I, too, love chocolate. I haven't yet met a chocolate treat that I didn't like! Denying myself chocolate doesn't help. It just makes me crave it more.
Some strategies that have helped me learn to live with chocolate include the following:
1. Use your freezer. Freeze large amounts of chocolate (e.g., those gift boxes full of it) and eat one piece at a time. This takes a lot longer to consume, esp. since you have to wait for it to thaw out. No fair using the microwave to soften it up.
2. When faced with a wide assortment of yummy sweets, pick a SAMPLE of your three favorites. Don't waste calories on something you might like.
3. Eat half whenever possible. This will often satisfy your craving for sweets, but keep you in your calories range.
4. Always drink lots of water with chocolate. The combination will fill you up fast.
As for exercise, if you suffer through the first few minutes, you'll finish your workout. It's only hard the first 5-7 minutes. Then you're committed and won't stop.
"You cannot accept another with a hateful heart. You cannot hear the other with a closed mind. You cannot embrace with closed arms. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
--Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi
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