092 – Lifestyle Change | ESL Listening Podcast

Study ESL for students and teachers. Learn about what a vicious cycle is and about changing your lifestyle

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A:  I’ve finally come to grips with the fact that I’ve gotta make some major changes in my lifestyle.

B: What’s going on?

A:  These past few months I’ve been staying up late and then sleeping in. Then I feel guilty when I wake up so I usually eat a comfort food like pizza to make myself feel better.  Then I feel bad from eating the pizza so I have a few beers to relax.  Then because of the beers I can’t go to the gym. At 10 pm or so I finally start to feel good and watch several hours of TV while thinking about how the next day will be different.

B:  That’s quite a vicious cycle.  We’ve all been there though.


come to grips with
– accept a difficult truth about something.
I finally came to grips with the fact that I needed to stop eating junk food and start exercising.

comfort food – food you eat to make yourself feel happy.  This is usually some kind of junk food.   You often eat this kind of food when you are depressed or unhappy in your life.

vicious cycle – A vicious cycle is talking about when one bad decision makes it more likely to make another bad decision which in turn causes you to make another bad decision.  Pretty soon most of your decisions are bad and your life is out of control.

been there – have been in the same situation before.
I know how you feel.  I’ve been there too.


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