Chocolate Sunday

Posted Aug 14 2011, 1:33 pm in , , , , ,

Jeannie Moon said last week that me without chocolate is like Kit without the Kat, Baby without the Ruth. That got me thinking – am I different now that I’m practicing moderation? Am I less fun? Who’s going to want to take me to PF Chang’s and share a Great Wall of Chocolate now? Who will anonymously leave chocolate bars on my desk? Who will you all think of the next time you indulge in a great chocolate taste if not me?

I did some soul-searching and finally concluded that my chocolate adoration cannot ever be eradicated. Chocolate is a lusty, sensual thing for me but – like sex – is so much better when anticipation has been allowed to build.

Oh, dear. The chocolate melted all over his hands. I should help him...

Take last week as an example: we’re week four into my Moderation plan. I took a nose dive.  A coworker brought brownies to work on Wednesday. I had one at breakfast. And then, another at the 3 PM lull. (But, there is some good news. There were no Hershey’s Kisses this week. No Nutella. No ice cream until Saturday night. )

Yep, I was bad. Two chocolate fudge brownies in one day.  I think I ate it out of habit. It was there. It was chocolate. But I didn’t really have to have it. I wasn’t in the mood. This is an important distinction. No, no, it’s CRUCIAL. It’s the difference between a true mouthgasm and just –  *clears throat* – faking it. I felt ill and sort of headachy after I ate that second brownie. Yes, I faked it and left us both feeling vaguely dissatisfied. Oh, but the first one? Pretty sure my eyes rolled back into my head.

See, I’m learning to appreciate the things I love most about chocolate. It really is true – absence makes the heart grow fonder.

It’s been an interesting experiment – this moderation thing. But you know what the best part is? You’re all probably rolling your eyes and saying, “Getting to eat the chocolate. Duh.” So, I’ll amend: you know what the second best part is? It’s hearing from all of you – your tips, suggestions for sugar-free alternatives, and just knowing you’ve got my back. Yeah. That.



3 responses to “Chocolate Sunday”

  1. I think it was good that you ate the second brownie. I think how you felt afterwards is a really good sign that you’ve broken the ‘habit’ that is eating chocolate.
    (Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor).

    I hope you’re incredibly proud of yourself, you should be.

  2. Linda G. says:

    Much as it pains me to admit it, you’re right about the moderation thing. Indulgences are sweeter (both figuratively and literally) when you don’t overdo them. :)

  3. Jeannie Moon says:

    I’ll still share the Great Wall of Chocolate with you! Because as you know…I’m practicing my own type of moderation and I can totally relate. We can have the good stuff, still lust after it, but understand that it’s better in small doses.

    Your still Patty with the chocolate obsession, now you’re just being smart about it. I’ll join you.