Tuesday, March 26, 2013

First World Addicitons

And no, I'm not talking about the hard stuff.  No A.A. or N.A. meetings for this gal.

But, I fear that I do have some addictions.  And while they aren't killing me, they're not exactly good for me, either.  Let's discuss.

1.  Shopping - While some may laugh at this, I am addicted at getting a good deal.  I rarely pay full price for anything, and have a gazillion store e-mails sent to me letting me know when there are new markdowns or sales.  While most see this as a good thing, I am totally addicted to taking advantage of every sale.  And let me tell you, there is always a sale.  For example, I have bought five pair of boots this year, all on sale, all for great prices.  But, do I really need five pairs of new boots?  I say yes, but Joel disagrees.  I'm not one that likes clutter in the house.  But, I may have taken over our entire bedroom closet and relegated Joel to the hall closet for his clothes.  Whoops?!

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2.  Carbohydrates - While trying to lose weight, carbs in large quantities are a big no-no.  But I can't help it, I love me some bread and pasta.  It is so hard to go out to eat and not munch on the free bread they set down on the table.  And I feel like I am truly addicted to pasta some days.  I feel like I crave it, and I don't know what to do.  If I try to cut it out completely, then I binge and go carb crazy.  It's the strangest thing.  As you'll see, food addictions are a big thing with me, unfortunately.

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3.  Sweets - I have a sweet tooth like no other.  Not only is it not good for my waist line, it's not good for my teeth.  I always get a lecture from my dentist, and am actually going in for my first crown pretty soon, which I am absolutely not looking forward to.  I try really, really hard sometimes to give up on the sweet stuff, but I tend to get headaches when I do, which I just don't understand.  I need to get this more under control, for multiple reasons.

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4.  Travel - Now, normally this wouldn't be a bad thing.  But I dream big when I travel.  Want to know where my wish list takes me?  Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, South Africa, Russia...I could keep going.  I have Champagne wishes on a beer budget, people.  Luckily, at our current base we were able to buy a house that was 2/3 of our housing allowance and I was able to find a job pretty quickly, which allowed us to save for our recent adventure to the Galapagos.  But, that is most likely not going to be the case, and I struggle with the fact that I may not get to travel to all of the places I want to go and see.

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Now, I realize my addictions are "first world problems" and there are people out there with a lot more worries than me.  I am very thankful for the life I live (believe me, the big Man upstairs and I chat about that often), but sometimes, I just have to get stuff out, you know?

What are some of your first world addictions?


Jen said...

Oh I am so addicted to carbs haha.

Anonymous said...

I'm also addicted to every single one of those things. I've been getting better about the shopping thing...but I know once I get to the States all bets are off! I could never give up carbs. I just adore them way too much.

Kelly said...

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Ashley R said...

I feel the same way about travel. :( But life has a funny way of working on and giving you what you didn't even know you need. :)