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This week’s topic: Guilty Pleasures
Oh goodness. This could be a very long post. Or I suppose I could shorten it by simply saying: Everything I enjoy is a guilty pleasure.
But you know me – I’m not one to take the short approach. So let me explain. When I think of guilty pleasures I think of things that I enjoy but feel guilty for doing or enjoying. So let’s look at the things I enjoy and why I feel guilty for enjoying them.
Reading, Blogging, Playing Video Games, Watching TV/Movies
I guess we could call this the things I like to do for entertainment. It’s no secret that I love to read because I started a blog all about it. I was shocked to discover just how much I love to blog, but it’s a definite passion now. I don’t play video games or watch tv/movies very often, but that’s just because I like the first things on the list more than them.
All of the above are guilty pleasures, because they take me away from doing my work, exercise, house work, or even other things on the list. I sometimes feel guilty for playing video games because I should be working on a blog post or reading a book that I need to finish for said blog post. I often feel guilty for blogging because I should be doing work. The only time I don’t feel guilty for reading is when I’m listening to an audio book while taking care of something else that needs to be done – like going for a jog/walk or cleaning. It’s probably why I read audio books so much faster than physical books – there’s less guilt.
I have struggled with my weight as long as I can remember. And I’ve finally found a diet that is working for me – thanks to a doctor who took the time to listen (but that’s another post and I won’t bore you). Anyway, it’s an extreme diet – I drink protein shakes for most my meals. It is boring and very hard to stick to. But I’ve been doing really well with it because I’ve been getting results. But let me tell you, every time I break down and eat anything – even if it’s just a bite of someone else’s food – I feel so guilty. And for me, it’s honestly getting to be less and less worth the guilt, because with my body getting used to the diet, the food also tends to make me sick now. But for the moment that the delicious food is in my mouth, it is a real guilty pleasure.
Drinking – as in wine or mixed drinks – has always been a guilty pleasure. And not just because it’s empty calories and I don’t want to drink my calories (which I don’t). Due to my diet, I drink 1 alcoholic beverage 1 time a week at most. And it doesn’t bother me not to have more. But sometimes I feel guilty for enjoying my drink quite so much, because alcoholism runs in my family. My grandfather was an alcoholic and the stories I’ve heard are not pretty. I know it left a real scar on his family, even though he had it under control by time I was around. My father is either an alcoholic in denial or a self-medicator. I’m not really sure which, since I know he’s capable of drinking just one (which my grandfather never was), but I also know he uses alcohol. And that scares me, particularly when I’ve had a really long bad day and a drink tastes so good. I honestly don’t think I’m even close to either of their level – like I said I drink at most one time a week and not to medicate. But it’s something I pay close attention to because I don’t want to go down that road. So alcohol is a definite guilty pleasure for me.
That’s it for me. I used to be a shopper – but I’ve gotten to be less and less of one over the years as I’ve become more and more financially responsible. I guess this post also shows that I don’t really DO much. Which is fine with me 🙂
What are your guilty pleasures?