Calling All Recovering Choclate Addicts ...

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  1. wannadrop3st

    wannadrop3st Full Member

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    Hey Guys,
    I am back again, after loosing 3 st last year, i have put 2 stone back on.

    I am really struggleing to get back onto SS, but i know i need to be away from food for a while :wave_cry:

    My problem is not food in general i could sit happily while my family ate take away, my problem is choclate, be it bars or biscuits....

    So my question is ..... has anyone else got this problem, and how did you over come it??? It really is just choclate letting me down :cry:

    Help......:cry::break_diet:

    Thanks girls
     
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  3. onlyme!

    onlyme! is a naughty girl...

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    I am the same! and once I start there is no stopping me :( I think I just have to give up on it forever! good luck hun :)
     
  4. Caz

    Caz Slimming down the aisle

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    I'm with Megan, just got to give it up for good I think! Definitely my hardest bit.
     
  5. ** Just Jools **

    ** Just Jools ** Slow & steady does it!!!!

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    Gotta agree hun, sorry! x
     
  6. onlyme!

    onlyme! is a naughty girl...

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    I have just been thinking about this and I am fully willing to admit...

    MY NAME IS MEGAN AND I AM A CHOCOHOLIC!!
     
  7. boardwitless

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    Hi Wannadrop, I'll tell you about me :p as I'm quite astonished at what has happened. I was a complete chocaholic - if there was a new bar out, I had to try it, if my husband had a gift of chocs, I ate them and left a note telling him which ones he could have :eek: I have robbed the kids' Easter eggs :eek: and gone out at night in the rain to go to the local shop to get choc. I have eaten until I haven't enjoyed it any more, just carried on as it was opened and I had to finish it. I have eaten in secret, in the car and I still find wrappers hidden around the house from my various stashes :eek:
    After trying every diet known to man, I have amazingly lost 4 stone on CD, something just clicked and I found it interesting more than a struggle. My lifestyle fitted around it, I don't drink or socialise much and I'm quite astounded that it worked for me as well as it did. I can honestly say that the rest from food was the best thing ever - I have tried to low-carb since working up the plans which has cut out a lot of cravings but I think it's like an alcoholic going cold turkey - my uncontrollable cravings have gone!! I'm not tempted to say 'forever' as I think I'm living like a recovering alcoholic at the moment - one day at a time but I have had boxes of Thorntons in the house since Christmas that are still sealed as they are not shouting at me :D
    I now crave vegetables of any size, shape and description.......Yes, veggies :eek:, I find them sweet enough and really tasty, moreso than I ever did as I think my palate/tastebuds have had a rest from all the sugar and retuned themselves.
    So, my point is, if anyone had told me this 9 months ago, I would have laughed in their face. Go for it, I know it sounds glib to say 'If I can do it, anyone can' because we're all different but give it a good go to allow yourself a chance to get out of the habits (and it really is only habit) It is an addiction, you're right, it's just wanting more and more to fill the need, like a druggie needing more to achieve the same feeling.
    Sorry for the long post
    Good luck
     
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    :banana dancer:p.S I've just done a little dance because I found some sprouts in the freezer and got really excited!! :drool:If someone had told me that 9 months ago I'd have punched them:8855:
     
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    I REALLY want chocolate now!!
     
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    you go girl.......i'm exactly the same. my 8 year old asked me where all his choc had gone from his selection boxes, i blamed daddy and his 3 year old brother. it's cadburys i can't help myself. having said that i've picked little one up today from mother in laws and didn't have a choc bic with my cuppa. 8 year old said it's fish and chip friday, i've told him it was thursday but he twigged so i've told him mummys on a diet and when i'm slim i will take him swimming every sunday so thats my insentive. wannadrop i know how you feel. i've only been back on it 2 days now, i'm starving and got acid with all the water drinking. we will do it though (fingers crossed) good luck (ooohh have you seen the pictures of them curried at the bottom of the screen - nice )
     
  11. miss jelly tot

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    Are you mad :eek: frozen sprouts! Think I will stick to the chocolate lol.
    Well done on your loss though:D
     
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    i like sprouts but fresh ones tho:p, my 4year old says to me- mummy i cant eat sprouts cos they make me fart, he says it to everybody he meets:eek:i have a cupboard full of choclate from xmas,im ok just looking at it its when the kids open it is the worse as i can smell it:cry:
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys :wave_cry:

    Boardwitless, OMG you sounded just like me :cry:
    I am going to print your post off and put it on my fridge, in my purse, on my desk :D coz if you can now love sprouts more than choc, your all the inspiration i need:D
    Seriously, Thankyou :eek:

    My planned restart date is Sunday 17th Jan, so here goes :flirt2:

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
     
  14. boardwitless

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    Awww, thanks - your post just struck a chord with me as I was/am a serious chocaholic (as I said, taking it one day at a time like the recovering alcoholic)
    I'm not saying I'll never eat chocolate again, in fact I have had the occasional one - but it has been just one (and no-one has been more surprised than me :eek:).
    I see the adverts for chocolate on the TV and I still go 'Mmmmmmm' but it's more out of habit rather than actually wanting it, I'm behaving as others expect me still to behave. Don't get me wrong, I'll never make the 'chocolate face' over sprouts but they are now something I enjoy a lot more, along with other veg. :D
    Seriously though, I did find that low carb helped cut out the cravings as I understand it stabilises blood sugar levels so I have gone to the point of buying diabetic/low carb chocolate when I've fancied a little bit which has then lasted for a while.

    By the way, Duncan - If you think sprouts are bad for the farting, you want to try diabetic sweets - lethal :eek:
     
  15. Laura Croft

    Laura Croft Happily maintaining

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    There is hope :)

    The first time I ate an apple after being on SS+, I got that massive sugar high. I was really worried I wouldn't be able to eat them anymore but I realised I'd trained myself to know I could just have one apple, but yet I was sure I couldn't have just one biscuit.

    The mind has a lot to answer for :)

    Once I hit goal this time around, I set up a few rules if I wanted to introduce a new food. They were basically as follows, partially inspired thanks to the book Eating Less, the very wise KD and lot of foot work working out what does and doesn't work for me.

    1) If I had a snack, at first, I had to eat it at different times of the day so I knew I wasn't just eating (whatever the food was) at a certain time of day.

    2) If I wanted another, I had to break the taste first with a cup of tea or something different. This made a massive difference to me

    3) I had to make sure I'd taken enough time for my main meal to digest. I exercise a lot so there are times that I am hungrier than normal.

    4) Believing I could just have one. I was quite sure like a lot of you that there were a few things I was going to have to ban, and truth be told, now I choose not to eat them now because I don't want to but believing I was in control of food and not the other way around made a very big difference.

    5) Keeping an eye on the time. If I am close to a meal, then the snack needs to wait until after that meal.

    6) Using the scale as a guide and nothing more. Sugary high carb stuff tends to be less dense so the next day when I jumped on the scales they may not have budged but I couldn't use that as an excuse to have another one that day. Sadly, it's the high fibre more dense stuff that will show up on the scales faster. Just to make things more confusing ;)

    7) Thinking through the implications of what I want to eat. If I am going to eat the muffin because I am hungry and will still feel good at myself it's okay. If I want to eat the muffin but I'm not feeling good at myself and will probably feel worse after I've eaten it, it's not happening. Feeling better about myself is an important trade off.

    Chocolate wasn't my downfall though - it was the savoury stuff but I still needed to implement the same rules.

    Now a few months on, I am a little more aware and can make the decisions quite easily. If I have indulged, I'll keep an eye out for the next few days just to make sure I'm back on track.
     
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    Very wise words Laura, I like your attitudes to breaking habits as much of what we think of as 'bad' eating is only habits we have allowed ourselves to get into.
    Your mantra for today also is a guideline I now like to stick to
     
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    Thanks BW. You summarised what I said very succintly :) Hope all is still going well for you.
     
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    Hi Laura, Yep, not bad thanks. Have discovered the joys of beetroot today - never had it fresh before, only pickled which I wasn't keen on. I thought it came out of the ground tasting like vinegar! ;)

    Re. breaking the bad habits - I like watching the 'Fat Families' type programmes to see other people's eating habits. Worst one ever this week - one WHOLE packet of cream cheese and one sixth of a packet of butter to EACH jacket potato, mashed and put back in the skin :eek:. It obviously develops over time - a little bit of cheese and butter is nice, so obviously the thinking is that a load of the stuff would be wonderful and therefore habits develop as no-one put the brakes on. Good on them though, they did pull it back and got used to eating better choices.
     
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    Isn't it great to discover foods we didn't like? Unfortunately for me I'm beginning to like chocolate more. Don't ask me how that's happened. I'm blaming it on the mousse. :)

    My stomach flipped when hearing about the FF but I'm sure I had a few 'meals' that could have beat theirs. Ugh. Much prefer the stirfry I had tonight thank you very much.
     
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