Is There Such A Thing As "Happy Foods?!"

Some people eat unhealthy food when they’re sad or lonely. Some people eat unhealthy food when they are bored. I tend to want unhealthy foods when I’m happy. Or, maybe somewhere along the line I found happiness in unhealthy foods. Don’t get me wrong. I have never been a binge eater. But I am reasonably sure that I get excited about the prospect of pepperoni pizza with extra cheese and a coke, while watching a chick flick on my big TV, more than the average person.

I get excited about a lot of things, but in recent months I’ve gotten honest with myself. And  I’ve learned that Dr. Pepper (and other junk) was making me (temporarily) happy. Thankfully, I have other reasons to be happy because I don’t drink it, and I’m better off without it. But I still get excited about the idea of having Chinese takeout with a bottle of Dr. Pepper.

But these things don’t excite me NEARLY as much as they used to. In fact, I have had two small bottles of Dr. Pepper sitting in the fridge since my friend left last week. And I had a dozen when she arrived. I was totally tempted to drink one when I first bought them. (It’s her favorite drink too.) But I reminded myself to think about how happy I would feel if I lost weight this week…and if I could wear sundresses because my ankles were not swollen. Yes, that’s right…drinking soda or having too much sodium makes me retain water. Ewe.

So tonight the Dr. Pepper was poured into the sink. Not a drop touched my lips, and I could not feel better about it than I do right now. As much fun as it would be to drink a soda or eat four slices of pizza, I can honestly say that it was MUCH MORE FUN to get on the scale tonight and weigh four pounds less than I did last week.

The junk would have been nice for the moment, but how would I have felt after the moment passed? On the other hand, I can take the weight loss with me. I can hold my head high, knowing that I weigh 34 pounds less than I did a few months ago.

So this week I learned something very important about myself. I will not allow what I want at the moment to keep me from what I want most of all — which is to have a healthy, adorable body. 🙂
No soda or pizza or Chinese food will ever be worth giving up on the goal.

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    Rachel
    July 10, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    You go girl! You are so inspiring!

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    Anonymous
    July 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    you seem to have a good head on your shoulders. you'll get there, and i look forward to seeing it through your blog.

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    Pam
    July 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Yay! I am proud of you!! Keep workin it girl!!

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    Funnyrunner
    July 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    ugh. I SO need this. I'm trying now to lose a few pounds myself, and I need to keep reminding myself what I want for the big picture and not the immediate reward….

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    Fran
    July 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Good post! Only unlike you drinking dr. Pepper I did eat 3 donuts yesterday. But today is gonna be a better day I'll make sure of it!

    Fran

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    ♥ Kenz ♥
    July 11, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Fran, I think you have the right attitude. It's okay to have unhealthy foods sometimes…just as long as we eat well most of the time. 🙂

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