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#MicroblogMondays 79: Habits

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The twins and I have settled into a thoroughly enjoyable and very bad habit.  Every week before their art class, we go out for water ice and custard.  It started because I was having a bad day.  “I need something nice.  Let’s go out for gelati.”

Every week since, we’ve found some reason to need gelatis.  By last week, we were no longer pretending.  The kids got in the car after school and said, “Are we going out for gelati?”  As if it were a question.  As if I hadn’t flipped my turn signal to take us in the direction of the store.  “Oh?  Do you want to?”

I told them that we had to break this habit because it’s so bad for our bodies.  The ChickieNob added, “It’s so bad for our bodies, but it’s so good for our souls.”  How can I argue with that?

Do you have any bad habits that bring you so much pleasure?


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1 Jessica { 02.29.16 at 5:53 am }

I used to have that family tradition too. We eat out at BK after a tuition class, to relax and enjoy the different atmosphere. We also buy B & J ice cream or special treats to pamper ourselves at home.

2 Suzy { 02.29.16 at 6:01 am }

Ice cream after dinner – so good for the soul. But the box is empty and no new boxes are in the freezer. Will stay that way until my soul cries out again.

3 Mali { 02.29.16 at 6:29 am }

Once a week isn’t too bad, surely?

I treat myself to a good coffee after the gym. I’ve recently kicked the habit of once or twice a week adding a muffin to that. I’m not telling about all my other bad habits that feel so good!

4 Vaibhav Gupta { 02.29.16 at 6:40 am }

I mean, a little treat with your kids once a week is fine, right?

Health issues and fitness craze are blown-up trends. Aim for healthy-ish, it’s a more realistic goal, it keeps you from developing major illnesses, and ultimately it is satisfying enough for a normal life.

Caffeine through Coca Cola Zero. I wrote about it this week. Got back into it in February, did my research on it, and happy to feel better because of it.

5 No Baby Ruth { 02.29.16 at 6:53 am }

I love this habit and don’t think it should be broken!! A weekly treat is good for the soul indeed.

6 illustr8d { 02.29.16 at 7:09 am }

Sweets! Once a week is nothing. I’m AIMING for once a week. Maybe I need to make it more of a ceremony. Like going out for a sundae or something.

Yeah, that won’t work.

7 Journeywoman { 02.29.16 at 7:32 am }

For a while it was Wednesday is Sundae at Carvel.

8 Charlotte { 02.29.16 at 7:47 am }

ChickieNob is incredibly smart…and correct. If we take all the good-for-your-soul “bad habits” out of your life, well, that would make for a sadder, boring life. And life is too short.

Man I (we) have SO many good-for-your-soul bad habits. Nothing regular but we do sometimes fall into a pattern for a while. Homemade chocolate chip cookies after dinner on a random night just because was a big one for a while.
At work we have a “breakfast club” on Saturday’s where whoever is working that day gets breakfast together and we take turns paying. Usually it’s just the cafeteria, but if we have time and someone wants it, we get fancy and go to DD, Starbucks, or very rarely McDs. It is a super fun habit and SO good for our souls.

9 a { 02.29.16 at 8:15 am }

Art class doesn’t go on forever, does it? Keep feeding your soul.

We do something similar before our trip to the library every Saturday.

10 Lori Shandle-Fox { 02.29.16 at 8:35 am }

All of my bad habits bring me pleasure! We do a once a week fast food day too on Sundays before grocery shopping. It’s too funny that I read your post seconds after I posted my microblog Monday post called; “My 5k chocolate truffle run” … I think we have a theme-for-the -week going. xo

11 Jen@FrugalSteppingStones { 02.29.16 at 8:47 am }

We have traded in most of our spendy small luxuries for free ones, like weekly movie night with a library movie and homemade treat from my Pinterest cruisings. I will admit to a once a month Happy Meal run though.

12 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.29.16 at 9:02 am }

Love that ChickieNob. I might write that quote down and put it near my habit-places (certain cabinets, for example, and my own steering wheel).

13 Parul { 02.29.16 at 9:13 am }

That was such a smart reply. Loved it!
Many habits – Like having a dessert after meals knowing it’s not good for the body but my soul πŸ™‚ πŸ˜›

14 Catwoman73 { 02.29.16 at 10:21 am }

Wine, coffee, good chocolate, homemade pizza… and oh, so many more. πŸ™‚ I’m not sure if it’s as much about the food as it is about the ritual associated with the food, though- I love the act of sipping a glass of wine with hubby after dinner as much as I love the wine itself. The coffee and chocolate always go together with a good book, and making pizza is my favourite family activity. ChickieNob is right- it’s very good for the soul!

15 Isabelle { 02.29.16 at 10:49 am }

I used to drink a can of coke every Friday afternoon during report writing time. I knew how bad it was for my body but I couldn’t help myself. I have since cut this habit. Nowadays, I’d say buying our favorite pastry (very close to my work) whenever I am around that area for lunch. My work is notorious for having junk food around and I can’t help myself but eat some whenever I pass by the food. Isn’t it interesting that “bad habits” are all food related?

16 Cristy { 02.29.16 at 11:37 am }

Such amazing life wisdom. And one I fully support.

17 Lavonne @ *Our Wish* { 02.29.16 at 11:40 am }

Hubby and I have been on the habit of sharing a sleeve of girl scout cookies after dinner. Thankfully we are almost through the 5 boxes we ordered and won’t order more. haha! It is soooo good for the soul though right?!

18 nonsequiturchica { 02.29.16 at 11:43 am }

Love it! Life is boring if you don’t live a little!

19 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 02.29.16 at 12:43 pm }

So many! I’ve got a big sweet tooth too.

20 Ana { 02.29.16 at 1:58 pm }

I hate that you feel you have to stop this lovely new tradition! Is ice cream once a week so bad? What if you took the kids and didn’t eat any (is that even possible?) or just had a coffee instead some weeks, if you are trying to improve your diet (though still, can you work a weekly treat in?) You’re making great memories with your children! (not meaning to enable, it just sounds so sweet, and a shame to give up)

21 Jen B { 02.29.16 at 2:17 pm }

Every second Thursday is cleaning lady day and subsequently take-out night too.

22 loribeth { 02.29.16 at 3:37 pm }

This reminds me of when I was working… I was entitled to two 15-minute breaks per day, morning & evening. Mornings I would go to Tim Hortons in the food court downstairs in my building. (Afternoons varied, but wound up being Starbucks more often that not…!) I started out ordering just tea, but I found I would get pretty hungry by lunchtime (after eating breakfast at 6 a.m.), so I would order an English muffin, toasted & buttered, to tide me over. It got to be a bit of a bad habit/extra calories — but the staff were very efficient & knew all the regulars’ orders. Some days I would decide I really didn’t want or need the English muffin, but I’d get to the cash & she’d already rung in my usual order, and I wouldn’t correct her. πŸ˜‰ If I really wanted to save calories & money, I could easily have made my own tea in our office kitchen upstairs… but half the point was just to get out of the office & away from my desk, even for just 15 minutes. (Plus our office kitchen was horribly grungy — GAG. :p πŸ˜‰ )

23 Jenn { 02.29.16 at 4:39 pm }

Gelati once a week together sounds wonderful. Maybe remove one other junk food instead? I used to eat a giant bowl of ice cream daily. For years. I treated myself to a little carton of vegan ice cream this week and had some last night. Silly body of mine doesn’t handle dairy anymore. Growing up, my mom used to take me to Mcdonald’s after any sick visit. Knowing what I do now about food and health, that was horrible for me!

24 Wendy { 02.29.16 at 5:00 pm }

I love that they look forward to it. Sounds good for the soul to me!

25 Jess { 02.29.16 at 7:14 pm }

I am totally going to steal β€œIt’s so bad for our bodies, but it’s so good for our souls.” What a great statement, Chickie Nob! I love cheese. While our Friday night routine at our favorite Mexican restaurant is restorative and good for the soul, the sheer amount of cheese and tequila consumed in that long evening is definitely bad for the body, good for the soul. Mmmm, melty cheese and guacamole and margaritas… πŸ™‚

26 Kasey { 02.29.16 at 7:23 pm }

Reality TV. Bad habit. But I can’t quit it.
And I eat too much ice cream, my evening ice cream after everyone else goes to bed. Terrible for my body.
And I love Chickie Nob! So wise. Good for the soul indeed.

27 Raven { 02.29.16 at 8:35 pm }

I love to have cheetos and coke anytime I watch Jurassic Park – I have no idea why. It was something I started in University and stuck. Except….I could easily watch Jurassic Park every day and cheetos and coke will – literally – kill me one day if I had them every day. It’s a struggle, but sooo good for my soul. πŸ™‚

28 Traci York { 02.29.16 at 9:52 pm }

I like the way ChickieNob thinks! Funny, I’ve just hit the one week mark on giving up something. For the past couple of years, hubby and I got into the habit of having one drink (vodka and a mix of fruit drinks – so yum!) at night while watching TV. Many nights, it turned into two drinks – not enough to get drunk, but enough to get that warm fuzzy feel. Intellectually, we knew they were empty calories, and not great for our health, but again – yum! Since switching over to tea, we’ve already both lost a couple pounds each. πŸ™‚

29 Deboshree { 02.29.16 at 10:45 pm }

Definitely awesome for the soul! Habits that make you so happy from within should never be broken – maybe rationed, but that’s it. I am like that about my Granny’s chicken curry. I can never have enough. πŸ˜›

30 Jessie Francis { 02.29.16 at 10:59 pm }

Almost everything I eat counts as a bad habit that brings me so much pleasure. *hangs head in shame*

31 anks { 03.01.16 at 6:22 am }

reading on the bed – so bad for the neck but so good for the soul!! ice cream once a week cant be that bad surely!

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