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Urge to order out, defeated.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

This may not seem like a huge deal, but for me it is. I have been struggling with delivery food and I feel like I just won a major victory against it.

Just now, I was feeling pretty down. I didn't feel like cooking dinner, and all of a sudden I was hit by a major craving--not one for a particular food, but for a restaurant (makes no sense at all, does it? but neither does any other addiction). So, before I could process what they were doing, my fingers began ordering dinner from a local italian place.

I recognize this as compulsive behavior. I should not be doing it, because I don't have the money, I can't afford the calories/sodium, and I have a fridge and freezer full of food to be cooked. However, by this time my brain was in full-out crave mode--and the excuse machine was working overtime: "but you don't feel good and it's so hard to cook, and they have a gluten-free menu, and you can probably find something healthy, and after today you will do better..."etc.

Well, I just said "screw you!" to that excuse machine. First, I got myself a small snack to get my blood sugar up, and I felt a little better after that. Next, I went into the kitchen and grilled up some bison burgers with corn, and made a tasty squash-kale-and-potato soup. And you know what? It didn't take long, even though I was tired and not feeling 100%. I did it, I stayed in my calorie/sodium/carb ranges, I saved money, and the food was DELICIOUS, too. I am incredibly proud of myself.

Self: next time you are feeling bad, I hope you can come back to this blog for some inspiration. It really doesn't take long to whip up something delicious, and that craving is all in your head--no matter what you cook for yourself, the satisfaction will be triple that of a quick delivery meal, not only because you are an awesome cook, but also because you will have the satisfaction that comes from knowing that you cared about your health enough to cook it.

Let's break this habit right here, right now. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SARI_GIRL 7/25/2012 5:25PM

    Wow, what an accomplishment. I am nervous to move back to the city and regain access to restaurants, delivery, and fast food. (I've been living on a farm for the last year) I just have to remember to stay in the present and not worry about what is to come. Congratulations, you are an inspiration!

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KIPPER15 7/24/2012 8:41PM

    Fantastic. I know how you feel coming home and not wanting to cook. Great job of conquering the demons!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BETHIEBOOPS 7/24/2012 1:01PM

    WOWOWOW! Great Job!! I am so proud of you kicking that excuse machine to the curb! KAPOW!

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MICHELLE_391 7/23/2012 11:34PM

    emoticon There she goes! emoticon unhealthy impulses to the ground! Congratulations!

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HABROWN 7/23/2012 10:27PM

    emoticon behaviors such as this aren 't easy to overcome, so you go on with feeling proud cause I am very proud of you too. I must also work on eating out habits. Keep up the hard work you deserve to eat healthy and not stress your wallet out. emoticon emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/23/2012 9:53PM

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BECKYB73 7/23/2012 1:35PM

    I can TOTALLY relate to what a MAJOR FREAKING DEAL THIS IS!!!!

Way to go!!!

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ELLENBERRY 7/23/2012 12:23PM


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MIRAGE727 7/23/2012 12:02PM

That's so major! When we start to win those internal conflicts, we realize a positive change! Good on ya!
emoticon about the recipe for that squash-kale-and-potato soup!

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HEATHERHUNTER 7/23/2012 11:31AM

    That soup sounds great. I've been sick all weekend, then went swimming and it's worse lol. Oops. Thanks for the awesome idea

And by the way, you are a major inspiration!!

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KALLIE1958AR 7/23/2012 8:16AM

    Good Job ! emoticon emoticon

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RCW0442EHS 7/23/2012 3:25AM

    Man I wish I could say that I would do the same thing. That's amazing willpower. I love reading your blogs, there's just so much I can learn from you.

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MONPETITCHOU 7/23/2012 2:10AM

    woohoo! Congrats on resisting your urge to order food and cooking healthy instead!! You have made so many huge achievements and I just love seeing the list grow!

Comment edited on: 7/23/2012 2:11:34 AM

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DATMAMA4 7/22/2012 11:44PM

    Great job! It's always so much more satisfying to know you've cooked something for yourself that is:
a. delicious
b. fitting with your dietary needs
c. no additional money spent

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HOLLYLOLLY3 7/22/2012 10:37PM

    Great job!! I need to adopt this habit more often. It's good to know that it can be done!!

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KALANTHA 7/22/2012 10:21PM

    Impressive! I wish I had your willpower! Way to go!

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    Awesome! Seriously awesome.

I struggle with this as well...not necessarily with ordering out, but with GOING out. It doesn't help that my fiance hates cooking as much as I do. But this blog post was inspiring. So thank you :-)

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VHALKYRIE 7/22/2012 9:12PM

    Totally agree! I can whip up something faster than delivery. Even if I have to make a trip to the store to get something I don't have!

Hurray for victories!

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BLUE42DOWN 7/22/2012 9:03PM


It's funny how we can blow up the time and effort it takes to cook into a huge obstacle (excuse) when by the time any sort of take-out could have arrived, we could have already finished.

Very well done!

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SERENEART 7/22/2012 8:37PM

    that squash kale potato soup sounds yummy! Good for you!

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WINDSONG27 7/22/2012 8:16PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!

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RUNRAYRAYRUN 7/22/2012 7:34PM

    Man I've been there lots of times!

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STLADEE 7/22/2012 7:16PM

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EDO-CHAN 7/22/2012 7:10PM

    Congrats and thanks for sharing! I struggle against the seductive convenience of delivery food too. I'm so glad that you were victorious - it's encouraging to me. What a great way to start the week. Keep up the good work!

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MJ7DM33 7/22/2012 7:05PM

  This is really great! You did it! emoticon Thanks for the encouragement!

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    Thanks for this blog and for the important reminder - it really doesn't take a long time to whip up SOMETHING and it's generally going to be so much healthier, physically and mentally, to do so. Congrats on this victory - it's a huge one! emoticon

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CUPCAKEHARLOT 7/22/2012 6:33PM

    That is a wonderful success! emoticon

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FREEIN2013 7/22/2012 6:30PM

    Ah! The sweet taste of victory! I applaud you. emoticon

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NELLJONES 7/22/2012 6:18PM

    Great story!! Making your own food seems harder than it is, and don't you feel like a million dollars?

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AMCLELLAN 7/22/2012 6:05PM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/22/2012 5:42PM

    That's awesome, congratulations!

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GUNTHER110 7/22/2012 5:33PM


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SALEX52 7/22/2012 5:32PM

    Congrats. Job well done.

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