My Chocolate Free Year

Hey you beauts and happy Friday ❤

Today really is a happy one for me because it’s 1 year since I ate chocolate…….. I know CRAZY, right?   This may not seem like a big deal to any of you but for me it’s a big achievement in fact, a massive frigging one. I am actually so delighted with myself as stupid as it sounds. I was an absolute chocolate addict, like 3 or 4 bars a day no bother to me. It really makes me sick thinking about it now but at the time, I didn’t see the problem. I truly thought there was nothing massively wrong with eating that much each day.

So you may wonder why I decided to give it up? What was my reason I suppose?  It all started last year when I was deciding what I would do for Lent. Every year I say I will do something and don’t but last year I just said yeah feck it and gave it a go and when Easter Sunday rolled around  I was offered chocolate  but I didn’t want to break my chocolate ban. I should mention I was going through a temporary break up and was very upset so not much eating was happening but even when the upset passed. I didn’t crave it the same way anymore, I had beaten the addiction.

Why I gave it up…

I had noticed a few things happening in my life and did think chocolate wasn’t helping. One major thing was I would favour chocolate over a substantial snack and it was my go to when  I was feeling peckish for a pick me up but, note to self: what goes up, must come down.  This is so important when thinking about your blood sugar levels. I went into Oxford Circus one evening after work shopping and to cut a long ass story short, I stacked it on the tube, like I mean I was out cold… during rush hour. I was mortified. So embarrassed. I still go red thinking of it. Fainting is a scary thing being surrounded by people who know you, I didn’t have a clue who these people were looking at me when I came round.

Another biggie for taking my chocolate break was because I was crashing every evening when I got home from work and would have to nap.  I would be cranky as hell if I didn’t get at least 30 mins every evening. I didn’t have the energy for football training or even seeing people.  I just wanted to sleep.  I was feeling so sluggish and I wanted that to go away.  Its a horrible feeling.  You just feel horrible about yourself and your mood.

I knew it was extremely unhealthy to be eating that much. I was walking myself in to having type 2 diabetes really. It’s no secret the dangers of too much sugar and its something I was ignoring.

And I suppose the biggest reason at the time and even up to now…. I was proving to myself I actually had some will power and could do it!

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Do I miss it?

I’m a girl, I have periods every month…. OF COURSE I miss it!!! haha

Honestly, when I first started it was tough trying to find something as my 11am snack and 3pm pick me up if I had forgot to pack a lunch for work. I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that so many times I thought feck this, I can’t do it I am going to have a twirl or something, nobody will know but I don’t now, I was so determined to do it this time I would stop myself and I’m so glad I did.

Now that I have gone so long without it, the cravings have become less and less.  There are days of course where one square of Dairy Milk seems like it would be heaven but then I remind myself, is it worth it?  Look what you have gained by not eating it.

Benefits of not eating chocolate:

  • A lot more energy in a day – I don’t feel the need to nap after work everyday. Granted I have days where I am tired but I know it’s because of not sleeping enough the night before or if I have been playing a lot of sport that week.  It’s not to do with having an excessive amount of sugar between 8am and 5pm.
  • My skin has improved – I’m not saying I know longer have spots or my skin is flawless but I do notice a change.  I don’t feel like my skin is as dull looking as I did last year and I figure any little improvement boosts your confidence.
  • Weight loss – Now this probably wasn’t notable to anyone else because I’m not claiming to have dropped a size but my jeans most definitely fit that little bit better.  I know myself I was on the verge of becoming a bigger size last year which I personally didn’t want to do.  I probably only lost a pound or two but it made the world of difference to me.
  • I haven’t fainted since, massive bonus!
  • Saved on money.  A chocolate bar is on average £0.70 even more in some places compared to a banana which is like £0.13 usually.

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What have I learnt from it?

  • It’s definitely shown me that you don’t NEED chocolate like I would have once claimed. You crave it because that’s what you know, it’s what you’re used to.
  • I have realised that I have more will power than I gave myself credit for last February. If you want something bad enough you can do it when you set your mind to it.
  • I now understand why my grandparents always have them hard boiled sweets in their houses.  When I have a sweet craving that won’t go away and fruit can’t fix it, I’ll be sure to whip out a mint humbug these days (don’t judge me, they are underrated!!)
  • Chocolate is EVERYWHERE when you are trying to avoid it! When you look up recipes to bake there is chocolate in everything or dripped over so much. When you walk into a shop you are faced with rows of chocolate bars.  Its torture, honestly!

Would I do it again?

Yes and no, I do want a day off!!  I know on Saturday I want to treat myself to a chocolate milkshake when I finish my morning training session. I have wanted one for so long but there is something in my head saying “No Louise, you have come so far”…. Stupid as hell I know.  I do think I will have one though, as a treat but come Sunday I will try start it all again. I won’t put a time frame on it for now.

The main reason I want to do it again is because I can’t deny how much better not eating it has made me feel.  I don’t want to go back to eating it constantly and feeling rubbish about myself but you can’t deny sometimes you just want a little chocolate bar!  It will be tougher this year though because I am planning on giving up crisps this Lent. Now that’s not set in stone yet and I really doubt I will make it a year off both but god loves a trier, right?

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My tips for giving it up:

I’m not sure if I can give you a whole lot of do this and that information but what worked for me…

  • Take it week by week.  You can’t predict what curve ball life throws at you and how you will feel so just go with the flow.
  • Don’t punish yourself if you feel like having some chocolate.  It’s normal when you’re addicted. That craving passes so just try your best not to give in to it.
  • Learn to pack snacks in your bag so when you want a sugar fix, you have something to hand and you will be less tempted to go buy a chocolate bar.
  • Think of your health.  Honestly, you won’t believe how much better you feel until you try it!

I really hope you enjoyed the post and found it somewhat helpful. If you’re thinking of giving something up for Lent this year or already gave it up after Christmas let me know what it is and why, I would love to hear from you.

Enjoy the weekend!

Louise. X

 

 

 

 

 

 

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