Saturday, September 18, 2010
I have a confession. I have this long-term addiction that I've never managed to control: I'm a chocoholic. I have been ever since I was a kid - I remember stopping at the dollar store on the way home from school and buying a couple unhealthy snacks. I remember, regretfully, taking my father's chocolate bar from the cupboard when he planned to eat it later. And don't even get me started on how quickly I would eat my Halloween candy!
Some days it's really bad. I completely forget all ideas of everything in moderation and eat 2 or 3 chocolate bars, often one right after another. Some days I'm better and only have a little piece but those days are kind of rare. I also have a really hard time going through the Point of Sale at any store where they have racks of chocolate bars and not adding one on to my purchase.
I know it's ridiculous. I've managed to get so much under control with my new healthy lifestyle, but this is one area that just keeps escaping me. I don't mind leaving wiggle room in my lifestyle for treats - the odd baked good or latte - because that's part of making it a lasting lifestyle change. I know I couldn't deny myself those things forever. But these things shouldn't be in excess almost every day.
On Thursday and Friday, I didn't eat any chocolate bars. I loaded up on fruits and veggies instead. When I craved a chocolate bar yesterday, I ate carrot sticks. And you know what? I felt healthier, more energetic, happier and less moody.
So I'm starting a new challenge for myself, one month without chocolate bars, inspired by BETTERNEXTTIME's Month without Fast Food, which you can read about here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
I'm interested to see the outcome of this. I think everytime I crave a chocolate bar, I'll put a dollar aside (roughly the cost of a bar, depending where you buy them) and see how much I save by the end of the month. I wonder if I'll even still like them in a month. Maybe I only like them because I'm used to them.
Wish me luck!