Chocolate had started to consume my life. Well, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but it sure felt like it. I would grab a handful of peanut M&Ms to take with me while I was watching TV. A few hours later I would crave a little more chocolate so what's the harm in eating a small Ghirardelli square? It's small right?!
Wrong! All of those little pieces of chocolate added up! Before I knew it, I had gained 10 pounds. When I realized this I actually wondered where it all came from. Hmm that wasn't too hard to figure out, now was it?! Come of Ashley, pull yourself together and kick the chocolate habit! And that is just what I'm doing.
I've found the idea of kicking the chocolate habit to be much harder than the practice of it. I know I need to lose weight and I know that I will be much healthier if I actually cut it out.
So here are the three things I'm trying to do to kick the habit:
Water STAT! When I came home from work, it was just so easy to go to the closet and grab a handful of M&M's. I had to break myself of that habit. I tried to retrain myself to walk straight to the fridge and grab a bottle of water. Sure water doesn't taste like chocolate, but I'm fairly certain my body was telling me I was in need of water but my brain said CHOCOLATE!!! Double score for this small change. I'm increasing my H2O intake plus decreasing unnecessary calories!
Out of sight out of mind. That's pretty much working so far. I've hidden all of the chocolate. When I am tempted to go to the sweets closet, all I see are travel coffee mugs and lunch boxes, no chocolate in sight which helps a lot!
No cold turkey here! I left myself a few Lindt Lindor truffles out in the open. If I have drank my water and I still have a craving for chocolate after 20 minutes or so then I will eat 1 truffle. At 70 calories a piece, this gives me the chocolate fix I want without having the sugar high! A good compromise I feel.
Me kicking this chocolate habit has come at the perfect time seeing as March is my fitness month! Do you try to limit sweets from your diet? How do you kick a bad habit?