As I sit down to write this post, I’m a little afraid of myself. I’m afraid to actually be the person who tells myself not to eat chocolate. And I’m not talking about a day or two, I’m talking for as long as I can take it. But wait! That’s too long! Ahhh!
We can do this. Let’s just dial it back..
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have seen the momentum building in the comments of yesterday’s blog post. As I debated the morals of eating a chocolate truffle verses a container of blackberries, only to eat them both, reader Tasha commented saying she had managed to stay clear of chocolate for two days. I read that and thought, “Wow, that’s pretty great, probably impossible for me though.” Then I thought… “Wait, a minute.. why is that so impossible? If she can do it, I can do it.. we ALL can do it! YES WE CAN!”
Then President Obama commented and joined.
So here’s the plan. There’s a lot of us out there who have what I’ll call an I-can’t-live-without-chocolate addiction. We keep bags of Hershey kisses in our drawers at work, buy chocolate chip cookies just to eat the chocolate chips out, sprinkle chocolate chips on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (omg I want to try this right now. stopme)… and the list goes on.
INSTEAD of reaching for chocolate when the urge strikes us.. let’s reach for fruit. For one week, or as long as you can stand it. Not a different kind of dessert like a cookie–no. That would just bring on another addictive behavior that we’d have to challenge ourselves off of! Fruit. I’m not saying don’t eat dessert at all, I’m just talking specifically about your chocolate cravings. For the next two weeks, fruit IS chocolate. Got it?
One week is the first goal. Then after that? Let the strongest competitor win. I’m betting I can beat you all! Mwahaha (actually, probably not). Think you can go the longest? Join in on the challenge by commenting below. If you’re in and you’re a blogger, let others know you’re taking it on. The Stronger Than Chocolate Challenge has begun! (updated to add: starting tomorrow).
Now I know what you’re thinking, a week or more is cray cray. It’s an impossibility! There’s so much holiday chocolate sitting in my cabinet calling my name right. now.!! But since when do we let sugar and butter and cocoa beat us?
Since forever We don’t.
Here’s a list of the weaknesses I’m going to have to overcome:
- eating a piece of chocolate after breakfast and saying to Dave “It’s never to early for chocolate, right?”
- eating a piece of chocolate at 2:30pm when I’m kinda hungry but just want a pick me up
- buying chocolate chip muffins to eat the chocolate chips out of the muffin top. mmhmm. guilty.
- ordering the chocolate lava cake dessert after dinner. i just started to cry.
- eating the amazing chocolate T sent me at night before I go to bed as a chocolate night-cap.
Other reader’s vices:
- Hershey kisses
- Mini chocolate luna bars
- Chocolate chips on oatmeal
- Espresso infused chocolate
- Berries and chocolate
- and the list goes on…
In honor of the blog post that started it all, I’m going to make sure I have tons of blackberries on hand for when a craving hits. Strawberries, too. I’m going to need options if this is going to work.
I’ll be keeping a spreadsheet of all the participants and posting updates on the blog. This is going by the honor system, so please tell the truth my friends. Also, I’ll be posting a survey on the Mel Runs facebook page to let you vote on the winner’s prize! If you have any prize ideas, let me know.
Let’s do this!