I did it! Forty Six Days Without Chocolate!
These are my thoughts and what I learnt about myself from giving up chocolate for Lent…
Did it help my weight loss efforts?
To begin with it did seem to help my weight loss/Slimming World efforts. But after a while I realised that instead of eating chocolate I just ate other sugary foods instead.
In the end it didn’t help my weight loss at all. It probably had the opposite effect – I ended March heavier than I started (and that doesn’t happen very often…only 2 other times in the 19 months).
Avoiding chocolate can be tricky
It’s in a lot of things that aren’t necessarily labelled as chocolate. For instance – Tesco sell Fresh Cream Toffee Meringues which are quite good for Slimming World but the meringue has chocolate on it.
And I was even offered a free chocolate sample one day in a shop! (Why didn’t that happen when I was eating it!?)
I have more will power than I realise
I often find myself using lack of will power as an excuse. Going forty six days without chocolate has helped me to challenge that belief. I thought about chocolate most days and would have happily eaten some had I not been abstaining. Remembering my end goal helped me stick with it. If I hadn’t been working towards Easter Sunday this may have been tricker to do.
I can do hard things
Okay so giving up chocolate may not seem that hard to you. And in the big scheme of things it isn’t the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with…not by a long shot! But before I started I knew I would find it hard. So many times through the 46 days I thought it was difficult. And yet I still got to the end. I did it. A reminder that I can muster inner strength when needed.
Removing moderation makes it easier to say no
It’s far easier to turn something down because “I’m not eating chocolate” than “I shouldn’t…I’m ‘trying’ to be good”.
I really appreciate my support network
My husband and son mostly stayed away from chocolate too which I really appreciated. When we visited family and they visited us – they had chocolate free treats to share so I didn’t feel like I was missing out! I’m glad I shared my plans with them all so they could offer support.
Keeping track helps motivate me
I liked looking at my Bullet Journal tracker each day to see how many days had passed and how many were left. Each night I coloured in the number representing the total days I’d been without chocolate and I found it motivating to track my progress.
Where to now with chocolate?
I’ve enjoyed eating some Easter chocolate since Sunday but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had anticipated after 46 days without it.
Once the Easter chocolate is finished I am thinking about trying to go mostly chocolate free. I might just enjoy chocolate on special occasions.
Where to next?
Given that I substituted chocolate with sugary foods and sweets I’m keen to challenge myself further. I’m quite keen to try sugar free. I may try this for a week and see how it goes.
If you have any sugar free tips and advice I’d love to hear from you!