40 Days Without Chocolate

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Major feat.

To put things in perspective, I am a major chocolate lover.

I was the kid who would grab 1/2c of powdered Milo energy drink add as much condensed milk or water to make a gooey paste and eat it. If I wanted chocolate ice cream, I’d make the same mixture and pop it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, then eat it.

For the last 5 years, I have attempted to sacrifice chocolate for the  Lenten Season. Five freakin’ years!!!

I managed to quit pork and beef for good. I managed coffee at one point. But, I could never resist chocolate; dark, milk, white, with oranges. Anything chocolate, I’m the sucker for it.

So, finally, I can say I did it!

But, it cost me. Yup. Two kilograms on the scale. How?

Well, I substituted my craving for choccies with anything Caramel flavoured. And you know what happens when you substitute cravings? Nothing. Substituting does nothing.

That and I started loving Victoria Sponge Cakes. I bought the Taste The Difference ones from Sainsbury’s. I got through those in less than 24 hours. Blueberry Muffins. Lemon Drizzle Cake.

Why would anyone sell those little devils?

Surprisingly though, now that Lent is over, I managed to gather up a stash of choccies in a drawer. This is strange for me. I cannot stash chocolates. In my gut, yes. In a drawer, no.

I find it easier to resist chocolate sweets these days. So, I didn’t go into chocolate coma after Lent,  likeI thought I would.

If anyone wanted to control a habit or quit anything, I think 40 days is the standard length of time to actually manage it.

There is one formidable foe though, chocolate covered raisins. I have gone through four packets in a span of four days. I have been able to resist any other kind of chocolatey what-nots but those things.

As far as I am concerned, there are two great innovations in this world, chocolates, and raisins. Put them together, I’m sure we could negotiate for world peace.

At least, anyone could with me.


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