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One-Month Challenge: Chocolate-Free March, Week 1

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[Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. Last month, Melissa gave up (or tried to!) late-night snacking. This month, reader Lauren is going on chocolate detox. Let’s hope this doesn’t send her on a Charlie Sheen downward spiral!]

Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m a chocaholic. I’m one of those girls that doesn’t only crave chocolate around that “time of the month,” but basically every day. I love me some chocolate and maybe a little too much.

So this March, I’m giving it up. Yep, no chocolate. No M&Ms, chocolate chip cookies, snack cakes drizzled with chocolate, chocolate cake. You name it; I can’t have it.

I decided to take on this challenge to see if I could really not touch anything chocolately for one whole month and see if it makes me feel better and healthier. I also want to see if I’m eating it for the right reasons. Am I really hungry and just need to choose a healthier option for a snack? Or do I just want a sugar rush? Am I just bored? Every time I crave chocolate, I’m really thinking about why.

Sure, we’ve all learned lately that a little bit of dark chocolate is good for you, but eating chocolate every day in different sugary sources? Probably not so much. I’m sure the pounds of sugar slows me down. I want to see if it really does effect my energy levels or my mood.

Worst part of this is going to be the temptation. I kind of forgot to tell my parents I was doing this challenge before my mom went out and bought me a whole bunch of chocolate treats: Cocoa Crispies snack treats from SAM’S CLUB, Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs (my fave!), she made these cocoa peanut butter oatmeal cookies that are amazing. I couldn’t really down all of this stuff in the last week of February, so guess what’s been sitting around my house? About a million chocolate treats screaming my name every time I crave that chocolate goodness. And then there’s other people. On my FIRST day, I went to my Grandparent’s house and they had Ghirardelli chocolate brownies and I had to explain to them that I wasn’t eating chocolate this month. Major. Bummer.

Yep, this month is going to suck. Let’s hope it turns me into a sudden health and fitness nut or something and I forget chocolate exists (yeah, right). Now I have to go convince my boyfriend that his birthday cake this year better be vanilla…

So how about you? Do you think you’re addicted to chocolate and willing to give it up for a month? Share your thoughts!

[Check out the other One Month Challenges we’ve taken on. And if you’ve got a challenge you want to tackle (and be held accountable for), email us and we could feature you next month. Come on – it’s good for you!]

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