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Not a Sweet Tooth – a Chocolate Tooth

I started my Not Fueled by Chocolate Diet and Exercise program in April of this year. Six months into the project – I’ve come to the realization that it is going to take a lot longer than six months to achieve my goal! That means I still can’t have a stash of dark chocolate in the house.

Why?  I am  1/3 a Chocoholic. That is to say, on the few occasions I have had access to a dark chocolate bar,  I am Chocoholic Signal 1 – not particularly good at limiting my intake to, lets say, a square a day. Fortunately,  I am not Chocoholic Signal 2 – having intense cravings and Chocoholic Signal 3 – eating it despite the consequences!

No, I am not inclined to nibble a mere 70 calorie chunk and be content. It takes a full 200 chocolate calories (or more) to satisfy my palate.  I’d have to add another 3 miles of walking a day to make that calorie neutral. That isn’t going to happen, which brings me back to where I started – I can’t have chocolate in the house.

But I’m down 6 to 8 pounds on average (can someone tell me how a woman’s weight can fluctuate by several pounds from one day to the next!) and some of my clothes are visibly too big – that’s the progress that keeps me going. There is no grand secret to my success. It comes down to changing a few habits.

I kickstarted my Not Fueled by Chocolate program by reading the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It is an excellent book to read if you want to change something in your life, but you don’t seem to have the willpower to make the change ‘stick‘!

Rather, to change a habit, you must keep the old cue, and deliver the old reward, but insert a new routine… This process within our brains is a three-step loop. First, there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future: THE HABIT LOOP… This is the real power of habit: the insight that your habits are what you choose them to be.
― Charles Duhigg, The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business

What habit have you changed or what habit would you like to change?

15 Comments

  1. I need to get into the habit of eating more fresh fruit and vegetables! I can only stand to eat salad one or two days a week, and I’m not that fond of most veggies presented in other “healthy” ways (raw, steamed, boiled). I eat fruit with breakfast every day, but lunch and dinner and primarily protein, a starch (potato, pasta, rice) and maybe one serving of a minor veg (peas, corn [which is actually a starch], carrots). My husband eats an apple a day but would forgo vegetables altogether if I didn’t “sneak” them into sauces, soups and casseroles. Its a constant struggle to “strive for five” most days. Anyone have any suggestions?

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  2. Agreed about the first 4 hours. Such optimism exists then before reality sets in and dieting is so much harder than we want it to be.

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  3. BTW: on the issue of weight fluctuations (day to day and even hour to hour) – a friend who uses the services of a dietitian to keep her on track says she was told to weigh herself naked, first thing in the morning; THAT is apparently your “true” weight. The changes that take place during the day(s) are a result of everything you eat, drink, wear, etc. so her dietitian suggests you ONLY weigh yourself ONCE A DAY (and always before eating or getting dressed) and don’t get discouraged when you see fluctuations (apparently up to 3 pounds is “normal”).

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    • I knew the naked morning part, but didn’t realize 3 pounds would be normal. Yes, a 3 pound weight gain in one day can be very discouraging!

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      • She also says you should resist the urge to weight yourself more than once a week (because of the basic fluctuations that occur); however, I simply can’t resist the lure of the scale every day! SIGH.

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  4. My habits are so bad, particularly around food, that I’m not sure which one I’d start with…
    The only reason I run marathons is so I can eat as much chocolate as I want.
    I wish you well in your endeavour. You’re a better woman than I am, Gunga Din.

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  5. Congratulations on losing 6-8 lbs. If those little bastards show up here looking for a new home, I plan to kill and bury them in the backyard. Just sayin’.

    Keep up the good work … and I’ll keep an emergency supply of chocolate on hand to ship to you at a moment’s notice.

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    • A few of them came back here too. It must have been the carrot cake at Thanksgiving.
      How kind of you to offer to set aside some chocolate for me. When I reach my target, I’ll let you know!

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  6. daniel george bautista says

    it is nice to know about being chocoholic, because i like chocolate too, this is fun to read, thank you.

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