Thursday, May 21, 2009

No more chocolate!!!

I've really got to get my chocolate addiction under control. I once went for 6 months without so much as a sprinkle of chocolate powder on my cuppacino and now I'm eating it every day... I think that in my head I'm thinking that it's OK to have chocolate every day because I'm not eating nearly as many calories as I was before and so I shouldn't be doing any damage to my weight loss... WRONG... WRONG... WRONG!!!

Every afternoon at around 3pm (after having lunch at 12noon) I start to get a little hungry - I'm starting to recognise it more as "head - i need something sweet - hunger" and every afternoon I've gone down to the canteen and picked myself up a 300 cal chocolate bar and eaten it with a cup of tea. Goes down a dream... it really does... and I'm not hungry then until just before dinner time at around 6pm. And then after dinner (if it's in the house) I tend to sit on the couch, watch TV and absent-mindedly eat chocolate.

I've got to stop this habit... so starting from today I'm going to cut chocolate completely out of my diet... down to the chocolate powder on my cuppacino! This is how I'm going to do it:

1. Don't take coins to work - empty out my change every evening into our money tin
2. Get rid of all chocolate in the house - hubby won't like this one, but I've just got to do it!
3. Tell hubby not to bring chocolate into the house - if he wants it he can have it, but just not around me

Any other suggestions for keeping the chocolate monster out of my life would be greatly appreciated!!!

In other news, I had a bad PB yesterday evening when I had baked chicken and vege for dinner. The chicken was really dry and I ate a couple of really big bites without really thinking... violently heaved in the toilet and was sore afterwards...

Exercise has been fab this week:

Monday - Pump 60 mins - 450 cals burnt
Tuesday - Cardio 60 mins - 700 cals burnt
Wednesday - Boxing 55 mins and cardio 40 mins - 1000 cals burnt
Thursday - Cardio after work 60 mins - gym stuff is in the car - aim is to get 700 cals burnt
Friday - Rest day
Saturday - spin class 45 mins
Sunday - PT session 60 mins

I'm feeling really great about my exercise sessions at the moment. My body fat percentage is now at 37% down from over 50%. I'm going to get my bloods tested again to see what my cholesterol is doing. If it's still high I might request to go on meds as I have a family history of high cholesterol levels.

Ok, that's all from me today. Have a good one!

LBG xx


Blossum Bandit said...

That's funny cos I had a choco attack yesterday too.

I personally wouldn't cut it out completely - try replacing your daily chocolate with a cup of WW hot chocolate made on water so you still get the chocolate hit but without all the calories. Then maybe save the chocolate for on the weekend???

Just a suggestion :-)

brent said...

Absolutely, I think you're on to a winner - although I'm not sure that limiting the change you have on you at any one time is ultimately going be effective in stopping you from succumbing to temptation: if you WANT to, you'll find some way around it: so don't want to.

I've recently realised that I'm getting less, not more, fit since I started riding again after my broken wrist. And I put this down to I've been drinking a lot more beer and basically eating really bad food - for same reason as you "because I can". Which isn't strictly true.

So I've made a choice: no more alcohol or sugary drinks until October (which is when the Around The Bay ride is). Simple. Cold turkey.

(I've probably said all this before - I do tend to) I remember my boss once told me the way that he stayed skinny while we were standing around at a work function having beer and cheese and dips and stuff. He said it was simple: just don't do it.

The thing is that 'cutting back' requires will-power and self-discipline which will usually ultimately lead to disappointment - each time you have temptation you have to _try_ say "Oh, just this one time". Whereas 'no' just requires a decision. Once.

I think it's a good idea to not store chocolate around the house, and to encourage your hubby to not eat chocolate around you. It's also a good strategy to not take spare change with you. The only other strategy I would suggest is that you could do pre-emptive snacking - in the time when you would ordinarily snack on chocolate, replace that with a glass of water or something.

But, yeah, totally, Cold turkey on chocolate is the way to go.

(Oh, and if you're wondering why a near complete stranger is writing an essay in your comment section it's because I got made redundant recently and need to find stuff to fill in time while at work because I intend to do no real work while I'm here :-) sorry for the long post)

Eliza said...

Maybe try dark chocolate with a high Coco % - you might already have done that. Still get that beautiful taste but don't need to have nearly as much to think, ok enough for now.

LapBandGirl said...

Thanks for the tip's guys! I have to say, I'm an all or nothing girl.. I can't just have dark chocolate (actually I'm not a big fan of dark chocolate, I'd prefer not to have any if it was dark!).. or just have a hot chocolate at night ... and yes, I think it's going to be cold turkey. I'm going to go cold turkey until November 21st... 6 months!

Samara said...

Hi - Ive just spent the arvo reading your blog. As a possible fellow "bander", I wanted to commend you on your honesty and bravery in sharing your journey with others. I am 99.9% sure that im going to get it done and I keep thinking oh im worried about this or that but when it comes down to it, theyre all only momentary - Im sick of not living because im overweight, and the last 15 years (of being aware of my obesity) is worth any discomfort or pain. I dont mean in any way to sound as though I am trivialising the pain that people go through with LapBands, just that Im sure that the positives outweigh the negatives. Thank you again, so much. You are such an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

You're my hero! I just struggled to cut chocolate out of my diet for 1 week and that was enough for me! 6 months is some sort of torture - I'm thinking about calling the UN. Although you're inflicting it on yourself so I guess that's alright :)