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Surprising willpower

Friday, February 18, 2011

The other day, I mentioned in a PS that I was surprised that I still had a lot of chocolate in the house. And I still am. I can’t believe it.

This past Monday was Valentine’s Day (and my birthday). I had bought a 90% dark chocolate bar…that still sits unopened in the fridge. My downstairs neighbor gave me a dark chocolate bar…I think there’s more than half left. And my hubby baked a flourless chocolate cake for my birthday….we’ve only had a few slices of that so far. I also have a handful or two of Hershey dark kisses in the freezer (having bought the bag sometime last month).

Before starting SP, I would’ve eaten chocolate without a second thought. Even this time last year, I think it would’ve been gone within a day or two. Now, I’m making a whole chocolate bar last a week or so.

It’s not been easy. Every time I open the fridge, I see the chocolate looking back at me and tempting me. I sometimes feel my willpower waver, but so far it hasn’t buckled under pressure. I take a small piece when it becomes too much, but I’m able to resist for the most part.

And it’s not only chocolate. We have ice cream in the house that I barely think about. I think the reason behind that is that I tell myself that it belongs to my husband and if he wants me to have some, he will. And it works. If only I had thought about using this tactic years ago.

I am happy with this success. It means that there’s been a change in my attitude towards food…I hope. It also means, if I wanted to, I could possibly have these foods in the house more often and not worry about it disappearing overnight.

Anyway, I had fun snowshoeing yesterday. According to SP, I burned about 1004 calories in 90 minutes. I know I felt it, and luckily I’m not sore today. I had to guess at the nutrition part though, and had to find foods close to what I had. I managed to stay within my calorie range…so all is good.

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