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Breaking Up (with Junk Food) is Hard to Do

Top 3 Finalists from our Break-Up Letter Contest

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Editor's Note: The following three letters were finalists in our June 2005 Break-Up Letter Contest. We'd like to thank everyone who participated and voted. While the contest is closed, you can still read the top three letters below.

Letter #1

Dear Abby,

Help! I have been trying for a long time to break up with this friend of mine (we’ll call him Snickers because that is his real name. He’s not innocent and does not need to be protected). He just can’t seem to take the hint. We’ve been together for longer than I care to admit. We’ve had some wonderfully sweet times together. No matter how tired I get of my other friends, Snick is always there. At first it was okay. We were a pretty good team. But then he would just never go away. Sometimes I wanted to be alone, but every time I turned around he was there. For a long time I enjoyed having him in my purse or in my top dresser drawer. Then I realized he was keeping me from some very important relationships. I barely knew Apple and Banana, and Broccoli just didn’t feel welcomed when Snick was around. It would have been different if he liked my other friends. We could have all spent time together. But Snick became so selfish. He wanted to be the only one. I’ve tried to explain how I feel. He has become so possessive of me, wanting all of my time and attention. Frankly, I’m afraid of him. Sometimes I see him watching me from the pages of a magazine, from the TV, even from my own kitchen cupboards. I’ve become a victim of Snicker stalking. Please help me! If only I could make him understand there still is room in my life for him. But there are others I want to spend time with also. What can I do?


Dear Desperate,

Your problem is not uncommon. Many people out there find themselves in relationships that are too possessive, too selfish. I can sense from your letter that you are very upset with Snick. Take a moment to calm down and think clearly. Snick is feeling threatened right now. He used to be tops on your list. Now you’re bringing in more Apples, more Whole Grains, more Green Beans. Of course Snick is going to try harder than ever to get your attention. My advice to you is not to shut him out entirely. Invite your other friends in so you can all get to know each other. Let him hang around. As soon as he feels your friendship is secure, he won’t be so apt to require all of your attention. Let him know you still care. Let him know that most of your time is going to be devoted to Apple and Broccoli, Whole Grains and the others. If he feels you still care for him, he will be content to share you with others.

Abby Continued ›

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Member Comments

  • Besides sounding funny, there is a lot of truth behind this article. I wanted to share it with family and friends. I was hoping it might also help them. - 5/30/2014 12:44:33 PM
  • Those are so funny!!

    ...but so true. :o) - 4/16/2014 6:04:01 PM
  • I love these stories. They were so funny and I love the fact that SparkPeople is encouraging people to demonstrate their talents, the things that help define who they are. - 3/15/2014 10:45:56 AM
  • I loved the last story! I, too, have an issue with pizza. I'm okay at avoiding it but once I get to have some, I can't just stop at one slice. I often order a large pizza and eat the whole thing by myself. At 5'1" I feel like that's almost impressive. The pizza story gave me an interesting perspective. While it was definitely a goofy story, I now know how I'm going to handle my extra cheesy greasy foe. I hope there will be more stories in the future! - 2/17/2014 3:29:00 PM
  • Really great. - 12/10/2013 12:18:18 AM
  • What a great way to add some humor to our weight loss journey! - 9/16/2013 9:59:30 PM
  • CINDYM1963
    Thanks for the laugh! What a great idea. - 9/12/2013 10:01:09 AM
  • I love these stories they were funny but so true. - 7/17/2013 2:50:48 PM
    Hard to stay consistent when your own the road alot working. Weight watchers worked until we hit the shore. Now with a 3 year old, a cleaning business and no down time its tough.

    Its an excuse but i need help. - 4/27/2013 9:03:43 PM
  • I haven't had the hankering for a fatburger in a long time. The reason being is none of the fast food chain can make a burger that doesn't sit well with me hours after i've eaten it. - 4/27/2013 12:26:17 PM
    Hahaha! I love the one about french fries! - 4/27/2013 11:35:06 AM
  • Hilarious! - 4/26/2013 11:16:00 PM
  • ANIMATOR606432
    I think I need to write a Dear John letter to, Mr. Ice cream.......I just don't think it's gonna work out. - 4/26/2013 6:36:28 PM
  • can I just say how funny these were and how true??
    I need to write some letters to my junk food friends, Chips, pepperoni pizza, coke and yea more!
    - 4/26/2013 4:40:38 PM
  • I think I need to write a few "Dear John" (or to be completely honest "Dear Mr. Fountain Pop" and "Dear Drive Thru") letters myself! - 4/26/2013 4:20:51 PM

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