Right, Iâ€™ve decided! Iâ€™m giving up chocolate for lent and hereâ€™s how Iâ€™m going to do it…
With most of us giving up chocolate for lent (did you know that itâ€™s one of the most tweeted about things this 2014?) Iâ€™ve created a helpful guide that Iâ€™m hoping to stick to for 40 days.
Step 1: Why give it up?
Well, I have made eating chocolate a habit. I must eat some at least once a day… Some people may do it to lose weight; I however simply want to see if I have the will power to do so.
Lent is actually a religious task thatâ€™s set, so this can sometimes be motivation enough!
Motivation: Use the reason to why youâ€™re giving chocolate up for lent to motivate you through this hard time.
Easier said than done, right? But, constantly remind yourself that â€˜Iâ€™m doing this because…â€™
Step 2: Cravings
I have a desk job, which means I look around for something to munch on and quite often than not. I can sometimes crave chocolate at as early as half 9 … and thatâ€™s when work begins!!
Occupy Your Mind: Think about something else.
Iâ€™m an individual who once (very briefly) studied psychology and so I think that this can be tackled with your mind. Occupy yourself with work so that you forget and donâ€™t have time to think about chocolate. Maybe have another healthy snack to let the craving subside.
Step 3: Treat Yourself
I believe that we need a reward after a hard day at work now and then, donâ€™t you agree? Â So, if Iâ€™m giving up chocolate, Iâ€™d like to treat myself another way. I donâ€™t like sweets or crisps much but peanut butter is definitely up my street.
Your Reward: Newsflash… although you like chocolate, itâ€™s not the only nice food out there!
You might not like sweets, crisps or fruits and nuts more than chocolate but it can still count as your treat. If youâ€™re losing weight then go for healthy snacks and if not think then about other treats that you might like to have â€“ like Haribo or Doritos 😉
Step 4: Success
Seeing success makes us perceiver in our endeavours so I always look forward to when I succeed and tell myself how happy I will be once Iâ€™ve accomplished this (plus when lent ends and I can eat chocolate again haha). Most of all though it will show me that I can live without this one luxury of my life, which will make me appreciate it even more!
Countdown: How many days are left?
Think about counting as each day goes past and celebrate that youâ€™ve come closer to finishing. Itâ€™s a great way to keep yourself motivated and feel good about what you are doing.
I think this will be a difficult journey as I donâ€™t remember the last time I havenâ€™t had chocolate as a snack… Iâ€™m determined to give up chocolate for lent though. Are you?