25 days of no chocolate…

I’ve not eaten chocolate for 25 days. That may not seem like much to some people, but to me its massive. I have NEVER not eaten chocolate for more than a day or two.

At the beginning of this lockdown period as all our plans fell apart around our ears, I was really stressed. I couldn’t focus on very much, and I certainly wasn’t feeling in the mood to begin the protocol that I have been doing for the last few weeks.

It took some serious words from my hubby (which for the record I am infinitely happy about), to make me sit up and realise that now was the ideal time to get my health issues under control once and for all.

To say I was a chocolaholic is something of an understatement. I have never been shy about admitting that I had a problem around this sweet and gooey substance, but that’s always as far as it went.

My previous post ‘Joining the Dots’ goes into more detail about what my health issues are, and how I am attempting to deal with them.

What I wanted to talk about in this post was the results I have seen so far, and actually how easy it has been to stick to the ‘no sugar and therefore no chocolate rule’.

If I compare myself now to the person I was just three short weeks ago then there is no comparison. I was literally dragging my knuckles on the floor on a daily basis I was that tired. I got out of bed in the morning (after many failed attempts and extra naps) feeling as if I had been up for a week and only wanting to go back to bed.

I had become so attuned to running on empty that I really didn’t think there was ever going to be another way for me to feel.

How I managed to train and teach classes when I felt so bad is a mystery to me. But I did, and boy did I suffer for it. I think if I am honest then I had actually got to the point where I dreaded what I do for a living. The only way I could get through it was with coffee (lots of it) and chocolate (again lots of it). I would use the caffeine and sugar rush as my fuel to get through whatever workout I had to.

Even though I knew what I was doing, and more importantly, knew what I needed to do in order to get myself well, I was simply stuck in a rut.

Until lockdown hit and hubby had that little talk with me!!

Suddenly it all became very clear to me what I needed to do and why I needed to do it right NOW….

In just three weeks I have gone to simply putting one foot in front of the other, to actually feeling my energy seeping back in again. I no longer have to force myself out of bed in the morning. I actually can’t wait to get up and workout. Its become a joy to me again, which I am very grateful for.

Food has also become something I enjoy again, rather than being the source of my misery, as chronic bloating, wind and pain followed literally everything I ate. It has gotten to the point where even a glass of water would make my stomach react.

My skin looks way better as I am now making sure I drink at least 2 – 3 litres of water everyday. Again, as a health professional I already knew this. However, one of the downsides of drinking lots of fluid is then needing to use the toilet. When your job involves driving around to clients and classes all day that can get tricky. So, its easier to not drink. Plus, I was stopping for coffee to keep me going most of the time. Catch 22 as there is only so much you can drink.

I am finding my happiness again. I have always been a ‘glass is half full’ kinda gal, but I was seriously getting depressed with both how I felt and how I looked. Now, I am getting my ‘joie de vivre’ back again. Yes our plans have been trashed, but we are now in the process of making bigger and better ones.

I really can’t believe that so much has changed in just 25 days. It really is a testiment to that old adage ‘we are what we eat’. I was feeding my body primarily processed sugar on a daily basis – yes somedays chocolate and coffee were all I consummed!!!

If I want there to be one takeaway from this post it is this :

‘Please do not underestimate the damage processed sugar can and does do. Even though you may not feel it now, it WILL catch up with you.

I am almost a third of the way through the protocol that I am on. I have a way to go, but I am positive that I have finally found the root cause of my other health issues. I am also working through my mindset and researching some very interesting information/workshops and podcasts on creating new habits.

It feels so good to finally be seeing the old me re-emerge. That in itself is motivation to continue.

If you want some help/advice or a programme to help you through a similar lifestyle change then please get in touch via my contact me page. I am working 1-2-1 with specific clients at this time, on an online basis. Come and chat and lets see how we can kick start your health and wellbeing.

Helen x

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