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Hide the Chocolate!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I thought I could keep dark chocolate in the house and not have a problem with it, but yesterday I ate more than I usually portion out, and in general I'm really fighting cravings again.

I thought I stayed in my calorie range yesterday, but after I went to bed, I remembered some extras that I ate after lunch and forgot to put on the tracker. Well, that's kinda sad because it ended a streak of 72 days tracking and staying in calorie range. No----correction----no sadness here! I'm going to feel TREMENDOUS that I tracked and stayed in range for 72 days. First time I have EVER done that....but not the last time! I have a new streak going, by the way.... a streak of one day, counting today!

Yesterday I went over by 230 calories. Doesn't sound that bad on paper, but for myself I KNOW I have been feeling binge-y for a couple days. I'm pretty sure yesterday was a binge-ette. I have been pretty aware and have stopped myself on several different days..... but it's still the feeling of standing on a precipice. Once recently I had the "on a cliff" image in my head, so I visualized myself walking away from a rocky danger spot. I also used the approach, "What would I tell a friend if she told me she feels like she's standing on a precipice, about to go over the edge?" I would say, "Walk away! You have the power to choose! Walk away!"

So it's time to take action. I know sugar is a trigger, and I've gotten sloppy. So I'm writing this for reference and accountability. No sugar for two weeks. Not even dark chocolate. I need to see if that can take me back to peaceful relations with food.

It's not that noble; I am not fond of Easter candy, and since I don't eat wheat now, this 2-week focus doesn't make me miss much that would interest me. Our oldest son's birthday is this weekend, but his chosen celebratory offering is cheesecake. I don't mind missing cheesecake. No biggie.

Sunday is Resurrection Day with a brunch at church, so I have to mentally prepare for that buffet. It happens after a joyful, uplifting service of worship and celebration, so that helps me be in a good frame of mind. Strategy: I'm thinking about having my teen daughter fix my plate and bring it to the table, so I don't even go through the line myself. Right now I feel too vulnerable. She eats healthy and has studied nutrition this year with me, so she'll know what to bring me.

Getting back to the title from this long beat-around-the-bush....I packaged up the 72% cacao dark chocolate bars and the Trail Mix with dark morsels and the Rollo....!!!!....why are Rollo candies in my pantry?.....and put them where I won't see them. When my daughter gets home from work, I'll have her hide them so she and her sister can have them, but I won't have any temptation. My husband has no interest in chocolate. Can you imagine? I can't. Also we have another son, my flesh and bone, who just never cared for chocolate. How does that happen?

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    I find a big difference between 72% chocolate and 85% plus. I do only 85% plus these days, I like the ones with less fat (other wise it takes like lard is in there to me), and they all typically have less sugar. It keeps the other chocolate at bay, but sometimes I find I am eating more (100-200 calories worth vs 30-100 calories worth). I take it as a stress sign and take care of other things in my life. Rolos - nope, I would wolf them all down in a short time. So you might try the higher %. Note: I also add it to a cup of Fage & fruit/nuts, or even drizzled over fruit so it feels like I got a lot of chocolate vs 30 calories worth. But bottom line it keeps me away from the other chocolate.
    1784 days ago
    There's so much great stuff in this post!

    -72 day streak (amazing)
    -What would I tell a friend...(have to remember that one)
    -Having someone make you a plate so you avoid the buffet line (also have to remember this one)

    Thanks for the great read!
    1784 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Love your self talk and clever solutions.
    Wishing you many blessings.
    1786 days ago
    Wow! Congratulations on 72 day streak!!! Wow! Wow! Wow!

    Every day is DAY ONE!!! emoticon

    Have you ever heard of "Made to Crave"? I am reading the book and going through the study... it is AMAZING!!!

    Here is a link to the first video if you are interested....

    Happy Easter!!!
    1786 days ago
    Wow!! I have issues with chocolate as well, been having a few these last few days and tonight I had to part with my last piece and give it to my kids take after me, my husband is not a crazy chocolate person. You have great willpower!!!! 72 day streak for staying in range and tracking is very impressive as well as staying positive. You've got a great plan for success! emoticon emoticon
    1786 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2013 10:51:44 PM
  • SHARON2018
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    1786 days ago
    Congrats on stopping your negative thinking about the "binge-ette". Love your visual of walking away from a precipice. (WHY didn't I read your blog earlier in the day??? But that's another story.)

    I think having your daughter go through the line for you is a wonderful idea. She will be very proud to be able to help you. I know what you mean about potlucks though, and buffets...they are terribly hard for us food-a-holics.

    Have fun this weekend!
    1787 days ago
    Good job and great plan for the days ahead.
    Have a blessed Resurrection Celebration!
    1787 days ago
    Congratulations! You are a Champion. I was just sitting here struggling with a chocolate craving. Thank you for the encouraging words. I am Walking away from the precipice.

    The idea of having your daughter prepare your plate for you is a great one. I will Keep that one in my tool box for the next tempting buffet that Comes my way.
    1787 days ago
    emoticon on your 72 days streak::::..... emoticon ...:::::& Way To Go on your careful planning - totally cool! emoticon LOL!!..::gotta have a sense of humor when you turn your back on chocolate.....Whew! emoticon not an easy choice....almost a heart rending choice - you are SO brave!
    We too have a brunch at church this Sunday....::::I am ready to make wise choices.
    I can tell you from my own experience that that bing-y feeling is a bear, BUT it can be overcome in time....:::it really does take fortitude & patience. emoticon

    1787 days ago
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