So today is day 28 out of 31 without chocolate. I decided to give up chocolate and go on a DECHOX for British Heart Foundation for the month of March. I am a self-confessed chocaholic. Seriously. There isn’t a day that would go buy that I wouldn’t eat chocolate. I mean like lots of it too. And I knew that it was bad. I was seriously addicted to it. I’d eat it slyly as to not let others know how bad I was. I felt really guilty about it. But I couldn’t help myself either. I’m sure that there are other people out there like this too. And I know how bad it is for my health, wellbeing, skin and mental health.
Firstly I didn’t sign up for the half-heartedly. I was determined to ditch chocolate. I knew if I did this I would lose some weight and I’d feel good, but I also knew it had to be for me and it was.
So I knew that going cold turkey wasn’t going to be easy. For me I don’t drink a lot, it’s very rare for me to have a glass of wine, and I don’t smoke or take drugs. So I don’t know what it’s like to stop an addiction… well I didn’t know until this month. Now by no means am I saying that me saying I have an addiction to chocolate is the same as a heroin or alcohol addition/dependency, it’s not. But giving up that one thing that you look forward to each day was difficult. The first few days was easy and pain free, but then I started to get headaches and my sleep was affected, I’m really annoyed that I wasn’t wearing my Fitbit from the start as I could have monitored my sleep. On day 4 I felt like I was really unwell and this continued for a few days. I genuinely thought that I was going to need to take a day or 2 off work, until I realised that it wasn’t a cold or the flu… it was my need for chocolate. That was an eye opener. I can’t believe that I have let my body become so addicted to chocolate.
By the middle of March I was starting to sleep better and was enjoying that my skin was looking a bit better, albeit still needing some work. The cravings for chocolate were gone and I wasn’t finding it as difficult. The only thing I really miss I think is not having hot chocolate from my local coffee shop, gingerbread hot chocolate with just mallows. My new drink I have chosen for when I visit Symposium is a coconut latte.
What have I learned from this, chocolate really can keep a grip on you and it’s not good for you, no matter how good it tastes. I have decided that I am going to continue to not have chocolate but, not be as strict and allow treats here and there. I have lost 7lbs in total on my dechox.
For the month of April I am going to try and give up fizzy juice, I wouldn’t say I’m addicted to it but I know that it’s no good for you, I will let you know how I get on.
Ohh and I forgot to mention I made my target £100 to raise and I have managed to raise over £120 so far. That itself has made it worthwhile.