Hey, If you love chocolate (I love dark, intense chocolate myself), plan for it so that you never feel like you're "cheating". I have a square of a good-quality dark chocolate not every day (sometimes I will have a glass of wine or chips or something else I enjoy for a treat). The point is, Spark really allows you to customize your calories to your personal preferences and doesn't make you give up foods you love. So don't! :)
Thanks everybody. I really appreciated everyone's encouragement, support, and perspective. I've only got a few minutes at the moment so I won't be able to reply to everyone's post, but I wanted to say thank you!
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24 11/17/13 12:30 A
I had the same problem with some crackers and eventually I had to take them to work and share them. I won't bring them into the house again. My advise, get rid of the chocolate -- give it away, trade it, freeze it, sell it, etc. Good Luck!
When I read your post, I wondered why I, a confirmed chocoholic, don't crave chocolate candy.
Thinking about it, every day I DO have a chocolate protein drink, HOT skinny mochas and occasional sf jello chocolate pudding. I keep a 'hoard' on hand of sf jello and sf jello puddings as well as dannon lite greek yogurt and yoplait non fat frozen greek yogurt pops.
I plan them into my day, so never feel guilty when I eat them. AND I'm satisfied with NO cravings. For chocolate/sweet that is, now chips are ANOTHER story
They are my weakness also, so I have to NOT have any around because I will eat them until I throw up.
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I'm becoming a bit of a "snob" when it comes to certain food. Most people here should know by now that my biggest weaknesses are snack cakes and barbecue chips.
I haven't touched a Zebra Cake since probably August. They've started to make me feel sick, and they don't even appeal to me anymore.
Chips have been a different story, but I've cut back on them SIGNIFICANTLY. I've come to realize that I don't absolutely love Lays or Wise chips. I enjoy Kettle Brand from time to time, but my favorite is this very specific Utz chip: Smokin' Sweet Kettle Barbecue. (Ok, there's also this other PA brand chip that I haven't been able to get in years because it's not sold anywhere near here). Both of these chips are not super easy for me to find (the Utz one tends to vanish from shelves constantly).
But nothing else is as good, so I don't settle.
I've become a bit of a "snob" in a lot of ways. I don't like regular Jif or Skippy peanut butter, so I don't touch it. I love plain, natural (and fun flavors like Justin's maple/honey nut butters as a treat). Instead of Hershey's or even Dove or Lindt chocolate, I go for the expensive $4-$6 a bar organic, fair trade, dark chocolate.
When you spend $5 a bar, it's harder to justify eating the entire bar in one sitting.
In some ways, eating healthy can actually save me money. I make my own bread and hummus. I buy frozen veggies and meat (chicken and seafood) in bulk rather than heating up TV dinners or frozen pizza.
So, when it comes to treats, I like them to be extra special. I'll splurge for the organic honey and pure maple syrup to sweeten things (I don't use regular table sugar). I go for the pure vanilla extract even though the imitation is half the price.
Sure, you might have chocolate, but is it REALLY good chocolate? Maybe it is. My advice would be to really check with yourself. Ask yourself if it is really the kind of chocolate you really want.
I'd rather have Theo's or Chuao chocolate once a year than Hershey's every day.
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By the name of your title "give into cravings" it raises a red flag to me. Why do you feel bad for wanting to "give in"? Why are you depriving yourself? This is about a lifestyle change for health, not about reaching a number, starving yourself of goods, or feeling like a failure if you give in. Go ahead and eat that piece of chocolate. Do you have a problem with moderation? I do too. I had an entire pie that I bought to help my cousin's daughter raise money. I knew I would eat ALL of it in one day if I had it, so I took one small slice, and threw the rest in the dirty garbage outside that way I know I could not get it back. Go ahead and eat some chocolate, then give the rest away or toss it completely. I mean what could it be like 300 calories at the most for a regular size piece? That's nothing! It will do nothing to ruin your weight loss and it might even help you. I was like you once depriving myself, and when I finally stopped stressing and ate some sweet stuff, I actually dropped weight. Good luck!
Take it one day at a time. :)
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11/15/13 9:49 A
I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.
The fact is, you are not a bad person or an unhealthy one if you over eat one day or even one weekend. You're a normal human being with normal human urges. Don't beat yourself up if you find yourself overeating. it's going to happen. As long as it doesn't happen every single day, you'll be alright.
Do you have a piece of fruit ? Have a piece of fruit. If you really want a piece of chocolate, it really is okay to have a piece. Just be mindful of the portion size. You don't have to deprive yourself to be healthy.
Think moderation and portion control
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11/15/13 9:47 A
I can relate to the kind of intense tension a person can feel when they're so tempted to get into some food. Let us know how you did, and whether you decide to have a small amount of the chocolate, eat a larger amount and move on, or resist it altogether, watch and see...these cravings will most likely diminish over time. Hugs to you!
I'm not having a good day right now and I REALLY want to eat the chocolate that I know we have. But I don't want to mess up and go outside my calorie range. I really want to stay in these jeans. I want to get under 150 before the end of the month. I've got to not eat the chocolate!!! ughhhhhhhh
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