I have mentioned from time to time that I used to eat a lot of fast food. By “a lot” I mean, in the five years (or more) before I overhauled my lifestyle in June 2011 to reflect healthier choices, I went through the drive-through anywhere from 10-12 (sometimes more) times each week. Most days Monday through Friday, I would pick up breakfast to eat in the car on the way to work, and then run out again to get something for lunch. Saturday lunches were handed through the window quite often too, especially during our busiest seasons of rehearsals for our drama productions at church, and many Sunday mornings found me in line yet again to get breakfast on the way to service. It’s hard to write about this, because admitting your bad habits is never easy, especially in a public forum. My hope, however, is that by sharing my experiences, other people can find that change IS possible! The fast food addict is who I used to be, but it is definitely not who I am today!
As I look back, I’ve realized that my addiction to all things served in a paper bag began years ago, when I was still a teenager. With the independence of driving and having a little money in my pocket came the ability to eat a burger and fries just about any time I wanted to. It was easy enough to dispose of the trash before coming home, so my parents never knew just how much junk food I was consuming. As someone who has been involved in music since I was 12 and theatre since I was 14, I’ve always had evening rehearsals and performances to attend. Once I started going to those on my own, I developed a terrible habit of getting things like milkshakes and fries late at night on my way home.
Since I’ve been in rehearsals for “The Music Man” for the last few weeks, as I’m driving to and from the theatre, I pass by 10 different fast food restaurants (that I can readily think of to count right now), and typically I don’t give them a second thought. One night recently though, I had what I call a “fast food flashback”. It was a little thought that I could pull into one of the places for a “snack”. Now, what’s totally absurd about this is the fact that I have only eaten something from a fast food restaurant 4 or 5 times in the last 19 months, and those have been when we were traveling out West and literally had no other options, and then I only got simple fruit cups or plain grilled chicken and we went inside and sat down (to avoid the drive through itself).
Have you ever had a "flashback" of a prior habit? How did you overcome it?
(Just a reminder/disclosure…I am not a medical professional or certified trainer, so anything I write in this blog is not intended to be taken as advice, guidance, or recommendations. It is simply a journal of my own personal experiences. Thanks!)