Some people think weighing yourself everyday is obsessive and makes you focus too much on a number. For me, it helps me know when I’m getting off track right away. Sure my weight goes up and down during the week. And if it goes up and I know there’s a cause – I had a huge meal for dinner, I drank too much, I went to town on a salt lick – I don’t worry about it. But when the scale is up and I’ve been doing well, I know it’s time to reassess my eating.
The scale is just a part of the bigger picture, which of course also includes diet, exercise, and rest. I’m not saying you should weigh yourself every day, because some people are ruined by seeing a number. But for me, it works.
I don’t eat organic anything (that I know of).
I don’t try to not eat organic. And I’m definitely not against eating organic. I actually think it’s great and I would love to do it. But I don’t have time to go to the grocery store every week to get fresh food and I don’t have time to cook every day. Organic is expensive and until I get a sugar daddy that can afford me the extra time during the week to quit my job, grocery shop often, and actually find the time to cook, I will be enjoying my Lean Cuisines and Morningstar Sausage patties and probably taking in more sodium than one woman should.
I love Splenda (and Truvia).
I do. I love it. I can eat it right out of the package. I remember when I was a kid, I used to eat packets of my step-mom’s Equal. That’s transferred right into adulthood unfortunately. I have reduced the amount of artificial sweeter that I consume, but I still put it in my oatmeal and smoothies. Also, there’s the Diet Coke issue and the Crystal Light issue. Not Splenda, but still artificial sweetener. While I can see removing Splenda from my diet at some point, I don’t see a complete removal of all artificial sweeteners.
Let’s face it, this one isn’t going away anytime soon. I only drink once a week, usually. It’s a definite improvement from only not drinking once a week when I was in my 20’s. Alcohol dehydrates me and makes me feel tired the entire next day, yet I keep doing it. But I guess I’ll just have to deal with it. It’s delicious. And makes me funnier. The end.
What bad habit do you have that you love? (I think the only habit I don’t have is drinking coffee. I’m a mess.)