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Managing obsessions

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My family laughs at me because I often spend thought and energy on trivial details - when I care about something, I go a bit overboard. When I cook, I have to cut/slice/plate exactly the same. Broccoli florets are arranged radially; meat slices are carefully fanned out; each plate has the same amount of each dish. When I shop for groceries, every apple has to be carefully inspected; all the zucchinis have to be the same size; I select each green bean individually instead of grabbing handfuls; I have to check the expiration dates on all the yogurt containers before choosing the "freshest". I take a ridiculous amount of time selecting which rotisserie chicken to take from the Costco warming table.

So I have to be very discriminating what I read or watch for fun because I tend to be a bit obsessive about it. If something catches my interest, I will hunt for more info and fall into deep internet rabbit holes. I have spent the last couple of years following NFL and NBA drafts and free agencies - and I don't even watch football or basketball games. Go ahead, ask me how the 49ers have completely revamped their front office, coaching staff, and much of their roster this offseason - and I don't even live on the west coast. Every few years I get caught in the wiki labyrinth of European royal bloodlines - so much historical trivia, so little time.

The trick for me is to redirect my obsessive tendencies from food (and politics!) to something a little more healthy. I'm so glad our high school kid's soccer preseason has finally started this week!
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  • FITNIK2020
    Your first paragraph ? Thats me. Funny
    1296 days ago
    Your blogs crack me up and give me food for thought.

    I'm the same way at the grocery store (chicken hunting is important!), not so much the plates. I've been down the "rabbit hole" of European bloodlines. Haha. Nothing about sports interests me so I wouldn't go online for that but I was always in the stands for my son's games. Since I gave up processed sugar treats I don't obsess over that anymore. I do like learning why certain foods are good for us.
    1315 days ago
    I loved this blog! You made me laugh with your NFL and NBA "expertise." I never would have guessed!

    Oh my goodness, politics? I hear ya! Before 2015, I never paid a bit of attention to politics, but since then, I've been so, so sick with obsession, to the point of thinking I need therapy just to stop checking the news every hour to see if anything's happened that might get us out of this scary situation that's developed. It would be better to look the other way, but I just can't.

    I'd love to see your party table--before the guests arrive. I'll bet your setup is lovely!

    1320 days ago
    I too have a number of things I have to do a certain way, but picking green beans is not one of them! I tell myself all the time that if I could re-focus my compulsions and energy and use my stubbornness for good, I would never backslide again. Oh well, the battle continues. :)
    1323 days ago
    While I don't pick my green beans one by one I can relate to quite a few of the obsessions you mention. We are who we are, but it's good to keep an eye on these and work on tuning them down where we can. Obsessing over obsessions... I do find some humor in this.
    1325 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    I think there are some people who get paid pretty well to be that kind of obsessive about food. Chefs and food photographers come to mind. Too bad you can't make a buck off it!

    I used to love being what I thought of as informed about politics. I never thought I'd say it but I now see it as a black hole of energy. All my concern in the past was not what made any of the difference, except to me. Now it's one of the few "diets" I'm on. emoticon
    1327 days ago
    I can related to that
    1327 days ago
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