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When do I give in?

Monday, July 29, 2013

When do I give in?

For the past 3 years I've made the same New Years Resolution, to give up chocolate. That includes chocolate cake, ice cream or anything else made with it.

The 1st year I got as far as Mothers Day (3rd April), then my son bought me my favourite box of chocolates that I couldn’t resist. The 2nd year I got as far as my birthday (5th May) once again I was bought chocolates so I ate them.

This year I told my kids not to buy me any and dropped hints as tactfully as possible to friends & family that I had given it up. I ended up with 22 bottles of wine which was much appreciated. I’ve still got 8 bottles left because I’ve cut down on that too. You can see what my diet used to consist of lol.

So the question I ask myself is when do I give in?

Do I live the rest of my life without eating any more chocolate?

I don’t know the answer.

What I do know is I’m going to make it to the end of the year so that I can say I’ve gone a whole year without it, and to be honest I rarely miss it now.

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    I am a chocoholic too. I have stopped eating it for seven weeks. I know if I eat just a little bit I will go back to where I started. I gave up for a year once and ate it because it was Christmas. Well I couldn't stop. So I think that you will find it hard to have chocolate in your life. For you I hope I am wrong. emoticon
    2427 days ago
    I've made a few (very few) non-negotiable changes in my life. There are some things I have NEVER been able to experience in moderation and those things are simply gone from my life. Everything else in moderation, though.

    Sticking to a commitment for a period of time is a great exercise. I wish you all the best!
    2437 days ago
    I've given this a bit of thought since I wrote this blog & I now think it's more about completing the challenge of giving up for a year than not eating chocolate.
    2437 days ago
  • CECE0330
    You are a stronger woman than I. emoticon I once went 2 months without any sugar, and hated about every second of it! But I also understand how good it feels to conquer something you feel has a lot of power over you. If you've made it this far, I say go for a year!
    2437 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2013 4:52:41 PM
  • CHERIJ16
    I love chocolate too. Sometimes it's hard to eat it in moderation but if I limit what I bring into the house that helps me. Instead of a whole box I buy a 4 pack of Russell Stover (my favorite) chocolates and if I eat them all it isn't any more calories than a candy bar. I also put it in my nutrition tracker so I have to give up something else if I choose the chocolate that day.
    If I told myself I could never have chocolate I would crave it but we are all different.
    Congratulations on your commitment.
    2438 days ago
  • BRANDI1809
    HMBALISON has the right idea never say never, say I don't feel like chocolate today. emoticon emoticon
    2438 days ago
    I don't seem to have a moderate setting, it's all or nothing for me. I'll eat 1 then finish the whole lot. It's easier for me to not have any at all.
    2438 days ago
    Hi Christine! I definitely commend you on your chocolate challenge! I think it is up to you how you deal with this, as you know yourself and your body better than anyone else. Generally, the Spark plan supports the idea of "moderation not deprivation." Of course, that all depends on whether you can use moderation! For some, they are OK with the idea of just never having something ever again. For others though -- the "never" concept leads to a nasty rebellious binge eventually. Keep in mind though -- this is a life-long journey. There will be ups and downs in your life and your weight, no matter how dedicated you are. You will figure out what works for you -- and that's all that matters. emoticon
    2438 days ago
    It sounds like you love your chocolate. Why would you give it up completely? Find a way to eat moderate amounts of chocolate and keep it in your life.
    2438 days ago
    Wow! Glad you have your family and friends around you and that they have respected your wishes. Support is so great isn't it? Well done! emoticon
    2438 days ago
    I relate to this post more than I want to. I admire your desire to not eat chocolate, and I think it's great that you don't miss it and that you've come to the end of July sticking to your goal.

    I love chocolate. I'm a Type 1 diabetic, so I have to think really carefully about what I eat. I always have a place for chocolate. There are so many things that I have to limit, but the minute I tell myself I absolutely can't have something, it's all I think about.

    So, I think there is a place for chocolate in a healthy diet. I really do. If you tell yourself, "Today I choose not to eat chocolate,..." rather than "You can't have chocolate.." Maybe this will help you make peace.
    2438 days ago
    Wow. Good for you for having such willpower. Maybe once you kick the habit you won't crave it anymore. Or maybe you can eat it in moderation. Best of luck to you.
    2438 days ago
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