Goodbye, Secret Chocolate Drawer
Yes, it’s true. I hide chocolate from my husband in a secret chocolate drawer. It’s the drawer in my dresser, right next to my glider where I spend most of my days and nights nursing and holding Zoe. Yes, I know I shouldn’t be hiding things from my husband. But, you see, he asked me to.
My husband, Marc, is what you would call a binge chocolate addict. I give him the 56oz bag of peanut M&M’s from Costco, and he finishes it within 3 hours. I swear, when he gets a papercut, he bleeds chocolate. So, when he started on his diet a couple months ago, we agreed that I could continue to eat chocolate, but I would have to hide it from him. If he sees it, he will eat it, no questions asked.
In fact, Marc is so obsessed with chocolate, that I had to relocate my hiding spot a few times. Marc actually went on a hunt for chocolate around the house when I was not at home, and by the time I returned home, all the chocolate were gone. So, I needed to continuously move my chocolate treasure from hiding spot to hiding spot to keep him guessing. He had even looked in my dresser drawers, and I almost had a heart attack when he opened the drawer above my secret compartment only to find a bunch of socks, but he never got to the brown gold mine. Only if he knew how close he was to the chocolatey goodness! *insert evil laughter*
I, on the other hand, am a different type of chocolate addict. If I go without chocolate for a week, I crave it, dream about it, and seek any source of it to satisfy my craving. However, I can control how much I eat. Hence, I was okay with my stash of chocolate, eating only a few pieces a day to satiate the chocolate monster within me.
Then Zoe got her 6 months’ vaccine and caught a cold on the same day.
Even though she has never been the best sleeper, I’ve usually been at least able to put her down and be free of any baby for a couple of hours at a time at night. I don’t know if it was the reaction to the vaccine, or it was uncomfortableness due to the cold, but Zoe became really clingy after her 6 months’ appointment. She would not leave my arms for even one second without bawling like I just abandoned her on the side of the road. From her bedtime of around 7 PM onward, I was stuck in my glider, holding her and nursing her. I love watching Netflix on my phone and just relaxing while holding her, but after not being able to get up for 3 hours, I was getting restless and antsy.
I ate my dinner in the dark room, not really knowing what I was putting in my mouth until I started chewing. I did my best to avoid dropping any food on Zoe but I failed a few times. Thankfully, she did not seem to care. Then after sitting there with nothing but Netflix, unable to move anything except my limbs, all I could think about was the chocolate drawer. My stomach suddenly felt empty, sending messages to my brain that I should eat some chocolate… After all, it’s not like I could get up and eat anything else!
Things went downhill from there. I started eating more and more chocolate even during the day, and my weight started going up. Moreover, my parents came to visit and brought tons of gourmet chocolate from Godiva and See’s Candies, and who am I to resist such decadent, expensive pieces of candy!
Then one day, I woke up and weighed myself like I do on a daily basis. I gained 3 lbs in one day! ONE DAY! How is that even possible? I weighed the same as the day I came home from the hospital after delivering Zoe, which meant I had retained all my baby weight, minus the baby and the gooey stuff that came out with the baby.
I felt like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, except not as happy. And if you had poked me in the stomach, I would have punched you in the face. Not because you poked me, but because I wouldn’t like the feeling of my stomach fat sucking your finger into my belly as if it wanted to eat it as well.
Even though I wanted to wait until the New Year to start my diet, I determined that I was going to start today. No more waiting, no more excuses. I joined DietBet and invested $35 so that I would be dedicated to losing 4% of my current weight in a month. If anything can motivate me to lose weight, it would be the risk of losing money if I do not hit my target weight, with the potential of winning some extra money if I do.
Goodbye, secret chocolate drawer! Hello, healthier lifestyle!
What have you found effective when you try and lose weight?