At work we have a fun question of the week on our internal intranet that’s sparked a bit of a debate this morning. What part of the Easter egg is your favourite; the egg of the extra contents. It got me thinking about my quest to give up sugary treats this year. I’m currently on Day 85 of no chocolate. I’m class that as chocolate bars, most sweets and the majority of biscuits. Every so often I have the urge for some sugar and have something from a ‘list’ of treats that may have some chocolate coating. For me that’s been working well. Because I have my list and it’s full of things I don’t normally eat it’s meant I haven’t given in and binge eaten everything when I’ve been down or emotional.
In the past I’ve tried to give up sugar and chocolate and usually tied it in with Lent (even though I’m not particularly Christian or religious). The downside I can see now is that gave me the opportunity to ‘reward’ myself with junk once we got to Easter and so I’d go overboard. Stopping this time for New Year means that I’m now in the habit of not having chocolate, the cravings subsided a long time ago and I can go in the supermarket without thinking that I only have a few days to go before I can over-indulge.
I’m not missing it. And that in itself is a nice feeling. Easter was always going to be a bit of a test as it’s the first real time that there has been chocolate everywhere on offer but so far I feel like all the hard work that I’ve done over the past few months is paying off. I am thinner, my health is improving and I’ve learnt how my body feels when it has sugary pollutants in it and I can look at all these previously tempting sweets and not want my body to go back to how it used to feel. I feel in control of my eating habits rather than them controlling me. Those are really powerful feelings to have.
I’m going to continue to count. I don’t check every day, mostly it’s at the end of each month as I take stock of where I am at (I only checked today for this blog post). I like to see the number of days increase and no there is no turning back. There is still work to be done on my food habits but I think over the first three months of 2018 I can definitely say I am winning:)