I'm doing this as part of my spark diet plan in stage three - writing about a trouble goal. This is not so much a goal as it is an area of my diet that has taken a terrible beating since Christmas and the surprisingly large amount of boxes of chocolates that I have received......and managed to guzzle down before realizing how much i've actually eaten!
So here is the strategy for survival and forgiveness (taken directly from the diet plan, stage three)
1 - stay positive
A setback is only a problem is it keeps you sitting down, right? I have managed not to allow these chocolate binges to go over my calorie limit, so I'm still fitting them into my diet even if I'm not happy about the other nutritious food i've had to sacrifice for it. The fact that I still track it has probably stopped me from finished boxes of the stuff and ending up in serious trouble!! Soon, the giving season will be over and the chocolate boxes will stop arriving - and the next time they come along I will be better prepared to know how to manage them!!
2 - trust your plan
I love chocolate and have kept it in my nutrition plan by allowing myself only really dark, really expensive chocolate. This has enabled me to keep the number of chocolates that I eat down to just one or two, which is a very manageable amount. However, these milk chocolates that I have been receiving do not have the same 'stop eating' effect as the darker stuff I have been buying myself. So, I think I need to leave any future boxes of chocolate in the staff kitchen for sharing. That will mean that I can still eat a few, but share the rest with others. I prefer that idea to simply throwing the boxes out - that is a pretty harsh way to do things, but something i have had to resort to over the last few weeks. i need to remember my plan because it works - dark chocolate only!! When at work and tempted by the sweet treats, remind myself that there is a gorgeous piece of dark chocolate waiting for me at home that i will enjoy so much more.
3 - believe in yourself
Ah. Easy to forget this one, isn't it? Can I walk away from the chocolate boxes - of course i can - one step at a time with as little analysis as possible until i'm somewhere else and thinking about something else.
4 - give yourself good reasons to keep going
Reason one - I'm really happy with the way I look right now and with the success of following the diet plan for the last three months. I want to keep it up!
Reason two - spa break with my husband in two weeks - i want to wear a bikini!! (Is that a good reason?)
Reason three - I feel so much better when I eat nutritious food. I want to eat more of that!
So I'll start my day today with those thoughts in my mind!!