Addiction - the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing or activity
When you hear the word "addiction," you probably think of an addiction to drugs. I know I do. Most people, even the ones who do drugs, don't consider themselves addicts. More than likely, it's because that word comes with a negative connotation. It brings to mind that homeless junkie at the gas station asking you for change or that abusive alcoholic husband from some random Lifetime movie. Truth of the matter is, we're all addicted to something, whether it be attention, caffeine, video games or whatever. I myself am mainly addicted to being lazy, fast food and sex, but this is how I fight my addiction.
This is probably my biggest addiction. It's the source of my constant procrastination. There's always something I need to be doing, but often, it's hard to find the motivation to do it. The mentality I had to adopt to get over this addiction was actually pretty simple. I just tell myself, "Doing something is better than doing nothing." Starting a task, despite what a lot of people believe, is the easy part. The hard part is dealing with the aftermath of procrastinating.
Whenever I have a task to complete that I'm not really in the mood for, I put all my focus on starting instead of finishing. The mistake I used to make was thinking about how I felt in that moment and comparing that to how long it would take to finish the task. That type of thinking drained my motivation. Now, what I do is complete things in baby steps. For example, I didn't feel like writing this post, but I told myself, "Just come up with a topic and a couple sentences." That topic turned into a sentence. That sentence turned into a paragraph. That paragraph turned into 2 paragraphs and so on.
Oh, food. Who doesn't love a good meal? This is probably the country's biggest addiction after drugs/alcohol. Just look at how fat we are and have been. You could partially base that on the lack of excercise, which would fall under laziness. I know I said laziness is my biggest addiction, and it is, but I can say it's easier for me to hit the gym every day than to consistently stick to a diet plan.
I don't know what it is. I've done plenty of water fast where I went days/weeks without any food at all and I wasn't tempted to pick up a fork. On the otherhand, I've had days where I'd go to a buffet during the day and still manage to eat an entire pizza a few hours later. Admittedly, I'm definitely a stress eater. What makes matters worse, is I also eat when I'm in a good mood. I still struggle with this, especially since I'm working on a six pack.
What I do to curb this addiction a mix between intermittent fasting and eating calorie dense foods.
For example, if I get a fast food craving, I try to make that my only meal that day. Also, I try to eat foods that fill me up without having too many calories, like a salad or diet soda or popcorn. It's not perfect, but when I do get a craving I can't control, I don't feel bad if I've been eating at least semu healthy all week.
Sex has been on my mind every day since I was probably 11 or 12. And when I finally lost my V-card at 16, my sex addiction went into overdrive. I've gotten to the point where I absolutely NEED at least 3-4 girls in rotation just to make sure I have someone to call when I need to bust a nut. I'm still in the process of rejuvenating my roster, so I'm not at liberty to fuck who I want when I want; at least not yet.
Sex is in the bottom of my top 3 addictions because when I'm not getting it I can replace it with sleep (laziness) or food. That's one of the ways I combat this addiction. I just replace it with another addiction. Probably not the best solution, but it's still a solution. Another thing I do is work more on fixing my laziness, because I'm not think about sex when I'm busy. Like I said earlier, I always have something I should be doing.
All in all, none of these addictions are coming close to ruining my life, so I guess I'd be considered a functioning addict. I'd still like to conquer these addictions, though. If not for self-improvement, for at least crossing off a few more life goals off the bucket list.
This will be the home of my random thoughts until you really do know the MuffynMan.